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    Surviving the Garden

    Thanks to lockdown, for the first time ever I found my self looking for something to do in the garden. Usually, I feel overwhelmed by all the weeding that has to be done then finding that by the time I think I've finished a new generation of weeds has grown up. I wish it was like housework...
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    Word association game

    Gizzard
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    Encouraging Your Next Generation in the Outdoors!!!

    He seems to be just like my grandson was at that age. He is now 15 and retains all his outdoor interests. Our son is assiduous in supporting his activities by, for example, transporting him to the local woods where he works as a volunteer while resisting any temptation to interfere. It makes me...
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    Word association game

    ceramics
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    Great Spotted Woodpecker

    Actually I was wondering if this was a bird taking over a vacant territory. This was a female but we usually saw a male. New pairing?
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    Great Spotted Woodpecker

    Our local woodpeckers must be following this thread. One arrived on the bird feeder for the first time in several weeks. Could it be a new arrival?
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    What are you growing?

    We have the permanent things such as fruit trees and bushes. Then we have the regulars such as beans, mange tout, beetroot, garlic, salad or various kinds. Ever since British Red recommended them I've put in early nantes carrots: they are growing intermixed with coriander. The artichoke plant...
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    80th Birthday celebration suggestions, please. Update.

    She finds it hard to believe it too. Running after me keeps her fit!
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    Word association game

    Racquet
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    What beekeeping related activities did you do recently?

    A question for bee-keepers. Although we grew up in different parts of the country (Devon and Hampshire), both my wife and I were told as children that bee-keepers always tod the bees when there was a significant event in the family. This is supposed to ensure that the bees keep working for the...
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    My First 'Bushcraft' Knife!

    I do have a scar on my thigh where I stabbed myself in the way Broch describes. It taught me to use the right technique for any given situation. Broch is quite right to issue the warning. It's a reminder that when using a knife, a cuts kit should be at hand.
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    My First 'Bushcraft' Knife!

    I bored a lanyard hole in my Companion so I could follow Mors Kochanski's tip for looping it to the wrist in use. See his YouTube vids.
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    What beekeeping related activities did you do recently?

    Whenever anyone mentions bee-keeping, I am reminded of the time when some years ago, I was headteacher of a very small, rural primary school, and was involved in a research project on children's oral communication. The project leader was a friend and colleague who was soon to become a...
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    Word association game

    waistline
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    What beekeeping related activities did you do recently?

    I have a superb relationship with my neighbour 's bees. She houses and looks after them, I encourage them to exploit my bee-friendly garden and fertilize my plants and I get the bonus of an occasional jar of honey. I swear I can taste my own flowers!