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The Natural World

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Re: The Natural World

#41 Post by Maria Mac » May 9th, 2008, 11:09 am

Latest post of the previous page:

A couple of pics taken off the NW coast of Shetland.

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#42 Post by Maria Mac » May 9th, 2008, 11:11 am

And this one was taken outside the Lerwick museum where the plants in the flowerbeds are surrounded by thousands of tiny fragments of clear and coloured glass. Weird.

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#43 Post by Alan C. » May 9th, 2008, 2:09 pm

Maria
where the plants in the flowerbeds are surrounded by thousands of tiny fragments of clear and coloured glass. Weird.
That's what we do with the re-cycled glass Maria, it's all done here so the glass doesn't leave the Island.
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#44 Post by Lifelinking » May 9th, 2008, 6:40 pm

Apart from being pretty, does it keep the weeds down?
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#45 Post by Alan C. » May 9th, 2008, 7:56 pm

Sorry I should have elaborated more in my last post.
When we do these "formal" plantings (I've been involved in 8 quite large ones in Lerwick) first we cover the ground with a black porous membrane, then cut slits (X) where the plants are to go, then plant the shrubs through the slits and cover the black membrane with the glass beads.
The black membrane stops any weeds from growing and also keeps moisture in the soil.
If you put the glass directly onto the soil, it would quickly get washed down below the surface by the rain.

Maria if you noticed the plantings at the front of the clickimin and at the front of the Isleburgh, they are done the same way.
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#46 Post by Lifelinking » May 9th, 2008, 8:02 pm

I think it looks good Alan. Better than grinding it down and putting it in your sarnies. :D
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#47 Post by Alan H » May 9th, 2008, 9:10 pm

Lifelinking wrote:Apart from being pretty, does it keep the weeds down?
The other Alan is far better qualified to answer that, but I've used bark in a similar way in the past [---][/---] I think it does help keep weeds down and any weeds that do grow are far more easily pulled out.
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#48 Post by Alan C. » May 9th, 2008, 11:01 pm

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but I've used bark in a similar way in the past
Ah yes, bark is the product of choice "doon sooth" where there are plenty of trees, up here there aren't many trees but LOTS of empty beer/wine bottles :D You have to use the resources that are available.
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#49 Post by Alan H » May 9th, 2008, 11:10 pm

:hilarity:
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#50 Post by Alan C. » May 21st, 2008, 7:18 pm

Yay! The Shetland croft garden got gold at Chelsea.
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The facade of the croft and the driftwood fence were taken brick by brick and timber by timber from here in Shetland.
The whole thing is now for sale on e-bay.
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#51 Post by Lifelinking » May 25th, 2008, 7:31 pm

Yay! The Shetland croft garden got gold at Chelsea.
how cool!
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#52 Post by Lifelinking » June 8th, 2008, 4:36 pm

The other week my wife snapped this rascal thieving from one of our bird feeders


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#53 Post by DougS » June 11th, 2008, 11:04 am

This was taken by a Dutch friend who took it by holding his camera - in watertight casing, obviously - underwater. The toads promptly tried to hump the camera and his hand! Any resemblance to banned members God and Chris is probably coincidental.
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#54 Post by Maria Mac » June 16th, 2008, 6:36 pm

OK, since you've decided to lower the tone...here are a couple of bears at it in Stockholm last year.

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I might as well post the lemurs while I'm at it.

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#55 Post by Lifelinking » June 22nd, 2008, 3:54 pm

A friend sent me an email
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008
Two of nature's most spectacular forces produced an incredible brew in the
skies of Chile as a volcanic eruption met a lightning storm. Tons of dust and
ash from the eruption of the Chaitin volcano poured into the night sky just as
an electric storm passed overhead. The resulting collision created a
spectacular sight as lightning flickered around the dust cloud amid the
orange glow of the volcano. The eruption was all the more spectacular
because the Chaitin volcano, 800 miles (1,290km)south of Santiago , has
been dormant for hundreds of years. The Patagonian volcano began erupting
on Friday and the 12-mile-high plume has left vast tracts of land coated with
a layer of ash.


Not sure where he sourced this story, but the images are amazing


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#56 Post by Alan H » June 23rd, 2008, 12:14 am

Utterly amazing!
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#57 Post by Alan C. » July 6th, 2008, 2:33 pm

The 4 Oz organic strawberry I've just picked :D
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#58 Post by Fia » July 6th, 2008, 9:46 pm

The volcano pictures are astounding. You can see how people could see such an event as being smitten by god's hand - if you weren't too engrossed in running very fast in the opposite direction :)

And I'm mightily impressed with Alan's strawberry. Did it taste as good as it looked?

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#59 Post by Alan H » July 6th, 2008, 11:10 pm

Fia wrote:And I'm mightily impressed with Alan's strawberry. Did it taste as good as it looked?
...and how was the quail's egg? :D
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#60 Post by Alan C. » July 7th, 2008, 1:26 pm

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And I'm mightily impressed with Alan's strawberry. Did it taste as good as it looked?
This morning there was a mini bus from the care centre visiting the charity shop next door, I sliced up the monster strawberry and gave all the old dears a piece, they said it was excellent, and I sold 6 boxes :D

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..and how was the quail's egg? :D
I'll have you know, that was a LARGE free range chukleberry fruit from my neighbor.
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#61 Post by Lifelinking » July 7th, 2008, 7:30 pm

I sliced up the monster strawberry and gave all the old dears a piece, they said it was excellent, and I sold 6 boxes

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