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    but but 29 liter displacement

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Yawl remember this from about this time 2 years ago..

    Same spot now. Look at me bananas! Julian and Reuben are 12 ft tall now. We carved those as pups off Jo and Steve( guess who gave them to us) which are planted in another location . The pups planted sometime in 20... well after I'd cleared out the ginger and junk from the spot.
    Fruit next summer I hope. They like it there, very soggy beside the pond ,and sheltered from the worst of the wind.
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    Yawl know yawl only get one bunch ever from each tree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Yawl know yawl only get one bunch ever from each tree?
    I do, I chopped the first Steve down after he produced, but he lives on through his family.
    Pictured above, his family.
    I might just leave one of the first ones, I just took that tiny 20 banana hand off see what happens.
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    I was attempting to take a photo of one of the kauri we planted, it's a bit camo and the angle all wrong for detail. I like the light though.
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    It's so wet in there this time of the year.
    The log is an old windfall totara I think.
    And an attempt at more banana pups relocated to another area.
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    I'm not sure how that will go, I might have let them get a bit big before the trauma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    I do, I chopped the first Steve down after he produced, but he lives on through his family.
    Pictured above, his family.
    I might just leave one of the first ones, I just took that tiny 20 banana hand off see what happens.
    I knew you knew.

    I think it'll just keep going for a long time but still send up new shoots. This is based on my deep knowledge of bananas derived from walking past neighbours' places several centuries ago on my way to and from school.
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    I do wonder about pawpaw..... could that be made to happen, he muses out loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Still reeling from the strategic chess game playing out in rural Oregon, I'm looking at me pics to find something simple to calm my oscilloscope thoughts.
    Oh yeah.. tractor.
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    I cut a track because of what tractor school didn't tell me.
    Here it is , get prepared now, this is big.

    In winter tractors destroy the lawn. Yup. John make track through to save lawn.
    The original orange tractor-

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    The Beast. Sixty two years old and still doin the business-


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    Quote Originally Posted by JayInOz View Post
    The Beast. Sixty two years old and still doin the business-


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    Tractor looks good too.

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    Hahaha! I wish I was sixty two!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    I do wonder about pawpaw..... could that be made to happen, he muses out loud.
    They grow here at Pt Stephens so I'd guess they'd grow there.
    Rick

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    I've grown what was known as mountain pawpaw. After a wet winter the trunk got rot and that was it.
    There is nothing quite as permanent as a good temporary repair.

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    This pawpaw?
    https://www.ontario.ca/page/pawpaw
    If it grows here,you shouldn't have trouble unless that crazy fig strangles it.
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    Might be papaya I mean, I know there's a difference but the names tend to get swapped around.
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    But what the heck.. and so as to not roon LWs thread with my moaning about what absolute barsteward of a job this was. 2 inches of silt /peat like accumulation in the gutter under the leaf gutter guard. I took about 50 litres of muck out, probably had never been done before because the gutter guard didnt look as if it had been off before.

    It's only a movable work platform at head height or so on that side of the cottage. Ratchet strapped pallet, screwed down plank off the scaffolding, F clamped other side. It was actually all very solid
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    All that leveling stuff is very handy.
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    A bit more elevated the other side.., ended up with the same setup to run the whole side. one uses what one has..
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    might have used the backhoe to pull those gutters down where you could clean them standing on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    might have used the backhoe to pull those gutters down where you could clean them standing on the ground.
    Gonna store that up for next time.( nurses backs of hands from gutter delving)

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    I don't think LW will ever have occasion to remove debris from a rain gutter on the scale we do. For what it's worth, a spaghetti hook clears a rain gutter better than any other hand held tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom from Rubicon View Post
    I don't think LW will ever have occasion to remove debris from a rain gutter on the scale we do. For what it's worth, a spaghetti hook clears a rain gutter better than any other hand held tool.

    Tom
    What an excellent idea. I had a proper little gutter shovel thing ,but in this case the sediment had so long to build up it was practically peat and it didnt cut it.
    I was worried I might find one of those bog men or parts thereof in there.
    I did use a toilet brush, special bought and all. In fact the toilet brush was in the gutter clearing isle marked as gutter cleaning brush. Hmm , I thought, seen those things before.

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    Doesn't the spaghetti go al dente fairly quickly or do you just work very quickly?
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    I know that egg noodles wok very quickly.
    That's one thing.

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    Here we go, in the further interests of comedy I just donned my yellow slicker to carry out a scientific analysis of the work to date.
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    Yup , it's clear, diverter off, tanks can now overflow again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom from Rubicon View Post
    I don't think LW will ever have occasion to remove debris from a rain gutter on the scale we do...
    that's because every time a leaf falls, i track where it lands and dispose of it. sometimes i use a butterfly net and catch them in the air.

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    People used to wonder about the Japanese style patterns raked into the dirt around our house- twas just my mothers never ending war on fallen leaves.

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    That's the thing about mamas, and papas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    That's the thing about mamas, and papas.
    Are you California Dreaming?
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    This afternoon we went for a drive to pick up fifty bales of lucerne hay from a feller whose entire livelihood comes from growing hay on the river flats on the family farm. I first bought hay from him more than thirty years ago. He has three Massey Ferguson tractors. The cheapest of the three was $178,000 plus attachments. I do like my old Fiat- but a nice big air conditioned cab would be nice JayInOz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Are you California Dreaming?
    A walk on a winter's day but only some of the leaves are brown, there surely ain't no churches or preachers and at this time of year I just wouldn't want to be anywhere else

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    There's a few tripping hazards there, need some cones or the psycho road paint marker guy to make some lanes.
    You know I'm joshin of course..
    Beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    A walk on a winter's day but only some of the leaves are brown, there surely ain't no churches or preachers and at this time of year I just wouldn't want to be anywhere else
    That spot beats the heck out of any church!
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    We went to a popular walking track in the national park south of Sydney. Walking tracks, parking areas, seats all marked out and made out of treated pine. Signs everywhere telling you what you can't do. Painted rocks so you don't lose the path. And people everywhere. I wonder if city people think that's what a walk in the bush is supposed to be like. JayInOz

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayInOz View Post
    We went to a popular walking track in the national park south of Sydney. Walking tracks, parking areas, seats all marked out and made out of treated pine. Signs everywhere telling you what you can't do. Painted rocks so you don't lose the path. And people everywhere. I wonder if city people think that's what a walk in the bush is supposed to be like. JayInOz
    My pet hate, or one of them. Eco vandalism.
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    To celebrate the near miss of the rat kind, the one I dint even know about, a pitcha of Brian the stick this am.(ref: two pages back)
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    Doing surprisingly well without the parasite root and in winter.
    Bonus weeds.
    in other big news I used the bottle opener on the 'bananas'. Tiny , sweet, only 2 made it. But they were good.
    A favorite tree, a liqidambar finally deciding on deciduous.
    It's a quiz, find the accidental bird.
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    One of the little favourites too, the Fantails peep away and fly close when you're walking. We like to think how friendly they are, they like the miniature bugs disturbed in the air as we walk, its win win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    My pet hate, or one of them. Eco vandalism.
    Always disappointing but a necessary evil in popular areas. Tracks get deeper and then erosion turns them into whole new waterways. Trails become networks of trails and then networks of erosion ditches. We had massive erosion developing in the bush over from us and tried to restrict access with rocks, logs, you name it. So we eventually stuck a white post in front of the worst access point, completely unofficial, and it worked. Now, 30 years later, the area's starting to recover. It gets a lot more use lately though and is starting to get to the point where the sheer number of new tracks will cause serious issues again. I hate the idea of a marked track or walkway through there being built but I think it will probably be the only way to stop the shore from collapsing in the next 10 years.
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    A mile from where I used to live is The Long Trail. Goes the length of Vermont following the summits of the Green Mountains. https://www.greenmountainclub.org/the-long-trail/

    It is heavily used, but volunteers do a lot of work on it & it's closed during the spring until it dries out. Bridges (hand cut log) & placing stones make a big difference.
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