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Posted: 18/08/2016 at 12:44

I know what you mean Frank/Dad - it's a different world now, but there are loads of people who can compete at a very minor level - we do a lot of rosettes for Pony Clubs here. We had a nice letter and photo from one today, because we give them rosettes when they qualify for Wembley (HOYS) -  they use them for the table at the dinner before the event. The issue is at the highest level rather than at basic level unfortunately. 

John Whitaker's horse isn't really ready for that level yet, it was only his (John's) massive experience that got him that far. It shows that we haven't got anyone else quite good enough if we're sending horses who shouldn't really be there. It's a great pity. That horse will be fine though - his confidence will be back after a few more rounds at a suitable level. It reminds of a comment made when he was winning everything with Milton. Someone said 'isn't John lucky to have found Milton'. Another, wiser, expert said 'no - isn't Milton lucky to have found John Whitaker'.  Quite so.  

That's lovely chicky. One of the girls who got a young horse from us and competed at National level with him, was a member of the British hockey team at the Olympics back in the 80s.  Rhona Simpson - really nice girl. She was very friendly with my employer's girls as they all competed (show jumping) at the same time - they were the same ages.  

Issue with my tomatoes

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 08:07

Hi Michael - are the plants unsupported? That could have caused a bit of damage to stems because of the weight - the foliage would die back quicker then.

I'd remove a good bit of that anyway. If the fruits are ok it'll  help air circulation and allow light in to them. You  might have to keep an eye on them and remove  fruit if necessary and ripen indoors. It's a management situation now. 

I wouldn't allow any further flowers either - too late. I've already removed quite a lot of new ones - they'd never make it to fruiting stage here.

White Hydrangea flowers have gone brown

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 08:00

They're preference is shade Jackie, so your 'sunny' one will tend to go over quicker. Make sure they have plenty of water - especially if the site's sunnier. 


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 07:52

Morning all/afties Pat 

Clari - the centre where I shop used to have a toy shop about fifty yards away from the supermarket. No prizes for guessing what mothers did with their children while they got the weekly shop....

In fact, the ladies often had random children floating about when they were closing the shutters - and no sign of the 'owners'. Who are these feckless clowns? 

Right misty here but I think it's to disappear. Beautiful full moon last night. I took some photos but haven't looked at them yet. It was stunning.

Hope you're not too snuffly Wonks - summer colds linger so much 

Have a good day everyone. Off to the mine soon...

Wot did I get?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 22:48

Must be a dianthus then Verd....

Are you sure you want to be 'revealing all'?  

It may frighten the horses....  


Posted: 17/08/2016 at 22:44

Sorry Frank/Dad, but showjumping has changed because of money and sponsorship.  There are thousands of people regularly competing week in week out at all levels throughout the country, but there's a massive gulf between a kid on an average pony doing a novice class at a local show, and Scott Brash on a million pound plus horse. There's huge money spent in the pony world, usually from outside interests ( footballer's wives) which is spent on buying success. Top ponies are infinitely more forgiving and regularly help riders out of trouble, even when the rider makes a massive mistake, so skill is less important. Horses are totally different. You can't cock up too often with a horse or it'll jack it in and lose confidence, and it takes a lot of years to bring on young horses. The good young riders, if they want to make a career of it, need sponsors and owners willing to support them long term. If they have a good horse, you then need owners who're prepared to turn down the blank cheques they'll be offered, so that those horses stay here and don't go abroad. That happens a lot - those horses change hands for millions, and there's no guarantee a horse will perform well for a new jockey either. It's simply not the same as replacing a set of golf clubs or any other piece of equipment. One of the best examples of that was Caroline Bradley's horse Tigre. After she died, Paddy McMahon took over the ride. Couldn't 'ride one side of him' is the expression. 

Anyway - Harvey Smith couldn't have been less 'elitist' if he'd tried. He was a Yorkshire farmer. Still is. 

The Broomes and the Edgar family are still heavily involved in showjumping  

Nick's horse looked in good form Liz. Jumped a good round. The water jump 'fault' was a bit debatable. 

Wot did I get?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 22:16

Aaagh...the pot Ppauper....make it go away!  Pleeeease....   

'fess up Verd - it's one of those peach trees isn't it? Those little flat ones they call donut peaches....

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 22:12

There does tend to be a bit  of confusion about them CSusan, which is why I was asking!

Fatsia is sometimes called False Castor Oil plant, which has then become just Castor Oil plant and that's where the problem lies. There's similarity in the foliage but a fair bit of difference with  hardiness. 

do I cut back hellebores, if so when?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 19:13

My purple one is flowering just now. The leaves are always healthy on it so I only remove leaves if they're too big or looking rough. The flowers are tall so they perch above the foliage  


Posted: 17/08/2016 at 19:10

Hey Lantana - if you were up here, you could watch the World Pipe Band championships on BBC2 just now instead!    

What do you mean, you'd rather rip your liver out with a rusty hook? ....

When I had my flat, I was downstairs from someone who competed....  That must be the English part of me coming through...

Pork and spiced rice and veg for my dinner. Quite nice. Trying to catch up with what everyone's been doing on here.Should really go out and do some more in the garden though. 

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