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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Fat balls in plastic NO

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 07:45

That's a great idea Lesley. I often make little ones using the fat from bacon when the girls have had a sarnie, but I use a ramekin lined with foil. Yours would be a real labour saving idea! I was in the local B&M ( or BAM shop as we call it -  a Scottish term which describes many of the customers ) which has big tubs of fat ball - similar price to Lyn's petshop  I think. 


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:52

My dinner almost made itself too KEF. Nice piece of ham chucked in oven and some roast carrots, broccoli and mash. Simple...just like me  

Don't like Autumn/spring/winter/summerwatch so won't be watching. Don't like any of the presenters  

I'll get my coat....night all 

Growing basil indoors

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:48

Better to try growing it yourself from seed Bookertoo. Sow some in a pot on the windowsilI in spring and then sow again a few weeks later to have a succession - like lettuce. I think the plants you buy are kept in such 'managed' conditions that it's hard to keep them going. 

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 18:04

Well behaved here too philippa. Clay soil like Forester. 


It's my birthday

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 18:02

Verd - those flowers are so important when the natural order of things is changed.

Hope your niece has a lovely day 

My niece's birthday the other day too, just after mine and my Mum's. She lives on Ko Tao in Thailand - in the news recently for all the wrong reasons unfortunately.

Best wishes for tomorrow Lily Pilly. 

At least the weather's to be better than today or all your candles would have been blown out instantly! 

Overwintering Cannas

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:35

I repot into fresh compost and into a bigger pot if necessary once they start into growth again in spring. They grow quickly and need plenty of sustenance to perform well. Don't be in a hurry to put them back outside - wait till they're a good size and the weather's warm enough. 

Overwintering Cannas

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 16:57

Hi Liz, I leave the stems till they look done, and then just cut them right down to the base  


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 16:46

Hope you have a lovely birthday LP - all the best people are born in October  

Temps dipping noticeably as I came home from work - about 7 just now so might cover the car in case the forecast frost sweeps in. Perhaps my Canna will now believe it's no longer summer. Checked it the other day because of the wild weather, as I'd tucked it behind my screen after flowering. It has produced a large flower spike  

bizarre situation- what would you do?

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:37

Brilliant result for you. Enjoy all the extra space  

New garden ... design ideas needed!

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 08:10

Terrific plot to work with M&H, but I'd agree with Daintiness - you need to tackle the patio area first and especially the drop from the French doors. There are new regs in regard to the area immediately outside doors so perhaps that is all in the pipeline. We had a double height patio with young children though and it was never really a problem but it would be better if it could be all one level. A simple fence would be the easiest way of enclosing it and making it safe till children are able to negotiate steps down to the grass. I'd agree - wide shallow steps with low risers would be the best solution. You can use them for pots or large containers too, which means you could have something against the brick wall outside the doors.

A few pics of that end of the patio would be helpful so that we can get a better idea of the slope down to the grass. 

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