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Magical journey into the heart of the Rio Negro

Ryall farmer Michael West and his wife Betsy recently explored Amazonia on an eco-cruise up the Rio Negro, which is also Sir Ghillean Prance’s favourite Amazonian river, ‘because of its striking beauty. The water is clear and black because of all the tannic matter dissolved in it. This makes it likes a mirror’

“You won’t see anything but trees,” said one of my more cynical friends, as my wife and I set off to fulfil one of my lifelong ambitions, to explore remote Amazonia.

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Mr Snail At My Lettuces!

Every garden is full of eyes watching and noses sniffing as you dig a deep hole, fill it with compost and install a carefully chosen plant. As early as next morning, you may realise that you have given an expensive treat to some ungrateful roe deer, mouse or slug. If the plant does survive its planting, the buds, flowers and especially the fruit will later be under attack.

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