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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.


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 07:58

Oh KEF your poor chap! Does he deserve having golf balls thrown at him?



Posted: 12/01/2015 at 07:43

Welcome back


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 07:43

Morning all. Shocker of a nights sleep - my brain was most insistent that I wanted to do a risk assessment for a scouts camp at 03:00  

Today's task is to source gluten free haggis and give my garlic a prod. They went in early December after starting them in pots in October and not one has come up. Surely by now I should be seeing something? I'll have a dig around the end that my darling oh has stood on. Might need to visit a garden centre to get some more going.

How to repot an Aloe Vera

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 09:00

Cheer Verdun.

I could try and find somewhere well out of the way but since German Shepherds are by their nature not tiny and more than capable of opening doors I think I'd struggle to find anywhere that'd give the plant any light I don't want to kill it off its a lovely plant (although not as lovely as my engagement aloes a member on the forum sent me). It's currently on the windowsill with a heater beneath it. Is the reason for not repotting it in winter due to it being in hibernation or some such? How does that work for a house plant; I've never thought before!

It's my birthday

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 08:54

Happy birthday! 


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 08:48

Matty - I go for the ignore them til they say something that's actually interesting route

Have a good day everyone, I've an aloe vera that is in desperate need of repotting and a garden that needs tidying up after all the weekend wind damage.

How to repot an Aloe Vera

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 08:46

Bizzie - what an odd coincidence I was planning on exactly the same thing today for a top heavy survivor of 8 years in a bachelor pad aloe that's squeezed into a tiny pot (and loving it it seems!) Mine is very unstable and with impending dog appearing will it do any harm to pot it now than risk it getting accidentally knocked if lept at?

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