This year I am trying an upgrade in technology over last year's tin can on a stick. I now have pole with a basket-like thing with padding in the bottom and a rake-like claw thing at the top. So far I have managed to get three plums off the tree before I got clonked in the head by a falling plum. I am not sure this is the technological advance I was looking for. What I really need is to rent a group of Jedi in training who need to practice their telekinesis. Anyone know where I should call to get some?
In fruit related news, ph34r September when the apples come ripe. The first year I was here I got one cute little apple. Last year the tree produced maybe a dozen. This year? Hundreds. I kid you not. I stood in one spot and counted more than a hundred without moving, or raising my gaze above eye-level. Apples produced will be Fuji, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith. I am not sure how many I have of which, since I don't remember which branches are which grafts. I can assure you that they will be fresh, home-grown, and delicious, so those of you who assist me in finding the apples good homes should not be disappointed.
I am currently the proud owner of a container half-full of ladybugs. Why half-full, you may ask. Because those were the sluggish ones. I spent about an hour thrashing around in my garden in the dark trying to distribute ladybugs before deciding that the rest of them can wait until tomorrow night. I feel badly about leaving them all cooped up for another day, but they were just being incredibly difficult to get onto the plants, rather than on the ground or all over me. I'm still moving gingerly, for fear of discovering yet another critter crawling on me. For some strange reason they found me a good deal more interesting than my aphid-laden roses. I'm not sure whether to be flatter or concerned.
In less plant-like news, I have discovered a software program called DVD Region + CSS Free which allows DVDs of any region to play on any computer DVD drive. It is also supposed to allow for The drive does not have to be hacked to be region free. Which is rather nice, since flashing the drive sometimes results in a dead drive. I only have region 1 or region 2 DVDs, but it has played both NTSC and PAL. This pleases me greatly, and makes me all the more determined to proceed with my plan to pick up Blake's 7 on DVD when I am over in England.