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Posted: 20/07/2012 at 17:48

Aren't trhey just?

Beetroot cake- daughter did one recently & very yummy.

Still have gooseberry jam & tayberry jam from 08/9 & 07 respectively so they will need eating first folks. Didnt think I'd done tayberry jam before as usually prefer them done in crumbles. Jam cupboard nearly full, just enough room for last lot.

The jam pan didnt need a brillo after all. I'd resoaked it & that was enough. Oh yes, doing the jars in the dishwasher- excellent!

Still wandering around garden trying to decide where my Tatton purchases are actually going. Would really like to minimise the need for more plant moving this autumn if possible. So lots of muttering going on as original decisions need a re think. J.

No insect bites yet.... but they will come. Must start using repellant again- that was the 1 & only advantage of the chemo, completely left alone by insects!

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Posted: 20/07/2012 at 15:07

I've not even seen the Tatton pictures yet! Now you do know that am a complete duffer where computers are concerned, so honestly doubt if OH's pictures will get a public viewing.

I thought that the squirrel had really been eating the birdfood, as the level was getting rather low again, but after watching the birds visiting the feeder I now think that they are getting the majority. Need to find outdoor shoes, steps & food to refill it. Compost bin trip also needed. J.

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Posted: 20/07/2012 at 13:42

Try PAD not pan. J.

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Posted: 20/07/2012 at 13:41

Grr, have just accidentally put the mouse across that advert!!

Anyway, freezer defrosted & now cooling back down. The half large tub of icecream is in neighbours' spare (!) freezer, the rest in 2 cool bags/box with a lot of ice packs. I will need more icecream tomorrow, dont you lot buy it all!

Jam is cooling down in its' jars & jam pan is soaking- brillo pan at the ready. Typical, it needed an extra couple of mins boiling to really reach a set & I just knew it'd stick, even before I checked. Now I wonder if enough storage space upstairs in the wardrobe I use? Daughter really didnt believe me when I said it needed leaving 3 months- ideally that is- before eating.

All being well I shall insist on a garden day on Sunday. Tomorrow, after early shopping, day out plus picnic is planned again. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 13:25

Poor you again Rain.

Today is just about dry- a wee bit of on/off drizzle sometimes. Backgarden is 14+C at the mo.

Am now cooling off after doing more jam making, the kitchen ends up like a sauna even with door/window both open. Oh & I even defrosted the freezer this morning before the fruit session. J.

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Posted: 19/07/2012 at 20:42

2cnd lot of jam cooling in jars. Raspberry & a few redcurrants this time. Set not brilliant, but realised that continuing to boil would leave me with a small yield plus the risk of burnt jam at the bottom of the jam pan which then requires a brillo pad to sort it out.

Next lot, tomorrow, will be tayberry plus raspberry. Raspberry crumble now in oven. Have managed to break a small plate- it fell out of the freezer as opened the door. For the first time, have put jam jars into the dishwasher to get really clean! Soaked all the labels off first. Since dont usually use pickle/chutney jars for jam, the dishwasher should be better than by hand in sink.

Somehow the plan to defrost the freezer first thing tomorrow morning may not happen unless I wake really early. makes sense to try & do though, as will only be me in the house until after lunch, so much quicker to do it all when on my own. J.

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Posted: 19/07/2012 at 16:46

Little-Anne, hi again.

Sue had a stand inside the floral marquee this year. Good display of her plants & things selling well- so perhaps better for her than a big garden. She said that instead of 2weeks building, which would have been murder this year with the awful weather, 2-3 days inside instead much easier. She did her first inside stand at Southport last year & found it easier, so that's why she was inside at Tatton this year.

Have just got the washing back inside- literally no rain West of us until about 500yds from home! Have a coolbag full of raspberries, tayberries & some redcurrants- jams & crumble all need doing over the next 24hrs. Looks as if need to grovel under the stairs again for more jam jars to wash. Only had enough clean for 1 more lot of jam. J.

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Posted: 19/07/2012 at 16:34

It was raining first thing today, but was dry by late morning, so washing went out.

Have just got back from about 10miles West of me where I was fruit picking- dry, pleasant, but a lot of dark clouds around.

Driving back it got darker, but road still dry. About 500yds from home it was wet! Washing not too bad, just put on airer. Going brighter here now, about 15C. J.

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Posted: 18/07/2012 at 21:46

Back again!

Daughter has already crashed out & OH back at the little house.

Ok plants-1. a Rudbekia, not the one on my list, but another smallish one,

2. a small hardy geranium- from Trillium's nursery,

3. another white agapanthus, again not too tall, for a nice spare glazed pot,

4. a replacement hardy fuschia- Hawkeshead. I lost my previous one. The big pots I use for some fuschias I never lag over winter & of course daft me didnt take any cuttings of i!

5. a Heucherella, slightly trailing variety. Dont suceed wth Tiarellas, but do with heucheras, so why not?

Think I know where they will all go.....

Am shattered now, so will definitely sign off & shut down things. J.


Tatton park any good

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 21:24

Update- weather was the complete opposite of forecast! We'd have coped with walking shoes/boots after all.

OH, on his first visit, took lots of pics so I can study them at my leisure & try out some of the ideas/plantings- well that's the plan.

Lots of lovely plants & displays. Was quite restrained in my purchases, but then knew what I needed & what likely to suceed with.

Verdict- well worth a visit. J.

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