2016-12-19 Mon

Observations

Little by little my apartment building is being hemmed in by Tower Condominiums, four new ones since I moved in here just over four years ago.

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I took this photo from my couch. The window faces north (nominally).

The Sunlight is Reflected from a building just outside my apartment. The sunlight arrives from a nearby building a little to the right (just out of range of this photo), which building faces an angle of forty-five degrees to Bay Street, which street runs (nominally) north-south.

I took the photo at about half-past three in the afternoon, which means the sunlight streams in from the west (from the left-hand edge of the photo), hits the 45ļ building, streams almost due south, but strikes my adjacent building and then enters my living-room.

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So here I sit on my couch and a brilliant ray of sunshine lights up my book from behind me.

I am facing North.

The sunshine arrives from the south?

Yes, after bouncing off the building alongside me, the ray streams past me and hits the large mirror I arranged to block off the serving-hutch, so that my kitchen area is separated from my living-room area.

Then the ray comes forward again, North, to illuminate my book.

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Here is a shot showing the original beam arriving from the West.

I make no excuse for the dirty windows. Bombardier has been hired to reface the north wall of this ten-story building.

They started back in August, and show up for a couple of hours twice a week to re-arrange the debris in the courtyard below, and to ride the hoist-stage up and sown a couple of times to see if the wheels need to be oiled.

Gardening

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Chrisís Sure-Fire Method of Growing Citrus Trees.

You need a pot, some soil, and a citrus fruit. I commonly hang on to the Lemons Skins after I have squeezed Lemon Juice Ė and Pips Ė over my crepes.

The pips are pressed into the damp soil, about a centimetre below the surface.

The peel (Skin, Pith and Flesh) are then placed gently over the soil.

The idea is to simulate a piece of fruit that has dropped, rotted, and sheltered the pip.

I donít know if the rotting peel/pith/flesh releases a chemical signal to the pip, telling it to start pushing.

I do know that I achieve about 95% success with this method.

Ignore the sliver of green pushing its way in from the left-hand side. Thatís a busy Spider Plant.

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Here is the seedling in close-up. A poor photo. The skin has accumulated some lovely white mould which is doing its best to break down the acidic peel.

In a fortnightís time I can remove the peel and plant my seedling into a larger pot.