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Sunday, 8 December 2019 Dereel Images for 8 December 2019
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Rejecting mail
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

It's been over a month since I did my last mail server changes, something that should long have been finished. Things seem to be working, but I have something like 200 messages in the mail queue on oldwww.lemis.com. Most look like this:

3D6B41B728BA     1886 Fri Dec  6 01:31:43  nicola@servmonk.live
(host mx0.lemis.com[167.179.139.35] said: 450 4.1.1 <groggyhimself@lemis.com>: Recipient address rejected: User unknown in local recipient table (in reply to RCPT TO command))
                                         groggyhimself@lemis.com

This time that's really groggyhimself@lemis.com, a fake address that I use in this diary to protect against people like nicola@servmonk.live. And of course it should bounce immediately, but the soft_bounce parameter in the server configuration stops it.

OK, reset soft_bounce to no. That will fix it. But it looks like it will take 5 days; the ones that are waiting in the queue continue to wait.


More garden stuff
Topic: gardening Link here

Once upon a time I did a lot of work in the garden. But that was years ago. Today was an ideal day for weed spraying, and the sprayer is full and ready to go. And that's the way it stayed.

About the only thing I did was to plant the Pandorea pandorana (Wonga Wonga Vine) that we bought in October:


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That's in the shade area, and while I was there I saw that the Fuchsia triphylla, bought last year and already considered dead, was still showing signs of life. Cleared around it and spread fertilizer carefully, but clearly not carefully enough, as this photo shows:

Somehow I managed to burn the new leaves anyway.


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Also spread some fertilizer, of which numerous plants appear to be in need, like this Pelargonium:


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On the other hand, we have the first water lilies, and the reborn Clematis “General Sikorski” is making up for lost time with multiple flowers:


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It's still much smaller than the Clematis “Edomurasaki”, but it's flowering more profusely. Hopefully we have that problem behind us.

There's now little doubt that the growths on the Strelitzia nicolai are flowers. Here's today's status:


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Waiting for mail? Or Godot?
Topic: general, opinion Link here

Seen while walking the dogs today:


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I wonder what the chair is there for.


Monday, 9 December 2019 Dereel Images for 9 December 2019
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Strelitziae!
Topic: gardening, opinion Link here

Our second Strelitzia reginae is flowering, once again with an atypical flower. Here the new one, then the still-flowering other one (there's a third that doesn't seem to want to flower):


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And it's becoming clear that the Strelitzia nicolai is also preparing to flower. The bud has changed angle and now looks more like the proportions of the Strelitzia reginae, though it's more than double the size. Here yesterday, then today:


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It seems that the flowers can be recognized early by the shape of the leaf at the end of the top spike:


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Preparing for Christmas
Topic: photography, animals, opinion Link here

We're working on this year's Christmas letter, which includes a photo of Yvonne, myself and as many animals as we can fit in. We tried the photo today.

Arranging the animals has always been “fun”, as has the choice of location. Today, somehow, we had more fun with the animals than normal. Here are some of the photos that didn't make it:


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Maybe it's time for photos with the horses this year.


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