The place is still very very green. With the days getting shorter and the dew in the evening creeping more steadily towards light frost, the end of summer is here.
Does anybody else besides me think that the summer was pretty short? We had a few weeks of fine weather and that was it!. I don't remember a summer ever whizzing past so quickly. Come to think of it, 2006 on the whole is moving along at quite a clip.
I went outside to snap a few photos of the place and in the comfrey behind this chicken run, there were bees! Bees out in the drizzle! These must be hardy Scottish bees. They were large, furry looking ginger bees. I tried to get a photo of them, but they wouldn't sit still long enough for this camera to focus. You'd think the bees would be slower in the cool weather. I got the impression that they were in a hurry to fill their stores for winter.
Comfrey makes a brilliant natural fertilizer. Simply fill a bucket with comfrey leaves, add enough water to cover the leaves and let it rot for a couple of weeks. It stinks to high heaven, but it is great for the tomatoes. Dilute the stinking mess so that the diluted solution looks like tea and you're set to go. I usually keep the stinky bucket covered up in a corner of the garden where it won't get tipped over and just pour amounts out as I need it.
This is a photo of the low cloud in the hills behind Whitelees. The picture isn't out of focus, everything here has lost its edges.
This is out the window by the computer and you can HEAR the rain hammering down. It's even coming down the chimney a bit.
It could be that the first fire of the season is lit tonight. . . . but it really isn't that cold, just damp.