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Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 17:14

I've spotted some fresh 'hog poo' in the garden today.

I know that we have one that visits & daughter got a photo of it one night when returning from her work- did she have to wake her parents up at 2-3am to show us?!!

Unfortunately we still have loads of slugs, but am reluctant to even use the organic pellets with the hedgehog being around. It cant get under our fence, but it can the side gate & has been spotted by neighbours going down the adjacent alleyway to the open ground behind us.

I too have seen several dead badgers at the roadside this year. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 17:07

We've just had a really heavy rain shower!

Have managed to bubblewrap the pots that stay outside & some that have returned to the coldframe. It seems early to be doing it, but havent had any frost here yet & just didnt want to tempt fate.

Definitle a cold as keep eating none stop- starve a fever, no chance!

Frank I've found notes in the back of OH's jeans before now- all washed & usually being ironed too! J.

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Posted: 18/10/2012 at 16:52

It's chucking it down out there!! Had got the washing in, as had felt the odd spot, but didnt expect this.

Feels daft having bubble wrapped the pots, but soo time consuming to do, didnt want to get caught out with a sharp frost. Noticed a couple of the glazed pots are slightly cracked anyway, so will be on the look out for new when the GCs start to sell them off.

THe HNiger clear of VW, good & actually has a couple of tiny shoots regrowing. It obviously wont flower this time, but at least havent lost the plant.

Lottie- well done!

Need to get out of wet & dirty clothes now, reheat my macaroni over cauli for meal & wait for text when daughter has landed. Then to get lost around M/C airport.... J.

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Posted: 18/10/2012 at 14:13

Jean- I have worked in Chorley for many yrs, sadly no longer. I actually prefer Eccles cakes, sorry.....

Am really going back out now. J.

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Posted: 18/10/2012 at 14:10

Geoff- it's ME who does all the filling up of such things! Seriously I must've been a manic screen washer in my past cars, as found was constanly out of fluid with this one. Since all I could see was the tube- top to bottom of engine- I just assumed that no bottle! Now always carry a filled bottle of diluted stuff in boot- even in summer with squashed insects you can get a dirty windscreen, which I obviously hate!

Am eating again- yoghurt with satsuma & raisins & honey. Cold so so & back holding up, but am going to take some more tablets now, just in case & whilst stomach full again!

Have nearly wrapped all the pots that need protecting & used polystyrene sheets in the little cold frame as insulation. Being organised,, have even cut to size the pieces shall need for the remaining dahlia pot & chocolate cosmos pot, so once they're frosted can bring under cover & wrap & store!

Need to wrap a couple of terracotta pots that have herbaceous in them- heucheras, HNiger etc, but am doing quite well all things considered. Need to investigate the roots of a 'no show' HNiger. Pretty certain it was the slugs that did for it, but want to check in case VW got at the roots.

Phew, just got 2cnd wheely bin out in time. It's the bottle one & only collected once a month at the mo. T'was dark when arrived back last night, so just got the usual one out, as they can come quite early sometimes & I wanted a sleep in this morning! Only noticed just now when got car out that everyone else got their brown bins out as well. Good job I decided to move car- am collecting daughter from airport this evening- otherwise would have missed collection.

Right, paracetamol now & back out. J.

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Posted: 18/10/2012 at 11:47

Well I have got barbed wire around part of my fence at the back! We back onto open, non-maintained ground....nuf said! Daft thing is though a policeman said to me one day 'why dont you use it along the top of the alleyway fence?' after some vandalism. Didnt he know? Obviously not that it's illegal if below a certain height, which my fence IS below, because the planning regs wont allow me to have it any higher!!

Have come in for an early lunch snack before I start out there, plus 2cnd wash load almost done.

BUT I'm amazed! My car DOES have a washer bottle! Durr, no not quite brain dead, but said bottle is very well hidden down at bottom of corner of engine. Now being female & not mechanically minded, I assumed that all the car had was the visible TUBE as regularly needs refilling. Boy have I called the obviously male desoigner of said car over the yrs! No idea why I leant further over just now, but there it was, hiding, just as my very puzzled mechanic said it was! Still needs refilling often though....

Ok off out. J.

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Posted: 18/10/2012 at 10:53

Morning all.

Cold has started, have taken whatever am allowed to, got lots of tissues everywhere in pockets/shed etc. At least can compost the used ones!

Toerags everywhere. Friend said that for a 3rd time someone had tried, not succeeded this time, to get at the cable supplying electricity to their property & neighbours. Isnt nice to think of someone hanging around eyeing up the place.

Right, sun has arrived, 1st wash load done so am of out to try & do something, but actually not much enthusiasm, drat. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 10:45

Morning Frank.

It rained again last evening but the sun has arrived just now in Manchester, along with a streaming cold! Thank you daughter.

Am waiting on the washing machine finishing, then am off out to start wrapping up pots of plants to be stored etc. Have taken tablets, have lots of tissues in pockets/shed & will cope..... J.

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Posted: 17/10/2012 at 22:05

I've already had my treat for today- a pudding at the pub- but there is still cake here.....

No plans for digging/moving herbaceous tomorrow. Shall be wrapping my big, & liitle, pots of Agapathus. They are already in the big coldframe, which is just open at the mo, to allow them to dry out a bit & me to crush any little snails that appear! So need to remove the smaller ones so that I can step into the frame to wrap the 2 biggest. Suspect that carrying them into there was the cause of the latest back problems, but didnt notice anything until the next day!

Then shall probably sow a couple of sweetpea pots & wrap the nerine pot. That's in full flower now on the greenhouse staging, but shall pop it into the coldframe when it's finished. Shant clean out the greenhouse until it's empty- can do anytime over the winter this yr. Do need to do some borde sorting, but unless my back being well behaved that will be left until I can safely do it.

Daughter just reminded me earlier that she's back on nights next week, so must hoover this week sometime friday maybe? as no chance next week when she's sleeping.

BTW I know am the ironing queen around here, according to Geoff, but I do NOT do underware nor socks nor bedding except pillow slips! OH just hangs his shirts straight out of the tumbler when he's done them at his little house (rented near to his work) & I havent the heart, nor inclination to redo them for him when I go over to stay! Heaven knows what his workmates think!!

He's thrilled tonight as he saw a kingfisher at the side of the canal he walks along on his way home. But as he's says only another week of doing that in the evenings as it's already almost dark by the time he gets back & he doesnt feel safe along the unlit bank path.

Drat, the pc needs an update that I'd delayed earlier. Night all. J.

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Posted: 17/10/2012 at 21:28

Hi all, yes I would freeze any left over sauce, why not?

Went down to swop the plant pot on parents plot today in NWorcestershire. The pelargonium was a wee bit tatty, but with some tlc should give me some cutting material for next year. It was dark when I got back home, so pot just put against the house wall by back door. Shall sort it out & start to dry it off tomorrow before bringing it inside for the winter. Parents now have violas in their 'pot'- a plant pot cover that takes a 2l pot dropped into it.

Met an old neighbour/friend for lunch & good chat before braving the M5&6 again this evening.

Am probably getting daughters' cold- ta very much- as tickly, dry throat getting worse. At least my back & sciatica not so bad today. That could all change tomorrow as am going to garden! J.

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