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Charlie November

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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 ...


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!

Discussions started by Charlie November

Uh-oh ...

This one doesn't look good. 
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Last Post: 27/06/2015 at 19:03

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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