Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Seed Germination Time?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 16:07

You want what I've got - a heated windowsill propagator

See my post above - and today, the Pattypan squashes have appeared four days after sowing


Sunflower seedlings

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 15:46
Anomander wrote (see)

Right, well that fixes it- I'm sowing my seeds direct in May....

Me too


But watch out, the young plants are slug magnets - use the plastic bottles to help protect them

Training plants up tile hung house

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 15:31

Hi Carina

I think I'd put some posts in and fix either wooden trellis, netting or wires to them.  I wouldn't fix supports to a tile-clad wall.

Plants are heavy when wet, and also exert a lot of pressure when buffeted by wind and hanging tiles are decorative, not structural. 


HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 14:48
pansyface wrote (see)

Just to throw another red herring onto the fire - it has always struck me that our "special relationship" with the USA is a very one way affair. Could it not be that Uncle Sam only wants us in because we (technically) both speak English and form a nice little bridge for them into the vast market of Europe.

Not that I'm in anyway biased - got relatives over there who think the same. 


Verdun wrote (see)

just research as much as possible Hazel but allow for gut instinct too.   

Clearly few people know very much...the more I hear and read the more I realise that. 

talking this morning with a group of small businessmen the consensus was that EU rules are killing them.  The possible influx of huge numbers of people was a worry expressed too.  This is in Cornwall where we still have space.  goodness knows how it will be for you guys in population high areas 

whichever way this thing goes at least views are being aired here.  This is good 




Clarington wrote (see)

Hosta I am glad you're back in the land of... well us. Enjoying having your lordship waiting on you (don't get too used to it though).


Dove: you're reminding me how just how much I hate shopping. Its not the shops (well it partly is) but all the people who seem to be in their own world with not a penny to care for others.



It would have been so much simpler if I'd caught the bus

Pipes for watering

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 14:19

I use a soaker hose laid along the foot of a fence where I have several clematis and honeysuckles.  I give that area a good soaking once or twice a week during the summer - the improvement in flowering and health of the climbers has been noticeable.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 14:12

Fairygirl, I bought some spring back from the market - local asparagus  along with two fresh trout and some Majorcan new potatoes

All ok at the dentist

For some reason my watch was a little slow, so I'd missed the bus into the city and drove in. Big mistake!!!

After the dentist I went to the market to get the trout etc  for supper, then I had coffee and a toastie in Café Nero then back to the car which was in the John Lewis car park. The spaces in that car park are narrow, but I'd parked right in the corner up against a wall as I had no passenger - there was plenty of room on the driver's side when I got out.

When I got back some plonker had parked their brand new white Citroen estate so close to my car that I couldn't even get to the door, let alone open it wide enough to get in. Fortunately there was a low concrete plinth on the passenger side so I had just enough room to open that door, slide the seats back and shuffle and clamber over into the driver's seat - not easy in a coupé with a built up central console for a traditionally built 64 year old with a gammy knee. I very nearly left an angry note on the Citroen's windscreen, but I didn't have the emotional energy left.

Then when I left the car park I somehow got into the wrong lane through the myriad of roadworks causing chaos in central Norwich at the moment. 'Oh well' I thought, 'I'll follow the car in front of me and eventually we'll get through the roadworks.' We were heading towards the route home when suddenly that road was closed too!

The only route available to us was straight ahead on a road usually only accessible to buses and taxis. I hesitated - a taxi behind me hooted and a bus driver waved the car ahead and me through - we had no choice - heaven knows if we were allowed to drive there - I expect if we weren't I'll be getting a ticket through the post shortly. Great

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 12:07
good to hear from you Hosta. Love to you both. I'm sitting drinking coffee in a
Cafe Nero overlooking the marketplace and thought I'd check to see if there was a news from you, and there you are! Take care x

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 09:37

Ah yes BL - it will be heaving and best avoided in the summer!

There's a lovely riverside pub not far from here where we were taken by some friends last summer - I can't remember the name today but it will come to me. 

Topbird - crabs and coriander on the list

It's absolutely tipping it down now

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 09:31

East Anglia is highly agricultural and my family are farmers.  The area also has a fishing fleet - the consensus that I hear around here is that quitting the EU would spell economic disaster. 

Hope all those disaffected Cornish fishermen are taking advantage of this, and not just moaning into their pints of Doom Bar

Apparently Cornwall receives more EU money than any other county in England - but is there the possibility that some Cornish businesses have shot themselves in their collective feet by not following the regulations?

I suspect that a lot of the moaning about the EU is because small business don't like paperwork - well, that's just life in the 21st century - we all have lots of paperwork to complete - it's not just the fishermen and the farmers. 


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