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Gardening

Does anyone know of anything similar to www.flylady.net for gardens instead of houses? It needn't be a website: a book or some other medium would also be fine.

Basically, I'm looking for something that gives me a list of things that need to be done to a garden to make/keep it neat; together with an idea of how frequently they should be done. At the moment our garden is rather untidy (though by no means a disaster area), and whenever I try to tackle it I get that '*flail* don't know where to start' sensation.
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I've decided to take part in naarmamo (a piece of art every day through August). (I'd encourage anyone else who fancies it to join it - it's very friendly and low-pressure :) )

I'm having a go at linocut prints; because it's a medium I haven't really explored before, and has a number of features that appeal to me (the change of approach needed to 'paint' with white on black rather than black on white, the texture and livelyness, the 'folk art/historical' feel (plus it's the medium I want to use for my bardcamp illustration, for those of you who know about that))

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It feels good to be making art again.
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Harry Potter Deathly Hallows

My predictions for Deathly Hallows - speculation only, no spoilers.

Safe bets:

  • Dumbledore is actually dead.
  • Snape is Good; and killed Dumbledore at Dumbledore's own request.
  • Harry, Ron and Hermione will all survive
  • RAB is Regulus Black; the locket was in Grimmauld Place but was stolen by Mundungus Fletcher

Mid-risk:

  • Hagrid will die (I like the_alchemist's theory linking Sirius Black, Albus Dumbledore and Rubeus Hagrid to the black, white and red phases in the creation of the philosopher's stone; he's also served his narrative purpose)
  • Harry's scar is one of the Horcruxes (to explain his 'mind-reading' of Voldemort; and the 'neither can live while the other survives' bit of the prophecy)
  • Olivander's disappearance is significant
  • Fleur will get pregnant (and she and Bill will ask Harry to be the baby's godfather)

Long shots:

  • McGonagall is working for Voldemort (I found this essay surprisingly persuasive - not watertight, obviously, but definitely interesting)

(comments screened in case of spoilers)
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My household's carbon footprint is 5.93 tonnes per year.

Calculate yours at www.direct.gov.uk/ActOnCO2

They've missed a trick by not providing any "paste into your blog" code for this (and I've e-mailed them to suggest it). I've no idea how accurate it is, but they do at least provide a paper detailing their methodology.
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Anyone have any use for a load* of old VHS videocassettes? Used by us for recording stuff off TV that we're not going to watch again, and won't be needing to record new things now we've got a shiny Sky box with a hard drive (don't worry, we're hanging onto a few in case the Sky box goes splat at any point).

If no takers, they're going in the bin (unless anyone knows of anything better they can be used for)

*about 20