Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ice Age Cometh

Despite the first harsh frost and sub-zero temperature, lobelia flowers are still hanging in there six months after being planted out, providing a smidgen of colour in an otherwise dormant and decaying garden.

The allotment yields a good supply of kale and winter greens and the ground is not yet too solid to harvest the last of the beetroot and some frost-sweetened parsnips.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Jam 57

Sixty teenagers had a rip-roaring party at Green Lung Towers this week, leaving much detritus in their wake. One of the things they did to amuse themselves was to count the number of pots of jam in the fridge - 57 apparently. Happily, it all stayed in the jars.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Shake the tree

Ice in the water trough, apples out of reach, a curled fox slumbering in sunshine. Kale ready, leeks on the way, onions started.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Pears for your heirs

"No, 'heirs' not 'hairs'," I explained to the bemused balding bloke on the checkout at Lidl, who'd just been struggling to wave a Doyenne Du Comice pear tree at a barcode reader.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Puzzled by the cosmos

"But why do you bring them to work?" she asked, delighted yet slightly suspicious of the floral display. Surprised by the question, all I could manage was a feeble, "It's what I do."

Thursday, November 04, 2010


Turned off some nasty propaganda on Channel 4 tonight, 'What the Green Movement Got Wrong'.

Apparently, because people have been eating GM foods for ten years without any problems, GM technology is safe and necessary, a little like John Selwyn Gummer feeding his daughter beefburgers during the BSE crisis. They totally ignored the issues of cross pollination, monocultures, copyrighted seeds owned by global corporations exploiting poor farmers and famines caused by corrupt regimes not the inadequacies of nature.

The green movement also stood accused of allowing malaria to spread by encouraging the ban on DDT, even though they now wholly support its controlled use to tackle malaria. Again, greenies are maligned for opposing nuclear power, but James Lovelock came out in favour of it way back in 2004 and it's only because of the gobsmacking absence of major solar, wave and wind energy projects in the past twenty years that nuclear has to possibly be the reluctant last resort.

Had to turn it off before they said that the bicycle was wrong.

Watched Harry & Paul again instead ("'Ere mate! D'ya sell lottery tickets?") and listened to a smashing vintage album, produced by ex-Buggle, Trevor Horn.


Good to see that the heavyweights like Monbiot have responded to the programme too, in a much more informed and scientific manner.