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Posted: 20/10/2013 at 11:50

Sun's shining - shall I hang the washing outside or will that cause rain?

Hitch in cakebaking operations as OH said he was going to the shop so I've given him a little list, and ginger traybake is going to be glammed up with some chunks of real preserved ginger - and I'll use the syrup to make the icing with 


Moruga scorpion chilli

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 11:46

I'm no expert, but I'd jolly well give it a go - I think you'd have to be on your guard against whitefly, but what've you got to lose?

However, Stacey and Italophile and others will know more than me 


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 11:05

OH has emptied out the titbox, cleaned it and put a little dry hay in the bottom in case anyone wants it as a winter roost - it was a fabulous little nest, made totally from moss and hairs from next door's longhaired tabby (the one that was poisoned but is better now thanks to expensive vets' bill).  Who said that cats are no good for birds?

OH is now standing on chairs carefully removing spiders from the sitting room ceiling and taking them outside   

I'm just about to drape washing around radiators then get into the kitchen and start on a Spicey Ginger Traybake - which means that the sun will come out and the skies will be blue, until I've finished clearing up when the next heavy shower will start.  Once I've given up all idea of gardening today, the weather will set in fine 


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 10:48

Hurrumph - there I was, enjoying the sunshine, tee shirt and shirt and jeans weather, dead-headed the pansies and violas, picking the raspberries, OH up a ladder emptying out the titboxes, when down comes a thunderstorm - OH has sent me inside as I'm wet - he's determined to finish what he's started so then he can get on in the studio with a clear conscience - I'd better put the kettle on, he'll be soaked when he comes in, and he's got waterproofs on!


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 10:28

I remember someone saying 'how lovely to paint - it must be so therapeutic' - I replied that if I wasn't a painter I wouldn't need the therapy!!! 


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 10:17

OH is a painter   I am too really, we met at art school - however he got 'noticed' quite early and only needed a part time job to exist - I needed a full-time one, consequently no a lot of time to paint - then elderly parents' needs got in the way too. 

Success fluctuates however   Economic slumps are not good news for artists 

Whar makes me happy in the autumn?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 10:12

I used to ride a lot too Lily, but sold land, divorced, moved to city to work etc ....  then a couple of years ago we holidayed on Exmoor, and went trekking though Doone Valley absolute bliss!!!  

Never going to have my own horses again, and as I get older I get more wary of damage I might do to myself if I take a tumble, but the occasional trek on trustworthy steeds .... can you imagine the views across Exmoor in the autumn? (just to keep on subject


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 10:00

He wraps them up to keep them safe in storage - have to let air in tho' otherwise mildew can destroy canvas 

over wintering garlic - what should it be doing?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 09:59

Real person here Clara   (I think )  Anyway, we planted our garlic three weekends ago, it's now about 4" tall and looking happy.  Yours will be happy too - you don't have to do anything to it.  It needs a cold spell - that will make the growing bulb split into individual corms.  

Just keep an eye to make sure marauding and inquisitive birds don't pull it up to see what's on the other end.  

Waterpistols and wirenetting might be helpful with that   Or maybe those children's windmills on sticks ?

Enjoy your gardening.


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 09:54

Had planned on gingercake - seems the right time of year for it somehow - maybe someone else will make lemon drizzle   Two cakes will be good, but even then may not be sufficient - there's lots more people on here nowadays 

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