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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:58 am

I remember it well. A beautiful summer for my two little boys to play in the garden and lots of hard work catching all the grey water from the kitchen and bathroom to water everything.

The birds had to work hard to feed their young but it cleaned up all the insect pests from the top fruit and roses. It was also an excellent year for ladybirds and butterflies.
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby Colin Miles » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:42 am

1976 was longer. And records really don't go back that far.

"In the Central England Temperature series 1976 has the hottest summer for more than 350 years and probably for much longer. The average temperature over the whole summer (June, July, August) was 17.77 °C, compared to the average for the unusually warm years between 2001–2008 of 16.30 °C.[12] There have in other years been hotter specific summer months, though.

The summer was so hot that it is embedded in the national psyche, with subsequent heatwaves in 1995,[13] 1997,[14] 2001,[15] 2003 and 2006[16] all using 1976 as a benchmark."

As for pests, I can remember plagues of ladybirds, greenfly, etc., in earlier years.
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:42 pm

Yes Colin was thinking of 1976 I wasn't paying attention. 2006 didn't register, oops.
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby zotlac33 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:52 am

Hmm.... i do not know about that ;d
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby tigerburnie » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:40 am

'75 and '76 were both sizzlers, I was chasing big Barbel(fish) all over Hampshire and Dorset and got the best tan I've ever had.
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby Primrose » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:20 pm

I too remember our attempts to siphon bathwater out of the bathroom down into the garden to water plants. What a performance!
We were away on holiday in Snowdinia when the drought suddenly ended with a thunderstorm and I remember standing out in the garden of our hoiday cottage just letting the rain pour down on me for the pleasure of seeing water falling from the sky again! I think that was when we realised the value of installing water butts.
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby Monika » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:26 pm

Gosh, yes, 1976! We spent a few days at Black Rock Sands on the Welsh coast in June and travelled everywhere with the Landrover top completely off - four children in the open back, no proper seats, no seat belts ..... And we are still all here to tell the tale. The shallow sea was as warm as bath water, great for gentle, safe swimming with a family.

Going back a bit further, to 1947, that was a real scorcher, unusually hot even for central Europe, especially welcome after the horridly cold winter of 1946/47 when we experienced temperatures down to -27C, not nice.
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby Rusty Bogg » Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:55 pm

Marvellous summer, '76. For 3 months in the summer I was running an off-licence in Torquay and lodging in a pub 100 yards from it lol! :D
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby Johnboy » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:16 pm

I remember 1976 very well. All the pseudo experts came out of the wood work spreading their doom and gloom at every opportunity. It will take at least 5 years for the aquifers to be replenished and took every chance they could to spread alarm and despondency. As it happened we all managed to survive and when finally the weather broke the aquifers are overflowing by mid December.
That was my first experience of the doom and gloom brigade but sadly today they are only too commonplace.
The question I would like answered is just where do these parasites come from?
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby tigerburnie » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:32 am

Universities, those who went to the Uni of life are now completely ignored
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby robo » Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:26 pm

I seen the one in the week some specialist or professor saying they should stop playing rugby in schools as it could result in pupils getting brain damage , it just makes me cringe next thing is school children will have to be wrapped up in quilted suits in case they fall over and sustain serious muscle damage , and we educate and pay these people to make ridiculous statements
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby peter » Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:07 pm

Little kids learning contact in rugby are less at risk than hulking great lumps of sixteen or eighteen.
The energy of two youths of ten stone hitting each pther at ten miles per hour are so much greater than two five stone kids.
Mind this is schools rugby which isn't governed by the RFU as mini and youth club rugby is.
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby Johnboy » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:27 pm

Hi Tigerburnie,
I didn't get to university until I was past 40 so does this make me doubly qualified?
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby tigerburnie » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:09 am

Most certainly Johnboy, I'm still studying............................
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Re: Indian summer for pests

Postby Geoff » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:59 pm

I think you've spotted the problem there Robo - public schools play lots of rugby, their old boys run the country and the media!
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