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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

It's my birthday

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 19:12

Happy Birthday to Mr & Mrs David Matthews - hope you're having a lovely day


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 16:14

I'm back home and bushed!  Aged Ps quite well considering, Flowers from Pa for Ma had arrived and were gorgeous - lots of spring flowers including anemones, Ma's favourites.   I didn't stay too long as it's Pa's 95th birthday tomorrow - my son will visit in the morning and help him open presents I left today, and then in the afternoon my brother will visit. They'll be exhausted after that.

I did some food shopping on the way home - now that's all unpacked and put away so I'm going to put my feet up now

Lawned - is it a word

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 15:50

'Lawned area' is definitely ok - like 'fenced area' or 'paved area'!  But if you're not confident using it then find another way of saying it - what about 'an area laid to lawn' - that's an acceptable term.   That's one of the wonderful things about the English language - there are so many ways of saying the same thing.

who/what has been eating my Red Robin leaves?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 10:04

I've used Nemasys Vine Weevil nematodes with good results. 

Info here


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 09:49

Hurrah!  Here you all are   Thanks to Daniel and the team

Still jolly chilly here but they're promising us better things to come - I've got a busy day today as am visiting Aged Ps to help them celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary

pop goes the weasel

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:54

Weasels do amazing things


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:50

Hello Debby

I'm on the sofa, stuffed with a very good Pizza Express pizza and chicory salad - now watching Eggheads while OH washes up

Hostafan, glad your OH got the major part of that soil shifted - hope you're both going to sit on the sofa with your feet up now

No idea about David's question - I thought there were several major cities in the world that are now in negative population growth ....  but that's not the same as an 'annual zero birth rate' ...... the answer that comes to mind is Vatican City

Lilies & Cats

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 17:27

I think that nowadays there's so much information out there that responsible owners will find the information they need - all they have to do is buy a book on cat ownership or log onto a website for the same and learn about what they're doing - just as keen gardeners visit this site and other gardening websites and buy magazines and books. 

A few seconds' googling came up with with this   - which reveals it's not just lilies, but amaryllis, cyclamen and poinsettia as well. Our garden's been full of cyclamen for years but as far as I'm aware the neighbours' cats who all visit us have only been poisoned by anti-freeze (not ours I hasten to add!)

There is of course no accounting for the irresponsible or know-it-all cat owners who don't find out how to look after their pets, but I'm afraid that's one of the facts of life.

I hope it doesn't appear that I'm anti cats - I'm not - as I've said before I love cats and have owned (or been owned by) many wonderful cats.  I don't want other people's cats in my garden, but that's another matter.  On this thread I just think we should remember that life is dangerous - breathing is bad for us - it causes oxiditave stress on our body cells and results in aging and death - eventually.

Just because something might harm our pets it's not everyone else's responsibility - the onus is on the pet owner.

Lilies & Cats

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 15:07

Should every shopkeeper selling a bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk, or even worse, Fruit & Nut, warn the purchaser not to feed it to dogs as it may make them ill?

cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 14:19
Debby wrote (see)

Apparently if they are doing a survey and not directly offering to sell or supply something, they do not have to check the TPS list, but I did discover that they get a black mark against them if they have to disconnect the call, apparently if you swear or put the phone down this is to be expected !, so if someone calls and asks if they are speaking to Mr or Mrs so and so or the lady/man of the house just respond with " no but hang on a minute ill get them for you ", put the phone on the side and carry on with what you were doing, after a couple of minutes they disconnect and the calls seem to now be very rare. 

I explain that I used to work in marketing (I did for a while) and I know that the results of surveys are used in marketing - the results are either commissioned by a company who wants to sell something, or they are sold on.  I ask them to prove to me and the TPS that their survey will not be used to market anything ... they have always hung up.

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