Must count as 'late summer' now...

After Lugnasa

In the vineyard...

A late frost has hit this early variety of grapes (Pinot Noir?) so no crop is expected.  The vines are being trained and pruned so as to give the best prospects for next year.

In the orchard...

 

 ...the apples ripen in the fierce Devon sun.   The sheep take advantage of the shade of the apple trees.  They are acting as lawnmowers in the orchard during the summer but will shortly be moved out.  Standard practice is to take the sheep out of the orchard 8 weeks before harvesting apples, in order to minimise the risk of E. coli infection.  Cider apples are usually picked from the ground, rather than off the tree.

Elsewhere a new bed of willow cuttings is being established...

These rooted sets of basketmaking willows are being planted out in a new bed.  Distance between the sets is a matter of judgement.  A close spacing will definitely encourage straight growth, but too close would choke off growth.

Meanwhile, at home in the veg plot...

 

 ... the squashes have gone a bit bonkers in the sun and rain, along with borage and nasturtiums.   Somewhere under there are courgettes and cucumbers...

 At the weekend is the 40th Dartmoor Folk Festival in the lovely village of South Zeal...

 Always a friendly atmosphere, lovely people down from the hills and over the Tamar, excellent session musicians in a great setting.  A gathering of the tribes and a renewal of friendships.

 Great concerts too... like this one from Gadarene ...