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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 15:57

I've managd to attach the little outside lights when there was a bit of a break in the rain. To be honest, we've had worse weather, so unless it's going to be deteriorating further as evening comes, we've not had it that bad. No damage, just wild and very wet, with stronger gusts of wind and sleet/hail. Snow and sleet forecast for later though. 

Beyond thrilled earlier though, as I had two nuthatches visiting the feeder while I was putting up more lights and greenery. That's made my Christmas  

I'm easily pleased....

doc - I read your post and just thought, what a contrast between your post and Hosta's one earlier in the day. I know which people I'd want in my house at Christmas. The greed and selfishness that some of us in the so called 'developed world' have, and the bubble they live in, is exposed right there. 

Rabbits and Asparugus

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 10:17


Rabbits will have a go at most things so I think a barrier is probably the best method if you see them floating around and looking hungry. Make sure they can't get high enough nearby to jump in either. 

Rabbit with asparagus might be quite tasty Watery.....

Basil plant fused leaves

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 10:13

Basil can be prone to whitefly. I grow it on a windowsill and they sometimes get a bit sticky. I put a poly bag over the pot to contain the compost, and then swish the plants round in a bowl of water with a drop of washing up liquid, although water alone often works fine. You can gently rub the leaves as well to get any bits off that don't come away in the water.

Perfectly fine to eat afterwards - I'm still here to tell the tale 

Gardener's World Strawberry offer

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 10:09

GD - do you know anyone who has some strawberries that could give you runners?

I think I'd stick with buying from a reputable grower. I know it's tricky for you re the postage and delivery charges. I've never grown that variety, but Elsanta are excellent croppers here. If you're stuck, I could rustle up a few runners/small plants in spring. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 10:04

BL - I think you need to book yourself a holiday after all that - a week in a cabin by yourself perhaps! 

Aye Joyce - Fenwick Moor will be none too cheery right now! Daughter wants to do her weekly trip to Home Bargains and McDonalds later. Why do I get roped into these things.....

Other daughter has work later, so I'll drop her off and it'll save her standing at a windswept, wet bus stop...and I get a free coffee out of it.... 

They've just mentioned that foiled attack in Oz that Pat mentioned, on the radio. Good result.

I supppose I should do the other lights and greenery on the windows. Not sure I want to go and do the outside ones though.....

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 09:19

Morning all/afties Pat. Glad you're a bit cooler. I suppose we don't always hear about the attacks that the services manage to foil, but thank goodness they do.

Very dark here, very wet and blowy,  but it's farther north and west that's getting the worst for now. Ferries cancelled etc. At present Big Babs is no worse than lots of winter weather here, but I believe it's later in the day it will strengthen as it moves east. I scared the robin when I went out to feed him earlier - he was hiding to keep out of the weather  

LP - what a time your family is having just now. Glad they're all ok and hope they get a bit of peace in the next few days.

Hosta - doesn't surprise me at all. People are vile. We're all busy and have lots of things to do - but there's no excuse for that behaviour. Daughter told me they had to ban someone from the Asda she works in, for frequently abusing staff. She tells me so many stories and we end up using the Jack Jarvis phrase from Still Game and saying 'they're a***holes , Victor'. 

Good to see you doc. Nearly the turn of the year now - not long to go. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 18:19

You're very organised obelixx 

I wish you and your family a lovely first Christmas and New Year in your new home. Hope you have a lovely, peaceful  time  

Clari - I'd be eating the entire contents of your fridge and cupboards to keep warm over the next few days. Your OH can fend for himself!  

I'm trying to be cheery as I've been doing a litle more research re the memorial on my walk the other day. I've been extremely moved by it - perhaps because my oldest daughter was born a few months before the young lad, and my other daughter's almost the age when he died. He had been staying at the Clova Hotel in November 2014 with his family, and went for a run up round Loch Brandy, as he'd often done before. His father raised the alarm when he didn't return a couple of hours later, and he was eventually found the next day. Howling winds, poor visibility and minus 11 temps made the search for him almost impossible and, as he was only intending being out for a fairly short run round the loch, he wasn't equipped to survive the night. Over 240 people helped search for him.

We really never know what's round the corner, do we? 

And then Simon Mayo played The Proclaimers' Sunshine on Leith so the tears were running down my face. Hopeless old mare.... 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 17:10

Evening all. Seven shades of s***e out there just now! Been horrible all afternoon but getting worse. Rarely been more than three or four degrees today. Two when I got home. Cold wind so it's sub zero. Been getting too used to that dry 'southern' weather we've had in November and early December  

I've had a cuppa and a gingerbread biscuit to keep my strength up though.....

Hope I don't have to go and collect daughter as she's gone out with her friends to the cinema 

Like the giraffe/heffalump thing. Very clever  

Onion/allium ID

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 12:42

They're helluva big bulbs if it's chives!  5 or 6cm diameter you said - or did you mean mm vishu? 

Onion/allium ID

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 08:07

Hi Vishu - lots of ornamentals have quite fine leaves which come through very early. Sphaerocaephalon has fine leaves, as do some of the other smaller varieties. You'll just have to wait and see what you end up with!

The pic on the packet looks like it chould be Purple Sensation or something similar, and as the bulbs were quite big, it should certainly be a bigger allium when it flowers. Does it have any other info on the packet though? 

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