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Posted: 11/08/2015 at 10:25

Our Aloe Vera has been kicked out of the house His Lordship wasn't too happy when you had to be careful closing the curtains as so not to catch its overhanging bits but now its filled the windowsill and has taken to attacking you when you come into the room (its over 110 cm across and over 80 cm tall including the pot).

It has a few pups that I will give chance to grow a little before I pot up so that it can carry on in its own little way but I am so upset not to be able to have it in the house (there's just no room!) It survived eight years of university with his lordship and best mate living above the cooker and quite often being covered in grease, muck, and dust. It was either drowning in foul smelling water or forgotten for six months.

Does anyone know if I stand even a tiny chance of having this as a greenhouse (unheated) plant over a Yorkshire winter?


Pat E. I hope things don't smell too bad there!


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 10:06

Morning all! A much welcome day off here: I've the washing done, the pastry base for a tart in the fridge chilling, some drawings done (for a Great Fire Of London display at work), and now I must rest before my spine throws a complete tantrum (even mild painkillers it seems set off my stomach problems so I'm trying to resist going to the doctor to get back on the harsh painkillers I used to take unless it gets much worse and hopefully I can force the subject of pain patches).

Its amazing how much you get done while pacing the house waiting for the vets to call Poor Reggie having cut his paw badly is now hopefully well onto the way to having an operation to de-bridle it and sew it up as he'd snapped the staples and didn't like the idea of "months and months" of resting (no walks!) if we let it heal naturally. He's not having a good time: his lordship wouldn't let me get him snipped while he was under as he didn't think that fair. Men! I was more concerned about the whole needing another general anaesthetic.


Right. I'd best get that kettle on: anyone need anything? I need to make a run to the shops for butter to make some biscuits so get your shopping lists in!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 15:55

Odd you mentioned the bees Marion: I was wondering whether all the ones in my garden (currently attacking the lavender) were hungry? Its harvest time up here so I guess their normal food sources are disappearing. Either way we've had more than a handful of bees falling off plants and looking almost drunk. I've cut a juicy plum in half and left it in the lavender and put some sugar water in there too to give them a helping hand.


Posted: 05/08/2015 at 14:37

Afternoon all. 

A much needed day off today and I've managed to cut the front hedge including on my neighbours side (I did knock on their door to ask - and left the cuttings in a pile as requested for her son to tidy up later though I am not sure he'll be impressed with that!) Even if it did involve standing on the truck bonnet as I trust that more than a ladder.

Its doing its best to threaten with rain which is not fun when I am trying to get a mass of washing done: how can two people and one dog generate so much washing?! I hope you're all having nicer weather (although my garden would benefit from the rain so I'm not sure worried).

Keep safe: I'd best get back outside and finish painting the bird boxes (my partner brought one of them for my birthday gift over three years ago. I'm hoping by beating him around the head with it he'll finally put it up for me!!)


Posted: 04/08/2015 at 20:18

Evening all. I'm still here: just! Are we half way through the holidays yet? 

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 08:27

I wouldn't risk it Veronica just in case.


Posted: 27/07/2015 at 08:26

Morning all . afraid the summer holidays are keeping me busy so haven't had chance to nip in of late. My garden is in an awful state! Mind you so is my hair and my car!


Hope you're all well.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:36

Fidget - oh has been working away this week mores his luck so haven't had chance to talk to him properly. 

Congratulations on the baby boy Supernoodle! Enjoy gardening without the upchucks once more

The hound was insistent he alerted me to something happening at 03:00 this morning. He's now still asleep on his bed. 


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 21:48

Oops! Out of the 46 days of school holidays I'm now busy on 32 of them.


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 19:36

Evening all! Just worked out that of the 46 days of school holidays I've got 29 (so far) events teaching vital life safety through hands on learning booked in, I'm meant to have 14 days holiday, and there's two days worth of meeting leaving me.... one day to get ready for the next school term!  I forsee a whole lot of late nights in the horizon.

Wonky: CONGRATULATIONS on not going too crazy waiting all that time. Insane to have put you through that!

Steve: awesome looking boat. I do miss sailing!

Trying to motivate myself to either drag the dog for another walk or poke around in the garden or... generally not go to bed before 21:00!

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