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Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 11/12/2017 at 14:30

I just had an almighty shock. A Goshawk (I think) complete with jesses, bells, and a tail guard landed on my patio and looked at me. It stood about 20 inch high. The local crows buzzed it and it flew off.  The local garden centre that has a few birds of prey says it is not one of theirs.The tail guard is supposed to stop them flying, well it didn't work.  I have rung the police on 101 to let them know it is on the loose.  its big enough to take a small animal rabbit sized etc.

 If anyone knows of someone in the Notts/Derbys border area, around the A52, who has lost a bird, I can point them in the right direction.


Posted: 11/12/2017 at 10:33

when I say indoors, I mean a frost free greenhouse, not in the house( too hot)


Posted: 11/12/2017 at 09:47

Replant in a large pot and keep indoors until Spring.

Echium world send out their plants in Spring. More advice here

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 11/12/2017 at 09:43

About time they made Sir David Attenborough a Lord.  His services to export and the BBC should do it.

I know we go on about plastic rubbish in this country, and after coming back from clean Singapore, I hate the plastic bottles in hedge bottoms etc, but we are nowhere near as bad as Indonesia. Plastic is just dumped, often at sea. Other rubbish down on the sea bed, glass bottles, car tyres, car windscreens. The wind changed while we were on holiday. The rubbish blew off the sea into our little cove. It took a lad all day to clear it up. His job every morning, was to pick up the rubbish that floated in. They do that in the Maldives too, at sunrise, someone is out clearing the beach of rubbish.  In the Cocos Keeling islands,  so many flip flops arrive on the beaches  on the Ocean currents from Indonesia that they use them as roofing shingles for bike huts etc.  On Christmas Island, the Turtle nesting beach has so much plastic, that the new turtles emerge from piles of it.

On the last day of our holiday, I got to pick the dive site. We went right to the tip of Lembeh island, but the current was too strong, so we went into a sheltered cove instead. Again the currents swirl in and a raft of rubbish, probably 20m across was on the surface. Underneath, very nice coral, coming up into a sea of rubbish.

Feral cats

Posted: 11/12/2017 at 09:28

My brother in law has a cat as well as chickens. they agree to ignore each other.  I am assuming you will be feeding said feral cats. Cats are better at catching mice when they are fed.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 19:32

Half an inch of snow settled here. Fine stuff coming down most of the day. Neighbours cat likes the christmas tree balls. I guess the novelty will wear off in a bit.  Rack of lamb and a bottle of red for dinner. We have enough food in to last until the end of January.  Stay safe everyone, nasty roads out there.  Blue planet for us too.

Harvest 2017

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 22:40

Lidl had crown prince squashes in a mixed box today.. the only light blue skinned ones. I bought a couple last year, due to one thing and another, they sat on display in the kitchen until summer. I have only bought one this year. I still have soup in the freezer.

Brukale (flower sprouts) are doing well.  I have taken all the tops out now to encourage all the side shoots.

 Cavolo nero seems to be slowing up a bit.  I dug the last of the Sarpo axona tatties  this week.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 19:36

The christmas tree  is up and tie wrapped to the curtain pole. When the branches have settled I will decorate it,  probably tomorrow.

What is this strange fruit?

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 19:33

Can you slice it in half so we can  see the inside. ? Any leaves left?

What is this Green Plastic Hose?

Posted: 07/12/2017 at 22:41

Our Virgin  tv and internet cable is in trunking like that. Its laid along the boundary line under a hedge.

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