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I Added More Feeding Tubes My Ice-Storm Damaged Tree To Supplement It IV.

by Anura Guruge



The IV I installed last week is working remarkably well — even though we had 3-days of below-freezing temps. Yes, the IV froze but there was enough room for expansion & it did NOT split. I was glad.

I didn’t do anything the last few days because of the frigid temperatures. The tree was essentially dormant.

But, today, the temps. finally changed. We were in the 50s (F). Per the weather forecast we are not expecting any below freezing temps for the next 10-days. So, I installed 3 additional feeding pipes. Simpler. Not IVs. They have ‘tree trunk’ nurients.

I also give this tree the BEST POSSIBLE natural fertilizer each night. Twice a night. I pee on it. Look it up. Has concentrated Potassium, Nitrogen & Phosphates. That is what the best fertilizers contain. I kind of knew this. Checked on it the other day. I am doing the right thing. I am doing the BEST thing. SMILE. I am also saving water.


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‘Needle Ice’ — Encountered Large Patches Today.

by Anura Guruge


Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Needle_ice

I think that I MUST have seen this phenomenon before, BUT I can’t honestly remember. There was lots of it in this one area. I took these pictures. I then had to use Google LENS to look it up. Neat.

Yes, the explanation makes sense. He have been in the 50Fs the last few days, BUT this morning the temperature was below freezing. So, BINGO. Neat. Really pretty. I had to break some to make sure it was indeed ice. It was on a trail that is rarely used by anyone but I. So, I was NOT harming anybody else’s enjoyment.

Enjoy. ICE NEEDLES.


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I Installed An IV To Drip-Feed My Ice-Storm Damaged Tree.

by Anura Guruge



I put in more bolts & clamps too.

I was thinking of trying to make my own IV. Then I decided to look in Amazon. I was NOT disappointed.


Click to access my post from December 2020.

It was difficult to do much during the middle of winter. I buried all of the wound in a huge pile of snow & ice. Last week that all melted. When the tree was pliable again I went & got some bolts & a clamp. Getting the alignment just spot on got messed up in the winter. It was all frozen, solid, unforgiving & unbending.

I wanted to be able to give it nutrients. So, this is what I am trying. Wish me luck.


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The First Crocus Of 2021 In Our Yard — In Central New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge



Saw it by accident. Hadn’t gone looking for any sprouts. Thought it was too early. We still had a snow covering just a few days ago.

This is a bank, in the yard, that gets a fair amount of afternoon sun. The crocuses here flower earlier than others most every year.

After I saw this one I went looking. Just this solitary crocus.

Wow.

So, 4-days later than last year, BUT unlike last year, no snow on the ground, at all, at all.


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Black On Asian (Whether Sri Lankan Or Not) Violence Is So, So Stupid & So Counter-Productive.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access above story which appeared on March 21, 2021, in the U.K. “Daily Mail”.


This, the NEXT DAY, was White on Asian — which is also NOT acceptable.

Click image to access the “Daily Mail” article.



Us non-whites MUST stand together in solidarity.

There is no justification for violence of any type. Race-based violence is so sad (though very real).

But why are WE, brothers in color, attacking others of color. This is so STUPID.

That he is a Sri Lankan, of my age, makes this close to home.

This bothers I. This distresses I. This is so wrong.


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When A Tree Decides It Wants Antlers.

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You have to admit that they really do look like stag antlers. I saw this tree, on Friday, in Alton. I have walked by this tree many times BUT had never noticed this configuration. I just wanted to share it with you. Enjoy.


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A Mini-Blizzard Last Night As I Was Out Walking At 11pm.

by Anura Guruge


Per the weather forecast, which I had watched twice during the day, there was not meant to be any precipitation — particularly not around 11pm. Just bitterly cold & windy.

Well, as is my wont, I set off for my brisk, 1-mile, 11pm after-dinner constitution — accompanied (as of late) by Braxton, off-leash — around 10:50pm. It was dry when I left the house. Then it just burst forth. A mini-blizzard. Whiteout conditions. I was glad that I was NOT driving. I was only out, max, for 25-minutes. See how much snow I accumulated. It was ‘fun’. Certainly was an experience.


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I Do NOT Let A 28-Day February, With Some Bitterly Cold Days, Get In The Way Of My 500,000-Steps/Month Goal.

by Anura Guruge


I only started this 500,000-steps/month goal last May (i.e., May 2020). Kind of walked that without setting out to do so, But, when I realized that I had walked 500,000 steps, I LIKED it. Decided to make it a goal. The following month, June 2020, was 30-days. Ooops! One day makes a difference.

I then decided that I will not let 30-day months get in the way. One days was not that difficult to surmount.

So, this was my 1st February.

I have, ever since moving to New Hampshire 36-years ago, HATED, LOATHED, February. Coldest & cruelest month of the year. IF not for February New Hampshire winters would not be so harsh & bitter.

Well, I set out to see what I could do. I did the sums. I had to walk, on average, 1,000 more steps a day than on other months. So, that is what I did. I like to bank up steps on good days. So, in February I did quite a few 20K days. That helped.

So, my streak is still going. 8-months & counting. SMILE.


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A Busy & Productive Woodpecker (On Our Road).

by Anura Guruge



He had to have made these two BIG holes within the last 24-hours.

[I think it is a ‘he’, BUT I am NOT an expert on woodpecker gender & traits — though I do have this GREAT ‘woodpecker joke‘).

This tree is on our road, about 1/8-mile from our house. I walk by it at least 3 times a day — WITHOUT fail. This morning as I approached it I noticed the wood shavings on the snow. You couldn’t miss it — as you can see from the above picture. My first thought was beavers — though this is not near water, & the tree is too big. Then I looked up. WOW.

We have a LOT of woodpeckers around here. We can always hear them, year around, tap, tap, tapping away. They also come to our birdfeeders. We have BIG ones 6″ or 7″ inches in height & lots of smaller ones. I assume this had to have been a big one. This tree, like most around here, has old woodpecker holes. But, this was SO neat. Makes you humble.


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