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Latest posts by Clarington

how to deter cats from fouling in your garden

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 09:52

That's a clever idea if it works. I wonder if its possible to put some kind of similar thing on your side of the garden so that if you've a neighbour you don't talk too you could put it on the fence (esp. if you own the fence) without complaint that their cat can no longer get out their garden into yours.

This year's lodgers

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 09:46

Gosh that sounds just wonderful. I grew up next to a Church so every night in the garden you'd be able to lay there feeling the bats speed past you til your nerve broke.

Since moving I haven't seen as much wildlife (it is definitely more urban here) which for me is a great shame. I'm hoping as the seasons pass I will be able to add little things (hedgehog boxes, another insect hotel...) to encourage any passing visitors to spend some time enjoying the garden as much as I do. Certainly with my collection of bird feeders (they're currently going through 18kg a fortnight week of seed) we're seeing more finches, a couple of blackbirds, the resident robin (who is most fond of the meal worms we're providing), fat pigeons, but unfortunately very few blue tits and such like.

Since adding the pond we've seen three frogs - since I can't see a pond for a good distance on good old google earth I do wonder where they've come from!


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 09:35

Verdun I'm so glad your mother is doing well. People are weird unfortunately - often caught up so much in their own little worlds that they don't have the inclination to even think about helping others yet then you find neighbours you barely know bending over backwards to help. I wont share you the story of my aunt and her disgustingly selfish acts that near sent my mother over the edge when their father was dying - it gets my blood pressure up too much (fortunately she disgraced herself so much the family have since abandoned her).
Just keep close to those wonderful people who have enough goodness in their hearts to help and remember that it's perfectly acceptable to "return the favour" when family members decide to call upon your generosity.


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 07:45
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Aw!  Clari - poor you - can you grab another half hour?

Only if I napat my desk & I'm not sure if the boss will like that idea! Oh well - I've a committee meeting tonight too so should sleep well when I eventually get home tonight!


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Posted: 29/04/2014 at 16:51

Gosh that's quite the packed greenhouse!


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 16:28

Busy - I've tried (in the name of science ) still cider and though I can't have too much I didn't seem to get the reaction I get with everything else (can't drink real ale so it was a very nice surprise!)

There are several foods I can only eat small amounts of (garlic, beans, and onion for instance) but that is easy compared to standing in the way at the supermarket trying to read all the ingredients! I do feel sorry for those who have a child with an intolerance who have to try and feed a family while also catering for their needs and listening to the "why does my friend at school get to eat.."

Its strange how so many people seem to be getting it now - certainly I had my fair share of mud and farm yard germs growing up (many people say that allergies are often caused by your mother being too protective and bleaching everything in sight) I wonder if the way we process food like wheat has changed the product and some of us just can't process it? I'm sure there are hundreds of ideas why and thousands of people who think that many people "choose" to be intolerant because its the latest fad which push the figures up.

The doctor said mine could have been caused from an infection that weakened my immune system, as the result of trauma caused by "The Crash", something in my genes, or that I could just be an "unlucky one"... it seems there are so many things that can cause it! Still of all the things to suffer from at least this I can control and am not reliant on drugs / scary operations. For that alone I am grateful.

apple blossom

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 16:16

I'm in South Yorkshire and didn't get round to pruning my tree last winter (only moved in at the start of December and it kept slipping down the to do list) but have noticed that we're only just getting blossom. The pear tree has been and gone and the crab apple tree is about a week ahead.

I don't know if the lack of pruning is reason for the poor turn out so far.


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:52

I brought my future mother-in-law a hedgehog house for Christmas (she'd been dropping hints all summer to the family and so got her gift early (since it'd be no use at Christmas!!) You can get some really "pleasing" designs while your own wildlife areas develop.


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:47
MrsGarden wrote (see)

Is it confirmed now Clari, gluten intolerant? or are you still having to cut  out / slowly reintroduce other things as well?

Gluten has been confirmed, as has apples & apple juice (but not cider?), anything that's fizzy (i.e. cola) and caffeine. We're still working through everything else (I'm currently slowly introducing dairy) but we are at least starting to have interesting meals again

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