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No dig diary, 11th May 2021

I managed to get some cabbages planted today before the rain set in with a vengeance, and to remove the last few radishes from my first batch sown in February where they’d got too big and gone soft, because we … Continue reading

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Much composty hotness

I decide to have a casual check of the compost heap temperature today as we’ve been feeding a bit more volume into it now spring is finally dragging its sorry backside into gear. That’s quite warm 🙂 Hopefully it means … Continue reading

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Swimming, 11th May 2021

To my relief, today’s session was much closer to last Friday’s performance than yesterday’s, with my 50m reps coming in around 44/45s with the occasional 43, and the 25m reps mostly in the low 19s and I think just the … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 10th May 2021

Another day of weather that was generally too unpleasant to want to be outside in. Whilst it was at times beautifully sunny and warm, within ten minutes that could turn into horizontal rain, and often did 🙁 I restricted myself … Continue reading

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Swimming, 10th May 2021

I really didn’t feel that great when I woke up this morning. I think I’d slept in an awkward position and as a result my shoulders and neck were stiff and I had a slight headache. I wasn’t therefore looking … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 9th May 2021

Today I sowed climbing beans (Cobra and Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco) and runner beans (Czar), the first to eat fresh and the latter two to pod and use over the winter. I also emptied out three of the pots containing … Continue reading

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The 3D printer is dead! Long live the 3D printer!

My first 3D printer, the Geeetech aluminium copy of the Prusa i3, died this week. I’ve been printing out some parts for my beehives and it began randomly stopping in the middle of prints, and then it wouldn’t heat the … Continue reading

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Swimming, 7th May 2021

It was Tattoo City, Arizona when I got in the pool today. I felt decidedly “under-inked” (ie not at all). Probably triathlon or IronMan competitors. I know what they’re like 😀 My set of 20 x 50m reps was the … Continue reading

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I suspect a “brushing” scam

Someone I know (not me, honest) received this item in the post today. No return address or indication of the sender or vendor. I suspect it might be connected with a “brushing” scam, in which case other than the usual … Continue reading

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There’s coriander, and then there’s coriander

The photo below is from the polytunnel, where I planted eight coriander plants from early sowings, four either side of some dill. All of these plants were sown in the same module tray and transplanted at the same time, but … Continue reading

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