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  • Amor de Cosmos
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    Originally posted by Sits View Post
    Don’t get too close.
    I won't, though she'd probably be OK. But getting to close to her kittens would be a different story.

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  • Amor de Cosmos
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    This one (I'm assuming she's the same one) has raised litters on the four properties closest to us in successive years, so it was our turn I guess.

    As a tourist I love raccoons, but I'm guessing they're a bit harder to share a property with?

    Can be. If she was inside the house, or under the deck (most commonly) it would be a real nuisance. As it is — aside from keeping Phoebe the Dog away from her — it's not a big deal, unless the meter reader shows up!

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  • Toby Gymshorts
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    Speaking of tree fuzz.....

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  • San Bernardhinault
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    Our raccoons are mostly adorable. They wander through the backyard, climb up the trellis, and don't give a fuck about anything and anyone. If they lived under the house or got in the trash, it would be a different story.

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  • ursus arctos
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  • Third rate Leszno
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    As a tourist I love raccoons, but I'm guessing they're a bit harder to share a property with?

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  • Sits
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    Don’t get too close.

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  • Amor de Cosmos
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    ... and here's Mom, not looking too happy.


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  • Amor de Cosmos
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    Look what I found under our gas meter...


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  • Sits
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    That explains a lot. I had really bad hayfever as a child. There was a damn great tree in the back garden; you’ll never guess what type.

    Nice rocks Balders.

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  • Balderdasha
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    Earlier in the year they trigger terrible hay fever for my husband, but currently (and fortunately) don't seem to be causing issues for either him, or my son, who sometimes exhibits asthmatic symptoms.

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  • Balderdasha
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    Further investigation reveals that I know them as poplar trees, and I call the fruit that precedes the fluff, "catkins", which is why I didn't recognise the name "cottonwood". But yes, we're talking about the same trees.

    https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/tre.../black-poplar/

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  • Amor de Cosmos
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    Yeas, that's them. This is their time of year, the seeds will gone in a week or so but they can be a nuisance if anyone in your household is subject to asthma-type symptoms.

    Info here:

    Cottonwood tree types with picture and name for easy identification.

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  • Balderdasha
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    Originally posted by Amor de Cosmos View Post
    And Cottonwood seeds surrounding them?
    Possibly. It's some sort of fluff that came off the trees and the park is absolutely filled with it at the moment. A few days ago, if we opened the windows of our house, it blew inside as well.

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  • Amor de Cosmos
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    And Cottonwood seeds surrounding them?

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  • Balderdasha
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    Mushrooms in the park.

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  • Balderdasha
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    Stage three.

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  • Balderdasha
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    Stage two.

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  • Balderdasha
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    Stage one of rock painting.

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  • Sits
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    Thanks Amor.

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  • Amor de Cosmos
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    Originally posted by Sits View Post
    <feels bad>

    What’s gessoing?
    It's chalk and rabbit glue combination boiled together. It's been used for a thousand years or more as a base for, painting or gilding on wood or any other stable surface. It sands down to an extraordinary smooth surface that's receptive to almost any pigment or metallic leaf.

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  • ursus arctos
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    One of my uncles spent more than half a century as marbler, grainer and fresco painter, specialising in the decoration of Catholic churches. He had covered one wall of their living room with a fresco of flamingoes.

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  • Felicity, I guess so
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    Not quite what I was looking for, but Middlesbrough near the Uni

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  • Felicity, I guess so
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    I’m a sucker for faded gable ads...but none on this phone. Great photo, that

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  • Toby Gymshorts
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    <blushes> Cheers, both. It was taken in a remarkably mundane location, the bottom of Belmont Hill in Lewisham. I've walked past it hundreds of times but something about the evening light made it really stand out.

    I must have looked weird, standing there trying to get just the right framing of a wall opposite the (closed) bowling alley.

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