Gardening Grandma

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MOB rants

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 20:16

Much younger I should think, Rosa. My father would be 104 now!

Enjoyed the story, Frank, and certainly agree with you about the dazzling good looks. Mind you, someone on another thread admired my 'gorgeous' dogs today but did not apply the same term to their owner!!! Please do not comment on this - you'd have to lie!

Depression and how gardening saved me

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 19:50

What moving stories! Thank you all for sharing. Like everyone, I have had my share of griefs and stresses and I do believe that when I was teaching and having to work endless hours under great stress, gardening saved me. There is a wonderful healing power in being in touch with nature and earthy reality, in pure air and with the scent of earth and plants in your nostrils, doing physical work. It restores you to the basic meaning of life.

sea holly

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 19:43

Thaks, Sam. I like miniature versions. I'll have a look.

MOB rants

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 19:40

I wonder if it is a class thing. I really agree that people in mining and other communities that had hard lives learnt to laugh and love because they needed courage and cheerfulness to face the difficulties of daily life and still get some satisfaction out of life. People who are more privileged can afford a few airs and graces and snobberies. The air kissing is pretty meaningless and pretentious. My father's greatest achievement was to get out of the mines and become a commercial traveller, staying in work throughout the depression. By contrast, my son went to Oxford, married a 'posh' girl and learnt to survive in a more privileged world - an art in itself for a working class boy.

The Return of Gardeners World-8th March

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 13:44

i really miss that gardening channel. The Beeb has so many past GWs it could show - we could easily have a daliy one from the right week of the year. Come on Beeb!

MOB rants

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 13:42

I think we can blame it on naive idealism on the part of some MPs who thought cheap housing would result and on the desire for profit on the part of others who hve investments in house building. Naivete and greed working together - a dangerous mixture. 

If I haven't said it already, happy St David's Day! Northerners and Celts have something in common, obviously - we both use woad to make ourselves beautiful. Must put my photo on sometime!


Fork Handles

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 12:40

Sounds good. A mini kong is a rubber chewable thing that you can put food into to keep the dog occupied trying to get it out.

A chapter of a book

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 12:13

France is more expensive generally, it seems to me! My bro in law has a holiday place in France with a neglected garden and I've often wished I could lay my hands on it.

Ants in compost

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 12:07

When I first started composting my husband was concerned in case we got rats and mice. I asked about it at a garden show and was told to keep the compost wet because nothing likes to live in wet accommodation.


Posted: 01/03/2013 at 12:01

I guess the problem is that you want to move them and it would be easier to cut them back first. Really, the worst that can happen is that you lose this year's flowers.

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