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Ok...its nasty

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 07:34

Strawberries going here this year - magpies are getting them whether they're ripe or not 

I'll just have to net next year I think. 

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 07:31

I've never thought of using glue on outdoor timber. All my gates are done with screws or nails just like the raised beds etc, and made with pressure treated timber.  Even then, as Mark says, there's always a bit of expansion in wet weather so you need to allow for that too.

Looks like you'll have to go back to the beginning Kweegly. What a shame after all your hard work  


Posted: 29/07/2015 at 07:22

Morning all. Condensation on all the windows this morning.Autumn has arrived here. Only a few days earlier than usual anyway 

Lesley - hurray! Hope you have a good time. 

No shouting at TV here - can't watch the programme. Mr T has become too OTT  for me these days ... Lovely prog about The Pennine Way on in early evenings  just now though.

Off to work shortly - have a good day everyone whatever you're doing


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 07:42

Morning all. No tinterweb here yesterday evening so couldn't get on last night -perhaps it's scunnered with our weather too. Will it actually get into double figure today...  

Well at least my new lawn's getting well watered....every cloud....literally!

Had a quick google of the butterfly Liri - and there was a pic of one with quite a lot of white just like your's. Must keep an eye out for those on my travels 

Hosta - take care with your knee.  We take them for granted but they're vital for so many basic activities, but we  only realise that when they're not working too well. How horrible of your 'co worker' too 

Off to work in a few mins so have a good day everyone - whatever the weather 

Box bench

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 12:49

I'd agree with the others about taking the top off Dave. Perhaps you could have planted then a little further forward too. A couple nearer the ends will help.

I think it'll make a nice feature  

The Arctic

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 12:46

Fabulous doc. The contrast of sky, sea and ice is stunning  

 pic 3 

The sound of nature - the best sound there is - without doubt 


Posted: 27/07/2015 at 12:42

Hi doc - great to have you back! Can you give me the details of where you were staying - I'm thinking of going there to get warmed up....

Still not in double figures here 

Lovely pix Liri - I took a pic of those hills from 'the other side' on Saturday. The Dalmally Horseshoe. A great walk. Nut or landgirl will know which butterfly that is. 

GWRS - Glen Fyne is where you should start. The distillery is just before the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, and you can catch some great scenery on the way. Don't come today - it looks more like Dove's pic  

Hope the TWIGS are getting better weather for their trip 

General questions about English hollies

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 07:39

Chris - we inherited a mature holly at our last house. It was planted next to a cherry and the privet hedge bordering the neighbouring field. I pruned it back in the way you want to do.   It had crowded and damaged the hedge and the other tree. It let light in and improved it enormously. It was around 10 feet in width and a fair old height.  A few old bird's nests fell out as I did it so I think the birds will still enjoy it no problem! Ours was at the end of the front lawn and was on the edge of the grass and the gravel pathway.  


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:05

They need a bit of oomph as well Snarfy. If you can beef up the soil a bit with some well rotted manure and compost that will benefit them. 

Serious bird feeder question!

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 19:35

LF - that definitely stops them!  

Steve - I'll gladly send you some starlings. How would you like them - boiled or roasted....

I actually hang a big homemade suet block for them in  part of the garden which is on their 'route'. It gives them food but keeps them off the other seed feeders so that the little birds get a look in. The magpies get a handful of stuff thrown on the ground too which keeps them happy, otherwise they attack the feeders too, and they get the scraps that the starlings drop everywhere 

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