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Posted: 18/12/2015 at 18:50

I could run several ponies, a suckler herd and a small flock of sheep on there Hosta, not to mention a few geese and some guinea fowl


Posted: 18/12/2015 at 18:46

I think Hosta probably has quite enough grass of his own!  - I had a guided tour over several acres


Posted: 18/12/2015 at 18:34



Oh Jo ((hugs))  how really really annoying   Hope your insurance company doesn't penalise you for vandalism. 

And Oh no ... have I missed someone offering us some grass? 

What sort?

This sort?



Hope it wasn't this sort?






Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Posted: 18/12/2015 at 12:04


How lovely   thank you and a Very Merry Christmas to you and the team Nora, and especial good wishes to the team who are working on the re-vamped all-singing all-dancing  website - hope they have a well-deserved rest and can resume their task feeling refreshed and recharged.


Merry Christmas to all, from Dove




Vine tree disease

Posted: 18/12/2015 at 10:29

I suspect that your vine may be thirsty.  It's planted right up against the fence so that means it's in a rain shadow, and the grass is growing around it which will also prevent rain reaching the roots.  I would clear the grass away from the roots in a semi-circle with a radius of at least 2 feet and water copiously in the summer months.   When the grass etc has been cleared away from the base of the vine I would give it a good mulching with well-rotted farmyard manure (not touching the trunk of the vine) and feed in the spring with an organic fertiliser containing potash.

There's a lot of helpful cultural advice here

It's also important to reduce the number of bunches of grapes on young vines, and to thin the fruit on the individual bunches.

There's no point in spraying with Provado - it's an insecticide - it's also systemic which means it will remain in the plant  - I would never spray it on something I intended to eat.  Not to mention the concerns about it damaging/killing bees and other beneficial insects. 



Posted: 18/12/2015 at 07:52

Hi Fg

There has been a request for Cauliflower cheese for tomorrow's supper (we'll be having lunch out, probably here .

Tonight's supper is slow-roast belly pork slices with roasted squash and the spiced red cabbage and apple I made yesterday. 

For Sunday's supper I've got some lovely pieces of shin of beef on the bone - I'll make a casserole with that, mushrooms, carrots, celery, some good beef stock, herbs and juniper berries and we can have that with squash and red cabbage from the day before. 

So cooking that lot and doing some knitting will keep me occupied today.


Posted: 18/12/2015 at 06:51

Good morning all  and G'day Pat

It seems hot here too Pat - or ridiculously mild anyway - no need to have the heating on, except to dry the washing

Today will be a day of cooking ahead for the weekend - tomorrow is OH's birthday and we have a day out planned, so I'll make something I can just pop in the oven when we get home.  Then on Sunday I'm 'playing Santa' and driving the length and breadth of East Anglia dropping off presents, so I'll make something that we can re-heat for our supper.

RB - glad son's leg's coming along - I do hope that he's getting help for the trauma as well as the physical injuries.

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 18:58

Three ... or five...  in matching containers (smart square ones) along the edge of the terrace

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 18:41

You could have a nice little tree in a tub on that terrace Wonky

Worms and Manure

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 18:40


NewBoy2 wrote (see)

Thanks Dove. That should give me something to read tonight !!

I mention you in the book I am writing 

Don't anyone dare ask him if he writes horror stories!!!




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