|timber that fell like dominoes|
Extra timber down this morning which implies 5 separate occasions have introduced timber down from our neighbour’s scrub onto our chestnut orchard. The timber fell like dominos down the hill largely roots and all falling on different timber 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 timber to wash up|
The climate has actually been difficult with unusually robust winds and rain. This has come after 10 years of under common rainfall which noticed our valley and is derived dry up earlier this yr for the primary time in our 33 years right here.
|Our Spring in March this yr|
|It was simply mud|
Within the final 48hours we’ve got had one other 39mm of rain and it’s nonetheless falling. This yr’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 yr it’s unattainable to get any work achieved within the berries as it’s so moist any exercise would injury the soil profile. So it’s finest to depart it with as a lot vegetation to guard the soil and hold evaporation charges up. The valley is designed with a number of barrage ponds that decelerate the water and plenty of drains going to the primary 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 will’t get out into the orchards, not even to start the cleanup of fallen timber, I’ve been saved busy creating works for my Fringe exhibition in February and Quentin busy with fixing chainsaws, turbines and now mowers for the native inhabitants.