blighty mam

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Posted: 30/07/2015 at 09:27

Charlie Novemeber: There in a nutshell is an example of all things bad about humans. Nice one, well done.

Pat E, I did feel better thankyou for asking! However, if everyone knows this already, then why do folk still moan like anything and want to harm animals for being an animal? Illusions of grandeur?

Oh, and if you think every cat will use a litter tray in the garden then you're a little on cloud cuckoo land am afraid. They don't use it on a whole and they would never use it if it rained. Bit of a problem in the UK that.....


Posted: 30/07/2015 at 00:43

I think we should train all cats, dogs, birds, foxes, mice, rats, badgers and every other creature on this planet to come into our houses and learn to use the loo. We probably won't stop moaning until they have mastered grabbing some andrex in their paws/ beaks and wiping their little furry/ feathery behinds either.

Seriously folks, we are the only creatures on this planet that uses a sewer system. We are lucky, but look at all the rubbish we've put into the ground and still do. We poison nature due to overwhelmed sewage systems, spilling excrement into the ground and water system. We add a lot of sewage to the world due to our greed with farming livestock. We poison the rivers with our chemicals and hormones, making the fish sick, sprout two heads and start speaking to each other in klingon (well, not quite - yet) and we basically ruin the planet with our greed and need to control every aspect.

OK, a bit of a ramble, but seriously - where is a cat/dog/rat/fox etc etc supposed to go? Exactly where we did not so long ago - on the ground. Some countries still do this!

  I do get cross that folk expect animals to behave like humans as far as toilet habits are concerned. It's never gonna be fido or tiddles sitting on the pan and flushing, nor is every cat going to allow their owners go walking with them on a lead and poopascoop. A cat is a cat, not a dog.

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 09:17

I wouldn't use varnish, it will probably peel off in a few years and will be a headache to maintain as they do not really penetrate the wood, more create a film.  Also, it's hard to get varnish that isn't water-based now, and water based isn't really that good for outdoor use in my experience.  I'd use something that is designed for fences, proper outdoor wood treatment - any wood preserver will do the job well, oils are good too.


Posted: 27/07/2015 at 08:56

My allotment is clay too, and although it does it some good, I'd still rather lots of  sunshine!! We get 8 months of rubbish weather in the UK at least, I get quite angry when the sun doesn't shin in summer, and take it personally, lol. July has been pretty rubbish so far, boo!

Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 00:12

Frustrating isn't it? You grow stuff, look after it with love and attention and something gets, be it fungus, critters... and ends all the work you put in!
Noticed today the early signs of blight in one of my toms at the allotment so I pulled it out before it spread (hopefully) to the others. Such a shame, was fruiting nicely and everything, was so sad!!  I've never had tom blight before, but I've never grown toms at an allotment, in the ground,  only large pots and fresh compost each year at home. I think that's the way for me in future.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 11:45

So what's the point of that Hosta? You'll just get more in their place, unless you're going to wage a one person war on squirrels?
I couldn't ever kill anything that's warm blooded, but I do hope you're doing that humanely, it's illegal to cause suffering to animals, including squirrels!


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:30

Superb find  Bob!


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:29

Apologies, going to rant a little.... Grey squirrels get a bad rap and an unfair one.  They manage to adapt to humans much better than reds - humans have destroyed a lot of the natural habitat that reds needed to provide food and shelter and remain healthy whereas greys are much better at adapting to the change in trees, for an example reds can't eat acorns whereas greys can. So we need to plant more coniferous forests for the reds to succeed. If then the reds are healthy, then they are able (and has been recorded),  to survive the poxvirus the same way greys can.  Greys are simply much healthier at the moment purely because of their adaptability - I've seen them eat anything to be honest, bread, chocolate etc as well as more natural foods. 

It's us humans to blame, 100%. The sooner we leave nature alone, the better off it will be.  Oh, and once apon a time, reds were culled in great numbers because humans in the UK thought they were pests. Funny how we never learn!

Off with their heads! Runner beans

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:16

Cheers folks. Yeah, a ton of blackfly this year, so I guess that's the interest for the sparrows. I am fairly certain it's not water or heat because I have a couple of runners growing in the garden too that I had no room for at the allotment and those are fine. Hey ho. Will leave it for the time being, but if carries on I may just have to net them. My neighbours look forward to the abundance of runners every year, I don't want there not to be any!


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:12

I agree, they drink a lot. There are many in the church behind our house, and I put a large bowl on the top of a tree stump and they drink from it heartily - as with all the birds. Lovely to see the wildlife there

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