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Posted: 20/01/2013 at 10:45

Kate- you could always start off some sweetpeas? I leave until early Feb up here, but why not if you can look after them? Winter salads too?

Am about to re look at my bulb catalogue. The dahlia order next.... J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 10:39

Just above freezing first thing & still out there. Quite windy & lots of bird activity on feeders. Lots of cloud, a dull January day.

I did notice the first light around the curtains this morning is getting earlier.

Seed order done, next job sometime soon is to find the propagator which is is the shed! J.

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Posted: 20/01/2013 at 09:29

I'm up, but still to get into bathroom.

Daughter up & already working! She went out to feed the birds earlier & I'll do the afternoon top up.

Was only thinking that need to get into shed soon to find my propagator. I roughly know whereabouts it is, but reaching it.... In between various appointments/trips out etc will have to get shed sorted pretty soon. Shall try for sometime next week I think as energy levels will be improving again by then, I hope!

Have already a list in purse, along with gift voucher, for 'needs' so do need to check exactly what's in there before I go to GC.

Seed order done, only a couple of non T&M ones to get when next at Wilcos or GC. I did have to explain about which seeds were biennials & no point this time until we find out what is already in the garden of her house. Also she wanted some plants that I have so no problem there as can propagate/split etc for her. What I didnt say to her was already have an on-going list for her should she require things!

She knows she's got a sunny patio, so plans to do some big pots on that. She wasnt impressed when I was jubilantly exclaiming about having her current bedroom windowsill all for plants! Propagator goes on ours though as I set it on a timer to save on/off.

Have found Mum's applecake recipe- as usual she's totally vague about ingredients, she was just a natural baker & as for her pastry... That'll get done this afternoon. J.

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Posted: 19/01/2013 at 20:05

BTW we've already had one power cut this evening, & the lights keep flickering so will sign off now.

We had no central heating 'til '68. shiveringsmiley J.

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Posted: 19/01/2013 at 20:02

Right, whilst I still remember:

Becks- you still need baking powder coz the 'rise' in SR flour deteriorates the longer the bag has been open.

Geoff- I caught the '4 candles' too- much sniggering to daughter's annoyance.

OH just said that he didnt realise that the presenter was that old. I said but they're all dead. OH referring to Chris Packham.

I can remember walking on the tops of frozen hedges. Somewhere there's photos/slides of Dad, who was a shade off 6', standing in a path through a snow drift well above his head.

Anybody remember liberty bodices? 'B' fiddly rubber buttons. Can remember Mum getting me up the road, steep hill, in a blizzard one winter & was wearing one- no idea how I know that but I just do. I dont think 62/3, as was old enough by then to go to school on my own. Our school didnt close- typical- OH said his in Shropshire/Welsh border did for 2 weeks.

Right, enough rambling from me. Daughters' order for seeds need moderating. J.

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Posted: 19/01/2013 at 16:47

I'm going to do an applecake tomorrow as well Pam. My Mum's recipe & always is definitely flat, but then it uses plain fklour if my memory correct. Oven will be on for a veggie cottage pie, so makes sense to do cake as well which doubles as pud with custard/cream/icecream.

There you are Becks, nowt wrong with that sponge- you did use SR flour & baking powder didnt you?

Am about to get very cross with someone around here. I've been busy upstairs & ended up listening to the very good afternoon play on radio. Came down & said could I have tv on? Someone sprawled across sofa 'working'. She's just had a right go at me coz am on here & not watching the TV! Next thing she'll be asking about tea......fume, fume.... J.

Best time to prune a magnolia

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 16:33

Book says- unwanted branches can be cut off after flowering. So I'd leave it for now, as long as you can wait & enjoy the flowers first- assuming the frost doesnt get them first as sometimes happens.

But, magnolias dont take kindly to pruning & will rapidly regrow 'water shoots' from any cut ends. These tend to spoil the overall appearance of the tree. You will then need to keep 'on top' of these with further pruning & so on.....

May be worth considering felling it & replacing with a smaller one such as Stellata or something else. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 13:23

W.Manchester was below freezing, just, again this morning. No more snow overnight, but it keeps trying today. Not even reached 1C outside yet.The roads around had all been gritted, even the estate, so driving this morning fine.

Have fed the birds- lots around today. Loads of house & hedge sparrows earlier- great to see them again.

Now to get comfy with a seed catalogue, need to finalise my order. J.

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Posted: 19/01/2013 at 13:16

Afternoon all.

Wobbles just started so have finally sat down. Roads on estate clear!! Wow, so off to Sainsbury's we went. Daughter amazed at how quiet store was, hadnt believed me. No I dont shop all the time, honestly, but fresh fruit & veg  I get little & often so no waste!

Whoever ran out of washing powder, can send liquid ciberetically if any good? Aldi's best, excellent BTW as we do have soft water. They've however upped/changed the perfume in their 'plain' (!) softrinse, which I dilute by 50%, so am trying someone elses' which is supposed to be very suitable for sensitive skin- we shall see. J.

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Posted: 18/01/2013 at 20:17

Well daughter was offered pancakes for her pud, but she declined! Still suffering after nights.

We may/may not walk, me wearing snow grippers on boots, to shops. See how we feel. OH says not much snow over there, but I bet in the middle is murder- Peak District!

Have put our garden/food waste wheely bin out for tomorrows' collection. Cant see there being a problem. Always wonder how the wagon drivers cope with all the cars parked everywhere around here on a Saturday morning.

Dean- lots of hard work gone on around your place. Well done & the allotment too.

Off to watch TV now. Stay warm. J.

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