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Covid-19

This particular coronavirus is somewhat more aggressive in its evolution at this moment in time than one would expect, starting with SARs which had a very high mortality rate it effectively killed itself, but evolved into MERS which killed a large number of those it came into contact with, but it could not sustain itself, destroying to many of its hosts and dying out fairly quickly. Now we have the third mutation Covid-19, yes it is killing many people but an acceptable number, as far as it is concerned, it has communicated amongst itself and has learnt when to be aggressive and when to be passive as if it knows how the immune system works and how it responds, do not waste energy on strong defences perhaps damage them a little but when you have a host that is unwell or the immune system is damaged it goes in for the kill, an aged person or a disease that damages the body’s ability to fight back and the infection is fatal.

The question that must follow is this, are viruses and coronaviruses sentient beings individually or a group intelligence? perhaps more like an insect colony with a guiding leader, a queen bee or queen ant guiding their actions, unlikely, they do seem more like a linked communal intelligence what one learns they all learn, a strong coronavirus in a strong host can assimilate all the information from its companions in a weak host who is dying, how to attack and how to grow becoming stronger in a healthy host, the strongest of the strong. Perhaps it is learning how to destroy us first the weak and then the strong.

Nature can be a strange, beautiful and very dangerous environment perhaps it is getting its own back on human stupidity? Saving the world at the cost of many human lives, greenhouse gases are declining as we speak soon the ice could be returning to the north pole and sea temperature will decline if we accept what nature is telling us, in just a few months of restraint by wasteful and greedy countries who pollute all greenhouse gases are falling dramatically in a short time, countries around the world using vast amounts of coal and breeding like rats desist from manufacturing vast amounts of items that we do not really need it is time humanity acknowledged that we are destroying life on earth and realise that this is a warning from our planet, the next virus might wipe us out completely.

If we can stop working and print money for a few months and nature shows us it can recover then why not reduce what we make in the future there is enough on this planet if shared equally, if leaders political and church mean what they say about caring for all the people then they must stop polluting the world, with too many people and too much greed.

Michael Douglas Bosc ©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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De Vine & Nut Tree 

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As those of you who follow me will know I have built us a “fly free zone”(FFZ for short) where we can sit without being mullered by wasps or black biting flies. It also provides a certain amount of camouflage for bird watching, especially now I have loped the olive tree.

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Two years ago I planted a very small  cutting of a grape-vine which we have watched grow slowly, and I do mean slowly, until last year.  Since then it has been a competition between the Walnut tree and the Vine to see who can grow the tallest and longest.  The Walnut tree was winning last year as it shot up putting out two new branches so not wanting it to become a giant I pinched out the tips – I had already cut out the central growing bit – of the tallest branches and waited for the others to catch up. As for the vine well, although it spread around the FFZ, it did not bear any fruit and behaved itself until now that is!  You can see from the ‘before and after’ photos that they both did very well. I pinched out the tips of the other two branches on the Walnut tree no problem there however, on further inspection I found the vine had taken a liking to the tree and was wending its way up into it.  So I got the secateurs cut that branch away then after checking  found there were several bunches of grapes on the main stem hidden by loads of leaves. Then my wife asked if I was going to sort out the bit which was trying its hardest to grow across the FFZ door. But the thing that finally drove me into action were the hornets.  Where the vine had latched onto the netting it’s weight has torn a small hole which allowed the hornets to get in so with staple gun in one hand and secateurs in the other I repaired the hole and began the job of drastic pruning.  Now only the fruit bearing branches are left the grapes are filling out and we can see the garden more clearly.  It may not be the correct way of doing things but up here it works.

Weather Gardening

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As you may or not know it has been very very hot, too hot to work outdoors and only just bearable indoors. So when Thursday broke cool and grey a cuppa appeared by my bed accompanied by “I’m in the garden whilst the weathers like this” and she was sorting out the tyre garden before I had drunk it.   Now this tyre was left here by the delivery guy many moons ago and put to use as a bulb garden at the top of the drive.  Two years ago she planted some of the lilies in there along with the other bulbs but they took over and stifled the Irises and Tulips.,So out came all the bulbs carefully sorted  then began the work of filling in under the rim of the tyre with stones.  (Please note the lesser spotted Michael plant is not for this planter it’s too big.)

This done the earth was spread around again and a coffee appeared should have known, out came the plant books and we sat pouring over them and discussing what would go well where.  “Right then, fancy lunch I’m buying.” that meant one thing garden shopping!  Well I did want a few thing so we got ready then headed for Reus and the big stores and lunch in the Chinese.

Weather Weather Come Our Way

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When we left there were dark clouds everywhere but NO RAIN……  As we neared the pass it began to rain but as we were driving through clouds I suppose it should have.  Up and over the mountains we went down towards the coast with lighter sky’s but still no sun or rain.  The return journey along the coast was no different and I was feeling a little let down all these dark clouds but no rain and we really needed it.  Friday came in cool and grey, but at least we could get out and do thing. One important job was getting the petrol for the generator if it was going to be overcast for a few days we would need to run it for a while to top up the batteries, so under darkening sky’s we went shopping.

 

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Returning home we filled up the generator,  I looked at the sky and grrrrr’d at it then went to continue writing.  But hey guess what we got our rain at last in the shape of a promised thunder-storm.  The first we knew about it approach was the wind getting up and blowing a hooly, bit like the approach of a squall at seq.  It got darker and I heard a distant rumbling as well as seeing the odd flash streak across the sky.  I then noticed my wife sitting in her chair concentrating on her laptop “did you hear that?” I asked “shut up I am ignoring it” was the reply and she did.  Even when it was over head and the rain came very brave.  Normally I would find her hidden away where she cannot see the flashes, a while later she even stood and watch the light show nature put on over the town the sky was lit up in a most spectacular way.  Eventually I asked if she was watching the tv as I was going to turn off the generator as she wasn’t I trotted outside to the shed turned it off then went to the battery house flicked the switch and got soaked, but know what? it was really refreshing.

This morning I woke to find the clouds still there but the sun could be seen peering under the cloud further down the valley and the black biting flies were out in force of well the respite be it ever so small was most welcome.

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

 

 

 

 

 

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Well it had to happen sooner or later, I finally got to use…. ‘The Chainsaw’. da da daaaa.

It all started yesterday with the hunters and some very large gusts of wind. We were woken by the sound of vehicles and dog bells which herald the start of the hunting season.  The day was fine but cloudy  with the sun hazily peeping through, however by midday it had gone completely.  So we decided to do some of the odd jobs that we have been putting off.   It is surprising how good you feel when you tidy up the yard, but as the clouds got denser – and no, we did not get any rain – the wind picked up again.  Strong gusts blew through the yard making me wonder if the shed roof would blow off again.

Around this time I decided I should go and watch the Moto GP which was I discovered just up the road in Aragon, only to find that I had missed most of it so ended up watching Midsummer Murders oh well.

Then the sun came out, it warmed up so we decided to go and fetch the house water from the Hermitage at St. Jerome, so we loaded up the car with containers and set off. Halfway down the track we came off the riverbed – it’s been dry for a very long time – to find that the wind had brought down 4 fir trees.  This was too good to miss, I got out of the car took a look and decided these were destined for the wood pile.  I had been meaning to start on that wood pile for a long time, but since the incident with the ham knife and my finger http://bit.ly/mZJKlg,  my wife has not let me near the chainsaw.  But not today, this was a job for the morning, so I turned the car round and we drove up the valley to the ridge along that into Mora, found the garage bought some wine to celebrate finding the trees then went to collect the water.

There is a spring at St. Jerome which everyone uses for drinking water so we all fill up containers there.  To get there it is up hill again so our new fun is free wheeling down to the town. You can’t go fast because of the water ‘bumps’ these are placed across the road so that rain water (when it rains) can run off into the fields, they are not small or gentle so you have to break when you get to them. Anyway home we trundled happy in the thought of cutting wood. ‘Are you going to use a hand saw or ……..’THE CHAINSAW’?.  I’ll decide in the morning…….

I woke early, today was the day – Chainsaw Day!!!  I got up changed the chain, got fuel, oil and mask I was ready.   I drove us to where the trees were, turned the car round and took the ‘beast’ from the car.  The trees had been broken and fallen on to each other, so I managed to get the smallest one on to the track tied it to the towbar and got my wife to drag it back to the Finca. Before leaving me she handed me my phone ‘just incase’ oh ye of little faith I can master the beast.

When she had gone I turned my attention to the other three.  They were laying on top of each other sawing them from stumps was not the problem, it was the small branches which were problem.  They could spring back and catch me,  and yes one did. It was only a scratch, but it did hurt. By the time my wife got back I had finished cutting them from their stumps, and they were lying in the road.  I had just wandered down to the corner when the car hurtled round the bend my wife had arrived!

She was not the only one. After she’d had turned and backed the car up the slope, been pleased that I had cut the trees free without a mishap a 4×4 trundled on to the scene.  It was the boys from Garcia, come to move the trees.  They were first a little surprised, but after I said we were collecting them for firewood, I think they were glad that the ‘mad English’ were doing it for them. It was nice to think that they would have moved them for us but we got there first……

So we dragged the trees back to the farm for cutting up later.  It was warm so we decided to go shopping so went into town.  We got back around mid afternoon, and after something to eat it was… fun time.  It was a joy to cut the wood, making sure that nothing could fall on me, I dispatched the trees…I’m a lumber jack and that’s ok……

The final act of the day was to take the wood to the wood pile and then have a coffee on the patio looking at the stars.

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