Archive for the ‘nature’ Category

The race to save coffee

November 8, 2017

Coffee can only adapt by moving higher up the mountain, and in doing so moves into an ever more inaccessible, fragile and hostile environment.

The Devil’s Cup documents that in Europe when coffee was first introduced, it was  the drink of the rich.  Coffee will revert to what it once was, the drink of the very rich, ironically the very people who are accruing wealth through destroying the planet.

Coffee resides on a very narrow genetic base.

One reason why the work by Kew Gardens and Union  in Yayu Forest is so important, not only important in helping to safeguard an important forest but help safeguard the wild coffee trees which are a vital genetic reservoir.

But if we are serious, we have to support coffee roasters like Union who engage in direct trade, money goes back to farmers, encouragement to protect the trees and work on reafforestation.

But even more important, we have to deal with climate chaos.

This year, not yet ended, is likely to be one of the warmest on record.

As I write, yet another round of climate talks, corrupt politicians fiddling whilst the planet burns.

Polar bears dying, polar caps melting, a succession of hurricanes devastating the Caribbean, bleaching and die back of coral reefs, projections of the near future of coastal cities under water, it all has no effect, there is a disconnection from our lifestyle.

Could it be denial of coffee, will be the jolt that makes us finally act?

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Encounter with a duck 

November 2, 2017

Two years ago I met a duck in the National Garden.

I met him again yesterday.  A  chance encounter

He goes there to seek food in the mud.

In the summer day trips to the seaside where he goes swimming and eats limpets prised from the rocks.

Sunset Autumn Equinox

September 21, 2017

Autumn equinox is when summer ends, equal day and night.

The nights will now be longer than the days, the days colder, the nights colder.

Winter is nigh.

Summer Solstice

June 21, 2017

Today the longest day.

From now on we head downhill to shorter days, longer nights, heading to the cold long nights of winter.

But now is summer.

Five days in a row, temperature has exceeded 30C.

Today the hottest day of the year, 34.5C.

Hottest day since 1976, when we had a heatwave last all summer, when everywhere was on fire, until it broke with a  violent thunderstorm.  35.6 in 1976 – the all-time high since records began.

Konnos Bay to Agioi Anargyroi

June 1, 2017

Last week, a  pleasant clifftop walk around Konnos Bay to Agioi Anargyroi, or would have been but for a rainbow coloured boat with a moron shouting on a microphone, drunken yobs screaming and shouting, followed by moronic music blasting out.

At Agioi Anargyroi, it is possible to climb down to sea caves.

On climbing back out, a drunken wedding party with loud music blasting out.

On the walk back, boat had gone, only to be replaced with two more boats with drunken yobs and moronic music blasting out.

Daffodils

March 26, 2017

Unusual daffodils, very pale, growing at the roadside.

Sunset

February 2, 2017

Sunset,  Church Hill, Washingborough, near Lincoln

Yesterday, as I walked up Church Hill, I caught a magnificent sunset.

I am pleased the same today.

Hard frost in the morning

December 29, 2016

Third day of hard frost in the morning.

Fallen leaves

December 11, 2016

Yesterday and today, raking up fallen leaves.

Last night it rained, making the leaves wet and heavy and much harder work.

But best time to rake up, as leaves are wet and sodden and rot down.

If dry, they blow all over in the wind.

Puesta de sol sobre Tenerife

December 11, 2016

Friday evening, sunset over Tenerife.