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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 14:09

Yep, am quite happy trotting into workshop to use printer, suits me, but OH into anything 'new' etc, so...... this is only a notebook, so not exactly heavy.

Have just been looking at local firms website- hmm, no mention of actually doing fitting of boilers, just servicing. Am sure though that they encorporated another longstanding local firm that DID supply & fit CH. Oh well, shall find out tomorrow no doubt.

Still to go & look at our 50p collection & it's the day for watering the house/porch plants- wow! J.

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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 13:52

Nobody had any room for a pud, so pears will get done another time. Good, as just noticed that recipe said 'ripe' & they were still hard!

OH has now fixed this pc to 'talk' to printer in his workshop/study. In my 'book' still just as easy to trot along to study with laptop & 'do' things in there- that way i can ensure there's paper in the printer! J.

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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 13:19

Just take care that if the 'stepping' stones are wood eg from felled tree trunks, they become very slippy when wet so need chicken wire fixixng to them. They also do eventually rot down so will need to be replaced.You can get very similar looking concrete 'fake wooden' ones from B&Q/builders places.

Omlette here. J.

Chilli plants - keep or chuck and start again next year?

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 13:15

IME it's not worth the hassle of trying to overwinter them on windowsills or suchlike. They still dropped the majority of their leaves in my case, so messy etc, plus ensuring dont get frosted begind the curtains. I now always sow again the next spring. Honestly dont know if any advantages, but am sure someone will- possibly earlier to fruit the following year? J.

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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 13:10

Someone here commented re council grants too! Trouble is neither of us are yet of pensionable age nor on benefits- dont think mine counts, but there again, my medical circumstances......hmm

Just had very yummy fresh sweetcorn cobs, mushroom omlette to follow- OH brought a 2cnd box of mushrooms back this time. Then, when I can get back into the kitchen , pears baked in the Remoska with wonderful vanilla icecream. Nice!

Ooh Pam, dont think have ever tried doing D's STP. That's an idea for sometime soon. J.

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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 11:52

Yes Geoff, noway BG! We have a good local firm that only serviced it this time last year, to within the week! So shall get in touch with them first to get things restarted, then enquire about how we get a replacement organised. Not something I relish coping with, but needs must & at least it's not the depths of winter! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 11:48

Frank- it's an old, but previously very reliable, back boiler system, so 'banging' something isnt possible. T'was serviced literally 12mths ago. The company we use are a good local firm, but I know that getting spare parts etc is probably going to get difficult. OH & me have both just said, probably better to get a new, probably more efficient boiler now, before the cold weather really sets in. Joy!

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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 11:40

Well at least the water heater works really well. My comments previously re costs of electricity can all now be ignored!!

Yes, I was thinking a new boiler will be needed. No idea whereabouts it'll go. Airing cupboard perhaps? as in a house daughter once lived in of a similar age. Tend to be very much of the 'if it aint broke dont fix it' brigade up here, but somehow not this time. I cant actually remember how old it is, t'was a replacement for the same sort that was here originally. If I say that the first one of these was fitted in '68 at parents' house & Dad had had a replacement that was still going strong when the house was sold last year! Oh well, end of an era. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 11:31

Wettish & windy here in Manchester today.

Slight crisis here as the back boiler pilot light went out last night, so no heating. Noway can we relight the darn thing. We do still have gas, phew, so cooking will be ok & fire in lounge on! Thank goodness we also have an electric water heater, it's just a case of remembering to turn it on/off.

Somehow I suspect my plans for this next week are just about to be altered...... J.

Pruning a Hebe

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 11:24

Agree totally with advice given. Leave any pruning until at least late April/May depending on whereabouts in UK you are. Definitely take cuttings. They usually 'take' really easily.

If it's only a 2yrs old plant & you're already finding it too big, is it a case of 'right plant, wrong place'? Possibly consider moving it, or re-siting once the cuttings have taken? J.

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