Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Mobile Phones.

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 11:04

I really don't wish to fall out with anyone, but to say ' what a lot of people don't understand is that mobile phone companies' "mission in life" is to sell you stuff you don't need.' is very patronising.

My phone is a second hand iPhone, purchased via Gumtree and the service I receive costs me less than £10 a month.  No one's selling me anything I don't want.

Also insinuating that people are answering personal emails in work time as in  "I do send and receive a lot of e-mails, mostly hobby related. But in my time, not someone else's." is disregarding the fact that nowadays most business is conducted by email.  Even when I worked for social services, I'd be sending and answering a lot of emails every day whilst out and about, via a work mobile using a secure service.  Our phones were also set up with an alarm which we could trigger if we felt threatened at any time - it would identify our location and alert the police - as someone who had been attacked and injured at work in the days before this was possible, it was a wonderfully reassuring application of technology.  

I still write letters to friends by hand using nice paper and a fountain pen and ink.  I also read books, listen to music, make art and do loads of other stuff that doesn't involve my mobile phone ... but my phone is very useful and makes my life easier and some of the 'chores' simpler and quicker.  I use it ... it doesn't use me.  That's what intelligent people have always done with technology rather than adopt a Luddite stance.  

I mean, I'm sure there were some people who prophesied that humanity would lose the use of its legs once people had taken up using the horse and cart 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 10:21

Topbird ................. STEP AWAY FROM THE WINDOWS !!!  

A few years ago I did a similar thing and then cleaned a window just a few days before Wonky's wedding ............. I spent her big day doped up on dihydrocodeine and was totally incapable of helping to clear up the next day following the BBQ and Icecream  reception - I don't think her step-mother has ever forgiven me  

The windows will wait until your back muscles are not strained!!! 

Last edited: 03 December 2016 10:22:15

Disease on my baby marrow?

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 10:13

I thought you might be in that region from the beautiful tree in your avatar photo 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 10:10

Hello flowers - good luck with the shops on a December Saturday!!!  I'm keeping away ... it was bad enough on Thursday!  I'll do the last presents and odds and ends shop one day next week.  The last minute food shop will be from the farm shop up the road where OH works - I've ordered the cheese and I'll order a cockerel and piece of gammon later today.   I suppose I ought to make a list .......... 

Disease on my baby marrow?

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 10:00

Hi again - having taken another look at your picture - it looks as if the plant is surrounded by grass - in future it would be better to prepare a much larger area of ground for your plants, so they don't have to compete with the grass for moisture and nutrition. 

Disease on my baby marrow?

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 09:57

Hello Michelle 

Are you in the southern hemisphere?  Not the time of year for marrows here in the UK.

Your plant looks as if it's suffering from powdery mildew - it's a plant specific problem which will often attack plants weakened by stress, usually drought.  It won't be the same variety of mildew that affected your tomatoes, but the same conditions in the same spot are likely to have caused it.

I would remove the worst affected leaves, give the plant plenty of water and mulch around the area with a thick layer of manure/compost to help the soil retain as much moisture as possible, and ensure that the plant gets plenty of water - all marrows, courgettes, tomatoes etc are thirsty plants. 

In the future dig as much compost/manure and other organic matter as possible into the area when preparing the area for your planting.  

Good luck - I hope that helps. 

Last edited: 03 December 2016 09:58:10

White sage dropping leaves

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 09:47

I think that's a good idea - make sure it's strapped and weighted down - don't want it disappearing over the rainbow in the winter winds 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 09:39

Right, I'm up, showered, dressed, mascara on  kitchen sorted, load in washing machine and now I'm sitting down with another coffee .......... I'll get some breakfast in a minute 

... help yourselves ........ 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 08:15

G'day Pat   It milder than of late - no frost here in Norfolk. The sky is overcast but it's brightening in the west. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 08:01

Good morning all

Am I first up this morning?

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