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Posted: 02/07/2015 at 09:37

A member of my ex's family had a condition (Hughes Syndrome) and she too had strokes from her early 30s, very sad. 

Verdun, you mentioned about your cousin being very emotional - one of the effects of a stroke is to send the emotions off-kilter (all those connections in the brain being affected), so that when the person is happy he may appear to be upset, and when he is sad he may smile - it's a difficult time, but if you understand that it may help ((hug)).  It's usually something that rights itself in time.

Potential poisonous plant

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 08:05

Here's the link:

Talkback: How to make lavender bath oil

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 07:26

It says 5 - 6 drops in a bath.   It doesn't have to be precise.   Start with a small amount, if you can't smell it put a few more in.


Posted: 02/07/2015 at 07:11

Good morning all

Another glorious morning   (after a very hot and sticky night ).  Wonky is visiting Norwich today to get her hair done - we'll meet up for lunch and then when she's been coiffed we'll come back here, load my car with plants and the Dyson that she's giving a home to, and I'll take her back to Ipswich and see her lovely garden

doves taking over

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 07:05

We have a pair of collared doves who use our garden and nest in next door's hedge - the nest is regularly raided by magpies - they've never managed to rear any chicks.  We put some groundfood in a big plastic saucer for the blackbirds and the collared doves eat that (so do the hedgehogs) but they don't seem to bother about the hanging feeders. 

We also have woodpigeons, who walk along the trellis at the top of the fences and try to balance on the top of the feeder poles, and fail miserably.  One of them saw birds taking seeds from a sunflower head last year and tried to copy and perched on the sunflower head which of course collapsed under the weight - OH was in fits of laughter. 

The numbers of woodpigeons around here are kept down by the Peregrines who nest on the cathedral spire every year - although we're just outside the city, they've taken woodpigeons from here.

Pansy, you must have some very wussy magpies around your way - ours are very fierce - there's no way our collared doves dare go near them, let alone engage in 'activities' such as you mention


As for 'doves taking over' ............. who?  moi?     

June Drop

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 06:56

Yes, I would put them in the compost - they'll be fine

If you've got rats they'll take almost anything edible, but their favourite is potatoes.  Keep the compost bin stirred and damp, and give it a kick or a clout with a stick every time you walk past.  Rats like nice dry quiet places. 

Tiny black terminator bugs

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 20:44

Sounds like little black pollen beetles enjoying the pollen.  They don't do any damage, they just love pollen.  They'll disappear as fast as they came.  They're not a problem, just part of the wildlife of your garden.

 If you spray flowers with chemicals you'll kill the bees and butterflies and other pollinating beneficial insects


Posted: 01/07/2015 at 19:55

We cooked and ate outside again this evening - it's still 27C and very sticky - the highest it reached in the coolest shadiest bit of our back garden was 34.5C  

Today and tomorrow are the Royal Norfolk Show days - I imagine the St John's Ambulance people will have been busy there today.  We sometimes go but I'm glad we didn't have tickets this year - I'd have melted!


Posted: 01/07/2015 at 17:13

Goodness me Verdun, that is very blue ...

Wilting hydrangea

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 17:10

Probably potbound and in too small a pot anyway/  Give it a larger pot or even put it in the ground, in a shady place and give it lots of water.

It's name tells you what to do

"...the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel. This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the hydrangea's need for plenty of water and the cup shaped flower ..." extract from Teleflora website.

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Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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