The Dim-Post

November 30, 2012

Photo of the day, the hand that mocked them and the heart that fed edition

Filed under: general idiocy — danylmc @ 7:53 am

What’s important here is that the National Archive makes regular backups of some New Zealand blogs – including this one. So countless millions yet unborn will also be able to appreciate this photograph of the berries and currants I foraged from my garden and ate in my muesli this morning.


  1. ….and then crapped into your toilet.

    Comment by DT — November 30, 2012 @ 7:55 am

  2. My eager inspection at 6am was rewarded with five ripe strawberries this morning. They didn’t make it to anything so grand as a bowl. I greedily scoffed them off the plant, before anyone else could. When it comes to the strawberry patch, our household is a dystopian nightmare.

    Comment by Sanctuary — November 30, 2012 @ 7:59 am

  3. I’d better get out there and look at mine.

    Comment by Roger Parkinson (@RogerParkinson) — November 30, 2012 @ 8:37 am

  4. Got an online link to NZ Archives list of blogs? Went for a wander over there but nothing seen. It all appears to be a need to front up to a reading room.

    Comment by pmofnz — November 30, 2012 @ 8:46 am

  5. Just be careful, those archivists don’t always get the title right…

    Comment by David C — November 30, 2012 @ 9:22 am

  6. National Library, not Archives NZ, are harvesting blogs. you’re there from 2008 on, rubbing shoulders with bloggerati like Hooten and Trotter. Don’t know whether you should feel flattered or not

    Comment by Leopold — November 30, 2012 @ 9:40 am

  7. Back to the berries. Apparently watermelon is a berry, who knew? Anyone tried growing those cape gooseberries? I want to plant some, but they are orange and I am worried they’ll actively discriminate against my blackberries.

    Comment by Sanctuary — November 30, 2012 @ 10:09 am

  8. Cape gooseberries grew like weeds at our old place (Whangarei, in crappy clay soil) and were really prolific and fast fruiters with a long season. Great for kids to pick because the casing keeps all the crap off until they are good to go, and they dont need much space. Our passion vine is heaving with enormous green fruit that will tease us for a long time yet before they are good to go, tho.

    Comment by jonocarpenter — November 30, 2012 @ 10:51 am

  9. …rewarded with five ripe strawberries this morning

    How are you keeping the birds away form them?

    I’ve got maybe six berries so far this season, and the rest have been stolen by native birds, those parasitic bastards.

    Comment by Phil — November 30, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

  10. I have got them in those plastic planter barrels, the ones with the holes in the side which allow you plant twelve in each one. They are placed on top of a narrow wall with a metal rod through the middle to hold them in place. I did it that way mainly for maximum sunshine, but there appears to be an added benefit – the birds don’t seem to be able land anywhere to get at the strawberries.

    Comment by Sanctuary — November 30, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

  11. Eat ’em quickly just before they ripen so that the birds and the kids don’t stand a chance. My gooseberries are nearly ripe and are fair game.

    Comment by xianmac — November 30, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

  12. The National Library seem to back up TS frequently enough. I had to put a special exemption in a few years ago so they didn’t trigger the anti-spambot trolling for entry fields and I didn’t have to see them coming up in the warnings about bad IP’s.

    Yep – here we go Feb 2011

    Comment by lprent — November 30, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

  13. You sadistic bastard.

    Berries want to be eaten by friendly cuddly animals that poop them, out on nice friendly soil. so the seeds can grow into more berry providing plants.

    You, of course, send them out to sea to perish, horribly.

    Let this picture bear witness to a mass murderer.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — November 30, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

  14. As soon as the berries show a bit of colour, pick them and put them in a bowl on the windowsill to ripen. also do not water the strawberries as the become bloated and sour, rather a smaller sweeter berry if the soil is dry. Oh and drink more beer.

    Comment by frank_db — December 1, 2012 @ 9:11 am

  15. Got three a week ago, two yesterday, not a bad effort from the very humbily put together little patch.

    Comment by Dan — December 1, 2012 @ 10:05 am

  16. @9 Phil “How are you keeping the birds away form them?”

    We use folded tinfoil strips on string; the reflective fluttering seems to disconcert avian opportunists.

    To fight slugs&snails try raised planters. Old concrete laundry tubs are great; they’re deep enough for good water retention and get nice an warm in the sun which strawbs seem to love.

    Remember to layer straw under and around the plants as this will lift the berries off the soil and prevent mold. Early morning watering recommended vs evening for similar rreasons.

    Good luck.

    Comment by Luke. — December 1, 2012 @ 10:48 am

  17. … of course covering beds with olde garden mesh is the most foolproof method

    Comment by Luke. — December 1, 2012 @ 10:49 am

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