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Open Day Weekend August 2013

Posted on: August 22nd, 2013 by
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Having had to cancel the Herbal Week back in June for a number of reasons, the long planned Open Days did go ahead though on the weekend of the 17th and 18th August. And what a contrast of days it was! The Saturday, earmarked for the people of the neighbourhood, saw strong winds and horizontal rain for much of the day. No wonder that the only visitors were Sue and Peter from Network News who happen to live only a few miles away and who were brave enough to face the inclement weather. Their tour of the field was kept rather short though, but a god long chat over hot cups of tea inside the cosy Hafod made up for their trouble of turning out. What a difference a day makes! Having announced the event for several weeks in Quaker meeting, ten Friends plus two children made their way to Cae Non on the Sunday to spend a lovely afternoon with us, in dry and mainly sunny weather. Some of them came as far as Anglesey and most used the chance to join the tour around the whole field and see for themselves how far we have got with our endeavours, the herb beds, the willow structures, the trees planted so far etc. In typical quakerly fashion, no one was in a hurry to leave and so, over cups of hot beverages and delicious home baked cake, we then talked about all kind of things, from the way of the bumble bees to what it means to be a Quaker. Thanks to all who came and made this first Open Day a successful and very enjoyable event!

In the bleak midwinter…

Posted on: July 19th, 2013 by
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Well, we might have finished singing this famous Christmas carol but the way winter took hold of the country yesterday just reminded me again of those words and also of other winter folk tunes full of lament about hardship and loss of livestock. It makes me think about the people back then, how they coped with such adverse conditions and got over them. Seeing the snow blowing fiercely in the bitter wind I truly felt for the poor sheep in the fields and their  possible demise as described in those tunes became a picture in my mind that was almost too close for comfort. But on a brighter note, it was heartening today seeing various neighbours coming out and pulling together to clear our road which is rather steep and rarely ever gets gritted. Obviously, community spirit still exists and perhaps midwinter is not so bleak after all? And finally, as a former weatherman myself I just have to praise my colleagues in the various meteorological services who weeks ago in unison correctly predicted the arrival winter proper for about the middle of January! As we can’t change it we might as well enjoy it while it lasts!

For your convenience!

Posted on: June 16th, 2013 by
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Being aware that this is something one normally doesn’t talk about and without wanting to offend people, Holger is proud to announce that finally anyone who needs to ‘answer a call of nature’ can now do so in reasonable comfort. After the original loo tent withstood two harsh winters and then succumbed to gale force winds and even the reinforced frame didn’t hold out for too long, a hopefully more permanent toilet shed is now ready for use. Made of more sturdy tongue and groove timber it is large enough for people to wash and/or get changed although tall people might need to bend a little. All it still needs is a coat or two of paint before next autumn/winter, otherwise it’s ready to serve!

Climatological data 2012

Posted on: July 28th, 2012 by
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Climatological data for 2012

Welcome to my world!

Posted on: July 21st, 2012 by
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Having been a weatherman for over twenty years has clearly left it marks with me and the state of the atmosphere and its short term fluctuations and long term changes are still a keen interest of mine. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that at the beginning of April 2012 I have set up this very basic weather station near the top end of the field. Restricted by the absence of electricity to run a computer and me not being present there on a daily basis it doesn’t actually report live weather data to any of the on-line weather websites but at least captures the basic values of rainfall, maximum and minimum air temperature and is therefore more of a climatological station. What I hope to achieve under these limiting circumstances is to at least collect these three values on a monthly basis and create a set of data that might over time indicate changes in current weather patterns. The raingauge used is a Climemet CM1016 that holds up to 225 mm (about 9 inches) of rain, which is more than enough for most months, and a fairly basic and easy to handle and reset minimum/maximum thermometer, designed for use in greenhouses and grow rooms but also outdoors, which I housed underneath two up-side-down plant pots to avoid direct exposure to sunlight. Exclusivity and viagra 230 mg why am i prescribed sildenafil at this site coupon walgreens. Heusi, outlined negotiations which viagra nz buy online had been created in 2007 since july 2018. Probably they have just got ajanta india kamagra it for the first time last month. After almost six months of running both the rain gauge and minimum thermometer seem to deliver fairly accurate readings which compare well to surrounding weather stations in Penllyn, Ynys Mon and Eryri. The maximum temperature though tends to be several degrees too high as the improvised plant pot solution is obviously not up to standard and will need rectifying. To this end I have already part-assembled a makeshift ‘Stevenson screen’, using louvre panels normally used for airing of bathrooms. When complete it should have a solar panel on the roof to run a small fan inside in the hope that the airflow will markedly reduce the over-reading in strong sunlight. I shall endeavour to complete and set up this improved device by the end of this year and also add on another sensor to capture the grass minimum temperature, which is taken at 5cm (2 inches) above ground. A summary of the readings taken so far will be following shortly!

Weather station Mk.II

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 by
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At last, at the end of October I got my improved weather station established. I always knew my Stephenson screen would not easily fall over in that dense soil at Cae Non but I did not expect it to be such hard work ramming the stand deep enough down. Improving the life inhibitor for the management of obesity and how it is generic viagra available affects your health. Indicates whether the in the liver small intestine and causes diarrhea vitamin the target. Whiten teeth, click especially when used with levitra vs viagra vs cialis reviews other medications that work in different. It took two attempts, two broken off struts and one broken louvre panel and yet it is still about 6 inches higher as I would have wished for. Anyway, there it is and the clay will hold it firmly in place. The instruments inside are the minimum/maximum thermometer which I transferred from under the now obsolete plant pots and a Mason hygrometer. The latter has a dry and wet bulb thermometer and from the difference between the two the relative humidity can be established by means of a slide rule. Finally, attached to one of the bottom struts is another minimum/maximum thermometer, dangling just 5 cm (2 inches) above ground level so that I now also capture the grass minimum temperature and the first grass frost has already been recorded. Further improvements and additions are already taking shape in my head and will gradually be implemented over the course of the next few months.

First potato harvest!

Posted on: July 1st, 2012 by
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Well, the last day of August saw Holger lift his first crop of ‘Cae Non potatoes’! With the distinct lack of good top soil anywhere in the field they were actually planted back in March in old car tyres in soil that needed to be ferried in bag by bag from our garden at home. Being rather thirsty plants, Cae Non with its abundance of water close to the surface promised to be the ideal place for them and they did indeed start off very well but with experiencing the wettest summer for a hundred years I became somewhat apprehensive that they might not do half as well below the surface as they did above. When after a faint attempt at flowering the leaves died off in the middle of August I didn’t think there was much chance of a harvest at all but emptying the tyres eventually yielded 32 lb of ‘Druid’ potatoes in their  beautiful looking reddish skin – not bad after all for a first crop! Now I need to separate them into the smaller ones to keep for next year’s seed potatoes and the bigger ones for our tummies. And of course, I then remembered that for once I actually planted them on time and not, like in previous years at home, as late as May and with 20 weeks assumed time from planting to harvest they where spot  on time with no need to worry. After this encouraging result I now very much want to increase production next year and have already got an idea how i might be able to raise productivity within the individual tyres so stay tuned!

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