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Posted: 30/01/2013 at 14:47

WManchester- started out dry & brightish. Not cold either. 2 lots of washing went outside, but as the wind increased I did wonder if it'd stay on the line.

Suddenly a huge rainstorm with really strong winds. Greenhouse roof panels- ploycarbonate- flapping & now a couple have slipped down & luckily stuck! No plants inside this winter, but wish I'd tidied away the cleaned pots on the staging- job for this w/end I think.

Going black out there again now. J.

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Posted: 30/01/2013 at 13:36

Well it's just chucked it down & I debated leaving the washing out!!

The roof panels on that side are elderly, non horticultural, single thickness polycarbonate. We fitted them some yrs ago after on-going vandalism from the adjacent alleyway, which has ceased, thank goodness. Last incident was early 08 & a panel got pushed in by a thrown brick !! At least no smashed glass over everything.

Now the leylands I planted to the alleyway side, north luckily, are kept above the greenhouse height & there is a generation of kids that dont know it's there. The panels never fitted brilliantly & last yr daughter had the bright idea of using masking tape as well as the wire fittings, to secure the panels to the frame. So far so good. They can slip & sometimes flip out, but, whilst no plants in there, not a problem.

Typical sun now!!! J.

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Posted: 30/01/2013 at 13:07

Eek- the greenhouse roof panels are flipping like an envelope flap!! I just hope that the masking tape hold on!!! Why didnt I store all the pots away from the staging? Isnt safe to go into there at the mo, just will have to wait & see....... J.

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Posted: 30/01/2013 at 12:23

Gosh it's really blowing a hooley out there. Washing keeps needing rescue!

Spotted a 2cnd self seeded poppy! Hmm & I thought I'd taken off the seed head pronto, obviously not.......

Daughter still waiting on her potatoes & bags to be sent/arrive. Time enough for up here.

Parkers GC didnt have any dahlia tubers in the boxes when I popped in on way back from Monday's hospital visit. Noticed that Morrisons already had theirs but not much choice, so shall wait for Parkers. J.

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Posted: 30/01/2013 at 11:22

Back from compost bin & boy is that wind increasing now. Sun in/out but expext shall need to replace wormery cover again later.

Spotted a self sown, not in a decent spot, oriental poppy. Daughter can have, if she wants it. Parent only cost £1 so no grumbles there & it's a belter.

BTW have just realised that a yr ago this friday I started my chemo..... but only 3 more home drug sessions to go J.

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Posted: 30/01/2013 at 10:54

Back for a banana & fruit tea break.

Washing out, next load nearly done. Our bedding stripped/changed, plus the under sheets/under slips- they'll get washed as & when.

Put a pr of OH's trousers into charity pile, he'll never know, hasnt been that size for a while!  Several decent still, but am not happy wearing nowadays, t-shirts also in pile to go. Being ruthless.

Made mistake of looking up & seeing all the cobwebs. Not today, but they'll get done.

Down to compost bin with kitchen bucket now. J.

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Posted: 30/01/2013 at 07:40

Morning all.

Daughter already left for her exam. I slept well, for once & am going to do all sorts in house today- well that's the plan!

A post I know I did yesterday either never got posted by me, most likely, or disappeared into the ether.

Lottie I'll join the charabang trip too, if I may. J.

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Posted: 29/01/2013 at 19:39

Oh Dean, sad news. Agree he's had a good innings.

I'll have to miss the trip. Too many ongoing appointments at hospitals, courses to participate in & once committed ...... I'll hold the fort here!

Mega hooley outside. Something gone 'bang', possibly the cover off the wormery. As far as I can tell the greenhouse roof panels still all there.......

Ended up asleep on sofa earlier so meal was something simple. Shall cook properly tomorrow. Daughter will have done her exam, so she should feel better?? J.


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Posted: 29/01/2013 at 17:37

Dry & surprisingly mild as I walked down to the hospital this morning. Wind increasing & trying to rain as I walked back. Got to about13C today.

Chucking it down now & very windy. J.


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Posted: 28/01/2013 at 20:50

Geoff- sad sack? Who watched Raggy Dolls then?

Right Geoff- look away now-  OH going to phone up about the boiler!! It's almost as if it's the pipes on/in the one side wall that are vibrating. Not helped by daughter's bed being against that wall & her hearing being better than mine, but I can hear it too. Did it again earlier on......

Dean- boiler already in a cupboard. We have a back boiler still in situ, non functional now , that had given us brilliant service, despite neglect, for 20+yrs until late last autumn. That made an horrendous noise when the metal expanded/contracted, but we were used to that. I grew up with a back boiler too & there was one here when we moved in. To replace them nowadays is at least £1000 more than cost of the other sorts.

Whoever queried about car washing in the rain? When you're on a water meter it saves a whole bucket of water!

Have just watched A-Z of gardening, on i-player on daughter's pc. That, coupled with the arrival of another seed/plant catalogue earlier today, has had both daughter & me drooling....... I hope to get to visit her house & garden soon.

Right, another early start tomorrow. Was thinking of walking down to hospital, but not after the forecast. Night all, J.

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