Quick Links 7th June 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.

Every once in a while YouTube turns up a real gem on it’s homepage when I go there. This is one of those gems. Please note that the way the chainsaw is used from around the 3 min mark is extremely dangerous. I used to do a lot of chainsaw work and this is something that I wouldn’t recommend unless you really know what you’re doing and are experienced with a saw.

This article from High Country News, goes back three years and looks at the work of a group of scientists trying to understand what causes trees to die. An interesting read, although on the long side for the internet, it was originally published in the journal.

The weather has been a little crazy in the last week or so. Despite having hot and sunny weather only a week ago, this week it has moved to being more overcast with rain at times. The forecast is for it to be sunny again by the weekend, with hot weather to come from the south. Whilst I can easily adapt, although I’ve been trying to tough it out and keep my shorts on rather than resort to long trousers again, other species find it less easy. As our climate continues to change this is likely to  to be a recurring theme, and many more species including us humans will struggle to cope.

I seem to have a few books on the go this week, not quite sure how it happened but there are 5 of them:

  • Neil Gaimen The View From the Cheap Seats [Amazon UK US CA]
  • Jon Katz – Running to the Mountain [Amazon UK US CA]
  • Charles Stross – The Rhesus Chart [Amazon UK US CA] (finished)
  • Peter James – Love You Dead [Amazon UK US CA] (finished yesterday)
  • Lucy Jones – Foxes Unearthed [Amazon UK US CA]

I can obviously only read one at a time but I’m enjoying them all, and I think it’s a pretty interesting summary of my tastes when it comes to books. Everything from natural history through crime and into science fiction. I expect at least a few of these will run into next week.

The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures

Someone recently asked me about installing water butts (rain barrels), unfortunately I can’t remember who it was and whether it was online or “in real life”, anyway I came across this video the other day which gives a good “How-To”. Unfortunately I can’t embed it because the author has disabled that function on YouTube, nevertheless it’s a good video, if you’re the person who asked me this is for you.