The rains were coming, unusually, and the peaches we’d been monitoring in the burning sun for weeks were flushed and ripe on our neighbour’s tree. She invited us to take as many as we liked because she didn’t want the birds to snaffle these delights. Neither did we, and so in her backyard Griff welcomed me and watched as I took to a loaded branch with a six foot bamboo pole.
Wham! A half a dozen peaches hit the grass below. Griff took three and left me with a mangy selection. Not fair! For a start he had four legs and was way quicker than any of us. And anyway since when did a dog – okay a very loveable Lab – start liking peaches? Well to him they were more than peaches – like balls, they rolled temptingly down the section’s slope.
As the next harvest fell I yelled NO! but it didn’t help. He was winning and so it went until …I growled a deep-throated disapproval. Griff hates getting offside with people, especially ones who play ball with him. And so the final score read: Griff 20, with a consolation prize lick. Me a bucket full. Things had just became peachy again for both of us.
A pun-minded friend about to undergo a colonoscopy, recently received an all encompassing set of pre-procedure instructions, which included this: ‘We will apply to Southern Cross on your behalf so need to do anything from your end’… ( our italics). Bottoms up old chap!
We seem to be all about summer fruit this Miscellany but it’s’ just coincidence. This photo may look as if it has been photo-shopped, but these rather large runaways were a determined bunch.
And anyway, sometimes a fence just gets tired of standing there and generally getting in the way.
So in this particularly welcoming summer, it allowed these three budding apples to flourish in a nearby backyard.
Who cares about grass – it’s inoffensive and everywhere. But the website Spinoff, signalled the beginning of what it said could be a thorny debate about New Zealand’s GE-Free status.
‘In particular, the topic in question is a type of rye grass currently being trialed in the USA, which when eaten by cows could reduce their methane emissions by up to 25%. New Zealand’s output of methane is a significant contributor to our total emissions, and the argument goes that finding ways to reduce that is the best contribution we could make to reducing global emissions. It’s also entirely in line with National’s approach to climate change policy, which they want to have minimal economic impact, and be primarily driven by science and technology, rather than cutting production’.
Coincidentally, a powerful book, The Moth Snowstorm by British author and environmentalist Michael McCarthy mentions how rye grass and Farmer Giles have damaged much of rural England’s diversity.
All across England, rye grass fields began replacing the hay meadows and ancient grazing pastures which had been among the country’s great delights, as they were botanical treasure houses crammed with wild flowers, such as buttercups, red clover, yellow rattle, ox-eyed daisies….and many more, presenting an animated chaos of colour which could dazzle the eye. Abundance at its most enchanting. He added: ‘It is thought that about 97% of them have gone now. In the rye grass which replaced them, there was but one species only: rye grass. It was green concrete as the phrase has it. It had been so heavily fertilised that it out-competed any plant; nothing else could survive. It was known as ‘improvement’ .
Such improvement he wrote, had damaged not only wildflowers but a wide variety of birds which foraged or nested in the meadows. There’s more to grass than we could imagine but hopefully that kind of ‘improvement’ won’t happen here.
In particular, the topic in question is a type of rye grass currently being trialed in the USA, which when eaten by cows could reduce their methane emissions by up to 25%. New Zealand’s output of methane is a significant contributor to our total emissions.
What a week for The Donald who left the Hell of Hanoi and his failed talks with Kim Jung Un, for the withering attacks in Washington from – well just about everybody who mattered.
Still de-cluttering our house here we came across a 1980 edition of Time magazine and it showed a striking Presidential contrast in Newswatch essay by Thomas Griffith who wrote: Already the Press is getting used to the way the President-elect – at least before taking office – stays in seclusion, says nothing or prudently contents himself with brief, non-committal cameo appearances….”