Monthly Archives: October 2014

Apple wood and vintage beer

I want to make a scratter and the plans I found on the net call for an 8″ diameter cylinder of apple wood, so I called on a retired orchardist who is shrinking the size of the orchard to match … Continue reading

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bums, bombs, botany and a foxy lady.

The Botanical Society field day onto army ground proved interesting.  Military training grounds the world over provide opportunities for nature simply because there is no incentive to develope the land for agriculture and it therefore gets left to the plants … Continue reading

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Canterbury Botanical Society: Kaitorete Spit field day

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Before I start, a big thank you to Wildlands consultancy scientists Brian and Mellissa for being such good guides and sharing their knowledge.  Also a reminder that this Saturday, 17th October, we have a special field day into the army … Continue reading

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Kua mate te Marama

A full moon rose over the forest edge While rose prunings* and brash flared red

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Tree Crops at Hestebu

We hosted the Canterbury Tree Croppers for a stroll around our fruit and forest plantings.  Not bad, 15 people other than committee members.  There’s not a lot to see in early spring but I got to talk about some of … Continue reading

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Canterbury Botanical Society upcoming events

This Saturday Oct 11th, we are off to Kaitorete Spit, between the ocean and the lake.  We’ll be going to the Scientific Reserve, actually I’m not sure where that is but it doesn’t matter.  Unless it’s a howling southerly straight … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale

In February 2004 Alistair Cooke gave his last broadcast of Letter from America at the age of 95.  Those 15 minute weekly anecdotes gave a touch of reality, a sense of what was really going on in the USA, a … Continue reading

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Showing potential but scruffy at 21

Part II of the Farm Forestry field day was a visit to a plantation of Cupressus macrocarpa and Pinus radiata on the banks of the Ashley River.  They had survived the severe winds a year ago (when most stands this … Continue reading

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The last day of September

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September 2014 in Sefton Park Today, the last day of September, I picked two pounds of strawberries on our allotment. Plus many more of the courgettes and tomatoes that have advanced…

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