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Posted: 26/01/2014 at 14:51

Andy -  I'm sending you a little PM so check them later 

Bill -that's a great way of describing it. I read some of the posts from previous days and I'm so sorry about your son. Nothing anyone can say to make it better for you and your family but, as you already know,  loads of us are here when you need some support. There's some truly kind,great people on this forum.

PS - Google 'The Two Ronnies' and/or 'four candles' and it'll give you something. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 14:37

Very kind of you David. I find insects fascinating - especially bees and wasps - and when you see them close up you realise how incredible Mother Nature is at design. Their little bodies are so tiny and perfect. 


Posted: 26/01/2014 at 13:25

Absolutely right Verdi and nut. I know from personal experience how supportive the people here  can be 

Got a butternut squash in the oven to make Moroccan spiced veg soup.  Ideal for this wet miserable weather. Anyone want some later?


Posted: 26/01/2014 at 12:59

Panda- I can do the casting on and off but not the  middle bit so between us we could make something! 

Worth extending rather than moving if it gives a better result and adds value and I know what you mean about living space. Helps enormously if you have kids  cos they do have a habit of getting bigger!  My ex hubby and I  added a 2 storey extension in our house which gave us loads more living space, but it was an end terrace like this so much easier. He was 'in the trade'  which helped, and we did a lot of it ourselves physically which saves a fortune.

Sun's come out. Definitely going now - I'm hungry 

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 12:45

I'd need to take the pix out the frame to get a better result I think, but they're all carefully stuck down so I'm a bit reluctant. I originally scanned and altered all the photos from the originals to fit them in the different size windows but I doubt I'd still have record of them as it was on an old computer. I'll let you work out which one is me on the photo of my Mum. I have an older sister and she was always concerned about how she looked so it should be easy! 

Think we had a similar hairdresser Kef 

Someone mentioned bee's knees the other day. Here's what they look like....



Posted: 26/01/2014 at 12:36

Don't worry- I'll keep you updated Kef 

Really must go  and have some lunch and do summat productive now. 

How can I get frogs to use my pond?

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 12:33

If you can arrange some rocks, stones and gravel etc at one area of the pond edge to give a slope into the pond,  it will do the job of a ladder. It'll let other birds and wildlife in as well.  The fish will tend to eat any frogspawn so you may always find that's a problem, but if you  can make a bit of a barrier with more rocks across the pond  in the same area you might be able to prevent the fish getting to that bit so easily and it'll give the tadpoles/froglets a fighting chance! 

If your net has a large enough size hole the frogs and toads will be able to get through it, or you could simply leave a bit of a gap where you put the 'ladder'. 

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 12:21

When  I moved into my ex partners house about four years ago - his house was semi rural - during the very cold snowy winter we had that year, I looked out the upstairs window and saw six or seven birds round the base of the laburnum in the back garden (the only snow free area) that I couldn't identify. I looked out a downstairs window to see them better- partridges. They were beautiful. Shame it wasn't a pear tree!  

Nut- I've noticed we've had no chaffinches here since I moved in, yet I used to stay in a house very nearby and they were the most common birds by far in that garden. Very sad. In the 15  years I was in that house I noticed a big decline in greenfinches too.



Posted: 26/01/2014 at 12:05

The rain's gone off - hurray! Best not shout or it'll come back on....

Kef- extension is a bedroom (for me) and a shower room as it's only a teeny weeny house with  two bedrooms and I bought it because there was room to extend. Better resale value when I move  again....  The 3 bed houses round here are really 2 and a half .

Fine if you're all hobbits .... 

Hope you're keeping better now Andy. You worry us when you're unwell you know. 

A new hedge

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 11:58

You can still buy bare root hedging at this time of year too Kay, which is a cheap way of buying hedging especially if it's a large amount you need. There are several online nurseries with loads of choices. I've used Hopes Grove on two occasions ( I had  hornbeam from them  for a previous garden) - they're great to deal with. Last November I had  blackthorn hedging delivered for the boundary round this house. I only got two thirds of mine in due to the weather, but you can heel it in somewhere if you can't get it all in right away , which is what I did.  I considered a mixed wildlife hedge too, but went for a single variety as  I wanted something uniform round the front garden,  but that would be great for your site. If you don't want to buy just now you'd have to wait till Autumn again for bare root. 

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