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caterpillars on pear tree

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 12:09

So that's what it was ... I found the empty 'nest' on my espalier Concorde pear a few days ago when I started getting back into the garden following my 'accident' and enforced 6 weeks on the sofa ...... a few leaves missing at the end of a branch and the empty webbing and detritus ........ doesn't seem to have done much damage 


Posted: 04/08/2017 at 10:45

I just think it's so sad when neighbours are regarded as strangers ... when we moved in we introduced ourselves to everyone we saw ... now we don't socialise together or live in each others pockets, far from it ... to be honest I don't even remember everyone's names (I'm shockingly bad at names), but I bung the ball back on the few occasions the boys behind us get overexcited with their aim and if I don't see it they come to our door and ask for it politely ... when I said it'd landed in the pond and frightened the frogs they wrote a funny little note of apology.   If the ball bangs loudly on the fence too many times I shout telling them that's enough now and they stop ......... until the next time ........ they're boys 

One neighbour uses his chainsaw and chops wood loudly more than we would like, and in the summer the boys behind us have their friends round to play on the trampoline and their dad (who sometimes works nights) shouts at them a bit.   Someone's teenage son has friends around on warm summer evenings when the parents are away, and they sit outside strumming guitars and smoking (!) until the wee small hours.  

 I noticed next door (elderly chap) had a dripping pipe from the tank in the roof and let his daughter know when I saw her visit.  The other side take in parcels for us and we do the same for them, and we keep an eye on their house and garden when they're away and they do the same for us.  The idea of being upset because neighbours can see you when you're in your garden is just odd to me.

I come from a village where people used to chat over the garden fence and take each others washing in if it rained ... no one there would lie dead in their home for days with no one having missed them ... and in bad weather older children  would be sent around to ask if elderly neighbours needed any shopping done ... ... I'm used to being part of a community ...   

Last edited: 04 August 2017 10:48:55

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 10:26

Whoopee! Wonky ... that's really nice of them   Whoever said they don't have a soul  Now you can celebrate properly   

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Posted: 04/08/2017 at 09:54
Hostafan1 says:

I think I've sent less than 10 text messages in my life.

See original post

 I find texts really useful, especially for family ... it means I can send a message to Wonky, her brother or my brother during the day when they're at work, and they can respond when they're free to do so ... if I phone and they're at work, or driving somewhere, it interrupts what they're doing.

No good sending a text to OH ... he probably won't have his phone with him, and if he has it probably won't be charged up ... unless he's in London and I'm at home, then he makes sure he's contactable.


Posted: 04/08/2017 at 09:37

It might help if you imagine you're explaining to a child  ... keep it simple and limit the number of words you use 

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Posted: 04/08/2017 at 08:42

Love runner beans ... wonderful flavour ... much nicer than french beans ... what on earth are you folks doing to them 

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Posted: 04/08/2017 at 08:41

I've got an elderly iPhone that I bought second-hand via Gumtree ... think I paid about £75 four or five years ago.  I pay £9 a month for a SIM only contract with Virgin, send several texts and photos a day, make several calls a week and surf the web every day and post photos on here.  I've never ever used my whole allowance.    

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Posted: 04/08/2017 at 08:34

It's bright and dry here Hosta, but so windy I'm wondering whether the runner bean poles can possible stay upright ... 

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Posted: 04/08/2017 at 08:18

Fairy ... PM 

For those who loved All Creatures ... have you seen The Yorkshire Vet series on Channel 5?   I just love it ... it's James Herriot's old practice ... one of the partners was trained by him, with real life characterful Yorkshire farmers and folk and their animals ... cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, cats, iguanas, alpacas and parrots ... the whole lot. The vets are just lovely ... as a farmer's daughter and former smallholder the whole programme is compulsive viewing in this house.  Love it. 

Last edited: 04 August 2017 08:20:37

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