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Loose brick

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 16:19

That's what I thought you'd say  (my ex was a builder)  - oh well ... there's a job for the next fine weekend. 

Cheers Peter 

Loose brick

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 15:50

I noticed today that the end brick on the top of the wall by our driveway has come loose. 

Any suggestions for a quick and simple solution please?

So...Re-booted Two!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 15:33

At one time we had a house full of 19 year old girls next door - lovely lasses who occasionally popped round for a cup of sugar or advice about a recipe.  

One morning one of them hammered on our door - she was wearing just her jimjams  - she had the front room downstairs as her bedroom, and apparently the spindle of the door knob between her door and the rest of the house had broken and the other girls were locked in (they'd lost their key to the back alleyway leading from the back door)  

OH went round with screwdrivers etc and after a bit of DIY he managed to liberate four girls who were locked upstairs (the house had a downstairs bathroom!!!).  They were all very grateful ... just as well I was chaperoning 

Life in student land was never dull - there were the two grown up PhD students who were both petrified of spiders and ran down the street in their dressing gowns and hammered on our door for my OH to go and capture a spider that was in one of the bedrooms.  I went with him (well, they were in their dressing gowns and a man on his own can be vulnerable to allegations)  

I watched OH search for what seemed like hours - in the end he pretended that he'd caught it in a plastic cup and liberated it in the garden.  They were very relieved and we went home and opened a bottle of wine!  

Several days later they were banging on our door again - you wouldn't believe it, but there was another big spider in the same room ............. fortunately this time it had stayed put and OH was able to catch and remove it.  

Your worst Christmas present!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 15:07

ID please

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 14:41

Isn't it a beauty   I've just been browsing her website - her amaryllis bulbs are expensive but there are some real treasures. 

ID please

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 14:06

 Thought so, definitely an amaryllis and very similar indeed to 'Green Magic'.  

So...Re-booted Two!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 13:59

I remember some years ago, when I was still in my fifties and we lived in the middle of Student Land in Norwich, narrow streets of Victorian terraces, I was stuck on one side of the road and my car was on the other and the road was like a sheet of polished glass - OH was away and I had to get to work - I didn't know what to do - I was actually considering getting down on my hands and knees and crawling across the road  when I saw a young man, a UEA student who'd just moved in about six doors up - I'd seen his parents drop him off and heard his mother call him Daniel - I called out to him and asked if he'd mind lending me his arm to get across the road because I'd got a bad knee and if I slipped I might be off work for weeks - he was an absolute gentleman, helped me across the street and into my car, then scraped the windscreen front back and sides so that I didn't have to stagger around holding onto the car - what a star.

If any of you had a son called Daniel at the UEA about ten years ago, you brought him up very well indeed 

Of course, there was a home made cake with his name on it on his doorstep at the weekend. 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 12:35

Back from the farm shop with a small piece of top rib, two duck breasts, two pork escalopes and some chuck steak, some local Williams pears, a dressed crab, a celeriac and a tin of artichoke hearts. Our weekly large sourdough is delivered on Saturdays so OH will bring it home with him tomorrow. 

That lot should keep us going for a while - we've got sprouting broccoli, celery, leeks and peppers etc in the fridge and potatoes and carrots in a big earthenware tub in the garage.  I've got some smoked bacon stock in the fridge so I'll  put a big pot of spicy lentil soup on the go inn a few minutes, but first I need a 

The entrance to the garden centre has had a makeover since yesterday morning - lots of Russian Sage and other low shrubby stuff has been removed and the large area around the two double gateways have been replanted with lavender and  about a dozen very tall Juniper 'Skyrockets', approx 20ft tall.  Very striking.  

So...Re-booted Two!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 12:17

Muddle Up, have you tried the stretchyspringy wire things - Yak Trax - I've got a dodgy knee so I never go out without them in ice and snow - I keep some in the house and some in the car - the only problem is you have to take them off to go in shops etc, so cue substantial silverhaired woman standing on one leg clutching at her foot with one hand and the shop doorpost with the other 

potting and root growth

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 12:05

The way I see it is that a tree planted in the ground is likely to make a bigger tree than one that is kept a pot, therefore it is important to develop a substantial root system early on in it's life, rather than encourage too much top growth at the beginning.  

As for whether a small tree can be planted out in the ground, yes ... after all that's what happens in nature ... however it runs the risk of being damaged by animals, pests and unwary humans, whereas if it's in a container while it's at its most vulnerable it can hopefully be protected a bit better. 

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