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  1. It's Acer palmatum Tsuma gaki. Needs a bit of shade - but a real beauty. This picture is just after leaf break in the spring. Fairly easy to obtain. Quick to about 3m high and then slows down. Autumn colour is pretty plain though.
  2. Wow - that sounds like a fantastic spot to plant. Very envious - in the best possible way! 😉 Looking forward to the 'Open day'. The best book - I think - on Japanese Maples is by Vertrees and Gregory. Really good resource. For the nutters like me - I really like the less well-known Acer shirasawanum varieties. Harder to find but really overlooked. Enjoy.
  3. Agree with Gary - an Acer would be a good choice. I have a bit of an Japanese Acer 'problem' - with a collection of 100+ varieties. If the spot is breezy and in full sun - be cautious. Japanese Acers don't like too much of either. Varieties I'd look at would be any Acer palmatum dissectum [the weeping, mound forming varieties], Acer palmatum Osakazuki [blazing autumn colour - gets to 5m in height], Acer palmatum Trompenburg [very sun tolerant, very dark leaves, nice upright habit 4m high], Acer palmatum Shin deshojo [gorgeous pink spring leaf, but needs shade and shelter, 3m high] or Acer palmatum Sango kaku [coral pink stems, fresh yellow/green leaves in summer, needs some shelter 4m+ high]. I've seen all of the above in B&Q over the past few years - so not too difficult to obtain. If you want to create something really eyecatching, then mix up an Acer shirasawanum aureum [really acid green] with Acer palmatum Bloodgood [deep, dark red]. Looks spectacular. People say they need acid soil - but I would disagree. Perfectly happy in any soil that's not strongly alkaline.
  4. Hmm. It's a good question. I have the Festool track saw - along with a number of others [Domino, Planer, MFT/3, extractors, etc.] The tracksaw is expensive - and it's pretty good - but certainly not perfect. It's been back to Festool for a repair and they made a pigs ear of that. Also it came from the factory and wasn't calibrated properly and need to be zeroed to cut at 90 degrees. Given what I spent - I was really disappointed. Customer service has been poor. My personal view is that there's a mythology around the brand that isn't necessarily backed up by quality across the range. They do make excellent blades - and I honestly think that this is half the reason they get great reviews for their saws. If you want top-end - then buy Mafell. Old fashioned, German engineering that will last forever - but you'll have to sell a son or daughter to pay for it. If I was buying again - I'd look at the 18v Makita. It will run on the Makita and Festool tracks - giving you a choice. The Makita 18v system is strong too - even though they are introducing a 40v system alongside. Festool claim that with a tracksaw - there's no need for a table saw. I'd say that there's some truth in that. So it may be worth spending little more than you planned because you'll end up using it more than you think.
  5. Superb. This will still be around when the asteroid slams into Earth.
  6. I remember a famous sculptor once saying all they did was to release what was hidden inside the stone. You've definitely done the same with this log. Outstanding work.
  7. Sorry to hear about your son's Asthma. I would echo what's been said above. I'm afraid I would not expect removing the Tulip tree to make any significant difference. At certain times of year tree pollen is produced in huge quantities that it is 'everywhere'. I suffer from tree-pollen allergy and it starts in February and lasts until early May. Unless I take antihistamines - life is pretty miserable. The good news is that they work. However, your son is too young for that sort of remedy yet. Sounds as if you are doing everything else you can. IF you are determined to remove the tree - then you can replace it with a 'no-pollen' alternative. It's not quite true that ALL trees produce pollen. Some trees separate male and female flowers - they are dioecious. If you google dioecious trees it will give you a list of species. Female trees will not produce pollen. Making sure you get a female tree is tricky. You'll have to buy a more mature specimen, from a reputable source that can verify it's gender. And some dioecious trees come with their own issues. Yew is dioecious - but the female trees produce berries with a toxic outer coat. Not ideal when there are children in the garden.
  8. Just imagine during the Blitz we had a neighbour who refused to turn their lights out. "It's my right to have my lights on. I don't want to be told what to do by the *%£$! government. There's no evidence to prove that keeping my lights on increases my chance of being hit by a bomb. I live in the country and most of the bombs fall in the city." The problem is that if they are wrong - it's not just them that will be affected. Reading David's post above should make everyone realise that it's impact isn't restricted to a small group of 'oldies'. Do we know how many people Covid affects after they recover and for how long? The Covid denyers and the anti-vaxxers need to realise that with liberty comes responsibility The idea that we can contain Covid or prevent another pandemic by modifying our behaviour beats me. Perhaps someone could outline what that means? There are very few places on planet Earth where this highly contagious virus hasn't spread. Different countries and different governments tried different strategies and sooner or later the virus found a way in. It's ferociously infectious and immunity from natural infection is probably limited. Maybe 6 months - maybe a year. That means we might all be trapped into a cycle of reinfection. Meaning there are only two ways out of this - drugs or a vaccine. I'm not a 'vaccine believer' - but I come to this with an open mind. It's hard to dispute that vaccines work. Smallpox, Polio, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis, Tetanus - the list goes on. Sure - the Pfizer vaccine is a new approach - but it's built on very well established and known principles. It's just that we've lacked the tech to create it - until now. I'm not trying to convince anybody about the virtues of a vaccine. But I do believe it's important to look at the information with an open mind. Like everything in life. For those who don't believe or are concerned - find out a bit more and be prepared to think again.
  9. I agree and I disagree. It is a new technology - but then everything was new once. Is the technology 'understood'? It definitely is. The reason it's new is that only recently have we had the technology to create a vaccine like this. Do the circumstances dictate that it's worth the very, very small risk? I think so. But that's a personal choice. Of the five vaccine routes being trialled - this is amongst the most likely to work with no or few side effects. But I'm saying that with some understanding about how this vaccine actually works. In my mind - the only way out of Covid is through a vaccine.
  10. Andy - with respect - look forward to it.
  11. Andy - I can't work out whether you genuinely believe what you're saying - our just participate in this forum for fun. If you were half right - don't you think the media would have picked it up? That the 'evil' pharmaceutical companies developing half-baked vaccines would have been 'outed'. The cod statistics that you quote never seem to be on the BBC, or The Times or in the Guardian or The Mirror. Even 'Russia Today' doesn't dispute the figures. That's telling. Don't you ever think that that if there were an atom of truth - they'd be on it? Or do you think it's all a big conspiracy that only you and few of your likeminded friends have spotted it? This nonsense spouted about a made-up-pandemic, these ideas about 'big-business' happy to deploy a dangerous vaccine , that the state is using Covid as an excuse to curtail our liberty. It's utter, utter rubbish - and needs to be called out.
  12. Andy - I wish it was just an opinion. A million deaths worldwide say otherwise. With freedom comes responsibility. For the strong to look after the weak. The UK will be the first country in the world to mass vaccinate the population. That's something we should be proud of. For all the naysayers - please spend a little time understanding what this vaccine will mean.
  13. The Pfizer vaccine is based on new but very clever biotech. But it's not the only vaccine in development that has gone this particular [mRNA] route. It's worth trying to understand how it works before getting too 'anti'. It's able to be adapted quickly if Covid 19 mutates, it's quick to produce and it seems to generate a strong and longer lasting immune reaction. It's probably a lot safer than traditional vaccines that use attenuated or 'dead' virus. It's come to market quickly because there's been a huge investment. Time is not the key factor - it's how well it's been tested and how well it's action is understood. There's a risk getting out of bed in the morning. Is there a risk with this vaccine? The far greater risk is catching Covid and getting seriously ill - or passing it on to someone in the high risk groups. Will I be taking it when I'm offered? Yes I will.
  14. Have I stumbled on to a long lost "Carry On" script?
  15. Bloomin 'eck. If that looks small in the photo...... I think it would look truly horrible after a reduction that's going to have any impact. Understand there may be sentimental value - but there a comes a time to make a hard decision. Remove and replant. The cost of which can be paid for with the savings from not having to have the lights on all day in the house.


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