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Posted: Yesterday at 20:25

Re-assembled the bed for the guest room today - tricky. Been putting away sheets and towels. Went to Sainsbury's this afternoon for food supplies and bits and pieces.

Had fish, asparagus (on special offer) and flatbreads with cheese and red onion in them.

Tomorrow we are going to London by train to see the Painting Gardens exhibition at the Royal Academy with Matty and her OH. Anyone remember Matty from here? We've been friends since then and she's stayed with me in France and I've stayed with her in the West Country.


Posted: Yesterday at 09:51

Morning all. Frosty here this morning. -5° on the north facing patio at 8am, -1° now. Car was white with frost on the South side, defrosted now.

Man should be coming this morning to install water meter.

IKEA sofas came yesterday, ready made sofas wouldn't have fitted through the front door! They are cream and look nice with the cushions I made from left over curtain material. Loads of packaging to take to the recycling place.

Reviving an old slightly tired garden

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 22:42

Good to see you are still enjoying your garden, it's looking lovely.

What about a rowan, an amelanchier or a silver birch jackmontii?


Posted: 10/02/2016 at 15:50

What a nuisance, Flumpy, hope it comes back soon.

OH has plumbed in the washing machine. The socket that the builder left for it is dead, think he forgot to connect it. But there is one on the work surface so machine is now washing the sheets and towels we used in Eastbourne on our last visit. OH has also put up the curtain rail in the dining room. I've hung the curtains on it.
Dustbin men came and took all the empty boxes
I've cut out the fabric for a curtain to hang over the alcove for a wardrobe.
Waiting for sofas from IKEA.

It's a lovely sunny day 5°, but, strangely, it doesn't feel that cold outside. I have put weed killer on the brambles that had been cut down that are re-growing the other side of the patio wall. There is a bank with earth the other side of the wall, then a ditch then a bank with brambles and nettles, then the farmer's field. I am thinking I will plant bulbs and wildflowers, like primroses, on the earthy side.

I've met the young woman next door who is expecting a baby next week and the retired couple (liked them) who are buying the new house at the end of the drive.

I hope everyone is having a good day.

New 'Secret Garden' emails

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 23:08

My OH gives me the subscription every year but he can't remember what he's done with the paperwork and says he knows nothing about a password and without the account number or the password I can't get into the secret garden. Perhaps I'll ring them.


Posted: 09/02/2016 at 22:42

I would like to thank Nora and the team for all the recent work they've put into this website. We have our avatar pics back and problems are being ironed out. Thank you.

South facing containers

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 22:30


I have pots in full sun in SW France where it can get very hot in summer. They need watering every day or two days. If the compost dries out it's very difficult to re-hydrate it. In late May, early June, I plant summer annuals in them, such as petunias, verbena, diascia, rudbeckia, zinnia "Profusion", million bells and pelargoniums. In autumn I remove them and plant pansies, violas, wallflowers and  bellis daisies. They flower well in spring. I feed them with long life fertiliser.

Here are a couple of photos.


Camera Talk

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 19:00

Just popped in to make sure I get email notifications for this thread. Don't want to miss out on all the lovely photos.


Posted: 09/02/2016 at 18:57

I hope you had a good birthday Tooey.

I know Verdun's is in September because mine is too.

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