Does fedi have any tips for dealing with pine bark beetles? My neighbor has been cutting down impacted trees-- great on him for caring about forest health but it's the middle of the beetle active season, won't they just infect another tree?

The Wind in the Willows is such a wonderful book.

I'm reading it to my kids again, I think this is the third time through. My grandma would read it to me on nights I slept over with her.

If you haven't ever read it, do yourself a favor and pick it up. The writing is lovely and fluid, the characters are superb, the illustrations and it just bursts with heart and imagination.

And it's public domain.

Does anyone happen to know why rechargable NiMH AA batteries are 1.2V when alkaline AA batteries are 1.5V? (Okay fine I'll go read Wikipedia)

Been really enjoying my physical copy of Mini Motorways

ec, kidposting 

Visited a lavender garden today. There are better places to have a baby photo shoot but always fun to see another farm.

Unseasonably early plums calls for jamming. This batch was just plums, sugar and pectin. Anyone have a better ?

Went on a tour/lecture of First Rain Farm. No till and the only soil amendment is an on-site compost made of wood-chips and goat piss applied on the beds once a year. Prescribed burns and grazing for land management. Inspiring simplicity

Wild turkey shitpost 

"The elites don't want you to know this but the turkeys at your parents house are free. You can take them home. I have 458 turkeys." (I didn't actually take any baby turkeys)

New blog post! I finished reading The Travels of Sir John Mandeville and wrote down all of the fun middle english words I didn't know. Here are a few examples:

mickle: a great many
"Men go to the city of Rames, the which is but a little thence; and it is a fair city and a good and mickle folk therein."

septentrion: north, or northerly regions
"And therefore in the Septentrion, that is very north, is the land so cold, that no man may dwell there."

The Rockabye Baby! lullaby cover albums kick ass.

My ecoterrorist take: gas should be expensive.

kidposting, gross 

My baby's neck rolls have become home to pools of spit and milk, forming specs of what is known as neck cheese. It smells disturbing similar to normal cheese. Is this a market opportunity?

Bonus! This little seedling hitched a ride with one of the strawberry plants. My mother bought them from a nursery so perhaps it'll be interesting.

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Hopefully these June-bearing strawberries don't mind being June-planted. This bed just took longer than expected to complete. Rabbits, please leave some for me.

Huh, I don't remember Caves of Qud looking quite like this... :P

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