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Latest posts by jo4eyes

Helleborus niger in family garden- too dangerous?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 19:44

Keep it. Remove the flowers before the seeds form & yes teach children that things from the garden are a 'no no'. Ok if you also grow vegs/salads that could be difficult, but a truthful explanation the best way. J.

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Posted: 19/09/2012 at 19:39

It's been awful up here today- rain & more rain with some sun very late on! Still the houseplants are back inside house & porch respectively- must be vigilant with the latter in case I missed any small snails. The cactii compost mix has small bits of grit in it that can 'hide' a similar sized small snail as have found before.

Seedlings potted up, think have enough suitable compost left for when I need to sow sweetpeas. Am sat looking at daughters' orchid & Hoya on dining room table They havent yet made it into her bedroom- wonder when?

Plastic bags removed from cuttings & they are either in the porch, on kitchen & spare bedroom sills & some still in closed coldframe.

Alarm set for fairly early get up tomorrow as mechanic collecting my car. Plans for a trip out scuppered. Nothing important, can wait. Well he did swop his arrangements around for me last week when he sorted the MOT.

Oh & we now have a windowcleaner again- only 10 months after neighbour said she'd sort....... I noticed hers being done, so was cross as she'd not said anything to me. Then checked they'd do mine as well. Reasonable price, every 4 weeks same day so can sort if daughter sleeping, like today so her window missed. And, bad grammar, he cleared out the overflowing extension guttering without being asked!

Count me out for a choir, cant sing, wont sing! J.

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Posted: 18/09/2012 at 16:48

Hmm, daughter has woken up & asked where HER Milka bar from fridge was? I thought that one was OURS ie to be shared, but obviously not.  I had actually just moved it within the fridge. Oh well sensible eating doesnt usually include that much chocolate. Have had my low fat M&S chocpot though- todays' treat. Daughter & me actually prefer the low fatter ones to the 'normal' ones.

Off to reclose coldframe & greenhouse now & then start meal. Wasnt sure what time someone would want to eat, but early better for me so no problem. J.

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Posted: 18/09/2012 at 15:57

OMG it's torrential out there again! It better be dryer tomorrow as need to be busy out there moving things from coldframes back to inside & pricking out those poor (actually look ok) seedlings! J.

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Posted: 18/09/2012 at 15:10

Extras or replacements Geoff?

Completely forgot to say t'other day. Daughter woke us up at about 3am to show us the picture she'd just taken of our visiting hedgehog!!

Am planning to add an extra layer tonight- it wasnt that warm last night, despite what the temperatures said! We have a thin 'duvette' quilt which gets used if very warm & then as an eiderdown/throw at this time of year. Need to change the bed linen anyway, but not for a few days so cant be bothered to fish out the autumn weight quilt until then. J.


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Posted: 18/09/2012 at 14:46

My parents had a succession of kittens courtesy of a visiting cat. A local sanctuary  would take them. The last 2 they kept for themselves & they were lovely cats.

In his final years Dad always had a visiting cat, which gave him a lot of pleasure but not all the responsibility. Dont they say that cats have 2 homes? The last one, 'the Boy', came from 4 doors away & his owners knew but didnt mind. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 14:38

Bright then blustery showers out there today, in Manchester. Have opened up both the greenhouse & one coldframe a wee bit but must close both later on.

Managed a supermarket shop & unloaded the car without getting soaked, but plans to walk up to local shops now abandoned.

Actually put the heating back on yesterday & will be swopping to a slightly thicker duvet soon! J.

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Posted: 18/09/2012 at 14:30

Flo. Twinks will be enjoying life with all that company, but not easy for you.

It's rather blustery out there today. Did a 'big' tesco shop only to discover had put the 'in-date' £ off voucher onto the fridge & brought the out of date one with me! All bits put away, bar the upstairs stuff- daughter asleep after night duty so that cant be done. As ususal workmen next door, virtually under daughters' bedroom window.........

Have received the awaited scan appointment, week before next hospital appointment, which arrived last week. Now can organise my social- ha- life around them. Need to get down to NWorcs sometime soon & meet up with old friend/neighbour. Also need to get out with another friend up here, but she busy when I'm free at the mo.

Oh yes forgot- the Ikea saga- cabinet now discontinued & non anywhere in UK! Wouldnt issue refund to me, even though t'was me who punched in the PIN number for card, as OH first named on card! Anyway he sorted out the refund. We know which alternative we'll probably get, but am going to check it out first & could we wait until after Christmas please?

My green tomatoes get put onto a sunny windowsill & most do ripen quite well. Never tried fried green tomatoes though, quite like the sound of those. Shall investigate. J.


Posted: 17/09/2012 at 19:57

Sorry George, no photo.

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Posted: 17/09/2012 at 19:56

B****r, another post gone awol!

Geoff I agree re only September & heating, but the lounge only gets sun, if any, until lunchtime & if the wind strong, as now, tis nippy sat in here, even with layers of clothes! Will only be on a short while anyway, timer will cut in.

Flo- ground crew excellent idea! J.

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