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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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Posted: 22/12/2012 at 14:40

Like that Flo. Always tie a combination of 2 carrier bags- 1 yellow, 1 purple to my car ariel when at shows. Does lower the tone when RHS members day! Too many small silver cars around otherwise.

We're doing the giant general knowledge cross word in the paper at the mo, much muttering about spellings, answers etc. No alcohol has yet been consumed, but it might make it easier. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 11:30

Torrential out there in WManchester too.

Was out & back early on & didnt get too wet. Hibernating now.

Good luck to those in the flood affected areas. J.

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Posted: 22/12/2012 at 11:20

Oh choc of day- a robin. J.

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Posted: 22/12/2012 at 11:19

Morning all.

Just on 2cnd coffee of the day. Did the shopping. Have we left something at checkout? Well it's not here, but then did I actually find it & pick up anyway? no idea! Daughter will get for me on way home after a work shift.

What I did do, was stand behind a silver car, same make, model etc panicing that the zapper wasnt working & knew spare one in other bag. It's chucking it down as well. OH the said 'this car got more doors than yours & that one over there keeps flashing.'..........Oh dear.

Torrential out there now. No sign of any birds this morning, poor things.

Daughter got survey report on house- hmm, needs reading carefully & between the lines we think. Back later. J.

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Posted: 21/12/2012 at 20:47

Yes, well done Bjay- I forgot too. I think those dolls are brilliant. Set to become family heirlooms.

OH has brought back the unbelievable chocolate cake that he made last w/end. I was a wee bit miffed that he didnt offer me any then, but he's subsequently iced it with alcolholic choc icing.... Brilliant slightly warmed up & will be even better with single cream! (darent own up that had found & eaten a small bar of Milka earlier- oh heck what eating sensibly? tomorrow is another day)

Geoff- what can we say? J.

Think have a sort of menu plan for next few days. Shopping list done. Just hope I do get up early, or more likely get OH up!

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