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18/02/2013 at 20:00

Don't say that she'll need more knitting - next size up. Thing is they don't want pink or baby looking stuff and it's tricky.

Uni challenge now - shows how clever OH is and i'm not usually

18/02/2013 at 20:14

Am back again. Glad poorly Forkers are slowly improving.

I can hear that b****y boiler again!! Noway is it some sort of overload, 'so please have more radiators 'on full' '. OH contacting manufacturers later this week, but I shall phone head engineer again tomorrow & play merry hell & demand that manufacturer gets involved pronto! Bet he'll be out when I get to phone as I've got things to do tomorrow as well.

Becks- I think, pretty sure, those bulbs are bluebells. probably of the thuggish Spanish variety. Mine are already showing up here.

Dean- I could do with your help re daughter's garden. Joking, but seriously it's going to be one hell of a learning curve & a lot of graft!

The adjacent neighbours are gardeners, their veg patch made me drool, & nosey with it. Having said that, they're going to pull out for us the 2 wheely bins we've filled already. T'other side keep chucks, & the next dr to them as well. Soil is boggy, but apparently very fertile & the original owner had loads of muck delivered/used every yr for yrs!

I hard pruned a large budlea & a rose, attacked a wayward Pyracantha, cut out dead wood from a spreading Azalea. There's loads of huge brambles, moss, couch grass, ivy everywhere. Identified several things, not all. Not many bulbs though. Was told about the 2 Bramley apple trees & the pear. No, not a stream at the one side, just very, very damp- moorgrass clumps everywhere. Several miserable shrubs, not just needing maintenance, just totally inappropriate for their site. We shall decide about those as time goes on.

Discovered that the wall of the semi-derilect garage is actually the boundary 'wall', but it's demolision will have to wait until funds permit. In the meantime I've attacked & almost cleared the bed in front of the patio/side of garage. That is going to be a good 'bog' garden I think as, to add to the soils' drainage problems, there is no guttering from the 'garage' roof, so extra dampness. I've got lots of the ivy out of there, cut the honeysuckle to the ground, it'll come back, but we can train it properly. Almost removed the deciduous berberis that we dont want there, totally the wrong place & anyway there's another down the bottom of the garden. The compost bin- pallets- is full with either leafmould or well rotted compost, so that'll get used up in my effort to try & improve the soil there.

I think we may have to 'get a man & van/skip' in as there is lots of rubble everywhere. Quite dangerous walking in overgrown stuff when you're not sure actually what is beneath.

Pointed out to daughter that the bottom, say third, of the garden is going to be in part-shade because of the chicken-keeping neighbours Lawson, plus tatty tree house, being just adjacent to the fence. There's also a mature Horse Chestnut overhanging  the far side of the 'gardeners' fence- much to their disgust. I did fight my way to check out the state of the very back fence panels & they actually felt quite solid & have shrubs (?) growing on the other side of them, so access from a roadway behind there is going to be restricted- good.

All in all, I foresee a lot of hard graft, me, but once I've got my head around a sunny, damp garden instead of a dry, shadey one, it'll be fine. Have already taken up her tools, they were my Mum's, her blue plastic trug & an older pair of loppers & secataurs to leave, so I dont have to cart stuff up there everytime I go.

Whilst I was outside, having taken a picnic lunch for us all on both days, they were changing locks, painting, doing all sorts inside. I've washed 2 sets of curtains this evening & they'll go outside here tomorrow.

Now to

18/02/2013 at 20:15

A choice of viewing at 9- fluffy bunny penguins- or a documentary about life in prison

18/02/2013 at 20:16

What.......? Obviously rambled on far too long.....

Going to frighten myself even more reading up on apple tree pruning now. J.

18/02/2013 at 20:22
You have been busy Jo!!

A day of washing and tidying for me. Lovely to have washing out on the line but not so lovely to look at the huge pile to iron.
18/02/2013 at 20:29

Jo that is not a posting that is a blog-you should start a blog-

-called a "blog from a bog"

Picked out your bedroom yet?

18/02/2013 at 20:32

Jo you coudn't have had REST. but I am sure you will still have it tamed

I find the RHS is really good for pruning. I have their book and made it tatty using it while pruning. My son gave mt it - RHS book of fruit and vegetables - as a 'bible'

18/02/2013 at 20:39

What's with smiley gate ....
18/02/2013 at 20:43

Wont need a bedroom there Geoff, it's not that far away, but just far enough....

I think it's the fear of the unknown re the fruit tree maintenance. Daughter isnt totally sure that she wants to keep them, but they are so old & interesting to look at it would be a real shame not to try. But it's not my garden, so who knows, she's agreed to leave them for now.

This morning we were all taking painkillers! Daughter's hand & arm from painting the ceilings/walls, OH's hips playing up again & me with what a footballer would call a 'groin injury' from all the stretching etc I'd done. So what did I do today? More gardening/pruning      . Never learn. J.

18/02/2013 at 20:44

I am so jealous of her apple trees jo!

18/02/2013 at 20:45

Hi Nola! Stayed up especially to say "Hello"

Jo! Without your rambling, things on here would never be the same!

OH, a bit under the weathe today! reason for being up so late, but she's feeling better now! Loves her films, so just downloaded "Skyfall" on big telly in big room!  for her enjoyment, although I say I don't do telly! That is one film I'd love to watch!  So look's like gardening shall be sidelined tomoz, n a large box of popcorn shall be bought on the way home from work tomorrow!  Goodnight All!

18/02/2013 at 21:02

Night Dean.

18/02/2013 at 21:08

Aaw- has he gone without a story again?

Evening Nola

Where have you been Bunny?

18/02/2013 at 21:14
Evening all! It is lovely to have a bit more time to pop in and have a browse round!!
18/02/2013 at 21:21
Been catching up with posts Geoff fighting talk out there
18/02/2013 at 21:23

Evening all  I have been got at.  Some weird deathly music on laptop and then loads of scary voices saying ''you've got mail '' Sorted now but no idea where it came from . Any ideas ?

Sorry , Hello everyone.

18/02/2013 at 21:25
Lol jean , have you changed your settings or put the volume on ? , I have my things on mute generally unless occasionally OH uses them and flicks volume on ...the I get a fright
18/02/2013 at 21:31

No Bunny . Haven't downloaded anything either. Just reading posts and then a funeral march played in the background followed by all that gobbolody - gook.

Very weird. I thought of a certain someone at first.

18/02/2013 at 21:35
Hehe I have no idea who someone is not read all posts missed yet.. Maybe the computer buffs will know. I've had on iPad with ads but nothing else.
18/02/2013 at 21:45

Jean-I would do a restart and then see if it happens again