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Photo of a dog rose (Rosa canina)

June 9th, 2020

Whilst on a flower related theme…

Whilst on one of our daily walks at lunchtime I came across this spectacular dog rose (Rosa canina), so here’s quick photo.

A dog rose

A dog rose

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I love buddleia!

June 9th, 2020

It’s out there now, my secret is out, I love the buddleia bushes, or more commonly known as the butterfly bush, even the common pink version which grows wild, maybe it’s the plant which attracts hundreds of insects and butterflies, and takes me back to my youth and “My Creature Club!” – hey if your reading Skeggy! Hello!

more recently there are some attractive colour variants, under the name of buddleia davidii, which are a dark blue or dark purple, and a deeper purple called “Dark Knight”, if you do not like the pink version, and also a white, you cannot mistake them, they are everywhere in the country, and seem to do very well, on old factory works, old building works etc

 

Buddleja davidii

Buddleja davidii, not in flower yet!

But my favourite buddleia globosa, which is a buddleia bush, with small orange balls! It’s not until you get up close that you can see the florets are the same as a traditional buddleia bush but organised into orange balls!

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosa

I have a few in my garden, a B.davidii and also I’m lucky to have two B. globosa, I’ve always planted buddleia in my gardens, but never seen the B. globosa for sale in garden centres, I took 10 cuttings from a plant when I lived in Warren Farm, which was the first time I had ever seen the plant, and it’s taken many many years for the plants to establish and now start to flower.

Bumble bee on Buddleja globosa

Bumble bee on Buddleja globosa

and the bumblebees love them as well!

If you do plant a Buddleja make sure you prune it because they can go wild!

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A lot has changed in the world of computers and computing in 40 years, since I used that Video Genie!

June 7th, 2020

Now a lot has changed in the world of computers and computing in 40 years, since I used that Video Genie!

Video Genie

Video Genie

CPU: Zilog Z80, running at 1.76 MHz
16 KB RAM

This is one of the current Raspberry Pi’s, it’s a Raspberry Pi Zero W, and was released over three years ago in 2017.

Raspberry Pi Zero W

Raspberry Pi Zero W

CPU: ARM11 running at 1GHz
RAM: 512MB

At least the Video Genie looked like a computer!!!

Anyway, I’m using this small computer, size of a match box, for a new project coming soon!

 

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My Brother gets another 15 minutes of fame…..on the BBC

June 5th, 2020

 

For all media enquiries and bookings please contact media@singinggardener.uk

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Royal Mail 5 months late ?

June 4th, 2020

I received a parcel in the post today, 5 months late!

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The GoPro 3D Hero System

June 3rd, 2020

It’s quite old now, and no longer supported by GoPro, but it still works…

GoPro 3D Hero System

GoPro 3D Hero System

GoPro 3D Hero System

GoPro 3D Hero System

 

 

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Experiments in 3D with a GoPro 3D Hero System

June 2nd, 2020

Remember those goofy 3D red and blue glasses, or those 3D TVs, today we have VR headsets, like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Valve Index which provide an immersive experience!

But I’ve gone old school and put together two GoPro cameras, and you can shoot 3D photos or 3D video.

You’ll need the goofy 3D red and blue glasses to view these images.

Bee hives in 3D

Bee hives in 3D

Angus in 3D

Angus in 3D

Esther in 3D

Esther in 3D

Chair in 3D

Chair in 3D

My next experiment, is to record a video of a Goldfinch!

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Great tit feeding on sunflower husks @RSPB @BBCSpringwatch

June 1st, 2020

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POV – Andy goes for a long walk video!

May 15th, 2020

So I dusted off the GoPro that I’ve never really used, and took it for a walk!

Here is the video of the walk! 

So if in isolation, lockdown, bored nothing to do, and want to go on a virtual walk – here it is all 1hr 15 minutes!

Enjoy!

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What is growing in Andysworld! greenhouse?

May 5th, 2020

At present there seems to be a growing frenzy across the nation – I wonder why? All my usual online seed and greenhouse suppliers are out of stock or stating 28-day delivery lead times, on items!

So a few of you readers, have been sending me photos and telling me what you’ve been growing.

So this has inspired this blog today, to show you What is growing in Andysworld! greenhouse?

I currently do not have any compost, so I’ve had to resort to “Andys Special Blend No.1” – e.g. homemade compost from compost corner!

Have fun, and keep growing….

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