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Sounds a great plan Verdun, pity we Provo my won't see before and after pics knowing you, we'll just use our imaginations instead.
Never mind man shed Clari , my mrs g lovely girly gorgeous garden arches arrive on friday, whoo whoo. Hope OH enjoys his shed and lets you have some peace, he might just not notice an extra GH arriving while he's in the shed!
Glad you had a good day dove.
BL what a lovely pic, captures a wonderful moment, family and blubell combination.
Panda, sounds like a good day at work, hope your smiles up to it.
woody, I've got hundreds if self seeded alliums (well that's what I thi k they are!). Left them alone until last week when really needed to dig bed over, so potted them up, what should I expect them to do? Flower or not while next year? Over winter?
Oh btw morning all! Must get out of bed...

Love heleniums too - only have two varieties, but they flower for ages in my reddy/orange bit of border.  Moorheim beauty and Sahins early, for those who like particulars

Still in bed too Mrs G .  Although have been for a GH check and garden wander.  Then came back to bed, which is probably even worse.  Still, next week this forker will be back to her 6.30am posts, so might aswell enjoy whilst i can

Nearly ready for breakfast now chicky. Then we will go and get my mum and visit the farm at sons request. There's also a fishing lake, ducks and an old but still used mill nearby, just depends what mums legs are up to today.

Hurrumph, some paperwork for Aged Ps has arrived which really needs to be sorted today!!!  

Orchid Lady

Morning All 

Welcome back Lizzie, sounds like you had a lovely time and a great pic 

Panda, have a good day.

I'm determined to get through my garden things to do list today, starting with the removal of the privet toto which is stopping me doing anything at the end of the established border!!  Need OH's help on that one.........which is why it hasn't got done. 


The potty gardener

Morning all,

Like you Chicky making the most of not having to be up early.

Dove have something nice to do to treat yoursef when paperwork has been done- a sit in the sunshine if nothing else.

Verdun it would be so good to see pics of your garden.

Sorry to those of you stuck inside today

Everyone else enjoy the sun


Mrs G - Oh he'll notice the extra green house appearing! For starts he's "agreed" to lay the paving slabs (about 50 of them in total) so that I can rotate the current greenhouse by 90 degrees and have them side by side (means less glass will be on view from the house). He's also decided that when he lifts the paving up the length of the garden to install electricity and internet to his Man Shed he'll use these as the green house bases and put new ones down the path so they match the ones that poke out from under his shed. which at least means that he wont be able to put the Green Houses off too long (although I'd happily wait until the frosts are over as once we dismantle the first to prepare the areas my chilli's and tomatoes will be rather prone) as its in his best interest to get the electricity up there so the kettle can be installed!

The chaps arrived to deliver and assemble it at 08:30 this morning and my last update about 20 minutes ago was that the roof was almost on.

Your arches are arriving on Good Friday? Looks like we know what you'll be up too over the Easter weekend!


Can anyone recommend a company to hire a Rotavator from? At the moment its looking cheaper to buy a second hand one than hire something for the weekend.


Clari, we are lucky as BIL works for hss(the yellow logo) and we get such fun equipment from him for free! Still waiting for him to organise a chain saw though, him and OH don't seem to realise it'll have to wait til leaves have dropped again if they don't get a move on! Not really, it's mainly for the dead tree but did want to cut budleias right back and tackle the apple trees as well.


Tea & toast being consumed.

Sounds like a lot of projects going on

Soz' Clari no help with a rotavator. 

Lovely pic' Lizzie.




Hope they managed to extract blood without too many problems KEF!! Enjoy your tea and toast

Orchid Lady

Exfiting about your man shed Clari  How's the 'diet' going, can you eat more now and are you still feeling ok?

Never hired a  rotivator so can't help sorry, OH can't find his lump hammer though for this blasted root!!!


I posted several pics last summer.    Will post again this summer if only to show off my agastaches, salvias. Etc.   ...oh! And the grasses of course    Always a little "shy" (ah! ) about posting pics but I realise we all like to share our gardens here so definitely will do that 

Chicky, Moreheim and sahins were good for me too last year.....will be cutting back this spring, prob late May, to encourage sturdier plants. 

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Exfiting about your man shed Clari  How's the 'diet' going, can you eat more now and are you still feeling ok?

Never hired a  rotivator so can't help sorry, OH can't find his lump hammer though for this blasted root!!!

OL - I've added wheat / gluten / yeast back into the mix and am still having random flares ups that are quite the puzzle (I was also having these while on the rabbit food diet) I also near instantly gained back the 3lb I lost on the rabbit food mix so one of all of those is / are going on the "limited" list to see if we can keep the bloat to a minimum. Interestingly I do feel more tired now I've added those back despite now getting over a 1000 calories a day up from my 400 - 600 a day. How odd! I am finding that it is best to have several small meals (i.e. half what you'd normally have) scattered throughout the day rather than "shock" your body with three a day. This does rather lead to unhealthy choices when snacking though (good job I can't have chocolate yet!) So I really need to get back in the kitchen and make some tasty treats to keep me from prying open the fridge door too often. I also need to get a smaller plate and bowl to show my partner what I mean by half measures as if he cooks he insists on filling our bowls and plates to the top and I find myself unconsciously eating more than I should!

This weekend we're off to the families so it'll be interesting to see how much melodrama they can cause at meal times. If it were my parents we were staying with at least I'd be able to prepare my own food but kitchens are a little political in his families households!

Still I am very grateful that it could be much worse - both health and family!

Orchid Lady

Glad to hear you aren't suffering too much,well not with the good anyway, and I hoe you can get to the bottom of it soon.  OH's families, who'd have them LOL 

Orchid Lady

 It's out, at last!!! Thanks to my 2 big boys  Soil conditioner going on now and then I can plant and finish my border, yippee 


Orchid Lady

Anyone heard from Stacey?  Not seen her for a whole, hope all is ok.


That's quite the monster OL!

I have to remind myself that things could be worse OL - I'm still able to work full time which is good, I know these "conditions" can be quite literally crippling.

And of course at least we don't live next door to the in-laws!

star gaze lily

Hi everyone, hope you've all had a good day.

Work not too bad, butit was ratbags day off.

Thats a whopper of a root OL.

Dove hope paperwork not too trying, hope all done and now relaxing by your pond.

Kef hope tests went ok.

Not heard from Stacey since she mention purchase of large paddling pool for LO.


What busy people you've all been today. I've done nothing outside as I had a busy day at work and I've had other things to do re the extension. Progress being made, but first quote is so far beyond what I've got saved it would require me to sell my body or something ......doubt I'd get much for it anyway.  

Lovely pic BL. 

Woody - that's the best kind of loveliness - 'free, gratis and for nothing' as my Dad used to say  

Should really go and make dinner.


Just the briefest of pop ins, Fairy you can sell my right foot if it helps, crap toe with bust nail

Time for proper food steak and salad..yipee for teeth