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Posted by on December 10th 2017 in In the garden

He OD'd on the white stuff and couldn't hold himself together. He lost his fight this afternoon:


Where once there was a big tree…

Posted by on November 6th 2017 in In the garden
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... there are now small forests:

Posted by on November 4th 2017 in In the garden

Some of this autumn's new strawberry plants, grown from this summer's runners, have decided that it's already springtime:



Sixpenny lunch

Posted by on August 3rd 2017 in In the garden

Well, technically, the pic shows a thrupenny lunch - I'd already scoffed the first half of it before someone suggested that I should take a pic.

Cheap, light and healthy - the lettuce, the tomatoes, the spring onion and the Woodpigeon breasts came FOC from our garden, the bread came from Asda's marked-down stash. They went down well with a little olive oil.


Posted by on July 9th 2017 in In the garden

The first few were normal, so I'm fairly sure that these are not supposed to look like this:

Or like this:


Posted by on June 24th 2017 in In the garden

The long hot spell has given us the biggest and best yield yet from our cherry tree - plenty for us, and for the neighbours, and for the song-birds. I reckon we'll have picked about 50 lbs by the time we're finished.

Having two cats helps to keep most of the Woodpigeons away, the air-rifle deals with the others.


Fur & Feather

Posted by on June 9th 2017 in In the garden

Looks like there'll be no more electoral posts for a while.

Here, have a cat video instead:

Square deal

Posted by on May 31st 2017 in In the garden, Just for fun

So, let's suppose that I go to the tills at B&Q with 3 square metres of these slabs on my trolley. Do you think they'll have grounds for refusal if I tender One Pound Sterling and expect some change?


According to their pricing and my basic maths, I should get 4p change from a quid.

Stealth Moths

Posted by on May 27th 2017 in In the garden

These things always remind me of B-2 bombers:



Opinions differ - I'm told that it's either a Poplar Hawk Moth Laothoe populi or an Eyed Hawk Moth Smerinthus ocellatus.

What say you? You can click 'em for a closer look - it's safe, they're not armed.

Torsional rigidity

Posted by on May 12th 2017 in In the garden, Making stuff

A couple of years ago a friend was dismantling his conservatory and, knowing how we like to re-purpose potentially-useful materials which are too good to chuck away, he kindly let me have a stack of unwanted used multi-wall polycarbonate roofing-panels. I duly stashed them behind the greenhouse for future use.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when it was both warm and windy. The greenhouse auto-vents were opening the windows but the wind was twisting them about because they weren't rigid enough. A few hours with a saw, some tape and a few screws soon saw them "faced" with polycarb, now they're nice and stiff and are defying the wind quite well:


Looking at the offcuts, and remembering that the long side of the greenhouse gets more sun now that the willow tree has gone, I decided to make some shades. They have been very effective at diffusing the sunlight, and so far we've not had any scorched plants. I might make some larger shades to deploy overhead for when the Sun's higher during summertime:


My over-the-road neighbour Chris helped out with the above, so as a thanks for his input he now has a nice new polycarb window in his workshop. Here are his pics of it:


There's plenty left for more re-purposing... I've a mind to see if it's any good for making cloches.

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