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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 15:56

Driving home in the dusk yesterday evening I saw that a house down the road already has it's chains of twinkling lights strung along the shrubs and trees in the front garden - and it's still only November! 

They do look lovely - little white twinkles among the branches

Apple detritus

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 15:52

I'd leave them on the ground for the birds - blackbirds, redwings and fieldfares love them - they won't be able to eat them if they're strung up.


Posted: 29/11/2014 at 15:49
Verdun wrote (see)

............ hydrangea paniculata  Kyushu?  Got just the spot for a good white and this is a variety I've not grown 

It looks gorgeous Verdun - shame our big trees make the garden so dry. 

dwarf raspberries

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 14:24

Another vote here for Polka - huge crops of large juicy berries - my freezer has lots of home grown raspberries waiting to make lovely desserts for Christmas, we have shelves of raspberry jam in the garage, and we were eating raspberries with our breakfast or for supper almost every day from early August through to early October.  All from 3 canes planted two years ago. 

Easy to care for, but give them plenty of room and water in dry spells.


Posted: 29/11/2014 at 14:19
Verdun wrote (see)
....... the great outdoors is calling me.  Sunlight glistening on dogwood stems and miscanthus flowers from here ...and it's so warm 

Verdun - that's not kind

Winter composting

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 14:10

Hi Daryl

I would continue to add your peelings, cabbage leaves etc and from time to time I'd open the lid and give it all good stirring to aerate and mix it. 

I use a long metal spike I happen to have in the garden, but you can buy a compost aerator online.  It will continue to breakdown over the winter.  It's not the heat that does it (few garden compost bins are big enough to generate enough heat to do that), but a combination of bacterial/fungal action and the work of the worms and slugs that hopefully have  found their way into your compost bin.



Posted: 29/11/2014 at 13:51

Brrr!  Temperature is dropping - it's nearly as cold now as it was at 6am and there's a chilly wind - I've put the heating on.



Posted: 29/11/2014 at 11:02

Mrs G - I think the worry about osteoporosis and levothyroxine is only relevant to those of us on high doses and in 'women of a certain age'.  If your son is having annual TSH level checks etc I don't think there's cause for concern.

Fidget - when Pa was in hospital very poorly  due to the hospital's mis-prescribing I took up residence in the ward - I slept in the chair by his bed and would not be moved - just as I would have done with a child.  There had been so many mistakes made and I didn't trust them.  I had to tell them six times that his saline drip (that was supposed to be flushing the toxins out) wasn't working before anyone would sort it out.  As you've done I acquainted myself with the Complaints Procedure and made sure that they knew I had.  I was eventually offered a meeting with senior consultants and management.  It must have been by mistake that I was wearing my Social Services ID   Apologies were given and a new Care Plan was drawn up and adhered to - more or less.  That hospital had failed two CQC inspections.  

Things had improved, but last time Pa was taken there by ambulance for an outpatient appointment a couple of months ago they 'lost' him and he was found in a cubicle in A&E some hours later - Pa is unable to move without hoisting!!!

We have to stand up and shout - sometimes repeatedly!!! and take nothing for granted!!!

I know that in general it's not the fault of the doctors and nurses etc - but they are too busy too much of the time and  the systems and procedures don't work


Posted: 29/11/2014 at 09:33

Re vitamins/minerals etc.  I have a thyroid condition and take levothyroxine which can contribute to osteoporosis - because of the thyroid condition I gain weight easily so I limit my dairy intake which otherwise would have contributed to my calcium intake - therefore I take a calcium supplement to protect my bones.  Seems logical to me.

I am also prone to high blood pressure for which I take medication.  A few months ago I started taking a supplement designed for women over 50 which, amongst other things, is designed to maintain a healthy cardio-vascular system.  At my most recent BP check there was a significant improvement. 

Whatever the cause, whether placebo or not, I shall keep taking the tablets unless I'm advised otherwise by my doctor.

As for Selenium/zinc etc.  My daughter suffered from severe ME for a long time and this severely impacted on her education and career (as well as rubbishing her social life).  After about 10 years of misery she was advised (by a new GP) to try an off the shelf supplement containing selenium and zinc amongst other ingredients.  Within a few months her health had improved and it continued to do so.  It worked for her

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 08:19

Lyn LOL - no apparently I'm seen as a mother-figure!  Not quite the image I'd hoped to project but no, at least I'm not the girlfriend.

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