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Fox Glove

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 19:24

They don't need heat - turn it off.


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 19:16

Have a look here  and see if you think you'd like the area - there's lots of seaside towns and villages along the North Norfolk coast, and lots to do there and inland too - you can vist Pensthorpe one of the homes of Springwatch where there's lots for families to do. 

And the beach at East Runton is the most child-friendly one I know, our family's been enjoying it for generations - lovely soft sand  at the top, then when the tide goes out there are rock pools with crabs and winkles and lovely firm sand for building sand castles and playing ball games.  Then when the tide starts to come in again there's lots of shallow water with a sandy bottom for paddling and splashing in

And the drive from Sheffield to Norfolk really is quite straightforward - I've done it quite a few times - and it doesn't take too long so you have time to stop every so often and let the little ones stretch their legs and get some fresh air.  I suffered from travel-sickness as a child so I know what they're going through

birds in my garden

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 17:01

There was a feature on them on Winterwatch last night - fascinating.  Also an amazing feature on a huge number of pied wagtails living on top of a multi storey car park


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 16:56

I've had a lovely hour on the sofa reading my latest RHS magazine - Lots of East Anglian interest - Alan Gray of East Ruston Old Vicarage is now a regular columnist, and Adrian Bloom has a big feature on winter planting - some wonderful photos, and a feature on winter heathers. Verdun, if you haven't got a copy you'll have to get one somehow!

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 15:45

I haven't seen a Song thrush here, but I did hear one singing on a couple of evenings last summer.  We see them at MIL's in South Lincs - she lives opposite a country churchyard with an old stone wall, and the thrushes use it as an anvil. 

Algae removal

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:04

Protect your plants (and yourself) from the bleach -


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 12:58

No idea where you are Perki - a friend in the Derbyshire Peaks is having heavy snow at the moment.  I'm in Norfolk and we have wet soggy sleet.

Make a snow candle like this  we used to make these in the garden when the children were young, and put candles in them as the sun went down - they look magical

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 11:30

A good day for birds in my garden so far

A wren hopping about among the Swiss chard in a raised bed

A jay tucking into the hard lamb fat from the weekend joint that I chopped and put out this morning

Several collared doves, a couple of pairs of blackbirds, two robins, lots of goldfinches and a bluetit.

And the big wood pigeon that OH calls Peabrain, tucking into my overwintering peas!!!   A deterrent sparkly garden windmill has been moved to that raised bed!



Janurary Plants; Which are the easiest?

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 11:23

It depends on what you want and where you want to plant them Alan.

Have a look here  There's a really good search facility down the left hand side.

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