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Posted: 30/11/2014 at 11:23

I am humbled, Fairygirl. Well done, lass !

Not gardening but a computer question

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 09:22

I have always been intrigued by the name, 'Apple' Mac. Over in Canada, our almost national fruit was a Macintosh Apple. Now, it's a bloody computer name ! Who would'a thought ? ? ? 

Not gardening but a computer question

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 08:59

Kids !  Not kids any more.  Huh !  I remember when I were a lad, eeeeeeh.  I made do wi a rim of an old bike fished out of a canal,   Them wuz t' days ! Even up to the age of HAL in a space odyssey,  it were all speculayyyyyshon. Uz made uz owen entertainment. Eeeeeeeeeh. I tell thee Jess, nowt like a lump of Parkin and a bacon barm t'fill t'tum, were there ? !  Com-bloody-puters ? They'll ne'er catch on, lad. mark ma wurds !  Silly bloody name for them too. Bloody space in-bloody- vaders,  poop   pooop  poop,   

Not gardening but a computer question

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 18:54

I have been a sort of reluctant user of Windows for too many years now. If I had the money, I think I would definitely go for an Apple Mac. It has so many recommendations and faultless performance. I think if your heart can take the shock of the price, you can save yourself a load of trouble in the  future. It's all a matter of deciding whether you can invest now, and then remember that you are saving for the years ahead, trouble free and as has been said, no more Norton this, AVG that, fragging, fracking, flamboozling & etc, you're on the road to computer recovery.  Good luck !  

does anyone know what these are?

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 18:31

LOOK LIKE BLOODY KOOKABURRAS,  but tie dyed at some point.

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 09:26

I was in Canada in '47, and it was a helluva winter there as well !  I brought back a parrot from W.Africa, (ebola free ) in '62, and it thrived in the snow ! Looked bloody ridiculous wearing snowshoes, but we all had a jolly good laugh at it's expense, AND lashings of lemonade !

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 16:35

I feel now that, I should put on a black cap for casually slicing worms in two, and the usual killing spree of some bugs or other. It IS a sad world that things have to die for us to live., but there it is.  Reality is arbitrary and impersonal.

I try to go by the philosophy that we shouldn't eat anything that we cannot dispatch and prepare ourselves. I learned how to kill, gut and truss a chicken by the time I was 5 years old. I LOVE animals, but some are born to a life of luxury as pets, and some are born to a short life and end up on the plate.

I am not one of the plastic before leather brigade, but I am omnivorous by choice as it keeps excesses in check.  I d not think my parsnips quiver with fear whenever I go oop t'lotty, thinking I am gunna slaughter a row of leeks or neeps  for culinary pleasure..


Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:01

Yea, verily, Pippa. I had for a blessing, a cottage in Glorious Devon, and a farmer asked me if I'd like a rescued  badger cub. I collected it and it was the size of a kitten. I didn't ask what had happened to the mother, but it's eyes were only JUST opened. Well, I raised up on a diet of baby vitamins, slugs and crushed snails, and it thrived ! But, she was a force of destruction in the veg patch. Every time I sowed a row of peas, broad beans, leeks, WHATEVER, it was dug up by the next morning, like a neat row of bullet craters !   Eventually, I found that by spraying the seeds lightly with paraffin, it deterred her from further excavating. Then one day, I had gone out to an evening of nature talks, and returned to find a VERY angry baby sitter, who accused me of feeding hedgehogs to the badger ! I had found a complete family of hogs in of all places, our hedge ! ! !, and brought them all intact to the children's sandpit to show them.  The badger had found them and thought it was a snack left for her, and she had, despite never having seen a hog before, scoffed the bloody lot !  Relations with the neighbours was NEVER the same again, as they were obsessive vegans !.   

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:21

Salting slugs to me, is a completely unacceptable way of dealing with slugs ! It doesn't matter how slimy or destructive they are, I cannot think of a more loathsome way of dying.  Perhaps we need to re-asses the situation and prevent rather than cure. The dried bramble sticks, broken down to make a painful path for the critturs seems fair enuff.         OK, it might make preparation for  the next crops difficult, BUT one could live with one's conscience easier, I think. After all, these molluscs  have been around for millions of years, and we as a species have been here only for the blink of an eye.

On the other hand, hire the services of a friendly neighbourhood badger. Then it would be a win win situation.Badger has a full nutritious belly, and you have the equivalent of a machine gunned veg patch !

Rat spotted

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 15:22

You could try this method .................. buy a white or piebald hooded rat from a pet shop, and let it/them loose up at the lotty. When they interbreed with the wild rats, they have nice white patches on them, to make them easy targets !


Well,              waddaya want ? Either they go, or they stay. It just seems a practical solution.

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