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Charlie November

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Posted: 15/05/2015 at 18:11

Regarding disappearing ducklings, there are other possible culprits than the fox, such as pike and herons.

Decent weather forecast at the moment, so maybe I'll spend the weekend up the Dales. The garden doesn't really need much attention at the moment. Roses to prune much later in the year, then lots of planting to do, but for now it's time for beer and hiking.


Posted: 12/05/2015 at 18:02

Wow. France looks lovely. Any jobs on offer over there? I can drive a car, motorbike or tractor, use a chainsaw, shoot and make bird-boxes.


I mean I can shoot and I can make bird-boxes.


I don't shoot bird-boxes.

That would be silly.


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 22:27

Why Sir Francis Drake? Ducks don't eat bluebells ...

Isn't "an invasive thing that spreads and spreads underground" exactly what glyphosate's meant to remove?

Oh, wait. Carcinogenic now, allegedly. Avaaz are out to get it banned asap.

Yeah, they can ban glyphosate, then they can come round here in full plastic suits with breathing gear, dig out the giant hogweed to a depth of 2 feet and incinerate the roots and contaminated soil in situ because that and glyphosate are the only things that work and I ain't doin' all that diggin' in a plastic suit in summer!

Hmmm. The usually very respectable Nature has a review of the issue, and they don't come to much of a conclusion.

The last time I heard of something turning out to cause cancer it was one of the ingredients in that popular hand-wash stuff. Turns out if you feed several grams of it a day to lines of lab mice prone to cancer, their incidence of cancer goes up a little bit ... so ... ah ... don't eat the soap?

I guess the glyphosate thing still needs more research but for now at least wear gloves, wash your hands after using it, don't spray it on lunch and don't inhale the spray, huh? In my case, the only reason I even own it is giant hogweed, and that kind of makes the risk look worthwhile. Heck, maybe wearing gloves reduces my risk of melanoma by more than using glyphosate increases my risk of lymphoma. I don't know. I'm no oncologist.

Oh eck!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 22:11

 Derwent Water, as seen from Ashness

 Ashness Bridge

 Warmer waters (not Caribbean). Hãy coi chu'ng con muoi!

Oh eck!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 21:14

Arrr, yes, bathed in th' warrrm waters o' th' Caribbean, he be, Jim, lad!

pansyface, that's a lovely picture (viewed at 45% size and right way up in the pop-up viewer) and I think you should upload it to one of these sites to keep someone occupied for a while.

Oh eck!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 20:58

This morning's paper said "Britain hotter than Portugal." The article actually clarified that they only meant the south-east and the rest of the island would be cooler, with a severe weather warning for Scotland. *headdesk*

Heard a frost warnign on local radio this afternoon.

Forecasts up here: 20 today, 10 tonight, 16 tomorrow, 6 tomorrow night, 18 Wednesday, 6 Wednesday night according to Wunderground
10-14-6-14-6-11-6-13-8 according to the BBC47-57-40-56-39-51-39-60-43-59 according to timeanddate .. and I'm very glad those numbers are in Fahrenheit because 60'C would be scary.

I'm not seeing the frost warning in any of those forecasts. Even the radio station's website isn't forecasting below 5'C now.

Where are you, Verdun? New Zealand?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 18:19

Forked over the last of the unrotted stuff on the old side of the compost heap into the new area that's become available now the damnable leylandii are gone.

Dug up an elder bush that the blackbirds had planted in a totally inappropriate place.

Filled the hole with compost from the area I'd just cleared.

Put the bush into the pit where I dug out the armillaria.

Shovelled more compost around it, firmed it down and poured a half bucket of water over it.

Trimmed the hedge, whereupon the wind started a game of Keep The Cuttings Off The Compost Heap.

Ripped up some more creeping ivy and left it on the bricks to dry out and DIE DIE YOU YOU FOUL WEED DIE! before it goes on the compost heap, maybe in winter when I'm sure it's dead.

Put more compost around a rose bush.

Gave the lawn a good staring.


Posted: 10/05/2015 at 21:42

star gaze lily: good start. Extend that philosophy ...


Today: no gardening accomplished. Drove, parked, walked, drank, ate, walked, drove, showered and am now inside.

a sign saying: "TEK CARE red squigs ont road;"
one small mustelid of unknown species (in other words either a weasel or a stoat);
many motorbikes;
a few classic cars;
some actual sunlight!

all the above except the sign and the mustelid;
one cuckoo, possibly, just once.

Camera Corner

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 17:09

 I don't know what it is, but it has pretty flowers.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 17:20

Fed the roses and poked them back into the hedge. They're supposed to grow up through the hedge, not hang out into the path of the mower.

Wove a lot of Akebia back into the fence, and pruned what was sticking out too far and couldn't be woven back in.

Pruned a honeysuckle and some elder bushes. Elders aren't in the plan, really, but they're better than growing nothing.

Pulled up some goosegrass. Nasty stuff.

Decapitated more dandelions. They seem to go from "just leaves" to "2,000 seeds ready to fly" inside 24 hours some times.

Checked on rose cuttings. Seem to have lost one. One has clearly taken. Others still have green stems, so may make it. Not really a lot I can do for them right now.

Fed a duck. I reckon if we make friends I may get to hand-feed adorable ducklings later. Also, ducks eat slugs.

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: 01/05/2015 at 17:05

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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