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One Down, Three Hundred and Sixty Four To Go [Jan. 2nd, 2007|12:25 pm]
Tony Grist
1. You woudn't think a eucalyptus tree- which is native to Australia, right?- would flourish in the soggy north west of England, but ours does. We bought it under the impression that it would reach 12 feet- tops; but we were misled because it just grows and grows until I have to lop it so it doesn't intefere with the over-head wires. Yesterday I cut it right back- so that it's  shorter now than I am- leaving it as a thick, burly stump with a plume of fresh green shoots.

2. I'm listening to Charles Trenet.  Rock and Roll never really happned in France, so it was possible for a singer to pursue a career across the middle of the 20th century without ever dropping out of fashion. Trenet is a contemporary of Cole Porter's but also of Paul McCartney's. And he's the equal of both. It's happy music. 

3. I hate this weather. No, that's wrong- I don't hate it; I just don't want to go out in it; I'm perfectly happy to watch it through the window. 

4. Torchwood has run its course. We were promised adult sci-fi. Huge, stompy, Biblical monsters with horns are not- unless viewed with irony- particularly adult. So this first season was been a bit of a mess- poor writing, variable acting, exciting direction. If they bring it back- and I hope they do- I trust they'll have had a long hard think in the interim about what they're trying to achieve.

[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2007-01-02 12:59 pm (UTC)
Oooo! With a eucalyptus tree you could keep koala bears. *g*

Though perhaps not. I don't think they would like the soggy North West of England and besides, I believe they're actually quite bad tempered creatures and not as nice as they look.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-01-02 06:31 pm (UTC)
I think if a koala had to subsist on the stump that's left it would get very bad-tempered indeed.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-01-02 01:49 pm (UTC)
The eucalyptus or gum tree is indeed a native of Australia. Back in the 40´s and 50´s they were imported into Spain and used to line the country roads for shade. They have proved so invasive and impossible to eliminate that when new roads were put in they were designed way back from the original roadbed just so the trees didn´t have to be removed. When you cut one down it always sprouts anew from the stump. The trees are called "widow makers" here because eucalyptus wood is so terribly soft and rots so easily that huge limbs would often fall onto travelers and kill them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-01-02 06:35 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about the falling limbs. That's scary.

But they're handsome trees and evergreen, of course. Ours sits in a small square bed with a couple of holly trees and that corner of the yard is green all year round- which is nice.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2007-01-02 03:59 pm (UTC)
So what weather are you having?

We still haven't had any snow.

If you get any, will you take a picture?

I've lived in this area for about 40 years, and every winter we got two or three really heaping snows! For the last five or so--nothing.

It's creepy.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-01-02 06:36 pm (UTC)
It's wet and windy.

No, we haven't had any snow either. I don't think the temperature has fallen below freezing yet this winter.
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