After a winter when the veg patch was muddier than the Somme, the ground has finally dried out but also compacted like concrete. Prior to the new years’s veg planting I have had to completely dig over the plot again, which has been quite tough going. However, the soil conditioner and well-rotted horse manure which I added last autumn have considerably improved the ground’s quality.
Veg patch – May 2013
Nothing showing yet, but I have planted potatoes, onions, parsnips and Brussels sprouts. Tomato, pea, cucumber and aubergine plants have so far avoided the attentions of the slugs.
Fruit trees – May 2013
The apple, pear and plum trees all managed to flower and set fruit without succumbing to recent wind and rain. Looks like it might be a good harvest this year.
A few days ago the iPad found itself in Zimbabwe, and when I needed to recharge I got quite a surprise – two surprises, in fact.
I had assumed (and we all know what assumption is the mother of …) that mains electrical sockets in Zim would be the same as the sockets used in South Africa. Not so. Continue reading
Posted in iPad, South Africa, Travel, Zimbabwe
Tagged 110v, 220v, 240v, electrical sockets, iPad abroad, phone charger, plugs, voltage, Zimbabwe
A few years ago in South Africa, Anne & I were unwise enough to walk through long grass in shorts. Within the hour our legs were covered in a mass of tiny, incredibly itchy bites. By next morning we had had enough and headed for a pharmacy.
As the sun sets over the trout lake outside our chalet in Dullstroom, South Africa, I can hear the dulcet tones of a large group of Hadeda ibises as they quarter the lawn looking for worms.
I have a collection of SIM cards for the iPad, basically one for every country I visit. Some, like the SIM from 3 in the UK, can be left unused for several months then be topped up online and it will immediately leap back into life; others, like the SFR SIMs I buy for use in France, die if left unused for more than a month or three and cannot be revived.
It’s all very well creating a Kindle book to sell on Amazon, but the hard part is generating publicity. After much e-mailing of gardening society editors, a fresh review of Mum’s book has appeared in Heathers, the journal of The Heather Society. Continue reading
Posted in Gardening, Lake District, UK, Wildlife, Writing
Tagged Caldbeck, Calluna vulgaris, clematis, Cumbria, gardening, Greenhead, Greenrigg, heather, Heather Society, Keswick, Kindle, Lake District, Uldale, weaver, weaving, Wigton, Womens' Institute
So, the horsemeat saga grinds on. According to the media it’s a crisis but, in the overheated world of newsgathering, what isn’t? In practice, I can hardly find a single carnivore who is morally outraged at the thought of having eaten horse. The upset – and it really is no more than that – among such people is the labelling issue rather than the protein content. Continue reading
This week’s word has caused me a degree of confusion, and I suspect that there is a trans-Atlantic explanation.
I am currently reading, and greatly enjoying, Thomas Pakenham’s book ‘The Boer War’. For a topic so obviously full of who did what, where, when and to whom, the author makes the story very readable and, in places, quite humorous. Continue reading