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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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Posted: 22/12/2012 at 16:15

Yes those bags come out every Tatton show & Malvern too. One yr the car next to mine asked me not to leave before him! Seriously the looks you get from others, tough- at least it isnt a supermarket bag!

I know I have books for my pressies! Gardening of course, & have saved my birthday one too. Shame is I dont enjoy reading as much these days since my illness in 01. Almost feels like a type of dyslexia, so now much sympathy with that. I have read new fiction since, but not much. At least I can still re-read old favorites. The thought of sorting that lot out when we do get round to moving....... J.

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Posted: 22/12/2012 at 15:55


Well I thought we, OH & me, were watching the nigel slater prog about sweets from his (our) childhood, but snoring coming from OH....

I know, I'll go & get daughter's pressies to wrap. That'll wake him...... J.

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Posted: 22/12/2012 at 14:42

MInd you Flo you've still got a sunroof, which I do miss! The car that is.... oh heck, button it Jo.

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