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  1. Billhook

    Bargain Branch logger?

    Cannot find the model number just now as I am away from the office but I seem to think it was meant to cope with 4 in ch softwood and 3 inch hardwood and cost about £1700 for pto and linkage model. Works perfectly with the Little Grey Fergie and is less nickable attached to the same.
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    Bargain Branch logger?

    yes, replaced the SM70 Urban that was stolen with a Remet from Welmac which is pto driven and 3 point linkage. I found the petrol engined one a bit of a faff to move around and this unit is much cheaper and has a slightly larger capacity diameter of wood. Very pleased with it. Put it on the little Grey Fergie which runs almost at idle speed so will tend to stall on a difficult piece of wood rather than break the shear pin.(Has only happened once.) I am putting the loggings directly into either a ton bag or a potato box as small bagging is also a faff. Best to grade the material before logging and just have nice twenty foot long lengths of Ash or Sycamore poles, all 4 to 2 inch diameter, with all the twiggy bits cut off (in my dream world!)
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    May Blossom

    I look forward to this new book about to come out "A Collection of Chessarisms"!
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    May Blossom

    We have many Walnut trees on the farm. There is also a Walnut of the photo which is always very late into leaf. The one behind it is almost in full leaf. The first one was planted by my Gt Gt Uncle on his 21st birthday in 1871, so it is nearly 150 years old. But although these parkland trees look well balanced, they do not produce very good nuts. Small and woody. The best tree is an awkward leaning tree with a small canopy and the nuts it delivers are huge and very tasty. One great memory of my dear old father was when we sat down in the living room as Winter approached in front of a lovely open fire and played a game of chess. Out came a bottle of port and a bowl of these walnuts. This did not help with the tactics of the game but it was a delicious combination!
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    Favourite birds bats or bees

    Batchit Crazy! There is just enough room to poke a pencil between the poplar logs on the log cabin where the top one has warped and lifted a fraction . i was sitting on a bench with my back to the cabin when I though I heard the graty call of a reed warbler to my right, then again suddenly to my left and again to the right, but no sign of the birds. i then realised it was the Pipistrelle bats complaining about my presence behind me in "stereo". They have made themselves a cosy home in the cabin and the few mouselike droppings are not the end of the world!
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    Arbor Trolley, 5 years on

    Just took down a small Holly and the Arb trolley is lurking somewhere beneath. I towed it for quarter of a mile and did not lose a single twig ! Unloading is simple, just unhitched, take out the two rods on one side and use the other two to push it over
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    Ash die back

    The Elm may not mutate, but the beetle or fungus might die out with their own enemies!
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    May Blossom

    Go easy on the frollicking in the fields Stubby, especially at our age!
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    Bitey things 2018

    When I visited my uncle on Mull in the 1960s, we camped on the beach. Big mistake! We covered the grill on the tent, which had no other opening, with anti midge paste bought locally. I assume that this was a midge attractant paste to keep Sassenachs away as they came though the grill like mince through a mincing machine! My father was an amateur entomologist and I put some specimens in a matchbox and brought them home. He brought out a dusty old book which described the seventeen different varieties of midge in very boring fashion. They were identified by the pattern of veins on their wings when viewed under a microscope. The Mull variety was "Culicoides Impunctatus" and the only glimmer of humour in the whole book was where he stated "This is the most pernicious of all midges, and this midge, together with the kilt, was probably the origin of the Highland Fling!"
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    Ash die back

    Yes, the huge Elms were everywhere here in Lincolnshire lining the road sides and dominating the tops of hills until the disease struck in the seventies. Now they have all gone............ or have they? The hedges and copses are full of saplings which live until about 15 years when the bark splits and the beetles introduce the fungus. But they come again and are just waiting for the time, perhaps in our Great Great Grandchildren's lifetime when either the beetle, the fungus disappear or the trees become immune. We have two mature Elms on the farm here in the middle of fields on their own . They seem to have a touch of the disease in the crown every year but no dieback and each year starts with a complete canopy. I have written to the Elm trust people in the hope that they may take some cuttings. Anyone have a suggestion as to the best way/ timing to do this? I am confident that the Ash will survive in a similar way, Nature mutates, which is how things survive, including ourselves.
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    May Blossom

    Just found this which may (May) help! Unlucky Flowers It is considered extremely unlucky to bring hawthorn flowers inside the house, a superstition which is found more widely than for any other species of plant in the British Isles. There are many theories as to why may blossom is thought to be unlucky inside the house, but the most convincing is to do with its smell. Hawthorn flowers have a heavy complicated scent, the distinctive element of which is triethylamine, which is also one of the first chemicals produced when a human body starts to decay. In some areas it is still referred to as ‘the smell of the Great Plague’ and people who have worked in Africa say it reminds them of the smell of gangrene. In the old days, bodies were laid out at home for up to a week before burial, and everybody would have been familiar with the smell of death. Hawthorn brought inside the house would have instantly triggered the association. On the other hand, something generally unacknowledged in folkloric academia, triethylamine is also the smell of sex: hence its positive association with wild springtime frolicking outside in the fields.
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    May Blossom

    So describe the scent of Hawthorn in flowery Chessa language!
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    Tree climber breaks arm whilst rigging

    Found it at 4.00 minutes in
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    Dragonfly ID PLEASE

    Well done you two! She was a vivid yellow rather than golden brown but the lighter spots down the side are there. I have seen plenty of the males but this is the first female, they are so different that I would have thought they were a separate species.
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    May Blossom

    May blossom about halfway out but Walnut trees seem to be on time Poor old yew suffering from the Beast from the East and now we have the "Wrath from the North" Honeysuckle and Wisteria look well


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