After our busiest August Bank Holiday on record, we're now enjoying the relative calm of September, and relishing the change of the season as evidenced by the cooler and shorter days. There's now a regular nip in the air when we unlock at 8am and the first leaves are turning. Apples are approaching ripeness and we've now harvested all the plums in the Kitchen Garden. We're delighted to feature in this week's SoGlos's top ten places in the county to see autumn colour - our ancient trees will be looking magnificent in a few weeks' time.
The Garden team have been flat out working on the Exedra Garden in advance of next year's replanting. Rotten edging boards are being dug out and replaced, and new plants brought on in our propagation area. We've also cut the sward in the orchard and the hay gathered up.
This week we're meeting the lovely people from Butterfly Conservation, looking at organising a bat and moth night next spring, subject to what they find on their recce. Fingers crossed it's fascinating stuff... we certainly see lot of them about!
We also had a stand at the Upton St Leonards Show last weekend - a great success, despite the rain. Our next big outing is the Painswick Feast on Sunday 24th September - well worth planning a visit here that weekend to see the Clyping ceremony and associated seasonal celebrations. And we're hosting a relative plethora of courses this month, from digital photography to watercolour painting to handmade soaps - more information on our website.
And finally... Louis the injured racing pigeon is still being cared for "backstage" - his wing seems much better and he attempted to fly last week. Fingers crossed he'll be on his way imminently!