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Posted: 18/03/2013 at 18:01

A sharp frost with sun first thing today.

It's clouded over, stayed cold & breezy so at least the washing dried pretty well. Have been busy indoors today, although did swop some houseplants around- a sort of gardening task. J.

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Posted: 17/03/2013 at 18:47

Am about to start some ironing, joy.....

OH now wondering if needs to go back over to work via the M/ways instead of A roads. The net forecast totally confusing, re extent of snow, so Countryfile now on & hope that sheds some light on the confusion. He's muttering about could have gone back earlier if hadnt been up at daughter's.

I need to get an idea too about mid-week forecast, as was intending to go see a friend, but snow could easily put me off that drive.

Signing off now. Byee all, J.

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Posted: 17/03/2013 at 16:49

Skirt? What's that?

Daughter's cast off 'designer' jogging pants from when every item of clothing had to have a label! Thank Goodness she outgrew that one pretty quick!! I refused to pay!!


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 16:44

WManchester- dry & dull all day, washing outside though. Have been sowing seeds for propagator inside house using greenhouse staging as a bench.

I spent a lot of time yesterday, in rain & sun (!) up at daughter's. She now has a pond & 2 side streams, not deliberate, in her back garden after the recent rain. Ok now I have to learn how to cope with a sunny, soggy, clay soil site. Not easy when have a dry, part-shade one here!

This morning there was snow on the cars up there! Only 12miles away, but nearer the Pennines. J.

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Posted: 17/03/2013 at 16:35

BTW I wont be wearing beige when I get to over 60!! Purple- yes J.

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Posted: 17/03/2013 at 16:31

No idea what you're on about Bunny, but no surprise there with me!

Some seeds now in propagator, others, very hardy sorts, on greenhouse staging. Lots of small spider plantlets potted up & 1 orchid redone.

OH back. Sorted out at daughter's & now planniong to mend our letterbox- yikes. Apparently daughter will be able to use rotary dryer after all- she can get a metal spike, correct size required, for the 'hole' in patio. Let's hope so.

Oh had to replace the rat bait again- after nearly 3 weeks, so that's another one!

Goldfinches back on feeder.

Off to get changed out of gardening togs & make a start on meal. Just had a cuppa & jam buttie. J.

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Posted: 17/03/2013 at 12:45

Getting vertical blinds in this back room was a sensible idea. It stops it being almost too unbearable at certain times of yr, when we get some sun. Privacy too. Have venetians at the front & none in bedrooms. Previous house had separate linings for curtains, but just didnt think about it properly when got the ones made for here. Well was pregnant at the time. So over the yrs the sun has rotted the cotton linings & no, they dont mend very well. So a complete new set will be needed &, after daughter's experience, I think after all will get new rails done too. Hmm, when to get OH in a good mood to tell him.

Snag with verticals is no room for plants on sills!! Venetians, yes, when nice fitter sets them at the front edge of sill!

Def off to do some seeds now! J.

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Posted: 17/03/2013 at 12:33
Bev Pounsett-Krynauw wrote (see)

Some Hellebore I ordered arrived. Not sure if I should risk planting them outside. Think I may pot up and keep inside for a few weeks. My son complains that there is no room in the kitchen to cook as the plants are taking over!!

Bev, they are very hardy, but coz they've been in-transit, I'd tuck the pot next to a wall outside for a while. No need to use more indoor space.

Bunny yes the curtains.... I need to get our elderly velvet (!) ones down, cut out all the rotted linings- next time Jo get blinds for such sunny aspect windows & not integral linings. Then need to rehang with new thermal linings, which need to buy. I know that our rails not brill in this lounge, but do have plenty of suitable hooks just in case. Daughter has said she'll help when the time comes. Since I did intend to do this a couple of yrs ago, somehow it wont be soon. I do need to do something before next winter though.

Right, I think some seeds may get sown after all. Byee, J.

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Posted: 17/03/2013 at 12:19

Bunny I used to like Miranda, but somehow just couldnt get on with latest show. Mrs B, have tried, but not really 'me' so now dont bother.

Daughter just phoned to say she's feeding OH, so that paperwork unlikely to get done again..... The curtain rail in her bedroom dislikes the weight of new curtains & has come away from wall. Sounds as if they are going to Dunelm or B&Q (both near to one another)after all. IMO the rails she inherited werent fit for purpose, so gradually replacing them makes sense. Especially since she now has heavier curtains up all round. Oh the joys of home ownership! J.


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Posted: 17/03/2013 at 12:03

Morning all.

I can just about walk & bend after a session yesterday in daughter's garden, even when it rained! Her wheely bin is full again! The back garden really is a soggy/wet situation. She has a new pond & a stream on 2 sides now. No not dug by me, just what happens when it rains .The clay soil is really clay & here was me hoping it was just the subsoil- no such luck. Oh well, a lot of growing in patio pots this yr I think, whilst we continue to access the state of things. At least 1 of her bird boxes appears to be occupied now.

OH is in the doghouse- but I dont think he knows it yet. Somehow the hole for a rotary washing line ended up blocked with whatever you have to put down it to secure the support in place. Now that blockage removed, but hole now too wide, no 'tube' to hold support, as in pieces, & dryer obviously not being held securely in place..... Daughter muttering about 'wouldnt have bothered buying one if I'd known he was going to make a such a * up!!'

I then had to teach her about curtain hanging. Oh no, Mum's way wasnt what it said on packet. So she tried 'the correct way' & ended up doing it my way after all. Couldnt bend properly to put the hooks in place when curtains spread out on bed, so that led to a row! Apparently they are now all up & I have a video somehwere on line to see the end result.

I shall abandon plans for my seed sowing today as OH & me need to do some joint paperwork which is long overdue. Tomorrow is another day. J.

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