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Posted: 17/06/2015 at 09:03

Lesley   our doors have the sort of hinges you can't get at!!!  Flippin' modern designer houses  In the past I've always lived in very old timber-framed houses with Suffolk latches and big hinges - so much easier when things go wrong

Dd - glad things are getting a bit straighter - you can always put some little notes up challenging people to spot the 'special weeds' left purposely for rare insects that you have in your garden

Next step for rose cuttings

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 08:58

That's lovely - let us know how they get on


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 08:56

Hi Jim

It's called the June Drop.  There's info here which refers to apples, but its the same for pears and other fruit trees

There's nothing wrong and nothing you need to do about it

Coffee grounds and slugs

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 08:52

I remember talking to some people in Italy a long time ago - they said that the problems with the Brits is that we try to enforce the keeping of the EU rules and regs, whereas everyone else (well, the Italians anyway) only prosecute if someone contravenes one of the rules and then something awful happens as a result. 

That seems the sensible way to me


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 08:44

The builder has left with some tomato plants

Pet Rabbit

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 08:38

I'd back a fox against paving stones any day and if the fox knows there's a rabbit there it'll come back - I'd use weld mesh to make the run, including the floor, and fix something noisy to the run (some bells?) so that if it was tipped it made a noise - foxes don't like making a noise. 


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 08:33


we now have a door that opens and we can access the 'facilities' without going via the front garden

With a great deal of effort, patience and skillful manipulation of hacksaw blades and dinner knives the Lovely Builder managed to get the 'latch' back and open the door. The faulty latch has now been removed - he will get a replacement which he will fit next week when he comes to do a small job on the roof.

................... and breathe 


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 07:28

Good morning all


The door latch between the sitting room and the hallway is jammed shut!  The kitchen and living areas are on this side of the door. The downstairs loo, stairs, bathroom and bedrooms are on the other side of the door.  Thank goodness I was downstairs and on this side of the door when it happened! We are having to go out of the front door and round to the back door to access anything!  We've been running around the front garden in our jimjams and dressing gowns - we have got dressed now and OH has gone to work

I've phoned the Lovely Builder (it was 6.45  I didn't realise how early it was) and he's on his way 

We've tried levering it back with a dinner knife, and unscrewing it etc but to no avail. There are two of these oak doors with glass panels in the house - the other one is between the dining room and kitchen and that did a similar thing about a year ago - I think something in the latch had snapped - and the Lovely Builder rescued us and fixed it then. There's obviously a fault with that particular make of latch.

We've realised how fortunate it was that I was downstairs in the living area when it happened as we habitually leave the back door key in the lock! Must stop doing that!!!

cultivating weeds again or not ?

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 19:50

Could be Chenopodium album - known as Fat Hen when it's a weed and Lamb's Quarter when grown as a vegetable - a great favourite with Indian cooks


Posted: 16/06/2015 at 19:26

Hello folks - I'm back from visiting with Wonky   I now have little punk ladybird larvae on my roses, some night scented stocks for the garden and a bunch of sweet peas in a vase on the dining table.  She has some smashing seedlings all pricked out and potted on - I never spotted her green fingers before but she certainly has them

You'll see that a visit to Wonky's garden has had quite a rejuvenating effect

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