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Posted: 25/10/2013 at 22:58

Hello Carmic. I live in Dordogne and it sounds as though you are about to do what I did over 20 years ago! My main flower garden bit was once the farmyard and, I was told by a local, there had been a barn on it. The land here is limestone, poor and rocky underneath. We had several lorry loads delivered, but I can't remember how many now, I know it was 2 in the veggie garden and 2 farm trailor loads of rotted cow manure. It was a heck of a lot of work, in the end we got a firm in to do the lawns.

The earth that was delivered into my big border, 30m x 3m, was mostly clay with rocks and roots in it. Over the years I've dug in loads of compost and horse manure so now it's higher than the lawn.

Here is a photo of some of it now. It has given me years of work and pleasure and something to look forward to each year.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33063.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 

Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 22:41

My father was a Captain (but not at first) in the Royal Engineers in Burma. He didn't talk about it much, was probably awful. But he used to say how great the gurkhas were. My mother was a Wren and worked in Bletchley Park, then in Ceylon, decoding. She, obviously, didn't talk about it either.

Camera Corner

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 22:18

The photo with the yellow field enlarged beautifully. Lovely honeysuckle growing in the hedge.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:57

My sumach tree was a thug for a few years, but I let a couple more grow in suitable places and now it hardly ever grows from suckers. The pest is the robinia.

Camera Corner

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 17:12

Having trouble with photos, the next one didn't work and the one above looks much clearer in my files.

Camera Corner

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 17:10

I'm never really quite sure what makes a photo special. I have a little Canon Ixus which I just put on automatic and I point it at scenes I like, or family - whatever I would like to have a memory of. Photos like this one of where we stayed in the Gorges du Tarn.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33037.jpg?width=277&height=350&mode=max

 

 

 

 

 

Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 15:10

Here is a poppy. I found Brumbull's "poppy" on Google Images, an American site, the American Legion. They obviously aren't gardeners!

http://www.objectretrieval.com/sites/default/files/Red-poppy,-Polandweb.jpg

 

Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 09:54

We will be having a C of E Remembrance Sunday Service here in Dordogne (more than one, in several different villages) We borrow local Catholic churches. But the French have a Bank Holiday on the 11th November and they all go to their village war memorial for a Service in time for the 2 minutes silence.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 09:31

Morning all.

The Health Service in hospitals has changed a lot since I stopped nursing when I started having children. There was a lot of patient care then and not so much admin. The Doctors, Matron and the Sisters were in charge, now it seems to be managers. I did a back to nursing course in France and the nurses spent most of the time in the office with the computers and the phone and filling in forms. Auxillaries, who were very poorly paid, and had 1 year's training looked after the patients, apart from things needing someone more qualifyed. I didn't go back to nursing, had no computer training and it was hard with coping with speaking French all the time as well.

It poured in the night. Today I'm cooking for charity Concert on Saturday.

Hardy Winter Flowers for hanging baskets

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 23:32

I love violas. Even if they don't produce masses of flowers in mid winter they really get going and provide masses of colour in spring until you plant summer bedding. They are OK with semi-shade too. Here are some of mine in early

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32999.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 

 April.

 

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