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Bufo bufo is part of a species complex, a group of closely related species which cannot be clearly demarcated.[1] Several modern species are believed to form an ancient group of related taxa from preglacial times. These are the spiny toad (Bufo spinosus), the Caucasian toad (Bufo verrucosissimus) and the Japanese common toad (Bufo japonicus). The European common toad (Bufo bufo) seems to have arisen more recently.[6] It is believed that the range of the ancestral form extended into Asia but that isolation between an eastern and western type occurred as a result of greater aridity and desertification in the Middle East during the Middle Miocene.[12]The exact taxonomic relationships between these species remains unclear.

Mr. Toad Esq. is one of the main characters in the children’s novel The Wind in the Willows, byKenneth Grahame

from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_toad

 

 

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PicPost: Royal Oak

‘Here’s the Royal Oak at Boscobel House, where Charles II reportedly hid from Cromwell’s troops – we wonder what life would be like now if he had been captured?’
Pic via English Heritage

My earlier articles about projects using pallets seem to have been a big hit – they’ve certainly had a lot of visitors. I’ve been working on my own project with local school children to create vertical planters and these are due to be finished off next week, so I’ll do a piece on that project and the lessons I’ve learned. I’m still collecting examples of novel recycled uses of old wooden things and so here are a few more pictures of some other interesting ideas. If you have any ideas or examples of your own, please send me some pictures!

This amazing shed is made out of old fruit trays. you can see that they're from the 'Royal Fruit Farm' at Sandringham, Norfolk! (For those who don't know, Sandringham is one of the grand residences of the Brtish Royal family - about 30 miles away from  Old School Garden and a lovely landscape with some beautiful trees.

This amazing shed is made out of old fruit trays. you can see that they’re from the ‘Royal Fruit Farm’ at Sandringham, Norfolk! (For those who don’t know, Sandringham is one of the grand residences of the British Royal family – about 30 miles away from Old School Garden and a lovely landscape with some beautiful trees)

pallet decking

Here’s a super example of the ways in which pallets can be reused and how they can be finished off to look like an up market product. These pallets have been taken apart, reassembled and sanded off to give a smooth surface. Laid like giant decking tiles they create a pleasing, practical terrace. Note that it uses quite thick planks, an important consideration if the floor is to bear body weight!

vertical planter adam haden

My previous articles on pallet projects can be seen here:

Pallet Power

Pallet Power- the sequel

Raised beds on the cheap

Old School Gardener

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