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Posted: 26/10/2012 at 13:58

Yep realise that as well as spare room/ airing cupboard the understairs area- big & full- will need emptying to allow access to gas meter & central heating pump & pipe work. So unlike when they came t'other week I REALLY will have to empty out EVERYTHING!!!!!

Boy am I glad that I didnt do my 3weekly dusting this last week- too busy in garden, thank goodness, as wouldnt be impressed if I'd wasted my energy doing that!

Have just fished put an old shirt & sweatshirt for OH & when can make some noise upstairs will get an old pair of jeans out. Did tentatively suggest that wouldnt tomorrow morning after shopping be better to start removing tiles........? but no chance! J.

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Posted: 26/10/2012 at 13:21

OMG- have just checked the forecast for end of next week, when boiler being done. BELOW freezing at night- help!!

Perhaps it'll change? J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 13:16

Windy, quite bright & cool out there today in WManchester. About 7-8C at the mo.

Was down to 3C at the back this morning. Couple  of degrees higher in front- quite normal for us.Everything that needed it was wrapped, brought under cover, covered up yesterday- phew.

Hoping that the end of next week is going to be slightly warmer as having central heating boiler replaced! J.

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Posted: 26/10/2012 at 13:08

bjay- the leaf blowers/hoover are fine if the leaves are dry. Otherwise unless a strong OH/man around a bag of damp leaves over your shoulder is HEAVY. IF the leaves are damp too it gets blocked with bits of soil etc, so needs constant unblocking. Cant remember the last time I used ours...... oh & it helps to have raked them up into piles before anyway so easier to get sucked up. Oh & if not careful small seedlings/recently planted things can also end up being sucked up....

On a +ve side they do chop the ;leaves up well, so that they rot down more quickly, but then so does running a mower across them spread on the lawn..... So yes IME more -ve than +ve.

I have a shredder, 2cnd hand that was a 'gift' from someone. Have never used it & somehow dont think ever shall. Freecycle methinks. It does work & have a couple of spare cutter/blades, so that's good. J.

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Posted: 26/10/2012 at 13:00

Afternoon all. Nurse been, OH snoring in chair, daughter asleep & me on here!

Yes was watching QT last night..... anyway, bit nippy out there today & noticeable more windy. Washing flapping well.

We too have old video tapes, but recorder went to tip yonks ago. Yes some of tv progs, some bought & the odd bought one -not even watched in one case!

When we cleared Dad's house loads went to the local tip & his 'good' ones to the home he was living in. They still had a player & by all accounts they got used quite a bit- but the Dad's mind wasnt 100% so never sure. His old James Last lps & tapes went- they were the bugbear of my trying to revise upstairs days!

OH has arranged re the boiler- next week after all! So shall have to sort out the spare room first before I can empty the airing cupboard into spare room........Help!!

Bath & shower end of Nov. OH planning to try taking some tiles off this afternoon, when daughter awake- must remind him re dust sheets & fish out his OLD clothes- I know what he's like.

Just had to sample his latest version of Lemon Drizzle cake- hmm, cant tell if better than his usual one, 2 pieces next time maybe? J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 21:30

Geoff you & me both with my life at the mo!

Just try to go with the flow, but sometimes......

Have just finished off daughter's tortilla chips, well no dip left so.... when am stressed I eat!

Sort of watching choir prog, as well as pootling around on here. J.

Tidying up herbaceous plants for winter

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 21:25

I also clear dead & dying vegetation, trying to do it as it goesw over. Otherwise in my garden the overwintering slugs & snails will have a field day come any early new shoots next Spring.

I've also got quite a lot of early bulbs in places, so need to sort things out before they start to show. I also try to add mulch as I go, but again not on top of plant crowns, just around. Mulching in Spring with the bulbs just isnt an option for me.

However in Autumn 07,10 & last year things just didnt get done at all in some places & it didnt look too bad I suppose. I know that the birds loved a lot of the taller stems remaining in 07 until about Feb 08 when I was able to start a delayed tidy up.

Depends perhaps on how tidy you are, how much time you have now & in Spring & whereabouts in UK too. Moister areas in the North & West just end up very soggy - not for us the picture of dead waving grass stems that the drier Eastern counties can have. J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 20:50

Am in dog house again. OH said last night that he was probably coming back tonight instead of tomorrow morning as usual. I said t'was daft doing the journey- a good 2hrs- in dark & when tired after work when when he didnt have to. Completely missed the point that he might want to see daughter on her actual birthday......

Anyway no txts today to either of us, oh apart from Happy Birthday to daughter. So we just assumed he was coming home tonight. We hadnt planned for his meal as not sure what time it'd be. Daughter even debated moving her car off the drive so he could park in his normal spot. Just had a call- daughter got there first- 'where are you?' oops still in liitle house as sulking by the sound of it. Well he missed out on candles on cake- very yummy BTW.

As long as when he does get back tomorrow, he doesnt want to start removing tiles in the bathroom straight away. Messy worker & dust sheets still in loft! Daughter will be in bed after nights & will want some sleep. I'll be attached to a drip, not really portable, so out of action for a while. Somehow I can hear the grumps now..... J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 16:58

Am back in. Supposed to be getting changed out of gardening togs into better house stuff, but obviously not at the mo....

Have actually cut down both the chocolate cosmos & daughter's dahlia. Both grown in large pots so those now lagged, each have a fleece cap & are under the table in the porch! I just coudnt bring myself to wait until they both got zapped by the frost. Know am likely to feel rough for the next few days & probably longer if this time anything to go on, but then I did have that cold, so no guarentee that would be able to sort when nec.

The 2 still firm unknown tubers that had been decimated by slugs have decided to start reshooting in the big coldframe. They are in wrapped pots & covered so we shall see. Would be nice if one of them is one of the named varieties, but who removed the labels then?

I've got a voucher for a days' free bus travel! Nice. Never drive into Manchester nowadays, my fav carpark got built on, but certain foreign markets soon. So daughter & me shall trot along as last yr- ooh apple strudle. What diet/eating sensibly? J.

Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 15:04

Any window sill space, conservatory or porch? Unheated/cool sapre room?

Too late to try cuttings now- November next week! It'll probably drop most of its' leaves as the light levels fall. I'd keep it on the dry side too & then restart next spring & take cuttings then as PaulN says.

If being stored in a shed/outhouse is the only option, then I'd wrap the pot to protect the roots & strip off the leaves, to prevent botrytis setting in, & cover with some fleece & keep almost dry over the winter months. J.

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