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Morning all. Sorry about your cat Maud.
We are off to explore Southern Dordogne today. B&B tonight. But forecast is light rain and it's cloudy. Been hot and sunny the last 2 days.
Put on 2lbs whn we were in England, now lost it because of all the gardening that needed catching up. Weeds grow so fast, we were only away 10 days.
Haven't had May GW yet. I get in late because of being in France. Hope it comes because subscription ran out, missed March, bought April in England, but OH paid sub end March.
Morning everyone left. Has been raining but as it was overnight, that's OK. Sun just appearing.
So sorry to hear about your cat Maud but good news about your Dad. That must have been a relief.
Not too sure what to do today. Need to get focused - one job at a time. Difficult sometimes isn't it. Must prioritise - brekkie first.
No work today Fairygirl? Seems you are having some pretty awful weather. I do think I'm lucky living in the SE as we do seem to fare better weatherwise. Will pop out in a while to see whether the rain has done anything to help my clay earth. One minute shoes thick with mud, next thing earth like rock. Just can't win.
No work today Tina- well just in the house
Clay's a pain when it's like that but great once you get it opened up and some grit etc into it.
Sleet and hail showers today and sun in between..not sure if I should put my little baby plants out
Yes, I really ought to put the hoover round but just feel that's not that important. Can write in the dust too. Who cares.
Grit is on my list, when someone will take me to GC. Was hoping son still at home could find an hour tomorrow to pop me to get all the items on my growing list but last night he said he was playing football from 9-3 and Sunday's out because he goes climbing. Having difficulty speaking to him at the moment. It's times like this that I wish I hadn't stopped driving.
Perhaps best to leave baby plants for a few more days. Better safe than sorry.
think I need to dig again today as my new beds have gone rock hard my raised bed is as easy to dig as a sandpit that hasn't been walked on. unfortunately rain is here on and off today (currently on) maybe today is one for waterproofs and wellys. weather forecasts are quite conflicted. Irish weather seems to be going for a cold snap while bbc and accuweather have cool days and showers with hot sunny spells inbetween who do you trust?
I've been selective about putting them out and gradually giving them longer if weather suits but there's just no point today. I've not done too many seeds as I've nowhere to put them apart from pots and I don't want to buy too many just now.
B****y kids eh? Have you thought of finding a gravel supplier and getting it delivered Tina? Even B&Q or some of the builders merchants. Would probably be easier and if you need a lot you can get a bulk bag which is so much cheaper anyway.
Hoovering? What's that?...
I'm still here. Hi Blackest. If I don't hurry and get outside, nothing will get done. Never garden when it's wet or cold.
Good idea Fairgirl. Just need to get behind the shed finished and will then give that some thought. Have to think how to get the bag to the end of the garden. Can't rely on you-know-who.
I'm gone - honest.
TT bulk bags are the best way if you can get them delivered. hihabs have a crane arm which can get some of the way but even if it comes down to getting a load tipped on the driveway and wheel barrowed round to where you want it. it's still going to be a lot cheaper than buying 25kg or less bags which still need dragging round to where you want them. Even a trailer load would do you better. Probably find there are a few blokes around that would shift a bit of gravel for a day fairly cheaply.
Absolutely blackest, I had a load delivered outside a previous house on pavement and barrowed it round to where I needed it. Took a while but way cheaper than bags as you say. Bog standard gravel in usual bag size is £5 or £6 here. No use if you need a path done or to top dress beds.
Started raining again. Not sure whether I'm pleased or not. Does mean I have a rest. Weeded and edged all down one border and dug loads of buttercups out of new bed. Have allowed it to just creep across the back but am regretting it now. Can I kill it off with anything without damaging my magnolia tree?
At the moment, the thought of wheelbarrowing grit from, what would have to be, outside house into back garden is too daunting a task. Even 10 years ago, I wouldn't have thought twice, but wouldn't be able to manage it now. Got an 18 year old grandson, but no joy there either.
Where have I gone wrong.
Thanks though to you both for your advice. Will have a think about it.
Might just have to do a bit of housework, emphasis on 'might'.
Maybe your grandson has a friend who has time on his hands. Who wouldn't mind making a few quid. probably end up with your grandson doing it for you.
Tina-I know the feeling. Blackest is right-try grandson's mates.
Not easy on your own is it? My body just can't do stuff anymore!
Stop making up your own jokes now....
Sod the housework Tina..
You could always advertise for a nice little 'houseboy' to do the chores...
very late, had swimming then lots of other stuff. Bright sun at the mo but have had this all day interspersed with heavy hail showers so not feeling like going outside. Probably won't harm to leave it all alone for a day.
Don't fancy the housework either
Much cheaper to have a big bag delivered, have done that with top soil and with gravel. Yes it is a hassle wheeling it from front to back but the money saved.......
Hi Matty-hope you feeling ok today.
Should we start a 'sod the housework' thread?
Our hail seems to have eased up thankfully. might put the baby plants out for a bit now.
I have actually hoovered thru lounge and hall and dusted. Found carpet wasn't brown/grey after all. Took longer to think about than to do. Did not move furniture.
You rest too Matty. I think we all overdo it once we get a bit of good weather. Just that constant urge to do something after doing nothing for so long. Well, in my case anyway.
I'm still peeved about lack of help. Mustn't dwell on it too much.
Re your buttercups Tina-they are a pain and quite tricky to pull up cos of the runners. I'm infested with them here. I think you could use weedkiller if you're careful- what about those gel types? On a still day you could probably get into it quite easily with a spray even if you leave a bit round the magnolia and yank that out. Stick a bit of membrane round the base of it and mulch and you should be sorted!
The new houseboy'll do it for you...
Just brought seedlings in-hailstones and 7 degrees just now...
Patio is white..
Might get plants out by about July at this rate!
Thanks FG. At present, they cover a large area of empty ground where the tree is and have spread to the new bed. I quite like them when they are out so might just try and curtail their growth to just under the Magnolia. At least it's better than bare ground.
Shame about your weather. Threw it down at 3.30 just as all the kids were coming out of school but has been sunshine ever since.
You need to move.