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“Ah earth you old extinguisher.”
“Ah earth you old extinguisher.”
“Ah earth you old extinguisher.” from Happy Days by Samuel Beckett On a hot summer day how much water does a tree use? How much water is available to use? How long can a tree survive without it raining? How do Trees Use Water? Trees use or lose water by two separate processes. Firstly, water is taken up by tree roots from the soil and evaporated through the pores or...
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Why do Different Trees have Different Shaped Leaves?
Why do Different Trees have Different Shaped Leaves?
There are over 60,000 different species of trees in the world and hundreds of different shapes of leaves - but why the different shapes? Broadleaf Leaf Types Broadleaves can be either simple or compound. Simple Leaves There are some 25 different shapes of simple leaves. Simple leaves are whole and are not divided. Their edges may be different; smooth such as beech, toothed such...
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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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