Sunday, January 30, 2011

Catch The Pigeon

Double drat. Don't know how all of the brassicas have been pecked to within an inch of their life, considering they're all under netting. It's possible that birds - most likely pigeons - have been getting in at the sides, or cleverly using their weight to trample the netting until the leaves are reachable.

Back To My Roots

Finally, the ground has thawed enough to enable another parsnip harvest.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Signs Of Life

Unsurprising, as it originates from Siberia, that the rhubarb is one of the only happy plants around at the moment.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Worms In The Carpet

Daisy (not her real name) next door, who's 93, has been hallucinating: Orange worms in the carpet, birds and flowers in the room, garden netting attached to the doctor's head and other weird garden related stuff. They weren't, as I thought when she was telling me, the side effects of radiation therapy or any of the pills she's on, but symptoms of what she called a 'water infection', by which I guessed she meant cystitis. I had to google it afterwards to find some confirmation because it all sounded so bizarre.

Although understandably a bit frightened at the time, Daisy was alright and had been rational and sensible throughout. She'd mentioned the visions to her visiting hairdresser, who'd called the doctor in. At one pont, she hallucinated her late husband in the chair next to her: "I thought he might be trying to tell me something."

Antibiotics cleared it all up in two or three days, which Daisy found remarkable: "To think that six tiny pills could make it all stop." Her generation is largely unused to the possibility of distortions in reality from taking just half of a tiny pill, but the path back to reality is longer than the path away from it.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Basket Case

I had thought that the term 'basket case' alluded to psychiatric patients and the therapeutic pastime of weaving. Apparently it's worse than that and was originally British slang for a quadruple amputee during World War I.

With all limbs intact, what else to do with some prunings from a willow, but embark upon a new hobby. Can you tell what is it yet? Me neither.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

60 Not Out

In the recent 60th anniversary episode of The Archers, posh boy Nigel Pargetter fell from the roof of his stately home while trying to take down a banner. The last that listeners heard was a blood-curdling scream as he plummeted earthwards.

Amongst speculation about Nigel's fate on The Guardian website, mygreenlung posted the following :

Wait for it! We haven't heard Nigel hit the ground yet. My bet is that they've left the trampoline out and Nigel bounces back, colliding with David, who's peering over the edge, knocking him to the ground instead. Oooh nooo

Sorry, perhaps I've been watching too many cartoons ; )

Some replies:

The trampoline bounce-back is up there with Hancock's (OK, Galton & Simpson's) disused mine shaft. Brilliant! - Neobor

... really enjoyed all the alternative storylines here (trampoline bounce-back my fave, just) - elisabethmahoney

@mygreenlung oh please, please, please can they use your trampoline idea, that would be brilliant - toonbasedmanc