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Posted: 12/12/2014 at 14:34

I thought today could not get any better after my parcel from Mr. Fothergill arrived but changed my mind when the post came.  In it was a Xmas card from the youngest member of the Nation of Gardeners and a lovely plaque for my garden.  See pic.


He also paid me a great compliment as he said he saw it when he was out shopping and thought of me!  And Marion is such a common name.


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 09:58

Oh my goodness, a large parcel arrived from Mr. Fothergill's Seeds and I eagerly opened it thinking it was the gilet we have been asked to trial as participants in the Nation of Gardeners Project but it was a Xmas present.  i am going to have such a beautiful garden next year.  Here they all are.



Posted: 12/12/2014 at 09:06

Very wet out in the garden but no wind and dry now so hope to get out up the garden to check for any damage from the heavy rain and strong winds last night later.  I did hear some wheeliebins flying around last night out on our road and was glad I resisted the temptation to put mine out.  There could be a lot of rubbish strewn round the streets.  Frost is forecast for tonight for all of the mainland so my dahlias might be black tomorrow morning.  It is time I took them in out of the rain anyway.


Posted: 11/12/2014 at 12:12



The sun is shining brightly, all deadheading and watering done in the conservatory.  As promised some pics from my "Winter Garden"


Posted: 11/12/2014 at 09:49

Wild wet and windy outside and forecast to get worse as the day goes on so shall limit my gardening to the winter garden today.  May get the camera into the conservatory later.


Posted: 10/12/2014 at 20:14

Cutting into the turkey was like cutting butter - it was so tender.  The sprouts, carrots sweet potato and roast potatoes were beautifully cooked, the stuffing had lots of chestnuts in and a huge Yorkshire pudding, a nice sausage, cranberry sauce and good gravy.  I did not have a starter but they looked very good with six pieces of toast.  I can recommend the apple crumble pie with caramel and custard which i chose as a way to sample a new recipe to use up some of my apples, but the Xmas pudding really tasted of brandy and it was a large portion.  The young male waiters are such fun and very attentive to elderly ladies,  Enjoy, Fruitcake.  i do hope the wind is not too horrible.


Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:20

Just home from a perfectly delicious Xmas meal with ten lovely ladies at the Bristol Fashion Beefeater restaurant in central Bristol.  You never saw such clean plates.  We are going to have a wonderful year as the Green capital of Europe - no waste here!  The sun shone all the way there and back and our road was looking so clean as the road sweepers had been and swept up the last of the leaves in my absence.  I wrote and popped down to the post box a thank you card and now it is dark so no checking up the garden today.  Tibouchina is flowering in the conservatory though.  i do not get withdrawel symptoms when I go out as long  as I have blooms in my winter garden.

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 11:38

I had so many I had to give lots away which brought lots of thank you presents back as very seldom do you see such fresh young enough to cook whole broad beans for sale anywhere.  My spend on food went down too as there is only so much my stomach can take.  I gave away 150 of the seed beans as well and had more thank you presents.  It is amazing how often I was having pineapple or out of season melon at my meals!  I did feel rich and am sure there is not a millionnaire anywhere who has as lovely food as I do.

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 09:56

I grew Aquadulce in the autumn for Mr. Fothergills trials last year as did about 20 other gardeners up and dpwn the country and we all had magnificent results.  In facy i ate them at at least one meal for over six weeks and saved 200 seeds to sow this year  and they have germinated.  The quickest way to get rich is sow broad beans, i say.  I did not use any cloches as we sowed in October and they needed string round poles by the winter to support them.  However last winter was mostly mild and wet and suited them well.


Posted: 09/12/2014 at 09:50

Oh, my goodness, Beaus Mum.  What a responsibilty!  I can remember my mother asking my late husband if Marion ever sat down and he said No!  I did have seven children at the time!  But old habits die hard even when you are 86 and I have a friend whose work output mentally at 78 puts me to shame so I know how you feel.  His account of his week, whether it is at the theatre  for Shakespeare or a modern play or opera or a concert or ballet has me switching from an old nostalgic film on youtube to something more classical!

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