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Posted: 29/10/2013 at 19:36

He may not be 'handy' but he could probably lend a hand and let you know whether it was straight, and hold things etc - they take a while to train but most can become handy to a degree, eventually 

fascicularia bicolor

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 18:18

Never grown them myself so no idea how easy they are.  If you can provide the right conditions and are careful with them they ought to survive.

They need good drainage and a dryish spot and according to this article  they ought to survive most winters with those conditions. 

One of the advantages of recent climatic changes 


Posted: 29/10/2013 at 18:13

Panda, you could fix it up against the shed wall, put a bench underneath it and lovely smelling climbers over it and call in an arbour 

KEF, the alarm goes off at 5.30am, but I usually turn it off at about 5.15am as my bodyclock protects me from the shock of sudden noises   Even when we're away I'm awake about then - that's why I get up and noodle with you lot in the early morning, so as not to get fidgety and wake OH.  And even when I'm retired OH will still be working so  I'll probably get up and see him off in the morning 

Update on technical issues

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 18:06

That's really helpful - thanks Daniel and team 

Compost Bins & Lovely Rats

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 18:04

They can get through tiny gaps, they can virtually flatten themselves.  Also they can gnaw through wire netting and breeze blocks - I grew up on a farm and I've seen it.

If they want to get into your compost heap they will - the best thing to do is to keep it damp and to turn it frequently so they can't set up home there for too long. Keep disturbing them.

If you have rats aroun under no account put potatoes or peelings in your compost - spuds are their favourite food and a member of my family who is a large commercial potato grower has amazing stories of the lengths rats will go to in order to get at potatoes.  

I have wooden compost bins and I don't keep all the rain out - I lay sheets of heavy duty cardboard and carpet over the top to keep most of it out, but I don't let it get too dry and cozy.

Good luck 


Posted: 29/10/2013 at 16:22

Well done Panda   Wonky arch?  What's it got clambering up it/holding it up?


Posted: 29/10/2013 at 15:24

Hi Dolgarrog   The closer it gets the stranger it feels - a week today will be my last day!  I'm alternately feeling that I should rush around and get things done, then realising that in a week's time I'll have all the time in the world and I can garden during the week instead of just at weekends!  

My OH often leaves here on his bike at 6.30am, but he doesn't have far to go and on those days he's home around lunchtime to work in the studio, so I'll be trying hard not to feel too guilty.  


Posted: 29/10/2013 at 13:33

Star gaze lily 

Yes Matty, think it's time my chillies came in from the grow house and sat on the kitchen windowsill.  Last year's Amaryllis  has been starting off in there too - she'd better come indoors and sit between the two Christmas Cacti which are blooming their socks off at the moment 

Autumn colour

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 12:30

Your 'Rich Toffee' is gorgeous Marian - thank you for sharing such lovely pictures - I love the autumn colours 


Posted: 29/10/2013 at 12:01

Stargaze Lily (hug) We're so lucky in that my parents were able to choose their own care home just up the road a bit from where they'd lived for 30+ years - they'd always said that if they needed care that's where they wanted to go - they'd visited friends who'd lived there - it's more like a little guest house really but with really good carers, only about 15 residents - perhaps more of a family home than a guest house, with the bickering that occasionally goes on LOL, but parents know some of the carers' parents, and where they all live, and where they shop and where their children go to school, and although Mum's getting confused now, all that familiarity every day really helps. 

It's run by a local charity and on Christmas Day all the Trustees and their spouses (spice? sounds better ) go to have Christmas Lunch with the residents - a proper big turkey gets carved in front of everyone, glasses of fizz and party poppers and crackers and paper hats and presents and party games.  Everyone has a lovely time and families (us) are able to have our Christmas with our children and their families etc knowing that our parents are having a whale of a time - photos are taken and we see them afterwards. Then we can visit them between Christmas and New Year, 'cos on New Year's Day there's another big celebratory meal - every year mother tells me about the wonderful whole salmon that the chef cooks and decorates with cucumber scales etc   I sometimes stay for lunch when I visit at other times - they are very lucky with the chef they have - who also is very good at sorting out television malfunctions when my parents have pressed all the wrong buttons at the same time 

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