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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 12:02

Lunchtime in Manchester is sunny with lots of fluffy clouds around. Washing out, another lot on the go & am stuck inside waiting on a large parcel delivery! Hmm, note on door perhaps? J.

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Posted: 17/06/2012 at 16:48

Picnic trip was abandoned. Daughter pointed out that to sit on soggy picnic tables wouldnt be much fun so would need to be in the car! OH didnt fancy that, so we had the picnic, plus wine (!), inside at lunchtime.

I now have more security on this pc- whoopee.

Neighbour was found cleaning our wheely bin! When asked why? she replied that the workmen had said I'd moaned about the state of it!! I soon corrected her about  that & what had really gone on. I've managed to do some cleaning of our garage door, using a wooden nail stick. Ironically neighbours', despite its' protection, is also a mess & her side gate is damaged! She is not a happy  bunny.

Have been out & restaked the poor plants that had flopped despite the supports.

Best of all, I saw our hog this morning! My shriek of excitement meant it scuttled away-oops- but pleeze hog keep eating the slugs as now no sunflowers, 2 chewed courgettes & no seedlings left in trays! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 16:36

We've had our picnic- inside! Daughter & me persuaded OH that just soooo wet yesterday we'd end up eating sat in the car, so he relented on having a trip out.

Spent some time this morning re-staking the poor flopped plants with all that rain & wind yesterday & managing to empty the 'saucers' beneath the rather big patio pots- just tilted the pots over to drain away the excess- no chance of lifting them off the saucers.

It's a bright & breezy day out there, washing flapping well. More of this please! J.

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Posted: 16/06/2012 at 20:26

Yes I know Manchester should be dryer- honestly couldnt be any wetter than today!- but we want to go into Wales to a NT property which we've not been to for years. Daughter cant remember it at all, but she has been there.

We shall see. Cost of eating in a NT restaurant usually a bit pricey, but why not? is my way of looking at it. OH, no, considers it daft. Got goodies to take & easy to make butties & a flask etc. Suspect decision will get made tomorrow, but will suggest thaty we do actually watch a weather forecast sometime this evening.

BTW have taped Primeval. Can scare myself one day next week! J.


What do I do with Rhodendriums

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 19:44

First of all, check the eventual size of plant & allow enough room for it. Moving any established shrub later on is a pain, literally in the back/neck!

Seriously, plant it at same depth as it is in the container. If the soil of the hole is dry, then yes water the hole well beforehand & also well water the plant in once planted. I personally also would put some bonemeal into the planting hole beneath the plant.

I'd also mulch it afterwards- compost, bark chips etc. As with any new planting dont let it dry out during its' first year & with rhodos especially when you see the first signs of new buds forming, usually about early autumn onwards. J.


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Posted: 16/06/2012 at 19:32

Neighbour going on holiday I think, so by the time she's back I'll probably have done it myself. Ok not house proud, but there was nothing wrong with it before yesterday! It's a real pain with workmen, which is why I only reluctantly get any in! Mind you I have a couple of heavy duty buckets that got left one time on my property- excellent for storing garden canes & such like in the shed!

The rain has been really heavy again & my glorious poppy has been flattened, despite being staked! It's got 3 huge blooms out & another 5 to go! Not bad for £1! Oh well shall try & sort tomorrow, if I get a chance, otherwise it'll be monday. Oh blast, just remembered expecting parcel delivery on monday- think note on door may be in order. At least with Tesco you know approx when will arrive.

Eek, the rain is torrential now!

Wonder if I can get a look at the forecast for tomorrow before get all prepared for this picnic? J.

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Posted: 16/06/2012 at 17:45

Kate- I'd also suggest that your OH talks to them, but point out, nicely of course, the overhanging plants etc. He might be quite pleased for someone else to take care of it?

Hallumi & veg bake tonight- yippee, have missed this one.

Am bit cross with our now dirty UPVC garage door, courtesy of next doors' workmen using some pressure washer type thingy on her concrete patterned drive. Do I ask her to clean it? Why should I? Was fine before.

Managed to get our wheely bin back- cheeky so 'n sos had got it down off our side to prop up a large plastic sheet across her door! Pointed out to the workmen that wasnt hers' nor had they asked permission to 1. come onto our property & 2. use it!! Think he got the message from the mad woman next door!! (me) Bin was returned pronto. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 17:33

Noooo, the rain has REALLY returned!

OH wants a picnic tomorrow.....!! J.

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Posted: 16/06/2012 at 15:51

Complete mystery to me.

Rain again here. Thought it'd stopped/passed over earlier. OH wants to have a picnic tomorrow, daughter panicking about a work deadline so grumbled about picnic idea. OH pointed out t'was Father's Day & he wanted to go out!!

Tennis still on- I no longer have remote, so quite surprised about that!

Did a whole load of sorting out yesterday- carriert bags of 'stuff' that we'd got from when cleared Dad's house last year. Lots of laughter & tears but discovered various original birth/death certificates that will be useful should daughter continue with the family tree sometime. Also now know where my grandparents are buried- just assumed somewhere else, so that's good.

Tonights' meal to start sometime soon. We also had cheese & tomato toasted sandwiches for lunch. J.

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Posted: 16/06/2012 at 15:12

Hi, just had some sort of computer crisis? It suddenly lost the net, daughter still got & all lights on rooter still on, then said 'windows doing a repair'!! Ended up saying couldnt do anything, blah, blah. So unplugged it all, replugged, rebooted & hey presto all ok.....was even still logged in on here. Weird.

No hadnt had anything extra attached to it- dont do that, come on am pc thick after all. So no idea.....

Need to get OH to sort out my security though- he promised & he's trying to look interested in the tennis- I have the remote!

Raining again & the wind still strong. Well at least the pc hiccup meant that I did some mending whilst waiting on 'a repair'.......J.

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