Himalayan balsam

When we did our l[url=http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2051335]itter picking[/url] the other day, the Keep Wales Tidy chap pointed out this plant to us. It is Himalayan balsam, an invasive species. It grows tall, very quickly and has an aggressive seed dispersal technique. Good from an evolutionary perspective but bad from an ecodiversity point of view. So I pull it up whenever I see it, here is a pile that has suffered my wrath.
The [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayan_Balsam]wikipedia entry[/url] tells us that it was deliberately introduced into the UK because it was so easy to grow. It was promoted with the marvellous phrase of its “”splendid invasiveness”.

Infinity pool

We could only afford to stay at the hotel for one night, as spent the other (very wet and windy) night in the van. This the nice new infinity pool at the [url=http://watergatebay.co.uk/]Watergate Bay hotel[/url].


We have come down to Watergate Bay, where my wife is doing the [url=http://www.endurancelife.com/event.asp?series=49&location=125]UTSW 60 mile trail[/url] race tomorrow. There is an excellent surfing beach here.