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Posted: 07/02/2015 at 11:08

Good morning all.

Tigger ate some breakfast this morning, fish and rice again - all he's touch at the moment. Vet hospital this afternoon. Thanks for the cheese tip Lyn, but he isn't a cheese sort of dog. He loves bread and butter, not usually allowed, so I squidge tablets, like his wormer, into bread and butter, but yesterday he was so off food it didn't work.

-5° this morning - but we have sun

Gosh, Lily, you have been busy this morning. I've only done the bathroom.


Posted: 06/02/2015 at 22:36

Thank you all for being so encouraging about Tigger. He's eaten a bit of fish tonight which I'd put his antibiotic into, which is good. Couldn't get him to take the antibiotic earlier.

Yummy looking cake, chicky. I was sorry to miss DD's carrot cake earlier.

With Bekkie on Tom, not my taste either. I find it hard just to go on looks, it's character and je ne sais quoi. But I do like Chris Beardshaw.

Shed Base

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 18:07

Looks brilliant, what a lot of heavy work it would have saved when we built OH's shed.

Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 18:01

I loathe pickles too! Thane gets on my nerves. But I've enjoyed the programme and I don't really mind who wins, though I slightly hope it's Sandra, probably because she's a woman and nearest to me in age.

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 17:25


Below zero today in mid Dordogne, cold and grey, light snow this morning, trying to snow again now.



Posted: 06/02/2015 at 17:21

You may remember my Border Collie, Tigger, who I took to the vet on Monday for an upset tummy. I've been very worried about him. He's still not eating properly, nothing today, not even home cooked fish. Couldn't get his second antibiotic down him. Have just taken him to the local vet, again, who has booked him into the vet hospital in Thiviers tomorrow. He's lost a lot of weight. Vet says his heart isn't too good and he's worried about his liver.

I'm so sorry about your goose, Runnybeak. That's why I don't have ducks anymore.I didn't know geese could reach 16, that's much longer than hens.

I'm glad the funeral went well, Verdun, but funerals are always stressful. I got in touch with my cousin again thanks to my mother's funeral.

Old Apple Tree

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 11:42

I have some old apple trees that needed sorting. We did it over 2 years. Cut out that central branch and crossing branches. The aim is to get a cup shape. I didn't treat the wounds and they were fine. But they were cut slightly sloping to let water drain off, except of course where the cuts were naturally sloping.They were pruned in winter. They are now much easier to keep pruned.

I Can't Get the Hang of Containers

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 11:38

I grow herbs outside in pots too. I think, generally, woody ones like thyme don't need feeding and not much water, but mint and basil (same family) need feeding and watering. Of course, being winter, everthing has died down now and some isn't hardy anyway. As Bekkie says, they need trimming. When I harvest the mint and basil I use the growing tips then they make sideshoots. Thyme needs a good haircut after flowering. I let my thyme and chives flower because they are pretty and you can decorate food with the flowers. Then I chop the chives right down and chop the leaves and freeze them. Then I feed them and lovely new growth comes up.

All year round interest with perennials

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 11:17

I started writing out a list of all the bee and butterfly attracting plants that I have and I like, but it got rather long. Then I looked it up and found this huge list from the RHS. A lot of my plants are on it.  https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/pdf/conservation-and-biodiversity/wildlife/rhs_perfectforpollinators_plantlist-jan15

I would say though that bees love foxgloves, pulmonarias, honesty and blossom on fruit trees in Spring. In summer pollenating insects like open daisy type flowers, such as asters, heleniums and echinaceas. I have a perennial blue salvia that is always covered in bees, so are the lavender. In autumn sedums and buddleias are good. There are many more and they are all my favourites!

What kind of situation would you call this?

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 10:50

If it faces north, but there is no shade then I would call that a sunny aspect. North facing usually means that the walls of the house are keeping it shaded, so that depends how big your garden is. My veg garden is north of the house but far enough away so it gets all day sun - I don't call it north facing. I wouldn't call clay soil well drained, whether it's dry or wet. Well drained is a light soil that water goes through quickly. The east bit sounds partially shaded and dry. But is it ever wet in the summer?

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