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How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 00:10

Not an expert 4thPanda, but I think we're at the right time of year for summer pruning anyway (see buttons for 'How to' and 'what to daddress at top of page).

I hope someone will correct me if I'm wrong but I imagine removing growth using recommended summer pruning techniques will get rid of a lot of damaged material and then go round again taking off any diseased leaves that haven't been pruned off  - they're never going to be anything but trouble.

How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 23:38

Sorry Waterbutts - whose apple are you identifying as a Bramley? Eh? EH?

(sorry again, was I shouting?)

How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 21:31

It's a question of knowing how to pose the subject to optimise the visual effect... 

I only show off my best ones, Waterbutts.

I could've  shown you the manky old windfalls but that wouldn't have done it for you, would it? 

The Bully and the Policeman

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 16:49




(Tea said: ... give us a bow.)


Will this do Tea?

or this

Sorry about the size - might be useful for 'big game'



(Must stop this tomfoolery now)

barking dogs

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 14:27

Hello Catbee

Just a couple of suggestions:

1. Get some photocopies of your blank time/occurrence sheet (or create your own on computer) so you can continue when the first one runs out, or your month runs out.

 I would hope you would still be able to get Environmental Health intervention even if the dog(s) didn't start up again until after the first month had finished. You might want to check this with the EH.

If you had a full record of subsequent re-occurrences of noise nuisance I can't see they could ignore it.

2. I watched a tv programme some years ago where they had found success training dogs to stop barking with an essential oil contraption on their collar that emitted its fragrance as soon as the dog started to bark. Apparently, the dog becomes distracted and intrigued by the new odour it immediately detects and stops barking to search out its origin.

No idea what it's called, though, and I'm not sure if you can get the same sort of thing for the shouty owners! 

How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 13:28

These Bramleys are about the size of a healthy cricket ball, admittedly I well below the sizes they can reach. But they seem to be ripe - they certainly make wonderful stewed apple or a fruit compôte, and have just the right amount of tartness before adding sugar.



The Bully and the Policeman

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 12:43

  Found me out!

The Bully and the Policeman

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 12:13


The Bully and the Policeman

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 12:12

The Bully and the Policeman (conclusion)

The world is not a perfect place
You get what you put in;
Good friends and neighbours help us through
The thick and through the thin.

Some folk help and some folk hinder,
Some make better, some make worse,
You choose the type you want to be:
The blessing or the curse.

The bully may be bullied,
And the lazy made to work,
But choosing how our world goes round
Is something we can't shirk.

To him who cannot mediate
Life's not what he supposes:
It's what you choose to cultivate:
Pests - or beds of roses.

By "Birdy"

The Bully and the Policeman

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 12:11

The Bully and the Policeman (continued)

 The Station couldn't help, they said,
"You don't work here no more.
Try mediation," said The Station.
"Try knocking at his door."

Mediate? Intimidate
Is what I'd like to try!
I'll tear his hinges off his gate!
I'll make 'im want t' die!

One punch could once've sorted this!
Thought our expublic worker.
Keen and mean, I'd really lean
Upon this beeping shirker!

Harassment? I'd show you 'harass'
If still I had my youth!
I'd have 'im shaking in 'is shoes:
Hard or just uncouth!

But now uncouth was winning out,
Uncouth and youth was stronger;
His policemen days had felt too long
But now these felt much longer.

While trying to work with nature now
With weeds and pests embattled,
That garden pest was besting him
And really had him rattled.

Then at last he saw the parallel
And wished he had done more
To resolve the public grievances
That came now to his door.

He saw the waste of latter years
Once age had cooled his fire:
His desk, his chair, his thinning hair -
His waiting to retire.

But it wasn't meant to be like this,
He'd hoped to have more fun.
I tell you what: that policeman's lot
Was not a happy one.

X. X. X.


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Can't find toolbars, icons or post photo?

Absence of necessary Toolbars 
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Frost damaged - should I cut back 
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