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Posted: 02/10/2014 at 23:42

It's come out in bold print, what did I click


Posted: 02/10/2014 at 23:31

OH has just got back from choir practice. I was getting worried, it's late. (hour ahead in France) But they are doing a concert this weekend.

Weeded the greengage bed and cut brambles out of shrubs. Did some watering.

I hope you enjoy the Bingo DD. In France Bingo is Loto. You shout "quine" for a line of numbers and "carton" for the whole card. The prizes are usually pretty good, but sometimes include livestock! My daughter once won a live chicken. They handed it to us by its feet and its legs were tied together very tightly with a piece of rope. We couldn't wait to get home and rescue it. It was afraid and hungry and grew up to be a fine cockerel who followed me everywhere. But it got jealous of my husband so he had to make it a run. French Loto doesn't usually finish until at least 12.30am. It's often organised by the PTA of the local school.


Posted: 02/10/2014 at 10:23

Morning all. Thank you for the encouragement, but there are still weeds, edges need doing and plants look tatty when they are over. I'm not a cutterer down to the ground person, I tend to leave a lot of it messy over winter for wildlife. Once I was doing the big spring clear up and disturbed 4 baby hares in the long border! And another time there was a hibernating hedgehog in the knifofia where the dead leaves had flopped down.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 10:15

Verdun, I think you need to move her to a different home. Is that an option?

My mother chose her home. It was walking distance from her house and she had visited friends there. When she started to need nursing care (it wasn't a nursing home) the supervisor said that, if she had the means, she could employ an extra nurse or carer to help look after her. If not then she would have to go to a nursing home. We were lucky, as my father had left her money, so she stayed there as she was happy and familiar with it. The home were helpful, they provided extra equipment, like a bed with a hoist. It was hard for me though, living in France so far away. I visited as much as I could. 


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 22:50

I think cuttings are easier with pelargoniums and are true to type. Moulin Rouge is an F1 hybrid, which means it's unlikely to come true from saved seeds.


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 22:41

Worked in the garden until it was getting dark, deadheading, chopping, staking, for nearly 2 hours. Still 2 more beds to do, but not too big. Then had a bath and watched Bake Off. How I wanted to try those patisseries!


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 17:05

I had a great time in Italy, thanks, Topbird. Lovely weather, beautiful lake and villages of character. Glad you enjoyed your hols here.

This is the "Open Gardens" website, but the gardens for next year aren't all there yet.  



Posted: 01/10/2014 at 16:42

Topbird, my SIL makes jam from frozen fruit, but she adds pectin.


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 16:41

Well done chicklet. Glad your cold is getting better, Chicky.

We stacked 2 more trailers of logs. Then we went to the tip with a load of rubbish in the small car towable trailer, 20 mins drive away, wished they hadn't moved it. Then we thought we'd get some pea gravel from the quarry as we had the trailer and it was in that area. Spent ages looking for it, their sign had blown down in a gale. Had to phone a friend for instructions. They said they will deliver small loads too so a 1 1/2 ton load is coming on Tuesday for the drive in front of the house.

The chap who cuts my wood told me he does garden and grounds maintenance so he's spent the day whizzing round with a strimmer and cutting branches that were too low off trees. He's a local Frenchman. Such a relief, the young man (English)who came last year can't come any more. The French one seems very efficient and tough.

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