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Just moved - horrible garden

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 10:22

The back of our house faces east, which means that the garden gets sun from the east and the south until mid afternoon and then sunshine from the west over the flat roof of the garage - we grow all sorts of flowers, shrubs, fruit and veg - the veg plot is alongside the south facing fence with fruit trained on the fence.  We had our own fig last summer from our baby fig tree .

We had 20+ heritage tomato plants last summer and every tomato bar one ripened, we grow runner beans, over wintered broad beans, garlic, swiss chard, french beans, purple sprouting broc, butternut squash, courgettes, lettuce, carrots, beetroot, etc, plus raspberries, gooseberries and strawberries and the aforementioned fig in a pot on the terrace, and are establishing an espaliered pear tree.  

The southern boundary is terraced (the base of our neighbour's fence being 3ft higher than our lawn, so their 6ft fence is in effect 9ft tall, so we do have a shady north facing border, but we have clematis, roses, echinacea, foxgloves, hostas, cyclamen and many other shrubs and perennials on our Shady Bank.

 This is the Shady Bank in it's first year .... don't be despondent - your garden is full of potential.

Merry Christmas 

Xmas jokes

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 09:04

How did Darth Vader know what Luke Skywalker was getting for Christmas?


He felt his presents.


Posted: 24/12/2013 at 09:01

Good morning all - safe and sound here in the East - jolly windy in the night and rain on the west facing windows kept me awake for a while - OH saw the fox again this morning, but she was about much later than on other nights - even the wildlife kept their heads down.  

Hope son's roof and chimney withstood the weather - they're right on the coast and they've only just had it repaired after the last big storm!  

OH is presiding over the last day of Turkey Mayhem - the new owners are very grateful to him for all his support - our Free Range Goose was truly Free!!!  The previous owner's regular present to staff was a tin of Quality Street each.  

Hopefully OH will be home mid afternoon then he can have a sloe gin, wrap my unicycle  and put his feet up for a couple of days 


Posted: 23/12/2013 at 20:22

We have a small dish of Belgian chocolate coins on the table - they are for Christmas but OH keeps taking some from the dish and bringing them over here - he will have to bring some more back from the farm shop tomorrow 


Posted: 23/12/2013 at 19:11

Pile of special hand-wash woolies handwashed and drying. Two batches of sausage rolls baked, ditto mince pies - all hidden from OH.    Big pot of spicy red cabbage baked.  Big pot of cranberry & orange sauce made.  Gammon boiled, glazed and baked.  Cooking liquor reduced so it'll fit in a jug in the garage fridge for making pea and ham soup at a later date.  Supper is in the oven - OH is home and drinking a well deserved pint, our feet are up and we are watching Cheers.

Think we're on track.

Hope all in the west are ok ((hugs))- the bad weather's coming this way - the wind's getting up ....


Happy Endings

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 17:57

Now you can see her reunited with her family - seems she didn't have little pups after all ...

Happy Endings

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 15:11

Best to camp on top of the cliff than at the bottom.


Someone I knew had a border collie who chased a ball over a cliff - fortunately it was a sandy cliff with a lot of ledges - my ex OH went over and got the dog back - not a wise thing to do - the cliffs weren't high but the tide was right in 

Mystery prickly plant

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 15:09

On the roadside near Beccles, just before the river bridge to the Broads, there's a hedgerow of wild roses absolutely covered with the biggest and most brilliant vermilion rose hips I think I've ever seen - I look forward to them every time I drive to see the Aged Ps.  

If you hear of a woman in a convertible floating down the River Waveney you'll know that I took my eyes off the road for just a little too long 


Posted: 23/12/2013 at 13:32

Verdun, Nut seems to have got her OH quite well trained - he keeps himself amused in the shed doing useful things most of the time, pops out occasionally to stir soup or to talk Men's Shed Talk to my OH when Nut and I are talking plants.  He probably doesn't deserve to be trapped in the shed at lunchtime


Glad you and Spike are keeping your heads down - tell Spike not to go sea swimming today!!! 

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