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Posted: 11/12/2015 at 08:46

Verdun. Without Christmas, a proper Christmas not just an excuse to go crazy in the shops, we'd have nothing to do in the dark winter nights.

Do you not realise how many babies this could generate?? Seriously guys we need excuses to be

too tired

too full of food

too busy hiding presents

too upset and angry that you -brought-me-an-ironing-board-when-I-loudly-hinted-at-that-expensive-jewellery

too aww just let me watch this movie its my favourite

too drunk in a I might puke way

to have any even inclination to take off our sixteen thermal vests and cuddle under a blanket.


Yes for some there is a huge religious reason behind Christmas and let them enjoy it because in a few months they have to explain to children all about Zombie Jesus (it was a very traumatic Sunday School the year I first learnt about Zombies I'll tell you).


For the rest of us it is an excuse to stop worrying about what we eat, about projects at work, rest, enjoy just sitting on the sofa "because we can", fill our worlds with colour, and despite the fact that we moan the rest of the year hope desperately for snow just so that we can get out there and be silly. Oh, and not forgetting that once Christmas is over the spring bulb catalogues appear!  

Just a thought .............

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 08:38

You'll get us all in trouble Verdun! 

I do enjoy seeing little bees in the garden: I'm sure anything that looks so busy must be doing something useful. I wonder how they convince the snails to move out (I rarely see snail shells in the garden that are empty: I've tried talking to the frogs about this but they deny all knowledge).


Posted: 11/12/2015 at 07:49

Morning all!  Yesterday (funeral) was absolutely lovely,  it was so nice to see the love from the MANY voluntary groups he worked with. I'd have loved to have walked around and asked for their memories I think we could have filled a book. Not a particularly PC book mark you and it might bring back bad memories for the people who were in the open top bus when he tested the pressure on the fire engine...

The new garage has been measured up: eats into the lawn, two trees need to go (a well established ornamental cherry and a "thing" that was so badly pruned it doesn't seem to know what it's doing so not a huge loss) and is going to have quite a lot of wall which I'm thinking of using to grow trained dwarf fruits trees on depending on how the soil is after the concrete base has been laid. Otherwise I'm thinking an area for pot plants for herbs and delicates that need winter protection. We'll see. Looking at what needs to be done the garden is going to get quite a lot of being hacked around and abuse over the next six months so I'll not plan too much just yet.

Bad weather predicted for the weekend: hope your gardens are all ready! 

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 08:25

No Christmas tree here yet. The dogs stocking is hanging above the MDF sheet that covers the hole where the log fire should be and my advent stockings have been put up by my other half... but HE'S NOT FILLED THEM!! Maybe it's a good job we cancelled getting married next year...

Christmas presents for Gardeners

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 08:20


Posted: 10/12/2015 at 08:16

Morning all. 

Tried to cut the lawn yesterday (it wont stop growing and in tufts is starting to fall over!) But couldn't get the mower to work. Today I really must try and get the petrol smell out of the kitchen; apparently a full strip down and rebuild leaves quite a lingering smell. Even our curry couldn't over power it. Oops! It's rained now so can't cut it but it really needs doing soon.

Last night we looked at our budgetting for the remodeling of the HOUSE. There is so much we need to do, plastering the entire house (once we've chipped this awful crumbling plaster off), a log fire instead of a hole in the wall, a usable kitchen, carpets, and more. We think we can afford £15, 000 ...

... His lordship has decided that the very first thing we need to do is remove the GARAGE and build a new one. At a cost of at least £12, 000. 

It's a good job he's having water and electric in the garage because he'll be spending a lot of time in there.

Times like this I miss having the kinds of friends nearby that would willingly pull up their sleeves and in return for alcohol and meat feasts on the BBQ help me work on the house. 

Dove, its so stressful worrying about neighbours you don't talk too sometimes. I'm glad that things seem to be running as normal this morning for him.

Lilly; I thought I saw Bushman posting but now I'm not sure. Do we have many members that have been affected? It's been awful watching it on the news and the chatter on the emergency services grape vine.

Friends funeral is today. Still doesn't feel real. If you're in the Barnsley area and see a Green Goddess go by do give Stuart a shout. 


Right. More tea anyone?


Posted: 09/12/2015 at 09:00

Awwww puppy! Bless I did wonder the other day what would happen when Monty lost his friend.


His lordship just asked whether my truck had fuel in it (of course). Bit of an odd question I thought... til I heard it pulling out of the drive.


I guess that means his is empty and I get the pleasure of filling his up or not going anywhere today! 

Christmas presents for Gardeners

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 08:55

(Being Yorkshire we have an outside loo: I have to say aside from being very cold in the winter it is wonderful for gardening stoppages!)

Christmas presents for Gardeners

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 08:54

I asked for paving slabs (for the second greenhouse who frame has been propped up by the garage for a year now), but was told that was boring and to think of special. 

So I'm going to ask for some dwarf fruit trees, with pots and soil. Oh and a grape vine to be grown in my second greenhouse that incidentally needs slabs before I can errect it...

Spring shoots in December

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 08:46

STILL pulling flowers off my "early" strawberries. They wont get the message!

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