You roll up, you roll down. What more can you say about it? Perhaps it was foolish to denote Monday’s henceforth for writing about life but, as the lawyers at the London Bar like to say, there it is. I used to enjoy Tom Patey’s poemical on life: Some folk work for a living/They say it’s good for the soul/But I measure my pleasure/In man hours of leisure/My life’s very sweet on the dole.
Today’s simple pleasures include writing a guide book to Hastings, failing to find sample pictures of Hastings Caves except the ones in Australia and secateuring (if that’s the right word or even a word at all) a holly tree until it is all in bags and soaking up the sunshine. Might plant some grass too, in some shady areas. It’s grass which is designed by God and then mucked about by evolutionists to grow in shady areas, which is why we bought it. Thought it would work well in the shady areas. You get the idea!
Plants have been taken out of pots, the pumpkins have sprung back up (the holly tree fell on them first), as has the rocket (it came a very close second), the sugar snap peas (probably a tie for second) and the mangetout. Tomatoes are on their way, courgettes are a plenty, squash looks hopeful, sweetcorn even and definitely some carrots. Onions have been elusive. They grow but do not bulge. There’s even a sample parsnip. The truth is it was all planted a bit late and whatever comes out of it will be a big surprise, as I clear the rest of the garden out. The plan is gently reverting back to its original, which looks something like this:
Obviously, that’s real back of the envelope stuff and not much use to anyone. The bottom is a little lawn, next comes the decking, then the three beds already raised and doing very nicely thank-you. following that there’s going to be two more beds where the tallest of the leylandii stood, the smaller darker map indicates a green house but is far too small (don’t forget this was drawn on the back of an envelope) and at last there’ll be three more beds above that. Not shown is the wood shed at the back of the garden or the little splayed trees we’ll plant up either side.
In other news this week, the entire planet was revealed to be busily chasing after an asteroid a thousand feet across that’s preceding the Earth in its orbit. This is the first known Earth-orbit example of Trojan. Due to the way the gravitational field of the Earth interacts with the gravitational field of the sun, there are a couple places along the Earth’s orbit where stuff can hang out without getting shoved around too much by any celestial bodies. These are Lagrangian points. There are five of them, only two are stable and they’re perpetually located 60 degrees in front of the Earth and 60 degrees behind the Earth in its orbit:
Every planet in the solar system has these same stable points, and we’ve seen asteroids chilling there along the orbits of Mars, Jupiter, and Neptune. They’re hard to see from Earth, though, since you can’t look 60 degrees ahead (or behind) in our orbit without getting a telescope full of sunlight. We’ve theorized that there’s probably stuff out there, but we weren’t able to get a good look at the area until the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer was launched in December of 2009. It now appears as though we do have company out here after all, in the form of a 1000 foot wide rock at Lagrangian point L4 that we’re going to keep on chasing around the sun, well, forever. Branson will be offering us holidays on it next.