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I just had to share this

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 17:53

Look Mum - I can do a handstand

What type of trees to plant a long a driveway

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 17:20

You could go for an avenue of white stemmed himalayam birch (betula jaquemontii) - they are lovely and airy in summer and striking in winter, when their white bark really stands out.

Something a bit like this:


Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 11:39

I have some flowering, some showing white and some peeping through.  They get a daily inspection (by torchlight on weekdays) and they really lift my spirits.

However, I agree that they are performing to their usual timetable (unlike the daffodils and irises which ate a couple of months early).  Someone said they actually need a bit of cold to get them going, so hopefully last week's freeze will have done the trick

Fishing for sympathy!

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 10:40

We love them too Steve Wonderful, wonderful bunch


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 10:35

Have a wonderful time in Ireland Liri - and don't go eating into the paracetamol stockpile whilst you are there .  Your grandaughters will love having Grandma to themselves for the week.  Hope the house move goes smoothly.

Warm but grey here - we're off to pound a few more footpaths. Not liking the look of this week's weather forecast.  I have to say we find the forecasts surprisingly accurate these days (even down to which hour the rain swoops in) ....maybe the South East weather is easier to track?  However, i  am hoping they have got it wrong for Tues/Weds



Fishing for sympathy!

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 09:45

Nightmare . Hope you start feeling better very soon. Not a great way to spend your birthday, but a memorable one.  And how lovely that the peeps in scrubs gave you a rousing birthday chorus


Posted: 23/01/2016 at 16:21

Ooo yes please to pix Tbird. Sounds amazing

Littlest Chicklet enjoyed the new job (sadly, no cake, maybe next week), and finishes at the GC tomorrow.  No more weekly trips of temptation for me.  Will just have to resist the lure of seriously good coffee instead.


Posted: 23/01/2016 at 15:12

Just checked - it was the PowderMills hotel in Battle.  We also went to Sarah Ravens, but that was because we picked the weekend  coincide with one of her open days (she has about 4 a year, so you might be lucky).


Posted: 23/01/2016 at 15:06

Yvie - I would second Lizzies recommendations of Pashley and Merriments.  Visited them at the end of September, but sure they would be just as gorgeous in May.  We stayed in a lovely hotel called something to do with Gunpowder ....possibly Powder Mill - will look it up if you like.  It was reasonable, and beautiful and full of character too.  If you get a chance to visit Marchant's Hardy plants, I can guarantee you will fill all available space in your boot.  We had the most fantastic weekend ....I am well jell

Back from my walk - ankle held up well, except on the rough stony bits (ouch).  mr Chicky's rehab is obviously working - he is back to striding well ahead of me.  Never did I think the cry of "Come on Chick, keep up" would make me soooooo happy


Posted: 23/01/2016 at 07:46

Morning all

Earlier than a normal weekend for me - littlest Chicklet got the coffeeshop job and starts today - just about to drop her off.

Then having my eyes tested, and then might head out for a walk, as the ankle is almost completely healed now. 

Birds are tweeting away wildly out there ....I'm normally either too early or too late for the dawn chorus at this time of year.....its nice to hear

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