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Woodgreen wonderboy

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Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 09:58

I don't think you can blame GM food directly for the obesity crisis, except in that it has helped to make food more plentiful and available to all in larger quantities. It's not a quality issue, it's quantity that is the problem. Humans can resist everything except temptation.

And don't get me started on the decline of civilisation following the invention of the microwave.

Fragrant tree

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 09:36

The wholesale price of milk is a "world" price over which we have almost no control, if any. It is very sensible that more and more milk is diverted into the higher value added products.

We can all remember the days when the fields were full of black and white cows, and now we see nearly none. Some have gone indoors, but many have gone for good. That farmland is now used for other things, mostly agricultural. Those farmers and their farmland now produce something we actually demand. Change is inevitable, and those who adapt survive and thrive.It's vital we focus on what we are good at , for which there is a growing demand and for which there is a fair price for all, producers and consumers. Unfortunately milk doesn't pass 2 of this group of tests.

Skimmia Japonica Rubella

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 09:25

As an evergreen it may help to leave any cutting back to spring lest you harm it. You can kill an evergreen at this time of year. OK to move it tho'.


Where to start...

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 09:20

Join your local gardening club/horticultural society... lovely people, knowledgeable about what does well locally, loads of help, advice and encouragement.

You may wish to employ someone, if your garden is large, half a day a week may be enough. Depends on how fit you are, finances, time etc., but take advice on who. 

I have a large garden and employ a "slash and burn" merchant as I call him, who will tackle anything with gusto, and someone else who is RHS trained and totally understands plants and when to do things. I still do loads to, and between us we hack it. 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 09:08

Went to a winter wonderland, met by 2 pixies, helpfully with name badges,,, 

"Elf" and his friend :Safety"


Posted: 26/11/2014 at 09:06

Hey Chicky I always pack at the last minute... if I do it over a period of days O forget what's in and what's not. I have a list I keep with all the standard things to pack, which works for me too. Means I can do it in double quick time and hopefully not forget anything.

I went to Berlin just after the wall came down. I cried when I was shown where the nazis burned the books.


Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 08:09

What is interesting is that in the 1930s , when the population was around 25m fewer than today, but the land area was the same we still couldn't feed ourselves. At the start of the war, we were importing so much that there was need for serious rationing, dig for victory, wholesale digging up of new land etc. After the war governments adopted policies to achieve as close to self sufficiency as possible. The old methods didn't work I am afraid, and if re-adopted on a significant scale now would be disastrous. We would have to import an even greater proportion of our food needs, have less control over the standards used, prices would be higher, more pollution from  transport ......

The good life makes great television, it doesn't feed the masses.

Fragrant tree

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 07:43

If you look at the figures there has been an inexorable and steep decline in the overall consumption of milk for a long time, so I am afraid this is inevitable until the supply is reduced. That is why the supermarkets have the whip hand.  Basic economics, but not nice nonetheless.


Posted: 26/11/2014 at 07:10

Full English for you then Dove as your reward?

Can I have my tie back now Chicky please? You've had it for 40 years and I need it for the weekend.

Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 07:07

Yes Mike I live in the New Forest, in the top left hand corner. Always an ambition of mine and happily achieved. As one of the last large remaining lowland heathland areas it has a very distinctive flora and fauna. By the way, did you know the word Forest means" land set aside for hunting", which of course is what William1 was doing with his chums, kicking the locals off the land so that the deer, boar etc. could roam and he could rush around to his hearts delight. Too many trees would have been in the way so there is a natural balance between the grazing animals ( deer,ponies, cattle, a few sheep, not forgetting the pigs in the autumn) which create and maintain the open landscape. The Victorians, always keen to improve things enclosed some areas, excluded the animals, and planted conifers. There is also some ancient woodland, but recent research, including aerial archeaology, suggest much of it is not as old as originally thought. I will enquire about  Brig. Waldron, not a name I am familiar with.

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