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    We have just relit our wood burning central heating , first time ever in June . Crazy or  the future?

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    Even the insects seem not to be outside anymore :-(

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    The day started with brilliant sunshine. I was going to roundup the fringe of  my nettle butterfly sancturary where it touches the farmers “live” electric fence and shorts it out. All the caterpillers have gone so hopefully they are pupating somewhere else. Then it started to pour it down so put the job off. Tried cutting them down but they just (very quickly) grew back.

    Having a cuppa watching the torrential rain and saw two pigeons on the ridge of the farmer’s barn roof and they were having their end away. Unbelievable. :wacko:

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    I thought Roundup is forbidden Radon? Do you use the ones you cut off to make liquid fertiliser? I use comfrey but have used nettles in the past. For killing weeds I use white vinegar and I just learned the other day that if it’s mixed with salt and a drop of washing up liquid it works better, but then I guess if you use the liquid it’s not entirely chemical free?

    Very chilly night last night but lovely sunshine today after the rain yesterday which made it the perfect day to pull the weeds from the ground that had been too hard before!

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    Nettles don’t like wood ash either.

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    Check your area to see if you will be affected by Storm Miguel tomorrow folks

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    My partner wees on them! Not sure what he drinks but it kills nettles quite well!

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    I thought Roundup is forbidden Radon? Do you use the ones you cut off to make liquid fertiliser? I use comfrey but have used nettles in the past. For killing weeds I use white vinegar and I just learned the other day that if it’s mixed with salt and a drop of washing up liquid it works better, but then I guess if you use the liquid it’s not entirely chemical free?
    Very chilly night last night but lovely sunshine today after the rain yesterday which made it the perfect day to pull the weeds from the ground that had been too hard before!

    I thought Roundup was banned too, but saw it for sale in Point Vert the other day and was quite surprised….🤔

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    It seems it’s a brand new incredible composition : mainly acetic acid. Vinegar contain 5 to 8% of acetic acid :yahoo:

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    There aren’t any caterpillars yet on the nettles, it’s too early . Roundup ? just strim them off and then dig out the roots , all roundup does is kill the foliage and any other plant that it touches ( or is this a windup ? )

    I did my roundup of the nettles just before it rained , cut the seed heads off and then dug up the roots .

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    Spotted peacock butterfly caterpillars on nettles the other day !

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    Well done you Babeth , I will have to get out and do some nettle scanning , haven’t seen any yet this year .

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    Here is one, picture taken on the 2nd of june

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    I am  correctly ” put in my place ” :-)  but it was only 4 days ago !

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    and of course a beautiful photo !

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    I’m trying to post  photos , but they are more than 2MB and aren’t accepted , tried to zip but that doesn’t work either . How can I make them less ?

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    You can try this website Deboer or the one VK indicate on this thread

     

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    Thank the goddess that the storm has passed , it was pretty bad but all rooves still on , just some damage to trees and shrubs . This morning is beautiful clean and damp . :-)

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    We were lucky in our little corner, had a good gust of wind while I was at wook in the afternoon, (seen the rubbish bin flying :wacko: ) , but then a lot of rain and no damage. Trains were stopped between Rennes and Brest, due to trees felt on the railway.

    Sadly 3 sea rescuers have been killed in Sable d’Olonne, trying to rescue a fishing boat.

    Beautiful morning here too, sun is shining and the birds are singing. Have to be at work at 9h30 for 3 hours, booking hollidays for the kids.

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    all roundup does is kill the foliage and any other plant that it touches

    Wrong, it kills off the roots and everything that is why it takes a week or so to show it is working. On applying you need 4 hours of dry weather to let it be taken in through the leaves. It does say on the bottle not to use it in windy weather to stop spray drift. That is why I can rarely use it here in Brittany because of regular windy and rainy weather.

    Today; sunny but windy yet again and cold.

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    Thanks for the poison lesson Radon , I don’t have much experience in that subject obviously ! :yahoo:

    I just see my neighbours applying roundup all round their houses every year and everything grows again the next year. :-)

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    Don’t you spray your sheep with chemicals to kill off insects, grubs etc? Plants grow every year from things called seeds. ;-)

    Was going to the Cavalcade at Scaër but once again the weather forecast is 80% chance of rain. That plus now they have a park and ride scheme means that I would be stuck in the town for a minimum of 4 hours.In 2017 I went with 3 friends and was saturated to the bones even wearing foul weather gear.

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    Nope , we don’t spray , remember , we are bio :yahoo:

    Yes I do know a bit about seeds , we grow all our own veg .

    Perhaps you could explain to me then why I have watched my neighbours spray the same piece around their house  every year for 25 years with roundup and it still grows weeds . What is the point ?

    I see spraying with poison not only bad for the environment and the generations to come, but also just lazy !

     

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    Meanwhile back on subject , the weather is really mixed up .I was out topping some grass this afternoon and found 4 nice big ” cepes” on the edge of the field . So perhaps this should have been on ” menu tonight ” cos I ate half of them with a sausage this evening ( as Jen says , for my tea )

    Omelette  cepes for breakfast ! :yes:

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    I don’t know how to recognise good mushrooms from bad mushrooms :-(   Even I’ve been told Cèpes are easy, I’m not confident enough to take a risk.

    The weather was lovely this morning, a bit like springtime, and we are now back to november. I’m ashame to say the storve is on.

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    Don’t be ashamed Babeth , we relit the wood burner a week ago , cÈpes :-) and girolles are all I recognise and the only ones we eat , but there are plenty here.

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    I sit in the lounge of an evening with a duvet wrapped round me. Not the most glorious thing to see but cheap and energy neutral. Cannot remember the last time I had a fire lit this year. Black clouds rolling in from the south west another indoor day I think. From Bluevelvets mention of  loose veg being dearer than wrapped ones a few years ago I wanted some sausage meat, in Leclercs it was cheaper by quite a way to buy sausages and skin them than to buy loose sausage meat. :unsure:

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    I’m afraid our wood burner has been lit for a couple of hours for a few evenings, a sacrilege to do so mid-June but I could not expect Mr. F. at his age and on his medication to sit with a duvet around him and nor would I want to come to that! When we cannot afford any more wood then we will have to do so, meanwhile, we have wood. Sometimes the economy and thoughts of the planet are forced to take a back seat for a couple of hours.

    Sun shining at the moment washing optimistically on the line but keeping a weather eye on the clouds!

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    Don’t worry about the wood burner helping to change the climate Fruitcake , people who think that , are not living in reality. It’s decidedly colder here this morning , crazy weather. I rushed of to the tractor repair shop this morning to get some expert input on a problem I am having with my little tractor , gates closed . I had forgotten that it is Pentecote ! The weather is more like Easter.

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    Slightly concerned if I have been dreaming? Did Radon ask to be taken off this site a few days ago after taking pops at a few of us but here he is still posting merrily away. Perhaps the drugs have kicked in.

    I bought a gas burner type affair, all it seemed to do was make a temporary disappearance of the weeds, as a month later some were back grinning like Cheshire cats at my futile effort.

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