Category Archives: Slightly off Topic

Oak tree callussed branches

Whilst doing some gardening at a customers house. I noticed a very large common oak tree on the boundary line, always dropping branches, acorns and pigeon mess. This time something caught my eye. A couple of the large branches had … Continue reading

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The Mullein Moth Caterpillar (Cucullia verbasci)

I have never seen any of these before. In all my times in pruning and clearing Buddleja out of customers gardens, I have never encountered any of these. Called the Mullein Moth Caterpillar (Cucullia verbasci). The name verbasci gives a … Continue reading

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Not enough Rain yet – May 2019

Is this the start of this years drought. Our clay soil is already cracking up. We have not had a wet or snowy winter, and so far not enough spring rain. Our water butts are nearly empty. We nearly had … Continue reading

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Fig – Persian Green – temporarily withdrawn for sale – due to Paypal

Fig – Persian Green – temporarily withdrawn for sale. Due to Paypal’s investigation into the sale of Iranian goods, and the downgrading of my Paypal account. I have had to withdraw this item for sale for the next 14 days. … Continue reading

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The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada – 7 volumes

After 2 years being on the waiting list, I finally got my copy of the following set of books. A set of 7 volumes, each 500-600 pages. The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada by Daniel … Continue reading

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Very very Rare – Hmong Red Cucumber

‘Hmong red’ is considered a heirloom cultivar. Its scientific name is Cucumis sativus ‘Hmong red’. A very productive and tasty variety that stays mild even when large. Millions of the Hmong tribe live on the borders of Thailand, China, Burma, … Continue reading

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Replacing Floor of an Ifor Williams GD84 trailer

The time has finally arrived, and its always at the most critical time. Whilst transport a heavy duty rough mower, the bottom fell out of my trailer. I knew it was a bit bouncy, but I thought it would last … Continue reading

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Its not all work work work, time to relax at Rainsbrook Model Railway

Its not all work work work, time to relax at “Rugby Model¬†Engineering” or “Rainsbrook Valley Railway”. Especially as today being Sunday is Fathers day and we were taken out for an hour or two, with all the other fathers and … Continue reading

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Ever thought about Scarifying your Lawn – Pt2 The Lawns

We have sorted the machinery out. Now its time to see the effects of scarifing your lawns. ¬† Here is the almost finished product. The next photo shows the lawn after its been given a quick clean up with a … Continue reading

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Ever thought about Scarifying your Lawn – Pt1 Machinery

Well the decision was made to scarify the lawn on 2 points. 1 – The lawn mower would not go over it 2 – The weeds were beginning to get the better. So we selected a dry week in May, … Continue reading

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