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Posted: 24/06/2012 at 12:31

Yes snails can absail around here!

Already done a 'dance' this morning! We now have 3 little piles of crumbled crust in various places. Kate- no worries about vermin, what the slugs dont get the squirrels & pigeons finish off!

The washing was out, now back in as it did start to rain again & now the sun is trying....

OH has raided the fridge for all sorts of leftovers & some version of spanish omlette will be arriving shortly. J.

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Posted: 24/06/2012 at 12:25

Having just put out the washing the black clouds arrived in Manchester so washing now back inside. Now the sun is trying again!

Have put down more bits of bread for the slug bait- it really does work! No snails though. J.

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Posted: 23/06/2012 at 20:00

Am cream crackered! Havent actually done that much today, so expect it's yesterday's drug kicking in- joy!

Have sown more beans & courgettes, to replace the 2 that were composted earlier- sob! The other 2 already have small courgettes on them! Both now have copper strip around them, as have the dahlias in the new bed. Havent put any around the front, also being chewed, dahlias as felt that the copper would 'walk' with the price of scrap these days. Sympathies KG, I know how you feel.

Then I cleaned all the dirty pots! Have put the majority away in the large boxes I use, but somehow have more pots than room. I even threw out several damaged & unwanted ones. The wind was wild, so actually being in the greenhouse was quite scarey with the top panels flexing - they're only single polycarbonate sheets.

We've put down soya bread crusts for the slugs & the latest tally is about 20. Lots of stamping on the majority & I disposed of 2 or 3 very large ones.

OH made foccatia again- what diet?! Then daughter walked in with 'pudding'- a beetroot cake! I give up! J.


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Posted: 23/06/2012 at 19:44

Actually been dry all day here in Manchester, but a very strong wind. Why didnt I do any washing?

We've put down soya bread crusts to act as slug bait- tally 20+ so far! All either stamped on or dealt with. Saves me having to go out at night with a torch. J.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 19:36

Have told family need to start eating out of freezer- otherwise it'll never get defrosted at this rate. Have a Herman chocolate cake in there & several boxes of Herman mixture, but OH pulled a face & said not bothered with the mixtures- may just keep 1, just in case...... dont know whether to swear or cheer!

My Kenwood Chefette was my 21st birthday present from my parents. It has had a new motor, but that was at least 20yrs ago. I still use it for hand mixing some cakes & doing batter for pancakes. Every year I take a deep breath when doing the Christmas cake, but so far so good. keep meaning to get another hand mixer, but still havent as would feel guilty! I suppose if it 'died' during the big cake mixing I could always transfer the mixture into magi...

Ooh, garden wheely bin needs to go out & neighbours'. Off to find waterproofs etc- J.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 19:01

Rain hasnt stopped all day here in Manchester.

Just watching the Olympic flame being lit inside at Blackpool- everything had to be moved to inside.

Not holding my breath for any dry days in the near future to get things done outside, Oh well just hope my visiting hedgehog is hungry/has a family, otherwise more things will get eaten! J.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 16:59

Hmm, if they have to dig up my garden....... I have yet to find ANY workmen that in doing one job dont create another for somebody else in the process!!

Spare, new Magimix bowl for our aged machine now being ordered- whoopee, spares still available. We think daughter was small, ie 20+yrs ago when we got it. OH remembers lifting her up to press the button. No grumbles there then, oldie but goodie. (Quite glad really as new machine bigger, so would be less room on worktop, plus all those attachments probably wont fit the new ones- that's good company still going)

Off to sort for meal now- such excitement. J.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 16:17

OMG now OH doing something with internet provider........something about 'not costing us any more' oh yes, heard that one before........ J.


Posted: 22/06/2012 at 16:14

Seeing them growing 'wild' in Austria in the past, yes sun & moisture is what they seem to thrive on. J.


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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 16:11

I was wondering re the hardening off too. Never had to re sow stuff before- well not this late in yr/season. That's why decided using my version of 'half cover' which is a single pane of glass, in a frame, leaning against the greenhouse on the sunny side. It used to be a double glazed unit, but the seal went & threw the other piece away last tip trip. Also should save cluttering up the greenhouse staging any more- oops really should store those cleaned pots sometime!- & will be easier to look out for germination & slug attack!

Am recovering from a shock- OH has announced that he wishes to come to Tatton show with daughter & me this year! Yikes! Daughter will not be impressed, but t'will be another pair of carrying hands...... Trouble is my spending will be curtailed.........or not!

Will be good & not have any sponge pud- just lick the serving spoon. J.

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