Thursday, 26 July 2018

Stopping mice entering through the roof eaves ...

In the spring, we noticed gnawing marks on a piece of soap in the cupboard under the bathroom sink, and removing the bath panel revealed a few mouse droppings under the bath.

From the relatively small quantity, we'd luckily spotted the problem early.  We bought a few traps and had caught the first mouse within an hour, and five more over the next few days.  They were common house mice (Mus musculus).



One thing I couldn't figure out was how they were getting into the upstairs bathroom when there were no signs of them anywhere at ground level.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

A fruit salad - in pictures ..

Here's some pictures of the fruit growing in our garden - looks like it could be a bumper crop this year ...

first ever pears developing on our young trees - but only 10 in total !
apples, reliable as ever despite a very hard winter tree pruning ...
grapes developing, loads of bunches this year ...
blueberries fattening up, not yet ripening ....
blackcurrants, many ready for picking ...
it'll be a record crop from our cherry tree, almost ripe now ...
rhubarb, been cropping continuously since March ...
redcurrants - still a few weeks away ...
first raspberries just forming, they'll crop right through into autumn ...
strawberries, red & white varieties, eaten as soon as they ripen !

There are also two melon plants growing in the greenhouses, but they haven't yet produced any female flowers.

And our young plum, apricot and quince trees didn't produce any blossom this year.  Maybe we'll have something from them in 2019.



Sunday, 1 July 2018

Investment Review - June 2018

Well, we're already halfway through 2018.

I've been doing quite a bit of travelling this year and there are more trips coming up soon, so I haven't posted much lately.

But here's the usual quarterly portfolio update, as of the last working day in June :-