My mother loved flowers and gardening, and so do I and Sue. Not until my father built a house at Studland did Mum have a generous one – in full sun.
When I was a senior house officer in the Bristol surgical rotation 1967-9, I borrowed two plots to grow vegetables, and continued ever since. From 1975 to 2000 at Home House, Combe-in-Teignhead, we had a lovely garden fronting the long thatched house and barn, the latter where we made cider with a press brought from Humber by Ideford. The house was 15thC – an ‘open hall’ originally, with a second storey added on the cob walls.
In 2000 we moved to Kiln Shotts, Haytor on the southern fringe of Dartmoor – so I could think and write at ease. The garden here has become ever more beautiful - with love and muscle. I have planted rhodos, azaleas, and hydrangeas aplenty, the passing showers and heavy rainfall being welcomed by these plants. About 13 years ago we purchased Kiln Cottage to prevent a ‘development’ that might have jarred. With this, down the slope and the other side of a useful Leylandii hedge, came about a quarter of an acre. I built a wildlife pond below a polytunnel, and gradually formed a wild garden with shrubs, small trees and grasses in chosen spots. We say almost every day how fortunate we are.
Enjoy this five minutes of a video, showing three ways to avoid backache in gardening, and finishing with simple advice in the same vein. My webmaster, has edited the video we made for Monty’s Gardeners’ World very sensitively and with his consummate skill. And we hope it might be included in one of the three GW programmes scheduled around Christmas.
Enjoy the natural world with me and Sue.
Ancient drove track above Gulmswell Farm, Combe-in-Teignhead in South Devon. Video taken before removal of steel posts set in about 2000 to stop 4x4s drivers destroying the track. The second - an interview of David Halpin on the track shortly after arson - of a Ford Focus, which occurred 2-06-2020. He demonstrates the advanced destruction of the hedgebank on the east side of the track, caused by 4x4s, with the full co-operation of the Haccombe with Combe Parish Council, and the Public Rights of Way Officer.
David Halpin MB BS FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons). Retired consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon. Fought single handed in Devon against Thatcher's Internal Market (in fact the Chicago School's) and with his orthopaedic colleagues for the retention of the world renowned Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital in Exeter. Lost both fights. In this 43 minute talk, he speaks of plans going back 20 years to dismantle OUR NHS. The strategy is - destabilise > demoralise > dismantle. Other - central involvement in plea for an inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly. Fought, and still fights for justice for the Palestinian people.
We know that the NHS is under threat. It’s struggling to provide the services and care that patients need with the limited funding it has available. We’ve heard about it from politicians and the media - but what about people’s real-life experiences? What about the voices from those on the front-line?
One of the saddest and most poignant moments of the investigation of the Iraq war was the death of #DrDavidKelly, the weapons inspector who was found dead back in 2003 having given compelling testimony that the allegations of Saddam Hussein´s Weapons of Mass Destruction were unfounded. #DavidHalpin is a retired orthopedic surgeon and activist who has been instrumental in questioning the official narrative as regards the death of Dr. David Kelly and he will join me today.
Please note, this is not a video, but an Internet radio broadcast.
A talk on the current state of the NHS, by David Halpin MB BS FRCS
A wide ranging interview which spoke for truth in the nation, and against the corruption at the top of government and in the tiers of power below. A possible reason for the likely assassination of Dr Kelly was stated. That is his possible knowledge about the incineration of the arms of Ali Abbas, his parents and ten relatives was most likely caused by a nuclear weapon. ** The most intense, short lived thermal or nuclear energy must have been the agent for such terrible injuries to Ali and his twelve relatives. A neutron shell as being the likely weapon was not mentioned in the interview.