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Good News for Mike

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 10:16

I'm very pleased for you, mike. I hope you can get out in the garden and start to get a better outlook on life. Staring at four walls, and thinking too much about what might happen is often the start of a downwards spiral. Time to get out and do things.


Posted: 28/08/2014 at 21:01

Dad is much better day, due to us forcing water down him and rehydrating him. His blood pressure is coming back up. I kinda lost it when the cardiac man turned up and said A&E, who told us he had hours to live, had made a mistake and he had not had a heart attack. As he has had no treatment for a heart attack, just 7 hours on a trolley which he fell off of when he wanted to go to the toilet, and a glucose drip in emergency admissions unit, and then transferred to the stroke ward, I want a few answers. No 1 . If they thought he had had a heart attack, why did he get no treatment? Why was he asked if he wanted a DNR.? Why was the rest of the family told he was dying and nature would take its course by the end of the day? Of course they wont talk to me about it because its confidential, but when I have a signed letter from dad to enable me to do just that, All Hell is going to break loose.


Posted: 28/08/2014 at 20:48

With sweet corn, when you harvest it, the sugars start to turn to starch and you lose the sweetness. The best way to deal with it is put a pan of water on to boil, then pick the sweetcorn and boil immediately.  If you are going to blanch and freeze, then pick all at once. If you want the sweetest possible , then pick and eat when needed.


Posted: 28/08/2014 at 06:06

Yes, I'm up very early. Cant sleep. Have knocked a mug of coffee all over the living room carpet,so spent half an hour mopping up and squirting carpet cleaner.

I nearly trod on a hedgehog by the back door last night, when I went out to the compost heap to throw out some flowers that had gone over.  Seems a decent size, but not as big as the one sha**ing a plug tray last week. Either a good size one from this year or mum I think.  Either way, I am happy that we still have a hedgehog population after little boy hedgehog died.

I'm hoping for some rescue hedgehogs later on, to stir the genepool up a bit.

All my gages have gone!

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 06:01

Tree rats. I seem to have lost  lot of plums. I thought I had a good crop but they seem to have vanished. The squirrels ate all the apricots before they were ripe, just to get the kernels. They left  piles of orange flesh all over.

They've started on the oak even though the acorns are still green.

dog lovers

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 05:42

When I was young, we had an alsation labrador cross.  We  used to throw stones for her to fetch because she used to bite straight through balls. Of course this chipped all her teeth. They went bad and she had to have them all out(when she was 12). After that she had her food  minced. She never minded the postman who brought things, but she hated the dustbinmen who took stuff away. Once she chased them up the street, with them hanging on the back of the cart. The dustbinmen said they would report the dangerous dog. As my mum said, what do you think she is going to do, Gum you to death.?

In this case the bark was certainly worse than the bite.

These days I would use the solid rubber balls that you can get for dogs, and dentastix, which all dogs seem to love.


Posted: 28/08/2014 at 05:14

They will need both summer and winter pruning.

Winter pruning is for the shape. Summer pruning is for fruit spurs. See here for further instructions



Posted: 27/08/2014 at 22:11

Well we all laughed at Mrs Woodhead, and the cuprinol ear drops.

Not very PC I know.

Foreign Seeds

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 22:03

From EEC countries you can bring stuff back for your own use, provided it is free from disease and pests.

From Non EEC countries you are allowed up to 2kg of bulbs and 5 small packets of seeds that are commercially packed.

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