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Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:58

Congratulations Edd!

Wonderful school group in yesterday and today I'm meeting with the RNLI who hopefully will help me run some summer safety activities. Varied life!

I don't think we got a frost here. I need to jiggle a few things around in the greenhouse tonight and pot up my tomatoes - then pester my other half that my birthday is only a few weeks away and I did ask for help in the garden. That second green house woukd be really useful!

I rotavated couchgrass!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 11:07

If you don't want to use chemicals, black plastic, or cardboard, can you devote enough time to keep going back to the allotment to weed it by hand AND keep on top of it?

What are your long term goals for this allotment? Have work / other commitments become any less demanding on your time that you can honestly say you'll be able to give yourself all the energy and efforts you need?

Or do you find someone to share the allotment with you? I'm sure the council will know if there's a waiting list of people who might be interested in a half plot.

I'm just thinking (since I know how quickly weeds take hold) that perhaps you might be better off using the black plastic and cardboard to TRY and suppress the areas you aren't working on straight away and break the plot into small patches to complete at a time.

hobbies ie arts and crafts........

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 10:57

In between work, the dog, the house chores, and the other half all of my hobbies are tucked in a box awaiting my breaking a leg or something!

Unfortunately whenever I pull out my stitch work or a good book the dog gets interested and if the dog isn't in the way his lordship complains about the mess or that I'm being grumpy (aka quiet because I'm concentrating). 

Where do you all find time??


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 10:46

Well efforts to take Reggie to the vets didn't work well. We leave near two primary schools so I decided to wait for walkies until the traffic and cleared (less stress for him), then we decided to go on a longer walk in the hope he'd be too tired to bite the vet...

Reggie decided he simply HAD to talk to all the other doggies and by the time we got there the vets was closed. Oops! Back for breakfast and we'll try again later after a trip to the garden centre (maybe).

Very windy and cloudy here: I can't decide whether to risk doing a mass washing session and hanging the washing out as if it does rain I'll not have enough space to put anything. Yesterday would have been ideal but the neighbours drains were blocked so it wouldn't have been fair on their patio to have pushed any more water their way!

Have fun doing everything you need to do!


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 08:22

Thanks Dove. You're wonderful!


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 07:52

Send more tea!


Posted: 10/05/2015 at 17:56

Trying to work out how many ways we can eat the rhubarb that's growing rampant in the garden. We gave it a rest year last year with the intention of moving it to the (as of yet non existent) vegetable garden but since its 13 days until my birthday and the "what do you want for your birthday" LAST year was a chicken run he had offered to build I'm not holding out hope of a vegetable garden appearing any time soon. Unfortunately I've not the strength to do it myself nor the money to hire Verdun to come and pose around the garden with his shirt off so encourage my friends to come and help.


KEF: I thought the neighbours drains were blocked I didn't realise it was you!! 


We're back off to the vets tomorrow with Reggie as he still has an upset stomach. I'm hoping they sedate him rather than try to muzzle and pin him down for tests: he's a strong and determined dog! (Who doesn't like the vets).


Posted: 10/05/2015 at 07:10

Okay so who mentioned I might have chance to sleep in this morning? 

Little puppy woke me at 06:30 to let me know he was awake. As he's had an unsettled belly I thought best to leap up and take him into the garden.

He has now gone back to bed, snoring away happily, and I daren't go and climb back in mine for fear of waking up the grumpy OH. 

Still at least we'll be early to drop off the resusi anns!

Hoping to go and visit the pond centre this morning to find some more marginals for something I'm planning in (unsurprisingly) the pond: I have some floating baskets that I can peg down where appropriate to move plants towards the centre of the pond and create some cover from the sun until the lilly breaks the surfact with a few more leafs. Hopefully it'll help with evaporation and blanket weed!

Where have all my fishes gone?

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 07:05

I've seen frogs clinging onto fish in "the throws of passion" which can basically drown a fish (cover their gills, stop them moving, squeeze tighter...) You could have lost them that way. Baring in mind that I thought I had lost all of my fish for several weeks until the day I went and brought some more and... guess who was there to greet us on our return. Do you have anywhere they can hide if something (like a heron) had spooked them?

My parents pond is right up against the house with a large porch door that opens up onto it, surrounded by hedges it makes a really private area even though the neighbours house also sits very close to it so from the sky its a tight landing space. People and cats are always coming and going... heron still got in.


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 20:03

Evening all. Back from the scout camp and we only suffered one bladder related incident (not mine) and one poor lad who couldn't last out and fell asleep on us. Good camp!

Worked out in nine days (on a 30 hour a week contract) I've so far clocked up 97 hours. I don't even know how that is possible.

BUT I AM NOW OFF WORK UNTIL TUESDAY! TWO DAYS OFF. WHOOP WHOOP!!!! Technically I need to go work tomorrow but only to deliver some resusi anns for a Biker Down course.

Now... best get the sythe out and cut a path to the greenhouse. 

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