Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 15/08/2013 at 13:33

First class suggeston, Macavity! Julie could start from scratch with the garden, then, and design it in the way she likes. Have a wonderfrul retirement, Julie!


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 13:30

Thanks for the suggestion, Matty. We have also been thinking of getting one. Thing is, usually there are 2 of us and the fridge is perfectly adequate. So far I've been too stingy to buy one, but this could be the year.

Dogs trod mud all over the floors this morning. Shut them out in the garden while I cleaned it up. It bucketed with rain again, I had to let them in and, guess what? They trod mud all over the floors again! 

OH has unexpectedly taken his elderly sister  on a 50 mile round trip to get slippers wide enough for her swollen feet so we haven't even had lunch yet. Glad he can do it for her, but think it is going to be one of those trying days!

Never mind, I'm grateful that we're alive and well and happy (on the whole ).


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 12:45

Baking for holiday today - steak pies and fairy cakes, so far. They'll be deep frozen and hopefully the pies'll stay frozen for the first day, packed in ice packs. Caravan fridge is only just adequate for feeding seven people.

Visited friend last night who is disabled and  was widowed recently. Puts my various bits of self-pity into perspective!  She has lots of friends around her, at least.

I'm looking out of the window at a rain soaked garden and it does look refreshed and tranquil.


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 20:20

Evening all. Welcome, Madame! Verdun, where do you get your energy? And I'm not talking about the gas and electricity!

Lost 2lb at Fat Club today and I'm gloating!  Been to visit SIL with the perfect garden, no weed dare show its face. It looks lovely, I must say.

Hope everyone had a good day.


Posted: 13/08/2013 at 08:46

Morning all. You echoed my question exactly, FG! What is their guilty secret? of course, if we knew that it would be a secret no more...

Used to love whodunnits and have read hundreds - but not of the nasty kind, mostly cosy village murders with larger-than-life characters and, hopefully, a bit of a chuckle built in. Nowadays, I like something that makes me think, often non-fiction. Sorry to be boring!

Fat Club today.  Have tried hard. Bathroom scales not encouraging.

Hope others are more successful today than I seem likely to be...


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 16:59

Afternoon, all. Just got back from Dyffryn Gardens, where I'd taken a few bags of books for their NT second-hand bookstall. Lovely as ever stting in the sunshine with a cup of tea (still shattered after yesterday's exertions - it's all or nothing with me!) and the dogs love a run in the field, but one of them rolled in rotting compost so it was a fragrant ride home.

Going outside now to tidy up tall pots in front garden. Had enough bending for one weekend!



Posted: 11/08/2013 at 10:07

A quick 'Morning, all' before I go out. Interesting stuff on here this morning. I got six hellebores from Hayloft, the second time I've done so. They all thrived (throve?) last time, but maybe the weather was more predictable. Two have died this time, as did all except one of the penstemons. I've grown lots from seed this year and the penstemon seedlings I grew failed, too. There must be something about penstemons I really need to know!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 19:21

I'm hoping to visit Dyffryn Gardens, recently taken over by NT. Lovely garden and I've got some books for the second-hand stall. NT are really improving things, too. Would love to go to Wisley, though.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 19:07

Thanks on all counts, KEF!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 18:15

Evening all!  Hope you all had a lovely Saturday.

Finally got around to some gardening today and spent the day cutting back, taking out and planting. Took out some of the rampant pink geraniums which choke so many other plants and planted lupins, echinaceas and aquilegias in their place, as well as some hellebores. I'm really pleased with it, because I grew the majority of what I've planted from seed this year. The things we planted where the old lawn was have filled out and are beginning to look good, especially the nemesias, which are gorgeous. Also stuck to the diet, important when you are about to go on holiday with gorgeous and elegant DIL.

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