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Posted: 14/06/2015 at 21:19

We did make an effort, depends what interests you. We did enjoy some of it, but the dirt, crowds, noise and poverty were depressing. I live in France, which is beautiful and there is an NHS and a welfare state.


Posted: 14/06/2015 at 16:26

Phew!! Have read through from 2nd June!

I felt for you Clari and Reggie, hope Reggie is feeling better.

Hugs (((  ))) to Dove for loss of friend.

I knew about Mattie and new dog as Mattie is a friend.

Don't ask for a resumé!


Posted: 14/06/2015 at 15:31




I found New York to be dirty, noisy, crowded and ugly, but there were some highlights and it was an interesting experience. Central Park was lovely, very long, we walked, zig zagging, the length of it. There is a huge and amazing art gallery The Metropolitan Museum of Art, we spent hours there looking at European paintings from early Italian to Constable, Renoir, Rubens, Pissarro, Van Gogh - too many to name - superb!

I enjoyed the river cruise up the Hudson, dinner and dancing included, spectacular views. Photos above (I expect, never sure where they will turn up!)

The Concert was great the Gala dinner was fun, evening dress, but the choirs were separated so not too many in one room. The conductor joined us. Good meal. Cocktails and wine supplied too. I had a Manhattan, strong, based on whisky, a glass of bubbly and 2 glasses of wine. The some of us went to a bar down the road from the hotel and I had a Margareta and a Pina Colada. I'm afraid it wasn't a good idea  , but was fun at the time. Not used to it!

Went to Macy's, biggest department store in the world I think, not for me, too crowded, loud music blaring out.

Journey home was long and complicated, involving a delayed plane, an obese American and a sleepless night. Glad to be home.

Garden has grown like mad. Been picking raspberries, mangetout peas, lettuce, courgettes and spinach. Dug first potatoes



Posted: 14/06/2015 at 08:46

Hello all, we came back from New York on Friday evening, after travelling through the night. Yesterday I forgot whether it was night or day, but had slept for 12 hours with a loo break.

Thought I would catch up here before posting, but there's so much! Now I'm off to Church so will have to catch up later.

OH was singing with his choir in Carnegie Hall last Sunday, great success, got a standing ovation!

hanging baskets

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:27

It's a bit late for plugs now, as they are very young plants. But next year you could use petunias, lobelia, nemesia, diascia, begonias, pelargoniums - half hardy annuals. Garden centres are full of them in April/May or you can buy them on line.

Here is a link about making up a hanging basket  http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/plant_hangingbasket1.shtml 

Yours will look great when the plants have grown more.

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:33




Got back from New York last night. My cut flower bed has gone mad. It was very warm here in Dordogne while we were away and the housesitter watered it.


hanging baskets

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:19

Well done Helen, good first try, but would look better if there were moss, or that stuff you can buy, between the black plastic and the basket frame. Even an old suitably coloured cut up pullover. But the flowers should cover a lot of it later. Another thing you can do is plant through the sides by cutting slits in the black plastic and pushing plug plants in, then you get more growth lower down. Love the owl, cute

Britain's National Bird

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 11:55

I agree, leaving a window open would be best. Then when the babies are born the parents can go and get food when they like.


Posted: 03/06/2015 at 18:49

Sorry you aren't well RB. Hope you get better soon.

Well done for passing your test Wintersong.

We flew to Stansted yesterday, took bus then train to Amersham, now staying with OH's BIL. He'll drive us to Heathrow to catch plane to New York tomorrow. 

We went to Waterperry Garden today, lovely. Plants I wanted to buy but couldn't.

Using OH's ipad, has taken a bit of time to get to grips with it.


Posted: 02/06/2015 at 09:13

Off to catch the plane in under 2 hours, just going to shower and wash my hair. Been sorting out the horses who got into the wrong paddock, tree fell on fence in the night. Hope that doesn't happen to housesitter.

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