A short while ago we were walking near Port Logan in Dumfries and Galloway, enjoying the fantastic countryside and a sunny stroll along the beach we watched the farmers racing to get the harvest in before the weather broke.
As you can see in some fields the process had finished and in others it was still progressing.
The hillside was covered in these large bales, that when taken together made patterns on the skyline.
We thought it would make a good digital wallpaper for October
If you do not like the month on the image then we have it without as well
We hope you like our choice of the Galloway Harvest digital wallpaper for October taken in Dumfries and Galloway last month this year. Hopefully we have included all common screen size combinations, so you can enjoy it too, over this coming month. There are more free digital wallpapers to be found here...
A short while ago we were walking in Glenkiln Sculpture Park in Dumfries and Galloway, enjoying the fantastic countryside and amazing sculptures. Between 1951 and 1976, local landowner Sir William Keswick assembled a collection of works by August Rodin, Henry Moore, and Jacob Epstein. He placed them in a moorland setting around Glenkiln Reservoir.
As you can see summer had not yet arrived then, by the extensive waterproofs I was wearing, even though it was June
The sculptures are placed in fields full of sheep and to keep them in check the farmer has used barbed wire fences.
The sheep use the barbed wire as scratching posts, and it gets caught up in the barbs, The wind blew the wool into long white wisps into the distance.
Sheeps Wool July Digital Wallpaper
We thought it would make a good wallpaper from July. If you do not like the month on the image then we have it without as well.
Sheeps Wool Digital Wallpaper
We hope you like our choice of free Sheep’s Wool digital wallpaper for July taken in Dumfries and Galloway at the end of June this year. Hopefully we have included all common screen size combinations, so you can enjoy it too, over this coming month. There are more free digital wallpapers to be found here...
Wild Flower Meadow
Friends, all those of you who follow the RHS @ Chelsea Flower Show, like me, will know that wild flowers are all the rage. Last year we saw a fantastic wild flower meadow in the centre of Canterbury. We had visited it before and wanted to check it out again just to make sure it was as good as we had imagined it.
It was so good we thought it would be nice to try and make one ourselves, in a scrubby area of grass and weeds we have.
More Rough grass (looking the other way)
Having done some research we were met with conflicting info. Do we try and clear everything and start from scratch.
Or keep what good wildflowers there are already and add to them with additional seed. We decided to do the latter and then try and remove some of the more persistent weeds.
We purchased some seed from pitchcare http://www.pitchcare.com/shop/wildflower-seeds/index.html
and sowed the seeds at the end of April.
Weeds - Nettles
Everything seems to be growing well especially the weeds, mainly nettles, as can be seen here.
We have doused them with glyphosate weed killer, but as can be seen all it seems to do is slightly discolour the nettles on first application
Fortunately on second dousing a couple of weeks later the nettles have gone black and died off. It will be a long slow process as we only want to kill the nettles and not the new wildflowers around them.
We will have to wait and see how it all pans out as the season progresses, but hopefully with lots of wildflowers and few weeds.
This is my ad hoc update and diary describing how I am developing our garden at Trostrie Cottage in Galloway. You can see the garden for yourself if you book a self catering holiday @The Shieling which is attached to Trostrie Cottage http://www.trostriecottage.co.uk/ in the South West of Scotland.
Road through the forest
I live in an area that is surrounded by forests full of trees. Every few miles there is a sign at the side of the road saying that one is passing a different bit of woodland. As the forests are managed there is a continuous process of cutting down and timber removal.
Piles of logs up side of hillside
The timber is cut and removed very quickly and is often hard to catch but the other month I was fortunate to catch this timer extraction vehicle in action.
The timber cutter fells the trees then cuts them into standard lengths and leaves them in rough linear piles running up the hill side.e to edit.
Log collector starting to climb the hill
Then it is the roll of the log collector to pick up the cut lengths, and take them to the stacking point, where they are stacked into piles.
Log collector at top of hill
The collector slowly climbs to the top of the hill along a track at an almost impossible angle, wading through thick mud anything up to half a metre in depth.
Pile of collected logs at bottom of hill
These images of the log collector and piles of logs it was collecting were taken with the 500mm telephoto lens in mild April drizzle. The collector was around a quarter of a mile away across a valley near to Hell's Hole which is in Hyndlee Forest - part of Forests of the Scottish Borders. I hope with me that you think they are worth recording.
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