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1  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: May 25, 2018, 03:19:41 PM
Good bit of rain on the garden today, can't be bad.
Twm
2  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: May 24, 2018, 07:35:13 PM
Will do, thanks for the tip. I bought a box last year. Not sure if I got for the toms or Cucumber.

Twm
3  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: May 24, 2018, 05:49:25 PM
I've replanted my lilac tree after it was barked by the sheep in the winter. I had given up on it. However it has started to sprout from the soil. Not sure if this was a grafted lilac, it'll be interesting to see what grows.

Tomatoes growing well, the frost did touch them a few weeks ago but have recovered well.

I've planted some salad leaves, they've germinated and looking good.

Twm
4  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: The Wonders of Nature on: May 24, 2018, 05:42:45 PM
I found an adult Pied Flycatcher on the floor in part of the barn this morning. Not a mark on it. I think it had flown in through a gap above the door a couldn't find the way out.

I just hope the young have fledged the nest. It all seems very quiet......
5  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: May 23, 2018, 07:49:21 PM
Plenty of leaves here Edifi, I've got some straw to add to the heap too.
Twm
6  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: The Wonders of Nature on: May 23, 2018, 07:47:12 PM
Last year I cut some oak boughs for a friend. I have stored them outside to dry for a while. Today I got the saw bench out and started logging up. The boughs on the top of the stack were fairly dry. Those underneath still damp. Even though they had been cut over a year ago, they were sprouting new growth. I have seen this with willow but never oak.

Several frogs and toads were on the move as I started to move the boughs. It struck me how clever nature is with regards to camouflage. You can bet that where ever you see a frog its colour will match its surroundings, even if found only a few feet apart.

Twm
7  Railways / Railways / Re: Electric Trains on: May 23, 2018, 07:36:55 PM
We're still using Oxen around this neck of the woods.
8  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: WATER SUPPLIES on: May 23, 2018, 07:34:17 PM
Gerald a friend of mine is just on the edge of the Elan Valley. About a month ago one of the 30 inch mains burst. Made a right mess of the land and up-rooted many trees. It was a cast pipe that burst, the fragments of cast were so poor they crumbled between your fingers. Which means the rest of the pipe must be the same.
Twm
9  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: BIRMINGHAM GETTING BETTER OR MORE OF A DUMP on: May 22, 2018, 02:17:11 PM
I can't really comment on the centre of Brum, I only used to stop off there at New Street to get my connection to Wales or walk across town to snow Hill.

I do know that I can't find my way around  Brum by car these days, all the old rat runs have disappeared. The old housing estates that I lived on are terrible places, one of which has been demolished. Such a lovely place when we moved into those new houses in the early 60's. It had become a druggies paradise before being knocked down.
Twm
10  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: BOOKS on: May 22, 2018, 02:09:02 PM
A Shropshire lad, by Phil Drabble, lovely read.

Another good country book: I walked by night. Can't remember the authors name, but he was a poacher.

The Railways of Wales, John Christopher & Campbell McCutcheon
Twm
11  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: The Wonders of Nature on: May 22, 2018, 02:02:33 PM
Hello Gerald, I've been watching sparrows and house martins nesting in the barn. The blue tits are back and forth to their nest box, I can't hear any lyles ones yet. I also spotted where the nuthatch has nested yesterday. They are in a very old nest box, it's just about holding on to the tree with one screw. Didn't want to interfere in case they deserted the nest, I'm just hoping for the best.
Twm
12  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: May 21, 2018, 08:12:17 PM
I do wonder if any 'ordinary' gardeners get to exhibit at Chelsea. Or perhaps they do" but don't get on the telly.

On a positive note, I managed to get some well rotted manure yesterday. Full of lovely worms.......
13  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: Riddles on: May 19, 2018, 04:30:54 AM
Hello Gerald thank you for the update. I'm getting on this forum and another forum with no trouble. However I have tried to log in to a few other sites, I.e VW cars, my post office account, etc I can get so far but when I have to put in post code or security code it won't let me. Seems very odd. I wonder if this is something to do wi captcha? I'm using an iPad yet these are usually not affected by this sort of thing or are they?

Perhaps we should go back to letter writing  Grin
Twm
14  Railways / Railways / Re: Electric Trains on: May 18, 2018, 06:21:15 PM
Edifi, I'm down your way quite often or in Essex. I took a trip to Southend and Shoebryness I was amazed at the amount of windmills just off the coast, masses of them. And I'm moaning about he few on my mountain. I suppose I'll get sued to them.
Twm
15  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: The Wonders of Nature on: May 18, 2018, 06:14:15 PM
I've got a large family of semi ferrel cats. There are 8 in he group, two of which are not related and are quite tame. All 8 generally hang around the yard or go off hunting. The last litter of kittens arrived 2 years ago. The mother of the last litter is about to give birth to another litter.

Back to the litter that is two years old. They are all Tom Cats. They have grown up together played together and now after two years fighting for dominance. The litter is made up of a pair of jet black twins and a tabby. The tabby when born was much bigger than the twins.

Anyway this last month, the Tabby has gone from being the dominant sibling to the most submissive after been set about by the black twins. Now the black twins are fighting each other to gain dominance. They were at it in the yard again today, snarling, fur flying, scratching and gouging. Their heavily pregnant mother was near by, too hot to move as this scrap was going on. All of a sudden, the grand mother of these two year old twins shot across the yard and set about them. As much as to say stop brawling.They soon stopped fighting.

In all the years I have had cats I have never seen one of the older females stop the young Toms from fighting.

You see something new every day

Twm
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