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November 2009


By Heather 10 years ago

As we all know, trees are wonderful things and they are certainly one of my favourite subjects to photograph. One of my favourite places to go, particularly in the Autumn, is Queenswood Arboretum in Herefordshire where you can see amazing leaf colours like this:-

But leaves are not essential. I am quite fond of dead trees too and here is one the one at Lower Blakemere Farm that I took on Open Farm Sunday in 2008 whilst on Farmer Phil's tractor ride:-

Wiggly Photos

By Heather 10 years ago

The latest Wiggly catalogue has landed and you may have seen (on Page 21) some photos of Farmer Phil's lovely bright sunflowers. The sunflower patches are just down the round from Blakemere Farm in Preston-On-Wye and Bridge Sollers.

Heather asked me if I could take a few photos and since I don't need asking twice when it comes to photography, off I went with my trusty Nikon D90 (best birthday present ever). That few turned out to be 80 plus and if you have the time, you can see them all HERE!

If you were lucky enough to receive a Wiggly box of sunshine, this is where the flowers started life.

I have been interested in photography for quite some time and have owned many different cameras. My current baby is the Nikon D90 which is a DSLR. But I also currently own a Canon Powershot (digital), Canon EOS 3000 SLR and a Lomo which is a mass produced Soviet camera that takes wonderfully retro looking pictures.

Wiggly Podcast 0202

By Heather 10 years ago

Have you listened to the Wiggly Podcast lately? Go on give it a go!

The Destruction of Indestructible Socks
The main topic of the show is the annual trauma of testing Phil's cows for TB, but Heather can't make it to the Wiggly Sofa so Richard and Phil host the show together for the first time. They introduce some Phil bashing from listener Ken Boulton; a frankly amazing impression of a bunny in distress; full coverage of the visit from the TB vet; and even manage to plug some Wiggly Products. It's as though they had a script...

We love lovely letters!

By Heather 10 years ago

Here's one that came in just now after one of our mealworm dishes was a little worse for wear when arriving in the post.

Dear Karen,

The postman has just delivered the replacement dish, and it is in one piece. Thank you for your prompt response, the dish is now under my beech hedge full of worms, I will check it later and (if the black birds, robins and local pheasants leave any) add some peanut bits and raisins for my two hedgehog visitors, just in case they are still foraging. I have a small Silver Birch tree about 10 feet from my patio door which is festooned with the apple houses, live food feeder, Suet cake cage, peanut and seed feeders I purchased from you in the summer. I spent a lovely half hour or so about a week ago when I sat at my dinning table and watched: - half a dozen long tailed tits (I had to look these up as I'd never seen any before), a small flock of gold finches, a couple of haw finches, a green finch, robin, a couple of dunnocks and a grey squirrel all at the tree at the same time. The squirrel was taking pieces of suet ball hung in the apple houses, eating some then burying the rest in different parts of the garden (not sure if it will be in tact when he looks for it again later though).

This all started because I bought a 'Can o Worms' from your stall at one of the Gardener's World Live' Shows a couple of years ago (which I might add is going strong) and of course browsed your catalogue. I didn't have any trees in my old garden and even though I rented a property on a working farm didn't see anything like the diversity of wild life I have seen since moving here in March of this year including (for a few weeks just after I moved in) a young fox who visited the garden every morning.

Many thanks again not just for the good service but for the sheer beauty happening outside my patio door, I forgot to mention the two Jays who periodically visit the suet balls and have done all summer.

I would be very happy for you to use this email as a testimonial on your web site if you wished.

All the best

greenhouse envy

By Heather 10 years ago

apparantly, the more urban a population, the more romantic their view of nature. or so says radio 4 as i'm washing the dishes. i'm sure this conflicts with a more interesting (and trashier) story about new yorkers having a fear of grass and leaves but i'm willing to admit that as the nights draw in i idealise my little 'yard-en' more and and more.

the victorians (who would have occupied my house -- albeit with 5 children according to the census--where did they *put* them??) had a thing about ferns and i kind of fancy having a go at this myself. they despaired at the inability to grow plants outside because of the thick pervasive smog in most cities and so, to make a long story short, it became fashionable to grow plants and lichens in glass boxes and even in 'living pictures' which could hang on the wall.

as new kinds of glass developed, they went mad for houseplants -- particularly ferns. a fashionable house had to have many plants -- they showed not only status but moral fibre.

i like the victorians. the more i learn about them the more i think this neighborhood must have been absolutely bonkers and nothing like we might think. for example -- whereas we have a fashion for stripped floor boards, they liked to paint them black with tar or resin. i can't imagine a darker colour adding much in the way of happiness to last you though winter though i can imagine it as a fitting context in which to sit and construct myself some bizarre glass boxes with tiny pseudo-tropical environments inside.

well, just about anyway.

for those of you who are tempted -- here is a mad blog i've found about houseplants btw