Quick Links 12th June 2017

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me 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.

Life In General. – A General Election week, which I think it would be fair to say didn’t go the way the Prime Minister intended! For me I went and voted, and watched the outcome and analysis.

It would seem to be that for a Prime Minister who went for a snap election with a clear 20 point lead, and came out with a hung parliament that the future does not look bright, even with what appears to be quite a shaky deal with the DUP, given that the two parties have some clear differences.

I suspect she probably has a few months at worst or a couple of years at most. There are two clear points that her party may decide to ditch her. Either just after the Queens speech – they need her for that to keep Jeremy Corbyn and Labour from laying claim to being the party of Government. Beyond that they don’t need her for the Brexit negotiations, but they might see an opportunity to keep her and if the deal isn’t great, having a suitable scapegoat to lay the blame on. There are a lot of potential, but what’s certain is that I can’t see her leading the Tory party into the next general election. They simply can’t take that risk given her performance this time around.























Outside of that I’ve mostly been doing family stuff. I picked up my Dad’s ashes from the undertaker’s, we’re getting ready to scatter them in the near future.

Three years ago this week was the first time that we met Ruby:























She’s grown a bit since then:

I’ve also been seeing a lot of baby birds this week too. Mostly sparrows and robins, still dependent on their parents for food, but it seems able to fly.

Work – Working on a few different things this week, little bits of effort on lots of different things. A proposal that I’d agreed to be a part of didn’t progress, another one looks like it might be delayed due to timings.

Allotment. – The weeds are really growing well, I spent a lot of time at the weekend clearing as many as I could. The weather has helped them more than some of the other plants it seems. The courgettes and cucumber plants that I planted out last week are not doing well. The cucumbers have failed completely (although I have some more which are nearly ready to be planted out) but I don’t have any more courgettes, so will have to sow some more.

I lifted my garlic and overwintering red onions. Neither were particularly impressive, the onions weren’t too bad, but the garlic was particularly disappointing. That’s just the way it is though, some things do better than others and it isn’t consistent from year to year.

Currently Reading

I started The Delicate Storm by Giles Blunt [LINK] at the beginning of the week and had finished by the end. I like crime novels, and it’s always good to discover a new author. This year I’ve only read a couple so far, my tastes tending more towards non-fiction. I did start another not long afterwards though – The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home [LINK].

Also Song of Susannah by Stephen King [GoodReads] – which I’m reading for an online group.

The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures

A Tour of Dave Goulson’s Garden – Entomologist, Professor, author and YouTuber Dave Goulson takes us on a tour of his garden.

It looks like it’s going to be another year when a lot of the people who were famous to me in my childhood sadly pass away. I guess that’s inevitable in a way, they were my age or thereabouts when I was a child, and now they’re that much older. So far it’s been Roger Moore and John Noakes in particular, and now Adam West – the Batman of my childhood: