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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 18:33

So sorry to hear that Lily Pilly ((hugs))

Plants pet owners should avoid

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:37

There was a large laburnum tree hanging over our hedge at the top of our drive - it was in the next door farm's garden - there were several others in the village too.  Every time we walked past the tree when we were small Ma would tell us it was poisonous and that the seeds looked like peas and they were poisonous too and we mustn't touch them - that way as soon as we were old enough to run around unsupervised we knew not to touch.  When we had friends come around to play we told them it was poisonous too.  No child in the village ever ate laburnum seeds, and we all played out and around the village unsupervised by adults from a very early age - you could in the 50s and 60s. 

Impress on children what is dangerous, and supervise them until they are old enough to do as they are told and understand the consequences.

Of course, that does mean that parents have to teach their children about consequences, and sometimes that doesn't happen nowadays


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:01

They used to be called geraniums (except for the ones that were called Regal Pelargoniums) , then at some time during my lifetime they were correctly reclassified as pelargoniums and garden centres called them pelargoniums, leaving the hardy geraniums (cranesbill type) to be the only ones called geraniums.

However, many people continued to call them geraniums - some gardeners are quite stubborn and insisted on calling them what they and their grandfathers had called them, so I think that many of the garden centres have just given up and label them geraniums otherwise there's a large contingent of gardeners who won't buy them 'cos they think they're something different.

Plants pet owners should avoid

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 15:56

Occasionally our farm dogs would pick up barley awns from running in the fields - it's responsible dog-owning to check your dog over quickly when it comes in from running outside in long grass as all sorts of grass seeds can cause a problem, either getting in their eyes or ears, or under the claw cuticle, and cause a problem. 

That quick check over will also identify any ticks that have been picked up - again really important care for dogs that spend time outside.

You can either keep dogs indoors where they're safe from attacks by Mother Nature, or let them be dogs and accept that being alive isn't risk free for any of us.


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 13:57

Hello folks - I've had a busy morning - caught the 9.30 bus into the city and visited the market for meat and some veg for the next few days.  I also went to Boots for shampoo and lippy, WH Smith for a newspaper and Lakeland for a steam cleaner - it's a good job I had some vouchers for Lakeland - it's right opposite the bus stop  

I was back here by 11 am and have filled the bird feeders and put some ground feed ut as the forecast is for another chilly spell.  I've also got washing out on the line and have been dusting, polishing and Dysoning.  I just thought I'd stop for a mug of coffee and see what yu lot have been up to.

Panda  - I hate feeling travel sick - that's why I prefer to drive   Hope the rest of the journey is ok.


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 07:44

It's not that animals come first in my life - my husband and children came first - but on a farm you have to do things when they have to be done - dairy animals have to be milked at the right time or the yield will reduce - that will decrease your income and you won't be able to feed your family.  Simples.

The ex never understood about that sort of prioritising - he wanted to do what he wanted to doand when he wanted to do it -

"Why can't you come skiiing?" 

"Who's going to see to the sheep - they're all due to lamb around then.?"

"Won't they be ok on their own?" 

"No!"    and he was the one who'd arrived home and said he'd bought some sheep and they'd be arriving in a couple of days!

Hydrangea Advice

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 07:00

This website  gives very clear and simple advice on pruning hydrangeas


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 06:53
MrsGarden wrote (see)
Morning . Let's hope it's a good one for everyone.
I've enough on just getting myself in the bath in a morning never mind getting out to milk the cows- can it wait an hour or so? I'll do my turn tomorrow at let's say 10.00, it is the weekend after all!

LOL MrsG - The ex never understood why I had to see to the animals first on Christmas Day - no wonder he's the ex


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 06:38

OH has a Je suis Charlie tee shirt. 

Maybe I should get one saying Je suis Dove - just so that I'm sure


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 06:37

Wintersong - thanks for that article - I remember Springwatch or Autumnwatch talking about migrating blackbirds but I was pretty sure that some UK blackbirds migrate and some hang around where they know they're well off.  Interesting article - especially re the Norfolk blackbird that goes to Devon for it's holidays - this Norfolk bird goes to Cornwall for hers

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