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Posted: 08/02/2013 at 16:39

Glad you're back Figrat. We're all plodding on around here, in my case, cant 'speak' for 'tothers.

OH back, bearing cake & very nice it is too.

He's now snoring in his chair, as usual. BUT he's just phoned boiler manufacturer re 'the problem' & they know what's what- yay! Now to get chief engineer to get them, manufacturers, out to replace wot's sticking inside said boiler..... which has just started again!! Stomps off to turn on tap......right that's sorted.

I didnt go out to garden but have sorted out all 6 drawers of the bureau instead. More junk & memeories, but am glad it's done. I do ache now, thanks drug, but know that'll settle in a couple of days or so.

Now to confuse everybody by doing cauli mac cheese tonight. Yes I know it's not Monday but that's what we're having. Shall do a raspberry jam sponge pudding too for the others.

No sign of the Goldfinches returning to the niger feeder, nor the bullfinches, good. Lots of activity around all the feeders though. Right, need to get the washing back in & make a start on meal. J.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 12:27

Started off dull, but quite a bit brighter now with some breeze. So have put some washing out to flap a bit.

About 6+C out there today. Heating turned down very low so house stays comfortable. J.

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Posted: 08/02/2013 at 12:17

'Ooh er' Bunny!

Nurse gone. Been stabbed.   Am eating my snack lunch. Have put some washing out to dry. Checked on rat bait- still untouched.

Keep looking at the Epimedium that could do with its' annual cut back. Every yr I decapitate the snowdrops beneath, but have decided that waiting another week will be more sensible. Bit daft going out today when have had a higher drug dose & could suddenly be wobbly. Paperwork & e-mails await when I get my act together.

I never spot trolls either. J.

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Posted: 08/02/2013 at 09:24

Morning all. Quick nip in whilst it's blissfully quiet around here.

Nurse due anytime now- byee.J.

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Posted: 07/02/2013 at 19:11

Becks, they look fine. I had a similar one for several yrs from Asda. Cost very little &, if bent double, I'm also 5' 2'', I could get inside it. Snag- no replacement covers available- but it certainly did 3-4yrs until the plastic 'perished' etc.

Have found in the shed a 3 or 4 tier one, plus spare cover, that daughter can have for her patio until she gets a proper one. There's also an un-assembled wooden Aldi coldframe that I'd completely forgotten I had so she's set up for this yr at least.

At the mo, she's dead chuffed that M&S haver sent her extra point vouchers if you buy 'home'. Since she's planning to get a bed from them, plus bedside table, that's loads of points. If they also have a 20% day too.... Having found a much cheaper sofa & 'big' chair at Ikea, she's going to get the bed she really wants rather than a less expensive one.

Signing off now. Need to 'flop' as no doubt an early wake-up from the boiler tomorrow & the nurse arrives first thing too. J.

planting a raised flower bed

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 17:26

Vinca minor shouldnt be too difficult to keep under control. Ditto Lamiums, both will like the shade/part shade. Easy to pull out if they spread too far.

Heucheras, tiarellas- which like woodland conditions, both will cope with part shade.

Agree about cyclamens, they should spread.

How about a scrambling Clematis Alpina for the back shade bit? Not the largest flowers, nor too big a plant. They naturally grow in the woodlands in Austria etc, where as the canopy increases it can get pretty shadey. They arent the tidiest, but can drip with flowers- usually blue- in the early spring. Dont need an annual prune either, which if it's allowed to scramble around taller plants/shrubs/ the fence- may need some initial tying up- but can be left to do it's own thing from yr to yr.

If however you like tidy/well pruned gardens it wont be for you. J.

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Posted: 07/02/2013 at 15:28

The one time I didnt watch it Geoff.

The birds are now happily using the previously ignored seed feeder. They will scatter some for the ground feeders & i'll sort out any germination beneath as & when- only a very small bed there. The fat pellet feeder now on fence hook & now it's being ignored. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 15:24

Dull, barely no wind. Coldish, not as bad as yesterday, about 4C. Just below freezing at first light.

Local news at lunchtime showed a report from outside the local hospital, which is about 11/2 miles down the road, where you could see rain & brollies. Here, no rain! J.

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Posted: 07/02/2013 at 14:16

Oh I liked that. You just dont think people get old do you? Well I dont. 

The weight issue is comfort eating coz it's cold! That's my excuse & am sticking to it. She says having just had jam butties. Once finished this course of treatment hope to get moving again, thus fitter & lose some of the excess. Slowly will do it, but shall get there.

Boiler man coming on Monday. OH can sort for once. Somebody trying to tell me that the radiators should all be full on. Come on, what's the point of thermostasic valves then? I told him that! I think he got the message.

Darent tally up my gardening spends.... 6 dahlias at £1.50 each. relatively small tubers, but all firm. The collection of Bishops. Daughter can then have a couple if she wants. If not shall need a couple of new- oops- glazed pots.

Also got the hooped plant supports I wanted, cheaper than catalogue, the small cell trays, vermiculite & the niger seed. Thank goodness for a gift voucher so the extra not too expensive.

Now to move the birdfeeders around & then start the cleaning that I must do. Byee for now J.

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Posted: 07/02/2013 at 07:36

Night Inka.

You lot ?!?!?!?!

My original Monopoly set from 40/50s I think.

Bit nippy out there at the mo, need to order things now, then get going as Mrs Mop, then nip to GC & grab a coffee along with the dahlias. Oh & phone heating/plumbing company & get another visit organised. J.

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