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Posted: 21/12/2015 at 09:31

Nice work from the Mods. 

Birdyboots - hope to chat lots more on the forum


Posted: 21/12/2015 at 09:00

Good to hear Mr Chicky's making such great progress - all the best from us

And hello to the rest of you lot as well    

Steve    Think some need to take more water with it 

Worms in Manure Bags

Posted: 21/12/2015 at 08:17
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

There are quite a few 'chat' threads - it's such a friendly forum that I don't begrudge those at all but I can't keep up with them so only have an occasional 'lurk'!  Most of them are in 'the potting shed' forum topic which is exactly what that is for:

"The potting shed
Venture into the potting shed for garden gossip, topical debate or idle chit-chat."

I'm good at being idle but soon run out of 'chit-chat'!

That's fine Bob - someone has to make the tea


Posted: 21/12/2015 at 08:12

Our Christmas Day will be very relaxed Pat - everything will be made or prepped beforehand - the only cooking needed on the day is to pop the lobsters under the grill


Posted: 21/12/2015 at 07:57

The way I look at it is that if they're flowering now I'll enjoy them now.  Hazel catkins are dancing merrily in the hedgerows now instead of around my birthday at the end of January.  If the spring is a bit lacklustre then that's just a price we have to pay   

But yes, a frost or three to deter the aphids and slugs would be good


Posted: 21/12/2015 at 07:37

But even if knocked back, will it be any 'further back' than if it hadn't grown in December?  My thoughts are that if stuff is knocked back I'll remove any dead stuff in spring, give it some feed and it'll grow on as usual - fingers crossed.

I think if we get a warm spell early in the spring followed by a cold snap that can cause some problems, but I'm not going to worry about this mild spell ............. yet


Posted: 21/12/2015 at 07:30

Thank you Pat   Although confused I'm sure Ma will really enjoy Christmas - the fantastic staff at The Lovely Home will see to that - the chef always cooks a fantastic roast turkey meal for them and some of the Trustees come in to carve the turkey and pull crackers and play games to ease the pressure on the staff.  It really is a fantastic place and we are very lucky.  My brother lives a bit closer than I do, and the roads his way are better, so as long as all is well on the farm he'll pop over in the morning and help Ma open her presents.



Posted: 21/12/2015 at 06:56

Morning Fidget  

Think too much 'Christmas spirit' may have been taken on board!   Don't recall any previous incidents quite like that on here before ... Glad I was falling asleep in front of the Apprentice! 


Posted: 21/12/2015 at 06:52

Hi Pat

We're having ours grilled with garlic butter and a green salad and celeriac remoulade and a bottle of Macon Villages.

We'll start the meal with some prosciutto and melon.  After the lobster we'll have some wonderful local cheese and eventually get around to finishing with a Limoncello and raspberry semi-freddo.  Don't think we'll need a dessert wine with that

We may find room for some mince pies and brandy later in the evening. 

This'll be the first Christmas in a while when I've not had to stay off the booze as there was always a chance that Pa would be rushed into hospital - in fact I've spent two Christmas Day nights in the past five years in hospital with him.  Now we no longer have him, and Ma is in reasonable health so hopefully I've every excuse to take a drink or two this year, even if it is just the two of us at our rather exclusive party

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