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There is No Smoke without Fire!
There is No Smoke without Fire!
It doesn’t matter whether you cook in a chiminea, over a fire pit or on a barbecue; what does matter is your choice of wood, because it is the smoke from the wood that flavours the food you are cooking. Choosing your Wood Very simply, choose milder woods to flavour milder foods and keep the stronger woods for the more robust foods. Mild Woods: Alder, Beech and Maple Alder...
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I don’t like cricket, oh no, I love it!
I don’t like cricket, oh no, I love it!
As befits a sport of gentle rhythms and golden summer afternoons, cricket can boast more than its fair share of distinguished poet fans. Betjeman was inspired by the sound of leather on willow, as was AA Milne. "Revered, beloved, O you whose job is but to serve throughout the season, To make, if so be it, a blob," wrote AA Milne in a defiant ode to his trusty cricket bat, while A E Housman...
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Easter would not be Easter without Trees
Easter would not be Easter without Trees
The Christian festival of Easter is a fusion of ancient beliefs and manifold cultures. Easter encompasses the fertility symbols of Ancient Egypt, Greco Roman culture, European tradition, Pagan practice and good old fashioned legend; but most importantly Easter would not be Easter without trees. Legend of the Dogwood Tree In the southern states of USA legend holds that dogwood was a tall,...
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That Sinking Feeling
That Sinking Feeling
Trees, Shrink-Swell and Existing Buildings We have had a surge in enquiries this month regarding shrink-swell (subsidence and heave) and existing low-rise commercial and domestic properties and therefore it seems appropriate to write on the subject. The six most common natural ground stability hazards are: swelling clay landslip ground dissolution running sand collapsible...
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Survival of the Fittest Trees
Survival of the Fittest Trees
Why Do Trees Break? It’s a matter of survival of the fittest - Darwin’s concept of fitness is defined as reproductive success and is best understood as ‘survival of the form that will leave the most copies of itself in successive generations’. The Axiom of Uniform Stress An optimal structure has a uniform stress over the whole of its surface. A tree is a self-optimising...
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