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Posted: 15/01/2015 at 18:23

Yvie I've had the opposite problem. My neighbours took in a parcel for me so I pottered around with the card and their daughter refused to 

a) let me talk to her parents

b) ask her parents if they knew about the parcel

c) believe that the postman would deliver a parcel to another address

How to repot an Aloe Vera

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 14:23

Bizzie - I went for wider rather than generally big because Edds post suggested the roots went shallow and wide and I need it to be as stable as possible (mostly because of impending dog, partly because my partner is as graceful as an elephant).

This plant lived for eight years in an (all male if that makes a difference!) student house with a diet of being heavily watered for weeks at a time then ignored for months on end. Its leaves were sticky with over spray as it sat above the cooker in the kitchen. Heating was erratic as was light when the blinds were left closed for holidays. I don't think it was ever fed or the soil changed (although I seem to remember seeing a tea bag discarded in its soil once: does that count for much?)

Whatever they did it seems to have done the trick its quite the monster! I just hope I don't kill it with kindness!

How to repot an Aloe Vera

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 08:18

 Comparison shot.

How to repot an Aloe Vera

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 08:14

The before shots!



How to repot an Aloe Vera

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 07:59

I'm trying to upload the before photos but it's having non of it!

How to repot an Aloe Vera

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 07:48

This is her after potting. Nice wide (not terribly deep) pot to give those roots chance to spread out?


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 07:47

Morning all. Ironing done, tea drunk, curtains kept closed so we don't need to see what damage has been caused until its light enough to do something about it. 


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 20:28

KEF I've got the hot water bottle ready warming things up for us. His Lordship doesn't think he'll be home for at least another hour (i.e. gone 21:00). 

Dark (cold and windy) nights make me want to hibernate at the best of times (raynaulds and arthritis don't help), trouble is hot summer days and I over heat (can't regulate my temperature due to spinal issues) so I think I really ought invest in a hot tub for the winter months and transform it into a paddling pool come summer!

Actually that might not be such a silly idea...


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 19:12

You keep safe there Verd!! Wet and windy here: but I guess it was risky eating that pate.

Partner is working very late tonight. Its 19:09 and there's no sign of his return. I'm afraid dinner is... fish fingers! I am never motivated to just cook for myself. 

At what time is it acceptable to climb into bed? There's nothing on the television and I'm refusing to do the cleaning I swear this house has dust pockets it releases when your back is turned. (I know: I am so rock and roll).


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 07:15

What cheese did you have for supper Dove?!


Heavy frost outside: I'm packing extra hats and gloves for my school tour today!

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