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  Topic: Wildlife
dpack

Replies: 219
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PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Fri Feb 22, 19 10:09 am   Subject: Wildlife
i have seen a few, something that did surprise me was the cornish pair i watched for a few weeks raising a nestling were catching voles if no avian was convenient

a lowish hover and scan then a nea ...
  Topic: Wildlife
dpack

Replies: 219
Views: 53895
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Thu Feb 21, 19 10:21 pm   Subject: Wildlife
this afternoon a perigrine did a death vortex to a blackbird above and into the garden over the alley

three times round each tighter and lower than the last and a squeak on the lawn.

awesome

...
  Topic: Adventures in grafting
dpack

Replies: 50
Views: 75753
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Thu Feb 21, 19 3:18 pm   Subject: Adventures in grafting
i can think of a crab hedge about 100 yrs old with 30 varieties in a 100 yards.

a deliberate planting of no two the same

the small prunus things are both planted and wildings. there are lots ...
  Topic: Adventures in grafting
dpack

Replies: 50
Views: 75753
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Wed Feb 20, 19 10:43 pm   Subject: Adventures in grafting
if i do apples and pears ( if i can ) i needs somebody to do the plums, gages and damsons and bullace.

the york historic collection is extensive and includes loads i have never seen before.
at a g ...
  Topic: Adventures in grafting
dpack

Replies: 50
Views: 75753
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Wed Feb 20, 19 2:15 pm   Subject: Adventures in grafting
i just found that one of the rootstocks has 2 successful grafts from last year
i was looking to see if it was a suitable host and spotted them so that makes two new trees so far, new from old and ...
  Topic: Adventures in grafting
dpack

Replies: 50
Views: 75753
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Tue Feb 19, 19 7:38 pm   Subject: Adventures in grafting
about 10 in assorted styles onto 5 maturing rootstocks.
that covers the pear and 3 types of apple so tomorrow i have 2 more types to do

one of the rootstocks was ideal as there were 3 perfect br ...
  Topic: Adventures in grafting
dpack

Replies: 50
Views: 75753
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon Feb 18, 19 6:40 pm   Subject: Adventures in grafting
those did not go too well

the summer rootstock twigs casually pushed into damp soil still seem alive

today i collected , the little russet, the horizontal one i did the serious pr ...
  Topic: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
dpack

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PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sat Feb 16, 19 1:31 pm   Subject: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
a quick kilning would do for any live worms. once it stops steaming it is done .

it might take a bit of the timber to heat a suitable drum with a lid but if it makes most of it saleable etc

thin ...
  Topic: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
dpack

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Views: 1020448
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Fri Feb 15, 19 10:52 am   Subject: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
sunny ,mild and rather like spring here.
  Topic: AI oi oi
dpack

Replies: 1
Views: 148
PostForum: IT Matters   Posted: Fri Feb 15, 19 12:19 am   Subject: AI oi oi
[url=https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/feb/14/elon-musk-backed-ai-writes-convincing-news-fiction] ummm if that sort of artificial intelligence was to meet natural stupidity things could go ...
  Topic: pasties, yum yum yum
dpack

Replies: 1
Views: 138
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Thu Feb 14, 19 11:41 pm   Subject: pasties, yum yum yum
first make pastry that is
edible
robust
and deliciously nutritious

it needs to be strong enough to use the crimped rim ends as a handle and to hold the contents while munching happens

it nee ...
  Topic: Speed test software
dpack

Replies: 11
Views: 17010
PostForum: IT Matters   Posted: Mon Feb 11, 19 10:09 pm   Subject: Speed test software
details please

pretty please

a very tidy info protocol , working kit and leccy is a node

mobile linux on a stick and a working usb port is fine if one can find or make a working usb po ...
  Topic: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
dpack

Replies: 5317
Views: 1020448
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon Feb 11, 19 12:50 pm   Subject: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
it is the season to prune blackberries . i did mine yesterday as well, the birds will get used to it.
  Topic: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
dpack

Replies: 5317
Views: 1020448
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Feb 10, 19 5:52 pm   Subject: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
iirc one aspect of the delay is you might have rent issues due to unpaid housing benifit, although universal credit will cover back rent eventually if a person has or borrows money and pays the rent d ...
  Topic: Wildlife
dpack

Replies: 219
Views: 53895
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Sat Feb 09, 19 4:22 pm   Subject: Wildlife
bunny update , i just saw a big lean one and two youngish juveniles.

even if they do seem much reduced in numbers there are still bunnies in da hood.
 
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