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Latest posts by Clarington

Hanging basket theft

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 07:36

People steal them to sell off to (mostly) unsuspecting people wanting to add a bit of colour to their garden without any effort. It is unfortunately very common.


Posted: 07/04/2014 at 15:58

Heavy rain heading north KEF! Start building an ark our car park has flooded already! Alas no lightening or thunder which I am finding most terribly disappointing. I do love a thunder storm and it would make up for the fact that I definitely wont be digging the plot tonight - it'll be far too wet I'll end up with most of the mud on my socks.

Guess that means I'll have to crack on with the ironing instead. Curses!

Digital Edition access for Paper Subscribers

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 15:29


As you can tell we are often very easily confused here! Do you mean you want to read your subscription electronically (digital version) as well as the paper version you currently receive through the post?


Posted: 07/04/2014 at 15:26
fidgetbones wrote (see)

Clarington, some bread makes me bloat. I have found its the ones with soya in. (added as a flour improver) Also smoky bacon crisps make my finger joints swell. I reduced my arthritis rapidly once I realised that it was an inflammatory reaction to things I was eating.

When Ryton Gardens was first set up, I used to go and have my lunch there when I was in the area.  I got talking to Lawrence Hills and dropped that out, and he took me to see his wife (Cherry) shortly before she died. They both had fairly restricted diets because of intolerances to various foodstuffs. He explained how much their health improved with the right diet.  I hope you find the culprits soon.

I cut the first salad leaves of the new season yesterday. They were a lovely addition to a BLT. I'm not allergic to good dry cured bacon.

Thanks Fidget, I'm feeling better already with SO much more energy even on my tiny calorie intake that its only too clear that a food somewhere was causing my problems. I'm going to have a go at making my own bread again to play around with what flares me up (if its not yeast - otherwise they'll be very flat breads). I'm sure I only react to certain brands as when *I* did the shopping I could eat the bread just fine so I might be a soya fend like you! We'll get there eventually I'm definitely going to be making more foods myself though - not just to avoid any unexpected extras being added to my meal but simple things like hummus are so easy to make and freeze into little portions I find myself now questioning why I ever paid the price for it in the first place!

Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Lily, glad you had a lovely lunch and feel a bit better. My good friend is down today but doesn't live near me, I wish I could see her and cheer her up instead of relying on funny text messages about my planting antics!!

OL. One of my dear friends lives in America so I don't get to see her at all (time zones meant that since we both have brain injuries neither of us could work out when was the best time to use Skype!) But I love getting her little emails even if they're just telling me about the girlfriend trouble her teenage lad is having. Keep contacting your friend I'm sure she appreciates it. Could you surprise her with an emergency Royal Mail delivery of chocolate? (I've done this several times to friends I can't be with as a little surprise other than bills to be popping through the post).

Evergreen Complete 4 in 1

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 15:08

Rob what does the packet say? Does it state what conditions you need (temperature / for it not to rain for xx hours afterwards) ?

electric seed propagators

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 15:07

Do you insulate it in some way so that the heat doesn't just sink into the benching? I'm thinking perhaps an inch or two of carpet underlay.

Now these have to be built in such a way that should you dear grandmother spill her tea / bladder in bed she's not going to get the shock of her life so I am not too worried about the electrocution side of things although repeated soakings would concern me a little. Do you lay a thin plastic sheeting over the top to avoid any over flow that might affect the electrics / make the blanket go horribly mouldy and nasty (though at least you can pop them in the washing machine) and no use for next year?

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 14:34

I found two solitary muscari in the garden so far. I am really hoping they spread they look so feeble on their own!!

That's a mighty find looking camera. Alas no funds to buy it until the garden is done (and then the house, then the garage, the MOT on the truck... )


Posted: 07/04/2014 at 14:27

Thanks OL and Scroggin, I did read the article but thought perhaps I was being a little simple and just couldn't see the where to plant instructions! Glad to see they're accommodating - I think they'll go closest side to the hedge as this'll be the area I'll struggle to reach most (and don't really want to be constantly up against the hedge annoying their little dog!) So it'll be better for me to have a near bomb proof plant that stays there all year round.

I'm not going to pull any rhubarb this year as the crowns look quite little and I've no idea how old they are so I'll treat them as first years and make progress from there!


Posted: 07/04/2014 at 14:23

Its not. I can assure you!


Posted: 07/04/2014 at 13:58

I am convinced its yeast, apples (but not cider - phew!!) and possibly something else bread related (but potentially only certain brands - to add confusion!) I'm not too worried about adding ones that don't react first - I just want to get a healthy diet back as I'm really struggling to get enough calories into myself currently (averaging 600 a day - yesterday was 345 calories) and no offence to vegetables but I really miss a nice steak.

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