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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

When do I cut back my Hellebores?

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 23:25

I've heard that it depends if they are Christmas roses or Lenten roses that flower later. I have Lenten roses and I cut the leaves off in the winter which stops disease and untidy leaves getting in the way of the flowers. Then the plant grows fresh, new leaves in the spring which I leave on all summer.

Clematis identificationn and pruning group ?

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 23:19

Hello, cyberstretch. This is a site I've found useful.


Posted: 11/12/2013 at 23:16

After I posted this morning I went out to give the horses their horse nuts Archie bit Hannah who tried to bite Lena (the underdog/horse) who leapt forward onto me, I went flying and someone trod on my thigh. Been feeling bruised and sorry for myself all day. Thigh much better, although swollen but neck now hurts and is very stiff. Had horses here for 22 years and never been knocked over before.


Posted: 11/12/2013 at 09:44

Morning all. Must start Christmas cards. I buy them in England as they are expensive and not very nice here. Must buy C. tree. Must plant last bag and a half of tulips. Must pick greenery and tie in bunches with red ribbon to decorate Abbey for Carol Service.

Have finished spreading out the 6 tons of "castigne" (limestone gravel with clay) in front of horse shelter and the path to the dung heap. Have bought presents for 6 grandchildren.

Was -4° this morning and -7° yesterday, so getting warmer! Sunshine.


Posted: 10/12/2013 at 13:51

I feel behind because I've been so busy. OH's choir had their Christmas Show on Fri and Sat and I was helping with the meal and the costumes. Also I'm organising the C of E Carol Service in the Abbey in conjunction with the French Catholics. Just been to printers for the Service booklets. About 150 - 200 people, French and English come. We serve mince pies (I make 120) and mulled wine afterwards (25 litres, made by me as mulled wine lady is away). Abbey to decorate, I've found a volunteer.


Posted: 10/12/2013 at 13:32

I think I've finished Christmas shopping, presents that is. Haven't started Christmas cards yet.

Glad I've got my car back, can buy Christmas tree. My car is a Renault Megane estate, love it. OH's car is a little Citroen.

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 23:48

I saw on the Sky TV guide that the gardening programme won't be on a couple of days as they will be showing programmes about Nelson Mandela.


Posted: 09/12/2013 at 22:52

The new garden revival programme is being postponed a couple of times this week as they are showing Nelson Mandela programmes instead as he died on Thursday. I don't mind waiting. He was a great man.

I spent the day collecting my car from Vierzon, 3 hours drive away, as it had been repaired after a lorry exhaust pipe flew into the front of it. Except it took over 5 hours as there was a demo from the farmers about taxes and they'd blocked the motorway with tractors.


Posted: 07/12/2013 at 16:02

Off to 2nd concert now. Tomorrow going out to lunch.


Posted: 07/12/2013 at 12:13

Hello all. Been very busy. OH's choir is doing it's Christmas Show last night and tonight. I'm helping with costumes and cooking and kitchen duties for the meal. It's in a village hall, but about an hour from where we live. As the English are spread all over the Dordogne there are often distances involved when socialising.

Also I'm helping to organise a carol service in our local abbey. Will be making about 100 mince pies on Friday.

Had a power cut on Thursday evening and boiler and water heater stopped working. Plumber came yesterday. Boiler was a co-incidence, oil blockage, but water heater got muddled by the power cut.

Have to collect my car from the garage on Monday where it's been since the pipe from the lorry went into it. 3 hours drive away. Pain in the neck!

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