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Posted: 30/06/2014 at 13:36

Lesley - I think I'll buy a hedgehog house. OH has too many projects on his list that aren't progressing as it is and he'd never let me use his tools!

As for vehicles. Well I do volunteer at The National Emergency Services Museum and have friends who own a variety of steam rollers, tractors, and classic cars, so if nothing else the car park will look amazing!

Two daughters getting married so close together? Sounds like madness I am already fed up of a friend going on about their plans I can't even imagine what it would be like with two daughters both getting stressed out!



Posted: 30/06/2014 at 13:32

The mums are both very talented and have lots of crafty tools so I'm sure they can be put to good use when not buying hats... providing they'll make what I want not what they want that is. Something our families are not especially great at. My ideas are normally declared not good enough and tossed to one side in favour of what they wanted to do in the first place. Fun fun fun!!

Perhaps I should have brought some more lavenders and had those as favours! Could you imagine how the church would have smelt with 100 or so lavender plants scattered around! (Anything to cover the smell of bat poo that it normally smells of).

A friend brought jelly beans from Costco and is having her favours as jam jars filled with jelly beans. Her wedding isn't til mid August and she filled the jars several weeks ago and I just hope they don't sweat or anything! I feel a little sorry for her parents whose house they once thought they were getting back when she moved out is now being filled up with wedding things! My cousin went for Webster biscuits as that was her new surname but by the time the guests got them they were a little too tipsy to realise and most of them had scoffed them with the coffees before realising they were special!

A trip to Gretna Green is a distinct possibility...


Posted: 30/06/2014 at 13:15

Speed is not something my partner is known for unfortunately (seeing as how it took him six years and an arm pinned behind his back before he realised that he might just want to marry me ) So prices are not going to fun. I've several very talented friends with (very expensive and more twiddly bits than I can dare to mention) cameras who I am rather tempted to ask if they'd work as a team to take photographs (fortunately all men not known for the pleasure they find sitting through a wedding so I don't think they'd mind too much especially if they're in a team so there's not too much pressure on them).

Best get on Pintrest in the evenings and work out what we can do ourselves!

Free Lavenders / Free Perennials

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 13:08

How strange that everyone seems to have gotten 47. I got 48 but one is most definitely dead so another 47 here. Gosh the smell when you open the box for the first time is potent!

Mine are all potted up in plugs - labelled! I'm just hoping inquisitive visitors on Sunday don't mix them up. 

We're on a mega mega strict budget now for the garden. Alas I can barely give plants away to friends I'd never be any good at selling them!


Posted: 30/06/2014 at 12:18

Lesley - I'm just hoping that I get to see it occasionally rather than just its deposits .

The amount of bird food we're going through is insane. I think the woman at Pets At Home is starting to think I'm stalking her I'm in there so often. I rather hoped the cherry tree might slow down consumption but it just seems to encourage more birds!

That alas will have to change - I wont be the only one on a diet the birds will have to be on a limit too. I've just been looking at prices for the wedding. The photographer alone wants £1000


Posted: 30/06/2014 at 09:54

OL - We've an ornamental cherry tree in the garden that is currently home to a huge amount of blackbirds feasting - its wonderful to watch but their having to "lighten the load" before they take off is causing quite the mess on the greenhouse roof. 

Wonderful to watch though there will still be plenty of fruit for us as the definitely a pear tree" is most certainly producing a good crop of plums!

I'll be building a fruit cage when the vegetable plot is done (I'm already collecting cheap bushes ready to go in!) As we have a huge amount of birds visit us I can see them harvesting everything the moment it appears. I'm going to put some more fruit bushes around the outside of chicken run to "sacrifice" (and hopefully put off the neighbours cat from spending too much time chicken watching as well as providing a bit of shade).

Something that only you'll appreciate - after almost running over the hedgehog on the drive on Thursday night we have discovered that he has taken to protesting by emptying himself all over the lawn - hedge poo everywhere! Its strangely exciting to find and now I'm in search of a nice hedgehog house to put by the compost bins as that area isn't disturbed much.

Talkback: Harvesting garlic

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 09:35

My garlic now fully harvested has been drying away in a cooler area of the green house (the only space I had that wouldn't get rained on where I could spread them out fully).

What is best to do with them once they're dry to keep them at their best for longest? Are there any ways people recommend so they last through the year? I don't know whether to cut them up and put in the freezer in ice cube size portions ready to throw into the pot as required, try to plait them now they're dried and keep them in a cool dark cupboard, or....



Posted: 30/06/2014 at 06:25
Morning all. Bright and early working on my CV!


Posted: 29/06/2014 at 22:33


Posted: 29/06/2014 at 09:22
Morning everyone. Eventually managed to get the Android to accept basic edit so I can post again! No fun and games here alas, starting to suspect partner wont even try to pretend to be happy that we're engaged. Can't wait till we see his family next weekend and grandma forces her wedding ideas on him.

Raining here now - hoping for a light drizzle all day as my garden is in desperate need but the steam rally doesn't want to be a complete wash out!

Day in the car here with a long journey across the UK to pick up some much needed car parts. Keep safe everyone!

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