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Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 12:05

That's the one Hosta - awful isn't it?  I can think of much more respectable ways of viewing men in pants


Sufficient Sunlight

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:38

My last garden was an inner city north-facing back yard - I was able to grow runner and French beans, lettuces, beetroot and chard very successfully.  Chives, parsley, mint and lovage were happy in the back garden and thymes, sage and rosemary I grew as has been suggested, in containers by the front door. 

Rhubarb, gooseberries and raspberries don't need full sun, and morello cherries do best on a north-facing wall or fence. 

You'll be surprised at the amount of things you can grow.

The thing I found was that you have to cram as much into the mid-summer season when the sunlight hours are the longest - it's useless trying to grow early or late season veg in a shady plot.  The other important thing is to improve the soil with lots of home made compost and well-rotted manure so that it is dark in colour - that helps it to hold the heat.  Also important it to ensure good drainage.  Most plants can cope with lower temperatures as long as their roots aren't in sodden ground.

Good luck

What passes you by?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 08:46

I agree with Aster - coffee strong and black is the way to go - or the occasional espresso macchiato when you feel the need to increase your calcium intake

Lattes, cappuchinos, syrups etc?   


Posted: 27/12/2015 at 07:57

Good morning Verdun - it's been tipping it down here for the past couple of hours at least    Any news on the new family member yet?


Posted: 27/12/2015 at 07:41

Good morning all  G'day Pat

My thoughts and warm wishes go out to all who have troubles and worries  ((hugs))

I have been so fortunate with my back - when in my late 20s I first appeared to be developing 'the family back' responsible for many operations and incapacity in my family, my GP got me  an appointment with Gregory Grieve, a manipulative physiotherapist, who had recently moved into the neighbouring small town.  My GP said that he had an amazing reputation and that he was thrilled he'd moved into our area.  A course of treatment with him, including instruction on what to do at the first sign of trouble, and another course a few years later, and my back has been virtually trouble free ever since - it wasn't until his death that I realised just how lucky I was that my GP knew of him and got me the appointment .

It's only when I've disregarded his instructions that I've had twinges and even then, following the advice he gave years ago has sorted things out.

If you have a back problem I'd recommend seeking out a qualified Manipulative Physiotherapist.


Posted: 26/12/2015 at 13:42

Buttercupdays and Little-ann ((hugs))  what difficult times you're both living through - thank goodness for good neighbours when times are tough

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 12:22

Very exciting Verdun

As a family we've reined back on amounts spent - the youngsters can't afford a lot, neither can the pensioners, and there's no reason why the in-betweeners should spend more than everyone else. 

And my logical mind feels that if larger sums of money are to be spent, then it should be spent by the people who want the items, so they can make sure they get exactly what they want. 

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 11:21

I remember an aunt phoning to explain that my teenaged cousin had taken a tumble from her horse and needed to have a nose op ...... oh yeah?  Very convenient that 

Her brother doesn't recall anything about said tumble but remembers his sister's nose op ................ the thing is, if said aunt hadn't felt the need to phone around the family and explain we'd probably never have noticed J's nose ......... but now, every time we see her, even 45 years later ................

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 11:16

Frankie, even back in the days when I was nearly as slim as Wonky is now, my 33" inside leg measurement precluded a need for 'petite'

And there is no way that Wonky has her Nana's bum ...... and she doesn't have mine either

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 11:01

Wonky will remember the royal blue ribbed 'petite' tights I was given by a member of the 'ex inlaws', the quarter-used bottle of aftershave given to her brother by the widow of the man who received it from said brother the previous year , and the already coloured in colouring book that she received from the same person when she was a child

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