Month: April 2009

April 24, 2009

Just got back from seeing Little Shop of Horrors at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Last time I saw this show was in New York, with a full cast and a spectacular Audrey II, which was able to extend over the first two rows of the…

April 23, 2009

I’m hoping that someone with some knowledge of fruit trees can help me.

I have a long established pear tree in my garden- it was here when I moved in 10 years ago.

It was badly neglected and overgrew a path, so I gave it a trim and a trellis to grow against. For a couple of years it bore some good fruit, but then went into decline. Every spring it would grow nicely, and be green, and then the leaves would get some kind of bug or mite and curl. The fruit, if any, would be scarred and not very appetising. I tried various things over the years, and ended up cutting the whole thing back to the trunk on a kind of “kill or cure” idea. This also enabled me to train it against the wall, solving the path problem.

Last year, I had no pest problem, but no flowers or fruit either. This year looked really good, with good growth, and lots of flowers. However, there are signs of the pest again.

Pictures follow after the cut.

April 20, 2009

Had a pretty busy weekend, but managed to make time for some gardening. After the Great Brassica Disaster of 2008, where I failed to harvest a single cabbage/broccoli/cauliflower, I swore that I would never grow them again. However, I was looking around one of the…

April 16, 2009

Who watches the watchmen? Well, if you believe this, kids watch the watchmen. Caught this on YouTube, and it is just about perfect, in that it so wrong on so many levels. Someone has way too much time on their hands, but you have got…

April 14, 2009

Got back from Bradford last night, and I am off to Liverpool today, so I’ve no time to post in much detail. I have to say that LX2009 is the best Eastercon I have been to for many years – and that is a comment…

April 9, 2009

Not much change on the vegetable front. My mixed salad leaves are sprouting, but I am still waiting for everything else to to make a show.

On the fruit side, however, there is better news.

April 8, 2009

Following my recent posts about Leonard Cohen’s masterpiece “Hallelujah”, someone emailed me with this link, which is an MP3 of probably one of the best versions I’ve heard. On the Sad Kermit website, there is also a YouTube video of Kermit singing “Hurt” as originally…

April 3, 2009

I’ve just come back from seeing Watchmen, and it’s the best film I have seen this year. For anyone who has read the graphic novel, I think you will find it an absolute delight, because it *is* the graphic novel, but it moves. A mixture…

April 2, 2009

I played about with the LiveJournal cross-poster last night, but it got late, and I’ve only just tested it out properly. To my surprise it all seems to work. With an addition of some CSS to my LJ template, my images are now appearing as…

April 1, 2009

It looks like I have run into a minor problem with how my WordPress blog is being forwarded to LiveJournal. This seems to have resulted from a change I made so that the posts on LJ are initially private until I can verify they look…