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Posted: Yesterday at 16:49

Took my duvet with me from my bed and ensconced myself on the sofa as I did not want to miss Christine in Gloucestershire, though I know it so well just living right next door.  In fact the stream that runs under our road at the bottom end is the boundary between Bristol and Gloucestershire.  It was all very familiar but comforting for being so.  So much of Gloucestershire is now malls and business parks.  I was hoping to see Hidcote's wonderful veg. garden where the pigs Ernest and George (called after Ernest Wilson and George Forrester) are moved about to manure the ground.  I remember the pretty bee enclosure too and the view over the Malvern Hills.  Kiftsgate Rose I attempted to make a video of from one end to the other and, trying not to shake my camera my feet got stuck.  I was surrounded by a coachload of Dutch people but one could speak good English and was a doctor and carefully helped me unwind.  They then all wanted to see the video, so I played it back to them.  One of those statues in Kiftsgate is a very lovely one of a mother and child.  The child has an enormous bottom - perhaps predicting the childhood obesity problem we have now.  Nothing like a good gardening program to take your mind off the flu - I need more black coffee now.


Posted: Yesterday at 10:05

Thank you, Edd but this is not a cold but influenza, so should be over in three to five days, probably three as i caught it so quickly.  High tempersture and nausea alerted me.  I have used sodium bicarbonate to good effect for mucus especially when any of the children were miserable with blocked noses - babies can be so fractious with such colds.  Feeling a bit better but another day in bed keeping warm will do no harm.


Posted: Yesterday at 09:11

Flu has put a damper on my enthusiasm.  I spent all of yesterday in bed and think i will do the same today as it is pouring with rain and set to stay like that all day.  As I have not been in contact with anyone for ten days before I got ill I think the flu must have come from the new bag of compost I opened on Monday afternoon.  I have heard of this and should have been wearing a mask.  Kicking myself now.  I will nibble some dry toast and sip leaves of satsumas all day again today as the nausea is still with me though my temperature is back to normal now.I can look forward to catching up with Glorious Gardens from Above when i have recovered.


Posted: 19/11/2014 at 11:17

Such a wonderful program about Northumbria in "Glorious Gardens from Above" yesterday.  I shall miss this afternoon treat at the end of the series.  We really are a splendid country for gardens.  Garden enthusiasts from all over the world must look upon us as their Mecca.  Another dry sunny day in Bristol today so more work outside.  I really am enjoying November now.  The sunshine makes a great deal of difference to my enthusiasm.

Go on brag about your Autumn Foliage!!!!

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 14:18

Oh and this is my smallest acer I grew from a two leaved self seed.


Go on brag about your Autumn Foliage!!!!

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 14:17

Lovely colours on my oxalis leaves.



Posted: 18/11/2014 at 14:08

Such a lovely morning of gardening in brilliant sunshine.  All the saladings for the winter sown outside under cover as asked by Mr. Fothergill and keeping Bob Flowerdew's strawberries company.  A huge bunch of my delicious grapes were demolished for lunch and I found to my delight the oxalis leaves are lovely in the autumn too  Took a picture of my smallest acer sparkling in the sunshine.

 These are the salad leaves we had to sow for Mr Fothergills Nation of Gardeners Trials end of September which I raid every day for my sandwiches and evening salad though you would not notice as I sowed so thickly.  They have done very well in this mild autumn we have had in Bristol.



Posted: 18/11/2014 at 08:44

Drier this morning and brighter so should get some salads sown outside today but as 10degrees is forecast for the rest of the week I think it is time to look out warmer socks and to wear my heavy walking boots in the garden , else frozen feet will make me miserable.  Circulation problems have always been a bugbear in the winter with me so leaving Scotland as a young woman for a warmer climate was not a problem.  The cost of heating a home up there must be quite horrendous nowadays for older people.  I may switch my central heating on before Xmas this year.    Today I shall harvest more tomatoes and sweetcorn and check for signs ofpods on the Meteor peas.


Posted: 17/11/2014 at 09:06

Despite the weather and lack of sunlight my Princess Flower is glowing in the conservatory.  It is 3 feet tall and covered in buds but they do not all open at once.



Posted: 17/11/2014 at 08:39

Such a dark wet cold Monday morning in Bristol.  There is a duckpond on the kitchen patio again so the water table must be high.  All the cars going past have their headlamps on.  No going out in the garden yet I fear.  Time to do housework I think.

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