Highland Jeannie

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 14:41

Cold, cold wind; about 5c but feels like -10!!

Was away for 3 days so took a turn round the garden this morning just to say hello to my babies - it was a very quick turn!!

We were near Twickenham & expected spring to have sprung all over the place, but apart from some nice blossom it's about the same as up here (hehe).  Our former neighbour says that everything in her garden is late this year & it's very sheltered there.

We may escape the current snow.......

Where is everybody from...

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 21:42

Well you'll never guess where I live!!

We're about 15 miles west of Inverness & near the Moray Firth, about 130' above sea level & being near the coast our weather is far better than inland at such a latitude.

Our house is 2 1/2 years old, developed from a field which was 150+ years ago a massive cattle holding & sale area so perhaps that explains why things grow so well...... 

The plot is about 50' wide, I'm still trying to work out what to do with the front, I currently have a very small planted patch courtesy of the builders, the rest is grass. At the front we have neighbours & streetlights; at the back we look over a golf course towards a mountain a few miles away.  The back garden is about 50' long, & we have a selection of raised (flower) beds, paths, an arch & obelisk - as yet not in position. The back is north-facing, so currently only half sees any sun. The soil is acid & seems to hold moisture, is not a heavy clay, but is exceedingly stony/bouldery.  It's not easy to "just push in a few canes"

A single track road runs between us & the golf course so we are very exposed. At the end of the garden is a dyke - drystone wall, only 3' high so it's a bit like a goldfish bowl at times. I'd like to plant a few spikey thinks along the dyke but it has scalpings as foundations just below the grass & don't think anything would grow there.

I spent most of my life in Teddington, Middx on light sandy soil in a narrow SW facing back garden - a real sun trap.  Bit different now!!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:43

Dry & coldish but no biting wind (so not unpleasant if wrapped up well) this morning & put together another pair of trellis panels onto the fence. Rain started about 1pm, think it's just stopped now. 

Was doing an interesting dance trying to avoid everything that's just started to come up!  Didn't dare let OH onto the bed to trample everything with his size 9s!!

MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 18:46

Can't remember where I got this from now, but it shows that you can't rely on the spell-checker; I've just tried it here & it says "No misspellings found"

Spell-Check Poem

Eye halve a spelling chequer,
It came with my pea sea.

It plainly marques four my revue,
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a quay and type a word,
And weight four it two say.

Weather eye am wrong oar write,
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid,
It nose bee fore two long.

And eye can put the error rite,
It's rare lea ever wrong.

Eye halve put this poem threw it,
I am shore your pleased two no.
Its letter perfect awl the weigh,
My chequer tolled me sew.

Sauce unknown

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 18:07

About 5c with a very light snowshower mid morning, followed by sunshine, but a cold wind.

Bargain Hunting

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 11:29
Greenbucket wrote (see)
You buy tubs from the tip???

Just beside the tip there's a couple of polytunnels & a few odd outbuildings where a recycling centre has been set up. Anything that would otherwise go to landfill is taken there. It's like a charity shop without the clothes, but also with large items, eg doors, baths, loos, tiles, furniture, dressed stone, tools, bikes, flower pots, etc & always at least half a dozen sets of golf clubs in bags.  Somebody there also makes tables from old whisky barrels & various types of bird, etc boxes from old bits of wood.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 11:12

5c & bright sunshine, hoping to put up trellis at the back, if the 1" of yesterday's snow has all melted from that bed by then.

Bargain Hunting

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 23:34

Does your local tip have a recycling section? I have got dozens over a few years for about 20p each.

Or you could splash out, Poundland will probably soon have some in!!

Plastic sprayers.

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 18:49

When living near London area the one that I used for ironing kept getting clogged with limescale, I wiggled a pin in the holes.

If you shake it & it's only half full it's easy to get air into the tubing.

I agree though, they are temperamental!!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 18:40

Woke to about 1" of snow, temps around 4c, wind subsided somewhat & beautiful sunshine all day.

Paths have thawed & at S. facing front, but still white at the back; think it may be a bit nippy tonight.....

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