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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


broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 13:04

I grew 4 rows of Aquadulce Claudia the winter of 2012/13, sowing them in the last week of October - for at least 10 weeks of that winter they were under 18" of snow  followed by a long cold spring.  We had a wonderful crop, starting picking around the end of May. 

Aquadulce Claudia are as tough as old boots.  I've never given them any protection and never had a problem. 

Another 4 rows growing happily out there now

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 07:52
Fishy65 wrote (see)

When Christmas comes around each year, I often find myself wondering what it was like for our ancestors. And I don't mean the 80s  More like the 1680s. Though the reformation had it banned in that century I believe due to the pagan nature of the festivities. But religion to one side...I don't want a political or theological debate, just a musing on how it must have been back then in terms of mid-winter/Christmas celebrating. Comparing those times to now, their winters would truly have been dark. The halls then would really have been decked with holly and ivy in an attempt to remind themselves of the hope of spring and the faith in the regeneration of nature. There are few places you can go now in the UK where light pollution doesn't impact. Traditional festive food, normally very rich and high in fat/carbohydrate, was once relevant because people back then ate poorer diets in terms of nutrition.

Are these customs/traditions relevant to modern society where the average person wants for nothing in the developed western world? Discuss 

Mike, we're talking about the 16/1700s!  I had no idea you went back that far!!!  All credit to you for keeping going that long


Posted: 09/12/2014 at 07:12

Good morning all   Just a quick noodle here this morning as I have a 9am appointment and I'll need to defrost the car!

Clari, hope your back's better today.

Lyn - we're heading your way the third week in Sept.  We usually have the second week (for the same reasons as you) but the cottage wasn't available. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 07:09

Fidget ((hugs))  I'm sorry you've had such a sad and difficult time - but your dad was ready to go and for him it was peaceful (perhaps not for the rest of you though ).  We do have to fight for them don't we?  Perhaps it's always been like that  

You did all that you could for him and he knows that you loved him.

Verdun ((hugs)) thinking of you and your mum.

And thoughts with Matty ((hugs))

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 20:06
Lyn wrote (see)

So the wives didnt get any dinner Dove?

It seems not


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 19:11

Ooh yes please - better make mine a decaff please


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 16:50
Verdun wrote (see)

Cornwall Dove!  You lucky thing.  They all go around with straw in their mouths and hope to have electricity soon 

We're relying on you to save us a fabulous weather week for mid September like you did last time 


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 16:43

That'd be really lovely Lyn   We're going to be in the Truro - St Ives area.

Has anyone seen Jack's Classic stuff in the UK?

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 16:21

If it's still not 'composting' by the time summer comes, you can buy 'compost activator' from the garden centre, but much cheaper and far more enjoyable is to give it the occasional half a bucketful of diluted 'recycled beer or cider' as Bob Flowerdew calls it.

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