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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Noel's succulents

I am in charge on Noel's amazing succulent collection while he is away, and posting these pics for him incase he is missing them.
 I am a little bit worried about the plants in the barn, one has a yellow leaf. NOt sure if I should water them.
 I have watered the smaller euphorbia several times and the bigger once once or twice.

Also worried about reddish one front right of rear tray below, gone a bit red.

 Also the smaller cacti twice i think, there hasn't been much sun.



 Is the one below supposed to be this yellow




Sunday, April 10, 2011

Nicole Foss


Yesterday I went to hear Nicole Foss speak in Skibbereen. Her clear thinking on finance and energy, and the way they are affecting Ireland at the moment was fascinating. Amongst many other things she pointed out that Ireland will have to default on its debt sooner or later. We have been told endlessly that this country cannot function without its banks although no one has every said why this is so. If we don't agree to the terms of the bailout, we are told the banks will fail and no money will come out of the ATM machines.

So what if that happens? One day without warning someone goes to an ATM and it doesn't work. Very quickly the word goes around. What would you do? What would we all do? PANIC SHOP. That is what we would do. We would say to ourselves OMG I have no cash/coffee/petrol/bread/toilet paper/wine/batteries...........and we would rush into town and buy stuff for as long as we could, until the cash and plastic money had run out and we had what we thought would be the most useful stuff to have on the short term.

What would happen next? Would we opt out of the euro and bring back the punt, or join sterling? Would we have riots in the streets or would we just carry on as normal as in the 1970's bank strike. I don't remember any panic back then, although I was rather young at the time.

Because it seems likely to happen, and to happen without warning, it seems sensible to plan for it. I don't want to be the queuing for coffee or bread or toilet paper so I think I am going to have my little panic now and stock up on a few essentials. Presumably after some initial chaos something like normality would resume, so I am not going to build a bunker or buy a shotgun, just have a small savings account in coffee and sardines and toilet paper. What do you think?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Winter Roscoff Cauliflowers

The first few Winter Roscoff cauliflowers are ready to eat. They come at a great time of year, when the rest of the winter vegetables are coming to an end. A few have leaves coming through the curds and I suppose I should rogue them out but it doesn't make them any less nutritious. We haven't got any seed left now so we will grow these out for seed. Any cauliflower cheese we have will be made with the small imperfect ones.



I would like to know when others get there first Roscoff, to see if they are much earlier down here in tropical West Cork than in other parts of the country.

Winter Roscoff Cauliflowers

The first few Winter Roscoff cauliflowers are ready to eat. They come at a great time of year, when the rest of the winter vegetables are coming to an end. A few have leaves coming through the curds and I suppose I should rogue them out but it doesn't make them any less nutritious. We haven't got any seed left now so we will grow these out for seed. Any cauliflower cheese we have will be made with the small imperfect ones.

I would like to know when others get there first Roscoff, to see if they are much earlier down here in tropical West Cork than in other parts of the country.



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

London

A little bit of our trip to London