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Posted: 29/10/2013 at 16:22

Well done Panda   Wonky arch?  What's it got clambering up it/holding it up?


Posted: 29/10/2013 at 15:24

Hi Dolgarrog   The closer it gets the stranger it feels - a week today will be my last day!  I'm alternately feeling that I should rush around and get things done, then realising that in a week's time I'll have all the time in the world and I can garden during the week instead of just at weekends!  

My OH often leaves here on his bike at 6.30am, but he doesn't have far to go and on those days he's home around lunchtime to work in the studio, so I'll be trying hard not to feel too guilty.  


Posted: 29/10/2013 at 13:33

Star gaze lily 

Yes Matty, think it's time my chillies came in from the grow house and sat on the kitchen windowsill.  Last year's Amaryllis  has been starting off in there too - she'd better come indoors and sit between the two Christmas Cacti which are blooming their socks off at the moment 

Autumn colour

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 12:30

Your 'Rich Toffee' is gorgeous Marian - thank you for sharing such lovely pictures - I love the autumn colours 


Posted: 29/10/2013 at 12:01

Stargaze Lily (hug) We're so lucky in that my parents were able to choose their own care home just up the road a bit from where they'd lived for 30+ years - they'd always said that if they needed care that's where they wanted to go - they'd visited friends who'd lived there - it's more like a little guest house really but with really good carers, only about 15 residents - perhaps more of a family home than a guest house, with the bickering that occasionally goes on LOL, but parents know some of the carers' parents, and where they all live, and where they shop and where their children go to school, and although Mum's getting confused now, all that familiarity every day really helps. 

It's run by a local charity and on Christmas Day all the Trustees and their spouses (spice? sounds better ) go to have Christmas Lunch with the residents - a proper big turkey gets carved in front of everyone, glasses of fizz and party poppers and crackers and paper hats and presents and party games.  Everyone has a lovely time and families (us) are able to have our Christmas with our children and their families etc knowing that our parents are having a whale of a time - photos are taken and we see them afterwards. Then we can visit them between Christmas and New Year, 'cos on New Year's Day there's another big celebratory meal - every year mother tells me about the wonderful whole salmon that the chef cooks and decorates with cucumber scales etc   I sometimes stay for lunch when I visit at other times - they are very lucky with the chef they have - who also is very good at sorting out television malfunctions when my parents have pressed all the wrong buttons at the same time 

when should i move my 4 ft lilac?

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 10:49

I think I'd do it now Cotty.  Take as big a rootball as possible.  The leaves will fall soon anyway so won't be using any plant energy now and the soil is still relatively warm so the roots will get away well.


Posted: 29/10/2013 at 10:47

Never been to any of those huge shopping places - Norwich's Chapelfield is big enough for me - they ran excursions from all over the country when it opened - now there are much bigger places.

KEF - parents take up quite a bit of time don't they? (hug) .  I've promised family (and the care home) that I will not get into a routine of visiting mine on a certain week every day - family are worried that if I do then if something I want to do comes up on that day I won't do it  Care Home are worried that if I do then if they plan something (an activity or an outing) on that day my parents won't join in because they're worried that they'll miss me.  Think I'm being well looked after 

I used to help out one night a week at a youth club at a centre for young people with severe learning disabilities - it was great fun but totally exhausting - and as I got older the young people really didn't want people my age 'chaperoning' them - far better to have people in their 20s and 30s running things - the youngsters didn't feel so 'observed' that way.  

Washing's ready to go out now - and it's raining 

Just had a quick daylight wander around the garden - can't see any wind damage - just stuff that needs tidying.  We've been lucky.


Posted: 29/10/2013 at 09:43



Seed swap

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 09:29

Here it is Oakley Witch - if you scroll back a few posts you'll find that people have been saving special seeds for you 

Seed Swap2013

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 09:26

Hi  There are a couple of seed exchange threads - think the main one just carried on from last year 

Found it and bumped it up 

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