The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


1 November 2015

Fields of Fire and Flocks of Feasting Fieldfares

Over the garden hedge, we are so lucky to be surrounded by Rob's cider apple orchards and right now, when the sun shines, they are just on fire! The apple harvest in these orchards has been finished for some few weeks now but, the fieldfares and redwings have begun to arrive and will feast on the remaining fallen fruit. It's lovely to see them and to listen to their twitterings and chatterings!  Very much a member of the thrush family, they also resemble their cousins the redwings who also overwinter here from Scandinavia. Unlike our song thrush, they congregate in large numbers. They are our winter thrushes!

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