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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 00:25

OH and I are just back having spent a lovely evening with a couple of friends, putting the world to rights over a pint or three - among topics dealt with were dogs, Ipswich Town FC in the '80s and the English education system.

Now we're just finishing off with toast and Marmite ... then we'll be climbing up that wooden hill to Bedfordshire ..........sweet dreams everyone 

Is this Japenese knotweed?

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 18:37

They look quite unobtrusive all summer, then if we get a prolonged warm spell they put on a surge of growth then flower and fruit and put the fear of god into the unwary 

Last edited: 12 September 2016 18:38:09

Two tier border with railway sleepers to cover ugly back wall and fence

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 18:34

And in case you think that Clematis montana won't reach that height or cover that area ...

... it will 

Is this Japenese knotweed?

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 17:43

It's Phytolacca americana - American Pokeweed 

Tree needing love

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 17:33

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 17:11

That sounds like a day well spent Hosta 

Under supervision, OH has reduced the water cress and Brooklime in the pond - it was taking over!

We're having an early supper then meeting a foodie friend from 'up north' for a pint or two - he's holidaying in the area.  

Two tier border with railway sleepers to cover ugly back wall and fence

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 17:05

We had a retaining 'wall' built of sleepers two high on edge if that makes sense - you need a builder or someone who knows what they're doing as they need metal reinforcing rods drilled through them at regular intervals and into the ground quite a long way, to hold them together and stop the weight of the soil pushing them over.  It was about four years ago but I can't tell you what it cost, as it was part of a whole list of jobs. 

I'm not sure that it would do the job you want, and anyway it would be a shame to cover up a good brick wall.

I think I'd have large trellis panels fixed to posts 'strapped' to the wall - it would need to be done professionally, but I don't think it would cost as much as the scheme you mention.  Then I'd grow Clematis montanas up the wall and through the trellis panels - it'd look fantastic. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:47

Yes please Clari ... lemon drizzle??? 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 14:54

BL best of luck to your brother. My niece was diagnosed with lymphoma in her second year at Uni. She had the chemo while doing her course with the support of her friends and tutors, and got a 2:1 at the same time as the rest of her cohort. She wore a wig to be a beautiful bridesmaid for her sister and now, four years on she is a picture of health and happiness with a very good job and a lovely chap to share her life. It was very tough but she beat it 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 13:43

MND's a bu$$er - friend lost her lovely husband to it a few years ago, just as they should have been starting their retirement in their beautiful thatched cottage with the lovely garden they'd created together.  Now another friend's son has just been diagnosed, in his early 40s with a wife and three young children.

Yes, makes me count my blessings. 

Just had soup (pattypan squash and sage) and wholemeal bread still warm from the oven.  

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