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Posted: 07/12/2015 at 16:58

Just thinking this morning how dreadful for Cumbria and surrounds.  I believe this is the 3rd time they have suffered in the past 15 years.

Knowing how so many people helped out those of us in Somerset just 2 years ago, I hope we can do the same for the North West if necessary.

My heartfelt good wishes to all those suffering from our weather at the moment.

well, is it a sign?

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 16:43

It would seem then that most of us cannot call ourselves true environmentalists according to this new definition.  Sorry Treehugger.....even you I'm afraid.

I'm not sure exactly what we are supposed to eat these days........I'm as guilty as the next person I imagine.  I source everything I can locally ( less air miles ) but I can't possibly grow/rear everything I eat.  One minute we are encouraged to support our dairy farmers, the next minute we are made to feel guilty by doing so.

Not only food but power generation in all it's forms minute Bio fuel is all the rage, next minute we are ripping up forests to grow the necessary and someone then says "Hang on.....we are using valuable food growing space ".  I've noticed too that far less money and resources are spent on encouraging people to save power than to carry on generating more.  I see the need to keep us all in heat and light but it seems to me that we are constantly urged to buy and use more gadgets that are incredibly power hungry.

Verdun.......I don't think it was a "politician" per se...........I think from some NGO (amounts to the same thing I suppose ).  I have the feeling you cannot really differentiate between Politicians and Lobbyists.....other than to say the Lobbyists are usually more savvy

Sorry....rant just really T's me off.

Pompeyboy......enjoy your daffs and you are so recently there it is always a good idea to wait and see what previous owners have planted.  I hope you get some nice surprises

Sedum Autumn joy

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 17:46

Ta Jo

well, is it a sign?

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 17:39

Did anyone hear someone on the radio saying that "You cannot call yourself an environmentalist if you consume Beef and Dairy products ".  A very definite statement but I cannot remember who actually said it.

I think it was on Farming Today ( Radio 4 ) and was part of a discussion on climate change and methane emission.  Not exactly a new argument I know but added to the recent "scare" about processed meat and vegetable oil, I'm beginning to wonder exactly what is a PC diet these days ?

I particularly liked the American attitude..........whatever comes out of Paris will not be considered legally binding.  No change there then

Sorry.....Pompeyboy, I hope you enjoy using the forum


Sedum Autumn joy

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 17:04

Don't know Posties Pride Verdun ..........I'm taking it that it is similar to Autumn Joy ?  Are the flower heads as large ?

New visitor to my bird feeders

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 17:44

Sparrow hawks are about here far, I've only seen them "do what it says on the tin"........catching and demolishing  a sparrow in front of my eyes.

Luckily so far ( touching wood ), our GS Woodpecker family remain alive and well.  At this time of year, it's Mrs. GS Woodpecker who comes to the feeder every day

Gardening Vices ......

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 17:36

Jo......tea chests.............that takes me back a bit

Sedum Autumn joy

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 17:33

I'm surprised Verdun............I've grown them for donkeys years in all sorts of places ....from Lancashire to North Cornwall and most points inbetween  You live and learn

Small is beautiful and can offer life to many creatures

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 17:27

I haven't been able to acces the links so can't see the OP's pond or surrounds.

The only thing I would say is that is you have a raised pond which Hedgehogs can't access, you can get away without the usual sloping access.

I only say this because I inherited a pond like this......the frogs can access quite easily as can the newts ( a bit of judicious planting makes crawling in an out  easy at most points ). 

If starting a pond from scratch, it is easy to make it suitable for most species you are likely to have but a "walled" pond as such needn't be a death trap.  Plenty of "water" points within the garden  help to satisfy those  who just want a drink without the risk of them attempting the pond.  Just a thought


Gardening Vices ......

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 17:11

Don't know about gardening "vices"........I suspect I succumb to every one  known to man ( or woman of course  ).

What about Garage/Shed vices ?  I am frantically trying to clear my garage to make sufficient space to actually walk thru it.  Takes me half an hour just to find the freezer never mind actually getting anything out of it.

Every time I say to my OH........"well, what about this ?  Do we really need it ? "  He says " Yes....better hang on to that because blah, blah, blah ".  For heavens sake, half the stuff has Spanish labels's a bit since we lived there

I know the old adage......."as soon as you throw it out, you will want it " but there surely must be a limit ?

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