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Posted: 13/11/2014 at 08:46

Another day of waking up to a very wet garden but mild and calm at the moment though pretty dark so I expect rain is imminent.  I dreamed I was on the comet last night - kept spinning till I fell off and woke up.  I wrote it down in my poetry notebook i keep by the bed or else it would have gone.  My subconscious really was excited about it.  I suppose my enthusiasm for life and all things living stretches to wondering how it all began.  There were no plants on the comet and not even water - I seemed to be treading on softness which was no doubt my duvet. 


Posted: 12/11/2014 at 17:07

I should not have to deal with such dilemmas at my age - to stay glued to BBC1 watching Christine enthusing over a 300 year old yew which is teetering on the edge of a gorge or go over to BBCnews to see if our horizons have been stretched to the comet.  Just bided my time till the end of what was an excellent program once more and then cheered at the good news from space and silently thanked whoever is responsible for letting me live long enough to see it.


Posted: 12/11/2014 at 12:17

Like a summer's day in the garden.  I got lots of work done, then took out my camera as the first Iris unguicularis is flowering and the antirrhinum "Purple Splash"is into its sixth month of flowering.



Posted: 12/11/2014 at 09:44

Garden very soggy as it seems to have rained a lot during the night but dry and fairly bright now and still mild so will just have to keep an eye out for black clouds coming when I am up the top of the garden getting the weeds off my snowdrops.  There is still a lot of tidying to do .  I am so glad I have gravel paths I can work from and raised beds I can weed without stepping on the soil.

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 21:55

I am sure they will repeat it (perhaps on BBC4) very soon in the evening!

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 21:11

The second episode kept up the very high standard of the first.  Looking forward to tomorrow's offering with anticipation.


Posted: 11/11/2014 at 16:37

I do not think I moved any part of my body throughout the whole program of "Glorious Gardens from Above" which has just finished.  More history, geography, heritage, interesting jobs,beautiful gardens and plants, and childhood memories.  and the formula seems to be to end with a present!  This time it was in Essex where I have never been but now feel i know well.  Looking forward to tomorrow already.


Posted: 11/11/2014 at 12:00

Eight Xmas presents bought and six handmade Xmas cards. all for £15!  It is not how big your pension is but what you buy with it that counts.  The Fair was in aid of our local school and the Bristol Newspaper for the Blind.  The bad weather had brought out lots of neighbours and our MP and other local dignitaries so it was overcrowded and too hot for me to stay to lunch which I had planned but may go back to see if I have won anything in the hamper raffle or big raffle or the door prize from my invitation ticket.  It is so lovely to see the work being done by these mostly elderly ladies.  Here are my purchases.



Posted: 11/11/2014 at 08:57

Such a dreich day so I am happy to have a Xmas Fair to go to later.  I will try to get home in time for "Glorious Gardens from Above".  I do not think any gardening will be done outside today but I have tidied the conservatory.  More flowers opening on the tibouchina and the temperature slightly higher this morning so mild despite the rain we had through the night.  

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 17:02

A program that is packed with sensational delights, including Christine absailing!  It had just about everything - history, geography, drama, music, interesting people with interesting stories to tell, fabulous gardens and plants.  I hope the BBC get international acclaim for this one.  Well done all the production team.  This can be repeated as often as you like as far as I am concerned.

Discussions started by happymarion

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I too am a nettle lover, Kate. Nettle tea is delicious. You can buy the dried variety if you do not have your own source. 
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Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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