Quick Links 17th July 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 busy week doing family stuff. My Mum needed taking to a couple of medical appointments, and now has a date for her knee replacement, meaning the next few weeks are likely to be very busy indeed.

I managed to pick up a puncture on the car, so spent a time getting that repaired. Fortunately the garage where I had it done is close to a second-hand bookshop, so although I didn’t actually buy anything I had a pleasant time browsing while the puncture was repaired.

Work – I’ve been moving a few proposals forward and adjusting some plans around when my Mum will be in hospital having her knee done, and afterwards for when she returns home. My diary was reasonably clear anyway over that period so it shouldn’t have too big an impact.

Allotment. – The plot is coming along well. I dug the second row of potatoes at the weekend which means we have easily enough to last until Christmas if not a bit longer. The courgettes are also now starting to produce well, so we should have a steady supply until the first frosts.

In the potting shed the tomatoes are in producing well too, so I’ve not been buying any now for a couple of weeks. It’s reaching the part of the year, where our shopping bill drops considerably, as we have plenty of fresh veg.

Currently Reading

The Dark Tower by Stephen King [GoodReads]- which I’m reading for an online group.

Haven’t had much time for anything other than the tale of Roland and his Ka-tet in the last week.

The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures

Fido Family Tree – A quick Guardian pictorial of the family pet’s wilder relatives [LINK]

Sixth Max Extinction Is Already Underway – LINK I actually felt that this was stating the obvious when I read through this article []. I felt for a long time that many species are becoming less frequent or their ranges are changing and / or shrinking. Even locally, changes to insect populations, and also species such as swallows, swifts and housemartins are considerably different to where they were ten years ago when we moved here. Those with the power just don’t seem to care however, they are in it for the short term and not worried about the future or their descendants.

13th – Between watching the F1 British Grand Prix and the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final, the 13th Doctor was revealed.

Not an actor that I know all that well, but one I’ve heard a lot of good things about, and at last a woman. I’m looking forward to the new season, hopefully the series will return to it’s strengths now.