Friday 28 September 2018
Guten Abend alle zusammen.
In the current age this kind of thing normally instigates a response on here.
Keyboard warriors please send your typewritten letter to:
Test Valley Riverkeeper
What remains of the River Dever
Please enclose a SAE or postal order for £1.20.5p if you require a reply.
But first I'll pause briefly to propose that the media in general are just as guilty of peddling an unachievable ideal existence to your everyday Joe. From newspaper weekend supplements through to TV's Pimp my Ride.
Lay off the bloggers,
we're not all peddling the ideal existence, it's a chronicle of interminable struggle for some.
There has been much comment made, both online and off, regarding this season's outfit with much moot that it may be a tad effete.
I don't mind the reviews
The clues were there at Milan fashion week and while previous years winter woodland wanderings have been influenced by Vidal Sassoon (it's on here somewhere) this winter it is very much into the wood with Gucci and Versace with the terrific tractor's onboard toolbox receiving the required upgrade.
Anyway, beneath all the godets and sequins the outfit kept me safe. I'd stitched my last pair up a few times and I'm not sure how chainsaw proof my needlework is.
Needless to say the ash we were attending to was riddled with dieback. It stood in a small cluster of affected trees which have also now been felled. Advice is now available on the YouGov website on what to do with affected trees. The passage is a little long and quite ambiguous in places. It can take a decade for a tree to die, but once it has this lurgy, die it surely will. It will remain a viable habitat for all manner of flora and fauna during its decline. As a general guide for felling, refrain from felling any trees with no signs of the disease (obvs!) as they may have some immunity. Fell affected trees if they pose a danger to public or infrastructure. As part of your woodland management plan (I know we have one, I've just forgotten where I put it) fell trees if the crown has been reduced by fifty percent or more.
We have had frost, and several misty morns reveal the remarkable work of spiders and their webs spun in the dark that that reach from tree to tree. Barley has been introduced to the flight pond, numbers of duck are building and the wonder of watercress maintains a late season flow keeping a narrow ribbon of river free from silt.
Tuesday 18 September 2018
But first a word from our sponsor.
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That's the Husqvarna 365 everybody, coming to a tree trunk near you.
The gauge has gone.
Seems that Command Centre Central have now given up on the first few miles of the Dever.
I don't know how we ended up where we are regarding the Dever
Let me put that another way.
I do know how we ended up where we are regarding the Dever.
It was one of the principle reasons for me to start chucking up guff regarding the river all those years ago, because this river and many more besides were being let down by those charged with affording them protection from big bad business practice and the bottom line. There are several trusts and organisations who navel gazed their way through the last decade regarding over abstraction and the unsustainable use of groundwater supply preferring to focus on other issues that though requiring attention are of little import if the river drys up.
Aquifers in chalk valleys are being over exploited due in part to the unsustainable way in which we source water in the region and dispose of treated waste water. Drawing the stuff out of the ground and then sending it away to sea hoping that Madam water cycle will reciprocate with rain no longer works. More waste water post treatment must be soaked away into the ground or returned directly to the aquifers if these precious rivers are not to be further impacted upon.
Anyway, I seem to have gone early with the offload, so to lift the mood a little..
We took the dogs as it was a long way away and anyway, they're doggy people.
By way of precaution we paused a few miles from our destination, possibly at Mangold Parva, to walk the dogs/break Moss's spirit.
No problem with Otis, he could take peggs on the veranda with the binkiest nabob without real incident.
Sue Townsend, such a loss.
Currently we play host to a quartet of Little Egret who fish together, fly together and roost in trees together.
They've the air of a bunch of youngsters, but with a nod to the premier barbershop quartet and their hit "baby on board (and they do look like mini storks, the little egrets not the premier barbershop quartet)
the frosted feathered four are now known as the Be Sharps,
both the premier barbershop quartet and the quartet of little egret.
I think that's reasonably clear.
The excellent Stihl HLA 85 has been employed in the fight with Phragmites on the Flight pond. Two days of tackling norfolk reed from the bank before taking to the water for a third day to cut back this most ambitious marginal plant that has designs on taking over the whole pond. While out on the water it soon became apparent that the silver fish have spawned successfully this year with masses of juvenile rudd and roach. The swan mussels also seem to be having a good time in a shallow pond that in the high heat of august attained a temperature more suited to African cichlids.
Cue perennial request for a very wet winter in these parts - ed
Tuesday 4 September 2018
I retain the ticket as evidence of sacrifices made.
Yes Madam has done a lot of scoring and is quite good at it.
It's just a shame they won't be hosting any more Test cricket until after 2025.
It was trumpeted several months ago with the headline "He's Back!"
Yes the largesse of the EU and yes it doesn't work properly, but, and I'll apologise to all you keyboard warriors in advance who may be upset by this, the habitat directives are quite a good thing.
Several organisations used habitat directives to hold big business and the bottom line to account regarding impact on the aquatic environment. The DT letters page featured several who pointed this fact out to the Telegraph's champion and also expressed concern that future environmental legislation drawn up after leaving EU may not be of equal strength. Which with Cove's of the calibre of Gove drawing up the all new beautiful British habit directives, is surely a given.
So I delayed delivering the cancellation request as It has proved tremendously satisfying to use the chunterings of Jester Johnson and the dishonourable member for the Eighteenth century (now there's tenebrous) as an aid in house training our new addition.
Moss is house trained now so I have no further need of The Daily Telegraph particularly their columnists,
apart from Hendo, I'll miss him.