Autumn has arrived…After a wet winter and a hot summer we are now into Autumn with all the wonderful colours that brings - Japanese Maples are bright red setting off the colours of the remaining hydrangeas flowers plus Eucryphia lucida still has some blooms. The Swallows raised a brood then they all left late September, we seem overrun by Sparrows of all sizes. We watched 3 fox cubs in the garden, the two little boy ones were playing tag round the acers whilst the little girl cub was doing a really ‘girly’ thing chasing a butterfly through the flower border. Next we had two baby squirrels in the courtyard..One trying to scale the stonework outside our sun room window before going to chase the other one. One brave squirrel whom we have named ‘Carling’ (remember the Carling lager advert with the squirrel?!) has started to run up one tree, jump onto he main electricity cable, tightrope walk approximately 50ft before leaping onto another tree and down to the ground. We think it so that ‘Carling’ can look down on Woody our feline incumbent who has grown from a poor abandoned teenage kitten to the most magnificent confident and friendly cat. He's massive,. at over 7kgs he is the new 'Beast of Dartmoor' !Woody loves to meet guests and is definitely a 'gardening' cat, following Alan everywhere and 'helping' (if you can call it that) with gardening duties.Our next NGS OPENING will be on Sunday 28th April 2019 for the BLUEBELL OPENING, “018’s opening raised a wonderful way total of £850 for charity (in two and a half hours!!) Visitors enjoyed looking round the wonderful garden and consuming scrummy tea/coffee and cakes !!