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West Country Apples, Orchards and Cider
West Country Apples, Orchards and Cider
Fresh off the Press West Country Apples, Orchards and Cider The West Country is synonymous with apples, orchards and traditional farmhouse cider. Although cider is presently enjoying a revival in popularity, all is not well. The National Trust have said 90% of England's traditional orchards have disappeared in the last 60 years, with older varieties often uprooted and the land used for...
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A World History of Rubber
A World History of Rubber
Rubber is elastic and water-resistant, it floats and doesn't conduct electricity. As latex it is used to make adhesives, contraceptives and tennis balls for Wimbledon; when vulcanised (nothing to do with Star Trek) it is used to make tyres, wellington boots and artificial hearts. The Rubber Tree The rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) is native to the rain forest of Brazil. The sap or latex...
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A Brief History of Tea
A Brief History of Tea
The Birth of Tea in China According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled some drinking water, when a few leaves from the tree fell into the cooking pot. The tree was a Camellia sinensis (sinensis is Chinese for ‘of China’). Today there are over 3,000 different types of tea in the world and they are all produced from...
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Sunlight and Shade
Sunlight and Shade
On a hot summer's day, what could be better than sitting in the garden in the shade of your favourite tree, drinking a nice cup of tea or an ice cold beer? The obstruction of direct sunlight by trees can be a blessing when it provides a cool, shady area but it can also be a nuisance when it blocks the natural light to the main rooms in the house. Five Advantages of Shade The combination...
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The Paper We Vote On
The Paper We Vote On
Between two thirds and three quarters of us will vote in the General Election this week by placing an X on a piece of paper next to the name of our preferred candidate. But what is paper? How is it made? And how many times can it be recycled? A Short History of Paper Making Papyrus was the earliest form of paper, made from reeds in ancient Egypt some 3,000 years ago. Paper, as we think of...
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