London (change)
Today °C / °C
Tomorrow °C / °C


Latest posts by Dovefromabove


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 07:44

Oh dear!  I did warn you - drive carefully - there's ice out there!


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 07:22

Happy memories of good singsongs around the fire in the local pub Pansyface - even if it was in Suffolk. 

Growing up on a farm, there was always work to be done and stock to be fed, even on Christmas Day - so big presents didn't get opened until after Pa had been out and fed and watered the animals and come back in for a cooked breakfast.  Christmas Day was the one day that unless they were very mucky the pigs didn't get cleaned out, but just had a layer of fresh straw on the old (making cleaning out doubly hard on Boxing Day of course).

I remember one Christmas morning very clearly - Pa had been out and fed the pigs and come back in and we were all eating breakfast prior to opening the big presents, when the phone rang! 

It was the Misses Bs in the thatched house across the way - please would Pa come and retrieve his pigs - they were all over their  garden and rampaging through the veg patch!!! 

In Pa's hurry to get back indoors that morning he must've not shut one of the yard gates properly, and a dozen half-grown porkers had made it their business to leave the farmyard, run across the road, through the hedge and into the Misses Bs' garden - we all (even we children) pulled on our welly boots and coats, hats and gloves and went out to herd the pigs back. 

They were having a lovely time and weren't that keen on returning home.  Fortunately Mr F, who worked for Pa but had Christmas Day off, had heard what was happening from his house up the road and he came and joined in the pig-herding and eventually they were all safely back where they belonged. 

Ma made everyone mugs of hot cocoa and Pa arranged with Mr F that he'd go over to the thatched house later in the week and put the garden to rights - fortunately there wasn't too much damage, but lots of piggy footprints in the soft soil! 

That Christmas we didn't open our presents until after our Christmas lunch!!!


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 07:05

I'm very sorry that you have Lyme disease Carol, it's a horrid condition.  A  regular poster suffered from it for quite some time and it had a huge effect on his young life, but thankfully he has been able to move forward and forge a career for himself in horticulture.

However, while of course we don't know everything and there is still research to be done, much of what you say is hooey and the stuff of conspiracy theorists.  For example, "Before the 2 world war very few had cancer."  Of course they did - 7 out of 8 of my gt grandfather's siblings died of it = my generation has regular checks to get it early.  The  difference between now and then is that we're better at keeping records now. 

I'm sorry that you're feeling so awful, but I really think you need to put what energy you have into getting well in the fresh outdoor air, gardening and walking on the beach etc, rather than spending your time in front of computers researching half-baked conspiracy theories.  Sorry if that seems harsh but I'm sure it will do you more good.

Wishing you all the best for a good recovery very soon.


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 06:52

Good morning all

There's a sharp frost out in the front garden this morning with ice on the puddles and the car windscreen (at least I don't have to clear it to go to work - thinking of those who do and sending warm gloves )

The temp in the back garden only dropped to 1.7C, still pretty chilly but nothing's frozen 'out back'.


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 06:45

BL - so glad to hear the good news

Positive thoughts for everyone with cares and worries this week.

Verdun, I find that when opening the door to cold callers, be they promulgating their religion or trying to sell double glazing, telling them I'm off work with Norovirus works a treat - you hear the gravel crunching as they run up the drive  - well it worked the time I did have Norovirus, so why not use it again

Help Please.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 06:31

You also need to check your Forum Settings and make sure you've ticked on Advanced Edit.

Forum picture

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:36

I was  ... but the joke was so visual - it was about a woman in a see-through nightie looking as if she was advertising scatter cushions - the image I saw in my head was so clear that I laughed through my tears - the second glass of wine probably helped. 

Forum picture

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:30

I've a very soft spot for Ken Dodd - he was on tv the evening of the day my marriage had ended - and he told a joke that made me laugh

Forum picture

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:14

Pansyface , I mentioned one of your posts to my OH this morning - he roared with laughter - he'd misheard me and thought I'd called you Pantyface


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:05

I went outside a little while ago and squelched across the lawn to the cold frame, the pond is full to the brim and the herb garden is virtually knee deep in water .... and the rain is still battering on the windows

Think I'll put my feet up, get a glass of something and watch Sue Perkins on the Mekong .... see you in the morning folks .... sweet dreams everyone

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Snowdrops to see in East Yorkshire

Snowdrop Spectacular!!! 
Replies: 8    Views: 193
Last Post: 23/02/2015 at 11:25

Norfolk bargains?

Trachycarpus fortuneii 
Replies: 0    Views: 122
Last Post: 14/02/2015 at 10:20

Winterwatch BBC2

Starts this evening 9.00pm 
Replies: 9    Views: 352
Last Post: 19/01/2015 at 22:27


Please help me choose 
Replies: 11    Views: 295
Last Post: 09/01/2015 at 17:02

Trees and their relationships

Interesting info about fungi, microrhyzal organisms and trees 
Replies: 3    Views: 269
Last Post: 05/01/2015 at 18:01

New Year Gardening Resolutions

What do you really mean to do differently in 2015? 
Replies: 37    Views: 1203
Last Post: 01/01/2015 at 18:00

Formatting Problems

There's a rogue thread 
Replies: 8    Views: 325
Last Post: 11/12/2014 at 16:47

Christmas lights in the garden

Replies: 99    Views: 3633
Last Post: 24/12/2014 at 21:51

John Innes Compost

All your questions answered 
Replies: 6    Views: 520
Last Post: 24/11/2014 at 07:52

Amazing amateur wildlife photos

Russian foxes in the Arctic Circle 
Replies: 17    Views: 947
Last Post: 15/12/2014 at 00:00

Hallowe'en Howlers

A seasonal joke thread 
Replies: 30    Views: 703
Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 10:04

Tree of the Year

Some wonderful photographs of wonderful trees 
Replies: 3    Views: 315
Last Post: 29/10/2014 at 08:07

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

All welcome ............who's coming? 
Replies: 392    Views: 8781
Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 21:56

It's a mystery ....

Can you name this plant? 
Replies: 6    Views: 446
Last Post: 26/10/2014 at 19:27

Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
Replies: 2    Views: 335
Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 10:57
1 to 15 of 103 threads