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Posted: 24/02/2015 at 21:44

Evening all. Just popping in before bedtime. It's been lovely reading your get well wishes. Think the antibiotics are starting to improve things, cough is heaps better and chest hardly hurts any more.

Daughter and 2 grandchildren arrived yesterday, but they wanted to leave me some peace for a sleep so they went and met other grandmother in local town. She lives in Bordeaux and it was 1 1/2 hours drive for her, which was good of her. They went out to lunch, she bought the children (5 and 3) some new clothes, and went to a playground.

Other daughter was coming tomorrow with 3 grandsons, but oldest (9) has a cold and his temperature has suddenly shot up.

Hello Everyone

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 21:30

Hello Tracey. I recently bought a heating mat to go on the greenhouse shelf. But I haven't started sowing yet so too soon to answer your question. Also waiting for OH to re-install the electricity cable to the GH, but we've been poorly so not done yet.


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 10:39

Morning all. I've showered and dressed, so the antibiotics have started doing their stuff. Still had alternate sweating and shivering in the night though. When I saw the doc, he said (in French) "Oh dear, you are in a bad way, I've never seen you ill before". I usually only go for HRT which he wants me to take to prevent osteoporosis because of horse riding.


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 21:19

Finally got to see the Doctor this evening. Had an appointment but still had to wait as he'd been called out for an emergency. He'd worked an 11 hour day. Anyway I have bronchitis and sinusitis as secondary infections from the original cold and OH has bronchitis. Now have a bag full of medicines, including antibiotics and corticosteroids.


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 16:08

Bekkie, I'm not a trooper after all. Had terrible night, couldn't breathe, shivered then sweated, joints ache, skin feels like I've been rubbed with sandpaper. Temperature this morning was 101.6. Lunch party cancelled. Cold seems to have turned into 'flu. Been in bed, just got up, but think I'll be back in bed shortly. Sorry to sound so depressing. Daughter and 2 grandchildren are coming tomorrow, daughter says they have just had 'flu and are immune.


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 03:08

Hello seil. That looks lovely. I wonder what time it is with you? I'm in France and it's 4.07am. Bunged up nose, can't sleep.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 10:16

Two days ago I cleared up a lot of the dead mess in the veggie garden the far side of the GH, like sweet peas, the rest of the sweet corn stalks and the remains of the courgettes and squashes. Should have done it ages ago  Then I dug most of the bit for broad beans, earth was heavy and claggy. I have a bad cold, thought fresh air and exercise would do me good, but was knackered the next day and did nothing.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 10:06

Baz, you aren't planning on leaving them in the drainpipes are you? If you've sown directly into the ground outside then why the drainpipes? Drainpipes are usually used when sowing in a greenhouse and then transplanted outside, when the little plants are growing, by sliding them out into a little trench in the ground. This is to minimise root disturbance.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 09:58

I sow peas straight into the ground from March to April. I haven't had a mouse problem, one advantage of having a cat. My mother used to dip her pea seeds in paraffin which stopped mice eating them. I sow far too many to be bothered with fiddling about with loo rolls. I use loo rolls for sweet peas.

When can I start sowing ?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 09:46

The only seeds in your list that I would sow now are the sweet peas. The greenhouse must be frost proof for the others and warm enough at night. I start tomatoes in heated propagators indoors in March, then put on sunny windowsill over a radiator indoors then move to the GH which has a little electric heater in it for the night. By then it is  April. Tender plants sown later will be less leggy than ones sown too soon and they grow more quickly and catch up.

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