Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Grey squirrels - a cause of global warming

I prefer positive action that requires effort on my behalf rather than paying conscience money. So when it comes to off setting carbon emissions from flying, I like to grow trees! From scratch! Last year, to offset a flight to Cuba and another to Turkey, I collected 10 acorns and 10 conkers. The plan was to plant them, get them to grow and after a few years, get them planted in people's gardens. We did this with one conker as an experiment a couple of years ago with the result we now have a 20cm high horse chestnut tree growing in a pot.

I asked Richard to plant the acorns and conkers over the weekend in seed trays in our garden in London. This job was duely carried out, along with planting a load of runner beans as well.

Having just stepped out of the flat this morning to inspect the seed trays, all carefully positioned on the garden wall, I found that the local grey squirrels have had a feast of it. They weren't impressed with the runner beans on the menu and simply dug them up and left them scattered around. But the acorns and conkers made a fine feast and they have polished off the lot.

Grey squirrels - cute looking rats with furry tales, and regulars at the Wallace Restaurant for Fat Rodents. Back to the drawing board on carbon offsetting.

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1 comment:

George Dutton said...

Back in the 1920s the railway system of the UK was all ready to take on the mantel of distribution of goods to all parts of the UK and it would have worked very well.But the road haulage industry that was just beginning to come into being (it was a very small concern then)didn`t think this was a good idea,the motor manufacturers didn`t think it was a good idea.So to cut a long story short and a lot of very thick brown paper envelopes later Tory MPs didn`t think it was a good idea.We have suffered to this day and how.Every time you see a lorry on the motorway think of this post.