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Posted: 22/01/2016 at 12:11

Back from trip to farm shop - laden with food for the next week.  We have braised oriental-style brisket with noodles tomorrow, a pheasant to pot-roast for Sunday, Monday will be haggis and neeps for me and a pasty made from leftover pheasant and black pudding for OH, Tuesday we'll have sausages, bacon and cabbage cooked together in the slow cooker sort of French 'chou-croute' style, then we have pork chops with fennel, and cauliflower cheese for Thursday and Friday.  That's the week taken care of. 

Tonight's supper is Cock-a-leekie soup made with the remains of the chicken we had earlier in the week. 

Tree suggestions

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:29


Good morning and welcome ElenaP

I would go for a row of pleached hornbeam - they will mask the solidity of the metal building and compliment the traditional materials of your lovely stone barn.

What an exciting project! 

Good luck

 Pleached hornbeam


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:52

Wonky ((hugs)) to your lovely hub - tell him his MIL says Get Well Soon

Have a good day

Simplify Gardening - Close to perfect tools?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:17
AKdaBAOUS wrote (see)

@ KT53: From what I've seen and heard so far, cats are really the demons of the gardening community - it would be quite an interesting concept to design but I'd have to double check if I'd be allowed to proceed down that route, ahaha.

I do have an idea for it though but I'm not sure if it currently exists - you can get PIR sensors that effectively take an 'image' of the surround environment (well whatever it fits into its viewing angle) and then if something changes, they send out a signal.

So theoretically speaking, you could connect several of these sensors so that the entire garden is mapped and then if a cat (which would be a suitably large change in the environment) comes along, you play a sound at a frequency that only the cat can hear (like a cat whistle or something, ahaha) which would probably send it packing. And of course, this would only work when a change occurs so the system itself would be quite 'intelligent'.



I worry that something like that would also deter the hedgehogs that visit this garden ... perhaps if you go down that route you could investigate whether that would happen?








Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:09

Hosta - try to get more sleep   Mrs Thatcher used to boast about managing on only 4.5 hours a night, and look what happened to her!!!

Fg, keep the hatches battened and the dinghy at the ready!  Keep safe! ((hugs))

New lawn maintenance

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:05

I'll just mention too that winter fertiliser is for application in the autumn to prepare the grass for the winter.  No point in applying it in the winter as the grass isn't growing. 

Also, I wouldn't put fertiliser on what is still a very young lawn

New lawn maintenance

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 07:59

Hi Ajp45 and welcome

I wouldn't do anything to your lawn at the moment - leave it well alone and try not to walk on it.  Wait until drier warmer weather to do anything - then take some photos and show us what it looks like


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 07:53

By the way, Wonky's floor looks great ... I have seen photos

She also tells me that the neighbours have been told about 'noise from above' and are trying to be quieter - apparently it's the grandchildren who make the noise and they and their parents will be moving out shortly - fingers crossed!


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 07:51

Good morning all

6.7C here and rising   although I understand we're promised wind and rain shortly, at least it will be warmer. 

Pat ((hugs)) and get well soon.  A friend has a similar recurring problem which has resulted in emergency hospital admissions 11 times in the last 12 months.  She's being put on the Fodmap diet which excludes onions amongst other things - apparently it was developed in Australia. 



Posted: 21/01/2016 at 14:25



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