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Posted: 02/01/2014 at 07:52

Tree still standing, thank goodness. Now to try and find a tree surgeon who can fit us in urgently - after the recent weather i think they will already have full order books.  Back to work for me too, but will be working from home today, so i can be here for said tree surgeon.

Holidays over - but they were good ones this year


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 19:26

I said I wasn't good with measurements - on reflection I am not sure 5 storeys does it justice !


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 19:16


Thanks all for your thoughts - so far all those positive vibes have kept it upright, and the winds have subsided a bit, so fingers crossed.

Above is a picture of the bottom half of the beast - to the right of the magnolia.  As you can see, not exaggerating its size I'm afraid.  At the very right is our garden shed, to put it into a bit of perspective. And in the middle of the magnolia is a telegraph pole.



Posted: 01/01/2014 at 17:22

Fidget - i think it is too late for that - don't want oh playing hero out there if it is going to topple any minute.  Nut - if it makes it through the night the tree surgeon will be called first thing tomorrow - looks like a fine day tomorrow then more (!!) gales and rain fri/sat.


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 16:54

Oh help - fingernail chewing time here. OH just been out to get more logs for fires and the earth round the roots of a huge fir tree (not good with measurements, but must be equal to 5 storey building) is moving alarmingly.  Too far from our house to cause us damage, but on boundary with NDN.  Just been round to get them to evacuate their granny annex just in case.  Now just waiting rather helplessly ......

feel a bit sick


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 16:15

Just got back from a very windy, horizontal rainy, new years day walk - but it had to be done.  Lots of wet macs now drying in the kitchen.  We went to one of the areas of local heathland, as I was a bit worried about the wisdom of a woodland walk in this weather.  Most of the paths were rivers, but we were wearing wellies, so ploughed on regardless.  Satisfying in a bracing sort of way.  Saw one other couple, and no dogs in our 90 minutes rambling - oh, and a blackbird   and some flowering gorse (can I add it to my NYD list if it wasn't in my garden I wonder...)

New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 13:15

Panda - looks like an iberis to me - don't have any in my garden, but looking at the lists lots of people do.  I am sure someone will confirm or deny.

New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 13:04

Nut wins by a country mile !  Unless there are other challengers out there???


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 12:29

Lovely avawotsit Fairy - is it one of the flower fairies?  Used to spend ages poring over them when i had just hatched ....


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 12:03

Glad to see JohnH making a speedy return to good spirits - hope you are dancing soon!

I always use M fungi, but no idea whether it works as have never put one in without as a comparison - the GC's love me - i just part with my money, no questions asked.

Foul weather to start a new year - just been to retrieve a chicklet and the roads are flooded in parts.  OH fancies a walk, whatever the weather - think i might wrap up and join him.  And we don't even have a dog to walk 

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