As September draws to a close – Nature notes

I’m not sure where September went – it seems to have gone so quickly. I know I spent a week away (that turned into 10 days because of the Brittany Ferries strike) but the end of this month still seems to have arrived at a gallop. I’ve created lines of photos this month – by way of a change.

Earlier in the month we had a few days of warm sun, some of the border flowers had a burst of colour and the butterflies (peacock and tortoiseshell) and bumble bees were out in force.  There was even a dragonfly laying late eggs into the moss hanging over the edge into the pond.

The billy goat has come into season and is making himself fragrant for the ladies ( nanny goats) Do you want to know how he does this? If you have a low ‘YUK’ threshold look away now…. ok? Apart from the scent glands on his head he also contorts himself to aim a stream of urine right at his beard. This will soon acquire a strong odour (which, apparently, the nanny goats consider a great attraction in a male) Considering the good scenting abilities of a dog I’m amazed that the dog is happy to sit so companionably close to the big feller at this time of year!

And talking about scenting – the squirrels have taken just about every cob nut from the tree – most before they were even ripe. Their trail leads across the lawn and up the beech tree – and where the scent trail follows the dog tries to go too. It’s just not fair that dogs don’t climb trees, is it?

Having got over the ‘scent’ of the billy goat I thought I’d add a little fragrance with this scented  late flowering ‘oranges and lemons’ rose – so pretty.

And a cucumber twin found growing in the greenhouse – making interesting figure 8 slices when cut.

Finally, a series of photos taken of a garden seat belonging to friends of ours, a wonderful example of a good lichen habitat – the whole seat has been covered by a range of different types of lichens – quite wonderful! Front view, side view and close up of a couple of slats. These really deserve to be clicked and viewed as enlargements!

The FWT results (for the information of my cheerleaders)  this week are a half pound down! So we are back on track – YAY!   (after the hiccup caused by the ferry-strike-imposed inaction and junk food)

At the moment I am also thinking about Food for the poetry workshop I am leading on the 16th of October at the Landulph Festival of Music and Art where I shall be encouraging poets to use foody metaphors and experiment with new ways of describing their experiences. Then, later the same day, I’ll be reading with the Liskeard Poets  – if any of you are close enough to come along I’d love to meet you there!

How was your September – did you see anything interesting in the world of nature? I love to her from you – please do share 🙂

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4 thoughts on “As September draws to a close – Nature notes

  1. The rose is TOO pretty, and the dogs are cracking me up. As someone who’s come close to shoulder dislocation &/or landing on my butt whenever dear doggie sees a squirrel while we’re on walkies, I can appreciate their enthusiasm.

    • Hi Liv, pretty and scented – it’s a lovely rose. And I’m glad the dog isn’t on a lead when she sees squirrels – I’d definitely be pulled over – labradoodles are quite bit and powerful dogs though with a gentle nature where people are concerned (but not towards squirrels lol)

  2. I love your friends’ garden bench, but it’s not very sittable-on is it? How lovely to see such a great variety of lichen though – you must have very clean air for it to be so rampant! We have a fair amount of lichen in our garden, but it must be younger, I’m sure the air here in suburban Liverpool would have been full of soot and coal fire smoke until the Clean Air Act came into play. Guess in the 60s? I remember London fogs when I was at secondary school there – we used to get sent home early. Even so I can recall times when I didn’t know where my bus stop was to get off as the landmarks across the road were completely invisible. And then it was scary when you got off the bus as you could barely see the pavement beneath your feet, let alone where you were going!

    • Hi Maggie, Ha ha – you are right about the garden seat, but they do have another as well, newer and sittable-on. They love this one just as it is – and so do I. The air here is very clean – yes – I remember when I first studied Lichens at college in Surrey and even there the range of lichens was quite limited and the towns only ever had the yellow crusty lichen, that is tolerant of pollution, in any quantity.
      I was lucky enough to grow up in a village in Berkshire and so was spared the city smogs – though my parents came from the eastend of London and have horrible memories of real pea-soupers! Thank you for your comment!

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