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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.


What's the weather like in your area?

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.

Viola seeds

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.

What's for tea?

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 16:46

Homemade red pepper pasta sauce over whatever dried pasta comes to hand first, with a cheese & tomato flatbread.

Daughter going to investigate the persimmon that she bought for her pudding. I might have yoghurt with something, no ideas yet.

Need to make a birthday cake too, but the large fruit cake for December is cooling down! J.

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Posted: 24/10/2012 at 14:43

Not more Speedos?   J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 14:27

It's not bad here today. Quite bright & slight breeze.

Have walked up to local shops to buy what I forgot yesterday & am now going out to sweep up some leaves. Know where the fleece is for tomorrow onwards.

The Christmas cake is cooling in the tin on a rack- whooppee- now only daughter's birthday cake to do later- whoops she's awake! J.

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Posted: 24/10/2012 at 14:14

Quick nip in! This little notebook was playing 'dead' earlier so as not yet 12mths old was not a happy bunny.

But as you can tell, obviously having an 'off' day & probably objecting to an update that I DIDNT want doing!

A certain large cake now cooling in its' tin on rack- phew, I do hate the new ovens' temperature unreliabilities, but had last yrs' notes from the successful attempt to refer back to.

Only a birthday cake to do next, but outside calling- have done the birds & may now sweep some leaves.

Back later, J.

What's for tea?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 17:13

Tomato rissotto - homegrown cherry toms of various colours- with cheese grated in & wilted baby spinach- not home grown as the slugs got the lot!   No idea about pudding..... J.

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