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Category Archives: Plants and Gardens

Uncle Davey’s Cyprus #4/6 – A Walk to Amathus


Original YT playout date: 17 May 2008
Duration: 13:41

This sunken ancient port near to today’s Limassol is barely visible through the waves but the walk there from the hotel reveals several natural curiosities, as this fourth video in my Cyprus series shows.
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Uncle Davey’s Cyprus #2 In and Around the Mediterranean Beach hotel


Original YT playout date: 3 May 2008
Duration: 11:52

“Part Two of my Cyprus series – and I put the new camera through its paces to see whether I could compete with these “”papirazzi”” types…

Would I recommend this hotel? Yes I would. I am likely to come back on my own budget with my family, at some point.”
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Firebugs and Anemones


Original YT playout date: 15 April 2008
Duration: 5:01

I have made better films and photos of the firebug, which is very frequently found in Warsaw, these ones next to the Warsaw office, on the parking space paving blocks we ourselves unpacked all those years earlier.

Find out the reason for the unusual Polish common name of this insect “tramway”…

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Parasol mushrooms


Original playout date: 22 December 2007
Duration: 1:54

“This is one from the early Autumn on the terrace.

If there’s one thing that doesn’t fly on youtube it’s anything to do with gardens or gardening videos, but despite that, here I go uploading another one. Will I ever learn? Maybe in 2008, but it’s still 2007 now, and I gotta upload off my material or just dump it, and I thought someone out there might, by some odd chance, take an interest in these fine fungi.

By the way, I say, I say, I say: why did the parasol mushroom get invited to all the best parties? Because he was a “”fun guy”” to be with!”
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Good fellers?


Original playout date: 11 September 2007
Duration: 3:28

Tree felling going on in a Warsaw park. I can’t get in to work, but at least I can make the best of the situation by making a short film recording my thoughts on the subject.
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Looking at Plants 2/2


Original playout date: 25 August 2007
Duration: 7:33

A lovely gallery, in fact looking back on it I think it is better than I reckoned to it at the time, and of course both Sara and sophie are on this, as indeed is first wife Izabella and Irina.
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Looking at Plants 1 of 2


Original playout date: 10 August 2007
Duration: 11:09

29th July was the date we looked at the Plants in Powsin Botanica Gardens, although it was uploaded a couple of weeks later.
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Huliganov’s “Doom and Gloom”


Original playout date: 7 August 2007
Duration: 2:16

Huliganov begins by quoting Keats’ Ode to Autumn in a lovely Autumn scene, but there’s a twist. It’s mid summer, and the chestnut tree shows both the signs of Autumn and the signs of Spring.
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Gardenvid #1 in the deep mid April


Playout date: 6 May 2007
Duration: 10:00

This was going to be a series of gardening videos and in fact it didn’t turn into a series in the sense that I normally do it. I might still do a gardening series one day, if only I could get the hang of gardening…
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Masz Ochotę – here you have Ochota!


Playout date: 2 April 2007
Duration: 8:08

I hope you enjoy the gallery part, showcasing photos of mine taken on a Spring walk like a hanami, with Sophie, feeding the birds in Szczesliwicki Park. Here you have Ochota in a nutshell, the part of Warsaw where we live, its charming mix of the drab post-socialist, the timeless park, and the new developments.
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Fish aren’t vegetables, are they?


This is my own work, Photo by Gila Brand. Bask...

Many changes have been made to taxonomy since I was a schoolboy and had a basic grasp of what went in what kingdom, phylum, class, order, family and genus, but when I last checked, fish STILL weren’t vegetables.

I don’t want to get unduly Aristotelian, Linnean, Cladistic or othewise dogmatic about it, but I think it stands to reason that vegetables include many things, but rather not fish.

I understand that you can debate about whether a tomato is fruit or a vegetable.  Or that a mushroom is a fungus rather than a vegetable, and also that nori is made of algae and green drinks from spirogyra so even these things are not really “vegetables” either, so one has to be a bit flexible with the definition of what is a vegetable when following a vegetarian diet. Basically, though, if something can move around at will, an individual going from place to place, it’s highly likely that it isn’t a vegetable. There are some corals which don’t get out much, and are still animals, but there aren’t really any vegetables which go walkies – not outside the novels of John Wyndham like the Triffids, anyhow.

So why, then, am I continually being offered things like tuna and herrings when I say that I am a vegetarian in Poland? Do people here genuinely believe that fish are vegetables? Do they think that tuna and herrings photosynthesise and put down roots or something? What’s up with these phoney fish vegetables people give offering me here?

From my garden this afternoon (from Android phone)


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Convulvulus in flower, and the bees are out in force. Leaning on the sides of the tunnel, they seem almost drunk on the nectar.

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