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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Coffee anyone ?

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 18:01

Peat B - get some live mealworms - I've got a robin feeding out of my hand and off my lap every day


Posted: 30/04/2015 at 18:00
KEF wrote (see)

Verdun the best advice I was ever given was by Diana Lamplugh, Suzie's mum who started awareness classes after Suzie was murdered. Diana died some years ago from dementia. 

Don't fight unless you can carry it on!  Poking in eyeballs who can really do that  If you run from standing you pull muscles and can't keep running. If you are grabbed drop to the floor women are more equal that way rather than fighting standing up 

Be aware who is around you and walking home if suspicious keep crossing the road, you know if you are being followed. If grabbed scream FIRE!! people respond to that not to cries of HELP   If you are chased throw something through a window with a lights on anywhere in the street, you can repay if you are still alive.  

When approaching your car in the dark have your keys ready in your hand don't start fumbling in your handbag..if you are attacked keys are better to disable someone with rather than your fingers. 

My old gran used to say if they are bigger than you smack them in the throat 

Thankfully I haven't had to do any of the above. 

I remember a talk by Diana Lamplugh and most of the above - I've always been ready to lob a brick through a lighted window - and always get my car keys out before I leave the building I'm in -  I tried to instill it all into Wonky some years ago - hope she's remembered - she sometimes walks home late at night through not the most salubrious area. 

Ivy leaves turning black

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 17:54

I agree Pansyface - sounds like frost on tender young leaves - it'll grow some more

Coffee anyone ?

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 17:53
Peat B wrote (see)

With the change in the weather this past few days, I think cocoa, Bovril, hot choccy laced with rum is more to the challenge than simple tea !  Cheers !


What time are you coming around with the tea trolley/cocktail bar tomorrow morning?

Dying hydrangeas

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 17:50

Jesse - Verdun's right - and the clue is in the name - Hydrangea - the name comes from the same root as hydrate - and indicates that it likes plenty of water (not soaking but damp soil). 

And I also think that some of the discolouration on the leaves may be due to the cold night temperatures/frosts we've been having lately.  Your hydrangea had probably been kept in more sheltered conditions before you bought it and the cold weather was a bit of a shock for it.

But don't worry - it's not dead and hydrangeas are pretty tough - give it plenty of water now (not too much but keep the soil moist around it) and I'm 99.9% certain it'll recover.

Hydrangea Annabelle is gorgeous and so is Limelight!  Go for it   Any questions just ask - we like helping 


Posted: 30/04/2015 at 16:25

It's fun isn't it   I changed my name by Deed Poll a few years ago - the scammers and cold calling salespeople usually work from old electoral rolls/phone books etc, so they ask for Mrs Old Name - gives me a moment to gather my thoughts and decide whether I want to play games or whether I'm just going to say, 'No, she doesn't live here'.

my first produce

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 16:22

Congratulations!!!  Enjoy!!!

Due to family stuff I'm a bit late in sowing my toms - doing mine tomorrow!

Rhubarb variety and when to harvest

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 16:10

The usual way of killing rhubarb is to over-pick it. As Welshonion says, let it build itself up again.  I usually mulch in July and again in Oct/Nov.

Don't worry about winter - it comes from Siberia.!!!

The dangers of gardening

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 16:07

Bless you!  Get well soon ((hugs)) 

I fell and broke my wrist last September - a total PITA!!!   But at least it was autumn not spring - you must be feeling sooooooooo frustrated!!!  Wish I could help ...

ID please.

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 16:05

Yours may well be fine on a sunny windowsill if it's used to it - we don't have one so I'm careful not to put it in too much sun outside - like us, plants have to acclimatise to sunshine

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