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Posted: 05/11/2014 at 09:09

Porridge for breakfast sounds good.

Is it really bonfire night already? My brain is still on summer time.

Some of the bulbs I planted in pots before I went away are already up. Dahlias are still flowering. No frost here last night.

Lots to do today. See you later, folks.


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 21:42

Beautiful colours bill. Canada in the fall is on my to do list.


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 21:24

I spent a lot of time stuffing floating bags in my BCD pocket to protect the turtles. I drew the line at the sanitary towel next to the anemone fishes.

I've been on liveaboard dive boats in Papua New guinea, where the boat, with its engines, and water makers, and electricity, and refrigeration, had more modern amenities than the entire Island we were moored up against.

I've seen Kids in dug out canoes who did not know how to unwrap a chupa chup.

Kids who marvelled at a cold can of coke and shared it amongst six so they could all experience a cold drink.

A teacher who cried when we gave her a bag of assorted pens and crayons for her children.

I'm very grateful for what I've got, and thankful for electricity at the flick of a switch, and clean water that comes out of a tap.


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:45

Hi Edd. I have been scuba ing a lot recently, in Indonesia.

Its alarming the amount of rubbish floating, the fact that they think they can just dump anything in the sea and it is gone. Indonesian and malaysian rubbish floats into the Indian Ocean, and gets washed up on remote atolls.

Washed up flip flops make shingles for the roof of the bike shed.

A large part of the world lives on less than $5 per day. we were paying more than that for one drink, than the girl serving us would be paid for the day.

Should we feel guilty about being able to afford it,  or pleased that our tourism dollars help to support a very poor family?

Garrya elliptica james roof or Persian ivy (dentata colchica)

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 19:09

Garrya looks ok for two or three months a year. The rest of the time, its quite boring. It also has a habit of leaning away from the fence, mine comes 3 ft out towards the light.

Unless you have a lot of space, I'd go for the ivy.

Instructions from start to finish on foxglove flowers

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:54

I think crazy daisies are a brand name for argyranthemums. They will need to be kept frost free.

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:29

 This is a hard one. In the middle of the picture is a pygmy sea horse. Its only about 1cm high. The knobs on the sea fan are about a mm across. It has its back to us, and I daren't disturb it for a better photo, because we were in a tearing current, and if it unfurled its tail , it would be swept off and die. If you look closely you can see the tail curled around, and one eye.

White Powder

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:14

Could be calcified seaweed. could be lime, could be rock dust.

If you don't know what it is, I would err on the safe side and bin it.

Carrot bed

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:43

Carrots like a sandy soil. No fresh manure. Any stones will make the roots fork. Exhibitors tend to seive their soil before sowing.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:13

I'm already saving all the eggshells to put around them. I bake the eggshells in the oven, then crush them. I want a bedful, like at Barnsdale. I think the slugs will probably get the upper hand though.

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