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Posted: 24/11/2014 at 10:57

Confused of Norfolk here - you have Norovirus?  youjust  said you had Norovirus?  The Aussie lodger has Norovirus?  he's taken up selling double glazing?


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 10:38

My Dad loved his pigs too   but he loved his children more  

And there were a great many pigs - mucking out took Mr F all morning every morning.

And Ma needed Pa indoors to help with the Christmas lunch

pansy flowers

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 08:29

Are they yellow pansies?  For some reason sparrows seem to like pecking at yellow flowers.

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 08:25

In Norfolk we've a sharp frost at the front of the house - the car windscreen is frozen and there's ice on the puddles; we're near the bottom of  a slight valley so the cold air rushes down and forms a frost hollow at the front. 

At the back, the gardens are terraced with big fences which seems to stop the cold air rushing down into the back gardens so it has to get much colder before the back garden is frosted.  Only 1.7C in the back garden overnight.


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 08:15

Thanks KEF - much better this morning (wasn't really bad anyway, just making a fuss ). 

I'm going to join Pdoc outside raking leaves this morning - if I help with his maybe he'll help with mine

John Innes Compost

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 07:52
Tootles wrote (see)

Does John Innes compost really make a big difference in people's experience? I tend to look at the price, and go for a cheaper option like Arthur j bowers or murphys.

For tomatoes etc and annual bedding in containers I find a good MPC is fine.  

For potting anything else I use loam based JI composts - sometimes I add extra grit for things like bay, rosemary, figs etc and other plants that need really free-draining soil.  I use JI No 2 for growing on perennials etc and No 3 for shrubs, fruit trees etc that will be in the containers long term.



Posted: 24/11/2014 at 07:44

Oh dear!  I did warn you - drive carefully - there's ice out there!


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 07:22

Happy memories of good singsongs around the fire in the local pub Pansyface - even if it was in Suffolk. 

Growing up on a farm, there was always work to be done and stock to be fed, even on Christmas Day - so big presents didn't get opened until after Pa had been out and fed and watered the animals and come back in for a cooked breakfast.  Christmas Day was the one day that unless they were very mucky the pigs didn't get cleaned out, but just had a layer of fresh straw on the old (making cleaning out doubly hard on Boxing Day of course).

I remember one Christmas morning very clearly - Pa had been out and fed the pigs and come back in and we were all eating breakfast prior to opening the big presents, when the phone rang! 

It was the Misses Bs in the thatched house across the way - please would Pa come and retrieve his pigs - they were all over their  garden and rampaging through the veg patch!!! 

In Pa's hurry to get back indoors that morning he must've not shut one of the yard gates properly, and a dozen half-grown porkers had made it their business to leave the farmyard, run across the road, through the hedge and into the Misses Bs' garden - we all (even we children) pulled on our welly boots and coats, hats and gloves and went out to herd the pigs back. 

They were having a lovely time and weren't that keen on returning home.  Fortunately Mr F, who worked for Pa but had Christmas Day off, had heard what was happening from his house up the road and he came and joined in the pig-herding and eventually they were all safely back where they belonged. 

Ma made everyone mugs of hot cocoa and Pa arranged with Mr F that he'd go over to the thatched house later in the week and put the garden to rights - fortunately there wasn't too much damage, but lots of piggy footprints in the soft soil! 

That Christmas we didn't open our presents until after our Christmas lunch!!!


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 07:05

I'm very sorry that you have Lyme disease Carol, it's a horrid condition.  A  regular poster suffered from it for quite some time and it had a huge effect on his young life, but thankfully he has been able to move forward and forge a career for himself in horticulture.

However, while of course we don't know everything and there is still research to be done, much of what you say is hooey and the stuff of conspiracy theorists.  For example, "Before the 2 world war very few had cancer."  Of course they did - 7 out of 8 of my gt grandfather's siblings died of it = my generation has regular checks to get it early.  The  difference between now and then is that we're better at keeping records now. 

I'm sorry that you're feeling so awful, but I really think you need to put what energy you have into getting well in the fresh outdoor air, gardening and walking on the beach etc, rather than spending your time in front of computers researching half-baked conspiracy theories.  Sorry if that seems harsh but I'm sure it will do you more good.

Wishing you all the best for a good recovery very soon.


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 06:52

Good morning all

There's a sharp frost out in the front garden this morning with ice on the puddles and the car windscreen (at least I don't have to clear it to go to work - thinking of those who do and sending warm gloves )

The temp in the back garden only dropped to 1.7C, still pretty chilly but nothing's frozen 'out back'.


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