Highland Jeannie

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 16:12

Bitterly cold wind.  Heavy snowshower at 9am; by 10 it was all gone & brilliant sunshine. A few short but heavy showers but mainly lovely sunshine - well, lovely in the car - not so good when we got out .

Side of House

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 18:12

Thanks for the ideas folks, some food for thought there.

G. Gran - I do like raised beds, there's 1 of rounded wooden sleepers that runs the length of the back garden & 3 more out there which are stone, maybe another at the front might be overkill!  The path & gate sounds a good idea - implies there's more to come.

Rosa - I'd thought of something up the wall, but it's covered with harling/pebbledash & a surprising amount of stones seem to fall off naturally, so don't want to lose too many!  Thank you for your efforts with the book.  I've been told that round here a path needs to be set in concrete not sand/soil as in the winter when the ground freezes it will, over time raise the slabs/bricks, etc. We're wanting the edging for the lawn so that "mower man" has it easy when edging, as there's a lot of it, including the back, although I do like a wiggly path.

We liked the style of the house when we saw it, it's similar to a traditional croft house - front door in between 2 windows & upstairs 2 dormer windows with a skylight in the middle.  Somewhat larger though!!

We're also thinking about putting a seat in front of the bay window - if we get early spring sunshine it's lovely at the (south facing) front.  We had a seat on grass in the past, but even constantly moving it, it damaged the grass, so we thought of a slabbed area for the seat & feet, but will make the grassy bit a funny shape!???

So many thoughts; so many conundrums! - Just wait till I start asking about the rest of the front garden area and the back!! 

Scent in summer

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 17:16

Oops - not all "summer"

Scent in summer

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 17:15

Hyacinths, philadelphus, roses, honeysuckle, lily of the valley, sweet peas - in a large tub by the front path. Also a few dianthus which seriously need thinning, their scent is very nice, but too near the (acid) ground!

Some cuttings of viburnum Dawn & a Daphne.

I've never liked the look of nicotiana, that's a good idea Bob - hide them amongst others!  I'm with you on the roses, Dove - they must be scented.

Can't stand the smell of mahonia!

slug pellets help

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 17:00

Haven't cats reached Norfolk yet then Alan??!!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 16:55

Ooo-er wonder what happened to the quotes above??!!

Snow all gone, showery, light breeze, about 5c.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 16:53

Palaisglide wrote (see)
.Jeannie "when did Scotsmen wear blue kilts"? What was under the kilt may have been blue and the bonnets they droned about on the hillsides were blue, how I wished them over the border, we lads in trews would give them three rousing choruses of Lily Marlene to wind them up. A few pints and a fight usually sorted it out, is Stirling Castle any warmer yet.


Yes, I've often wondered what a light blue sky & a kilt had in common - mind you the sailors' blue is a lot darker too! I'm far too much of a lady to be thinking about what is underneath (or its' colour)

When we visited Stirling Castle it was a lovely summer day - mind you, OH nearly fell over the edge as he stepped back to take a photo - it's a long way down.....

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 11:02

Woke up to a couple of inches of snow, now rapidly melting , assisted by some heavy rain a while ago.  A fair bit of blue sky about; "enough to make a sailor a pair of trousers or a Scotsman a kilt"  depending on who you're talking to!

Side of House

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 22:55

I don't really know how much sun this area gets throughout the year as we don't go there - that's why I want it to be low-maintenance.  It probably gets 3-4 ?? hours a day (when it shines....)  Probably not much in Dec/Jan due to the low sun behind the houses opposite.

Problem with uploading pics

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 22:43

I uploaded some pics earlier, all from the same folder, the first appeared straight away, the 2nd took about 30 attempts & the 3rd about a dozen tries.

I pressed the same buttons each time!  (Not very tecchie)

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