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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 14:50

So far my back is holding up today- famous last words? Been cutting back & replanting/moving stuff. Realised that the LOV- Lily of Valley has really spread at the front. No chance of sorting properly as ground so compacted & bulbs already showing!!

I have fleeced what I intended to do so that's ok. Coffee & Austrian chewy bar breaktime- the size of latter is definitely smaller than in past, but just as yummy.

Postie just been, a new one, read note & started to walk off clutching a smallish jiffy bag which wouldve gone through letterbox! Luckily me & daughter standing in kitchen & door open, on side of house, so I yelled & he came back with it! Daughter been buying clothes again.......

OK last bit of fleecing on top of couple of pots to do- needed decent scissors that's why was inside...... J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 12:17

bjay-I last went yrs ago- drooled over the place. Know it's been on GW in past, but have vague memories of it changing in some way. Memo to self- check it out before down to that area again!

Now parents both dead it does feel weird not hving to go down the M6/5 regularly to visit.

Some people cant read! Note stuck on door saying someone sleeping & dont disturb! (postie got note about trying garden! & he knows anyway). So what does some bloke do? Ring the bell not once but twice!! I was blazing & even more so when I relatively politely said not require his tree services as have reliable surgeon that I/we use! Would he accept- no!!

Ok we inherited a columnar GInko, which wont get any wider, nor really much taller, as over 40yrs old. Phone wires to next door are, now, well away from it. Adjacent holly & Escallonias all fine at the mo too. As usual I asked if he knew what the very tall thin tree was- of course not, so firmly shut the door........

Just got message re nurse visit tomorrow, someone I 'know 'from previous so that's good. Now just wonder if OH coming back tonight, in which case he's not got any tea as daughter & me have something he dislikes.....was expecting him tomorrow as usual, but with it being daughter's birthday...

Definitely off out now.J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 11:19

bjay- is Stonehouse cottage garden near Kidderminster still going? They did have a wonderful show of clematis. J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 11:17

Know where our polling cards our! Really dont know if will vote, but always do in local/general elections.

Geoff- not all the half-terms are the same, as I had forgotten. I check our local Education web site for list of dates. Daughter finds helpful with working around & knowing when will be quieter & quicker to get from work.

Oh hurry up washer! Am already in garden clothes- they were actually clean this morning so I could do the baking first, but soon they wont be! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 11:10

That explains it. Lucky you. Have friends who have an amazing view from their house across towards that part of Worcs.

Grew up by Clent hills so if we could see the Malverns from down the lane it was going to rain & if not it was raining!

Hurry up washer want to get out! J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 10:53

Morning all.

Not too dull up here & quite breezy so have some washing out & am waiting on 2cnd lot- then shall get outside, but by then shall probably need snack to keep me going etc etc.

Birthday cake cooling in tins & will have to ice it/sandwich it together later on. Looks ok, perhaps fear of that oven is going..... Daughter asleep, she was pleased with assortments of pressies & now understands about the tea caddy she found-oops- t'other week. Who didnt hide it quick enough then?

One of the impulse buy tops got t'other day just all wrong, so another trip back to TC to return it. All being well next week only 1 lot of kids on halfterm, but shall get there first thing this time.

Drat- peskly squirrels rattling the bird feeder again. If have chased him/it once this morning that would be enough, but more than once- phew. J.


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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 10:40

bjay- Malvern Hills perhaps, or Clee or Clent?

Anyway, here in WManchester we had a definite shower late last evening, but not too soggy out there today. A breeze, no sun, but at least it's not raining!

Waiting on daughter's birthday cake finishing cooking, then off outside to wrap/ store anything not already done. J.

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Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:03

Easy to grow from seed especially if you want a specific colour/variety. They are slug food IME so do protect. It is probably too late to get a reliable germination this late in the season, but you could try sowing some now, under cover/in a coldframe.

I'd also buy some plants as well, as the seeds, if they do germinate they wont flower well until quite a lot bigger & the colder weather/less light will prevent that happening. J.

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Posted: 24/10/2012 at 20:55

He he, ours have emigrated then! We used to have 2 HUGE ones on the landing/hall ceiling. Totally out of reach, but you could hear them pattering around sometimes!! Only a 'baby' one around at the mo.

Becks- Alpine strawberries from seed is the best way & they'll also grow in poorer soils & part shade. I ate a couple of beauties this afternoon- think the birds must've dropped some sneaked seed coz i didnt plant any at the edge of a flower bed! Yum.

Have dug up my strawberry plants, kept a couple of small ones & shall do in pots next yr. I needed the space on the veg bed & they never did brilliantly. Plus we do have a good fruit farm not too far way.

Well done on the sunflowers too. Am sooo jealous- ALL of 12-13 plants got totally eaten this yr. Some neighbours have HUGE ones. 3 houses down the road must have a chaqllenge to see who gets the biggest!

I've done the ironing, but not made the birthday cake. Decided to do that first thing tomorrow, before I get outside. J.

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Posted: 24/10/2012 at 16:49

Leaves done, for now- more coming down as the breeze has got up.

Next time must change into scruffy jeans..... J.

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