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It's my birthday

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 20:08

Many Happy Returns Philippa



Posted: 08/08/2014 at 19:29

Campari & soda and Doritos anyone? 


Posted: 08/08/2014 at 19:20

David - I know exactly what you mean - as you know I grew up on a farm and lived most of my life in rural surroundings.  I love dogs. We always had working dogs, labs, retrievers, hounds and terrier crosses. Dogs that knew they were dogs, spent most of their lives outside with us and had their beds in the back kitchen.  If the weather was very bad or they were getting old then their beds would be moved in front of the Aga at bedtime

When my Aged Ps retired they still had dogs, but they had small yappy smelly dogs - I'm sure they could have been nice dogs but they were mollycoddled, overfed and allowed onto  the sofa and to sleep on the landing but they would push the bedroom door open and go in.  

These dogs understood every word that was said to them - apparently   They were frequently taken to 'Gay Dogs' (I kid you not ) for a shampoo and set or whatever these little dogs have to have done to them., but always the carpets were covered with dog hair 5 minutes after vacuuming and there was that faint but insistent eau de canine permeating every room.

The farm dogs may have jumped in a pond or the river, but they never ever had a bath and never smelled like that 


Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:35

David ((hug)) it's your home 

You say 'she hinted' - but do I take it that you did no more than smile wanly.  

I wouldn't mention it to them again if I were you - they must know you well enough to know you're not a doggy household.

If it does get mentioned I'd just say something along the lines of, 'can't you use the hotel as usual?'  I've got all my seed packets spread out on the bed/pelargoniums overwintering under the spare bed.' or something like that.

If they push it further then I'd just say that you know how much their doggy means to them, but you don't have dogs in the house, never have, never will.  They will be very welcome on their own but you're not about to change the habit of a lifetime.  Look them squarely in the eye and smile.

 It's one of the few perks about being 'older' - we can play the 'irrational old codger' card.

They'll get the message 




GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:22

I've just listened to the BBC weather forecast and checked the Met Office site 

IDon't want to be a wuss and 'm happy to go along with everyone else, but just thought I'd flag it up - there's no reason why we couldn't rearrange for a better day is there?

What does everyone else think?


Posted: 08/08/2014 at 17:40

Hire a knapsack sprayer and walk the area, spraying the individual dock plants with glyphosate and removing the seeding spikes at the same time being careful not to scatter seeds).   I'd also spray off the coarse grasses.

Pruning Mulberry trees

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 17:37

I've seen that Wikipedia states they grow to 20m but I'd take that info with a large pinch of salt.

Everywhere else I've seen White Mulberry described as a small to medium sized tree and this site says it'll grow to 5-10m 

If it was me I'd want to be much more sure of my information before I started reducing the size of what appear to be lovely well-balanced trees, and possibly ruining their overall appearance. 

I think more research is needed. 


Posted: 08/08/2014 at 16:51

Hi Janet   don't believe Lily, she only thinks she's the sensible one - she hasn't convinced anyone else yet 

Hogweed in my meadow

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 16:40

  British Native Hogweed is much more common than the alien Giant Hogweed. 

Plant ID Confirmation

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 16:35

I've seen honey and bumble bees on ours, and hoverflies. 

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