Malcolm Mitchell Young
(6 January 1953 – 18 November 2017)
A tribute to the recently departed AC/DC Rhythm Guitarist 🤘🏼
Malcolm Mitchell Young
(6 January 1953 – 18 November 2017)
A tribute to the recently departed AC/DC Rhythm Guitarist 🤘🏼
What to do in the Garden in November !
As winter approaches, take advantage of the cool days and the slower pace of gardening to prepare your plants for winter. November is in the midst of the dormant period so it’s the perfect time to keep up your garden maintenance and prepare your garden for the future frosts.
Sowing and Planting
Bulbs should preferably be planted earlier in autumn, but there is still time this November for tulips, daffodils and crocuses. These bulbs can be planted through to the end of the month if the weather is mild before the soil loses the heat from the summer months. You can always plant bulbs in pots indoors to add some spring colour to your home, just make sure you chose indoor cultivating bulbs.
Winter bedding plants such as pansies, violas and wallflowers can still be planted if you are experiencing mild weather. Make sure you plant winter bedding plants on a sunny day, in rich, moist soil. Adding grit is especially important for soil drainage in case you experience frequent showers this winter.
It’s also time to be planting new roses, trees and shrubs in well-prepared soil. Make sure you trim any long shoots on bush roses and standard roses to reduce wind rock which can loosen roots and snap off stems in winter storms.
It’s time to look into buying seeds, order a collection of seed catalogues and browse the internet so you can begin to plan what you would like to grow next year.
Pruning,Dividing & Covering
November is your last chance to prepare your soil before winter sets in. Soil can easily be damaged; make sure you dig up any unwanted plants and turn over your soil while it still contains some summer heat.Protect any bare patches of soil with mulch, compost, leaf mould or even plastic sheeting. This will make the soil easy to plant or sow into next spring.
Perennials should be divided and pruned to soil level now to ensure they return next spring as healthy as ever. Work from the middle outwards, pruning back quite harshly, especially if the plants are looking over-crowded. All annuals should have been removed, as they have nothing else to offer, replace these with winter bedding plants to keep the colour in your garden this winter.
Leaves are a commodity in any garden, perfect for adding to both mulch and compost once your leaf pile has transformed into mould. Firstly, separate your leaves and keep them in a garden container, bag or create a heap in a quiet corner of your garden. The bacteria that breaks the leaves down to mould needs oxygen to work, so make sure you puncture any bags you collect your leaves in.
Raise any patio containers by adding bricks or feet underneath, this will protect your plants and soil from becoming waterlogged during winter showers. If you are expecting an especially harsh winter, it’s best to insulate any outside plant containers with bubble wrap to protect them from frost.
November is the perfect time to make bonfires. Where allowed, create bonfires out of any garden waste that can’t be added to compost. Check around your garden for any sign of plant disease, a bonfire is the perfect way to dispose of any infected plant parts and reduce chances of the disease spreading.
Don’t become complacent if you’ve been fortunate enough to have mild weather so far; it only takes one night of frost to damage or even kill off most garden plants. Move them into a sheltered, well insulated place such as a green house or conservatory to make sure they survive this winter. If you don’t have room to keep your plants indoors make sure you cover anything vulnerable to the weather with plastic sheeting or garden fleece.
If you’re keen to keep wildlife in your garden this winter, there are plenty of things you can do to encourage insects, birds and other creatures to roam around.Keep up your bird feed and fresh water this winter, it’ll encourage birds in the coming months, and you’ll see a whole new flock next spring.
As you tidy your garden, you’ll find that you uncover many pests hiding beneath plants. Encouraging hungry birds into your garden can ensure slugs and snails are a thing of the past. Not all wildlife should be encouraged into your garden; unfortunately little garden pests are hardier than they may look. Keep an eye out for pests like spider mites and scale, and take care of them before they become a problem.
Fruit & Vegetables
Most vegetables won’t grow very well if they are planted between November and February because the short days don’t provide enough sunlight. All root vegetables should have been dug up by now, if you haven’t harvested carrots, turnips, potatoes and other similar vegetables they need to be dug up as soon as possible.Don’t worry too much about your vegetable patch looking bare; fill your plot with hardy broad beans, onions, garlic and shallots.
Make sure you protect new crops and sowings for winter by covering them with frames or cloches. Continue to harvest and store your fruit, when apples and pears are ready they should be picked, and stored in a cool, dry, place to reach their peak of flavour.Between now and March is the time for winter pruning of apples and pears that are not ready to be harvested.
You should also be cutting back any berry canes to soil level so they grow back strong and healthy next year. Order any new fruit trees and bushes now, and plant them out when directed. Check that your fruit ties are still in place as fruit trees and canes can easily be damaged due to wind rock. Tidy your fruit garden and remove any debris to be added to your compost pile.
Despite the hostility, what makes people take up nudism? by Sneha Bengani
Nudism can mean different things to different people. For some, it’s the most natural state of being, a life path. For others, it may be a way to protest, a symbol of transgression, a path to enlightenment, a muse of artistic creation.
But what is it that makes people take to it, despite it being a taboo and a punishable offence in most nations?
Regular nudists hide their identities even on social media.Being nude in public is banned under Indonesia’s anti-pornography laws. But despite it, a small community of 10-15 naturists in Jakarta meet every now and then and spend the day naked in a secluded holiday spot.They talk about everything from work to international politics. They dare not go public with their identities, even on social media, for they fear backlash and incessant trolling.
Naturism, to most practitioners, is a way of life.Most regular nudists find naturism a way of life. They say they feel happier and a lot more comfortable when naked.They also believe that stripping down lets them be their most authentic selves; promotes healthy body image, tolerance; and helps them bond with other nudists at a primal level.Several others also practice to understand why people take to it despite the stigma.
A group of naked people is not always an orgy and it is here that there are misconceptions . A group of naked people is often perceived as a sex party. However, nudity has nothing to do with sex. It is not the same as exhibitionism. Nudists practice naturism as a discipline and resent people judging them as immoral, or filthy or grotesque. They are often thought of as porn stars. Some think of them as nothing short of animals and cannibals.
Public nudity is banned in most countries across the world.Most of the world frowns upon public nudity. It is legal only in a select few nations. The short list includes Spain, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Germany and Norway. These countries let you roam around freely as long as you do not create nuisance.How to behave, should you come across a nudist there are etiquettes to adhere too.
Try not to stare at a nudist. They consider it rude. If you leer or make sexual innuendos among a group of naturists, you are most likely to get expelled.
Cameras are strictly prohibited in such gatherings. So don’t even try unless you have an explicit permission. Naked people value their privacy dearly. Do not expect them to tell you their full names.Nudists call people who wear clothes ‘textiles’. Naturism was suggested as an alternative term for nudism by Health and Efficiency magazine in 1934. However, the new word didn’t become a part of the general vocabulary until the 1960s. It is a common belief that most nudists are upper-class, rich people. Germany and France were the first European countries to have organized nudist groups.
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Music comes in all guises but for us , we love most of all the rock and metal genres, which over time have produced some absolute masterpieces. This being said not all classic songs come in the form of a 4-5 minute tune, some can be over 10 minutes long while others push the time limit even further. To celebrate this I’ve put together just a few, in this post to celebrate my favourites that are over 20 minutes long. Hope you like them too.
Suppers Ready – Genesis
Echoes – Pink Floyd
2112 – Rush
Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield
Karn Evil 9 – Emerson,Lake & Palmer
Atom Heart Mother – Pink Floyd
Shine on you Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd
Gates of Delirium – Yes
Tarkus – Emerson,Lake & Palmer
Octavarium – Dream Theater
Lizard – King Crimson
Journey to the centre of the Earth -Rick Wakeman
In the Presence of Enemies – Dream Theater
Someone said “I’m sure you’ll find something to do” and today after three days indoors we did we made a return visit to Hanningfield Reservoir Visitors Centre the same reservoir I pass most days on the way to work. We had a pleasant stroll around and took some photos here are just a few !
Reed beds which turn a sludge by-product into drinking water have been created at this reservoir. Essex & Suffolk Water built in 2013, 16 reed beds covering 10 acres (four hectares) at Hanningfield.
The sludge is created during the drinking water treatment process and the reeds can break it down – providing water which goes back in the reservoir.The water company said it replaced a mechanical process with a natural one.
Heidi Mottram said: “These are the first reed beds of their kind in the world and the first we’ve ever put into our drinking water treatment process.
Essex & Suffolk water said that any remaining sludge, which can be sold as agricultural fertiliser, would not need to be be cleared from the reed beds for 20 years.
Gardens can be really fulfilling and rewarding places where you can lose yourself in doing something proven to be relaxing and stress relieving. Although it may seem easy if you want to be the true gardener you’ll have to put some effort in your skills, equipment and knowledge about how to do it properly. You may think this is too much for a hobby, but the results can be colourful and tasty encircling your home with beautiful smells of fresh flowers and herbs.
Make your own design
Before starting to buy necessary things like pots and seedlings, take a good look at your garden and picture its ideal version. Make a plan to design it accounting for the sunlight exposure and the shape of your garden. Include the types of plants you want to grow and what kind of conditions they require. Planning everything, in the beginning, will save you time and money, not to mention prevent any disappointment you might feel if something is not done right.
If you want to do some extensive work, ask for a professional opinion and cost estimation and don’t forget to check if you need any special permits for the remodelling of your garden.
Plant your own fruits
Many people don’t know this, but growing fruits is not reserved only for the orchards in the country. Nowadays you can buy seedlings from nursery gardens of almost anything, and that includes apple, peach, and other types of fruit trees always thought too complicated to grow in the garden. You can also add currant or blueberry bushes since they proved to be perfect for home gardens. Instructions on how to plant and grow fruits are available online, or you can ask your seller at the nursery garden for any advice about the care and watering.
The important thing to remember here is to be realistic and choose the species guaranteed to grow successfully in the climate and soil where you live. This way you can enjoy some lovely, domestic fruits and maybe expand to some more.
Vegetables from your garden
Imagine waking up in the morning and going to your garden to pick cucumbers and tomatoes for the salad, engulf in the smells of fresh vegetables and greenery. That’s an image to stay with you for a long time, indeed. Although it may seem complicated and requiring a lot of work, the vegetables mostly grow for a season and depending on the space you can grow enough to freeze for the winter, and even give your family and friends some.
Some use specially designed wooden or stone boxes for planting and so separating one type of vegetable from the other. Some like to design their gardens to look more natural and keep everything in the rows and close to each other. What you need to remember is that vegetables require work and regular watering, so it might be a good idea to have the retractable hose reels at hand and outer water source to keep it from withering.
Play with colours
It’s unimaginable to have a garden without colourful and fragrant flowers. They will not only bring joy to you but will also steal a smile or two from your neighbours. There are more than hundreds of flowers you can choose to grow, varying in colour, shape, smell and preferences. Some enjoy a lot of sun, and some will grow better in the shade. You can use them to improve your garden design and interrupt the uniformity of greenery, and also to attract natural pollinators of other plants you are growing and nurturing.
Accessories and embellishments
If you want to achieve that natural and rustic look, use stones and grass to highlight it. But if you are more into modern design, try combining metal with the glass. Wind chimes and mirrors can give that carefree and spiritual vibe to your garden, depicting it as the place to enjoy peace and serenity. While adding some bird feeders will bring you cheerful songs in the spring and summer. You can use pots for some plants, for example, to decorate the sitting area and entrance to the house.
You can even go as far as to create your own ornaments with making leaf castings or painting the pots. Whatever you do, don’t go overboard and pay attention to styles. The best thing about this is that you can change the way your garden looks as soon as the next year, just in time to grow new and favourite plants.
Studies showed that gardening will boost your energy and improve your mood, but not any of it possible if you don’t roll up your sleeves and have some dirt on your hands. Of all the physical work, this one may be the best since the results are healthy and enchanting.
What to do and where to go during the next 10 days is the question we now are asking ourselves. Now that we’ve finally got time away from work together,we want to go somewhere interesting and enlightening and at the same time try not to waste it by just sitting around.
Going to the club is kind of out of the question now the weather has turned colder although we could use the sauna. We have stayed before in November but most of the time it’s not really conducive to staying overnight in poor weather let alone going clothes free.
We could go walking along the coast on the nicer days maybe or even go and visit gardens near us providing of course they’re still open.
Essex on the south eastern side of England is one of the driest counties with a choice of wonderful gardens to visit. It is home to one of the RHS gardens – Hyde Hall which can be visited any time of year. There are also gardens close to Colchester, Chelmsford and Braintree.
Some of theses gardens history are fascinating too,Beth Chattos garden for example was created on a very difficult site and is a great example of what can be done with determination. Here
Audley End is a glorious Jacobean stately home owned by English Heritage.
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens
Three acres of spacious and peaceful gardens in a historic rural setting, beautifully extended and revived in the last few years.
The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960 when the site was an overgrown wasteland between two farms.
The Easton Lodge Garden is set in 23 acres and is well worth a visit
The Gibberd Garden is recognised as an important contribution to 20th century garden design.
Green Island Gardens…..A Little Piece of Heaven on Earth
RHS Hyde Hall – a great garden created on a very difficult site.
Marks Hall Garden & Arboretum, A tree collection from all the temperate areas of the world set in more than 200 acres of historic landscape and gardens provides interest and enjoyment throughout the year at Marks Hall Gardens.
So where we shall actually go is still very much up in the air but have no fear you’ll definitely find out in future posts.
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