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February 11, 2015 22 comments

Oranges, marmalade oranges, Seville sour oranges to be precise, no other to be borne!

You cannot buy decent marmalade in the USA unless you buy UK import stuff which is still the cheap end of the market, pretty gruesome stuff.  The locals here make marmalade with any old sweet oranges, pallid tepid stuff of no use at all to put iron in the soul of your toast!

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In Lighter Mode

January 14, 2015 10 comments

This caught my eye in the Vancouver Sun.

http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Seattle+likes+ride+herself+park+with+video/10725563/story.html

Absolutely splendid that no-one turfed her off the bus or asks for a fare!  Evidently the Bus company think she is a good marketing tool and are happy to accommodate her.

Mind you, Seattle is full of some VERY strange people!

You can just imagine this happening in London can’t you?  NOT!  Imagine the fuss of the burka contingent to sitting on a seat previously occupied by a dog!  I know who I’d rather ride next to. (Or for the pedants, I know, next to whom, I would rather ride!)

All pedantic comments accepted joyfully as the sun is shining and I’m going gardening.  Three four legged supervisors dressed in winter finery will accompany me to see I’m doing it right.

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Some pics for J

August 31, 2014 1 comment

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Ross lake hydro power dam, this is where we get our power.

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I seriously don’t get this. Re M17

There seems to be a constant litany of complaint that bodies have been moved and some taken to the morgue.  Also the site has not been safeguarded for the powers that be.  Russia is behind the whole thing etc etc.

I have the following questions.

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Mostly Fruits.

Everything is ridiculously early, about two weeks so I would estimate.

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These are snow peas in my patch of the community garden up in Everson.  No deer there and a bit of company from likeminded gardeners.  Gives the dogs a break too, they get to supervise more humans.

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Piccie comp.

Preface-  LW is BAD, NAUGHTY and generally WICKED, may his tomatoes rot!

That said, and seeing my arboriferous botanical excesses have put me in the hot seat after studiously avoiding such for 5 years, I shall torture you with the following-

Fruits-  not I hasten to add on two legs,  more the botanical type on a twig , stem, branch etc.  Any sort of fruit, veg, wild flowers, trees. The difficulty here is are you sure what is a fruit  and what is not?  Hint, a carrot is NOT a fruit, excruciating, exigent exculpation will only be offered to those who are botanically correct according to Linnaeus.  I’m sure the winner will be able to accord the correct botanical form to such besides the species! Closing date 20th July.

That should cut the field down a bit!!!  Am I allowed to win?

PS I am not sure but should I have this on the competition page?  As I am a lot better with fruit than I am computers perhaps some kind soul will help out if I should?

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Not on the subject of tofu

Thoughts of tofu on the pet hates blog reminds me of the most dreadfully funny story from my youth.

Tofu always makes me think of the below tale, hence my total aversion to treating it as a legitimate foodstuff.

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Pet Hates!

I was thinking  about Soutie’s FIFA blog  (with the caveat that one cannot think too clearly having been woken up by the dog dancing a tarantella on one’s guts before 6am!)

So, in suitably malevolent mode, one’s mind cast about on pet hates, (plus it is raining, no gardening).  One thing in common to nearly all my pet hates is waste of money, especially public money, ie my taxes, splutters invectives into 4th cup of coffee of the morning! Read more…

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Trees for LW

Here are a few trees for LW, the back country to the East of Mt Baker.

Note total absence of humanity and their wretched appurtenances.

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Glorious Technicolour

Life has been a bit grim/hectic/headless chicken territory of late.

First I never did get over the flu thing I had in January necessitating endless visits to my pulmonologist .  Second, my friend with whom I share a plot in the community garden has tottered off with melonoma leaving me with a double work load. Third spousal unit has had a bit of a run in with his health too.  (We really should have sold this place last year, far too big and far too much work and retired to our ‘pocket handkerchief’ in town!)  But here we still are, the jungle is flowering big time!

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