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Posted: 13/07/2012 at 13:20

First lot of jam in its pots. Am eating spare raspberries everytime I go into the kitchen. Smell in house is wonderful! Still to wash up though - the jam pan will get used as a washing up bowl later on. It's soaking, along with any sticky implements.

Have got daughter to retell me her rota & think next thursday will be next pick/jam session. How come she's got more time off? After that no more spare jars suitable for jam- tend to use original spice/chutney jars for actual chutney at the end of Sept. Already have the big jars, 2lb, ready for mincemeat, but since have one jar still to use, may not need to do more this year.

The squirrel has been to investigate the feeder cage again, but didnt attempt to get inside this time, thank goodness. The blackcaps are fascinating to watch, so athletic hanging upside down at the very end of branches of the amelanchier to get at the berries. The blackbirds have given up as they just fall out of the tree in their efforts now to get at the last berries. J.

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Posted: 12/07/2012 at 21:47

Tesco sorted & printed off!

Kate I do jam, less faff than jelly & sooo delicious. The smell when cooking is wonderful too- in fact any jam cooking smells good. Wont bother with strawberry as never sets properly, but could mix it with either raspberries or redcurrants. I need to check what I've still got in the cupboard & decide what I do need to do. None made for the last 2yrs as thought we were going to move, so no point in adding to all our stuff with jars of jam! No immediate moving plans now, but who knows?

Well too late to start any ironing now, shall do some tomorrow night instead. Will have full control of remote, yay, no arguments. J.

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Posted: 12/07/2012 at 20:41

Hi all.

Busy day here, lawn did get cut & I did sit out wearing shorts & a suntop! Oh & a smashing sunhat that have got. Hope the stall back at Tatton as would like another, preferably soil coloured!

Fruit picking went well until the handle of the cardboard box, containing my plastic boxes which were full of raspberries, snapped!! One less container of raspberries but still enough for jam. All now in cool box plus several ice packs ready for the jam making session with daughter tomorrow morning. Normally would do it tonight, but she's not back until late so cant. She will pay for any unusable fruit!

Tayberry crumble nearly burnt- OH's Aunt phoning- but I shall still enjoy it.

Another drug session tomorrow as well, so no peace for me.

Right, need to book Tesco for next week. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 20:27

Phew, a day here in my bit of Manchester with no rain, so far!

Reached about 18C & quite pleasant. Lawn finally got its' cut & then I sat out with a book to cool off!

Did fruit picking this morning- Wigan/Cheshire border & wellies needed as squelchy underfoot in places, but at least no rain whilst there. Daughter having a jam making lesson tomorrow morning! (fruit in coolbox plus several ice packs at the mo) J.

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Posted: 11/07/2012 at 19:43

Yes, Woo2- just click on the green arrow at the side of the last named poster in the listings of latest posts. Doies that make sense? I too got very cross/frustrated until someone told me!

Still no delivery- now daughter says t'was only 'estimated' today!!

Also tomorrow completely mucked up as beloved (?) child wishes me to go fruit picking so that I can give her a jam making lesson on friday! I will cut the lawn, I will cut the lawn.... it's not too bad when just got the washing back inside.

So raspberries here I come..... J.

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Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:49

I'm still waiting!

Have done the majority of the cleaning, but realised that hoovering in the lounge a bit daft as AM going to cut the lawn tomorrow first thing! Famous last words? It means will be trotting in/out through patio so grass bits will get everywhere- well they usually do.

Daughter can check later if they've tried again- tis her order after all. Can see me trotting down road to ask for a note on their door for daft delivery drivers who cant read road signs!!

Tonights' meal is a reheating of last nights vegeree, HF-W recipe, plus something extra, so no need to panic about that. I made enough for 4 deliberately! J.

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Posted: 11/07/2012 at 11:58

Oh I do check the local weather updates through out the day- nerd!- but have increasingly found big discrepancies with all the forecasts.

Cant leave our porch door unlocked around here. Found myself thinking about late MIL who always left hers open. Wonder if SIL still does? My Dad, no, like me, didnt trust anybody!

The BG cold calling for OH started again- must remember to let phone just go to answer machine.

Mrs Mop going very slowly today, but am gradually doing other tasks as I realise that they've not been done, so suppose it's being of some use. Try again now. J.

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Posted: 11/07/2012 at 11:06

I shall be very cross if it doesnt come until after 6pm, which has happened in the past. At leastTesco now send you a text giving you a further ETA within your delivery slot, so that narrows it down even further.

HUGE note on front door- just risked some washing out!

At this rate wont get the mopping done! No point doing yet anyway as will need to dash out to get washingback inside- you bet. This confuses me as tend to do kitchen first etc etc- old habits etc etc. Upstairs awaits. J.

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Posted: 11/07/2012 at 10:12

I do!!

Seriously Pam, Geoff should know.........

The SUN has appeared again! Lawn is soaking so yet another day to wait, maybe?

Now, do I risk putting the washing out? No, darkening again as I type! Anyway could miss that driver again- think will put note on door anyway saying am IN, so if any sense he, probably, will try ringing the bell again if no response from me initially. Darent even think about using the hoover as wouldnt hear bell then anyway. J.


help have i killed my clematis

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:39

I tend to give my established one a hard prune every 2cnd year just after flowering. That way it doesnt take over & get up into the soffits. Providing your plant is well established, which it sounds like, it'll be fine.

You'll need to continue tieing in the resulting new growth this year & it'll flower again on that wood next spring. J.

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