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Posted: 23/12/2012 at 17:03

Windows done & yes they did need doing! I havent done these inside for months & whilst have some energy just got on with it.Have no intention of doing any more til spring maybe?

Dont be daft Geoff, OH clean.... Am too much of a control freak anyway. If he did do anything I would grumble & end up doing it myself. So yes own worst enemy.

We've just read the surveyor's report on house daughter buying. Cosidering house is 60+yrs old, all to be expected & actually a lot of it what daughter has budgeted for anyway. Heaven knows what a report on this 40+ old house would be..... Her solicitor needs to earn his fee doing some searches etc.

Am flopping, well sort of, now. Will make the soup soon, vegs all prepared. Then remaining present wrapping later. J.

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Posted: 23/12/2012 at 14:56

We've eaten too much, t'will be soup for tonight.....dishwasher on, listened to most of GQT.

Now to clean windows in here the sun having moved round. If you hear a crash tis me falling off stepladders.... J.

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Posted: 23/12/2012 at 11:44

Holly branch cut & trimmed- ouch! There are berries on the boring normal one, but have left those for the birds.

Geoff- fancy flying up here to hoover? & no your eyes did not deceive you.

Not sure the washing will stay on the line......very windy out there, not cold for December though.

Off to find the gold stems I use with some of the holly. Then need to start meal so that daughter actually eats properly before she goes off to do a long shift. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 10:51

Dry, sunny & windy out there today. I watched the outside temperatures rise last evening!

I just cant imagine how awful it must be for some folks. Take care everybody. J.

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Posted: 23/12/2012 at 10:48

Poor Dove, take care.

I need to go & cut a holly branch for the decorations- well dumped into a pot that daughter made at school. Noticed a branch was smothering the Mahonia beneath -so that's the one for the chop! Keep walking past a tatty clump of alchemilla too & that might just get attacked whilst am out there.

Just remembered where the rest of daughter's presents were. Knew hadnt got enough last night, but never thought to go looking. Needed a new emery board earlier & thought 'didnt I buy her some' ? Yep, & some other litle bits.

Oh & my jasmine has produced 1 solitary flower already! How did it do that? J.

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Posted: 23/12/2012 at 09:38

Choc of day- star.

Jean dont panic re the jasmine, mine doesnt flower until late jan/feb. OH bought my original for a valentines' card! Eventually i managed to kill it, after many yrs & lots of cuttings, so got replacement & that's fine so far she says, crossing fingers.....

I got to watch SCD after all!! I got the remote & insisted on watching the last hr, which even OH grudgingly admitted was better than what else was on. He owed me anyway as I wrapped all daughter's little bits.

Right, need to go get dressed, doing a Kit as I say, & hang out the washing to probably blow away & then redirect a card for down the road.

OH has already been spotting fingering through Christmas food mags for new recipes! This is when I tell him to go 'b' shopping for the ingredients himself!!

Be back later, enjoy the day if already celebrating. J.

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Posted: 22/12/2012 at 19:25

Drat! OH doesnt want to watch Strictly! I almost got away with it too......

Present wrapping now. J.

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Posted: 22/12/2012 at 16:44

That's nice Flo.

I've just realised that the card holders are still somewhere upstairs. Hmm, nearly all the available space has already been used up & now OH has handed me lots from his work.... Oh I know, get the steps & OH, or me probably, can put them on top of the pelmet. Ok they sometimes fall down, but so do the wall mounted holders, which saves the searching upstairs. J.

Broad beans and sweet peas

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 16:39

Broad beans are hardy, so if/when this rain stops, they can be planted out. BUT because they have been started off inside, they MUST be hardened off first- ie gradually used to being outside.Allow about a week or so & dont plant out if frosty.

If you've no coldframe or suchlike, then you could try putting their pots next to a sheltered house wall & possibly cover with a leaning piece of glass/polycarbonate to start with. That way they get used to colder temperatures, but will get more light which they will need.

Sweetpeas also will need hardening off,. but not planting out until spring. J.

Biten by unknown bugs

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 16:33

I use a roll on insect repellant sold by Boots. It works for me, as long as I remember to use the darn thing! Am allergic to lots of things in Avon products, usually the perfumes, so although their product does sound good, I wont be trying it.

Good old calamine lotion applied to the bite works better for me than any sting relief type of cream.

If possible, socks tucked into boots protects ankles, long sleeves, & no bare backs/midriffs also helps in my case. J.


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