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RIP Gaz

Posted by on December 10th 2017 in In the garden
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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:

 

 

confused@november.uk

Posted by on November 4th 2017 in In the garden
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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
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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.

Wonkumbers

Posted by on July 9th 2017 in In the garden
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The first few were normal, so I'm fairly sure that these are not supposed to look like this:

Or like this:

Cherry-picker

Posted by on June 24th 2017 in In the garden
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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
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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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