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Posted: 29/11/2014 at 10:34

Ring being sized, to pick up next week. Watch this space.

Today I must get the last of the bulbs in. Snow forecast for next week folks. Wrap up warm. Fleece at the ready.

Dad is being moved onto a physio ward. Lets hope his notes go with him. Because me and mum have not been all week, for the first three days this week, he had no fortisip, and only drank lemonade.  I gave the doctor a lesson in record keeping and medication review yesterday. My sister told him that the reports that dad was eating fish and chips and walking about the ward was just plain lies, as he has eaten nothing solid for eight weeks now, and writing  him up for an investigation in six weeks time is a waste of paper, because if they dont get better communication between wards, he wont be here by christmas. I have also made it clear i know the complaints procedure, all the way to the trust board.

grape for a polytunnel

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 10:37

A grape copes very well with freezing in the winter. Only trouble with a polytunnel, is when the grapes are ripening, it may be too humid, and it increases the chances of botrytis rot. If you can give it enough ventilation, it will be ok.

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 23:26

I dug out a Phlomis fruticosa this year. Replaced with touchwood Aquilegias.

Anything on your Wish List?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 22:06

Eucomis "sparkling burgundy"

What have I been given?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 21:50

Bottom one looks like some form of euphorbia.


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 18:48

OH has been very good today.

A trip to the garden centre resulted in a couple of bags of bulbs, now reduced by 70%(Wyevale) and lunch in the cafe.

Then we went to the supermarket, and he didn't complain once. (OH can't stand supermarkets)

I however made a very loud comment about three men with trolleys standing in the exit from the revolving doors, just chatting."You're standing in the way, boys" As  I barged the trolley through, one was heard to mutter "sorry".

After I gave the death stare to a man with a clipboard and stopwatch watching the checkouts, they opened up another one for me. Is it just me, but  wouldn't it be better to use all available staff to man the checkouts, instead of watching them?

Tomorrow I feel a trip to the jewellers coming on.

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 18:30

Glenys, we borrowed a  Jack russell for a bit. at the word Squirrel, he would chase them off the garden. The one that turned round and put its paws up got short shrift.

It definitely reduced the damage done for a while.

Talkback: 10 best plants for wildlife

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 18:06

I would add lavender to that list. The bumble bees in my garden will always be on the lavender (hidcote giant)

Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 09:52

I got all the books in my twenties. John Seymour rules.

Unfortunately I never had the money. I figure to have the simple self sufficient way of life, you have to have a lot of money first.


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 09:42

It has been decided that I am having an official birthday this year, when everyone is feeling 100%

A box of bulbs (late order) came yesterday, so I must try and get those in, but its tipping it down here.

Edd, you're incorrigible.

Punkdoc, if you have another greenhouse, it will liberate the dining room for dining and not raising cannas. The added advantage is she will always know where to find you. You could always have a phone extension in it, like my mum.

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