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Today at 12:38
I was looking on ebay recently at various ornamental hinges and escutcheons etc for tarting up the gates. Some of them are works of art. Are we losing all the skilled people who made these beautiful obects? Sad.
LG - they've officially announced that Scotland's had it's warmest year on record. I could have told them that for nowt! I said to someone at work the other day that we were having an English winter . If it gets to four or five that's a mild winter day here, but it's usually accompanied by wind and rain, so it's not as warm as that. It's often been 7 or 8 degrees or higherthis winter. We've had several bouts of heavy frost from October onwards, and we've had a couple of falls of snow, but nothing major compared to previous winters. It's made for a short winter, although we could have done with more snow for the hills!
Dove - I felt I earned an extra helping of raspberries with the porridge
Today at 08:03
Morning all/afties Pat - glad it's a bit more pleasant for you and HRH
I've been busy reporting the spammers with their high quality kitchens that we're always desperate to buy....
One day they'll catch me in a bad mood and I'll just put **** off in capitals.
More of the same weather here today. Don't think my snowdrops are any further on. The birds, blackies in particular, are singing as if it's spring though. I suppose they think it is with the temps as high as they are.
Think Hosta will be home today Pat. It'll probably take as long to get back from the airport as it did to get back from Africa!
Those plant prices that obelixx mentioned looked horrific! Made our local GC look cheap, and it isn't.
Better go and organise myself for the mine. Have a good day everyone, whatever the weather brings.
Today at 07:56
We don't give up easily either jan. Go and flog your tat somewhere else
Today at 07:54
jan - you ARE the weakest link - goodbye
Today at 07:53
Wasting your time
Today at 07:52
Take your cheap crappy kitchens and shove 'em
Yesterday at 19:09
Looking good! It will take a while for it to feel lush and mature - the waiting is the hard part
If you want a bit more greenery for this time of year, you can add it in the form of large pots on your deck too. It may not be traditionally Japanese, but there will be plenty of things you can use to give a lush effect for winter, when you're inside looking out.
How about creating some simple mounds of moss (or something moss-like) in pots? Different heights and sizes grouped together in matching pots. Just an idea....
Yesterday at 19:01
Nice Liri - I got a couple of the Hellebore nigers in Morrisons. One is still alive
I'm keen to get more white ones for this time of year, for the areas which should have no foliage... errr..that's should, but the weather seems to have other ideas. I've never had deciduous grasses which still have noticeable foliage on them at this time of year. My Clematis E.V had substantial bits of new growth and also the old foliage. Bizarre
Fidget - Sod's Law isn't it? The perfect house always appears just at the wrong moment. There's a house for sale at Succoth, next to Arrochar, which would be utterly perfect for me - in about 6 or 7 years time! I wish you luck with getting your house sorted so that you can get on your way.
Pity about the sunrise Dove. I'll see if I have a spare from last year...yes here's one from October to cheer us all up
Yesterday at 17:45
Gloire is lovely Joyce - I have it here. Cream edging.
I also had Sulphur Heart which was nice. It suggests a yellowy middle but was quite greeny yellow
Yesterday at 12:34
Phewww - glad you and OH are ok Hosta
Do you get reimbursed for the time you've missed, since it was unavoidable?
Anyone seen Bushman since New Year? Is he just combining it with Burns Night perhaps!
7 degrees here. Positively balmy. Or is that barmy? Can't quite decide. Better than temps in March or April....
Did you get a pic of the nice pink sky Dove?
Yesterday at 08:00
Morning all / afties Pat if you're about and it's not been too hot for you today
Hosta - what are you like! I think you should have come up here for your holiday instead
Hope all is ok with you though and you get back safely.
I envy you the frost Dove. More murky damp today for us - I assume that though, as it's still rather dark, I can't see any stars and that's the forecast. Still - better than the pouring rain and wind which we've had very little of this winter. # Always look on the bright side etc
Hope the lurgy affected folk are a bit chirpier today.
Better go and organise myself. Will catch you all later
2 days ago at 18:30
That sounds a good plan re the footwear, obelixx. Why is ut that when we have an injury, that's the very bit we keep bumping for weeks afterwards
No sign of frost for the weekend unfortunately. At the moment it's to be snow on higher ground and poorish visibility, so I might have to have a PlanB, and C, and possibly D
Horribly murky day here today - mist/low cloud/ to quite low level, drizzly stuff all afternoon - smirr, as we call it here.
Glad I don't have that lurgy. Hope everyone who has it isn't too worn down by it. That's the problem with these things - you get scunnered. Can you make sure it stays 'in the south' please
Long time BL. Hope it was peaceful for him. I suppose that's the best we can all hope for.
2 days ago at 17:53
It's a vile disease and I take my hat off to everyone who cares for a relative with it. It possibly/probably affects the carer more than the person who has it.
Fidget and Joyce are right - there should be no guilt in taking whatever help you're entitled to.
I know my dad was frightened my mum would be taken away from him, which is why he hid a lot of things that happened. She wasn't particularly bad, but bad enough. Dad had never asked for help with anything his whole life, and that made it harder, but it's how he was and you can't change that.
I hope you can get some help for your friend hogweed.
No one should have to struggle for help with this in the 21st century, but it's a ticking time bomb.
2 days ago at 08:10
She could get a good fire going with one of 'em Joyce
Pat - I don't envy you that heat at all! It's strangely mild here for the time of year, even on the hills where it's been warm enough to melt the snow again
Think Dove will have some frost today. I'd much rather have frosts, although we don't have any proper rain today - it's just damp. Much healthier to have a cold dry day. We've had some good frosty dry days this winter and it was lovely. So much nicer than our usual weeks of cold, windy wet stuff, although there's still plenty of time for that!
Better go and get organised for work. Catch you all later
2 days ago at 07:38
Morning all/afties Pat when you appear. Hope it's a bit cooler for you today
Very mild here - it's seriously weird for the time of year
Older fairylet is working at 8 today and I offered to take her. Slightly regretting that - can't get my tea in peace Joyce
Glad it went ol last night Clari. Horrible when these things happen close to home. There's been two incidents near me since I moved here-one round the corner and one near my family home. Highly unusual for these areas as they're not usually targeted for that kind of crime.
Obelixx won't have far to look for her kitchen if she's had a look on here
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3 days ago at 18:53
I'd do what Onopordum suggests - a bed of compost/soil somewhere so that the roots are buried and won't dry out. That's all you have to worry about, as the plants have been dug up from the ground while dormant to send to you. You would simply be replicating the conditions they've been in
They will survive a surprisingly long time like that, and you can get them planted or potted up, depending on your circumstances, once the ground or conditions are more suitable.
3 days ago at 18:33
That's very sad Clari. I'm sure you'll deal with it very well.
Fidget - probably highly sensible to take the money and run, as you say, but always a bit sad that it's cheaper to knock down, usually quality, houses than renovate etc. It happens round here quite often, and will no doubt be the case with my late uncle's house as it was in a fairly poor state - elderly man on his own for years. Sometimes 'doing up to sell' can be tricky too, as it's easy to keep going and not knowing where to stop.
Check you out, Dove - with your paste! I looked as if I'd 'styled' mine with summat when I got off that hill on Saturday. Bonny it wasn't
3 days ago at 12:47
It's a very 'infectious' hobby too pokhim!
I also have loads of bulbs - spring's a long time arriving in Scotland so it really helps. Like you, I have a lot of greenery, for the reason already mentioned. It makes a sanctuary though, as you rightly say, and so much better than looking at bare soil and fences.
'Lots of choices and options' - you're already sounding like a very seasoned gardener!
3 days ago at 12:41
Hosta - your precious angels - that made me smile
I'll be happy either way too - as long as they don't expect me to be babysitting while they're at work. Nae chance! It'll cut into my hillwalking time
The finger's ok - thanks all. I should have got on with sewing too, instead of diy-ing. Stupid mare. If I'd used the big scissors it wouldn't have happened. I've done quite a bit of damage to fingers over the years, including sawing into one with a hedgetrimmer. I didn't want to worry my parents, whose hedges I was doing, and I only had one weekend to do it all, so I taped it all up and carried on. It was fine...really....
I was wondering if doc was away too but I think it's a couple of weeks yet.
It was a tupperware type of day here yesterday too - great expression! Even the hills have lost most of their snow again. It's not normal...
3 days ago at 08:04
Morning all/afties Pat - sorry you've had such a hot day. I feel your pain even if others might be envious of the heat!
Obelixx - I feel the same about grandchildren. My girls are probably fairly unlikely to have any children, and that's their choice, as it was mine to have them. I get slightly annoyed with women who see it as their 'right' to be a granny. Rights have got nothing to with it.
I've done new kitchens in two houses, both along with other building work in the house as well. I don't know if that makes it easier because you're so used to the mess and disruption. It's remarkable how you can get used to it. First one was probably worse because the girls were only 3 and 6 at the time.
I managed to slice a piece out of the tip of a finger yesterday. Scissors instead of secateurs this time. Who knew they were that sharp. I had to go out, so I needed some gaffer tape to hold teh micropore together and stop it bleeding eveywhere. Wasn't pretty. Looking at it just now I think it could have done with a stitch. Too late though
Haven't caught Sherlock yet. Forgot to record it at New Year amd didn't realise there was a couple more either. Perhaps I won't bother.
Been wet here and it's a very grey day form what I can tell as it's still a bit dark.
Have a good day everyone whatever the weather.