Sunday, 28 July 2013

Feels like spring again.... with September kind of wind

It is lovely outside today,  about 20C but windy,  it feels like September and its equinoxial winds!  This has been a good opportunity to weed the "worst" of the onion patches....
 ... the onions look a bit wobbly after my interference,  but they will be fine after the next rain...  whenever that is.
I dug up one of the potato plants that was hit by the frost a couple of weeks ago... they might have recovered,  but I have quite a few more coming on,  so these will be dinner tonight....

 .... along with a cabbage and perhaps some eggs... sounds like "bubble and squeak"
 As I was weeding today, it certainly felt like September....   warm, perfumed air and a gusty wind.  That encouraged me to check for broad bean flowers, and sure enough,   I found one.....
....  just a bud, but this is very early....  according to my records though,  last year was the same...  before that, broad bean flowers had appeared only in  mid to late August.  Last year I noted that the  season was about two or three weeks earlier than usual and it appears that this year might be the same.

I googled "equinoxial winds"  to see what has been said in the past and found this from "The Murray Pioneer" from September 16th 1915 in an article entitled "Equinoxial Gales"...


"Every day for a week past "RudeBoreas" has teen disturbing our peacefultownship and everything has been on themove. Fortunately the splendid undergrowth and planting in between  the rowshas prevented the drift in the orchards weexperienced last year and the year before,but there is still enough to go round.  InCanterbury, - New Zealand, where it rainsnine months In the year, some one remarked "it would be .a fine country if Itwere roofed in"; and Waikerie would be& fine country if it were protected- with amountain range. - But why worry. There"Is always a fly in the ointment."
.... even then September was considered to be   the windy month... it is jsut a bit earlier this year.




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