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March in your Garden

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 14:52
Cestvalere wrote (see)
Sorry rainjustlearning, but I suffer from a condition called Literalism. I means that when I see statements like " March in your garden" I read it as an instruction, so my initial response is to say why would I want to march in my garden?
It happens a lot and I have gathered quite a few .
The notice that you see on office doors. 'THESE DOORS ARE ALARMED' and I immediately what can be so scary that it can frighten large doors. My all time favourite is the howler that you often find in village halls which reads. 'When you have finished using the teapot, please stand upside on the draining board.' Oh! I only wish that I could.
I'm sure that there are others out there like me. Who among you will admit to opening the door in your dressing gown.

There is a shop near me that has a dry-cleaning sign outside that reads 'Drop you clothes here.' I feel like setting up a camera!

Have just heard on the news that snow is on the way!

MOB rants

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 14:42

LTG, you make me feel like ranting about stupid shop assistants. Here in Wales, my pet hate is shop assistants who chew gum and call you 'love' - after they've finished their chat to their friend, of course. When I went to middle England and was called 'madam' in shops, I could hardly believe it. Lots of shop assistants are lovely, of course, and lots of customers, probably, are rude. 

M and S went through a period when they printed your cheque for you and all you had to do was sign it (eons ago) and I said jokingly to the shop assistant something like, 'The trouble is, it doesn't sign it for you.' She looked at me incredulously and said witheringly, 'I don't believe you!' and I knew I was going to be idiot of the day in the staff room over lunch.

MOB rants

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 14:31

A very justifiable rant, Frank. What is it about driving that brings out the aggression? And the temptation to save a second here and a second there as if it proved how wonderfully efficient you were? Is it boredom with driving the same route day in and day out? Or the sense of power that comes from having a powerful beast under your control (the car, not the OH)? Is it because the other people on the road are not personally known to you so you feel it is Ok to call them stupid and try to beat them? (When I say 'you' I mean people in general, or some of them, not you personally, Frank).

Sick ivy plant....any advice gratefully received!

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 13:10

Hi, Cheery. The most likely explanation is serious over or underwatering or perhaps letting it get much too hot. Ivy is very tough and can survive almost anywhere. You could try keeping it in a light position out of direct sun and making sure that the soil is just moist, after cutting back the withered growth fairly hard and just let it take its time and regrow. I have one in the house which I've forgotten to water many times and although it might die back a bit, it always recovers and makes new growth.

Hoope you enjoy the wonderful learning curve of gardening.

While it's been raining

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 13:04

Thanks for this, BB, it is a lovely find. Just watched an episode and will be going back for more.

Fork Handles

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 12:30

Geoff, I have found that you have to keep a thread alive yourself by keeping on posting. Still a bit uwell, I've whiled away the morning very pleasantly on this site, while OH looks at me and wishes I'd talk to him. (He's lovely but he'll only tell me again what he plans to do to clear out the garage).


Hanging Baskets

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 11:40

Sorry, Don, on both counts. Recently, there have been a few advertisers having a go on this forum and it makes you cautious. Looks like this is a business opportunity for someone, though, since these are so hard to find.

MOB rants

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 11:07

Hope you feel better, Alan. I do wonder whether you can get your wish of no nieighbours AND a nice pub within walking distance. Presumably they'd need other customers! I definitely sympathise with the principle, though. I think what I'd like is other people's neighbours - the ones I hear about on this forum from people who have absolutely lovely neighbours. But - sobering thought - perhaps my neighbours would be absolutely lovely if they lived next door to somebody else!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 10:50

Fab, busy Lizzie. Your garden looks glorious and I'm envious of all that space and the lovely surroundings.

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