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Charlie November

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Posted: Yesterday at 19:45

Has anyone tried paintball markers? Get a lot of practice in first to be sure you can shoot straight with it, and aim for the arse so you're sure not to hit the face, and I think the combined "bang," smack and nasty-tasting paint in the fur will be a more lasting deterrent than a water scarecrow can deliver. Of course you'd have to catch the little git on-site, but if you do, it may pay off over time.

Thinking of upsetting the neighbors?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 18:53

Much better than the neighbours'. Broad beans do have beautiful flowers. I have no interest in eating broad beans, but the flowers are very pretty.

Trivium 1: if you put a small (1V - 3V) DC voltage across a germinating broad bean, it can grow a lot faster. At least within that range, the higher the voltage the faster the growth. I think whether it helps depends on where you put the electrodes.

Trivium 2: broad beans are poisonous.

No, really. Some of the toxin gets denatured in cooking, but not all of it, especially if they're under-cooked. You have to cook them fast or they produce even more toxin while they're warming up, too.


Still, very pretty flowers.

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 19:42

Stills from a video of a .177 air pistol failing to penetrate a bottle of water:

Still from a close-up of it penetrating a bottle:

The air rifle doing the same thing:



Guilty of overmanicuring gardens at the expense of wildlife?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 17:51

They said two or three years ago that they didn't have a budget for doing anything about the giant hogweed. Give that stuff three years' free rein and you're starting again from scratch on any attempt to eradicate it, but there you go. I guess pyracantha across the path, hedges obscuring the path, mudslides turning towpaths into traps and so on are all the responsibility of the Big Society now, meaning: "If you want it sorting out, sort it out yourself." Somehow I doubt I can claim back the cost of a chainsaw out of my council tax.

Guilty of overmanicuring gardens at the expense of wildlife?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 23:28

I did have a cat once. Didn't like it. Too chewy.

Guilty of overmanicuring gardens at the expense of wildlife?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 17:19

Hostafan, you are welcome to keep your cat in yoru attic and out of my garden.

Someone has finally mown the verges up the road from me. They waited until the dandelions had all gone to seed and thoroughly propagated themselves, then went over most of them, leaving only a few of the bald seed-heads standing. On the plus side, such negligence has turned a few apple cores tossed out of car windows into a future orchard.

Camera Corner

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 11:22


My landscape pictures broke the photo upload function again, as in "OOPS! Our tech team has been informed of the error and we hope they'll fix it soon."

I have instead removed the huge .mp4 video files from my photobucket and uploaded all yesterday's pictures there:

They're not in chronological order, but they do have grid references on the landscapes.

Lapwings and Kestrel on YouTube:

The wind was HOWLING up there so attempts to record skylark song were somewhat hampered. It wasn't hard to stand ... most of the time ... but it was loud.

Camera Corner

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 10:07

Also bunnies:

 Hundreds of them. Someone should get up there with a rifle.

Camera Corner

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 10:02

Yesterday's refreshing stroll in the countryside: Langthwaite - Fremington Edge - Helwith - Holgate - Hope Forest - Spanham - High Faggergill - Seal Houses - Green Bank - Eskeleth Bridge - Langthwaite, about 42km.

Larks have a tendency to go 1000ft straight up when startled, so no photographs of them. Camera wouldn't focus on the wren and the cuckoo was heard but not seen. I did, however, get pictures of oystercatchers (a long way from the nearest oyster bed):

 ... an adventurous lamb:

 ... a kestrel:

 ... a lapwing:

 ... and a curlew:


Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 22:02

Fewer, Clarington, not less. Women are a discrete quantity, even when they're not discreet.


Men? Idiots? Nah. See the footpath at 2:46? I've walked that. Nothing idiotic about that. Well, there wasn't when I started, anyway. The thunderstorm didn't start until I has about halfway ...

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Discussions started by Charlie November

3-part hedge

This is what you get for neglecting it for 20 years! 
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Most embarassing failure of the weekend

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An octopus's garden in the shade

No octopodes, but lots of shade 
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Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Rose cuttings: timing

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When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Last Post: 26/10/2013 at 16:46

Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Last Post: 01/04/2015 at 19:53

Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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