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Shrinking Violet

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The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 16:25

Fair point Joe - but my description was quite mild in comparison with what some of the villagers say in somewhat more earthy language!

Those most affected by the rookery have tried to have a measure of control - and have failed because of the loud voices of those unaffected.  It is very easy to have a "nature must take its course" opinion when one's life is not personally compromised - but I am irritated by the rooks;  there are many whose life has been made a misery by the rookery, the noise and the mess.  They dread nesting time each spring. 

I do understand both sides of the argument, but there are many to whom I agree I referred somewhat disparagingly, who fail to see any point other than their own.  That was the point I made.  Clumsily.

Weather Lore - and more

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 15:21

As we are variously suffering random weather events at the moment, I thought it might be interesting to look at country sayings month by month regarding the weather.  In addition, there are other supposed "indicators" of good or bad weather. 

Hope it will be of interest - especially if we have regional variations!

So: to start it off, for May:

"A wet May brings a good load of hay" ie plenty of sunshine in June.  (Good - that means we should have something resembling a summer, then )


"A cold May and a windy,
Makes a fat barn and a findy*"

*findy = good weight

Let's hope we don't have too much hot weather (doesnt seem likely, does it?) because:  "A hot May makes a fat churchyard"

Must be lots of other folklore out there .   .   .  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 12:15

It poured with rain first thing
Which made the thrushes sing
"Wet. Wet. Wet."
Sun is now shining
Soon be gardening
Never fret!

(best I can do with today's weather!  Weeds grow no matter what.  <sigh>)

Talkback: Rabbits and myxomatosis

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 21:12

It is a dreadful disease, and a shame on the human race for inventing it and introducing it.  I didn't realise that it was much in evidence now - obviously I was wrong.

What I have noticed, though, is that with a return to a healthier population of rabbits in this neck of the woods, there are more buzzards than had been seen for many years.  Clearly, the food chain has been re-established, to some degree, at least.

btw I recall a book by Russell Braddon called "The Year of the Angry Rabbit".  He was an Australian author, who wrote this fictional work based on the problems of rabbits and of myxomatosis.  I don't know if it's still in print or available - but worth reading if you do come across it.  (It effectively highlights the unforeseen consequences of meddling with nature).


Posted: 06/05/2012 at 21:01

I use coloured plastic straws cut into shortish lengths.  Yes - really!

For example, in the GH when growing more than one variety/colour of the same plant, one label +pink straw = Tomato, Gardener's Delight.  All pots with pink straws are therefore effectively labelled at very little cost.  One label +blue straw = Tomato, Marmande.  All pots with blue straws are quickly identified and don't get confused with other tomato plants.

Works with all sorts of plants (white and pink lavatera, for example) where the seedlings are easily confused.

Save our bees

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 20:36

If anyone missed Countryfile this evening, there was a whole section given to the problems facing bee populations etc.  (You can probably catch it on iPlayer).

What I found surprising was the fact that the seeds of Oil Seed Rape were coated with systemic insecticide, which mean that pollinators were taking up the toxin when they did the job they were supposed to do ie pollinate the flowers to set seed.

What a crazy system!  Will follow the link and add my name to the petition btw.

Help Identifying self seeded plant

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 19:29

Clematis - the wild Old Man's Beard sort that you see in the hedgerows, I think.  (I have it in my front garden, and it's a bit of a thug tbh).

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 11:52

Crumbs!  That is a lot of compost - your garden must be huge - or perhaps you have an allotment?  But it has given me a thought:  too late perhaps for this year, but maybe the local Allotment Society might take a large delivery - I can but ask!

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 11:49

Hi Shazza - as it happens, I am a Parish Councillor, and I did raise this as an issue.  Corvids (rooks & crows etc) are partly protected, unless a case can be made to restrain their numbers,  But when a resident tried to do this, there was a huge outcry from all the bunny-huggers, and nothing came of it.

Personally, I think the numbers are getting out of control.  I wouldn't eliminate them, but I would favour culling them to reduce them;  it would seem that voices like mine are drowned out by others.

So - I am off to the local shops to look at the cage protection systems, which may have some effect - hopefully before the little birds are intimidated away for ever.

OH has also resurrected a heron scarer (makes a barking sound when a large object crosses its path) so maybe we'll crack this one!

Thanks for your input.

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 20:58

I had thought of these feeder-guards more for squirrel deterrence - but had overlooked the idea that they could also deter the *!^"*: rooks!  Off to GC tomorrow to rook-proof my bird feeders.

Many thanks for advice.

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