Tuesday, June 28, 2011

primum non nocere

For all my good green intentions (Icons passim) of washing the aphids and ants off my apple tree, I did in fact spread a little ant killer powder around the bottom of the trunk before I went to work.

When I got back there were no ants to be seen and a couple of ladybirds were grazing on the aphids. I reflected for a few moments on the beauty and elegance of the ecosystem and how it was better to work with rather than against nature, before getting out the aphid-killer spray gun that I had picked up at lunchtime and treating the leaves.

One of the ladybirds took off from the tree and landed on the hem of my t-shirt. I noticed it again five minutes later and flicked it off. It landed stone dead on the grass. Perhaps I should have left well alone.

The Boorish Prodnose (tunelessly): But the sun rolling high, through the sapphire sky, keeps great and small on the endless round - (deep breath) - It's the CIRCLE OF LIFE .......

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