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Posted: 06/11/2013 at 08:24

Hi punkdoc  I'm going to do one major adventure - a trip to the Ural Mountains in Central Russia with my son and daughter in law to meet her extended family - my OH doesn't retire for years and years yet, so our treats will be London gallery and foodie trips, and country cottage type holidays   I'm just going to enjoy doing all the stuff I've been too busy to do, getting back into painting and writing and walking etc. 

Where's your first Big Trip going to take you?

Squishing caterpillars

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 08:19

I will squish cabbage whites if they are eating brassicas, (but I don't grow many of them).

I wouldn't dream of squishing anything else (other than vineweevils and leatherjackets).

clk wrote (see)

........... I don't understand the point of attracting butterflies to the garden if that is what is recommended we do to their offspring. Any ideas?

And when it comes to attractng butterflies to the garden, we need to be planting food plants for their caterpillars, as well as nectar for the adults.



Posted: 06/11/2013 at 08:04

Cake? ............. maybe later ........ there's no rush is there?   I need to go and stock up on flour and butter etc and get some eggs from the farm shop.  Just scrambled a couple for brekkie  



Posted: 06/11/2013 at 07:44

Good morning all  Thank you everyone for all the lovely pics/cards/messages ((hugs)).

Well, old habits die hard and I woke up at 5.20am - however I didn't get out of bed and OH got me a mug of coffee before he set off to work at 6.30   Now I've checked emails, done a bit of inbox tidying and can noodle on here with you lot for a while before showering and getting started for the day.

Am going to sit on my hands when it comes to volunteering - I did a lot of that stuff earlier on all through my 20s and 30s and 40s, so think I can do my own stuff with a clear conscience now   I've managed to convince myself that I don't have to start springcleaning the house today - but a bit of clothes shopping might be in order later 


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 21:14

Thank you Gilly - the state has been highly recommended to me 


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 21:12

And thank you so much for the lovely flowers and the picture of Dove flying free 

Really am very touched ((hugs)) to you all 


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 

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