- Living in Yorkshire & learning the joys of gardening with a broken back.If I can't eat it, the bees can't use it.., its not the plant for me!
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Yesterday at 14:39
Can I post you a few things to pop on your magic windowsill? :) I hope they continue to thrive!
18 Apr 2017 17:22
Drowning in a sea of paint but loving how the house is slowly becoming a home.
I may well be AWOL rather a lot for a while. My pain levels have rocketed and this makes for a not terribly comprehensive Clarington.
Keep safe and I'll see you all on the other side x
14 Apr 2017 15:58
Wonky; I hadn't thought of looking on gum tree for jobs. I'll give it a look see! I've applied for a job part time with the fire service; I'm just hoping I get an interview! (They take place on 25th April so easy enough to know if I have gotten through the first stage or not).
It keeps threatening to rain (desperately needed). I have tripped nipping to the shops without a coat, cutting the lawn, and eating lunch out doors but it just refuses to let go of that much needed water!
14 Apr 2017 08:34
Teehee Dove afternoon folks, evening Pat,
Dove is right, I do have news. brief recap, had bad luck in the job market and was in the process of going self employed as a gardener which is lovely but not a stable income through he winter months. This was worrying me as you can imagine! Answered an ad for a gardener full time, and went along to first interview, very interesting work on a family estate of 70 acres, walled gardens, rose gardens, kitchen gardens, citrus gardens, lakes, woodlands, herbaceous boarders, cutting gardens...just my sort of thing! Just been to the second interview and start near the end of the month! just a little bit excited! hold me down...I'm floating!See original post
12 Apr 2017 07:04
Feeling very grey and... uninspiring outside.
11 Apr 2017 11:02
Plant Maiden: Hopefully this wont get lost but you mentioned replacing strawberries every two years. I think they advise every three years so you've another year yet of them! To be truthful however I have mine in hanging baskets (soil replenished every year) to keep them out of the way of the hound eating them / slugs / hounds amazing ability to pee up everything / ... and I just replace them as their crop production drops dramatically OR when I have so many younger plants I've run out of space and need to economise (survival of the fittest in my garden). I do know however that some of the plants were five years old last year and were still going strong.
Its usually easy to tell which ones are due retiring to the great compost bin at the end of the garden.
I did find watering a bit of a pain in the summer but have since learnt that an up turned plastic two litre cola bottle filled and dug into the basket does a good job of trickle feeding.
Well I've done a stock check of the coffee shop (not technically my job) and flitted around with a duster (not technically my job) on a few exhibits... I'm at a loss what to do now! I can't exactly be planning summer holiday activities and such like when I might not be here!
11 Apr 2017 09:12
LG: enjoy that break! Sometimes time to think it most definitely needed. I always think of my brain as a sponge; sometimes I need to rest it and let a little bit of knowledge leak out before I can absorb anything new.
Well I'm now sat in my cupboard / office / mostly a cupboard looking at all the things I have purchased to do my job: I'm not entirely sure where I am going to put it all if / when I leave!
11 Apr 2017 06:34
Just enjoying a tea in bed made from an electric kettle having been woken up by my electric sun rise lamp.
Work beckons and along with it the fun task of hunting for a new place of employment.
10 Apr 2017 18:31
Hi Plant Maiden!
Pottie; I really hope your robin copes. Hopefully you can do a little to give her a helping hand too.
DD: epically huge congratulations!!
Guess who has electricity and no longer has to charge her phone in the car on the way to work.
10 Apr 2017 07:01
That is a beautiful set up you have!
10 Apr 2017 06:59
Back to work today; My bruised knees are starting to recover after Wednesday's ice skating trip but the bruising on my arm is coming up nicely (from manhandling the dog at the vets). Good job I can keep everything covered else I'd look like a woman who came first in a fight.
HOPEFULLY we will have electricity after today in the house. I've rather gotten used to not relying on lights to navigate and can make a cracking meal with only my head torch to guide me.
Right; to work!
10 Apr 2017 06:50
I have to send the message as soon as I think about it as sometimes no matter how important it is I'm the one that will forget.
Technology for me is such a life saver!
09 Apr 2017 17:57
I think so; I have similar in the garden. I won see how it got there.
09 Apr 2017 17:56
Welcome Learnincurve; it sounds like you'll be busy!
09 Apr 2017 15:10
Anyone need a bit of Sunday silliness?
Two of my neighbours are digging ponds in their gardens at the moment (obviously wanting to steal away my slug eating army of frogs).
The more elderly of the two chaps has produced a wonderfully elaborate feature with a rock pool, raised banking on one side, a bridge across the middle.
The younger of the two chaps. Christ knows what the pond looks like but if he doesn't put sun cream on soon he'll be put in the most unusual of places.
09 Apr 2017 14:51
Any sign of Wonky yet?
I've just found a packet of shallots hidden in the cupboard not looking their best. Rather than wasting them a quick Google search revealed that once peeled and chopped up they can be popped in the freezer.
I'd forgotten just how much they make things sting!!
Hound is struggling with the heat somewhat; if only he was sensible enough to listen to my pleas not to sleep in the middle of the lawn til he's near on fire.
08 Apr 2017 18:25
welcome to the forum by the way!
08 Apr 2017 18:22
SJC; please excuse Pansy. Many members of this forum have difficulty with their eyesight and find it easy to read when in capitals.
I have never heard of this veg before; what does it taste like cooked? I'm always up for trying something new!
08 Apr 2017 18:13
Have a brilliant party Wonky! I shall partake of a chilled cider and lump of banana loaf in your honour.
I've often heard people "discovering" all sorts of exciting things as they clear an area of their garden.
At the moment I'm attempting to clear a raised section that sits in one corner and is behind the shed. Once levelled it will make an ideal fixed position for the compost bins not to mention my bin of plant pots and other things that just end up in the way (for instance a Peugeot 205 spoiler or the jaguar badly buckled wheel that his lordship has left as features in the garden).
Aside from the great escape type adventures I'm having trying to decant the soil around the garden (the lawn will be an inch higher for sure!) I'm also on an adventure of discovery.
Alas not the Victorian bottles or brick work, but old sweet and crisp packets, broken bits of plastic, amongst a ridiculous amount of rock shaped concrete.
In fact my garden is often unearthing sweet packets. I've often wondered if the gardener of the house had a sweet tooth and tried to hide it from their partner.
08 Apr 2017 18:02
To see so many I think you might already have a nest in / near the house.
All you can do is find it and follow the advice above.