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FloBear

Peat, I completely agree on gimmicky useless bits of kitchen kit and have had my share in the past. My partner is a sucker for shopping channels and every so often orders something that we really don't need - as long as he keeps it in his 'den' that's fine by me

Don't laugh but my garlic crusher has a special plastic thingy for poking the holes out all in one go

Peat B

I ken whit ye mean, but a plassy bag ferr a crushers hole poker is beyond belief !

I'm gannen back to ma toasted hot cross buns. I like hot buns, me !

SwissSue

Funny bubble, who blew you?

Peat B

I couldn't possibly comment !

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Erica938
Well I have added plants to my lovely pond so I'm hoping to get a few of peat Ballans frogs flitting to my gaff lol. My little pond debate made gardeners world mag this week very chuffed....yeah easily pleased. Thanks for all your advice I will keep you all updated on its progress :0)
chicky

Please do - it looks lovely, and will be great to see it as the seasons progress.  Here's hoping for froggies  (ok, not a frog, but at least its green!)

Peat B

The serious side of the frogy topic is, recently, with the unseasonably cold, VERY cold wether, the spawn has taken a reet battering. Frozen on the surface and it looks very mizz, by any standards. I peeped carefully at the stuff under the surface, and this sems to have survived the worst excesses. We now have adult frogs in several places around the lotty, and the signs are good, for a reasonable populaation after the amphib copulation.

 

The warmer weather has reached us in Northumberland ! Kalloo Kallay !

nutcutlet

If I don't pull some blanket weed off the pond I won't know what is going on in there.

Peat B

Sometimes, it just ain't right to peer under the blanket with all those frogs doing what frogs do so enthusiastically !

nutcutlet

Quite embarrassing really. 

SwissSue

You mean like this? Copulating toads being saved from chickenwire!


 

nutcutlet

I shall have to look the other way

Peat B

That's ANOTHER fine mesh you've got me in to !!!

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Fairygirl
Peat Ballan wrote (see)

That's ANOTHER fine mesh you've got me in to !!!

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Peat B

I think, now correct me if I'm wrong, but regarding a pond and the water therein, it is not necessariloy a 'good' thing to have clear water in it. It might look good, clean and all that, but it could be just that the pond is devoid of life. I always allow a goodly dollop of mud, crud and wotnot to be in the pond, for a natural balance. Creepy crawlies have their place in the scheme of things, and who am I to commit insecticide genocide. I actully worry when the water is crystal clear !

nutcutlet

It's only us that bothers about clear water Peat. But if it isn't clear you can't see the inhabitants.

Peat B

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, but, you KNOW that they're there !!!  You have to hear the music from Jaws, and imagine the terror that goes on in the deep. Life and death struggles, day and night, creepy crawlies with jaws agape, exoskeletal monsters waiting under the pondweed, stinging, leeching and draining the life fluids out of their prey. Do you REALLY want to watch all that ?

nutcutlet

That's the worry Peat. I've seen these animals. I've got a microscope.