Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Support for a single grapevine

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 08:08

Hi Aster - this may be helpful


Posted: 26/12/2015 at 08:03

Hi Steven and Merry Christmas

My best advice would be to talk to other allotment holders - their local knowledge and experience will be invaluable and they will be your allies in the adventures to come.

I also recommend joining your local Horticultural Society - put your postcode in here

Good luck

I know it's not Poldark, but ..........

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 07:56

As an Agatha Christie fan, Wonky has drawn my attention to the three day Aiden Turner Fest, starting this evening (Boxing Day) at 9pm on BBC 2, and continuing on Sunday and Monday - And then there were none ...  with a great cast and featuring Aiden Turner who, if the Radio Times is to be believed, spends the whole three evenings wearing little more than a towel .......

Will someone please give Runnybeak a sedative and a cold shower ............


Posted: 26/12/2015 at 07:44

Little-ann - our hearts go out to the people of Cumbria - so very very sad.    Thanks for keeping us updated.

Glad to hear you're ok



Posted: 26/12/2015 at 07:11

Good morning all   G'day Pat

Sorry to hear about the bushfires   The BBC news website is covering the Australian fire situation.  In the Northwest of the UK the army have been brought in and are helping prepare for the next expected deluge - erecting metal flood barriers and filling sandbags etc.  Also evacuating the vulnerable.

We had a lovely day yesterday - our grilled lobsters were wonderful   We had some lovely presents and had a lovely walk across the marshes.  Not sure what the plans are for today.  Think the forecast is for wet here too, so don't suppose we'll get outside ... we might just have to eat pork pie, cheese and chocolate ... and watch Aiden Turner on the telly


Posted: 25/12/2015 at 15:22

On sofa in lovely new wrap (pres from Wonky) full of lobster and raspberry semi-freddo, slightly inebriate and watching Wizard of Oz ........... Merry Christmas everyone

To my loyal subjects

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 15:09

All this One can say is, thank goodness it's the D of E's turn to do the washing up - far too much of the Christmas Spirit imbibed by this Royal Bird


Help needed with yew tree selection

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 14:30

As Nut's post explains - the faster growing the wood, the less strength it will have.  That's why oak is stronger than willow or pine.

It's not the variety of wood per se, that gives it the strength - it's the characteristics of it's growth.

Festive Cats

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 14:25


This is how cats are supposed to behave in the garden





Posted: 25/12/2015 at 13:05

Hello again folks - we're back from a brisk walk across the marshes - kestrels hovering and woodpeckers drumming.  It's great out there!  And we got back just before it started to rain

Great to see Pdock - ((hugs)) to him and Mrs Pdoc - as Hosta says, 'one day at a time'

Good news about your friend Wintersong - I hope 2016 brings her stability and happiness in her life. 

We're having a lovely day - we've been given some great presents and had some texts and phone calls from loved ones.  Bro has visited Ma and all is very jolly at The Lovely Home - the table is set and the chef has the turkey under control and the presents under the tree will be opened this afternoon (along with the sherry)

Lunch will be ready when we feel like it, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is on in a minute  

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