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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:19

Lily - I know several people who live in Moscow - one of the most sophisticated and civilised cities on earth - yes it's different to the UK, but that doesn't mean it's worse   But it is very expensive!!!  Of course the current situation may make things cheaper for your family, depending on whether they're paid in UK pounds/US dollars or local currency. 

Don't worry - I'm sure it'll be a fantastic adventure for them - and if you can go and visit you'll have a brilliant time. 



Posted: 18/12/2014 at 07:32

When I fed the birds at work we had a feeder which was a plastic tube with holes in it for feeding sunflower hearts - it had a lid which clipped over the top very firmly!  One day I looked up from my desk to see a squirrel head down and almost totally inside the plastic tube, eating his way down to the bottom!  No wonder those sunflower hearts had been disappearing at a rate of knots!  You should have seen him squirm and struggle to get out of the tube as I walked across the lawn towards him breathing fire!

After that I had to fix the lid down with one of those spring clips you get on the end of a dog's lead


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 07:06

Have a good day Panda

Heirloom Beans

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 06:25

I had a very good crop of Buerre de Rocquencourt this year - they're an heirloom yellow bush wax bean.  I grew them to get a crop of beans between the overwintered broad beans and the runner beans which we can't plant out until after the last frost which is usually at the end of May here. 

The Buerre de R are happy to germinate in cooler temperatures and get going really quickly so I direct sowed them into the veg patch at the end of April. 

Because of our late frosts we need runner beans with a short growing season - I grew White Emergo for the first time this year and was pleased with them - but they're not an Heirloom variety.

If I can find the room this year I may grow some borlotti beans this year - probably Lingua di fuoco which I've grown before - but these will have to be started off indoors in order to have a long enough growing season.


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 06:10

Steve - I too have curvy calves and long boots are impossible to find - when I did a lot of riding I could never wear the cheaper rubber riding boots - I had to have expensive leather ones   such a PITA - I also have really high insteps which means that if a boot is deep enough across the ankle area to get my foot into the boot then it's usually too big in the foot even with several pairs of socks. 

In the garden in winter I either wear walking boots or old jodphur boots or Crocs - and I try to keep off the garden when it's wet - not just because it's bad for the garden to stomp around on it then, but also 'cos I just don't have really suitable boots. 


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 05:57

Good morning all

Very mild temperatures overnight - the lowest was 9.1C and it's 10.7C already   Most unusual.

Today's tasks involve finishing off the last of the wrapping and getting my hair cut.  I'll probably cook a meal as well   - tomorrow is OH's birthday and he wants a Day at the Seaside!



Posted: 17/12/2014 at 20:24

I'll believe you Panda

  Just going to fall asleep while watching Masterchef then snore through the Apprentice

See you in the morning folks!  Sweet dreams

planting fruit trees

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 20:03

Keep in touch Vic - it'll be good to know how things are going


Posted: 17/12/2014 at 19:37

The perils of 'auto-correct'

Wrong coal?

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 19:32

Good result - and they've got a satisfied customer who will probably buy from them again and even recommend them as being good at Customer Service etc - so a good result all round.


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