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Impressions of the posters here

Posted: Today at 15:38

can't quote Verdun but he's scarily accurate - I am indeed skinny and very very tall (especially when viewed in the company of dwarf perennials) Female. Mad curly hair - which is handy for dusting the ceiling. I always imagine Verd gazing wistfully out to sea, wearing a fisherman's jumper. I imagine Runnybeak to love gardening but be heavily reliant on hayfever tablets for most of the year. Artjak for some reason I imagine as a kind of Xena Eco-Warrior Princess and Nutcutlet can pickle a walnut from twenty paces


What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: Today at 15:19

oh I love Mapp and Lucia! "caro caro!"

Impressions of the posters here

Posted: Yesterday at 17:04

I can't imagine what Dovefromabove looks like, but I imagine she is always accompanied by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer...

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:00

Oh I'd forgotten Captain Corelli's Mandolin! that book really made me laugh out loud one minute and well up with tears the next. 

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: Yesterday at 16:54


Yes Ginglygangly is indeed my moniker on here, rather than a charming sounding place! It was a nickname given to me by a fellow student (many) years ago at uni. I returned the favour by calling him "Stig". I suppose it is better than "Scragend" which is how I was lovingly referred to by some of my schoolfriends! I think if Ginglygangly were a place, it would be full of rather lanky, giggly people  and I fancy they might all be rather fond of playing the triangle

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 21:30

very windy in London first thing - pots all flew off the neighbours' windowsills upstairs and smashed on my patio. Streets are strewn with leaves. Quite windy all day, but very sunny and warm at times. Around 5pm, sky went black, howling gale started and the temperature has plummeted - really quite cold now

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 21:54

M&M is by Mikail Bulgakov, by the way

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 21:53

so many faves...Perfume by Patrick Suskind has to be up there, amazing how he evokes scent - forget the rubbish film version. The Master and Margherita is just brilliant - a satire on Stalinist Russia, supposedly, but fantastic. And then I just love Jane Austen, and have to choose Emma - such a flawed heroine, wonderful

Overgrown Garden

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 20:35


I know how you feel. When I got my garden (sounds a lot smaller than yours) it was very similar - a magical kind of neglected paradise! had a lovely, romantic feeling but was basically completely overgrown. It can seem overwhelming but you will be able to get on top of it  - you will need to prioritise and it sounds like the ponds are probably number one. Good news is, this is a good time of year to "sort stuff out" as you will be able to hack things back before they put on lots of growth. Could you turn your ponds into bog gardens perhaps? drain the water, fill with soil and plant up? That said, Dove's suggestion is best - put some pics on the forum and you will have lots of advice

bags for composting

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 20:27

you can use just about anything for compost - as long as you allow for drainage. Make sure you have some good holes in the base of your builders' bags - make some, don't trust the drainage they currently have. I have two old pedal bins in my small garden that are always full of leaves. Every few months I empty them out and get fab sticky leafmould. The only protection they get is a newspaper over the top. Go for it!

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