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Posted: 28/12/2014 at 11:12

Definitely an indoors day despite the sunshine.  My fridge freezer gave up the ghost just before Xmas so the Camembert and Brie cheeses are stinking out the kitchen and seeping into my study next door so I am dreaming up how to get them safely outside in the cold - I could empty one of the Xmas biscuit boxes - that would be big enough,  Luckily the rest of the house smells nice from the lovely bathroom smellies I had as presents.  The new fridge freezer I got in the sales with £100 off is coming Tuesday and that is our rubbish collection, first since Xmas so i have a lot of recycling to sort out tomorrow too.  Ah well keeping active keeps you warm.  Oh and three cheers I have just noticed my 2014 thread has gone over 50,000 views! before the end of the year!!!


Posted: 28/12/2014 at 10:15

oh no, flumpy1.  I think those icy roads need wheel chains for cars like the coultries have which are used to ice.  I hope you do not have to go out too early.  Take great care.


Posted: 28/12/2014 at 09:45

O h my it is so cold here in Bristol.  Top temperature expected only 3degrees and minus 2 tonight so I do not expect to put my nose out the door for a bit.  But I can tend my plants in the conservatory as that does not entail braving the weather.  All the cars and houses still have white roofs.  The forecast is cold till Wednesday when our changeable weather we have had for some time now returns with mild days and nights. It must be playing havoc with the plants and insects which are indigenous to our country and the weather we used to expect.


Posted: 27/12/2014 at 10:32

Cold here flumpy1 but bright and sunny at the moment frumpy1.  I have just been out to open up the cold frame and did not need my coat but rain is forecast for the afternoon and below zero for tonight so will have to make a note to myself to close it at teatime.  I do not rely on my short term memory anymore for important things like that.  The cut and come again salad needs shearing there so will have some on my cheese sandwich at lunchtime.  Tastes super with blue cheese which i was given a lot of at Xmas.


Posted: 26/12/2014 at 18:39

Good looking cake, flumpy1.  My two grandchildren have just been and made me peppermint tea - I did eat too much yesterday.  They are both at uni so went off with lots of herbs and  pitted dates from my prize I won.  They brought me lots of goodies and smellies so no excuse for not being a well fed sweetly smelling Marion when i come in from the garden next year.


Posted: 26/12/2014 at 16:10

Yes Edd it is Bismuth - he did say the shopkeeper said it was an element and I did wonder as I have a large piece of Pyrites up the garden somewhere.  One of my knowledgeable fb friends recognised it at once as her schoolboy son had her making the crystals!


Posted: 26/12/2014 at 13:54

Aww Edd!  My youngest son who knows his mother's passion for all the earth sciences also gave me a splendid mineral specimen - Pyrites - Fool's Gold.  I am having difficulty taking my eyes off this and my orchid.  And it is not because of the six bottles of wine he choose for me.



Posted: 26/12/2014 at 13:25

My new orchid I had as a Xmas present.  I cannot stop looking at it.



Posted: 25/12/2014 at 23:19

Safely back home and everything protected from the frost that is coming tonight.  Youngest son gave me a beautiful orchid, six bottles of my favourite wines and a big box of chocs.  Wore my lovely new jumper of 100% wool with the Kew label from my youngest daughter.  Son No2 gave me a beautiful new watch with an owl on the face and a metal owl for the garden (I like owls and have quite a collection). Son no.3 and his partner gave me a splendid new wicker basket for my garden harvesting, stuffed with more wine, crab, lobster, salmon pate, Camembert, cake and meringues, biscuits, special tea, and special pasta, (organic corn and quinoa),sundried tomato pesto,and wonderful chutneys and chocolate.  Big box of chocolate biscuits from the other Mum and Dad too.  The Xmas meal was absolutely perfect.  Only fly in the ointment was Son No1 has the 'flu but he will come to visit as soon as he is well.  There is very little space in the kitchen right now for the hordes of food and presents are everywhere.  Boy next door gave me "Town and Country" leather gardening gloves so well protected for fruit pruning and his parents gave me even more luscious food!  I certainly need my new fridge freezer I got in the sales which is due to arrive Dec,30th in time for New Year hospitality.


Posted: 25/12/2014 at 11:12

TY Fruitcake and Linda.  Must tell you about a WOW present for the Golden Jubilee Garden - three, yes three Pittisporum tenuifolium shrubs!  Imagine the perfume that will come from them in May and June.

Discussions started by happymarion

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Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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