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Posted: 06/01/2016 at 08:02

Dove - it takes forever. Daughter presided over mine a  while ago - went on for ages 

chicky - I noticed they said that on the radio yesterday about lights going on at about ten past four. The light is meant to 'travel' north but it doesn't seem like that here! 

Clari - stay warm whatever you do 

Dead Lawn

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 07:58

They (leatherjackets) seem to have been particularly noticeable this year. The mild weather? 


Posted: 06/01/2016 at 07:55

Morning all/afties Pat. Very dark here - no idea what it's like outside except that it looks dry!

Glad to see you're ok B'man, have you avoided any more flooding? Some areas have already had their wettest January and we've not had a week of it yet  They're dynamiting the large boulder at The Rest and be Thankful  this morning. Pat - the castle is teetering but they reckon it can be saved. Not sure how they're going to do that given the state of the surroundings. It's a 16th century A listed building. Devastating. They lost around 60 feet of river bank, and the main road on the other side is the bit that's gone completely. I don't know how to do links or I'd put one on showing what got swept away. I got quite tearful looking at the drone film and photos. It's part of our historical landscape.

All our decorations are down - looks a bit empty! 

Hope everyone who was under the weather is feeling better.  Off to work soon - a quick look here to see what you've all been up to. Have a good day everyone 


Posted: 04/01/2016 at 07:56

Morning/afties all. Hope the rain gives you a bit of relief Pat.

Work for me doc  How is your MIL getting on? Things are pretty desperate round and in Ballater. I don't hold out much hope for Abergeldie castle down at the Balmoral end of the A93. A chap on the walking site I use, lives just behind it and posted on Saturday about the state of it after people posted pix of the non existent road further up.  I think it was on the national news earlier. 

Hope you have a nice trip Dove. Our schools go back tomorrow or Wednesday. 

Very dark here - hope it brightens up a bit. Have a good day everyone - stay warm and dry 

Water Damaged Lawn

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 18:03

Hi James - you won't be alone in having a mud bath for a lawn this year, so don't worry.

Compacted clay ground is always an issue. You may have to bite the bullet and get a few drains put in if you want a nice lawn. If the aspect is shady it might be difficult to establish grass successfully too - especially if you have children using it a lot. A small area always suffers under those conditions.

You could also try removing a decent amount of the topsoil and get some gravel mixed with some fresh soil and then re turf in spring. A hard wearing type will help with the heavy traffic 


Posted: 03/01/2016 at 17:48

No Christmas cake left here...... 

No mince pies either - don't like 'em, don't buy 'em  

Banana cake looks good though....might leave you all a bit... 

Pond life diagnosis

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 17:37

With a pond that size, the OP could probably get a load of rocks/stones/gravel and use them to create a beach/shallower area at one end to help creatures get in and out safely. It will also offer  birds access to drink and bathe, and a spot for insects. He could also introduce a few marginals if there's sufficient room. 


Posted: 03/01/2016 at 17:05

Yvie - I thought you said you'd been certified....should have gone to specsavers...

Hope all goes well with Mr Yvie tomorrow.

T'bird - you and me both. I get very pedantic over little things and beat myself up if I feel I could have done them better - get it from my Dad 

Even better lily - it has raisins, cranberries and sunflower seeds in it as well. 


Posted: 03/01/2016 at 16:20

BL - I think he should have cooked for you really. Are you feeling any better today?

Congrats Grt Unc Verdi. Hope her mum is fine too.  Just as well she doesn't look like lily's pic - that could have been tricky to explain.....

Been to shops for milk and a few things, done some tidying and clearing outside and a bit more sorting of fence, but it really needs some timber which I'm trying to avoid for now. A banana loaf is baking - I feel there's been too little cake recently -  and I'm doing chilli for dinner.  

Ironing beckons too 


Posted: 03/01/2016 at 09:46

Have a lovely day chicky - bet it was lovely having oldest chicklet home for the celebrations too 

Forgot about Sherlock but recorded it last night when it was repeated. I may have to concentrate....

I never had sticklebricks for the girls - they always made my skin crawl. Too many bits of hair and other unsavoury items were always stuck to them when I saw them at my sister's house....  

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