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Posted: 08/05/2014 at 19:11
Ha ha Fidget your father sounds wonderful! I hope he doesn't upset the nurses too much!!


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:27
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

We've got a chiminea but so far we've not used it to keep warm - OH uses it for burning old confidential paperwork - next time we get a pleasant evening we'll light it properly and put some firewood on it and try it out for you.

However we have friends who have lots of space and they have a big cast iron firebowl, and that is fantastic to sit around in the evening with a glass of something or three 

Dove but is it the drink or the fire keeping you warm?!


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:27
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Clari - if I was going to keep chickens in the garden I'd keep some Light Sussex bantams - pretty birds, lovely calm temperaments, good layers and eggs nearly as large as large breed hens.  You can keep more of them in a small space 'cos they're bantams - aren't they gorgeous?

there are other colours of Sussex bantams too, if you want a mixed bunch - speckled and buff and Coronation and Columbian etc etc


Oh! I didn't realise omlet sold chickens too!I guess it makes sense when you think about it.  I've been looking for an omlet coop - I worry that with wood it can harbour nasties so the plastic would be ideal for deep cleaning but unfortunately haven't found a second hand on available yet (a little out of my price range for a new one)

They're beautiful creatures - I do so like something a little more unusual for a garden than the brown ones you tend to associate with farms.

What the omlet website has gotten me thinking now however is...


Who buys a high vis vest for their chicken??

Problem With Pear Tree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:19

Perhaps you just struck unlucky with the concentration this time OL? I've been using soapy water on my bronze fennel but I worry I'm in danger of drowning the poor thing those little buggers wont let go! (Started putting a plastic bag on the soil to protect it!)

Incidentally my pear and apple tree are currently "moulting" (but look quite healthy) - I assume its normal for this time of the year? We've only had a few light frosts so I don't think it'll be that causing problems.


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:15

Dove. I've my emergency rations of chocolate brownies at my desk - fear not you'll have no tears from me (even if they're not exactly the nicest of chocolate brownies and are terribly dry but gluten free beggars can't be choosers!)


Has anyone got a log burner they use in the garden to keep warm? I'm thinking about something to extend the amount of time I can spent sitting by the pond of a summer evening (despite being in Yorkshire I'm afraid to admit that I am terribly delicate and suffer the cold something chronic). Do they actually kick out enough heat that you don't have to be sat on top of them to keep warm? (Not exactly socially acceptable especially if you've just had a meat heavy BBQ!)

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 15:59

The duck does look a little drunk doesn't it Forester. Trouble is I've two ducks in the pond and they both swim around like that! I think I need to fix little weights to their rumps to balance them out!


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 15:57

61 minutes KEF. Not that I'm counting or anything!

Not quite bankrupt yet - in fact I've £20 in vouchers I'm struggling to spend! But gosh its a good job my wallet is sealed shut it the moths would have had quite the fresh air today!


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 13:08
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Clari - a Glaswegian translation of that crest would be 'nae danger'....

Ha ha! It was "Sans Peur" originally but I can see any Glaswegian clan members slurring it out!


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:57

I hope the skip is big enough! We're still finding no end of things left in the garden by the previous occupants. I can't decide whether 20 broken roof tiles were left "just in case" they'd be useful or whether it was easier to just leave them in the corner. As for the other things we keep finding - its a good job the local tip is near by!


Pricing up the railway sleepers, scaffold boards, 50+ slabs, and all the other "little things" I keep thinking up for the garden design. Its getting expensive!!

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:15
Victoria Sponge wrote (see)

Love those primulas Clarington 


Thank you Victoria. I spotted them on Monday when I went to get some more surface covering plants and came away with much more than just the Stratiotes aloides (water soldier) I had intended as they were just too pretty to leave there!

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