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Posted: 15/12/2015 at 09:37

Belated morning all.

So glad they have a plan LilyP - albeit one with a slow burn.  Take it easy.  Invest in some good books to keep you occupied over the next few months.

Bad news for Yvie's daughter - no wonder they say moving house is one of the great traumas of modern life....I'm sure it doesn't have to be that way, there must be a better system

I, too, have a works Christmas lunch today ( and another tomorrow - been working for two teams this year).  Today's involves baby pictures .....this is what this chicky used to look like you think anyone will guess



Posted: 14/12/2015 at 12:09

Big ((hugs)) for pdoc, and Mrs pdoc too ......we are all thinking of you both, and hope things start to brighten up very soon.


Posted: 14/12/2015 at 08:41

Morning all

No PM's here either ..... maybe we're too southerly

More early flowerers going for it out there ....witch hazel this time.  Won't have anything left to flower in January and February at this rate

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 08:28

I've loved looking at all your trees - all so different and all so festive.

Did ours yesterday ....once upon a time it had a sophisticated  red and gold theme, but over the years family mementos got added, and it is now just full.  But full of stuff that brings back memories, and makes me smile



Posted: 13/12/2015 at 22:59

We have our chimneys swept once a year too Jo.

Tree up, house decorated, now shattered.  But it all looks lovely .  Sweet dreams all

Which witch hazel?

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 14:49

I have Pallida too - lovely big flowers, and good scent.  I also love Diana - only faint scent, but red flowers and the leaves go brilliant scarlet in autumn - really special

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 13:57

Brrrrrrr Fairy .  We've only had 2 frosts here this year much for the DM's coldest winter for a century.

Would be great if you have some pics of your garden through the seasons to put together too.....and everyone else for that matter.  Cheers up a grey December day


Posted: 13/12/2015 at 13:52

Climate change agreement has gladdened my heart.  Slowly and quietly people are coming to their senses.  

Mr C has the welding machine out ....A little light metalwork to keep him out of mischief.   I certainly married a rum'un.  Still, the neighbours will all be getting rusty, ball topped plant stakes for Christmas .... We have lots to thank them for this year, and I can't think of a better way of doing it

Camera Corner

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 12:44

Wonderful scenes Fairy

This spring we noticed a little brown bird (think it was a wren, but never got a really good look) darting around every time we went near our back door (aka dumping area) ..... mr C has just found out why


 Think he might need some new boots

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 12:29

Thanks folks

Fidget - it is a south facing slope, so gets full sun.  I do find that side drier than the other (there is another border facing it on the other side of the grass path) ....I assume that's the tree roots taking a lot of moisture.

Hollie - the big white blooms are Hydrandgea Annabelle - you can see the faded flowerheads still standing in the first photo (March) ....such a great plant

Maureen - the stone you can see is a sort of retaining wall that OH and my Dad built - the soil is actually a mixture of clay and hundreds of years of fallen leaves.  We mulch it in spring with compost or FYM, and just let the worms do the rest of the work for us. There is a fair bit of weeding to do, even through the mulch.....sheeps sorrel is my nemesis.

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