Latest posts by Fairygirl

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....  

Plant ID please

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 09:40

Whatever it is - and it does have elements of both the plants already named - it doesn't look too happy. Been butchered a fair bit. 

Has it flowered while you've been there DDelphie - or changed colour in any way?


Posted: 03/01/2016 at 09:12

Clari - that's very sad. I haven't kept loads of things, but I have a box with stuff the girls did at play group and early school etc, and loads of photos - would never throw any of those away. It was lovely looking through them all earlier this year when the girls reached milestone birthdays. Small things can have so much meaning.

A bit of colour in the house can work wonders. I had quite a colourful lounge in my house round the corner - always felt cosy  

Morning has broken

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 09:02

Think it's the device you're using Chrissy 

Beautiful pix Tootles 

Can I come too ?   Just hold the sunrise (and the crumble) till I get there.... 

Camera Corner

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 08:59

That's a lovely pic chicky - thanks for explaining. 

I'm very lucky having so many of the hills relatively nearby. You're right about the fresh air, and living in a town at that time must have been vile in terms of air quality. We all complain about the weather - I'm no exception - but the truth is, I'd hate to live in  a country that didn't have wet and cold as well as sun. It's what makes the beautiful landscape we have.  When the girls eventually leave home and I'm retired ( ) I want to move further north - Perthshire perhaps. Really central for lots of hills 

What a wonderfully varied little country we all live in - sea and sky. 

Ben Lomond on Friday from the hill



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