Latest posts by Dovefromabove

So...Re-booted Two!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 13:59

I remember some years ago, when I was still in my fifties and we lived in the middle of Student Land in Norwich, narrow streets of Victorian terraces, I was stuck on one side of the road and my car was on the other and the road was like a sheet of polished glass - OH was away and I had to get to work - I didn't know what to do - I was actually considering getting down on my hands and knees and crawling across the road  when I saw a young man, a UEA student who'd just moved in about six doors up - I'd seen his parents drop him off and heard his mother call him Daniel - I called out to him and asked if he'd mind lending me his arm to get across the road because I'd got a bad knee and if I slipped I might be off work for weeks - he was an absolute gentleman, helped me across the street and into my car, then scraped the windscreen front back and sides so that I didn't have to stagger around holding onto the car - what a star.

If any of you had a son called Daniel at the UEA about ten years ago, you brought him up very well indeed 

Of course, there was a home made cake with his name on it on his doorstep at the weekend. 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 12:35

Back from the farm shop with a small piece of top rib, two duck breasts, two pork escalopes and some chuck steak, some local Williams pears, a dressed crab, a celeriac and a tin of artichoke hearts. Our weekly large sourdough is delivered on Saturdays so OH will bring it home with him tomorrow. 

That lot should keep us going for a while - we've got sprouting broccoli, celery, leeks and peppers etc in the fridge and potatoes and carrots in a big earthenware tub in the garage.  I've got some smoked bacon stock in the fridge so I'll  put a big pot of spicy lentil soup on the go inn a few minutes, but first I need a 

The entrance to the garden centre has had a makeover since yesterday morning - lots of Russian Sage and other low shrubby stuff has been removed and the large area around the two double gateways have been replanted with lavender and  about a dozen very tall Juniper 'Skyrockets', approx 20ft tall.  Very striking.  

So...Re-booted Two!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 12:17

Muddle Up, have you tried the stretchyspringy wire things - Yak Trax - I've got a dodgy knee so I never go out without them in ice and snow - I keep some in the house and some in the car - the only problem is you have to take them off to go in shops etc, so cue substantial silverhaired woman standing on one leg clutching at her foot with one hand and the shop doorpost with the other 

potting and root growth

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 12:05

The way I see it is that a tree planted in the ground is likely to make a bigger tree than one that is kept a pot, therefore it is important to develop a substantial root system early on in it's life, rather than encourage too much top growth at the beginning.  

As for whether a small tree can be planted out in the ground, yes ... after all that's what happens in nature ... however it runs the risk of being damaged by animals, pests and unwary humans, whereas if it's in a container while it's at its most vulnerable it can hopefully be protected a bit better. 

Your worst Christmas present!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 09:23

Logan, I had a string puppet - it was Muffin the Mule   I don't remember asking for it either, but I loved Muffin on tv so my parents were on safe ground.

Come to think of it, I don't think most children asked for specific presents back in those days -  it really wasn't that long after the war and rationing etc and we were grateful for what we got.

The best present I ever ever ever got was a toy farm made for me by my Pa 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 09:06

Hope it all gets sorted out smoothly Fidget 

Nothing to do with gardening

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 09:04

Phone cameras are so good nowadays aren't they?  Most of the pics I post on here are taken on my iphone. I've got a Fujifilm finepix S that I treated myself to a few years ago, and the results are great - it's taken a while to get the hang of all its possibilities as of course my photography studies module back at art school were definitely pre-digital!!!  

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 08:57

Lilly P - heating engineers must think we have nothing better to do!  

I've just sneezed 11 times in succession ... don't think I should go looking for dust ...

ID please

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 08:46

That looks like an amaryllis, possibly A. 'Green Magic' - currently stocked by Sarah Raven.

Your worst Christmas present!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 08:39

Only my ex MIL could get it so wrong - a pair of bright blue ribbed petite tights ........ for me!!!  No way, not in any circumstances could I ever have been described as petite   And as for the thought of my sturdy limbs in bright blue ribbed fabric   .................!!!  

I've a suspicion she may have won them in a raffle and kept them in her Christmas cupboard for someone she needed a present for ................ bless 

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