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Posted: 08/12/2014 at 15:36

We booked up quickly to get the cottage and 2014 prices!  They're hoiking them up a bit after New Year.  If they go up much more we'll have to camp out in Verdun's log cabin!

Mulled wine - if you're concerned about it being socially acceptable it should've been started just after breakfast Saturday morning for the Drag Hunt, then you'd need to get another batch on for after church yesterday morning, so it should be nicely brewed by now - goes nicely with a bacon sarnie for breakfast  


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 14:16

We're very excited here - we've just booked a holiday cottage in Cornwall for a week in September

We love our holidays in Cornwall

The lady on the phone said that she'd reserve a week's fine weather for us - but we shouldn't need to worry, Verdun always saves us a lovely sunny week each year for our Cornish holiday

Starting up a Garden

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 12:55

Hi Jane

A hammock sounds a good idea in the summer, but not here in the UK just now! Brrr!!!

clematis and black eyed susan

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 12:51
Edd wrote (see)

They tend to be perennial. Dove. 

I would cut back and place in a pot and then bring it indoors. (all depends on the variety though)

Edit: Perennial mostly grown as a annual.

Well botanically speaking yes, but so are lots of things that we in the UK usually treat as HHAs - like runner beans

They grow so happily from seed that I wouldn't give valuable frost-free space to them.

clematis and black eyed susan

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 11:33

I presume you're referring to Thunbergia, the Black Eyed Susan vine - lovely plant - we had a big pot full growing up a wigwam on our front porch - looked fantastic.  Yes, it's a half hardy annual, so remove it now.

As for the clematis, not really anything that needs doing at this time of year - a mulch of organic matter around the base would be good.  Then in the spring check which pruning group your variety is in and prune accordingly.

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 10:46

One of my favourite books and one I re-read frequently is an abridged version of The Diaries of Parson Woodforde - he gives several accounts of how he spent Christmas - for many people it was a working day with perhaps a slightly better meal - and a day when the more fortunate members of the community considered it their duty to give a small gift to their servants and the poor of the community. 

"...25 Dec. 1786 - It being Christmas Day, I had the following old men dine at my House on roast beef & plumb Pudding and after Dinner half a Pint of strong ale and a shilling to each to cary home to their Wives..."


Mole hills

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 10:39

Some people swear that putting one of those little 'musical' noisy things you get in some birthday cards into the tunnel will send them packing.  Not tried it myself - no moles here - yet


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 10:34
Edd wrote (see)

I know who did it FEF.

Its you!!! They have got you going as Harold Shipman!!!


Too soon?

I think that's taking eccentricity a mite too far


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 10:32

I've got a good image for you KEF!

 Ticks all the boxes!

west facing wall

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 08:52

Yes, plant clematis a good couple of inches below the level they were in the pot.  I find that adding a small amount of lime to the backfill soil is good for them too. 

Have a look here - I've bought several clematis from them, they always arrive in superb condition and you'll be spoiled for choice

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