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Latest posts by chicky

Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 10:14

This is OH's department - but he says he is pleased with his Karcher - had it three years now.  He has not used it heavily, but gives the hard surfaces an annual clean, and used it to sort out a drain problem .  Found it a bit harsh for the teak/iroko furniture - it opened up the grain on the crossbar we tested, so have not used it for that.


Posted: 26/01/2014 at 10:03

Morning all - trip to the GC this morning - have some vouchers that expire this weekend, and it would be rude not to spend them.  If they have witch hazel Pallida i will also indulge (with a christmas gc token).

Then the plan is to shelter in the GH and sow some wildflower seeds - taking my podcasts with me for company.  

Have a good day one and all 

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 09:25

Failing to get on the RSPB site here too - not sure their new fancy website is worth the extra hassle.  Will keep my results scribbled on the back of an envelope and have a go at submitting later in the week - thats if i remember.

its a shame - i normally enjoy my bird count - this year its just been a frustrating battle with technology.  Wonder whether overall participation will be up this year ?

Overgrown Montana Clematis

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 09:19

What lovely pictures - reminded me just how gorgeous montanas can look.  I have a couple which were only planted last year, so hoping for a few blooms this spring, and a mass in future years 

Clematis propagation

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 09:16

Ashleigh - if the hardwood cuttings don't work then try some softwood ones in July/August - i have had success with group 3's that way


Posted: 26/01/2014 at 00:04

What a nightmare Dove - so lucky noone was hurt.  The weather at the moment is really scary


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 20:10

Great to see you Fairy - miss you when you go flitting off!

birds counted - nearly all the usuals obliged by putting in an appearance.  Was a lovely day til about 4 when a tornado seemed to rip through the valley.  Branches down all over the roads again.

seed sowing tomoz (wild flowers that need cold to get them going) plus some hardwood cuttings - all GH jobs, since forecast is appalling


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 09:53

Otnorot = toronto - of course !!  Why didn't i think of that 


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 09:44

Morning all - missed the bus and the tardis, but caught up on Winterwatch instead.  Have to say, not a big fan of the reintroduction of wolves.

lots of taxi duty today - but have some GQT's and RHS podcasts downloaded to keep me entertained.  Also an opticians appointment - think i will leave my birdcount til after that - might improve my identification skills if i can see better.  Just found out treeman is coming to chip up the remains of our trees at 10 - so that'll scare most of the birds off this morning anyway


Posted: 24/01/2014 at 19:21

Hi Ggirl - we will hold the fort whilst they are gone.

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