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Posted: 06/11/2012 at 15:55

Am surprised at what hasnt been zapped yet! Plan to get out there Thursday as looks the driest forecast. Old habits die hard, yrs of only having the odd free dry day to garden means that I prefer to get stuck in & spend as long as poss on one day out there rather than little & often. I get too messy!

Just had another thought...... I hope that they dont need to get at pipework in the 'airing' cupboard when they come again- that will not impress me.

Must try to keep OH from being noisy the next w/end he's back as daughter will be 'on nights' so sleeping. That means that the final tile removal will be the w/end before the next session from engineers.

Have just popped heating on as is going dark up here already, still wet, & was beginning to feel cold despite the extra layers. It is quite a learning curve with the settings, but think have got all the radiators ok for this time of year. Oh & the water temp was fine again this morning, so tough OH, out-voted! J.

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Posted: 06/11/2012 at 15:39

I've just had an apple!

Have replaced the majority of 'stuff' back into the cupboard. Some towels are past their best & we dont need them, so tip box for those. I darent get rid of anything reasonably decent though, as last time I was at 'the little house' noticed that some there-ours- could do with replacing. Weather permitting am going over again soon, so shall take some with me- can always bring back if not needed after all. OH even less storage space than normal there.

The last time OH did anything in the garden here, was to make me a raised bed several yrs ago & previously do the last lawn cut in '98 when I'd broken my arm! It's my garden & refuge, like the workshop/study is his! BTW planting bulbs when an arm in sling is not sensible! Didnt topple over, but oh so nearly. J.

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Posted: 06/11/2012 at 14:15

Bjay- re your bulbs. How about just putting them into plastic pots for now. Daffs  need to be in asap, tulips can be left until Dec if nec. Having them in pots mean that they get started & then next spring when hopefully your feet are improving you can get them planted out properly, or supervise the planting?

Am lucky in that the feeling in toes didnt go, just lost nails & developed brick like nails- tell the other lady free chiropody is available!! I did lose some feeling in fingertips, but it has returned, apparently no guarentee either way . Still am having fingernail probs & splitting of skin at tips of fingers. Needed plaster earlier.....

4-5mths on & the chemo effects are beginning to go, but it's a long haul. Am not brave, far from it, but moan & winge regularly. Just have to go with the flow. The roller-coaster ride that is a cancer diagnosis has begun to slow down, phew, but it all takes time & am an impatient, intolerant s*d!! J.

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Posted: 06/11/2012 at 12:58

Bjay, just posted about fuschia cuttings on weather thread.

Feet not fun. Mine still recovering from effects of chemo.

Now have toothache & know must get it sorted, but am being a real wimp these days. Have too much going on has been my excuse, but now needs must I think. Ironically when on chemo dental work not allowed & absolutely no problems. As chemo over the niggling grumbles have returned- joy! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/11/2012 at 12:54

Bjay- if the fuschia is hardy, & in the ground, it should cope with winter. I find after a bad one they take longer to restart & subsequently later into flower.

It's probably a bit late to take cuttings now, but if yours is still flowering & you're prepared to keep the cuttings inside on a sill, give it a go. None flowering shoot, trimmed at node, dibbled into hormone rooting powder (not vital if not got any, but helps I think) & popped around the edge of a pot, 3 per pot for me, then pot covered with a plastic bag to keep the moisture in. I remove any dying leaves that I see & usually find that by Feb have 2 or 3 cuttings with roots that I then pot up, still kepping inside.

This time have already potted mine on as they got taken earlier this yr with us going on holiday in Sept for longer. Hope that helps. J.

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Posted: 06/11/2012 at 12:34

Thx Geoff, duffer of Manchester!

Just had some humous on toast & now need another coffee. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/11/2012 at 12:32

No frost here in Manchester last night. Was 2C with the post Bonfire night fog.

Now wet & about 8C out there, but the fog has lifted.

Alina- I know you're in North too, am in Manchester with a cold East facing back garden. I've managed to keep some fuschia plants in pots over winters in the past. They were in a very cold greenhouse with a fleece cloche over them as well. In those days I didnt know the temperatures in there, but I now realise that at least -5C not unusual in there. I dont think I used to wrap the pots either in those days. Must admit to now tending to only grow hardy varieties, both in big pots & in the ground, but always take cuutings. J.

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Posted: 06/11/2012 at 12:23

Afternoon all.

This little notebook had a woobly, again, first thing. Must try & find the bumph as not yet 12mts old, just in case....

I too sometimes find the site v e r y slow, am with Firefox & XP, I think!

Have done a food shop to last up to w/end & got some petrol. Problem- had pulled up at 'pay at pump' one. OK inserted credit card & thing said was was accepted, filled up, but had removed card & could I get a receipt? Noway. Big q behind & at kiosk so made note of cost & drove now quietly wondering all sorts...

Had coffee at next stop & came home. Wet out there, cold still, but no frost this morning. Will resist heating until later. Just add extra layers again & try & keep busy. J.

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Posted: 05/11/2012 at 19:03

As usual Remoska it was one of OH's impulse buys! But for once it has paid off. If you've got space, as not small overall, it's a good buy IMO.

The rice cooker- no. OH again, but although I agree that the rice was nice when done that way, it was no quicker nor easier than a pan on the hob & more fiddly to wash up! That's in the pile for charity shop- we have one locally that takes electrical things. His latest craze is cooking rice in the oven- not here, but at the little house he rents.

I did buy him a breadmaker for Christmas 01. Unfortunately he really wanted a small TV for his workshop & the box was a similar size. Ungrateful so n so! He took it back!

His eventual TV, that daughter & me got him one birthday, has also to be put to the charity shop pile as we just dont watch any tv when in bed, so no point in keeping. Along with the videos that could be played on it.

I need to get him to check out our old portable tv up there at the mo as am sure it's lost its' colour, & again cant remember when either of us actually used it. Also with the advent of small flat screens nowadays the size of them both is daft. That tv will end up at tip, once am sure it's bust! J.

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Posted: 05/11/2012 at 17:57

I wonder if we'll get any big displays around here tonight? The parks' was on saturday & some were last night, but the nearest 'I'm going to do exactly as I want' type neighbour hasnt been seen around for some months, so no idea if I shall get anything to sit & enjoy from the safety of inside. Oh something now.

Jean- the Remoska is a table-top electric 'oven' sold by Lakeland. It's actually a metal container on a stand & the heating element is the circumference of the lid. About 190C/gas5 I think, & very economical with electricity. Really good for reheating the odd ready meal- quiches, tarts etc. It does a good baked potato which has a crisp skin unlike microwaved ones. I've actually started to use it as a cooker more & more- the baked pears done last week were wonderful- I just adapt normal recipes. I've got a basic recipe book for it, but as we're veggie not all applies. The only problem are that it must not be touching anything whilst on or a fire risk, plus you have to be careful not to scald yourself with lid removal or from the vent. It's one of the few small appliances that does routinely live on a worktop & get used! J.

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