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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 20:00

That's good news about your OH Dean.

Whoever asked about daughter & house- she wants/needs to decorate a bit first before the first lot of furniture arrives- some of Dad's from storage in a couple of weeks.

It'll be a 2 car job Saturday, so that I can escape if nec! I'm not getting involved with the painting etc.....she says. Must sort out painting clothes for OH to use- he can leave them up there till it's done. 1st job, change locks, & then need to suss out alarm!

It's our- daughter's idea- first yr of trying potatoes in bags. Daughter has a sunny patio & an outside tap- her responsibility! Of course I dumped an empty egg box in my compost bin earlier today- oops. I'll sort her out some of my compost to use- may even seive it for her- oh hang on she says there's a compost bin already there. Shall investigate it, check no signs of past/present rat activity. If all ok we can use that instead of me having to lug mine up there.

Need to talk to OH now. J.

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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 16:46

Gosh Pam, no wonder your garden looks so wonderful.

Just watching the Antiques road trip from my old part of the country- Avoncroft buildings museum. Many a happy visit there over the yrs watching it evolve. Ooh, now where OH & me went to school.....

Have managed to do what I set out to finish around here. I intend to have a garden day, well part of, tomorrow, even if OH comes back first thing. W/end could be rather busy e/w I think- daughter should be collecting keys to her house tomorrow.

Sweet potato type of stew/curry for tonights' meal.J.

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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 14:50

Yes they cope well with quite hard pruning.

I do a large overhanging privet tree pretty hard every other March & it comes back fine.

They are used as hedging along a busy dual carriageway near here. They have been cut back quite severely in the past & it still looks good.

If you're bothered & want to maintain some privacy in the meantime, say do it by a third each time over a couple of yrs. But I'd be inclined to do it all this March & accept that for a while your privacy will have gone, but the resulting thicker, denser hedge will be better for it. J.

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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 14:43

I also think of that geranium as Clarice too Bunny. Dont find it too thugish around here, famous last words??, but it is in a NWest facing bed, totally compacted soil, surrounded by other thugs & overhung by big shrubs, mine & trees from t'other side. So it's got a fight on it's hands.

Never knew that Penstemons could layer themselves. Had a good look at the as yet un-cut-back one & realised that it's actually 2-3!! Donations for daughter maybe?

Not a single seed sown yet- next week I expect. Tomorrow shall cut back all 3 large Epimediums. I only do the 2 really evergreen ones every 2cnd/3rd yr. They arent supposed to need the cut back, but they've got so big that they're swamping an Ashwood's Hellebore which is just in flower, so I want to be able to see that. It wouldnt take kindly to moving, so Epimedium will be attacked instead.

Am sure I could do lots more out there, but if am sensible- moi?- & pace myself it'll be better, if frustrating.

Right, must plod on. Things getting done, slowly, but the wind is flapping the washing, the sun keeps trying to come out & the Goldfinches have returned- along with the 'b' bullfinches- so not too bad a day really. J.

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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 11:35

Me, panic? Nooo, just a real pessimist. Anyway weren't you hoping your flat roof leak/repair wasnt obvious?

Am having a quick lunch before I go & do something, not sure what, but loads of things await that have been put off & put off until I really must. J.

Are Morrisons bulbs any good ??

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 11:21

They also have little pots of Tete a Tete daffs for 50p at the mo. 3-4 bulbs in each. Those were my Valentines' card from OH. J.

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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 11:19

No havent googled re boiler, think that was the first thing OH did when problem occurred. We shall see, she says. Have pointed out to head engineer that hadnt fully settled the bill either.......

No plaster down in garage from flat roof, phew. There's a large crack across the plaster board from when the window men were replacing the windows above some yrs ago. IF/when, probably, it 'goes' it will be expensive. Do know which builder/roofer shall use though. He did next doors about 3yrs back & changed it into an apex tiled roof. Since those neighbours borrowed the plans for our flatroof/extension to have theirs built, we know that it can be done. Several previous roofers saying it couldnt etc & Steve proved them wrong. Looks good too.

Lottie, hope you survive your sons' driving. Just clamp your feet together, mouth fixed in a grin & look out of the side window! That was me being driven down to the cancer hospital every 3 weeks last yr by OH!

Wind got up a bit, so next wash load ready now to go & flap. J.

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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 10:34

OH sent txt this am, but has he found his card that I sneaked into his rucsac before he returned to little house?

Workmen gone, now I'm more confused than ever. Have agreed to 'play' with radiator valve settings to see if 'kettling' stopped/re-occurs, but surely having thermostatically controlled radiator valves mean that each room is set as you want it, not blasting out full heat in an un-used room!!

Am going into garage to see if any plaster fallen onto my car from when man walked across that roof......J.

Are Morrisons bulbs any good ??

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 09:57

The plants/bulbs in morrisons are less expensive IME.

Nothing wrong with them, just usually smaller bulbs cf than from other suppliers so they will flower ok, but may not have as many flower spikes as  the larger, more expensive bulbs.

BTW dont forget to ask in the flower section for their flower buckets- they sell packs of them for 99p. Very useful for all sorts. J.

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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 09:46

Morning all.

Glad OH being looked after Dean. Shall avoid Haslingden today then, know it well!

Man been on our 'no-go' large flat roof at the front -eek- to swop one of our main roof tiles for a venting one (?) for the bathroom extractor fan. Man not the smallest/thinest I've seen, pleeeeze let the roof cope.

More rat bait been put down, & the empty birdfeeder removed into the greenhouse so I can wash it out sometime.J.


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