I’ve recently taken an interest in the local wildlife population as news of species decline is always in the news and we have done lots locally to try to help the wildlife thrive. I couldn’t think of a good reason not to share the pictures somewhere so here they are
Posts By: Jon Scaife
I’ve been meaning to start writing some “political” articles for a while, and thought I’d start by sharing some ideas for little changes you can make that are good for your environment and often good for your health and your wallet too. Where I live in England we only have 2 real choices for government: a party that believes in individual liberty and capitalism in an almost totally unrestricted sense, which leads inevitably to significant wealth disparity; and a party that believes to varying degrees in some policies to redistribute wealth and a fairer society but also seems to find itself wanting to over-reach and interfere in areas of peoples lives that government need not and should not meddle in. Sometimes it is genuinely difficult to find a balance, but very often both parties miss easy wins. My suggestions are for those kinds of “easy wins” and whilst not all of them are suitable for everyone, I hope everyone can find something useful
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In the last few months I’ve made a collection of model railway designs as possibilities for a new layout. Whilst I wont end up building most of them I thought I’d share them here in the hope they might inspire other people.
Reading is one of the great joys of being on holiday, but since most of my articles are about travelling around Europe, I’d like to use this article to recommend some European travel books specifically.
Through my various travels I have built up a good collection of travel maps for European cities, and routes through Europe.
Model railways, like the real thing, tend to be fairly flat. If you want ot have more complex layouts with gradients you need to plan carefully in advance, and avoid the temptation to create an unrealistic (and undriveable!) incline.… Read Full Article
I grow tomatos, cucumbers, chillis, lemons and olives in a south facing conservatory. Over the last 5 years I’ve suffered with a range of vermin attacking my plants, it seems to be a different type of pest each year after I’ve conquered the previous pest. Below I cover a few successful ways I’ve found to control a range of pests.
There are lots of “must see” lists for Europe, but they all seem to follow one or another standard formula: either selling holiday links, or a blogger picking out their favourites in their own country. Many of the longer lists target US readers and include lots of locations in the UK, which those of us in the UK can visit at a weekend without the time or expense of a more significant break. Below I will try to bring together a healthy list of the places I’ve loved and still want to see in Europe, excluding the British Isles.
I have already written twice about planing a driving trip around Europe, but since those articles I have also done a non-driving European travelling holiday, and am currently planning another trip. This post is intended as a comprehensive starting point for planning any trip around Europe.
Below is a layout which fits a triple loop design into a typical shed of 12ft x 8ft. This gives a good length of run between each station and still leaves plenty of space to reach the entire layout and add some scenery.
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