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Posted: 23/01/2013 at 13:39

I've just seen the forecast- oh heck OH usually comes back on a friday. He's not going to be a happy bunny, since he didnt come back last w/end. Decisions to be made nearer the time I think. J.

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Posted: 23/01/2013 at 13:37

Oh the 'popman' for us was a couple of old spinster sisters, who sold Dandelion & Burdock from their farm door. 1p back on returned bottles. J.


Posted: 23/01/2013 at 13:34

If they didnt get enough water the previous early Autumn then they can be shy to flower. You can usually start to see the signs of new flower buds by about October IME.

They are in pots, so that will have been down to you despite all the rain last year. If that deck is in sun then they will have been dry at their roots & that wont have helped. They are basically woodland understorey plants, so actually prefer a part shade position.

I'd feed this spring, keep watered, with rainwater if your tap water is hard, & add some more ericaceous compost as a mulch to the pot. If necessary/possible move the pots out of sun into a cooler spot.

They may still not flower this yr, but next yr, if watered in autumn should do so. J.


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Posted: 23/01/2013 at 13:25

Gary yes I remember the visiting various vans in the village when was little. Also remember when Fine Fare came to local town. J.

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Posted: 23/01/2013 at 13:23

Lottie, yes a mid afternoon snack may well be on the cards. Slight problem, as will need to leave well before 3pm to avoid the school traffic locally & the on-going roadworks & schools near to hospital. Then will deliberately park in another depts' carpark, as always spaces- famous last words?- & have to walk the length of hospital to get to unit. Hmm, 2.30 departure I think. Daughter still to move her car & it's started to snow again.

Daughter is a walking disaster zone- almost, but not quite, coffee everywhere- & her house has pale carpets! Ours are old & coffee stains dont show. See dont clean carpets! J.

Guess the little tree

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 12:01

If it's got vicious thorns, then yes a Chaenomeles.

But it also looks like a Caenothus, but that would be downright miserable in overgrown shade. J.

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Posted: 23/01/2013 at 11:57

I've noticed recently that the slots arent filling up as quickly these days. I could have swopped todays' last night, but didnt want to. Yes the later times in evenings are cheaper, but the thought of sorting all that out then, nooo thank you.

Need to decide on lunch soon. With eating out tonight yay! it'll be a wee bit later than normal, so lunch should be delayed a bit, but somehow dont think so. J.

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Posted: 23/01/2013 at 11:31

Rotten news about the roof. Just hope we dont get any trouble with ours.

Have been nagging heating company! Told bloke who was supposed to phone back on Monday, & didnt, that we have answer phone & to leave a message if no reply. Gave him the dates would like, so over to him.  Got through initially to same lady who obviously was going to/gave him a rocket- you just knew that when I said he hadnt called back!

Tesco came in middle of slot time. Majority of stuff put away. I always have 'in bags' & a good job today as one bottle of cleaning stuff was just leaking from top a bit. If no bags, that would've been everywhere. One delivery in past a glass bottle of oil had broken & you can imagine the mess over my shopping & others too, by drivers comments. That time I got onto Tesco & got quite a refund/discount etc! They dont want to lose custom.

Bjay take care with that foot. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 11:20

WManchester- dull & dismal. Only just below freezing last night & only just above now.

Have to go out later, but roads are clear now. J.

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Posted: 23/01/2013 at 09:17

Morning those up/still around. Hope Glyn doesnt have an horrendous journey.

No snow, below freezing again & so far, an abscence of birds on feeders.

Gary- food shopping on line is very useful. I do a 'big' shop once amonth- call it my 'stock shop'. All the bulky, heavy stuff & a couple of days fresh vegs/dairy. I started it in early 08 as wasnt allowed to drive, so it was a lifesaver. Shopping with a fraught OH, in those days, not sensible. I use Tesco, coz that's where I used to do the shop anyway so was used to their products etc. The website has changed recently but I just get stuck in & 'favorites' useful.

I find just as likely to have stuff unavailable as going to a store. Make sure you specify if no substitutions wanted then no silly products. No petrol costs, no lugging a heavy trolley around, putting back out loading/unloading trolley & car. You get allocated a time slot which if it doesnt work they refund the cost! You can be doing other things, even outside & I just stick a note on the front door & have mobile with me. Often regular drivers, which when I was ill were very good at bringing things into the house for me. Less likely to overspend too.

I think Becks uses Asda quite regularly. I now go to a nearby S'bury for our w/end shop as bliss- quiet, well stocked, & better quality vegs etc. than our local supermarket. We dont have a decent normal market here, but I do prefer that for fruit & veg over s/mkts & use one whenever I can- usually when staying over with OH.

Ok sermon/advertising session over. Need to get dressed before Mr Tesco comes! J.

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