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Jam Lady



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 24 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sounds lovely, Mistress Rose. Any pictures?

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 24 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Unfortunately not. I don't really do pictures. I am only really partly computer literate.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 24 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

birdtown is fine young daws is between demanding and getting on with it, a lot more sparrows than last year

insects etc, oh dear

there have been far more sparrows , wrens etc and still many insects etc

here some bits of the invertebrate food chain seem to be at extinction level, many other things are very reduced in numbers or diversity of species in the group

i am about to make it worse to make it better, a huge bramble has to go for access and to save that bit of wall and have access for assorted upgrades, tragic, but it needs doing to create a lot of space to do the mending and creating new more better things

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 24 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The bramble will come back; possibly next year it will be as exuberant as ever. Judging by the red ant that bit me on Friday night, there are plenty of invertebrates round our way.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 24 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

no, it won't come back, it has to go before the root ball destroys an almost decent wall corner
the wall most of it rests on is very borderline between repair and replace

implements of destruction and poison will precede concrete

planting in the new deep bed will include spiky stuff(roses maybe), bird fruit and spikes seems plausible

the mice will have to relocate from the small shed, potential homes will be provided, although i think they have a second home in the existing deep bed

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 24 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ps i did bury a couple of large ceramic voids in the existing deep bed to provide suitable "holes" for them to find and work with

i have 2 pots for the new bed, i might add rat proofing to the entrances of the new ones

to separate them by size is the simple way to protect the mice at home, 2mouse size holes, rat proof materials so chewing in is not an option.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 24 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Apart from 'is anything rat proof' that sounds like a good idea. I just wish mice were a bit more selective in what they eat as they have just chewed a hole in the middle of an old bit of hessian we used to put on the ground under the pole lathe to catch the bits. The bits are used as kindling in the kiln.

You could try something like a logan or tayberry which is thorny but not quite as rampant as bramble but will give fruit. For real thorns, berberus is very good; our son calls it barbarous having had to cut a hedge of it.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 24 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i hate berberis worse than blackthorn

there are some quite rapid growing large roses that climb and scramble well but do not need a huge root system if well-fed

cat proofing needs thought as well

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 24 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The flowers I mentioned a few days ago are no more. The council (have to find which one and complain) have had all the verges, including that bank, mowed. The hairbells are in the bushes at the back, so they won't be destroyed completely, but most of them that were starting to spread again are gone. Why they can't leave it until the autumn I really don't know. They did last year, and that was the result.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 24 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

timing matters with such things, ignorance and calendar are often less than ideal

bird town has approx 20 to 25 sparrows, at least one clutch of 4 siblings and a few 2 and 3 groups of youngsters

the 3 daws are doing well, the young one is still demanding food, they are showing it how to find it, i have not yet had enough light at the right time for daw family photos

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 24 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have complained to our local councillor who I know a bit. She has said she will pass it on, but didn't seem particularly bothered and seems to think is in the interests of 'tidyness'. It looks a real mess now all along the road where they have missed the bits on the roadside and left grass cuttings which are already turning brown.

Covids seem to take time over training their young. I once saw a pair supervising early flying lessons for their young one. It had just done a vertical pancake landing in the hedge; wings out and flat to the hedge. They seemed to be explaining that wasn't quite the right way of landing.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 24 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

you wait for 2nd warm day and 3 butterfly species arrive together

mousey knows something is afoot and is taking bedding and supplies into the bramble bed bunkers

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 24 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i am gently explaining that the changes might turn out well for them, even if the disruption and horror is a bit difficult

when done it might look like a human space, the reality it is a critter space underlies that plan

i moved a feeder as the "crumbs" were landing in a large relocated thyme and it was getting jumped on

im learning as well, we share this space, mostly politely, but i did water a mouse yesterday evening

having daws in the community is ace

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 24 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I take it it was a question of the mouse being where you needed to water rather than on purpose.

Something has been in my root crop bed. Could be birds dust bathing as it has been rather dry, or a cat sunning itself.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 24 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

shadily snoozing in a large pot under the fragrant herbs, it has happened before

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