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  1. 6 hours ago, Bryan said:


    We've not had much success with traps, the rats are too cunning, but preferable to poison if you can get them to work. What type of trap are you using?

    I'm using the traditional spring loaded bar trap, cost about 2 euro over here. I did modify them slightly because that rat could reach the bait without standing on the trigger, just shortened the trigger by about 15mm not the 2 side legs though. Makes them reach in further under the bar, works a treat.

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  2. 2 hours ago, Bryan said:


    We have to use poison to deal with the rats at the allotment, not keen on this but can't see an alternative. People keep chickens and they go after the feed. The one occasion when I have deliberately killed an animal was when I found a dying rat and, to end its suffering, cut off its head with a spade. Grim.


    Whilst on this topic I once came across a deer in a bad way lying in a roadside ditch, it having been struck by a passing vehicle. I felt obliged to kill it, but being on my bicycle, had nothing to hand to bring a swift end. Had to leave it there, felt bad about it.

    I agree with you about the poison Bryan, it kills the rat but also kills anything that comes across the poisoned animal (cat, dog, owl etc) Warfarin travels! 

  3. 6 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Wonderful! Good idea.  Are you laying the dead rats on a fence post for the hawks?

    I have a pair of Buzzards nesting not far away that are benefiting Betty. I chuck the rats over onto a stream bank at the end of my garden, I think they keep a beady eye on my garden because it only takes a few minutes and one swoops down. 


  4. 9 hours ago, Bryan said:

    Consulted via WhatsApp by our 12 year old grandson for help with his maths homework, makes a person feel moderately useful.


    However, we spotted a, presumably wild, rabbit in our garden yesterday, other people are seeing rats, think I would prefer rats. Maybe due to the lack of cars on the streets?

    Found a use for a couple of my old plastic tool boxes. Took out the trays cut a 3" hole in the end near the bottom, perfect for holding 1 rat trap, nothing can get in apart from Rats and mice. lift the top lid to see results. Bait with a peanut. So far 6 rats caught near my compost heap.


  5. 2 hours ago, Allan Bell said:


    Ugly duckling.




    Cute really though.😊




    They do have an instant cuteness effect. Unfortunately for him if he carries on behaving like that he will be lunch for every passing fox, rat, owl, hawk, weasel, stoat or pike unless his mum gives him a good speaking to.🤕 


  6. 1 hour ago, Robert M Estall said:

    I like parrots in principle but that beak is a real worry. I had a girlfriend long ago who had a couple of African Greys. We got on OK but they did have a tendency to put holes in me just when I was getting confident. As pets they have the redeeming feature of long life. Cats and dogs give you affection and companionship but don't often live past 15 years so you are going to feel a lot of hurt from time to time.

     Parrots tend to be more attached to the Female in a house and can get very possessive i've been told. 

  7. 9 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    That is a fact. When I first bought my African Gray, I subscribed to “Bird Talk” a glossy magazine about all things parrot. One article said how good peppers were for birds, healthy and all that. So I planted some jalapeños. The two birds, one was a Nanday Conure, loved them.

    Only problem is my husband and I kissed our birds’ beaks. Mistake. I only did that once. No more kisses. Then I found there was hot stuff on their feet because the birds held the peppers in a foot to eat them. We picked up our birds with them stepping onto a finger. The index. You don’t want to rub your eye with that stuff on your finger. I began to feel like one of the 3 stooges.  No more peppers for the parrots.

    I actually sold a 2 page spread to the magazine consisting of a story and pictures. It wasn’t about burning eyes and lips, though.


    I love Parrots very intelligent and inquisitive birds. When i lived in Malaya (now Malaysia) my neighbour had a Macaw that used to sit in his shoulder and inspect his ears. I am always wary about putting my finger near a beak that can crush a Brazil nut!.


  8. 12 hours ago, Thyrsis said:

    Have given up with brassicas of any sort. But our first cucumber in the greenhouse is about 2cm long....

    Bad year for Cucumbers and Courgettes this year for me, all the young plants have Mosaic Leaf Virus. Not sure where its come from, all grown from seed and its a brand new greenhouse this year. Parsnips all good though, grow them the same way as my carrots in 10" pots on 2" centres nice and neat (must be the ex military in me).🙂

  9. Mid $$. Took this image a few weeks ago from 3 different angles. All 3 were zoomed at the same time last week so i hoped one would be licenced, at least not a PU

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  10. 12 hours ago, gvallee said:

    Black Skimmer (Rynchops nigra) doing what he knows best: skimming the water in search of fish.

    It's not uncommon to see skimmers with a broken lower jaw. It happens when they hit a rock in the water.



    +1 A lovely image, i once watched some fledglings "practicing" skimming charging up and down a shingle beach pushing pebbles, very entertaining like little snooker players pushing balls along.


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  11. 8 hours ago, Bryan said:

    Tomato Sungold, quite the sweetest tomato that I have ever tasted. Found they ceased cropping early though so reverted to Gardener's Delight.


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    but only  $


    Tomato Sungold F1 growing in a greenhouse, England, UK Stock Photo

    Large trusses on that variety though Bryan.

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