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The unique approach to ecological restoration described in this book will appeal to anyone interested in improving the ecological conditions, biological diversity, or productivity of damaged wildlands. Using sound ecological principles, the author describes how these ecosystems are stabilized and directed toward realistic management objectives using natural recovery processes rather than expensive subsidies. An initial emphasis on repairing water and nutrient cycles, and increasing energy capture, will initiate and direct positive feedback repair systems that drive continuing autogenic recovery. This strategy is most appropriate where landuse goals call for low-input, sustainable vegetation managed for biological diversity, livestock production, timber production, wildlife habitat, watershed management, or ecosystem services. No other book provides such a comprehensive strategy for the ecological restoration of any wildland ecosystem, making this an invaluable resource for professionals working in the fields of ecological restoration, conservation biology and rangeland management.
When Kat fulfils her dream of running a cat sitting business little did she know that using a dead squirrel to entice a flea-ridden cat indoors; being dive-bombed by a demonic budgie and stumbling across one client's shocking boudoir secrets would form part and parcel of her daily duties.
The Opening Chapter features Nanda, a huge Norwegian Forest cat whose party piece consists of impersonating a heavy fur stole on a sizzling summer's day. Unexpected water-related behaviour, a muddy bottom and embarrassing sweat patches are all consequences of Kat and Nanda's first expedition.
Chapter 2 takes Kat into the home of ageing musician Griff and his family of five rock-star named felines who live in glorious harmony; not a word that can be used to describe his tribute band 'Grunts 'n Posers'. Whilst Griff is on the road, Kat enjoys a wonderful summer with the cats and their amazing collection of wooden erections, though a broken egg spells disaster...
Fur, feathers and hairless tails all feature in Chapter 3 which focuses on unusual cat companions. There's ferocious cat Fortune and her surrogate kitten, a rat called Herbert; a large, loved-up hound called Marx and the object of his devotion, Groucho, a grumpy Persian cat. A budgie called Crazy, takes hostility to new heights and chickens also prove problematical as Kat tries to coax them into their coup, watched with bemusement by brothers Biscuit and Barrel.
Chapter 4 sees Kat putting a dead squirrel to good use in an effort to persuade a menacing moggie to come indoors. If only she'd thought about the fleas first.
In Chapter 5 Kat visits Squidge, a cat besotted with lava lamps and who, manages to charm the local constabulary. Elliott, Kat's husband creates an alarm disaster; and then there's the dreaded 'Pants Flat'...
Kat gets a shock in Chapter 6 as a Snake called Sydney, dark lipstick and thigh-length PVC boots all point to one thing in the home of Gordon and Camilla.
Chapter 7 features nosey neighbours. There's Darren, the obsessively tidy teenager; meddling Marjorie who has marriage in mind for Kat and her cake-loving son Bernard; Petronella who takes her duties as an army reservist almost as seriously as she does her platoon of pussy-cats, and Kitty and Meg, a lovely pair of tipsy twins with a surprising past.
In Chapter 8 Kat puts 'operation poo eradication' into place as she deals with Twiggy's 'nervous tummy.
Veterinary visits are occupational hazards for Kat who, in Chapter 9 is humiliated by the embarrassingly named Catywampus and tormented by worry over accident prone Smarty's latest misadventure. What she hadn't bargained for was being the centre of her very own car crash catastrophe.
Chapter 10 illustrates the lengths to which Kat has to go to cater for her more finicky felines. As well as discovering luxury foods that would delight the most discerning food critic, Kat delves into the world of raw food recipes and hand-feeding.
The Final Chapter, Drooly Madly Deeply, describes the precious moments Kat shares with her geriatric cat clients: Polly who spends her time holding court on the sofa; Boo with his intense stare and list of set requirements for Kat's visits, and Kitzie who's relationship with Kat for the first three and a half years was based on mutual ignoring...until one day it all changed.
Some elements of the book have foundations of truth (based on my own experiences as a cat-sitter) which have been elaborated and embellished and others are completely fictional.
The book describes in clear and understandable language what baptism means in a Presbyterian church. Davison discusses the sacramental aspects of baptism, the symbolic meaning of water, baptism in the name of God, the baptismal (Apostles') creed, and how baptism leads to service.
This book has many uses. It can be given to candidates for baptism and the parents of children to be baptised. It can also used in church school classes, study groups, or in any setting where Presbyterians desire to understand the biblical, theological, and practical aspects of baptism.
Alternatives in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning highlights the issues related to ozone layer depletion and global warming due to use of conventional cooling technologies and refrigerants in the field of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC). It describes, simulates and analyzes the alternate technologies and alternate refrigerants from energy and exergy point of view. The unconventional and alternative refrigeration technologies viz. Vapor Absorption Refrigeration, Vapor Adsorption Refrigeration, Evaporative Cooling, Desiccant Cooling, Thermoelectric Refrigeration, Thermo Acoustic Refrigeration, Ejector Cooling, Vortex Tube Refrigeration Systems and Metal Hydride Refrigeration etc. are explored in the subject matter of this book. The combined or integrated approach of some technologies to enhance the performance, waste heat utilization or to increase the arena of its use is also discussed. This book will cater to the needs of the RAC community from the point of view of feasible futuristic options in this area. This book will also serve as a text book for postgraduate students especially of thermal and energy engineering stream and useful to the teachers, researchers, and practicing engineers.
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