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Peat Ballan

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Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:17

I have NEVER eaten a raw badger. Wossit taste like ?

Dream Potting Shed

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 09:56

It's when I'm manoeuvering the freshly used 'rotyvaytor', mower, hedge triimmer, strimmer, spades, forks 'n' trowels that I find an extra patch of mud and soil worked into the nice Axminster shag pile, collected from the recycling depot, to add a bit of class to my shed, that the Missus gets teasy. I need to make some 'dream doors' to make it more secure, as we have been hit on by local twats who consider a shed an interesting secuity challenge.


Posted: 06/09/2013 at 22:49

I used to be called 'Badger Ballan', when I was befriended by this wee 5 week old cub, when it's mother was killed in a snare. I am blessed and grateful for being groomed and treated as a 'friend', by a badger. One cannot know how this feels unless one has had this or been played with by a mountain Gorilla ! As there is a definite shortage of gorillas in Devon, badgers will have to suffice.

I love badgers. There are too many people. People have the guns. What do badgers have ? People get Tubercolosis. Why not cull a few people ? 

Dream Potting Shed

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 18:04

I dream of a shed with electricity, solar panels to power a music system so I can listen to all the Beethoven 9 symphonies, Marriage of Figaro, room to swing a cat, stretch out me lallies, watch da boidies on da feeders, read a book, make a cuppa tea or coffee, and a smally fridge to keep the beer cold on a hot day. Oh the joys of gardening !

Perhaps some room to set up a moderate electric train set, to indulge my child     and as my wife suggests, a self tidying shed !


Posted: 06/09/2013 at 17:58

Depends on the roofer !   and whether one uses Welsh Slate or not ! 


Posted: 06/09/2013 at 17:23

Pessimist are never disappointed. A pessimist is a well informed optimist.

AND it  is raining !


Posted: 06/09/2013 at 16:55

Some humans plan, some just breed !  Animals breed, eat and defend their territory, and use only their paws, hooves or claws to defend and build. Humans in their infinite wisdom and compassion, utilise, rape the land, destroy, and ravage everything they can, all in the name of progress.  Not much hope anywhere, is there ?


Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:11

Badgers, hey ?  The question is, who was on your land/property first?  Who is the invader ? If badgers are in your garden, then they probably were on that patch of land for a thousand years before there was a house !  The other question or way to look at it is, if you were a badger, what would YOU feel if someone came on to your land and built a socking gurt thing on YOUR land ?


Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:01

The hive has produced a bumper load of POOH PUNNY, and this has been decanted into jars of nectar of the Gods. Two months ago, the bees were 'unsettled', as described in the good book, House at Pooh Corner, and on some days, decided that people were a fine and good target to practice Kami Kazi flights. Vee got stung 4 times, for the first time in her life. I was chased, chaste and buzzed a few times up and down the lotty, but escaped the ultimate sanction. Moody little buggers !

Now, in the first throes of September, the bees are obviously in shut down mode, and preparing to get the hive ready for the autumnal period. On fine days, they are active, but with the change in the air, dew on the grass and a sort of air of expectancy, there are lots of ornery bees settling into the blooms of tagetes, and bedding down in the sunflower heads. Great !

herbal lawns

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 22:14

Just taken up 8 old concrete flags from a path that leads to nowhere. Tomorrow, I hope to  ravage and rake the exposed soil and build it upwith  some compost, sand and soil, and then pop in some marjoram , and other herbs to start the lawn off. 

After the drought like conditions of earlier this summer, the lotty has taken off brilliantly with surpluses of lettuce, beans and wotnot. The old folks home nearby has almost turned veggy !

Discussions started by Peat Ballan


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leaf mulching

how to get the most out of your old leaves 
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improving shed and garden security 
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GM seeds

to seed or not to seed 
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herbal lawns

Establishing a herbal lawn 
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Now the soil is warm

what and where to plant and sow 
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bee hives

benefits of bee hives 
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where and when to burn or not to burn 
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