Permission was finally granted on the 24th August 2016. This had been a long process and a bumpy ride with a big gap in the middle of my scribbles. But within days of the letter arriving we had the roof repair underway; the permitted timespan was only September to October so time was of the essence. The main labourer (!) had planned the exercise and the repair was successfully completed in time. No man, nor creature, was upset by this and afterwards a gale arrived to perform the roof test which was duly judged to have been a resounding success.
During this very hard work I was busy dealing with the Public Enemies,
- Ground Elder
- Wild Garlic
- Stinging Nettle
- Couch Grass
Some of these enemies were pretty indomitable; for the next 6 years Wild Garlic will reappear, a sad fact. Ground Elder is undead, but confined to a specific plot. I struggled on with the enemy and after 2 weeks a vegetable plot finally appeared.
On 25/9/16 I planted very first potatoes, Duke of York, and on 28/9 some Maris Piper. I planted in hope, not faith, and will see the outcome before Christmas. Also, on the 28th, I saw the first fox at Rock Fields. It was late afternoon and he was sitting in the adjacent field looking down, probably watching voles. He seemed resentful of my presence, which he noticed straight away. Just previously Head Pheasant Lazarus had been round for a snack!