Wild Buddleia appeared!

March 5, 2010

I was back volunteering at the gardens yesterday (Thursday), but this time they had a different task in mind for me. Rather than bashing brambles, I had to prune buddleias. Which was a much easier task overall, and I sustained less injuries. And the few that I did sustain were from brambles, no doubt in revenge for last time.

So, pruning basically involves hacking the plant to bits in a way that doesn’t actually kill it. I hear buddleias are hard to kill anyway though (like they’d let a n00b with 1 day of experience near anything that might actually die);  the gardener told me that even a stick of dynamite wouldn’t do the trick. Possible inspiration for a masters dissertation there? 😛

As I said, this was easy work on the whole, and I got quite good quite quickly even if I do say so myself. However, I couldn’t help but feel that as I got better at pruning, the buddleias leveled up with me! The first one I dealt with was like a tutorial enemy – a thin scrawny looking thing with a few crazy tangled up branches, kind of what I’d imagine myself to look like if I were a plant. I tried to block that image out of my head as I cut it down to below knee height. The second one was a mid boss, similar but thicker and a nightmare to cut through. Really pushed my meager strength to it’s limits, but I managed it. The third one wasn’t thick, it was a complete mass of thin wiry branches (3-4 times the amount on the others, or at least it seemed that way) that grew out in all directions, leaving no easy way of getting to the centre of the plant. I had to prune my way through, all the time dealing with random branches whipping me in the face (lucky I wear glasses, really). This was also the place where the most brambles were growing, to make things worse. Definitely last boss material, that one. I had fun throwing it on the fire afterwards.

I won’t be back there until next Friday due to various reasons, but I do still plan on going there three days a week eventually. 😛 So I’ve got no real plans until Wednesday now, meaning loads more anime and Pokemon! With regards to Pokemon though, I think I’m nearing the limit of the number I can catch myself using just Diamond, Emerald, Flame Red and Ruby versions. Though since I dealt with the easier Pokemon first, the few remaining should keep me busy. So I guess it’s time I looked for my DS wi-fi connector, I know I have one somewhere…

Bath time!

February 2, 2010

I went to have a bath earlier. And, just so you know, this house’s water is heated by a coal powered rayburn. Which my mother had forgotten to add fuel to. So the water was cold (as was my room, I should have guessed something wasn’t right). I could tell it was cold even before putting my foot in it because it was brown – if our central heating system wasn’t quirky enough, we also get our water from a spring. Free, yes, but silty. Someone should really go and fix that filter… meh. Anyway, when the water is cold, it is silty unless you let it run for a minute or so. And that minute’s worth of mud ended up in the bathtub while I had my back turned and was getting changed. No way was I getting in that, I’d be dirtier than I was before!

My mother admitted the mistake, and allowed me to turn on the extortionate immersion heater which (through infrequent use by a family of seven) adds about £100 a month to our electricity bill apparently. I let that do its thing for a good 45 minutes, while I watched last week’s ep of Cross Game and posted rubbish on a student forum. And then I went to run the bath again, this time holding a sieve underneath the tap. Slight brown colouration is one thing, but dead bugs and plant debris are another thing entirely. Not in my bath! In the end, it was about as clean as I could expect from this house. But still cold. Very, very cold. But warmer than my room, so I though ‘what the hell’ and got in anyway.

Where’s the shampoo? Oh, there isn’t any. Brilliant. Why do I never, ever think to look for these things beforehand?