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  Topic: Wildlife
Mistress Rose

Replies: 1384
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PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Thu May 06, 21 7:57 am   Subject: Wildlife
They are funny when they start to fly. I saw a crow family teaching youngster once. It crash landed in the hedge, wings and feet out, rather like a cartoon.
  Topic: Wildlife
Mistress Rose

Replies: 1384
Views: 1069114
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Tue May 04, 21 7:30 am   Subject: Wildlife
I am always glad that the UK has very few venomous creatures. That must have been rather frightening for the poor man.

Sgt. Colon, Glad your little friend survived your spade.
  Topic: Landscaping project
Mistress Rose

Replies: 627
Views: 324955
PostForum: Energy Efficiency and Construction/Major Projects   Posted: Tue May 04, 21 7:25 am   Subject: Landscaping project
Yes, it was pretty bad here during the night. They are threatening more wind for this morning, but doesn't seem so bad at the moment, so lets hope they are wrong.
  Topic: Wildlife
Mistress Rose

Replies: 1384
Views: 1069114
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Mon May 03, 21 7:24 am   Subject: Wildlife
As you say, quite a poser. Plenty of birdsong around at the moment, but now the leaves are starting, fewer sightings.
  Topic: Wildlife
Mistress Rose

Replies: 1384
Views: 1069114
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Sun May 02, 21 7:59 am   Subject: Wildlife
I think I saw a swift at the farm where I get my meat last week. Just a flash of blue as the sun caught it, so not sure.

The yard robin has been in evidence, but otherwise just birds being birds I ...
  Topic: Landscaping project
Mistress Rose

Replies: 627
Views: 324955
PostForum: Energy Efficiency and Construction/Major Projects   Posted: Sun May 02, 21 7:55 am   Subject: Landscaping project
Sleepers vary. The best ones are hardwood, sometimes oak, some are softwood.
  Topic: Wildlife
Mistress Rose

Replies: 1384
Views: 1069114
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Thu Apr 29, 21 6:57 am   Subject: Wildlife
We were up in the woods again over Tuesday night as we were firing the kiln again. Owls made a tremendous noise at dusk. Think there may have been a couple warning each other about territory. Yesterda ...
  Topic: The science of mashing
Mistress Rose

Replies: 5
Views: 564
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Thu Apr 29, 21 6:53 am   Subject: The science of mashing
The only thing I am very careful about with wine making is sterilising everything. Otherwise it is 'about right'.
  Topic: Landscaping project
Mistress Rose

Replies: 627
Views: 324955
PostForum: Energy Efficiency and Construction/Major Projects   Posted: Thu Apr 29, 21 6:52 am   Subject: Landscaping project
And if you get given poor quality, reject it. Goods inwards checks mean that they know you won't accept rubbish and won't try it again.
  Topic: mending stuff
Mistress Rose

Replies: 12
Views: 688
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Thu Apr 29, 21 6:49 am   Subject: mending stuff
As far as possible I live with some parts not functioning. The timer on the cooker hasn't worked for years, so I time things manually; not a problem. One of the burners doesn't light automatically, so ...
  Topic: Raised beds
Mistress Rose

Replies: 81
Views: 13264
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Thu Apr 29, 21 6:44 am   Subject: Raised beds
Nick, if you can get hold of some charcoal fines, it will keep the moisture and nutrients in the soil longer. I just planted out my seed potatoes in two similar beds and the one with a lot of charcoal ...
  Topic: Wildlife
Mistress Rose

Replies: 1384
Views: 1069114
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Tue Apr 27, 21 6:29 am   Subject: Wildlife
  Topic: Raised beds
Mistress Rose

Replies: 81
Views: 13264
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Tue Apr 27, 21 6:27 am   Subject: Raised beds
Jerusalem artichokes are also nice baked or roasted. I clean them well and leave them in their skins, then the skins can be removed as they are eaten.
  Topic: Raised beds
Mistress Rose

Replies: 81
Views: 13264
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon Apr 26, 21 7:31 am   Subject: Raised beds
Managed to finally get my seed potatoes in. They are in the new raised beds, and it was most noticeable that the bed which had a lot of charcoal in it was far more moist than the other. I also managed ...
  Topic: Wildlife
Mistress Rose

Replies: 1384
Views: 1069114
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Sun Apr 25, 21 8:58 am   Subject: Wildlife
Depends on how well they can hide. If they are brown/black/fawn, could be an advantage.

Went for a walk in the wood yesterday and heard and saw a number of birds. Definite robin, blackbird and wre ...
 
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