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Charlie November

Latest posts by Charlie November

Overwintering Yourself...

Posted: 04/12/2013 at 11:01

I am back. I was right: no need for frost protection. Got a cold out there and have felt drunk and hung over for two weeks now. Probably not a good sign.

Overwintering Yourself...

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 19:26

... and once all that's done, this! I think January's the best time to go, but flight prices can go up a lot around Christmas and New Year. Any later and you risk finding everywhere in Vietnam closed for Tet (31 Jan 2014).

No need for frost protection there! 

Frost protection!

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 14:54

I raked the autumn leaves over my outdoor pots yesterday, and this morning there was fron on the lawn, but not on the leaves. I think I chose a good spot. That is what autumn leaves are for, though, right? The trees drop them to keep their seedlings warm, don't they?

silly quotes

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 10:43
star gaze lily wrote (see)

Between a rock and a hard place

But a rock and a hard place wait for me,
Between the Devil and the deep blue sea.
Everything I ever did right or wrong
Hid out of sight where I belong.


star gaze lily wrote (see)

Behind every great man, there's a great women



Behind every successful man there's a surprised mother-in-law.

silly quotes

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 16:28
hollie hock wrote (see)

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun



That's a very silly one indeed!

silly quotes

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 20:55
star gaze lily wrote (see)

I've heard of the one Bill's mother from a Yorkshire friend.  

My mum used to say shepherds warning one.

Look before you leap.    Does that count?

Also something about mickle and muckle????

"Many a mickle macks a muckle," I think. Not sure what it means.

"Where there's muck there's brass."

"Where there's life, there's hope ... and need of vittles, as me ol' Gaffer used to say." - Samwise Gamgee, The Lord Of The Rings


The water one's in a half-appropriate song!

You'd better look before you leap; still waters run deep,
and there won't always be someone there to pull you out,
and you know what I'm talking about,
so smile for a while and let's be jolly.
Love shouldn't be so melancholy.
Come along and share the good times while we can.
I beg your pardon.
I never promised you a rose garden.
Along with the sunshine,
There's gotta be a little rain some time.


"Barking dogs don't bite." (The ones putting on a show are just doing that. It's the quiet one sneaking into place for the kill that really means it.)

"Don't **** on your own doorstep."

KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid.

"Bull____ baffles brains." (Smart people get stumped trying to make sense of utter nonsense and stupidity)

Talkback: Wasps

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 20:45

I've been stung by a wasp once. It got in the way of the crack between my neck and my scarf at 60mph. It itched.

Other than that, I've had them on me a few times. One landed on my lips at a picnic, following the scent of the food I'd just put in my mouth. I just waited until she filled up cleaning my lip and flew away before I did anything, and she and I were fine.

By contrast, I was eating with various other people once when a wasp entered the room. Most of us ignored her or waved her away but one young woman jumped up and ran round, screaming and waving her arms frantically, with her eyes shut and mouth wide open. She was not stung, but she was making herself likely to inhale the poor little wasp, which would have sucked for both of them.

Wasps, fire, explosives, firearms and other power tools, aircraft, motor vehicles, rivers, snakes and wolves: all much less likely to kill you if you understand them and treat them with respect.

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 10:08

In theory, you can block it by having a "trench" of loose soil between infected stump and desired shrubs, 70cm from the shrubs, and churning it up once every two years. I'm not sure I'd want to rely on that.

The problem with trying to rip out that tree is that someone built a barbecue on top of its roots and the roots of the others. Maybe I could dig around behind it to separate it from them, but if I leave infected roots in the ground ... *sigh*

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 14:39

Location of pit: bottom-right of this picture.

 Is it me, or is the front pine tree looking a tad yellow up its left side? If that thing's dying, I've got a job for a tree surgeon, because I am not about to try to drop a 30' pine between the barbecue stand and the flower-bed adn onto the lawn myself!


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 14:35

My plan to get more compost once the GC had another pallet delivered has run into a snag:

 Two flowers out already! Aren't they supposed to wait for spring?

Discussions started by Charlie November

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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Last Post: 31/03/2014 at 17:26

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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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 18:34


Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 22:29


Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Last Post: 07/05/2014 at 16:57

Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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Last Post: 13/05/2013 at 08:09
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