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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.


Posted: 24/12/2014 at 09:04

Drier today and sun shining so will go early to the shops for fresh milk as I expect there will be queues and visitors later.  Next Sunday is when the real winter cold is supposed to strike so must get everything snug by then.  Have a lovely Christmas all my Forum friends.   .

Christmas from the garden

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 21:10

Here is my Baby Jesus decorated with holly and rosehips from the garden and my amaryllis tinselled.



Posted: 23/12/2014 at 12:58

I think all Scots people wherever they are in the world have heavy hearts today after the tragedy that happened in Glasgow yesterday.  I certainly have and went into the back of my wardrobe to take out my Baby Jesus and decorate it for Christmas Day, The birthday we celebrate on that day is our symbol of hope in the future.  I have started decorating the flowers in the conservatory too.



Posted: 22/12/2014 at 13:42

Oh my house smells lovely.  My two parcels from JustIngredients have arrived and I have been putting the contents into the glass jars and tins I had got ready to put them into.  Of course I had to try some so have had some fruit muesli for my lunch and it was delicious and a cup of peppermint tea (from Poland) which was so refreshing.  Mint grows so easily in this country I thought it would have been sourced from here, but whatever it is excellent.  This afternoon I will be using some of my red lentils to thicken chicken soup i am making.  Use by date on my huge bag of Italian spices i chose to use on my pizzas and pasta sauces is Dec. 2018 so i am so glad I found some good containers at the back of my hall cupboard.  My mother used to say "Keep a thing for seven years and you will find a use for it" which seems to have come true this week.


Posted: 22/12/2014 at 08:33

 Lying in bed listening to the radio when a great thump on the door reminded me that couriers start very early delivering and a very dishevilled Marion had to scurry to  sign for my JustIngredients parcel!  Now to find containers to store it all.  Weather"hanging" again as Lyn describes it.  May finish my Xmas chores today which will give me all Tuesday to clean the house and do a bit of decorating.  Visitors start arriving with gifts on Xmas Eve usually and I am out Xmas Day.  Some f my dahlias are going to stay safely in their big pots in the garage for the winter.  The wind is getting a bit fierce out there by the sound coming down the chimney.


Posted: 21/12/2014 at 11:31

It is amazing how many presents I can wrap in an hour.  Now to tackle the Xmas cards for the neighbours and get them delivered.  The sheet of foolscap with the list to do before Thursday on it has lots of scores through the lines now.  A walk up the garden with my camera may be on the cards when I weary  but not yet while it is full steam ahead.


Posted: 21/12/2014 at 09:03

Damp out in the garden so at least we have had  some drizzle through the night.  No frost forecast till the night following Xmas day so coldframe etc will not need any attention except for a little watering.  The forecast temperature for today and tonight in Bristol is 10degrees.  There are still golden highlights out in my Golden Jubilee Garden and some I would not expect to see this time of year like golden gazanias.  Jasminum nudifolium I knew I could bank on and it is very floriferous this year.


Posted: 20/12/2014 at 22:20

Awww that is a lovely Xmas collage.  A Very Happy Christmas to you both.


Posted: 20/12/2014 at 15:53

Ahh you are branching out into chickens.  Beware of the foxes in our district.  We used to have 55 fowl - chickens and ducks but foxes killed the lot.  They will excavate under fences in broad daylight if no one is around!  They roam freely between the Downs and out via Blaise Castle to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway whee they pick up McDonalds cartons and bring them back to my garden.  So an armour plated henhouse will be needed and never forget to lock them up at night.


Discussions started by happymarion

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