'I, Paul E. Mathers, a.k.a. Paula, being of a relatively sound mind and cancer ridden body make the following statement: I am fully aware that with my heart condition the Lortabs/Hydrocodine will eventually stop my heart. It will not be deliberate as I am not ready to leave my wife, Jeanne Marie. … [Read more...] about Utah police end investigation into death of man whose wife kept his body in a freezer for more than 10 years after he left a notarized letter insisting she was not responsible
Nyt letter to the editor
Your high usage was because of the shared supply with the neighbouring property. TW says the average usage (depending on the number of occupants) for a two-bed property is about 430 litres a day. But as it was not able to determine your exact consumption, it has based its revision on a daily usage of 300 litres a day. It says this works out at £222, way below average. … [Read more...] about Counting the cost of sharing neighbour’s Thames Water meter
The regeneration of Glenfeshie is such a work. Across the hills that divide the Feshie’s catchment from that of the neighbouring river, the Tromie, MacDonell and his team have planted hundreds of thousands of pines, birches, willows and other native trees over the past decade. A few years from now, these stems will develop into a barrier against erosion, a carbon sink and a habitat for distinctive Highland birds such as the capercaillie and ptarmigan. Birds and the wind distribute seeds, while the estate’s deer, whose concentration has been brought down from 40 per sq km to one, are no longer numerous enough to eat all the young shoots. The increased vegetation also provides food for the pine martens, red squirrels and mountain hares that MacDonell is seeing in rising numbers, while the population of endangered birds such as crossbills and crested tits has also risen. … [Read more...] about The end of farming?
In Cherry’s vision, all farmers would switch to no-till and the plough itself would become a relic. “Our whole civilisation depends on us having healthy soil. We can’t afford to treat it with disdain,” he told me. His mission meets plenty of resistance: many farmers don’t want to change methods on which they’ve always relied. Nor is no-till perfect. As the plough no longer buries the weeds, no-till farmers still have to spray pesticides. You therefore can’t be both an organic farmer and no-till, as you still have to use chemicals. (To be both is the holy grail, as one ecologically minded farmer put it to me). But to the conservationists, spraying glyphosate is a minor interference compared with the aggressive upheaval caused by ploughing. Cherry likes to quote Franklin D Roosevelt’s 1937 letter to state governors after dust storms and floods had caused irreparable harm across rural America: “The nation that destroys its soil, … [Read more...] about Field of dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships
“I’ve written to Dame Helen Ghosh, director general of the trust, offering a deal to allow me and others to farm the land properly and to take over the management of the 413 Herdwick sheep that belong to the farm. However, she hasn’t deigned to write back personally. Instead, I’ve had three different letters from three different trust employees, including a ‘correspondence coordinator’ effectively giving me less than two weeks to agree to an unsustainable, one-year tenancy skewed in favour of the trust.” … [Read more...] about The National Trust, the sheep farm and the fight for a Lakes way of life