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Latest posts by Fairygirl

wind proofing fences

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 08:56

Solid panels are always a problem because they don't filter the wind and they can't stand up to the kind of windy conditions in winter especially if they're in a more exposed site. My sister regularly has to replace some of hers and they're in a reasonably sheltered spot. It's not a difficult job to put some timber in either vertically or horizontally if the posts are sound. You don't even need to double side it - just put the planks on with a gap of about an inch or two and use hedging or climbers for privacy.  


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 08:47

Morning all. Little layer of snow here but not sure if it will stay, although more is forecast. I now have a working boiler, but it's not on. The higher pressure popped one of the connections under the bath when I started the clean up after man went away - so I had a flood instead to mop up.  He's coming back this morning to fix it. It could be worse though - glass half full...well it certainly was when I held it under the light fittings in the kitchen....

We had a resident blackbird at a previous house and he was around all the time. He was called 'squinty beak' , for obvious reasons,  so he did have a bit of difficulty eating - had to put his head down sideways on the ground.


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 16:17

Wintersong - would that be Lars and Ingrid Ssvartfugl by any chance? I know them well...

The lashing sleet and rain have calmed down a bit here but I don't think tomorrow's to be much good. 

A kilt's a good investment if OH wears it regularly Dove. 

Can anyone identify this weed?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 08:00

My first thought was a Japanese anemone too. The leaves are exactly like that.


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 07:54

Morning all. Still no boiler fixed but I'll put a pair of tights on under my kilt so I should be fine  

Very windy here last night and high winds for today again with more snow tomorrow. The bench blew over last night in garden but no idea what else as it's too dark to see. I'm not going out to sort it anyway! Hope everyone is ok and has battened all hatches accordingly.

Haven't really watched the gardening programmes apart from a bit of MrT last night. The Scottish couple with the stripey lawn made me laugh. Hope she doesn't flip one day or he'll be found mown into his lawn one day like a Midsomer Murder 

Off to work shortly so will catch up later. Stay safe and warm everyone.

Reviving an old slightly tired garden

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 18:40

I prefer the second pic  (sorry Gemma!) as it ties in with the geometric nature of the design you already have and gives you a nice little secluded seating area. The dividing bed will have a different feel from the shadier one beside the garage as it'll be sunnier, and it'll form a nice 'screen' to the main garden area. It also links well with the extension and round into the deck. The arch leads you round nicely into the rest of the garden.

Nice sketches too cc! 


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 18:28

I've not attempted to look back at the posts too  much - I'd be here till midnight and then I'd forget everything anyway! Hope the weather is kind for the move Liri. It always helps. Doubt if my local GC has ever sold anything bare root and I don't think I could totter round anywhere in heels nowadays. 

No chance of any gardening here and I'm perfectly happy with that, but all the bulbs have been pushing through in the last few weeks and the greenery on the back fence and little adjoining border is cheery. Lots of flowers on the native primulas so a nice little burst of colour for these short dark days. 

Verd - I know you have a strong will -  for instance, you never give in to temptation when there's cake around....


Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 17:03

Tiny bird nests are little works of art I always think 

The two male blackbirds here are going mad for apples, cheese and bits of suet feed as well as the ordinary mixes I put out. Really pleased to have them coming in now. The colder weather has got them hunting for easier pickings.The starlings seem to be going for the big home made suet feeder I made a while ago and don't go immediately for the food on the ground so it lets all the others get their fill. Seeing more blue and great tits regularly and dunnoc k here, yet my garden a few hundred yards away had loads every day - by far the commonest bird in the garden. I'd been away from the area for about four years -surely there hasn't been a huge decline in that time? 


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 16:50

Hello all. Just peeking in for a few mins. Men are here again (came yesterday evening) doing the boiler instead of coming tomorrow for the day. Bit of upheaval but that's how it is. At least I won't have to boil kettles for washing dishes!  Snow, sleet hail and ice here yesterday and today but the council didn't seem to think it was necessary to do any gritting until this afternoon... 

Didn't really get above freezing yesterday and not much better today but positively tropical compared to Bill. Stay tucked up and warm Mr and Mrs Bill 

Off to get other daughter soon as she's getting some shopping for me 

Will go and see what you're all up to 


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:43

Off to bed shortly. Boiler packed in just after 6pm so I've been out getting a couple more small heaters to keep us going. Man coming tomorrow and will just have to get the new boiler now   Car goes in for service on Friday  so I hope there's no horrors with that and that'll be my 'three' out the way for a while after the laptop and boiler.   

Was just wondering if anyone else was watching Broadchurch. It's off to a great start isn't it lily?

Bet you're weary BM. Moving's a good way of getting rid of excess baggage though  

Heard on the radio that over 3 million people turned out in France to demonstrate including dozens of world leaders. Excellent support.

See you all tomorrow. Sleep well 

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