FEEDBACK of any kind is always welcome not least from my mother who after reading last weeks article about volcanoes emailed to say that one of the reasons for the French Revolution was the resulting famine from the aftermath of all the volcanic dust in the atmosphere.
Needing little excuse to halt work in order to research the subject I discovered that the Laki Volcano in
Its often perceived as a social status question when asking someone what daily newspaper they read and as my favourite is The Guardian I have received stick from many quarters over the years and I have the label of being a woolly vegetarian welly wearing liberal hippy… Fair enough.
Anyone giving their invaluable opinion on my choice of newspaper has most likely never even read the aforesaid newspaper as they probably prefer to read The S.un or the Daily Wail. Being a LFC supporter The S.um is certainly not on my Christmas card list after that newspapers scandalous coverage blaming the deaths of 96 people at the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989 on the fans themselves. The S.um is not sold in
Anyway I digress, and it was to The Guardian online newspaper that I directed my research and found this excellent link.
During the summer local councils always water the plants in public spaces in the heat of the day! Common sense suggests watering in the evening when it’s cooler so there is less water evaporation and no potential sun burn on the plants.
Living in the driest part of
Moorish invaders around the 13th Century started the practice that continues to this day of farmers regularly flooding their fields via the acequias (water channels). It is slowly being stamped out as it uses three to four times more water than is necessary. Agriculture accounts for 68% of all water use in
Two hundred thousand farmers across
This spring’s inclement weather has made the mission to find the perfect poppy field very hit and miss as the sun has often been hidden from view. Well ok it’s been raining a lot. I had almost given up for this year so a few editions ago I published a favourite photo from last year. Eventually Lady Luck smiled on me and arranged for the sun to shine down brilliantly from an azure sky on the most perfect poppy field seen to date. As I approached the field I saw instead of being the usual poppies in a wheat field it was a 20Ha field devoted to just the splendid poppy. The seeds are then harvested for culinary use especially in baking. Poppy heaven!
By Stephen Amore