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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 21:20

Manchester- wet all last night, then dried up by first thing.

Drove down to NWorcestershire & wasnt too bad- sun a lot of the time. Still dry when back this evening.

M6 a pain though, diverted via Wolverhampton ring road late this morning & stopped at Stafford services this evening to allow the jam further up to sort itself out, which it did! J.

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Posted: 16/10/2012 at 20:01

Figrat- never knew that you could use the chaenomeles fruit for jam! Mind you getting at mine at the mo well nigh impossible, especially with my back being iffy. Shall consider another yr perhaps.

Ok baking final- bye.J.

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Posted: 16/10/2012 at 16:16

Gary, why no note on the door? Works here.

Geoff re the 'alternative personality', are you wasting your breath?

Compost bin been done & the shopping is oh so slowly getting put away. Trashy TV keeps interupting. All this inactivity today has done wonders for my back & sciatica- hmm, think body trying to tell me something.......

Right, will continue again....... J.

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Posted: 16/10/2012 at 15:13

10.05am my guess.

Tesco slots now just 1hr, used to be 2, so you often got a txt narrowing it down further. With the Manchester bound traffic around here certain times a 'no-no', but the store dealing with the deliveries isnt too far away. Ironically the actual store is awful- no natural daylight, underground carpark, moving walkways the lot- ugh. I go the same distance in the opposite direction to a smaller store that I can cope with.  I'd used the other store for over 30yrs, but no more unless absolutely desperate.

Just not doing very much after all today. Quite enjoying not having to rush around- only myself to please after all.

The sun has actually made it so may, just may, get down to the compost bin as kitchen bucket a wee bit full!  Actually Jo that's a good idea....

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Posted: 16/10/2012 at 13:26

Yes I just assumed, possibly incorrectly? that the OP meant bindweed. I'm hoping that my repeated attacks on it at the front have worked, but if not,it actually looks quite good flowering over a boring Laurel bush.

Aquilegia is easily pulled out where not wanted, although I do leave some 'choice' specimens alone.

Agree the thick cardboard layer would be good & probably quite a bit cheaper too! J.

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Posted: 16/10/2012 at 11:13

We, being up north, didnt get the same winds as those down south, thank goodness.

Am not happy in high winds & the increasing tendency of them these days really unsettles me. Wimp!

Tesco been, only eggs missing, which I shall get instead at the fruit farm tomorrow. 'C' cake making next week!

Have had a marmite drink & 2 cheese & tomato rolls! Early lunch? Going to do some cleaning next so can spend thursday outside- IF the forecast is correct! J.

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Posted: 16/10/2012 at 10:04

Oh good the charity bag left out for collection, tucked in rain shadow of garage, has been collected. Only put things out for the ones I know acknowledge it.

Am really wanting a coffee but that will be 3 in fairly quick succession & I'll be on the ceiling! J.

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Posted: 16/10/2012 at 09:54

It'sbeen harmless though & quite entertaining. Have to admit to joining in.

Wet & very windy here. Daughter flying over to IOM about now. Rather her than me today! Last year, this week, my flight was cancelled on that very, very windy monday. Was very glad that the plane we eventually had was bigger & full so didnt bounce around as much!

Plans to hibernate in greenhouse to sow sweetpeas this afternoon have been abandoned unless the wind drops completely! If am inside & a roof panel flips.....

Tesco due so shall pop off now. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 09:38

Unless the wind dies down a bit I shant go down to greenhouse today! The polycarbonate roof panels can flip out & I dont want to be underneath that! Sowing sweetpeas can wait a couple of days!

Very wet & windy here in WManchester this morning. Daughter flying over to IOM about now- not my idea of fun in this wind. They are/were delayed a bit apprently.

This time last year the gales were sooo bad that my flight over was cancelled! That isnt what they said was the cause, but must've been. So the plane I did go on was bigger, full & so didnt bounce around as much- phew! J.

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Posted: 15/10/2012 at 18:57

It's probably a bit late in the year to treat sucessfully with glyphosate weedkiller. I'd dig it over a couple of times before even contemplating beds on an area infested with bindweed. That way you can try & remove as much as possible of the roots.

Then I'd cover the area with the weed membrane & leave it over the winter until spring next year. When you remove the membrane you'll soon see if/when the bindweed returns & can retreat asap & repeatedly until it, hopefully, gives up. Then go ahead with the beds. No easy way to ensure it's prevented from growing again.

Yes the membrane will stop weeds coming from beneath, but also prevent roots going deep for your plants. Also any tear of the membrane will allow the bindweed access to your bed again, so trying to eradicate it before you do the beds will pay dividends in the long run. Sorry to be so negative, but bindweed is very determined. J.

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