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Today at 11:14
Just checked if I was thinking of the right person - yes, it was Doug Allen, but back in 2003! 'The Search for the Loch Ness Monster' with Steve Leonard. I have no recollection of Steve Leonard being involved.
Today at 11:06
Ah you've got a while more warmth yet then Hosta . Maybe it'll have warmed up here a bit by then... yucky soggy wet sleet here today and cold. I feel like hibernating.
I'd love to do that trip, Fidget. Sounds amazing and oh the Northern Lights - one day, I hope. I think OH worked with Doug Allen once - is he the guy that does underwater shoots? If it's the same chap I have a feeling it was for a TV programme about the Loch Ness Monster and he was an exceedingly nice man.
We went to Lumiere London last night but didn't see as much as we hoped. We had big plans to try and see about half of the installations, but got a bit cold and tired and decided to come home while the going was good. It was lovely, and a great community atmosphere as always, but I feel slightly frustrated. May pop back up town for an hour or so later today to try to see a few more. This is conflicting with my hibernation tendencies!
Stay cool, Pat. And I hope the fires can be controlled.
Last edited: 21 January 2018 11:07:38
Yesterday at 12:11
Congratulations on the sleep, Hosta. When do you return to Blighty?
Definitely not American, Obxx. Or not in the main, anyway. Apparently it came to prominence when used in Boys from the Blackstuff (Liverpool) and Coronation Street (Manchester). Which might explain why I hear it in a Scouse accent - although I didn't watch either of them, I associate it with Brookside .
[Edited to add link: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-gob1.htm ]
Glad it's good weather for your sewing marathon, so you don't feel torn!
According to the weather forecast the rain should stop this evening so I'm hoping Lumiere London will be less unpleasant to visit than it would be at the moment. It's very soggy indeed. Just got to do a bit of planning this afternoon as there's too much over too wide an area to see everything. And of course, a bit of revision needs to happen too.
Ta ra for now.
Last edited: 20 January 2018 12:13:47
Yesterday at 11:52
Ha ha Dove - yes, if only! My OH often says it's the bits of maths that seemed most pointless at school that he uses the most now (in work as not as a mathematician but a visual effects artist). Apparently matrices are very useful and important... but don't ask me to explain how.
Ian I am enjoying how it's diverged from the question. It's still 'on topic' though, mostly. And I'm learning a lot (although it's raising more questions too).
Yesterday at 09:52
That all makes sense - I suppose my answer should not have been 'no', but 'not necessarily'. Another question in my mind is whether, while rain is generally acidic, the water actually taken up into the plants remains so.
Just came across this http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/plants/trees/10633984/Do-conifers-make-soil-more-acid.html It doesn't answer the question either, but has some interesting points around the same topic.
Yesterday at 09:23
Can you pH test the compost?
Yesterday at 09:08
B3, interesting question! (The one about whether acid-loving plants make acidic compost). don't know a definitive answer, but logic is telling me no - an acid-loving plant is not in itself acidic. Its acid-loving nature is about its ability to take up nutrients, it doesn't mean that it actually takes up acid.
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Yesterday at 00:07
Doesn't 'gobsmacked' come from Liverpool? I always hear it in a Scouse accent in my head. I can't imagine any of my American friends saying it.
Glad you had a lovely lunch, BL.
Are Fairy, Clari and Chicky all AWOL? Hope they are OK.
Nice day - revision, lunch with friend who has returned from extensive travels, more revision, cooked for kids, visited brother, ate dinner at 10.30pm again! It's very chilly out. I had hoped OH might get the weekend off, but no. He hasn't had a day off since 1st January . We're planning to go and see some of Lumiere London tomorrow, with or without him. It was astonishingly wonderful two years ago, so I definitely don't want to miss it.
2 days ago at 09:05
Evening Pat. Hope it's not too hot overnight.
2 days ago at 09:04
Morning. Woke with a headache but thankfully it's gone now.
BL I've seen Lavenham on TV but never been there. It looks really lovely. Hope you've got good weather. It's bright and frosty here.
LP sorry to hear the weather's taking a turn for the worse. Are you and OH better now or still recovering?
Wonky (if you're there) you made me so hungry! We ate at 10.30 - earlier than recently so woohoo!
Obelixx I hope you're enjoying all the sewing. What's your deadline? Is the willow weaving with live willow, or cut? I am currently rooting about 25 little twisted willows with some aim of being able to grow something at the end of the garden. I'm not sure it's entirely wise.
And now I am going to be good and go and revise before meeting a friend for lunch. Putting pests and diseases to one side and going for propagation techniques this morning - much nicer, much easier .
3 days ago at 23:38
On reflection, my best garden-related present was the wire-cutters. I had to cut up some chicken wire the other day (squirrels stealing all my bulbs is a recurring problem) and they were a dream to use. I do love a tool that does what it should .
3 days ago at 19:54
BL, are you familiar with http://imslp.org ? Lots of scores there. Trill's flute teacher recommended it and it's very handy if you haven't got music with you, or to try sonething out before buying a proper printed version.
Wonky, great to hear from you. I hope you get somewhere with the tests and can find some relief.
3 days ago at 14:42
Glad to hear you're there safe and warm, Liri. Enjoy. And Hosta too - fish on the beach sounds lovely.
Pat, I feel busy enough and I'm not working at the moment! And I've only got two kids! You're amazing for doing that while working f/t and with 3 - hats off to you .
I've realised why this pest / disease stuff is such a struggle for me to learn - the more I know, the more I realise can go wrong. Instead of just blithely going along on a trial and error basis, it makes me feel much less confident about doing anything in case the lergies come and get my plants! Don't worry, I still love the course, and logically I do know it's important and useful to know this stuff. It's just that reading about all the nasties for hours, day after day makes me want to stick my fingers in my ears and sing loudly.
Just been and bought Trill's birthday present. So that's good.
3 days ago at 14:05
I'll be doing it too - looking forward to it
3 days ago at 00:00
I am indeed quite used to it, Joyce. I'm aware it's not a very healthy habit to be in, but other than never eating together there's no other option. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we'll get back to a more normal time (for us) of 9-10ish.
Just watching Miriam Margolyes' US road trip programme while we digest. Very interesting.
I hope the weather eases off a bit for you. It's wet, cold and windy here but was bright (and windy and cold!) today.
3 days ago at 22:59
Lovely photos, BL. I love 'stark naked trees'. But grrrr don't you just hate it when socks do that?
OH has just got home. Dinner!
3 days ago at 22:20
I bought Bishop of Auckland from Sarah Raven - excellent quality.
3 days ago at 22:05
Evening all / Morning Pat.
All go today - college, thing at kids' school, mad dash home to feed kids in 15 minutes before choir and then it was my rota turn to be 'on duty' at choir too. Did a test on plant pests and a few random topics this morning... let's just say that my gut feeling about how much was sticking in my brain was correct! I passed, just. But I know what I need to focus on so am not too concerned.
Handily, the thing at the school was about revision techniques and tips - ostensibly I was there to find out about supporting Bow, but I very selfishly just took it all on board for myself . Mind maps of plant viruses tomorrow then! I think I'll do a fertiliser one too. And maybe propagation techniques. I'd better get the coloured pencils out.
Liri, I hope all is well with your flight and that you both have a wonderful and relaxing time.
On the bird theme, I saw a lovely flock of redwings in the park on my way to college this morning.
Could do with dinner. OH is on his way home from work - should be here by 11. This might be the last week of such late finishes for a while, fingers crossed.
16 Jan 2018 21:35
Hi, I don't have a blog, gardening or otherwise... yet. I used to blog on behalf of my workplace so have written hundreds of posts (and spent many hours analysing WordPress stats), but very few as me. I've yet to find something I want to say as me!
I assume you're a member of the Garden Bloggers group on FB? It seems very active.
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16 Jan 2018 20:59
Joyce I've been looking at all the excellent gritter names in Scotland here: http://scotgov.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2de764a9303848ffb9a4cac0bd0b1aab (if you put a few letters, eg: grit, into the search box then you get a range of suggestions). I still think Doncaster's 'Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney' takes some beating though!
LP snow AND lightning sounds like an impressive, if scary, combination. Stay warm, and stay safe.
It has become very chilly here - well, chilly for London anyway.
Liri, I made the stew the same as I always do - Mum's recipe, basic though sacred in my family. Added a bit of chopped kale, only. I don't know if it's because it's cold or I was particularly hungry, but it's the best one I've ever made. Bow and Trill agreed. Hope the goose stock worked well.