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Posted: 20/08/2012 at 21:33

Becks- OH works away & rents a little, literally, house over there. So instead of him coming home some w/ends I go over there. Lots of nice walking in the surrounding area & a wonderful market in town on the Saturday & Mondays too. I tend to go into town again on a Monday before I drive back- it avoids the rush hour traffic for me. I resisted the plant stalls this morning, but could have been tempted.

Am not concentrating on Silent Witness after all. OH keeps mailing daughter pics he took from the w/end. Since he phone is always on silent it's weird to suddenly hear her start talking! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 21:18

Have had a good w/end in NEast Derbyshire. Weather was far better than forecast- the odd spit & spot of rain on Saturday morning, then a good afternoon & evening. I ended up watching a cricket match in a nearby park whilst OH was trying out his new camera.

Yesterday was warm & sunny & the rain didnt arrive! We went to see Well Dressings at a nearby village in the morning & a good walk along the nearby canal in the afternoon.

Today had a pleasant drive home 'over the tops' to find that it'd rained heavily here yesterday & the lawn was still soggy, despite it being sunny today. J.

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Posted: 20/08/2012 at 21:07

Hi all.

I too want to watch Silent Witness. OH went up to bed before it finished last night, so I did actually miss the last 5mins or so, but was finding it rather 'difficult' to watch, so not sure will stay the remainder.

Have had a good w/end with OH. Only problem is he's being soooo protective of me it's frustrating! Ok shouldnt grumble, but not his usual style. There again when the energy suddenly 'went' when in town on Sat he didnt understand that I needed to sit down, NOW, not when he thought somewhere was nicer!! We did actually find a new, to us, coffee/tea shop for a smashing snack lunch & nice coffee & a good chat with some other customers. This is typical of the area, everyone is friendly to total strangers.

Because of local roadworks the traffic was inbelievable at the top of the road. So getting in the car to drive to a nice walking area not on, plus too hot really. So that evening we walked to a nearby park & watched cricket! OH has a new camera so was snapping all sorts & I was being given a lesson in understanding the game by an obliging spectator- see this habit of talking to people is catching!

Yesterday we went early to the Well Dressing at a nearby village. Absolutely facinating & the church flowers were wonderful too. Only problem was a model dolls house, in one of the displays in church, that was identical to one that I'd had as a child. Dad had got it for me & on seeing this one in the church I got rather upset & ended up back outside. Grief a b****r, gets you when you least expect it. Met up with a colleague from OH's work, whom I knew, so that was nice & was able to regain my composure over yummy cake!

Later on we drove, traffic jam less on Sunday, to the nearby canal for a good walk along the towpath & yet another icecream! I found the rapsberry canes- very good, everyone was going for the blackberries, but not me!

Right, TV now. Busy day tomorrow, again! J.

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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 21:56

Good luck Miss B!

Love E.T. Cant stand Jaws. Kelly's Heros, now that's my favorite- almost know the script off by heart!

Bulb order done & printed off. Just about managed that. OH has allowed me to stick a 'P' on the relevant lead I need to use in the study/workshop where the printer lives. Not sure why the printer decided to take all the paper in one go, not usually do that, but all the relevant bits got done so no worries till OH tries to use it next week- oops.

Oh heck early get up tomorrow for me, off to stay with OH again, & roads quieter early on. Hope the rain gone by then. Daughter got her plant care instructions, but I'll do the toms in greenhouse before I leave. J.

Slug resistant plants

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 17:33

I've seen Honka. One to consider.

I grow my choice dahlias in large pots on the patio & despite copper tape or rings, or both in desparation this year, they've all been well chewed. I doubt the tubers will be up to bother storing this year.

I do know about snails & crocosmia, but never had such a bad yr recently.         My Hostas are all grown in pots too. From the house they still look good, but paper doilie springs to mind when you get closer. Again, copper tape & grit on top of pots & snail patrols all needed.

I do reluctantly use organic slug pellets, usually around trays of newly germinated seedlings in the coldframes, but would prefer the visiting hedgehog to do his bit so tend not to scatter around other things. Have had to do a 2cnd sowing of some things already this week. Am also thinking about using nematodes again next year on the beds as it's so disheartening to see all work wasted & destroyed overnight.

Will certainly do the cosmos in large pots again. Yes, some losses, but at least have a decent show this year & they're easier to reach to deadhead. 1 solitary survivor in the beds- interestingly in a new bed excavated last autumn from the lawn. J.

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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:28

Kate, I would love to give in & snooze, but keep pootling around t'net instead! No cake in the house, have eaten the last biscuit & resisted the stash of Milka under my bed!

Have been checking out predicted temps for Austria. OH is going to have kittens if it doesnt cool down a bit before we go. Also if the temp rises here, will daughter cope with looking after all my 'babies' out there & in greenhouse?

The snails love the fence, the ivy, the front wall, in fact anywhere around my garden. I've even had slugs eating my almost ripe tomatoes in the greenhouse!! After this year I shall seriously consider using Nemaslug again next. Have used it in the past & ok it doesnt get the snails, but at least I get to keep some plants! J.

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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 15:26

Nettles good for wildlife Becks. Butterflies, cant remember which ones, need for food plant for their caterpillars.

Am going to kill that 'b' hoover. Despite washing the filters etc it's still leaving dust trails everywhere from beater when use the tools. Never mind only in here to do now. J.

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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 15:12

Adult education perhaps? That's why I suggested voluntary side. That way you could find out your unknown likes & dislikes before committing yourself.

I know what you mean about someone being really thick. Have had to deal in past  with high flying parents of not so bright, but lovely & good at something, kids. Felt sorry for the little ones, the pressure they would be under.

BTW I routinely nurture rosebay willow herb seedlings every year. Also discovered that what I thought were self sown birdseed droppings were actually annual mallow plants!! Doh! Wondered where had put them. Havent pulled them all out.

Right, have been a real slob today. Hoovering of downstairs awaits & sorting of things to do. Then it's teatime, not sure what to do with the fish tonight, as only veg got is frozen & potatoes!  Then to get organised for w/end. J.

Clipping Box

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 14:01

Just did mine last week. Agree by end of August so the resulting new growth has chance to harden up before the cold weather arrives. J.

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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 13:55

Becks- I know that you wont see this until you get back, but are you nuts shopping on a Friday afternoon when you dont have to? It's absolutely murder around here. Neighbours go about 2pm every week........ J.

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