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owltober and the Indian Summer

Last week I was splitting a tenner to make busfare by buying a lottery ticket (the only circumstances under which I do) and the shopkeeper said that they were going up to £2. Initially I thought he only meant the Wednesday draw, but no, they are going up to £2. Dark days indeed; and I shall have to figure out another another way to make busfare (I guess... Thunderball?).

Also last week I was debating universal benefits with a friend. I generally oppose means testing (never pays for itself) but she is aggravated to see limited money going either to the pushy and organised (who don't need it) or to the chaotic and noisy (who will lose/waste/squander it). I came up with the idea of providing the option of donating your benefit but in the cold light of day I see it wouldn't solve the injustice. The pushy would still keep it, the chaotic would get paid twice, and the deserving needy would just end up with an additional administrative task and providing the bulk of the donations on the grounds that they're "sure someone needs it more". Another idea dead on the drawing board. *sigh* I seem perpetually a bit more tired than I ought to be at the moment, just age I suppose.

In the meantime, Owltober marches on, as does our unlikely Indian summer. On one hand I can't believe I'm still watering the garden in October; on the the other, Glory lilies!

owl and the pussycat Gloriosa rothschildiana
caterpillar owltober marches on
resin owls grape harvest

P.S. I may have some spare grapes going in about a week's time....


( 9 worms — Feed the birds )
7th Oct, 2013 12:18 (UTC)
That's a really splendid caterpillar, which I've not seen the like of before.
7th Oct, 2013 18:32 (UTC)
I have made identification!

The charming beast is a Pale Tussock Moth Caterpillar.
8th Oct, 2013 19:04 (UTC)
Re: I have made identification!
Excellent, well done & thanks!
8th Oct, 2013 19:57 (UTC)
Re: I have made identification!
PS That's a moth imitating a sloth! (what a cutie)

7th Oct, 2013 16:51 (UTC)
Speaking of the Indian Summer, the teeny weeny bulbs from Capel Manor have started sprouting! Is this because of the unseasonable warmth? Are they now going to be ruined? Halp!

My Raven bulbs have been despatched - should I hold off planting them?

Worried of North London.
7th Oct, 2013 18:27 (UTC)
Don't worry about them, they know what they're doing. Those strappy autumn leaves will put down sugars for the spring until first frost, then die down until days get longer again, and then be more ready (established) than they would have been otherwise.

Bury the Raven's bulbs a little deeper (down 2-3 bulb heights) for best longevity, but it's fine to do them now -- as above.
7th Oct, 2013 19:00 (UTC)
Phew! The new growth is rather cute, I'm now reassured that the mystery bulbs will still be surprising me in Spring.

I'm keen to plant my bulbs! I've a sack from the Raven (monster alliums, tulip mix, lily of the valley, bluebells-native and fritillaries) and another sack (daffs and black hyacinths) due from Thompson and Morgan. It's going to be bulbtastic come spring!

I forgot the rhubarb, when would be the best time to plant such a beast? I've grown it from seed in the past.
7th Oct, 2013 19:10 (UTC)
In my experience you can plant Rhubarb pretty much any time. It's getting rid of it that is the problem.
8th Oct, 2013 22:16 (UTC)
I am totally reading this in the voice of Bob Flowerdew.
( 9 worms — Feed the birds )