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Posted: 25/02/2016 at 07:57

Good morning all  G'day Pat

I'm a bit late on board this morning - instead of waking first as usual I was still sound asleep when OH brought me my first mug of coffee!   So instead of coming down in my dressing gown and noodling with you lot I had my shower and dressed and now I'm on the sofa with my second mug of coffee. 

It's probably a good day to have a change of routine as we've a friend coming for the weekend and there's housework and cooking to be done now so that I can relax and natter when she's here.



Posted: 24/02/2016 at 19:02

BL - I hope the lady was reassured that her much loved family home will be much loved and enjoyed by its new family - I'm sure that will make leaving it a little easier to bear


Posted: 24/02/2016 at 16:40

Hosta - glad she's making a referral (particularly with waiting lists being what they are for psych support).  It's good to take action asap rather than when the wrong pattern has become entrenched.  Hope it all works for you.   Don't worry, we won't keep you up late when we visit

I did get out into the garden today, but only to feed the birds, hang the washing out and get it back in again ...... but it was good and dry when I got it in


Posted: 24/02/2016 at 15:07

Made sense to me DD


Posted: 24/02/2016 at 13:59

Hello everyone

I'm back from tennis and the supermarket.  Loadsa shopping to put away but I'm going to have a sit down first.

The mouse was in Tootles' cooker

Think a cooker man sorted it out. 

Sweet dreams Pat ((hugs)).

DD - I hate getting a puncture - I can change a wheel, but now I've got a car that doesn't have a spare so I have to call the Green Flag Man and get towed to a garage

Wonder how Hosta's Sleep Survey went.



Posted: 24/02/2016 at 09:30

Yes, it reminded me of that too Hosta ... what did happen?

OH thinks our smell may be due to a blockage in the fridge drain thingy - the side of the unit is about to be removed too ....... 


Posted: 24/02/2016 at 09:22

Hosta  that sounds like a big improvement

Hello the rest of you

OH has removed the kickboard of the units by the oven and is investigating - there's been a faint but strange smell for a couple of days - we've eliminated absolutely everything -  my guess is that it'll disappear and we'll never find out what it was but we've got a friend staying for the weekend so I'm going to buy some Neutradol after I've been to tennis. 

LesleyK wrote (see)

...  Dove I expect I'll be providing lots of cake at the beginning of each month

I don't suppose anyone will turn up their noses at a regular supply

Jimmy - hope little one is better soon ((hugs))

Plant ID

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 08:14

They taste very acrid and bitter (apparently!) so I doubt that your dog would eat enough to do himself any harm.

They have little bulbs on the roots which spread - try bruising the leaves then using glyphosate - it'll give them a good knockback at least. 

Plant ID

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 07:24

It's the Wild Arum, also known as Cuckoo Pint, Lords & Ladies, Jack in the Pulpit and lots of other names. A fascinating and beautiful plant which catches insects to pollinate it's amazing flowers.  You may have seen its gorgeous red berries in the autumn. 

The berries are poisonous, so don't allow small children to play around them, and make sure that older children know not to touch them. 

As children we used to dissect the flowers to see the insects inside and we never came to any harm - we knew that we had to wash our hands afterwards. 

It can be a nuisance in some gardens as it spreads and is difficult to eradicate, but in a 'wild garden' or woodland setting it's beautiful.

Interesting information here


Blazing Leylandi Hedges

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 07:14

Leylandii hedges do burn quickly once they're alight.  They're dense so the leaf-litter on the ground beneath them is dry as is the centre of the hedge which is brown and dry and the growth is resinous which ignites and flares up quickly.  There have been several reports of leylandii hedges burning away in minutes in our local press over the years.

I'm afraid that the hedge will not grow again - Leylandii does not produce new shoots from old wood. 

Leylandii are very greedy plants and will have impoverished the ground around them, so before planting a new hedge you will need to dig lots of organic matter into the soil.  Well rotted farmyard manure would be great. 

There are so many options regarding a replacement hedge - I love a holly hedge - if you want something clipped and formal there's yew or beech, and Eleagnus x ebbingei also makes a fine hedge.  Or is the site suitable for a mixed hedge of native plants which would attract a lot of wildlife?

I'm sure you'll gets lots more suggestions ............

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