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Posted: 05/11/2013 at 21:11

Hello folks!

 You have before you a Retired (and very tired) Person


I've had a brilliant day - it started memorably with being stuck in a traffic jam while Chris Evans played Beatles songs while I sang along - a large heron flew low over the car just as I left home and I saw another as I drove along the riverside . Now the house is like a cross between a florist's and a off-licence with a bit of garden centre thrown in. I've been flash-mobbed by a load of social workers singing the Goodbye Song from the Sound of Music in the pouring rain, I've had so many flowers including a lovely arrangement from the County Service Manager and his partner who I used to volunteer with, also lovely tulip bulbs, and some Garden Vouchers.

Old friends turned up as well as current colleagues turning up on non-working days to see me off. 

When I got home OH and I let off a huge firework in the garden then sat down to a meal he'd cooked, of Toulouse sausages with roasted squash, beetroot, onion and peppers with Puy lentils and a balsamic dressing

 Then he made a Blueberry Eton Mess

 It was all wonderful and now I'm flolloped on the sofa with a glass of Rioja


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 08:02

Right, showered, oiled, fluffed up and with a bit of slap on

 I wonder if they'll recognise me? 

Thanks for all your kind wishes everyone - it seemed such a long way off when I was planning it, and now it's here.

And I only went there on a temporary contract for a fortnight in 2000 


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 07:04



Posted: 05/11/2013 at 06:55

Cheers folks   heading for the shower - got to get the smell of fried onions out of my hair 

Propergating from Okra?

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 06:17

I've never grown okra, but have done a little research and can find no reference anywhere to growing it from cuttings - it is usually sown annually - it is frost tender and needs warm temperatures and full sun.  Are you growing it in the UK?

Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 06:07

Hi Flowersfor bees -  as you say the problem stems from the fact that you had few flowers - I wonder if this could be due to the rotten summer we had before (2012) with hardly any sunshine or warmth to ripen the wood which is needed to produce flowers and fruit?

However, I've seen lots of well-berried hollies around this year and if it was down to weather conditions you'd think it would be a more general problem

If you only saw a few flowers it can't be down to the lack of pollinating insects in the cold spring and summer.

I suggest that you make sure there's no grass etc growing around the base of the tree, and then, in February give it a little sprinkling of a high potash fertiliser and make sure it's watered in well.  That should remind it to flower in 2014 


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 05:48

Good morning all  

I've been up since 4.30 frying 5lbs of onions - I woke in the night and remembered I'd not done them and we need them for the mini hot dogs we're all having for lunch - can't ruin my reputaton for perfection on my last day  and couldn't get back to sleep anyway, so 5 lbs of onions have been sliced and fried 

We had the first frost of the year last night, roofs and lawns are really white and glittering - it looks beautiful.  OH will be setting off to work on his bike in half an hour - I think it will be beautiful watching as the sun comes up - Hefty will be hibernating soon - at least he's hefty enough 

spacing apple cordons/minarettes grown over arch

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 21:31

Could you grow one tree each side of the arch, with each tree being pruned to allow two main branches (so it was a bit like a Y) to grow up the arch?

Apple blossom

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 21:26


Posted: 04/11/2013 at 21:24

Mozart  Love him 

Poor little one ((hug))

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