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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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Posted: 23/10/2012 at 17:09

OH organised a free, via council, compost bin for me yrs ago. It's unfortunately one in 2 sections which after many yrs of use now just doesnt fit back together again. I still use it though as huge & easy to empty out.

I gained a 2cnd 'free to me' darlek one that got delivered by mistake- I'd not requested it, nor Val at the same number 4 doors away. Council said I could keep it as would be too costly to recollect! I think someone had paid a nominal amount to have, but if they cant get their address correct.....

This post will be totally out of context as have finished cooking & eating tomato rissotto. Daughter woke early & was hungry.... J.

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 15:06

I must admit to thinking that the spring was the best time for Escallonia pruning, but last Autumn my tree surgeon took an electric cutter to mine- I actually hant wanted those doing, just the huge E.Iveyi next to them.

Anyway this year they have all really thickened out & flowered well too. So early autumn pruning for me from now on. Am in NWest, so not as far up as you Jeannie. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 14:34

It was warm overnight here- the heating didnt come on this morning as above the set temperature!

It's trying to be bright & breezy now in WManchester. Have put the washed sheets out, they wont dry but maybe enough to just put on airer later?

Back garden sensor says 16C ! Must be some sun on it after all, whilst front says 12C. Did reopen the coldframe this morning, but shall close up again later.

I know the weather is going to change- my L elbow is aching. A good indicator of weather change since it was fractured in'98. J.

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Posted: 23/10/2012 at 14:25

Oh am sorry for those with various lurgies. Apart from being permanently off-balance, ugh, am feeling a lot better. Sciatica restarted so lost my temper with it this morning & took full painkiller dose with a banana & that worked!

Just realised that didnt buy any yoghurt today. Daughter just been down for a drink & suggested I walk up to get! Probably tomorrow now, whilst a certain big fruit cake cooking..... Did get the chocolate buttons for someones' birthday cake- must also do that tomorrow.

Washing is out, doubt it'll dry much, but some sun/brightness on & off. J.

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Posted: 23/10/2012 at 14:05

I's back! Been shopping, local, then Trafford Centre. Who forgot half term for some of the surrounding areas? Not ours, that's next week, but was puzzled at first as to why so busy earlyish on.

Anyway, last bit of daughter's birthday pressie & a card. Have started on her December pressies & got one for OH's Aunt.

Now having to keep quiet whilst someone sleeping-ahh. She nearly didnt get back into house this morning. Automatically dead-locked front door as went up to bed last night &, despite me having set my alarm, she got home earlier than expected & couldnt get in-oops. Had also turned main phone to silent & mobile not on, so had I not been part awake.............

Now shall catch up with your posts. J.

Hellebore varieties - suggestions please

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 19:20

I grow a lot of un-named Orientalis in one bed. My Nigers in pots as they just dont like my soil, but are very happy now!  My Ashwoods are in a separate bed.  Agree that singles are better, but have the odd double.

The Corsican types can get very big IME & will need some support, but are still good & the flowers last a good while.

Dont like the black ones at all.

Each December I remove the foliage off all the orientalis & Ashwoods- NOT the Corsican otherwise you will lose the flowers. You will be able to see the emerging flowers stems in the crown of the plants. They then get a good mulching of my compost.

The Nigers just get the tatty, dying foliage removed & also get some mulch.

Berghill, thx for the tip re keeping things very moist. Have some seedlings to move. J.

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Posted: 22/10/2012 at 18:02

I havent actually got round to watchin any Miranda yet- mustnt do during daytime as the sniggering/snorting will disturb daughter trying to sleep above!

Off to assemble garlic flavoured tagliatelle plus fried mushrooms, tomatoes & cheese sauce & all grilled.

Have porridge most mornings for breakfast- yum. Sometimes with fruit on top- sliced nectarines are wow, blueberries good, or any fancy 'crunch' cereal- Whites being a favorite- or Fibre Filler- anybody remember that from the 80s F-plan diet? J.

Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 17:20

Our hog must still be about. Fresh 'poo' spotted yesterday. Wonder if it'll use our garden to hibernate?J.


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