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A couple of updates

In Insects, Miscellaneous ramblings, Uncategorized on March 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm

 

Our Banded Hornets' nest is gone.

My most recent post – Who Robbed the Coucals? – suggested that maybe it was Asian Giant Hornets or Banded Hornets that broke into the nest of our pair of coucals and ate the eggs.

But I thought I’d ask for an expert opinion. I contacted Associate Professor Paitoon Leksawasdi, an entomologist at Chiang Mai University. Read the rest of this entry »

Who robbed the coucals?

In Birds, Insects, Miscellaneous ramblings, Uncategorized on March 5, 2011 at 8:26 am

The culprit? Asian Giant Hornet queen.

We have a pair of Greater Coucals in the garden. They’ve tried many times to raise young, but without success.

For some reason they seem to favour a stand of Buddha bamboo right in front of the house. It should be ideal – the bamboo is very dense and although it won’t keep snakes out, it deters our cats. Read the rest of this entry »

Now watering the garden can be fun!

In Miscellaneous ramblings, Uncategorized on February 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

 

One of Amnat's windmills in the making.

Watering the garden can be a pleasure some days, wandering slowly around enjoying what you’ve created. But on other days it can be a bit of a bore, a chore that must be done, and which can’t be hurried.

But now there’s another way to get the garden watered and give yourself a bit of fun and exercise at the same time. It’s all thanks to Amnat Garnchang, who runs a cluttered workshop on the outskirts of Korat. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t just talk to your plants. Sing to them.

In Miscellaneous ramblings, Uncategorized on January 30, 2011 at 6:45 am

Uncle Grai sings to his veggies.

On our recent travels around Khao Yai, we stopped at the market garden owned and run by a local character known as Uncle Grai.

He sits in a large open-sided shed, surrounded by a sophisticated sound system, and sings Thai songs and slightly mangled versions of Western songs. Around the shed his staff work on, weeding, digging, planting and watering. The farm is dedicatedly organic. Read the rest of this entry »

Cutting grass: Doing the Tolstoy

In Miscellaneous ramblings, Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Tolstoy in his garden with wife Sonya and one of their 13 children.

I have a Russian friend in Phuket. Actually, I have several, but the one I’m thinking of is Anton. Anton and I were out for a beer not so long ago, and I was explaining how I was spending a lot of time these days cutting grass. Read the rest of this entry »