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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 15:46

Today it started out dry, if dull in Peak District. Nipped into town, on shank's pony, & by my return had hood of waterproof up- just couldnt be bothered with another fight with brolly plus bags.

Drive back over the tops was wetter by the mile & here in W.Manchester its raining again, allbeit a bit less maybe?

Forecast for RHS day, wednesday, at Tatton show is awful! Waterproof trousers maybe? J.

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Posted: 13/07/2012 at 19:24

It's really chucking it down now. Have just noticed that I missed a bit of lawn yesterday. Not the deliberately leaving uncut bit, but just beneath some flopping over penstemons. They have got some support, but the rain has battered them down again. Of course it's the bit nearest the patio doors so is really bugging me!

Am going to do some ironing tonight, must watch the last bit of last weeks Wallander before next episode shown. Then I may understand the plot better? J.

Do you fancy an ivy covered wall?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 14:02

Wow, that's some problem!

There is a semi down the road from here that is also almost totally covered, walls & the windows, plus the fences all round it. Almost as if someone wants to be totally enclosed & in the dark. It has recently had a wee trim, but still really bad.

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Posted: 13/07/2012 at 13:57

B squirrel CAN get into the 'cage'  but if you scare it enough it can also get out! Once it's too big......... At least if worst come to the worst I can remove the bottom half of the cage to release it...... dont fancy doing that though.

Oh & it's really steady rain now, J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 13:48

Can I amend that to steady RAIN! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 13:26

Wet again, but just steady drizzle really here in my bit of Manchester. Only about 14-15C out there.

First lot of raspberry jam cooling in its' jars. Wonderful smell in house. Next picking session planned for next Thursday, unless torrential rain! J.

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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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