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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 08:07

Glad Mum's feeling a bit better Verdun - you're doing her proud  

When I hear about other people's siblings maybe mine's not so bad after all


Posted: 10/12/2014 at 08:03

Good morning all - I overslept!  Has Panda got my bodyclock again???

Awful weather up on the West coast of Scotland - Stornaway coastguard talking about the sea state being 'phenomenal' - apparently that's a tech term for the worst it can possibly be!  And a lifeboat's gone out to rescue a Spanish fishing boat whose wheelhouse has been smashed by a wave - brave people those lifeboard men and women!

Keep those hatches battened up there in the northwest!

Feeding birds.

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 19:09

As with most things in life, we get what we pay for - and if something looks too good to be true, it usually is

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 18:37

I have to own up Beaus Mum - that was last year


Posted: 09/12/2014 at 17:49

You can put potatoes in your compost bin - but I don't because they're likely to attract rats - rats love potatoes above almost all things - my brother (potato farmer) says rats will do anything (even eat through a concrete wall) to get to potatoes, and he swears they can smell a potato a mile off.

I don't put potatoes in my compost bin.  I do put potato peelings in the compost bin, but make sure they're well spread about. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 17:41

And Fishy has his own cares and worries - but never forgets to give support to others - think he's a bit of a hero too

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 15:57

If it's going to live outside it would be better in a generous sized terracotta pot using John Innes No 3 loam based compost with some added grit.  Compost in a metal bucket would freeze much more easily and as I suspect that the roots may have been damaged when the tree was dug up and potted, I would rather give it some tlc and give it a good pot and decent compost.

Christmas trees that have been potted often have damaged roots.  If you want a Christmas tree to live a long and happy life in a pot it is better to buy one that has been 'pot grown' -  but they are much more expensive.

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 15:48

Don't think there's any such thing as 'the perfect Christmas' - every Christmas is different, people are different, seasons are different, things happen (like the Christmas morning the pigs got into the Misses B's garden' - recounted elsewhere). 

However, it's when we have a few days respite from work to show family and friends that we love them, and that even if we take them for granted a bit during the year we don't mean to. 

It's a time to reflect on our own good fortune and to share with others who are not so fortunate in one way or another, and it's at time when, at the darkest and most barren period of the year, we can look forward to light and life in the future (whether that has religious symbolism or not).

It is good for humanity to make time to share and reflect on our lives together and it is natural to gather together when the days are short and the nights are long in order to enjoy each other's company, and I'm sure this is why the tradition of a mid-winter 'festival' is so important to those of use living in the northern hemisphere, whatever we call it.


Posted: 09/12/2014 at 15:21
Pottie Pam wrote (see)

If Lyn and Dove have a meet next year can I come too? I live near Perranporth.  I let my cottage out in the summer and live in a caravan for a few weeks.



We could all meet up at a lovely garden somewhere - as long as there's cake I'm sure OH won't mind    Verdun could come along too if he's brave enough - OH will be there to make sure we ladies don't scare him too much 

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 13:58

I like the warm white lights too, static or twinkling  

I'm not over keen on those brilliant electric blue ones

We'd always had a real tree until we moved here - this house needed a minimum 7ft tree which would be very expensive each year if we bought a good real one, and I needed to be sure that the waxed parquet floor wouldn't be scratched or affected by damp, so we decided to go for an artificial tree - but realistic green trees cost an arm and a leg, so as this house is quite modern we went for a 7ft all-white tree


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