The Hostas and the rest of the plants in our shady area by the front door are growing well this year although they did suffer from the attentions of the slugs and snails despite a treatment with nematodes and the new eco-friendly slug pellets.
It was cloudy for the solar eclipse but the cloud was just thin enough to allow it to be viewed without special glasses or pinhole devices.
You may need to click on the image below to expand the size to see the eclipse in this wider-angle view.
Today was a windy one. We lost power last night due to some nearby trees interfering with the electricity supply. It was fixed around 11 p.m. This morning it went out again and seemed to be affecting a wider area. During the day the wind speed increased and we were showing gusts of around 60 m.p.h. in the early afternoon. The power has just come back on around 3 p.m. Here’s our weather station console this morning showing 56 m.p.h. wind and giving us some advice:
Gabrielle made the traditional meat and potato pies for my birthday again this year. Here are some before and after shots of the strangely shaped potatoes which we grew in the garden and the magnificent pies fresh from the oven.