|bushes that fell like dominoes|
Extra bushes down this morning which suggests 5 separate occasions have introduced bushes down from our neighbour’s scrub onto our chestnut orchard. The bushes fell like dominos down the hill largely roots and all falling on different bushes making a cascade of stringy barks piling on prime of one another, spilling out and coming to relaxation into our orchard and a few so far as the valley raspberries.
|extra bushes to scrub up|
The climate has definitely been difficult with unusually robust winds and rain. This has come after 10 years of beneath common rainfall which noticed our valley and is derived dry up earlier this 12 months for the primary time in our 33 years right here.
|Our Spring in March this 12 months|
|It was simply mud|
Within the final 48hours we’ve got had one other 39mm of rain and it’s nonetheless falling. This 12 months’s rain fall figures
Jan 73mm Feb 32mm March 57mm April 21mm Could 190mm June: 228mm July:276mm August:121mm Sept:337mm . Up to now in October 181.5 mm in 18 days.
Whereas our valley is used to being moist in late winter/spring –this 12 months it’s inconceivable to get any work achieved within the berries as it’s so moist any exercise would harm the soil profile. So it’s finest to go away it with as a lot vegetation to guard the soil and preserve evaporation charges up. The valley is designed with a number of barrage ponds that decelerate the water and plenty of drains going to the principle creek. These are all working nicely however the water retains falling from the sky! The tree crops ought to profit from the rain getting down nicely into the B horizon. (Besides these crushed by falling stringybarks)
As we are able to’t get out into the orchards, not even to start the cleanup of fallen bushes, I’ve been saved busy creating works for my Fringe exhibition in February and Quentin busy with fixing chainsaws, mills and now mowers for the native inhabitants.