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The blue tits are house hunting!

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 13:04

When we cleared out the bluetits' nest in the autumn, it was apparent that the other main material used to make the nest was hair from next door's fluffy tortoiseshell cat - don't know how they gathered it  I'm very tempted to hang her up in a wire cage to make life easier for them as well .............................. only joking! 

The blue tits are house hunting!

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 12:30

I rake moss from the lawn and put it in a wire cage that I usually put one of those blocks of birdfood suet in.  Our bluetits used lots of it last year .  


Pitch Forks & flt tyned lifting forks

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 11:08

Why is being a Jack of all trades so often disparaged I wonder - I've found it very useful - once, when attending a  Social Services  county seminar one of the Directors was bemoaning the increasing number of teenage pregnancies in the county.  She explained that this was her responsibility and asked for suggestions to help reduce the number - during the coffee break I mentioned that I have a Certificate in Castration and Lambing - her eyes brightened 

Rock Garden

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 11:03

My OH is developing an enthusiasm for alpines - I started him off by planting sempervivums where he could see them from his studio - bit by bit the interest is increasing - now he's talking about getting a trough - a Modernist trough with sleek lines, but a trough for alpines nevertheless - I'll turn him into a gardener yet 

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 10:38
JIMMMY wrote (see)

.... a bit like Monty's, use of the term one third leaf mould when making his own compost! ....

I don't have a problem with that - what's wrong with knowing what the ideal would be?  Even if we have to compromise, at least we then know what to be looking for when buying a potting medium.    If he told us to go out and buy commercially produced composts that would also spark criticism I'm sure. 

Apple Trees

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 08:53

Two other cookers well worth looking at are Howgate Wonder and Blenheim Orange, both of which are actually dual purpose


There's a good explanation of Triploid apples here 


Pitch Forks & flt tyned lifting forks

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 08:25

Lynn, there are four and five tined muck/manure forks.  There are also similar forks with rounded blobs on the ends of the tines - these were used for loading beet (mangolds for cattle fodder or for loading sugar beet into the elevator to load the lorry in the days when that was done by hand - no wonder Pa was so fit)  the blobs were  to stop the fork tines spearing the beet - they were also quite handy for removing horse poop from pasture. 

I've discovered I'm quite knowledgeable about forks - who'd have thought it - it's amazing the stuff you can find stored in your brain if your root around in there enough 


Posted: 13/01/2014 at 08:16

Good morning all   - have a good day Panda!  It's quite a mild morning out there - pale blue sky - walk done, bed changed and washing ready to go in the machine after I've had a shower, but first I must have a couple of mugs of coffee .......

BL, Ma liked Wiltshire - but she too was educated at a convent; Pa ate them but he'd had years of Ma's cooking (poor chap, his mother came from a family of bakers and was a wonderful cook).  

As you say, they're better than a lot of similar meals and quite reasonable, and the delivery chap was very good, putting everything in the freezer, putting the new stuff at the back etc, and helping Ma with the cheques.  

They might have tasted better if Ma had got a microwave, but she insisted on burning them to a crisp in her awful old oven, then taking them out one handed and walking across the room to the table with her zimmer in one hand and the baking tray in the other - absolutely flatly refused to have a work surface next to the cooker or to move the cooker next to a work surface 

Plant ID please

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 20:58

Lovely plant, UK native, likes it's feet to be damp, good near rivers, streams, ponds etc. or in semi-shade  Not classified as invasive in the UK as far as I'm aware - in fact it's good for pollinating insects so definitely one to have 

Butterfly Palm dying????

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 20:45

I've no idea Jenny, but this link might be of interest

and will bump up this thread in case anyone else who is about can be of more help than I can 

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