Over the last 23 years quite a few trees have been felled for two major reasons: As the years dawn and the trees grow this is an ongoing process
- Type B: Along the bund and it's immediate edges to stop large trees from falling and damaging the bund and others towards the river to delay erosion.
- Type L: Around the vegetable growing area, mostly for extra light.
- Type K: Clearing tree near Kerensa Gardens for damage limitation and light for their property.
- Type T: Along the main access track for general safety and maintenance.
February 18th T
Cut trees at top of track overhanging Cottage Gardens
February 3rd T
Had intended to cut a tree that was overhanging the track and cut a direction cut. I replaced the wedge so the tree couldn't fall that way, south, if there was sufficient potential force. What I hadn't anticipated was the kinetic energy supplied by massive winds from the south which blew the tree north. It lay wedged between other trees parallel form the ground some ten feet high with a large part of the truck crossing the track, which I removed.
Felled a tree near the wagon to create space to fell others
February 11th K
Felled a twin trunk ash at bottom of triangle field by the King's house that was left doing others on December 27th 2016 (below - page 2)
November 10th T
Took down large trunk of sycamore near wagon and shed
April 29th B
See separate post
April 11th T
Felled big branched trunk of ash with Gavin's company
And I don't mean us humans that consume anything, anywhere at anytime but those little buggers that feed on us, or in this case me. I've been the source of food for many ticks, horse-flies, and mosquitoes.
Although horseflys and to a lesser degree, mosquitoes, cause initial bites and prolonged swelling unlike ticks they do not stay attached given their ability to fly.
Ticks although sometimes feeding for days before discovery, as they are so small and do not fly, are fairly easily removed; although care has to be taken not to leave their mouth claws embedded in the skin as this may lead to infection. There is always the possibility of contractingLyme's disease(which I hope I haven't as " . . . development of infection is rare" . . . "1 in 50") Diagnosis
Recently (Feb 2016) I had an itchy area on the inside of my left wrist. It took some weeks before I took serious action. (Update May 2017: Still have a tendency for left wrist to be itchy, seems like either a virus or immune issue?) I thought it may be scabies as they breed under the skin and cannot be removed like ticks.
Scabies see page 3
I'm not harping on about the general environment being decimated by us humans, although it has it's affect. I'm becoming all to aware of the failure of plants I thought virile, dying.
So apart from the general disease initiated: all alder have died and although elm regrows from a few seed, these are dwindling as the lifespan of the new trees is shortening. Luckily I have seen no die-back of the oak and ash as observed elsewhere in the UK.
The plants I'm having problems with are:
- Rosemary: I had a good looking bush some inch in diameter, some six years old and then it just died.
- Lavender: Each year, a few from the dozen or so I'd grown from seed (both English and French) died. I thought they may have bee too wet so placed the last two within a metre or so of a hawthorn, thinking the hawthorn would sap most of the water. The hawthorn was cropped so there was plenty of sun. For a few years this was fine, now suddenly they are dead. I've planted an oregano/marjoram in place of one.
- Cherry: Although never a productive tree, some dozen years old, it appears dead this year. Middle of May, and no blossom nor leaf. June 11th, no show?