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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 08:30

Morning all.

I expect a kangaroo is even worse for the garden than a rabbit!

Lily P, we visited family last week, I wrote about it in earlier posts.

LG, must have been emotional, but I like the way you turned to your cuttings for comfort! My sister sold our family home a couple of years ago. My father gave it to her when he downsized. My parents bought it in 1963.

I hope we can have a quiet day today, the sunny bank badly needs weeding. OH always wants to go out, he says he mustn't waste the time he has left! He's only  27, but as I'm 10 years younger that makes me 17!

Wrecked garden?

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 19:53

I agree with josusa. Rotovating will make the weeds worse and I speak from experience. I would spray the lot with Glyphosate, wait 3 weeks for it to work, then dig up all the roots you can find. Then rake it all level. Mark out any flower beds you want and seed or turf the rest. Mowing will keep the weeds and bamboo down in the lawn if you have left any roots behind.

Don't make flower beds too narrow. Decide if you want an area for veg. If money is tight then you can sow hardy annuals the first year, but it's getting a bit late for sowing now. You can sow biennials, like Sweet Williams and Foxgloves for planting in the spring to flower next year. If you have beds for flowers and veg then bear in mind that weeding is one of the main gardeners' tasks.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 19:39

It rained this morning so decided to go to Norwich and do some shopping instead of enjoying the seaside in Cromer. Rained this afternoon in Norwich, only 15°. On the way home it still rained, 14° at 6pm, put the heating on. Thought this was supposed to be summer.

Anyway, ordered the fabric from Dunelm I wanted for covering cushions in the French house, they hadn't got it in stock, then in the city I bought christening presents for 3 grandchildren and a birthday present for son 2 and a nightie in M & S. Then we had tea and cake in a rather nice tea room. On the way home we went to Tesco for veg, milk etc.

Nice surprise when we got home, a friend in the village rang to ask us for dinner tomorrow evening.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 10:15

Raining here, forecast was better than that  Having seen the forecast I put a load of washing on to hang outside while we went to Cromer. It's now in the spare room. Had imagined sitting near the sea eating Cromer crab salad. But that is why the English countryside is green and pretty, I suppose, all the rain.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 07:45

Morning all. 

Think we may go to Cromer today.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 19:43

Hello, Cheyngel

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 19:41

As we are on holiday (again, I hear you say!) we will be going to the pub for dinner.

We went to Mannington Hall in North Norfolk and the weather did what the BBC said it would, showers with some local heavy ones. Well, local meant over Mannington! We didn't stay very long, but the rose gardens were disappointing as they are mostly old roses that flower in June. There was a notice apologising about the state of them which said it was because of the weather. Most of the roses were diseased, smaller ones had lost almost all their leaves. They needed a good feed, mulching and a spray or several with fungicide. Also the black spotty dead  leaves needed clearing away.

So we went to Holt, a pretty village, but, being Sunday, most of it was shut. There was a very pretty tea room with a well planted garden and flowery cups and saucers, so we had tea and cake. Had to sit inside though because of the showers. There was a live singer with a lovely voice, dressed in the 1950's style, who sang old songs, Frank Sinatra sort of thing. We really enjoyed it.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 08:10

Thank you Joyce, not that laidback, but fun and sociable, except for the quiet time when we went on a boat on the Norfolk Broads last Tuesday.

Forecast is bright start then showers, some locally heavy, optimistic Dove!

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 08:01

Morning all.

You take such lovely bird photos, Fairy.
I hope it's the nice day that Dove says it will be. We are going to visit Mannington Gardens.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 17:56

Hello all.

I haven't read back yet, expect it will take ages!

We are back from West Yorkshire. We enjoyed staying with SIL and BIL and they took us to see their daughter, my niece, who lives 15 mins from them. SIL and BIL have been their a year, moved from the Cotswolds to be near daughter. Gorgeous views from their house, it's in quite a hilly area.

Then we went to see friends from Dordogne who have also moved to be near their daughter, they live about 10 mins from SIL and BIL, coincidence! We took them out to lunch in a lovely local gastro-pub and they took us for a drive in the bit of the Peak district which is nearest them, northwest of Sheffield. Lovely scenery. I've never been there before. They asked us to stay the night, so we did. Got back to the Norfolk cottage this afternoon.

I was going to weed the bank, but it's raining.

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