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Posted: 13/01/2015 at 21:32

10 1/2 hour working day... not good since I am only meant to be on a 30 hour contract and am doing 20 hours over time this weekend 

I'm hoping by the laws of karma I will return to the garden (by candle light) and find my garlic sprouting! The lack of growth is starting to get a little frustrating! Roll on spring when the ground might not be too wet to work on and I'll be able to dig more vege beds!


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 19:39

Patience may be a virtue KEF but there is something special about seeing little seedlings appearing!


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 13:42

(Its first and second weekend in February. Guess I've a little longer to wait then )


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 13:35

Heavy snow hitting about 13 miles from work. Fortunately my truck is bad weather prepared so if it makes it this far I'll be fine.

Unfortunately its the other drivers that are usually the problem!

Lunch time break so I thought I'd come and check up on you all. Okay okay... so the truth is I saw someone on Twitter saying with such excitement that their chilli seeds were germinating already and I just had to log on to try and check my messages to see when Stacey had recommended we start them!! 

Incorporating Pet Friendly Ideas

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 13:31

Thank you Butter! I'm planning on having the vegetable and herb gardens chicken proofed as much as is ever possible to give any delicates a chance plus I've been looking at rotation systems that will mean they have their own "garden bed" to destroy with fresh seedlings as appropriate to the season to keep their minds busy.

Edd that's a really interesting idea! It might not be appropriate to my garden but has definitely given me an idea of how to separate my vegetable beds so that they can have access to ones as required while keeping the others safe!


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 07:05

Happy birthday to your new teenager Mrs. G!


Regular contributers.

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 16:44

Today is my day off. I've come on to the forum over six or so times today as I sit down and take a break or go to prod my laptop for something else.

Were I not looking at this website I'd be looking at my work emails. Something that I am aware I do far too easily and is not good for my mental health. 

I find this forum not only fantastic for the information members (and the website itself) can give me as I navigate the muddy puddles and over enthusiastic green thumbs of a gardening newbie but for the sense of companionship and genuine concern over the well being of others.

So whatever the intent of this original poster I just want to say

I love you guys!!



Posted: 12/01/2015 at 16:03

I should have known it was going to be a big "garden centre" when I saw signs for coach parking. Alas mostly full of tat (but somewhere to send my mother should she ever visit us and we need to kick her out the house for an hour or so) and clothes shops but I got myself some more garlic to replace my rather empty looking patch of earth (I shall pot these patch up in pots first to give those in the soil a final stay of execution. 

We also have some haggis!

Wintersong: I get them on prescription from the doctor who recommended them but you can get them over the counter. They've not the cheapest but my gosh do they make a difference to me at least and very useful when you can't face tea.


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 13:06

Wintersong - sometimes I can get away with a trace amount of gluten with no effects, other times I can tell the chef has been sloppy in his contamination control even though they insist they keep the gluten free preparation and cooking separate. Unfortunately you can't predict it so its best not to gamble! Have you tried peppermint capsules for bloating when you "get gluten'd" ? I'm on Colpermin® which does make a difference in getting my stomach to not look nine months and due to pop.

Thanks Dove: I''ll consider McSweens. I've seen a few haggis from online stores that are declared gluten free but I am loath to order off a site I don't know. At least being a Sunday I'll have Monday off to recover if needed!

Very heavy rain stops any chances of pottering out to hunt garden centres. Its not helping my wanting to hibernate.


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 12:08
Thanks for the link Dove. Oatmeal is the weapon of choice but when I went to Tesco and Asda both of their haggis selections included wheatflour: it's often added to seasonings to bulk them up.

It's grey and horrid outside. I can't decide whether to stay at home and do the washing or bundle up and go on the hunt for a good local garden centre.

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