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Can't believe I've beat Andy today, even though he's been cabbying.
Kef, people come to see you, not your house. I remember years back other friends commenting on my best friend's immaculate house. I truly never noticed. Should have done as most times, mine was a tip. It used to be a case of, 'where's the black bags cos I'm going to blitz the place'. Did have 3 kids at the time. These days, it's always OK.
Just reminded me that my shed is a mess. Was trying to find the sandpaper block couple of days back and it ended up that everything was chucked on the floor. I'd only put it in there the day before!! Best go and put everything back.
Don't know if any of you could help but do you have any insect repellant advice other than sprays. Seem to get a bite every time I go out in the garden. I'm already dressing for winter so not to show to much skin.
Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question.
KEF here's one i made in March out of secondhand wood bubble wrap inside and clear heavy plastic outside sliding door is shower glass for top of a bath done a lot of seeds in it this year works well.
Cold and wet in sheffield today. Will probably pot on some seedlings later but, first the OH says Ive beengood [ seems unlikely ] so we are going to GC and she will buy me a present.
Really looking forward to a busy weekend watching the Lions play and some late nights watching Glastonbury.
have a great day everyone.
Mmm that sounds a bit suspicious PD. Whose plastic will it go on?
Daisy, sorry, can't help. Some people seem to attract these little critters, like my daughter. Not sure what she uses though.
Andy that is some cold frame. Is it secured down well? Just thinking I might be passing one day
Don't get giddy punkdoc..I knew a girl whose husband said he'd buy her something to go out in that night if she went shopping with him. True to his word, it was nail varnish.
Daisy soz no help, I get bitten abroad but ok here. I think somewhere on forum I have read about something from Avon, some dry oil I think. Others will hopefully know.
Tina good luck in the shed, when you've done our garage needs attention.
Break time over, back to thrilling jobs....
Daisy , there are two things. The stuff from Avon is skin-so -soft oil. I believe its for the bath, but some people find if you rub it on your skin the bugs don't like it. And it has the added benefit of making your skin so soft
The other thing is to increase your vitamin b levels.
Marmite, vegemite, Vit B compound tablets, lots of green leafy veg. Vit B is water soluble so you need a regular supply as you pee any excess out of the body.
I won't be taking them then FB. Visit enough times as it is.
Son is laying turf in the pouring rain. He's happy, I'm happy and the garden will be happy. He did buy enough to returf half the garden though. Only really wanted 3 turfs and he bought 6. It's only money - my money.
Shed tidied Kef. Can you pick me up so I can do your garage?
Thanks FB and TT. The Avon thing was mentioned by KEF also. Will looking into purchasing some and increasing my Vit B intake.
Thank you all for your advice. I do not post much but always read the posts on this forum
This is a subject often discussed here. I rarely get bitten. Others often do. When I ask of they take sugar....tea, or have sweet tooth..they invariably say yes. I think this is a factor. Do you daiaymay take sugar?
I also think Vit B does play a part....my levels are high. My natural diet is high in Vit b....wholemeal bread, nuts, etc Caution: avoid brewers yeast. Good supplies of Vit b but .......what can I say? ......will produce "wind"
Punkdoc, enjoy your hectic weekend....lol. Hope we beat the Aussies again (have a feeling we won't though). Couple of friends and nephew are at Glastonbury, though my nephew wangled paramedic duties there too.
Tina, relax. ,you always seem so busy. Got to chauffeur someone now. Enjoy your day people
Verdun, you are joking aren't you. I'm the laziest person on this forum. I don't get bitten as I think I must be a bitter old bird.
Just having lunch. See what I mean.
Ok I'm the exception then Verd- got a sweet tooth but don't get bitten- even by our ravenous Scottish midges!
Which brings me to Daisy's query. Avon skin so soft is well known as an insect repellent and is widely used by hillwalkers up here- mainly because of the midges! Apparently they're now looking at developing it into an insect repellent because it works so well. You can actually buy it in locations where walkers stop - ie hotels, b&bs etc. Don't know if you can get it on their website but worth trying.
Never noticed your 2 for 3 offer Tina- but in my defence I didn't register that part of your post as I was only interested in what plants you'd bought.
Well - that's my story and I'm sticking to it....
Back now, jobs done inside.
Tina I'm on my way.
Gentlemen cover your ears..I used to get chomped badly but after I passed my sell by date I don't seem to get many at all when on hols. Never been bothered in UK.
Verdun I'm not a bun face, but I'd have thought sugar in alcohol coming out of pores on holiday would attract them.
Hope we get visitors in next few days or I might have to clean again next week
Wot can I say?....just a simple Cornishman. Wot do I know?
You certainly know how to create a great garden
Daisymay3: have you considered 'essential oils?
My wife was a professional aromatherapist. Her skin was very fair and fine textured and therefore vulnerable to insects so she used to make up her own insect repellant using essential oils. I have just found the following in one of her old books Practical Aromatherapy by Shirley Price:
Insect Repellant Massage Oil: Eucalyptus: Peppermint: Cedarwood in the proportions of 12, 6, 6 drops respectively mixed in a suitable medium (carrier oil) before massaging the body. Shirley Price recommends grape seed oil as a carrier - it is clear, fine, odourless and inexpensive.
As many of the essential oils are quite potent you should get professional advice from a qualified aromatherapist if you decide to go down this route, however.
Good morning all dry and bright here just now but not to warm just at tea & toast before taken son and friends to Ayrshire to play bowls then am back and into the garden. Going to change a chipped plant area into a fully soiled planting area got wood to raise the height to put more soil on it so hope it stays dry have a good day all.
Morning Andy. Weather hete ditto. In fact ditto for breakfast.
Lunching with a friend, and then hopefully gardening. I've an area that needs digging and composting and then I might put my 'gifted" dahlias in it, or might leave them in pots out of slugs way, and put something else in. Decisions..too early to decide, better do the job first. Have also a couple of perennial poppies to put in, dunno what colours they are so it will be pot luck what they look like when they flower.
Have a good day all.
Morning Andy and KEF. Looks nice out. I'll have a snooze then out to potter.
Everyone enjoy your day
Morning Andy and KEF- are all these lazybones still in their beds....
Would be ditto for me re breakfast but just had a pain au chocolat- well it's the weekend and I have to spend a couple of hours with my sister so I need something to keep me going!
It's to rain later Andy so hope you get your project well under way before that- bowls in the rain too...it'll hit Ayrshire before us...
Enjoy lunch KEF- it's ok, the gardening works it off so get stuck in!