Day 218

We had the first plums from the tree in the garden today. They are very good, but the crop is not going to be a big one this year.

We also had a Small White and several Large ones in the front garden today, so things are looking up for butterflies. I’m thinking about planting dwarf sunflowers in pots for next year. They will look cheerful and provide bird food. I just looked them up and they are a foodplant of the Painted Lady caterpillars.

We just had a letter from the people who supply our power infrastructure (who are different from the people who supply the electricity). I only found that out last year. They are collecting information on people who need extra help in case of power cuts or other problems. We qualify because i am near pension age, have mobility problems, chronic illness and will have medication in the fridge (the new injectable stuff has to be kept in the fridge).

This is a new steepening of the downward slope that leads to old age and damnation. It’s OK now, but ten years from now they will be using this list as a starting point for euthanasia. It stands to reason that if they can’t cut taxes the government will have to cut overheads. You don’t need to be an economist to work that one out. If you aren’t working you won’t be seen as necessary.

I used Julia’s Low carb cook book as inspiration for a large salad tonight. I didn’t need it for a salad recipe, just to persuade me that salad is a food. I am still not convinced . . .

22 thoughts on “Day 218

  1. jodierichelle

    This post was pure Quercus through and through. lol If one looks up “curmudgeon” do they reference you? Anyway, your plums look just gorgeous. And I loved the link to the mint moth. I’d never even heard of it and it looks like it’s just on your island. Very cool. If they were to come here I believe they would do fine because the plants they favor are almost weeds here. Very easy to grow & often hard to control.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Salad does not bring out the best in me.
      Huxley had mescaline, Thomas had Scotch, Coleridge did a lot of opium and Larkin was a keen drinker of sherry. Name me one great writer fuelled by lettuce . . .

  2. Helen

    I hope your prophesy is as far from the truth as it gets. Instead, should there be any power difficulties, I hope you will be looked after properly.

    Good to hear about your plums.

    The other day, I saw a tiny butterfly. Or maybe it was a month – I’ve certainly never seem a tiny butterfly before.

      1. Helen

        This might have been the one, though I didn’t get close enough to see its colours.

        Thank you for the link.

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        We used to get a lot on the oregano on the farm, and a lot on the mint in the Mencap garden until one of Julia’s coworkers decided to rip all the mint out one day while Julia was away. πŸ™

  3. tootlepedal

    At least you have plums to console you. Ours are staying stubbornly green. The secret of avoiding the death squads will be to make sure to vote for the government in power. They won’t slaughter their own voters.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      And that is the benefit of the new electronic voting systems they keep talking about. I vote Green these days, the lilihood of them being in power means my days are numbered. πŸ™‚

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        You laugh now, but in 20 years time when the Chinese take over and we are reduced to eating pensioners it won’t be so funny. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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