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tlc to christmas cactus

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 17:54

I have two rescued some years ago from a greengrocer's shelves - he thought they were dead.  I repot them in the spring, removing as much old compost as I can prise off the roots and replacing it with fresh - I use a 50:50 mix of MPC and JI No 3 loambased - because that's what I tend to have about and it seems to work. 

I leave them outside on the terrace in a semi-shaded spot after the last frost and bring them back in again before the first.  I put the pots in a tray of grit because the snails love them. 

When they come inside they live on the east facing windowsill of the dining room. They flower their socks off in the winter - when I water them indoors I give them a dose of Baby Bio every now and again, and then they usually  bloom again in the spring.  My two have just finished their winter show.

Family traits

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 17:46

I'm fighting that possibility - my son says I'm more like my delightfully batty aunt than like Ma - hope that's a good thing

Amazing amateur wildlife photos

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 16:48

Amazing amateur wildlife photos

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 16:25

Do Fox's Glacier Mints work in the same way?


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 16:24

We're nothing if not responsive and friendly

Amazing amateur wildlife photos

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 15:44

Cheeky so and so!  Nice healthy looking fox though

By the way Lyn, you have a PM


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 15:28

I've also been concerned over the years at the number of cats I see maimed or dead at the side of the road in the early mornings. 

I once ran over a cat - there was nothing I could do - I was well within the speed limit,  there was a lorry right behind me, a car coming towards me and although I'd slowed as much as I could without the lorry ramming me from behind - the cat ran out from under a car parked on the grass verge and I felt the crunch  as the steering wheel twisted in my hands.  It was about 30 years ago and I'll never forget it.   

I stopped and the postman who was doing his rounds came over and spoke to me saying that he could see there was nothing I could have done to avoid it.  He knew the family it belonged to and he would explain what had happened.  He felt that nothing would be gained by my going to see them as they wouldn't be up and about yet.  He was a kind man.

I vowed from that day that if I had another cat I would never let it out where it could run onto the road - and I never have.

Cats can't cope with the dangers of the road - they shouldn't be allowed to roam free.


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 14:44

Threads about cats can get quite heated, so I'm taking my courage in both hands here

It may only be poo Catnip, but it's carnivore poo and  pretty unpleasant when you plunge your bare hands into a pile of it, and it's more than a little annoying when you find all your seedlings scratched up and scattered across the veg patch.  And I'm a cat lover.  I've kept cats for most of my life. 

Cat owners can control their cat's behaviour to quite a large extent if they are so minded.  My son's cat does not poo in gardens, neither does my daughter's - they are both very fit and healthy housecats.  Son's cat never has been outside and daughter's cat only goes into their walled garden when daughter is with her because they live in a second floor apartment. 

When I lived in the countryside I had cats and provided them with sand trays in my garden log store and my neighbours said that my cats did not poop in their gardens.  However, everything changed when a person with 27 cats moved into the cottage behind us. But that's another story ...

It may only be poo - but cat poo can carry toxoplasmosis which can be transferred to babies in the womb and cause horrendous physical and brain damage.   I worked with a child who had been damaged in this way - she was incredibly severely disabled, and the lives of the rest of her family were changed for ever.

I don't hate cats - I love them - but if an owner cannot keep their cat indoors (and I acknowledge that to deprive a cat of access to the garden when it had been used to it would not be kind) then they should do all they can to encourage their cats to defecate in their own garden rather than other peoples'.

It's not simply a matter of live and let live - it's a matter of being a responsible pet owner and a kind and considerate neighbour.

Cherry blossom

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 13:03

It sounds idyllic Lynda - just the sort of untidyness I aim for

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 13:00
obelixx wrote (see)

.........  Slow roast belly pork for us tonight - bought from a supermarket that insists on proper housing for the pigs so equivalent to British pork.   Much of the European mainland has yet to implement the new standards.  .........


I made a trip to Sainsbugs this morning as their tv ad says they'd got a special offer on gammons - Hurrumph! only on Dutch and Danish - there's no way I'd buy it.  I went to Waitrose on the way home and bought two large smoked gammon joints - one to take to MIL as part of our contribution to Christmas, and one to keep her and cook for the New Year.  They both had long dates on them and look great - and were British bred and reared. 

As the daughter of a former pig farmer there's no way I'll buy foreign pork or bacon - their welfare standards are nothing like as good as those in the UK.

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