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I know Gilly - I feel the same. I had a little female cat who was an unbelievably good hunter but of course it meant she caught stuff and brought it back. She'd sit at the edge of a field all day waiting for shrews etc. and one day came in with one -still alive - which promptly disappeared into the hall cupboard and took up residence! We had no hope of catching it and just had to wait till it found it's way back outside a day or two later - still in one piece fortunately
I suppose the problem with nature is that we can't always pick and choose what comes in no matter how hard we try!
Forgot to mention next doors cat took a small grass snake into their lounge recently..........
hysterical screaming at out door "Help,there,s a snake in my front room"...........and there was ,about 6 inches long,more dead than alive,contained under a washing up bowl.
Hi everyone again, back indoors after garden finally put to bed for the great day. Don't uncross those fingers yet but latest forecast is "less bad" than before . Just been to cream tea in neighbouring village for Marie Curie, now feet up for an hour before indoor stuff takes over. Nice piece of pork to cook tonight with pepper sauce, and Rioja. See you on the other thread later. Thanks.
HI Woody - enjoy your little break - dinner sounds excellent! Cream tea sounded even better
Keeping all fingers, toes and anything else crossed for you for tomorrow. You've worked very hard -hope everyone that comes appreciates it. You'll need more of that Rioja when it's all over and you relax!
Gilly- what can you do- townies....
You may not appreciate how encouraging you have all been. It's been a real motivator knowing that you have all been keeping a watchful eye on me, and that who knows what your response would have been had I bottled it. Now the slog is over I can enjoy my garden and gardening to the full.
WW - I was driving to visit my Aged Ps this morning through the most awful hail and thunderstorm, traffic all crawling at 20 mph - and all the time I was thinking "Well, hopefully we've got it instead of WW"
Glad I dashed out before I left and put some canes arround some floppy perennials
Woody we love you anyway, and it would have made no difference whether you'd 'bottled it' or not. I'd never be able to cope with the stress of doing it- if I was wearing a hat,I'd be taking it off to you right now
Wish I could visit tomorrow but it's just a bit too far away
Off to shops now
If all our wishes come true, you will have a fantastic day tomorrow WW. I'll be pleased to be able to uncross everything. Getting somewhat awkward.
I think you're an absolute star for putting yourself through all this work and, no doubt, anxiety. No matter what, you should be proud of yourself. I know I couldn't do it.
Like FG, I only wish I could make it too, but apart from the distance, I will be out of commission tomorrow.
RE cats, did anyone see the news the other day on that camera survey about cats? they were saying that cats didn`t predate on birds, mice, etc etc as much as they thought. 50 cats followed for a week, 20 dead animals, but then considering there are 10 million cats in the UK and 52 weeks per year i would say that`s quite a lot when cats are a non native species.
Never did think much of these surveys Fred. I don't think we need a survey to tell us what we already know, do you?
Morning all sky overcast but forecast good for the day yesterday was a terrible day for weather and me also but feeling a lot better today. It's tea & toast then outside did very little yesterday today am going to build a frame for sides and roof and put clear visqueen on it for the 12ftx2ft planter i built so i can open the sides when weather is good then put tomato plants in grow bags in it. But first it's the graveyard as it's father's day to put down some flowers for my old pal who sadly passed away 21 month ago miss him big time we went everywhere together but have to be strong like he was in life have a good day all.
Good morning all
It's a sad day for some isn't it? Especially for the family of my dear friend who lost their father much too early a couple of weeks ago
Sounds like a good idea for those tomatoes Andy - have you got room for mine too?
Good morning Andy & all.
Glad that you're feeling better today Andy. Father's Day will be tough for you and a lot of us. I do think that if you have good memories, which you have, it helps. I'll be taking a wander down the garden to say hello to "Roy" Rose, dunno what it is but it always makes me think of Dad, he loved grafting & showing roses.
Had plenty of rain overnight and it looks like more to come. Got the first flower on my courgettes and lunchbox cucumbers have plenty of tiny ones on.
Hope everyone has a good day & Happy Father's Day to all you Dad's out there.
Looks like a good day for Woodgreen's open gardens. A good day for getting a few more plants out of pots and into the garden here.
And we've got the last of the over-wintered lettuces to do something with before planting the courgettes out into the raised bed.
I think an adaptation of this http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1659/?utm_expid=13353178-7&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F will go well with some slow-roast shoulder of lamb don't you?
Looks very nice Dove. Please report back as to taste. I love Lamb cooked with garlic, lemon, wine & oregano, bit like Greek Kleftiko...mmm..mmm
GOOD LUCK TODAY WOODY
Good morning everybody.
Looks damp and set for the day.
Did my torch and salt solution mission last night. Not too many but most dahlias had a slug or two on them. Silly creatures aren't they? They keep coming back to the same plant. Hostas and most others though uneaten....so far
Keep being optimistic Andy....it's a real roller coaster ride of emotions isn't it?
some echinaceas were about to flower and to the dismay of a visitor, I removed the flowers ...pinching back. I want flowers and lots of them so it's only a delay of a few weeks
I've cooked it before KEF, but with Little Gems or big Cos lettuces - it's delish!!!
And yes, that's the plan for the lamb - sort of a Norfolk-ised version of Kleftiko
I've just had a thought - have you noticed more and more recipes appearing in GW mag? Maybe they'd give us some cooking-type smileys? Chef smileys, and licking lips smileys, and hungry smileys We do talk about food a lot on here .....
Hi Nut and all friends...yes it looks as if weather is going to be good (enough).
Thanks, I'm going outside for a bit, and may be some time............
Good luck WW - may the sun shine on you and your garden today