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Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 16:18
Doghouse Riley says:

I had some sympathy for Will, until I saw the photographs in the press immediately after he baled out of Strictly letting the BBC, his partner and his fans down. He'd obviously deliberately given the media  "photo opportunities" by taking stuff out to his wheely bin and then going for a walk in the park.

In his situation it would have been sensible to have kept his head down for a few days, but I think it's indicative of his attention seeking nature.

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 Arrogant stuff and nonsense - putting the bins out and walking the dogs is 'normal life' and just what he should be doing.  Don't know how many pop stars and musicians you know, but I can assure you that most of them live a normal life, doing just that sort of thing - it's not attention seeking. 


Last edited: 14 October 2016 16:21:56

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 15:14

Our washing's been out on the line Hosta, but I've just got it in and draped it around the upstairs radiators, just to air. 

There's a bit chilli con carne simmering in the oven - OH will be pleased with me 

Anyone else listening to GQT from the Old Vicarage at East Ruston?

Pleasant surprise.......

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 14:09

Richard - thank you - looking forward to seeing the first ones here 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 14:06

Good to see you Steve - was thinking about you just the other day and hoping you were ok 

Catnap - love those borders - love the grasses, the work well, being repeated like that 

Toad (?) in border

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 13:29

Maybe it was you keeping everything watered that attracted your toad to your garden, especially if the gardens around you were suffering in the drought.  

Toad (?) in border

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 12:48

Lyn, that is exactly what our toad does, up the concrete path at the side of the house, under the very low locked solid wooden gate between two high brick walls and across the terrace to the dark dank area where I store my pots and where the slugs and their friends like to lurk .  I know it's the same toad as I've photographed it in both places and compared the photos carefully. We've seen other toads in the garden too, but I'm sure this is the same one.  I think toads can really flatten themselves to squeeze under narrow gaps.

Lovely to have newts too    We have some smooth newts here, but when I lived on a smallholding we had a large colony of great cresteds - wonderful to watch the males mating display in the ponds on a sunny day. 

It sounds as if you live in a lovely spot 

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Laurel hedge too wide

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 12:42

Alaurel hedge is unlikely to have been planted as a staggered double row as beech hedges sometimes are, so no, I don't think it will be possible to uproot a lengthwise portion of the hedge without destroying it.

What a laurel hedge needs is regular trimming, at least yearly - height and width.  

You can cut hard back into laurel and it will regenerate, so I suggest you have her side of the hedge cut right back to the main trunks this winter, and then seek her agreement to allow you to trim it properly every summer after the birds have finished nesting - late July onwards should be fine.  

That should keep it back from her garden on her side.  You should also trim your side at the same time but not as hard back - that way you'll still have a thick hedge to maintain privacy for you both.  

A well kept laurel hedge is a lovely thing, and so much nicer than a fence - and at least you don't need to paint it 

Viburnum × bodnantense 'Dawn'

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 12:28

It grows into a very large shrub - up to 2.5m tall by 1.5m wide - I think it'd struggle in a pot and you really wouldn't get the best out of it. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 12:11

Too damp underfoot and chilly around the ribs to go out bulb planting today - I've still got some narcissus and crocus to do, but they'll wait a bit longer.  At least it's a bit blowy so I've got some washing on the line.  

Toad (?) in border

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 11:59

If you've found a toad in your garden it's likely that you've already provided the right habitat - and yours may well travel from your front garden to the back - ours do.  Lots of ground-cover and some slightly curved rooftiles underneath an overhanging plant in a dark damp corner seem to be what keeps ours happy 

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