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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 10:04

Ironically Kate I cant grow moisture loving plants due to the surrounding trees taking all the water from the soil. Have been thinking about doing a bog garden- using compost bags beneath the soil- sometime in the future. No enthusiasm nor energy for that at the mo.

Sympathies re the WP noise & vibration. When they were pile driving for the new houses well away from us we could certainly feel & hear it! Noticed that in Austria nobody started any building works until 7am. IME no British ones start before 9am, unless you are doing that house building near us that is! J.

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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 09:37

Another wet day up here! Will it never end? You southerners dont know how miserable it gets, but then drought & dying crops/plants doesnt appeal either.

Had a brilliant nights' sleep & wide awake straight away- most unusual for me!- so took my 'nasty' tablet. You cant eat nor drink for at least 30mins+ afterwards, which completely throws me out!

Anyway, all organised this morning. Mechanic picked up my car, washing machine & tumbler on. TV also on very quietly so I can finally tackle the last lot of holiday ironing. Daughter says not a problem- she actually slept through the window cleaner & next doors' workmen yesterday! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 09:28

Yet another wet day here in Manchester, although it's getting a wee bit brighter now..... No chance to do final lawn cut in the forseeable future either. My little strip of 'wildness' does actually look quite good with grasses waving in the wind. Shall continue it next year & see what happens.

Zoomer- you can always, if got space, bring the pepper plants inside to a sill or conservatory. I've never bothered to try & keep over a winter, but it is possible.     My tomatoes, on 2 plants & the tumblers, are ripening nicely this year, despite our lack of sun. 1 variety however is stubornly staying green, so shall investigate green tomato recipes soon. Dont need any more chutney! J.

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Posted: 19/09/2012 at 21:25

I know re being hungry after reading the posts- have just had a nice apple instead of raiding the holiday chocolate. Once have been weighed......

BTW dont dance either!

Like the look of the 'all in one' thing, but wouldnt want to wear outside of house!

Off to flop now. You've no idea how difficult it is to type when brain slowing down.... J.

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.

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