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Frank, after learning of your experiences with some of the old piston-engined classics,perhaps I will go back to one of my early loves - boats......or do you have some bad moments with them? Maybe we should all stick to our gardens and allotments, which should be relatively safe - or has somebody got a tale or two to prove otherwise?

Dmball, "err" did you say boats, well apart from pushing Chesil beach another mile out to sea when Stationed at Wyke Regis, they are not too bad.
A couple of bad periods in the Bay of Biscay, A Med storm best forgotten and a North Sea storm the worst I have ever seen that sent the ferry we were on from Hamburg nearly to Iceland as we rode it out.
Apart from that nothing to write home about.

Still a lovely day here though the sun is now going.


The box said light rain here in the NW - not - it's been relentless again this evening.


Too right Zoomer & it's been blowing in from a different direction to normal as we dont usually hear it on our back windows. J.

Don't know about your part of the NW Jo, but the tree's are losing their leaves here, a true sign autumn has arrived. I usually like autumn, there's something calming seeing the change of colour in the landscape but it seems to have happened over night.



well yesterday got worse and worse.. by nightfall it was howling a hooley and throwing it down all night.. and today is not much better.. short heavy showers and strong winds..

Stockton heavy rain says yon tha box, wrong, brilliant sunshine at 07:30 this morning mainly blue sky above with an odd drift of cloud now at 10:00 hours.
Have some bags of bulbs to plant up and may have a look around the nursery up the road, they do have good plants.



Nr Lincoln.

Beautiful morning here, the box says Sunny/clear, so they are right!

Cosmos and other annuals are going on the compost heap today, and I too have got bulbs to plant, mainly in pots as I have loads in the garden already.

Have a good day whatever you're up to.



Its a lovely sunny morning here in Halifax, I have some Alium bulbs to sort out and I thought I would have a go at some paper white narcissi for xmas  They look lovely in the photo and video online. 




I bought some paperwhite last weekend after seeing MD planting them for Xmas, I bet the sales of them have shot up as a result.



I hate the smell of paperwhites! Sorry.

Here in Manchester it's sunny, windy & lots of black clouds around. Hadnt any garden plans for today, bulbs will get done tomorrow.

Zoomer, yes Autumn is here. Am leaving the tomato plants in the greenhouse for a bit longer this year- too much else happening to get round to sorting them- but dont expect much more ripening of fruit, unless we get sun daily for a lot of days!

We now have heating again! Bliss. J.

Alina W

I'm another one who hates the smell of paperwhites! I do have some bulbs to plant in pots, though - like Jo, the garden is full

Am wondering how to weight my hyacinths - last year they climbed out of the pot. And no, the soil wasn't compacted, nor were they "screwed" into the surface.

Weather - undecided. Showers this morning, dry at the moment.

So far weve only had sunshine but im sure when its time for me to go out it will rain. When i was in hospital my Dad and the Wicked Stepmother bought me in a bowl of hyacinths smelt lovely to start with but at night it was so overpowering i gad to put them outside. nice thought but hopefully never again


I dont bother with indoor forced Hyacinths anymore either. I always felt guilty when they'd finished & needed disposal. I did over the yrs plant a lot out in the garden & they do reliably return every year, smaller than previous, but the smell outside is fine.

Yes the majority of my bulbs also going into pots. I cant remember where there are gaps, apart from the 'new' beds. So some will go in there direct, but with some netting protection because of the blooming squirrels around here. J.

found a load of peanuts in their cases when i was clearing up in the garden and always finding small trees usually chesnuts all around the garden. My cats dont seem to chase them away perhaps they are too big better with a mouse.


Another day of rain. It's made the day a lot shorter with dark clouds early evening.

I've bulbs still to plant in pots, the one's saved from last year went out in the garden last month mainly daffs and crocus. I've alliums, dwarf tulips and fritillary new for this year.

There are still lots of unripe toms in the GH, think I'll be leaving them a little whille longer too,I'm contemplating making green chutney or relish although relish doesn't seen to save as long as chutney . 


The sun has got its hat on, hip, hip, hip hooray!



The sun has got his hat on and he's coming out to play. Do de do, do de do :- )

Stockton today sunny and clear, true little box, I drove along route 66 into Ironopolis as was, now shopalolacis with very poor parking so we all go to Teasdale instead.
Azure sky and lovely sunshine, crazy drivers, shoppers belting round beating you up with their trolleys why do I bother, probably because there is a need to eat?!!
Coming back it was so clear to the west you could make out Scar-gill High Moor across the Dales but also a bank of cloud heading South, probably on its way to Halifax?
Well it did stop me planting bulbs yesterday so some one elses turn, I should get a clear run at it after a light lunch.



Afternoon Frank. Not been totally dry here in Manchester . Several short sharp showers, yes with good sunny spells in between.

Shall have to tumble the washing- again- but it did mean that I went into the greenhouse to pick the final tomatoes & remove the plants. That means I have a clear space under cover to do my bulb pots!

Not going to overwinter anything in there this year, so the clean out can be as & when & no need to do the insulation either! 1 less job! J.