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Posted: 22/01/2013 at 08:12

Morning all.

Was awake when Gary posted, but only because of the boiler!

All the mending done. No Geoff, even I'd chuck those. Daughter decided to start her room sort out, before & after Lewis. I can now safely walk up to her bed to deliver a cuppa!

A few chores planned for today, then will clear the snow at the front a bit more. Am careful though, as slabs beneath the snow can be slippy- due their power wash soon- so often worse than lying snow. I need to go into M/C by bus on thursday & pavements look lethal so snow grippers over boots until I get to bustop I think.

Back later, J.


Posted: 22/01/2013 at 08:01

Brown leaf tips often indicates lack of humidity, plus possibly of water. It does depend on whereabouts you have it though, as too much water wont help especially cold water straight from the tap at this time of the yr.

Is it too close to a radiator/heat source/sunny sill? I try to group plants together to create a mini humid area for them. If that isnt possible, & you suspect it needs more humidity, then misting &/or standing the pot on pebbles/gravel should help. J.

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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 20:02


OH driving back Friday when more snow forecast- hasnt got half of that here let alone there!

BTW am a Brummie!  Yea ok now been in Manchester longer, but still dont always 'get it' up here.

Have found my darning wool. OH's jumper. Daughter says why bother? Honestly, nothing else wrong with it. He wont mind. I cant find the matching socks though to some I've had in the mending bag for yonks. Bet I've binned them.

Off now to watch TV & continue with the mending. I will clear out the spare room, I will clear out the spare room..... Night all. J.

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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 19:21

Oh yes rest of question as OH already taking a day off, are you with me Geoff, adding another day off if nec for engineers is a possibility.

Ooh, Dudley Zoo on Tv..... know it well. J.

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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 19:20

Ken Dodd you twit. You know his shows are notorious for over running, by hrs in some cases. So since show on a Sunday night, OH has booked the Monday off. Comprende?

Anyway, would you be stupid enough to state to tv reporter that you'd phoned in work to scive the day off? Doh, or what? J.

Composting and wormery

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 18:36

All our shredded paper, whatever sort, goes into my compost bins/wormery, but whole magazines etc go into the paper waste wheely bin.

My worm liquid I dilute about 1:10 worm juice :water. Brilliant liquid feed. Any extra, which there always is, I store in ex plastic milk bottles under the wormery. It does freeze at this time of year, but is fine as long as bottle not too full in first place. Once the summer arrives I do end up with more liquid than I need, so add it to one of my slower compost bins as an accelerator. J.

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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 18:27

Both pairs of jeans now shortened, awaiting ironing. They both still fit!!

Watched an episode of Last Tango in Halifax, several more to go. Really enjoyed episode 2 which was the first one I caught, so 'taped' the rest. Even daughter was sniggering, which she wasnt expecting.

When I shut the curtains the sky looked decidedly iffy- loaded with snow-type. It's sort of snowed on/of all day, but the birds enjoying all their extra rations.

No call back from heating company, Will try again tomorrow. Need to check with OH about dates. He's taking the day off after Doddy, so then made sense to me.

Right, more sewing I think. J.


Posted: 21/01/2013 at 18:14

I'd tend to mix the MP with a JIno3 type- John Innes. The latter is more suitable for permanent planting, but by mixing it with some MP say 50/50 it'll be a 'lighter' mix.

Alpine strawberries cope with quite poor soils IME, but anything grown in a container relies on us to feed it as & when.

Agree with Geoff, they will need feeding. Initially I'd add some slow release food pellets at the time of planting up the container. Those dont last for ever & a high potash feed, as for tomatos, will help promote & keep them fruiting.

Annually I'd feed the container in Spring & either add to, or replace the top few cms of compost to give the plants a boost. J.

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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 14:56

Have watered all the house plants, emptied the tumbler, fed the birds again- big thrush around today. Not sure if song or Mistle.

Now to do those jeans! Then finally I can put ironing board away after ironing the newly done hems. Well that's the plan.

Watching Time Team. J.

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Posted: 21/01/2013 at 14:10

I'll do my 'quick' clean tomorrow now not going out. It's snowing steadily here again, not particularly heavy though..... Road looks clear. Daughter says was bad when she went up to postbox this morning, but gritter mustve been down as I can see clear tarmac.

Previous house end of cul-de-sac, but next door but 1 worked for council, ok refuge dept., but we always got gritted.

The amaryllis is well out. Stunning colour, sort of peachy. 3 flower spikes. Daughter did find a possible name for variety- I wouldnt have a clue where to start looking. We just bought the biggest,fattest bulb that Parkers had. There was a picture above the box but I cant remember it. No surprise there then. Kate's suggestion of keeping a pictorial note good idea, must try sometime. J.

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