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national tree week

Blog posting #300 🙂  March 1st – 7th 2009 is National Tree Week. It’s a cool week. There’s loads of tree events on – literally all over the country. There is no excuse not to get involved. I have some posts on trees, trees, trees and trees here to get you in the groove. That said if you don’t want to plant a tree yourself – you can always sponsor a tree – and it will be planted for you.

The trees don’t have to be huge – they even don’t have to be expensive – but they are important and if we did plant one tree each [that’s over 4 million!!] can you imagine how beautiful the country would look. If where you live is ‘not as green as it should be’, if you want to give something a little not so expensive and don’t want to look like a cheap-skate or if you haven’t seen a bird in your garden since you moved in…. You could… and you really could, make a difference.

Go on plant a tree. And give it a hug after 😆 but of course!

pest clear 2000

the kinder pest clear-er

the kinder pest clear-er

it is the time of year where little crawling friends will seek shelter from the storm. And once they are in there’s the old trap routine or there’s this fella. Its called pestclear 2000. The packaging tells me it’s sold over 1 million [since 1998].

It costs €40. I got mine from my good friends in Fingal Farm supplies. I’m told by more than one source it works superb and so far I’m free of the ‘guaranteed to make a big girl scream’ type fellow.

It gives off a ‘piercing noise which can only be heard by mice, rats and insects’ and frightens them away. If they are already inside it makes their nesting place ‘uncomfortable – thus drives them out of the house’

like an ambi-pure without the scent...

Remember: on the side of it there’s two switches; tur the first to ‘const’ which leaves it always on and the second to ‘ultrasonc’ if you wish to deter mice etc. Of course if you have gerbals you’ve got a slight problem… ?

What else do you need to do? Just plug it in and you’re done 🙂 To be honest I dont like the old traps. I feel guilty using them…. ?!!

Hedgerow Walks anyone?

peter donegan - hedgegrow walksThis is brilliant. The gas thing is when people say to me will that grow here – I usually suggest to take a look around you first. The only way to appreciate what is growing on your doorstep.

Slí = way, road, path & Sceach = thornbush, hawthorn, briar

Slí na sceacha = hedgerow walk/ way

The hedge.org is a voluntary group doing their bit. Their website has more links to relevant sites than you could shake a stick at [!] and brimmed with useful information. It also seems the local heritage councils have spent a few quid here too on grants to the various societies; and rightly so, they are so important.

That said, whilst it is maybe indirectly taxpayers money, it is theoretically free and beautiful! Put on those funky trainers, get outside with those old woolie warmers on you and watch nature changing around you. I love it!