Last Sunday the new pair at Craiglockhart Pond hatched 7 cygnets.
Last year we lost the pair that had been on the pond for 22 years. First the male disappeared then the SSPCA removed the rest of the brood, but the female still died. So the pair on the pond are new. Happily they have proved successful.
Judging from their behaviour the new parents have got the hang parenthood. Out of the seven offspring six are centre stage here.
It would be nice if they all survived. We will be keeping an eye on them.
On Saturday we had a rendezvous in Thirsk and managed a sojourn into the Yorkshire Moors and stopping off at this pastoral spot.
Back home today I used the weed suppressant fabric offcut from the brassica patch to carpet our "Exotics". Sounds better than curcubits and besides we can't move the blueberries as they sit atop a buried liner that helps create that acidic bog effect. This is where the courgettes gherkins and Sharks Fin Soup Melon (also called Fig Leaf Gourd) are going to go this year.
At home the beanage is coming on nicely:
Next weekend looks like a frantic planting weekend.
Back to Rievaulx Village for a final picture which would be any estate agents dream:
Here's the current state of play with the propagator:
There's Sungold, San Marzano, and Currant Tomatoes, Cucumber, Sweetcorn and the dreaded Celeriac. The Jalapeno Pepper and Kobocha Squash both failed. Not too impressed with the supplier. Their sweetcorn is looking good though.
Woopee: I've weeded the alliums and they're looking pretty good at this stage:
From another angle you can see garlic in the foreground and onions at the back. All planted last October.
Also along the right I've weeded out a row of parsnip. Direct sown in February. (I've sworn never to transplant parsnip ever again after last year's debacle)
One reason for growing a lot of garlic (aside from eating a lot) is to have enough over to make a garlic spray to deter slugs. Martyn is already running tests: here
Footnote: Blogger doesn't like the word alliums which comes up as a spelling error every time. Urghk!