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Posted: 11/07/2016 at 11:44

PlantPauper: since I've been told to go forth and cure myself the stick tea is all I have this month unless I want to resort back to my liquid only diet. And not the good liquids. Its complain and warm water all the way!

Can you imagine a life without crunchy salad? Or biscuits? Or.... *sobs* steak???

Hosta: well done on the 10 hours sleep! Now just keep waving the chain saw around its obviously working.

Four pages of schools phoned. 25 pages to go. I've had to stop for a break I fear I'll turn into a parrot! "Hello my name is Clarington phoning you on behalf off...."


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 11:40

Lynne. I'm not sure Monty is available right now so I'll try and help instead.

Firstly: decide that vegetables you ACTUALLY EAT. There's no point growing enough strawberries in hanging baskets to stock Wimbledon if no one eats them: trust me on this (anyone want any strawberries??)

Cut and come again lettuce is fast growing and will live happily in seed trays which could satisfy your grandchildrens curiosity and naturally short attention span. You should be able to find plenty of different varieties / colours easily too.

Had it been spring I'd have been suggesting tomatoes (grow happily in a bag or bucket and you can get miniature varieties like tumbling toms which while small have one hell of a strong taste. Chillies would also be a good one although they take a long time to harvest but being in a terrace means that if you plant in early spring you should be lucky with the shelter of the building creating protect from the frosts and cold that hamper their growth.

Think also about the likes of basil, mint, parsley, and other herbs that will happily sit in in a pot (on the windowsill in some cases) and can be cut and left to regrow several times over.

Tell us what fruit and vegetables you like and we'll see if we can suggest which are suitable!


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 07:26

I did indeed Dove! It's a blend of dried vegetables and berries so at least not tripe flavoured. I wanted to know how strong a taste it had while weaning him on to it so I could work out roughly how much I could sneak in before he'd notice and turn his nose up.

I'm not above chewing on (good quality) training treats in a bid to make him realise that they were food!

Dead trolley bargain hunt

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 06:59

The daft thing is health and safety could be easily satisfied by putting the plants into a plastic sealed trough / tray so the water doesn't fall through the shelving onto the wet floor. Staff training in using a sealed water sprayer on a trolley to mist the plants rather than drown them will get around lifting heavy watering cans or the possibility of flooding shoppers.

Since they are usually stored outside (where, here certainly) floors have to be designed to safely accomedate rain and thus puddles so any over spill can be accommodated safely with a wet floor sign.


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 06:53

Morning all! Firstly happy birthday Pats other half!

No sign of any rumblings from the tea. Fidget you're correct they do contain senna. Due to multiple medical conditions my stomach doesn't always react as expected with laxative type properties. So far no reaction I am still so full of yesterday's glut fest. I might not need to eat for a week which is a shame because the fridge is still full.

My morning tea tastes rather like the nutritional supplement I feed the dog. Nutty with a hint of floor sweeping.

Off to work (today is my day off) for a day of phoning primary schools to announce some fantastic news for foundation years. Unfortunately we only just got the news ourselves on Thursday so not ideally timed in terms of getting schools to know about it to book for next term. Still we do like a challenge!

I hope the rain lingers heavily over my garden so it's sunny for the rest of you!


Posted: 10/07/2016 at 19:48

Runnybeak; thank goodness I have an outhouse is all I can say. Good for the garden and all that.


Posted: 10/07/2016 at 19:25

Sun rain food sun rain food drink rain rain rain sun food rain repeat.

My stomach is fit to bursting! 

But worse to come. My detox tea (part of my "try curing yourself based on suggestions from the Internet" due to the GP being too strained to see me) bares the warning "may produce laxative effect"  With this much food in me should I be warning Yorkshire water??

The family have now departed. The dishwasher is working hard.

I'm just going to lay here!

Positive visualisation for the doc

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 07:30

You're right Lily. Why use the fire engine when I've a riot van with functional transportation cage in the back...

Perhaps we could drive the neighbour into the countryside and let him find his own way home?

Surely this is positive thinking? They're always encouraging people to get out more and exercise!


Posted: 10/07/2016 at 07:26

Morning all. 

Pat I hope you feel better soon.

Well the sun is currently shining and family are expected in a few hours so dare not check the weather report! Hosta; typical isn't it. I'm sure that if I ever had a surprise day off it would snow just to put paid to plans to enjoy the (currently full of frogs) garden.

Positive visualisation for the doc

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 23:01

I'm mainly imagining the damage we could do with 400 gallon of water at full  pressure to knock some decency into this neighbour.

But I hope, just hope it helps a little pdoc

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