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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: Yesterday at 11:40
Hostafan1 says:

Hubby suggested make a courgette cake for our VIP guests next week. I've insisted he does a trial run first.

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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: Yesterday at 11:01


Apparently the original skip company used small lorries but the new company didn't buy the lorries when they bought the business ... they've only got bigger ones ... they also only took on one of the drivers ... they obviously took on a liar and not the good worker who knew how to do the job.  I've told them it their problem ... they've got to sort it out ... they've promised they will.  


Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: Yesterday at 11:00

Post away Dacha ... that's part of what we're here for ... giving purpose to waiting in queues 

Didn't watch the new BakeOff ... I was tucked up in bed ... I like Prue Leith but not sure if she's an appropriate  Mary Berry replacement .... but I can't stand Paul Hollywood nowadays ... I used to like him but as BakeOff grew he seemed to believe his own publicity, and the twinkle in his eye was replaced with a rather unpleasant leer   However I'm a big fan of Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, so I'll give it a look to see how they're handling it.  

All went fairly smoothly yesterday ... but it is a bit complicated as the new place won't be vacant until the end of the month so furniture and most belongings had to be stored in a stable at the new place and son and cat will be houseboat sitting for friends as from Friday ... in the meantime son is kipping on a mattress on the floor and as he's working this week setting up a local music festival he'll be ok living out of his car during the daytime ... hope the cat adjusts to two new homes in quick succession.

The only blip occurred this morning ... over the years son has accumulated a load of tatt and stuff from the old business which needed to be junked, plus stuff that his ex left behind and didn't want ... so he got a small skip delivered about a month ago and filled it ... it was collected and another skip delivered which we finished filling yesterday.  Rather than over-fill it when son junks the mattress on Friday, we phoned the skip company and asked them to collect the second one yesterday and bring a third to be collected on Friday pm.   I reminded them that the access road was narrow but that there was plenty of room in the yard.  No problem, we've done it twice before, was the reply.

By the time OH and I were ready to leave yesterday the skip hadn't arrived but they've always been reliable in the past so we weren't concerned.  As I dropped son's 'Gofer lad' off at his home a skip lorry from the right company trundled past us so we did a loop and went back to the house in case we could help by asking neighbours to move cars to allow the lorry to turn into the yard ...but no lorry appeared although we waited quite a while ... then we gave up and presumed it wasn't 'our lorry'.  

This morning I had a phone call from another company which apparently took over the original skip company yesterday and he said that the driver couldn't collect the skip as it had been pushed back manually ... there was no way he could get at it   I asked if he was suggesting that I, a 65 year old woman with a gammy knee, dodgy shoulder and a recently broken foot, had pushed a skip across a yard???  I explained that the skip to be collected was in exactly the same place as the skip that was collected last time and then said that we had been there awaiting the lorry and that the driver was lying as he didn't even drive up the lane.

I checked with son and rang back and gave them a description of the driver and lorry who had delivered and collected skips from that address in the past.  

I then had an apology ... when the boss confronted the driver which what I'd said he admitted that he'd never even driven up the lane ... he'd known it was narrow and he'd have to ask people to move cars and he didn't bother!!!  He'd lied and said that we'd moved the skip 

Huge fir tree dying! Help!!

Posted: Yesterday at 10:24

We had a winter of low rainfall and a dry spring and early summer ... if it was nearing its end that will have hastened it.  Sad. but every loss is a new planting opportunity ... spend some time and enjoy choosing the next 'owl perch' 

Last edited: 22 August 2017 10:25:15

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: Yesterday at 07:48

Good morning all  

Lovely to hear from DD ... She sounds so happy and fulfilled and it also sounds as if Charlie's having a whale of a time 

Joyce ... Hope your friends ok ... I hope it was peaceful. 

Ooh coffees here ...

What compost to plant Holly in?

Posted: Yesterday at 07:29

you need John Innes No 3. 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 18:52

Would I ???   ............ it would be just the ticket ... glad you like it 

We're home ... totally bushed ... but the jobs done ... just grabbing  something to eat then  a shower and a very early night ...

I'll read back later ............................ 

wasps in the attic

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 18:42

We have wasps going in and out of the roof during late summer most years ... usually a different entrance and a different part of the roof each time.  We've never had a problem with them and there appears to be no damage to the attic or roof.  Just a few small papery nests ... and a healthy garden. 


Posted: 21/08/2017 at 18:34

I love seeing the little wild ones in the spring ... there's a place near where my outlaws where your can see them 

Chaenomeles question

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 05:12

I've never known Alchemilla Mollis to get taller than a wall trained Chaenomeles. Also chaenomeles here blooms in the early spring and Alchemilla Mollis in summer.

Are we thinking of the same plant?


Last edited: 21 August 2017 05:17:42

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