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Strictly is back!

Posted: Today at 12:53

Glad Katya won, always a joy to watch.

All in all quite a nicely paced final.  Not so sure about the show stopper greatest hits - bits - medleys.  Would have liked to see something a little more off piste.

Now best tidy the shed.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 22:40

Aston was entertaining, and was pretty great early in the competition, so if still in would have likely sailed past the others.  Gemma has been pretty poor for weeks, including the week he was voted out.

Alexandra has been consistently great.  Debbie has been brilliant other than the spice girls routine.  And Joe has grown on me.  Just hope for some good song choices and routines in the final.  I have not been that impressed with the music picks this year.

Last edited: 10 December 2017 22:42:14

Strictly is back!

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 20:55

Happy with the finalists save for Gemma, who I'd happily swap for Aston.  Haven't enjoyed watching her dance at all.  Says the couch potato who can barely shimmy to the kitchen.

Plastic clearup

Posted: 07/12/2017 at 11:29

Reported in today's news:


"Analysis of customs data by Greenpeace reveals British companies have shipped more than 2.7m tonnes of plastic waste to China and Hong Kong since 2012 – two-thirds of the UK’s total waste plastic exports."

Blimey, that's quite a bit of plastic.

Plastic clearup

Posted: 07/12/2017 at 08:47

The majority that ends up in our domestic waste bin is plastic.  And is burnable - which I'd almost rather.  Not that I want an incinerator on my doorstep.  Or more incinerators.  I'd prefer not to have the plastic to begin with.

So while there is promise in bugs that can break down some plastics, it doesn't address the issue of the packaging.  Incinerators that thrive on waste and levies such as the landfill tax that were created in good faith, end up aiding and encouraging the burning of waste, and neither diminish packaging.

I watched a TV program recently with drone footage at a waste processing plant, and it was made quite clear that lots of our waste is transported abroad.  China was buying it.  Which again only encourages us to make it.  China rather sensibly is now banning post consumer plastic waste from being imported.  So that's the end of that little money earner and carpet under sweeping for us.  But it's rather ridiculous that we were exporting it in the first place.  Goods and wastes being shuttled back and forth around the globe.  The TV show dressed it up that we were filling what would be empty containers on their return journeys.  In my mind it just appeared that the UK had nothing better to export, and it horrified me.

I quite like the idea of consumer rejection of packaging at the till.  Perhaps we need a concerted effort?

I hadn't factored that much of the waste in the garden could have actually been placed there by residents who couldn't afford to have it removed.  I'm lucky then, that there isn't more.  And what is there , although a pain is mainly manageable, it just feels like a bind cleaning up after others.

We are off the sewerage grid, so our washing machine etc, pumps out to a shared unit for the hamlet, that ends out overflowing to a river.  The micro-plastics are really alarming.  It's likely clothes fibers could make their way out into the environment.  It's a shame as I'd previously thought that recycling plastic bottles into clothing was a great idea.  Plastics are insidious. 

Plastic clearup

Posted: 05/12/2017 at 18:22

I've got an old track at the rear of the garden, that used to be used as a dumping ground.  Loads of fly-tipping.

I pick out what I can when I see it.

I stumbled upon something like an old bag or tarp, that had totally disintegrated.  Little bits and pieces, it would take an age with chopsticks to remove all of it.

In reality it's probably only something like a large shopping bag that has broken into parts, but it looks like fish food!

As it's almost localised, I'm tempted to just try and burn the lot.

I was reading only recently about cellophane, and that's a plastic made from cellulose, that breaks down quickly apparently in the soil.  There are alternatives.

 All our personal domestic waste is plastic packaging - even though we do try and avoid buying plastic wrapped items.

I hate polystyrene.  There is an outfit that makes an alternative from mushrooms.

Plenty of materials unavoidably end up in the environment.  Glass fibre insulation has been found in the soil up mountains.  It's really ridiculous.

Last edited: 05 December 2017 18:27:25

Plastic clearup

Posted: 05/12/2017 at 17:11

Polystyrene used in pots that later falls to pieces and ends up in the garden, and old plastic bags that end up in a million small pieces.

How do you get this out the soil?  Would it float to the top of a bucket?

Is it bad for the environment?  Will these eventually rot down?  Should I move to the compost heap?

Should I leave for Wall-E and not worry about it?

Any tips?

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3 year old leaf mould containing cameraria ohridella

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 22:01

Just leaf litter from the road out front.  It didn't really occur to me that it could be a problem.  Someone mentioned a lot of leaf fall from a nearby conker tree into their garden - my first thoughts were that the leaves could be harnessed for good - but they had a hunch that it wasn't a good idea.  Do the spores die if I compost them in the dalek?

3 year old leaf mould containing cameraria ohridella

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 15:28

Just been collecting leaf litter.  I have some ash leaves in the mix.  Can I spread die back the same way?  Would you offer similar advice?

Yew bare root planting, autumn of spring?

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 13:53

Are the roots really active, or are they just completely dormant until spring anyway?

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