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Posted: 17/07/2012 at 11:30

We're dry at the mo, but awoke to rain & have had showers on & off. Think will risk some washing out if only to save on the elec bill with all the tumbling later.

Tesco been- oops yoghurt forgotten by me, oh well will manage I suppose.

Am going to sow more chard & winter lettuce sometime soon. Then should have something, I hope. The chard usually lasts well into the winter months with the odd harvest of leaves being taken. Looks nice too.

3 pairs of wellies are ready for tomorrow. It'll be soooo crowded in the marquees & so hot that I'm not going to wear waterproof trousers as I can get hot enough very easily without added extras! OH is going to be so grumpy, it's his first time at the show & maybe he wont want to come again? Well that's what daughter said as she set off, in the rain, to meet up with a friend in town.

Off to refill the birdfeeder with chilli powder flavoured seed! The squirrel has obviously been sat inside the cage over the w/end eating it's way through the stuff. Need to get some steps out to un-fix the cage from its hanger- I wired it on to save it being nicked by a bigger squirrel! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 11:18

Ok was supposed to be dryer today for a wee while? So awoke to rain, then sun, then rain.... this gets boring. Hmm, shall I risk the washing or just tumble it? Not even thinking about the elec bill.....

Wellies at the ready for tomorrow. Have personally decided against waterproof trousers as you do get rather hot when wearing them, despite vents/breathable fabric, & since everyone will be inside the big marquees it'll be hot enough for me.

Zoomer- alpine strawberries are small & sweet, but yield not enough to provide a substantial meal. Mine rarely make it inside as I eat them whilst doing bits outside! J.

How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 17:04

I grow my 'best' dahlias in pots, after losing some in a 'normal' year, but even those are struggling this year with the slug/snail attack, despite copper rings around them.

Have pulled up the majority my 'bedding' ones- very inexpensive from Aldi- because they were just skeletons. I never planned to try & keep them over the winter, but it would have been nice to have had the choice.

Nematodes are on the list for next year. I've used them in the past with good results, but not cheap. J.

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Posted: 16/07/2012 at 16:06

Tough! Snails are for stamping on.

My list of 'wants', from Tatton, to fill the gaps is growing & growing. Now to ensure that OH doesnt notice......... J.

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Posted: 16/07/2012 at 15:58

Lottie I cant grow radishes either! Gave up trying here yrs ago & yet when little always grew them in my Nan's garden.......

Have had a good w/end staying at OH's little house & doing quite a bit of walking. We got soaked on saturday afternoon & so did my car seat as couldnt get inside quick enough! We had finished our walking as I was beginning to struggle. Still have discovered more walks to do around that spot- resevoirs.

Yesterday the sat nav had a 'wobbly' but we did manage to get to a NT moorland with a visitor centre & cafe, which we didnt use. Now know the way there & the parking & loads of walks to do- we only scratched the surface really. Sat on a rock in the sun by the side of a bubbling stream eating cold pakoras- Sat nights' take away left overs. My fittness level is slowly improving & today I trotted into the nearby town centre quite quickly- or was it the thought of a decent coffee?!

Just been out stamping on baby snails! J.

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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.

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Posted: 13/07/2012 at 13:48

Can I amend that to steady RAIN! J.

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