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Posted: 24/08/2015 at 07:45

Morning all. Only one more week of school holidays before we can go back to normality and I can hopefully go at least a week without getting heat stroke: I've had it at least once every week being out at events near every day including having to pull over on my way home to throw up and pour water all over myself to get my temperature down. 

Of course we'll soon be complaining its so cold but due to injury I can't regulate my temperature very well and at least in cold weather its easier to get a hot water bottle! 

Mind you I don't think I've a day off in September so chances of my garden getting any tlc this year is slim! Got the lawn cut yesterday and composted a few more dead bits but in terms of the grand scheme and major changes I want to make I think I stand a better chance of meeting the queen.


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 08:41



Posted: 18/08/2015 at 07:36

Good luck Panda!

Back to work here: I've got the feeling I'm going to get very wet on today's outreach event.

Reggie has been on a mission to chew his foot off all night we're so close to it healing!!

Confessions of the plantaholics

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 16:48

I managed to be all sensible and not buy three plants I wanted but didn't have space for.

Twenty-four hours I'm still having to resist the urge to sneak out of the house (I don't know why sneak: there's only the dog here and he's fast asleep) to go and get them.


Posted: 17/08/2015 at 16:41

Just returned from the vets with Reggie: stitches are still in (hurrah) and he lasted at least five minutes before trying to chew the new dressing off (agh).

Haven't tackled the wisteria yet: truth be told I'm not entirely sure where the day has gone. I went out to harvest the blackberries (about 1 kg) and decided against doing the bedsheets as it looked like it'd rain... you can almost guarantee it'll poor it down when I step out into the garden with those bed sheets I'm sure there's someone looking down on us sometimes! (And it can't just be the cannabis farm next door).

Puppy is now fast asleep so we'll have some quiet time before I try and decide what to do next.

I choose some Dahlia Dark Leaf (Happy Single Wink) for the garden when it finally gets done. Has anyone any words of advice? I've not brought them yet: foolishly decided to be *gasp* sensible and wait until I actually had space for them. 


Posted: 17/08/2015 at 09:34

Morning all. A wonderful day off and I've sorted out all my work emails and am trying very hard to not waste a rare precious day of peace and quiet as a chance to get everything for work caught up with (I wont get an office day at work for a good few weeks yet which of course doesn't bode well for getting ready for next term).

I need to prune the wisteria: its an absolutely beautiful plant: grows across the outside coal shed and outside loo (dead posh in Yorkshire) But his lordship isn't so keen (it makes a mess after flowering) and its growing right where he wants to put a conservatory. I'm sure the previous occupants said it was over 25 years old (mind you they also said the tree that is currently holding onto a beautiful crop of pears) was an apple tree. I'll summer prune it today but how far back can you prune a wisteria before its time to say your goodbyes?

Have a lovely day everyone.

Videos - no subtitles.

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 08:11

Subtitles would be fantastic.


Posted: 13/08/2015 at 08:10

Morning all. Reggie is still sulking: not helped that his lordship threw a ball at my face yesterday (good job he's not the sporting type his aim would put through windows) which Reggie went to catch but bit my face instead the poor thing got such a shock! No real damage done but my nose will be bruised for a while!

Another day on the road with the museum vehicles today visiting events: I've barely seen the place all summer holiday! 


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 15:22

The hound is home!!

He only tried to attack every female member of staff but was a little angel with the men: we're working on getting him a little more confident around females but its hard work when they're tugging at his sore foot or trying to get him to accept a thermometer up his what not.

He's now spark out on his bed with his fan blowing on him.

I've taste tested the tarte au lemony goodness: next time I'll tweak the recipe a little but its good enough for everyone else to consume... unfortunately. 


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!

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