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Posted: 05/01/2014 at 23:03

Well, Clarington, I go past that pub often when we go down to Trent Lock on the River Trent for a walk. I never thought of going in there for food.

 Talking about food, Nigel Slater and a biscuit addict are on Beeb 4 talking about biscuits.

I picked up a big tin of shortbread in Tesco today, reduced to £2 post xmas.

 All this talking about food is making me think I ought to open a tin and have some with hot chocolate.

 I'm still here (almost in Long Eaton), while OH is still in Newcastle. MIL is getting no better but no worse, and so is bed blocking and they are hoping to bring her home if the oxygen supply can be sorted. The carers can  cope as there are hoists and special bed already in place. OH is coming home tomorrow, as he has a course in Sheffield  for Tue/wed/Thur/ , and then going back to Newcastle on Thursday night.

Right, the big food question tonight.  What is your favourite biscuit and do you dunk?

roses from seed

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 22:37

Don't mollycoddle them. Rose seedlings will take anything the weather can throw at them. The leaves will drop off  i winter, but they will reshoot in Spring.

Strange PM from unknown person.

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 20:42

Ha, she obviously knows I'm a cynical old ratbag, because I didn't get one.

Bird feeders

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 20:38

We have a small undisturbed wood and derelict orchard next door on the southern boundary, and two 150 year old oak trees on the northern boundary. We also have a lot of feeders, mainly squirrel proof, including peanut feeders, fat block for the woodpecker(they only like the pink ones), sunflower seed feeder, a small seed mix for the finches, niger seed for the goldfinches, and a muesli type mix for softbill/ground feeders. Sometimes I think these birds are better fed than me.

 We also have had , but rarely, goldcrest, red poll, thrushes,waxwing, jay,  a spring visit from mallards and heron, and of course, with all that lot, we also get visits from an owl and the sparrowhawk.

Excess Nitrogen in veg plot soil

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 17:14

Grow something that uses a lot of nitrogen such as leafy greens, brassicas, and make sure you remove all the growth from the soil when you harvest it.

Strange PM from unknown person.

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 16:56

"I have something I want to tell you" sounds like a fortune teller wanting you to cross her palm with silver.

or a doomsayer telling you the end of the world is nigh.

Bird feeders

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 16:49

Great tit, coal tit, long tail it, bluetit,

Green finch, chaffinch, goldfinch, bullfinch.

Great spotted woodpecker, collared dove, wood pigeon, blackbirds, magpies,dunnocks.

Nuthatch, robin, wren.

Thats what I've seen today, as well as mouse, vole, and grey squirrels.

We had an odd visit from a fieldfare last week when I threw some apples on the lawn.


Strange PM from unknown person.

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 16:28

Hmmm.sounds  like a fishing trip to me.Block and delete I think.

vivianaalpha, maybe she's a sister to pennies from heaven.

don't waste my time plant!

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 09:27

Oh, to have a climate where hedychiums become invasive, instead of being potted and mollycoddled in a greenhouse for the winter.


Posted: 04/01/2014 at 22:00

Clarington, your pond can't be worse than the photolab I ordered for work. It was to go upstairs in a designated area. The suppliers said they had a stair walker to get it in. Guess what, it was too wide for the stairs. The delivery van was outside on double yellow lines. We ended up taking out a window and ordering a crane and craning it in, then boarding up the window after. It stopped traffic in the town for about two hours and made the front page of the local paper. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity...

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