COVID-19 – pls read & share

This Covid-19 virus is not a living organism. It is a protein molecule (RNA or DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular (eyes), nasal (nose) or buccal mucosa (mouth), changes their genetic code (mutates) and converts into aggressor and multiplier cells.

  * Since the virus is not a living organism, but is a protein molecule, it cannot be killed.  It has to decay on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

  * The covid-19 virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat and that is the reason why soap or detergent is the best weapon.  The foam CUTS THE FAT (that is why you have to scrub for 20 seconds or more, to create lots of foam).  By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down.

 * HEAT melts fat; this is why it is necessary to use water above 77F or 25C degrees for hand washing, laundry and cleaning surfaces. In addition, hot water makes more foam, making it more effective.

 * Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ALL FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

 * Any solution with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaking it down from the inside.

 * Oxygenated water increases the effectiveness of soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein.  However, because you have to use it in its pure form, it can damage your skin.

 * NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC WILL WORK because the virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.

  * The virus molecules remain very stable at colder temperatures, including air conditioning in houses and cars. They also need moisture and darkness to stay stable. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade the virus faster.

 * UV LIGHT on any object that may contain the virus breaks down the protein.  Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.

 * The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

 * Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

 * NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is only 40% alcohol, and you need a minimum of 65%.

 * LISTERINE  is 65% alcohol.

 * The more confined the space, the higher the concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

 * You have to wash your hands before and after touching any commonly used surfaces such as: mucosa (mouth area), food, locks, knobs, switches, remotes, cell phones, watches, computers, desks etc. and don’t forget when you use the bathroom.

 * You have to MOISTURIZE YOUR HANDS due to frequent washing.  Dry hands have cracks and the molecules can hide in the micro cracks The thicker the moisturizer, the better.

 * Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS

[source: John’s Hopkins Hospital]

 

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A visit to Angelsey Abbey – September 2020

Anglesey Abbey, a Jacobean-style house with beautiful gardens and a working water mill is only 50 minutes away from Biddenham.  Originally the home of Lord Fairhaven it is now owned by the National Trust and is well worth a visit at this time of the year.
 
The woods are carpeted with cyclamen and the rainbow border of dahlias is stunning. The restaurant is open for a small range of snacks and drinks.  Alternatively there is lots of space (114 acres) to picnic.  There is plenty to look at in the plant centre and National Trust shop.
 
Additional hygiene and social distancing measures are in place and it is necessary to book a slot on line as visitor numbers are limited.
 
click here to view Photos from my visit
 
Linda Truscott
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Exploring Traditional Wildflower Names – Twigs Way

On Tuesday 8th September we were joined by Dr Twigs Way, well known garden historian.  Again, this was a Zoom meeting and we were pleased to welcome 33 members and visitors to this session. Twigs imparted a wealth of information on the origins of wildflower names and those taking part were able to add comments or ask questions through the chat facility …

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This Month in the Garden – September 2020

I was brought up in a war-torn and economical time to believe that “all things in moderation” was a good motto to live by.
For most of my life the weather has behaved according to that principle where it followed the pattern traditionally associated with each of the seasons. We could expect that Winter would have its share of snow and ice and freezing days, Spring meant some warm days and April showers, Summer the occasional bout of heat but, generally, a mixture of wet and dry days that kept things on a pretty even keel while Autumn could bring lovely calm sunny September days and a colourful October …

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Lockdown Lettuces

Dear BGA member,

We have been approached by scientists from Cranfield University, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University, asking for participants to take part in a scientific study regarding growing lettuces …

Participants will receive a lettuce growing kit including, seeds, labels, markers, log books and a trowel.  The experiment will last for 8 weeks and all participants will receive a £20 gift voucher (£30 if you take part in two telephone interviews with one of the scientists) as a thank you.  The scientists ask that participants are aged over 18, have somewhere to grow the lettuces and live in Bedfordshire.  The kit will be left on your doorstep and interviews will be conducted via the telephone in order to comply with the Government’s current guidelines. If you are interested, please send your email address to:  lockdownlettuce@liverpool.ac.uk.

I have signed up for the experiment and I look forward to hearing from the scientists regarding the results in 8 weeks time!  It promises to be an interesting project and perhaps children and grandchildren would like to become involved with your experiment.

Best wishes,

Paula Church

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This Month in the Garden – August 2020

Because the normal pattern of publication for the Loop is to put July and August together August does not generally get a gardening article to itself so this is its moment of glory; or perhaps not, as August isn’t one of the great gardening months.

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BGA – July 2020 Zoom mtg

On 21 July we held our second distanced meeting using Zoom. Paula Church, our secretary, hosted the meeting and the speakers were our Chair, Paul Fricker and a former Chair, Peter Carter.

Most of us had never heard of Zoom before March this year but we are beginning to get used to it and, in many of the ways that we used to meet together, it has proved  a great blessing. It will never replace face to face contact but we can see and chat to each other and still appreciate the activity that would have brought us together in other circumstances. A drawback is the amount of work involved in setting up a meeting and we have to thank Paula for all the work of setting up a meeting, preparing the speaker’s material for presentation and holding everything together while the meeting is in progress …

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Alert – Poisonous Courgettes!

Last Saturday evening we sat down to what should have been a tasty dinner of fish pie, carrots and home-grown courgettes.  However as soon as we started eating, it was apparent there was something seriously wrong.  An incredibly unpleasant bitter taste.  ‘Revolting’ said Richard, spitting out a mouthful.  What could possibly be wrong?  We couldn’t understand it.  The courgettes fried in butter were terrible, but the taste seemed to permeate the whole meal.  I had to throw the lot away, but the taste remained in the mouth.

Later on, I found the cut end of the courgette and licked it.  Lo and behold, it was incredibly bitter. 

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This Month in the Garden – July 2020

Many of us living in Biddenham during the period of Lockdown are lucky enough to have a garden and what a boon that has been!  Two months of lovely sunny dry weather was an added bonus and a garden and good weather, plus more time than usual, have kept us busy and active and given us a lot of pleasure.  You probably had to spend quite a bit of the available time on watering the garden but rain has now come to our rescue and my garden has probably never looked better. A spectacular display of roses is just beginning to fade ..

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Chairmans newsletter – May 2020

Dear Biddenham Gardeners’ Association member,

We have seen some beautiful late Spring colours in the gardens and I hope you have been able to visit our Gallery of Members’ Photos. It must be one of the most inspiring photo galleries of any local gardeners’ association and it is a reflection of the commitment and dedication you have shown to your gardens. We also appreciate the hard work of Ron Bessey in his presentation of the photos on the website. Thank you, Ron.

Many of the Spring flowers are now coming to an end but we are seeing the early summer colours. The roses are just beginning to come out –  my favourite being the Gertrude Jekyll rose. Allium is now in flower and if you have osteospermum and calendula plants, they offer a blaze of colour. Plants like penstemon are well on their way. I am sure you have many other plants that are giving colour to your gardens.

We have so many sources from which we can get advice on how to make our gardens flourish. We are very fortunate to have our own garden expert, Jeremy Arthern, who writes in the Loop and whose articles you can also find on our website.  I am sure you have been watching Gardeners’ World where Monty Don has been giving some useful tips. The programme has enabled us to enjoy very different types of gardens. There have been some interesting recorded programmes presented by Alan Titchmarsh. 

It is now permissible for garden centres to open. If you are thinking of visiting a local one, do check that it is open (one or two have decided not to open for the foreseeable future) and that safety measures are in place. At this moment, Milton Ernest Garden Centre is offering a delivery service if you telephone, as is Kempston Nursery. 

I am sure we are all looking forward to meeting up again. The Prime Minister in his address from Downing Street on Sunday 10th May has made it clear that it will be some time before public meetings can take place. We will keep you informed. I hope you will keep well and safe and will enjoy your gardens. Thank you again to all those who have contributed to the Members’ Photo Gallery.

Best wishes
Paul Fricker (Chairman)

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Plants & Vegetables for Sale in Biddenham

Dear BGA member,
I have been informed by my neighbour, Julie Clay, that Katie Lee of Kempston whose family sell plants at Bedford market will be selling and delivering plants and vegetables to the Biddenham/Bedford area at weekends.

If you are interested in purchasing, ring Katie on 077639 60604

examples of prices – a 12 pack of vegetables such as peas, runner beans, chard etc are £2, pot grown vegetables £1, perennials including hardy ferns are £3 and shrubs in a pot are £7.

A massage from Katie: ‘One thing to note – we do sell on a market but it’s not bedford market, we don’t want to upset anyone ‘

I and all of the BGA Committee hope that you are all keeping well. We look forward to happier times in the (hopefully) not too distant future, when we can gather together to share our love of gardening.

Best regards,
Paula Church (BGA Secretary)

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This Month In The Garden – September 2019          

August was the month of the big wind. Most people probably avoided major damage but there was enough to stir things up in the garden. Some of my dahlias were spoiled and I just got to the vegetables in time to stop the line of runner beans being blown down. It was a salutary reminder of the importance of providing support for plants and checking that the support hasn’t been outgrown.  Many of us start sticking in stakes and tying things in when plants start flopping about but that is really too late.

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Zoom Meeting for BGA Members (16th June)

Tuesday 16th June 2020 provided a “first” for Biddenham Gardeners Association – our first virtual meeting that is.  Who would have thought, this time last year, that we would be doing this.  At 7.30 pm thirty three members of the BGA came together on Zoom to meet each other and listen to Paula Church’s presentation …

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