Category Archives: Slightly off Topic

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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A botanist can be a very lonely life.

Again linked to my Rose tying post. My family have taken a photo of me, taking a photo of a very old Mulberry. It can be a lonely life being interested in fruit and nut trees. I see a tree … Continue reading

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How not to tie in Roses

Whilst out with the family at a very large park near Coventry a few weeks ago, I happened to notice the method used to tie in roses. As always on the look out for different methods of doing things I … Continue reading

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Fox cub caught in Rabbit trap

Its amazing what gets caught in a live rabbit trap. This is a really nice, healthy fox cub. It did not take to kindly about me trying to let it out. It was snarling and hissing at me, but it … Continue reading

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Notification of Rainsbrook Nursery Facebook address change

We have decided to change our Facebook address. It was originally https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005471868486 It is now https://www.facebook.com/rainsbrooknursery All the posts will be kept as is, until I can find a way of transferring them. Also all friends will be asked to … Continue reading

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