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Friday, June 13, 2008

Picnic at Hanging Rocks

Rock to climb.Here is our local rock outcrop. The climbs vary from small and easy to long and difficult (I don't know the current terms, we used ones like 'V Diff' when I was young but they don't seem to be in use any more and I can't be bothered to learn the new ones).

Surrounded by trees the rocks outcrops all over the place so when bored with one spot it's not difficult to go find another.

There is a shop but I've yet to go and take a look.

It's a good place to go for a picnic too.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Exeter Car Boot Sale

Exeter car boot sale.
We went to the car boot sale at Exeter last Sunday - it is truly enormous. The picture above does not show it's true size as that is not possible. We found some sellers behind a fence and I thought they must be really pissed off that they are not in the main group. Not at all - they were just the beginning of a lot more stalls and we were only about 20% of the way in!

If you want to see it all get there as early as you can - if it wasn't for people packing up at around midday, you could spend the whole day there easily.

You can find more information from the Exeter City Council web site.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Our Alloted Ment

Our allotment.
Here are some pictures of our new (relatively - 6 months old) allotment. It is 100 feet long by 15 wide, which is half the width of a normal allotment - too many people want them and the standard size is a lot of work for our modern way of life.

It's a lot of time and will take years to get rid of the Couch Grass alone. Plus the snails and slugs have eaten all our onions, chives, beetroot and lettuce! I've resorted to using organic, blue slug pellets. What makes them organic I don't know and I hate doing it because I don't want to kill anything, let alone through poisoning. But we have to feed ourselves, not the surrounding countryside. Our neighbours are using beer traps which seem to be working well for them so they will go in the ground for us too soon.

The view down the valley is fantastic, you can just seen Hay Tor on the horizon at the top of the hills.

Valley view with Hay Tor in distance.
Our neighbours are doing much better, they've all been at it a long time now and it shows. I look forward to the day when ours is half as organised or fruitful.

Our neighbours allotment.

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