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Charlie November

Latest posts by Charlie November

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 13:11

Careful there, Cherry. Trying to deter cats from digging up your bulbs, shitting all over your garden and torturing endangered native songbirds to death may yet be illegal.

Cat Manifesto: The key points

- Compulsory microchipping of owned cats

- A national database of cats entering the UK legally so those entering illegally without a rabies vaccination can be identified without delay

- Updating the DangerousDogs Act to allow prosecution of owners whose dogs attack cats

- Inclusion of animal welfare in the National Curriculum

- Clear labelling of flowers, plants and household products that are toxic to cats

- Outright ban on snares

- Stricter regulation on the ownership of air guns and crossbows

So ... "animal welfare" campaigners want to ban me from killing rats with a clean headshot each? Coming next, a ban on bird feeder poles more than 4' high ...

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:29

bekkie, you're supposed to boil rice, not roast it.

You've got some way to go before you can top the nice lad at Warwick Uni back in the '90s who managed to burn something trying to boil an egg.

He burned the paper label he'd forgotten to remove from the bottom of his brand-new pan.

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:27

Your camera does that for you? I'd have loaded it into GIMP 2.6 and used the "select all similarly-coloured pixels" tool to pick out the reds and greens then de-selected any bits of the book case and wood grain that got picked up, inverted selection and used the "saturation and contrast" tool to drop colour saturation to zero. Your camera can do all that automatically? I suppose that feature's been available for years and I'm showing my age.


I remember when 640x320 resolution and 16 colours were the upper limits and you couldn't have both at once.

Camera Corner

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 10:41

Got snow here this morning. I was going to go out and take cold, grey, shivery-looking pictures of snow and snowclouds ... then I went out and fed the birds and decided that staying in the hobbit-hole had its merits too. At least the cuttings are against the south wall of the house in the never-quite-frozen strip.

Camera Corner

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 17:38

How about a nice, warm cup of tea?

 The barman mixes his own drinks, specifically tea.

 Sunny enough for you? Actually they're probably Shi'i, not Sunni.

Blue sky and bright sun:

 Blue sky, bright sun, tomb of Cyrus the Great:

 Garden in a place that doesn't get cold:

 "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

 ... and if that doesn't cheer you up, maybe a puppy will:


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 17:13

Daryl2, I don't know what you're feeding them, but if you really want them to come to a particular patch in a particular hour, put out live mealworms and a handful of RSPB Buggy Nibbles there at the start of that hour every day. At this time of year, everything goes for the mealworms, including chaffinches. I use the buggy nibbles instead of peanuts. I did get peanuts too, but the birds never bothered with the peanuts, so I threw out the rotten peanuts and just fill the mesh tubes with nibbles. Recent addition to the local "customer base" is a great spotted woodpecker.

Wrens eating mealworms? Kind of funny.

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 17:07

The geek on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the geeks on ...


Damn thesaurus.

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 16:45

 German engineering! I think it's reason enough to stay in the EU, all by itself.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 18:50

Buttercup, that looks VERY familiar ... but I can't place it. It looks like a part of the world where the locals say that "When God made the rest of Earth, he was just practising so he could get this bit right." If it is there ... well, not much point in gardening, because you can't improve on that!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 15:26

I have emptied my little compost bin onto the compost heap. That's gardening, right?

Discussions started by Charlie November

3-part hedge

This is what you get for neglecting it for 20 years! 
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Last Post: 04/04/2015 at 22:42

Most embarassing failure of the weekend

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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 19:59

An octopus's garden in the shade

No octopodes, but lots of shade 
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Last Post: 20/03/2015 at 22:49

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Last Post: 24/06/2014 at 16:52

Rose cuttings: timing

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Last Post: 22/03/2015 at 14:30

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: 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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Last Post: 13/05/2013 at 08:09
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