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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 16:04

BL - we had an ice cream van round here recently. I know it's been the mildest, driest winter here that I can remember, and we Scots are meant to be hardy, but that's taking the p*** !  

Perhaps it's soothing for your throat though. It's very wearing. Whatever helps that kind of cough is ok isn't it?  

No 'Burns-ing' candles for me Frank/Dad, in fact, no Burns Night-ing at all. Don't care for it. Must be my English half coming through  

Just perusing my hill choice for tomorrow. So many to pick from when it's the smaller hills (Corbetts) 

When I get my new ice axe next week I'll be thoroughly kitted out. Not that there's much ice/snow left again except on north or east faces, or the higher Cairngorms etc. The approach of a hill I fancied tomorrow is steep and north facing so it wouldn't be wise without one. 

Check out those British lads in the tennis. Doing brilliantly. 

Pruning a honeysuckle

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 14:25

Hi LLM - they're pretty robust so you can usually hack back hard without any issue - in fact, it often benefits them. You could probably wait a month or two, even though most of us have had a mild winter. That way, the weather should be relatively decent  and new growth won't be affected by severe weather in any way. A tidy up round the base and a general feed, water and mulch will also give it a good 'new' start.   

Is that an evergreen one though? I've never had one of those, but I think they're fine too. Someone else will know for sure 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 14:17

Good to see you Frank/Dad - hope the new device keeps you in touch now 

I expect we are slightly masochistic, but there again, the reason you're still very active and 'together'  is probably largely down to the garden. Having something to plan, and then doing the work, is vital for keeping up your spirits as well as your health. I reckon anyway! 

Hope you have a nice cake for her Obelixx.... 

Minus 10 BL - that's a decent frost. When we get minus 1 or 2, it barely registers. We just appreciate those days, 'cos it's not pouring and blowing a hooly at the same time and making it miserably cold! Keep cosy and get well - do you get longlife milk there? It would save you going out. I keep a carton handy as I use so much milk. 

We're to get a bit of frost tonight Joyce, and now looking pretty good for tomorrow in the west, as the hill fog and mist is mainly today/tonight and it's to be frosty and clearer. Eggscellent....I'm rubbing hands together a la Mr Burns 

Glad you're enjoying the njob Wonks. Make sure to get some time for yourself too 

Good to see you back safely Hosta. Yikes  - you know how to holiday....  

Steve/vet posted recently, but we haven't seen Bushman. I think he's combining New Year with Burns Night next week and just making a month of it    We're not sure about doc...

The weekend's pretty much here folks - hurray 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 12:38

Lovely Liri  

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  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/01/2017 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. 

Cheap Kitchens For Sale Exeter

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 07:56

We don't give up easily either jan. Go and flog your tat somewhere else


Cheap Kitchens For Sale Dover

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 07:54

jan - you ARE the weakest link - goodbye


Cheap Kitchens For Sale Test Valley

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 07:53

Wasting your time


Cheap Kitchens For Sale Gloucester

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 07:52

Take your cheap crappy kitchens and shove 'em


Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 18/01/2017 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.... 

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