First victim of the winter

Long horizontal crack in a laminated car windscreen

Stone star break on the outside, a satnav support suction cup on the inside and maybe too much heat when defrosting the windscreen.
Not as yet sure if the insurance covers this.
Ho hum…

Update : The good news is that the cost of a new windscreen is mostly covered by the insurance. So the car gets to soldier on a bit longer.

-3’c – winter is coming

Frosty field

Back to normal morning temperatures…

Yesterday I had to defrost the car for the first time this autumn. Today, the first normal frost of the autumn.

I guess I am going to have to phone the heat pump installers I asked to quote for some air to air heat pumps.

I often have the feeling that Norwegian companies really don’t want customers given the amount you have to hassle them just to get a quote…

Blooming late!

We have flowers in our garden that would normally have been taken by the first frost some time in September. The weather is still very mild (14’c when I took these pictures) and we might just get some more roses if we are lucky.

Red honeysuckle

A few flowers remain while sutumn carries on regardless…

Sunflowers next to a fence

Sunflowers in the early evening sun.

Rosebuds

Citizen Kane, last gasp…

First frost

Frost on the corrugated roof of one of our woodsheds

Frozen droplets of water on woodshed roof.

A thin layer of frost on the balcony.

Sunflowers in the September sun

The sunflowers seem to have survived their first brush with sub-zero Svenseid.

All in all we have had an unusually fine and long Indian summer. I wonder if it means that we are in for a cold and long winter…

Spud!

“Dig for victory”

We planted out one bed of potatoes a couple of weeks before the other beds. The plants started yellowing and drooping last week so it was time to check what Mother Nature had provided us with this year. There are a few more plants to dig up but one of the storage bins is almost full.

We cooked and ate some of them yesterday and they are good boiling potatoes that mash well. Nam nam!

There are three more beds of potatoes that will be ready to dig up in the next couple of weeks

We ate the last of the 2020 crop in July of this year. They were a bit squidgy raw but hadn’t turned green and were fine when cooked. We store them in mouse-proof bins in one of the cellar rooms and they seem to keep well there. In a good we should be self sufficient in potatoes for around 10 months.