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I know spring has finally arrived. I was out shooting this morning and planted 24 young trees this afternoon. It felt good except that I am still fighting off a persistent cough. Thanks to my son fetching and carrying we … Continue reading

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Manchurian Apricots Will Take Over The World

Or, perhaps not, but it won’t be for lack of trying. I bought a bunch of tree seed this winter and “stratified” (soaked in moist earth in the refrigerator) it for 2-3months. Recently, I planted them all in trays and … Continue reading

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Spring is definitely in the air. We’ve probably had the last snowfalls replaced by April’s showers. I’ve started hundreds of tree seeds sprouting indoors. A bunch of trees from nurseries and other perishable stock are being queued up to ship … Continue reading

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More Love From China

See Yang Ming MovementMy new alternator is on the way, by ship, of course. It should arrive in my yard in May just in time for the first summer storm to deal with local flooding or power outages. This time, … Continue reading

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When I was a kid, prunes were for old folks who ate so little they needed bran and prunes in their diet so they could remain “regular”. Now that I’m old, I appreciate all Prunus plants. For one thing, many … Continue reading

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Hope Springs Eternal

Today, I invested a little time and got my hands dirty to plant some seed for the garden indoors. We have an inch of snow on the ground outdoors… Tomatoes, bell peppers, and marigolds I planted in bulk in pots … Continue reading

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Fruits and vegetables

“According to the Consumer Price Index, food prices increased by four per cent from Jan. 2015 to Jan. 2016. But fresh vegetables alone were up 18 per cent. For example, just in December, the price of tomatoes shot up by … Continue reading

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Shopping In China and Walmart Are Becoming Identical

“Scheduled Delivery: Wednesday, 02/10/2016, By End of Day Last Location: Departed – Concord, ON, Canada, Saturday, 02/06/2016Chuckle. I just ordered a bunch of peanut butter and jam from Walmart.ca, just to avoid a trip with the car and to see how … Continue reading

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Welcome, 2016!

I’m so old a new year is becoming tedious but I have plenty of reasons to embrace 2016. I’m not so old I can’t have ambitions and achieve them in a new year. Last year, TLW and I got a … Continue reading

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Thank you, China

I’ve been shopping at Aliexpress.com and Alibaba.com for a while now. It’s an adventure. It’s full of surprises and it can save me quite a bit of time and money. Recently I ordered a bunch of items including mousetraps, a … Continue reading

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Autumn’s OK

“Autumn could be described as the time of plenty with fruits, nuts and seeds everywhere. There is a dazzling array of colours, shapes and methods that plants employ for spreading the next generation for the following year. These delights are … Continue reading

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Undermining That Other OS

“The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, have worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software in order to track users and infiltrate networks, according to documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.” See Popular Security Software Came … Continue reading

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