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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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Posted: 06/02/2013 at 20:24

Ugh, muscle bound men, totally agree Lizzie.

Chris- daughter spent 4 weeks working part-time for her elective in St. Lucia a few January's back. 'luckysodsmiley'

The Goldfinches have found the feeder,  after nearly all the niger seeds been snaffled by the squirrels. Think I'll nip to GC tmrw for a look-see at Dahlias to replace some of my losses & buy some more seed. Dozy so n so today when I phoned to enquire if the previously empty boxes now had the tubers in situ- OMG hopeless, but they have some apparently. Not too fussed.

Start them off in any old MP compost in 3litre pots end of Feb on a sunny sill in house.

Want a new Bishop, or 2, as replacements of past losses & any others that I fancy. All mine have to go in pots because of the slug/snail attack around here. Still dont know the variety of the 2 unlabelled ones ones that are still looking fine in the big coldframe. Daughter's posh one, a wonderful dble lemon yellow with a long German sounding name which escapes me, is tucked up under the plant table in our porch, along with the Chocolate cosmos.

Daughter bored, asked what she could do, but has disappeared as soon as I carried in a basket of ironing etc.. typical.

Right, off now, as after a day being out all morning & spending most of afternoon on phone to various people, I do need to do something around here. Otherwise tomorrow I will be mad busy & in a temper!

BTW well done Becks. Now secure them well- nag, nag! J.

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Posted: 06/02/2013 at 16:53

OMG, what a sight to come home too!

Busy day, shops, bank, phonecalls, still to sort out washing/airing. Daughter will be home sometime soon. Ah, like now....

Boiler started again just now, whilst on the phone, & because I ignored it, it shut up- I wish it were that simple.

OH should be around next Monday so shall suggest that he organises the engineer visit etc for then!

Right off to get washing in & think of something inspirirng for meal..... back later I expect. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 16:44

Total surprise this morning, no snow nor ice! The only bits of snow left were the odd bit under a hedge.

Lovely sunshine the majority of the day, but a very cold wind. I walked up to the local shops/bank & as long as you kept moving no problem with keeping warm.

Washing has been out, kitchen waste added to compost bin & the birds fed. Oh & yet again the greenhouse roof panel has slipped a bit. Hmm, time to replace with better fittings I think. Job for OH at w/end. J.

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