Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Mighty Brighton Elm cut back

Brighton is the home of the National Collection of Elm Trees.  We have, thanks to sea to the south and the virtually treeless Downs to the north, been better able to resist the depredations of Dutch Elm Disease.  But sometimes just … Continue reading

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Sunshine, Kiss, Van Morrison and Moondance

Glorious sunshine yesterday tempted me down to the beach with plastic sacks and old rucksack to collect seaweed for the asparagus bed on the allotment – they like the salt. Popped into the Ranelagh for a pint at noon.  Music … Continue reading

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Hornbeam wedding present – 22 year update

I have been cutting back ivy from the walls, fence and trees at the end of the garden.  And  the hornbeam given by Phil and Fiona 22 years ago is a big boy now. More ivy still to remove, then … Continue reading

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Terrifying events on the Upper Lewes Road

A guy put a ladder against a gutter, climbed up and onto the roof. The ladder was not fixed at the top, the act of stepping around the ladder at the top tends to produce a sliding force on the … Continue reading

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Bottling the fermented apple juice

We had so many apples last year that I juiced 30lbs of them and fermented them fast in a bucket, then transferred them to demijohns with some sugar, fitted airlocks and left them to bubble away.  Last week they were … Continue reading

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A bike ride and a couple of fine beers

For the first time in over two years I went out on my bike yesterday.  Decided to use the new cycle lanes on the Lewes Road – I bet they get a bit swamped by students heading to Falmer.  Found … Continue reading

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Jackie had a cataract operation

Yesterday Jackie went to the Eye Hospital to have a new lens fitted in her right eye.  Its a quick operation, and I was due to pick her up lunchtime and bring her home in a cab.  Had a meeting … Continue reading

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