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Posted: 08/05/2014 at 10:17

I think a tartan suitcase might be more suited! We're all convinced it is not possible to get that many old vehicles together without one breaking down.  It'd have been much more appropriate if they'd suggested we all wore our overalls that we normally live in!

Hmm... I wonder if you can get purple overalls I may have just solved the problem!!

Its proving very grey and dull today. I hope the locals around here weren't hoping to get much done in the garden it looks likes we've lost the lovely BBQ weather we had over the bank holiday for a while.


Donate for us 1940's garden?

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 09:56

Okay Michael that's very useful thank you for that.

Have you spoken to the people organising the 18th century garden in Sheffield (Furnace Park)? I am sure I remember them talking about wanting to grow lots of plants this year - perhaps they will have some surplus you could have.

I have a brain injury so my memory isn't very good - it would be really helpful if you could post here again in June when you're ready to accept plants!

Hedgehog Free

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 09:10

Well done Hartly!


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 09:06
MrsGarden wrote (see)
Catch Clari ... ....just for you to get you through to the weekend

Thank you Mrs G! Its rather needed right now. I shall try to cheer my grumpy little self up looking at potential breeds of chickens and cages. I do so tend to over research things once I've gotten started - I used to be able to identify sheep a mile off because I once saw a poster of different breeds of sheep at the butchers and went on a researching mission.

Wintersong wrote (see)

Morning all...I just had my bathroom ceiling collapse on me but it was alright because Prince William was here to fix it...then I woke up

Oh dear! Less cheese for us all I think!! I dreamt last night that I was looking after a friends baby who unfortunately had rather the bowel explosion and ended up being washed in the kitchen sink. All terribly random but she's attending a midwife and doula convention today / yesterday and so spent all day yesterday tweeting updates so she put babies in my head a little.


Brought myself a dress and tartan sash yesterday to attend a friends wedding in August. Its bad news when your specification for a dress goes:

1. Must be purple (brides request)

2. Must be able to cope with English weather (Yorkshire weather does not discriminate - it'll rain all year round)

3. Must be able to climb into the truck without flashing my knickers as my Land Rover is being used to get the groom to the wedding

4. Must be able to cope with potential jump starting / attending break downs as all the vehicles attending the event are a mix of VW camper vans and Land Rovers

5. Carry a Scottish theme (found out the family moto on our crest is "no fear" !)

I'm telling you blokes and their just picking a suit up have it easy - do you know how hard it is to find a pretty clutch bag you can fit screw drivers and an adjustable spanner in?! Who designs these things?!


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:47

Morning all.

Another day at work. Lacking in all motivation! Oh well - almost the weekend

Mixed up second earlies and maincrop potaotes.

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:46

Oh I am glad you posted this! While reading it I realised I completely forgot to note when I put my potatoes in the ground! 


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 16:38

Fairygirl - we pushed the boat out last night and slept with the window open.

Had my hot water bottle mind you!

Donate for us 1940's garden?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 16:36

Hi Michael. I've been having a think about this - the 1940s society interests me greatly and its something I have studied for many years. So that I can best help you I need a little more information I think.

Do you know what the soil is like there? We don't want to be sending you plants if they wont thrive. Is the garden quite sheltered? Does it get plenty of light?

The 1940s is very well known for its "Dig For Victory" and families were converted to turn their gardens into allotments to get as many vegetables grown as possible. I'm assuming that you'll be focussing more on the growing vegetables than "pretty" flowers that are nutritionally useless for the people are the time if you want to be true to the 1940s or are you less worried about this and more interested in a larger variety?

So its important for me to know - how long are you doing this 1940s garden? Is it just for one year? (In which case its possibly too late to send you some surplus tomato seeds but if you're doing it for two or three or even longer years we could send you seeds like tomatoes for use next year).

Popular vegetables people were encouraged to grow in the 1940s Dig For Victory Campaign (from the top of my head - my history notes are at home)

Potatoes / Tomatoes / Kale

Cabbage / Carrots / Onions

Broad beans / runner beans / peas

Parsnips / Brussels Sprouts / Broccoli


(Not to mention the rabbits, chickens, and the communal pig they'd have had to get around meat rationing!)

I will have to wait until I get home to look at which haven't been planted yet that I could send to you (I know for instance my potatoes are already in the ground, and my tomatoes growing happily).

I have remembered that a couple turned their garden into a 1940s garden last year (they're in North Yorkshire). Their blog is here:

Perhaps it is worth you contacting them for advice on what to grow? They might even have some seeds they could send you.


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:33

Summer pants? Dear lord I've not stopped wearing a vest yet!

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:31

We now have four fresh water mussels in our pond. Its rather fascinating watching them open!

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