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    Ellen Buckland.
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    The Changing Seasons features here with matters relating to the environment, and is presented by Ellen Buckland for the ArtOfAdrian. Our established East London garden will pay host as we nurture new seedlings, cultivate established plants bushes and trees, produce fruit and veg, and grow herbs. This we aim to do with as little damage as possible in the environment. The Changing Seasons welcomes you into our humble abode, pictured on this page to illustrate environment issues.
    GARDEN OF DESPAIR.Ellen is currently campaigning for Walthamstow Cinema Things are also looking up in that there is now jazz playing at the Nags Head and the Plough in Walthamstow and she does not feel quite as much as though she is living on the moon. Pictured here are her poppy crop, baytree and grapes. All from the green garden.


    COMPOST now comes from the compost bin purchased from the local council. Bin rules are featured below, and here you see me on a wild and windy day turning the mix to ensure a fine mixture is produced.
    NEST NEWS I helped our feathered friends by keeping the garden slightly untidy. So don't clear away all plants etc as this will provide much needed nesting material. For details of how to build a bird box, by the RSPB rules,
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    Harry & Spike The Baby Hedgehogs


    Speedys Twins. Speedy Is Sadly Missed

    HEDGEHOG NEWS Speedy has spent all summer 04 in our hedgehog hutch but during August, due to the heavy rainfall, developed pheumonia. As he sounded very poorly, I took him to Goddards Vets. Sadly Speedy didn't return with me. Later that day, I cleaned out the hutch and found two baby hedgehogs, named Harry and Spike by the people at the vets. Speedy was a she not a he. Since then Harry and Spike spent a month a the vets, then the winter in the workshop where I built a run for them to exercise. They put on weight, went into hibernation in December 04 and woke up after Easter 05. We moved their hutches into the garden where they appeared each evening for a night of adventures. Harry has gone travelling, sometimes returning to see his brother Spike, who remains either in the front garden hutch or the back garden hutch. In December 05 we were also looking out for a young hog who was roaming at night and is only a few weeks old. He or she needed to be 450gms (1lb.) before going into hibernation and surviving the winter. When we put him/her on the scales the weight was just right. Sabastian shall be his/her name for now, named after the BBC TV 'Little Britain' sitcom character. If you see a small hog roaming at night, put out some cat food - meat ones - not fish, or buy some proper hedgehog food, and some water. Both Harry and Spike have now moved on, so then we had 4 hogs in the garden, consisting of 3 young hogs about 6 weeks old and their mother. They all lived together in a pile of bamboo leaves, and they were a delight to watch at night. Perhaps they are speedys grandchildren. They have all moved on and so we had no hogs since then. Sad too. A hogs life is a hard one. For a Hutch For All Occasions Go To:-
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  • HERB NEWS New herbs this year include basil, flatleaf parsley, and thyme. Last years sage and lavander continue to thrive in the herb patch. Old favourites such as the rosemary bushes, lemon trees, bay tree and oregano are all doing well. Unfortunatly, when the poppies were planted out in the garden, the slugs devoured them in a single night. Ellen was not amused. Ellen would like to grow more veg but there is limited space.
    That's all the herb news for now.

    POND NEWS Good year for frogs, toads and newts. The pond is full.

    OLIVE TREE NEWS Seen below, Adrian and the crop of olives.. .what's the secret to growing olives?


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    Royal Horticultural Society Trip To Wisley

    And so we set off to the west to see the gardens at Wisley.

    RHS Wisley in Surrey just off the M25 at the Wisley interchange. Before we turned out I thought that it would be of similar size to Chelsea Physic Garden. So when I discovered 60 acres and endless gardens and areas I was amazed. You can spend a day there, have lunch and leave with many plants books and associated garden items.
    Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley

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    Seen here are various pictures of the many gardens as photgraphed by Ellen.
    Palms and ponds at Wisley.

    Return to Wisley.
    Here we are on a second visit in the orchard.
    There is so much to see.
    Wisley for all seasons.
    And there we leave Wisley in bloom.
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  • Above, painting of lemon from the garden.
    Below, climbing roses in the green garden.
    Which exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts is this image from?
    Aztecs is the answer
    Beware. Giant Frogs. Or Toads?
    Stained Glass Daffodils
    After training at the Friday Hill Centre on the edge of London and Epping Forest at Friday Hill, both Ellen and Adrian now produce stained glass works. Seen on these pages.
    ...Let me take you from London's Green Garden to Yorkshire, and a Yorky flood

    YORK NEWS

    Water water everywhere and this was in York a year or two back. Rivers spill over, the sea laps over from melting ice caps. My advice:- Don't buy a house by a river, road, cliff or airport. Buy an old canal barge and sail away in your ark as the sea level rises.

    Yorks problems are part of climate changes, too much rain, rising sea levels, and rising water tables. What we need is a great big ark bigger enough to house the world. The World Ark floats by.
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  • Too much water can stop boating activity.
    ...River trips cancelled, but the market is open...

    Pictured Right,
    Columbia Road Market.

    Compost with care. Follow the composting code given here.
    While in the garden, stay cool, and spare the environment.
    ...Let me take you from the Columbia Road to the Quantock Hills.

    For coffee/snacks in the Columbia Road Market I use to go to Perennial opposite the school, and Laxeriro Tapas Bar at No.93. As they now get too busy, I go to The Royal Oak, which was the scene of Victor Meldrew's last drink. You may recall that as he left Watercolour Challenge woman was passing in her car. Upstairs you will find the cafe where I usually have a latte and croissant. And in there too you will find the market cat. She has only one eye and looks like Nipper. And she is very friendly.

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  • The beach at Kilve, near to the Quantock Hills in Somerset, is a good spot for finding the odd fossil. And here is one such example.

    A rare picture of me on a short walk to find more fossils.
    ...The Fish From Fowey In Cornwall...
    May I introduce you to Fowey Fish. All thier fish is fresh, local and can be delivered to your door the following day.
    I always use them.

    As for Nipper, he too loves fish. After watching South Park, here he is looking for Mr Hanky.

    And so to the walk on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path from Newport to Poppit. This stretch of path has a total ascent equal to that of walking up Snowdon. In hot weather it has been known for walkers to abandon their back packs on route in order to make it to the next available refreshments. Warnings were everywhere.

    The walk was well worth the effort. The seals sunbathing on a rock off Pwll Coch are a rare sight in Wales, and in the UK.

    The geology of Pembrokeshire displays a greater variety of geological features and associated landforms than any equivalent area of the same size in the British Isles.

    Picture Left:- Ellen Buckland can be seen appearing as the figure on the hill in yellow. Gernos appears on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path over that hill, as seen below. This is a good place to escape.
    Pictured above is the Adder or Viper, Britain's only poisonous snake. I nearly trod on one as it rested on the sands of Poppit Beach in the sun. And I lived to tell the tale.
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  • Ellen Buckland has established a freelance career, but basically thinks that office life is for losers. She continues with her goal to escape office life completely. Perhaps she will run away and join Greenpeace. We will keep you updated on her progress.
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