APRICOT TREE – SHOULD IT STAY OR GO?

Its been a while since I’ve been here, just been recharging my batteries

Decided today my garden needed some attention.

Last week I dug up (blood sweat and tears) two big cacti plants.  This has opened up the left hand border and given the dogs somewhere to pee without being speared!

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The new wall which had sparse cover from climbers has now filled out so  much it needed a good cut today

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I decided my right hand border needed some colour as the foster pups (now thankfully rehomed)  had eaten all my flowers.  Bought some marigolds (my dad’s favourite) some geraniums and a couple of plants that had flowers like busy lizzies but not the same leaves.

 

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So, apricot tree – should it stay or should it go?  Please let me know what you think.

 

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LAST THREE PUPPIES REHOMED

Here are the puppies, Ruff, Tumble and Menace, on their way to be delivered to their new home in the mountains.  Just look at the terrain where they will be able to run and play to their hearts’ content.

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They are now with their new Moroccan family, who call them “my beautiful dogs”, where there are three children, the eldest daughter is training to be a vet.  Perfect.

Memorandum to all staff – Daily Mail ethics c. 1966

ChristinaMaroc:

In a week where a UK jury are deliberating on the actions of some members of the press, I share this is a very timely reminder of how far standards have fallen, in my lifetime. Thanks to Dysonology for the original post.

Originally posted on Dysonology:

In 1966-7 my Dad got a job as a young reporter for the Daily Mail’s Manchester office, just as it was made Newspaper of the Year. All staff received the memo below from editor Mike Randall.

When Dad sent it to me, he added: “Mike Randall left the paper soon afterwards. It became a tabloid and in ethical terms its downhill slide began. However, I think Randall’s statement still stands as the model of propriety to which all journalists working for all media should aspire.”

I couldn’t agree more – and it’s certainly how I’d hope people expect writers to behave. I’d add though that in the 15 years I’ve been writing, I haven’t noticed nearly as much awareness of the dangers of libel, sensationalism and indiscretion in young journos as was drilled into [my generation of] pre-internet trainees. I don’t think Twitter and the pressure of instant comment helps…

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