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Posted: 01/11/2014 at 09:20

Morning all - including Andy, hello!  I've not been on here long so returning posters are new friends. 

Off to Newcastle this afternoon to see my sister (and cadge a bed for the night) before tomorrow's concert.  Then train to Oban, B&B, ferry to island where our cottage is, to do Stuff for the rest of the month.  I'm very excited - though a bit guilty since OH is mooching round the house with a chest infection.    He's getting better though. 

Not sure if I'll be able to get internet access more than a couple of times in the next month so if I disappear for a bit, you'll know where I am...  I'll be looking out of the front door at this view...

 ...though as you can see, the garden (in which you stand to look at this) could do with some attention...

and I suspect it may look more like this when I'm there this time

 (typical November weather, very high tide, gate destroyed by bullocks!)

So... have a good month, fellow Forkers!



Posted: 29/10/2014 at 09:43

I remember thinking that about Wednesdays before I retired, Dove... 

Not many hedgehogs here even though we're on the edge of a wood.  Seen 2 in 8 years.  But maybe they prefer to stay hidden away in the wood...

DD, we love the Dordogne, so next time we have a holiday there I'll pack my paving knife! 

Beaus Mum, I hope you're right about the garden looking tidy for a few months.  That was my thought - but it's been so warm I think the weeds will be growing again already.  But hopefully fewer of them than there were... 

It's magical out.  The mist is just lifting in swathes from the hillside opposite and the sun is coming through...  might get out later to clear leaves.  Not a lot of time to garden though, because at the weekend I'm off to Newcastle to sing in a concert (going to be broadcast on Radio 3!  ) and then immediately jumping on a train to Oban.  Going to our cottage for nearly a month, to put up shelves, paint the inside, clear brambles, mend furniture, organise a plumber etc.  I'm looking forward to it!

Best wishes for today, Verdun.  Hope everything works out as you wish.


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 21:49

Enjoyed Autumnwatch - thanks for the reminders, folks!  Those baby barn owls were SO cute! 

Beaus Mum - thanks for your concern, I was fine, just a bit wind blown.  The shed has probably had it though!  Daughter and family returned yesterday, and were suitably impressed (and grateful!) when they saw what I'd been doing.  They've decided to go to live in Galway so the tidy garden should help when they put their house on the market.  (As it doubtless did with yours, BM.  )

I'm expected to be called on for gardening advice when they get settled in Galway.  It's very wet, windy and mild, with acid soil.  Anything like Cornwall do you think, Verdun?


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 21:03

Well, I feel a bit more presentable having had a shower to remove quantities of garden from my hair.    It's been a bit wild out there!  I was removing yet more couch grass and minding my own business when I heard a strange noise.  It was the sound of the ridge ripping off the shed roof...    Nothing I can do at the moment, except cover the mower with a tarpaulin, because said shed is on its last legs anyway and is decidedly rickety.  Don't think it would bear my weight if I tried to re-attach the felt...

Home tomorrow.  Wonder what state my own garden will be in?

Re white daffs: love Thalia.  It has quite a distinctive scent, which is delightful.


Posted: 25/10/2014 at 22:45

I'll definitely be starting an hour early on the couch grass hunt, since tomorrow is my last day here.  Still plenty to do but it looks loads better!

Incidentally, you CAN eat couch grass.  Just looked it up online.  Roots, young leaves & seeds all edible; roots made into tea to treat urinary tract infections, or dried and ground and added to flour when making bread.  Don't think I'll bother to try it, though there might be a sort of satisfaction gained from eating the enemy... 


Posted: 25/10/2014 at 20:33

Chicky - missed your earlier question about crab apples.  I bought a "Jelly King" for my daughter, who specifically wanted one which was good for jelly making.  Large white flowers, upright habit, red-flushed round fruit which is biggish (for a crab).

If you want something dramatic, "Harry Baker" has exceptionally large pink flowers, plum-coloured leaves, and bright red largish fruit.  Said to make the best flavoured jelly of all, but I couldn't get hold of one when I wanted it.



Posted: 25/10/2014 at 09:13

KEF, no doubt Punkdoc will correct if this is wrong - I think gentle exercise is often recommended for back problems, rather than lying down getting in the way... 

And speaking of Punkdoc, my son reckoned the only time you'd be shooting AT the polar bear would be when it was too close to miss it.  Otherwise scaring it away was the thing.

Shorts & sandals... ah yes, I remember those...

Going out now to wage war on daughter's couch grass.  Wish me well! 

Anyone know if you can eat couch grass roots??

Happy Saturday, folks

Remember to wash your bird feeders

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 19:50

Artjak, yes - I agree about the cost!  That's why the magnetic feeder was a present for my son, not for me...

Remember to wash your bird feeders

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 21:10

Thanks Pansyface.  Identical, I think - the GC sells lots of Gardman products so that would figure.


Posted: 23/10/2014 at 21:06

Happy birthday Bekkie! 

Hi everyone, from the comfy sofa... 

Beaus Mum - you'd recognise me today by my Quasimodo hunch back   after an entire morning spent kneeling on the block paving, then long afternoon mowing, edging, weeding, clearing leaves, pruning rampant shrubs - and clearing up by the light of the nearby street lamp.  The green recycling bin is stuffed to overflowing.

2 days to go... wish I had longer to sort this garden out.   But at least it's beginning to look a bit more cared-for, so if my daughter and her OH decide to put the house on the market, it'll be more saleable.  And if they don't, it'll be much less depressing for my daughter (the gardener), until she has time to get to grips with the garden herself.

Great David Attenborough programme to watch, if I can stay awake! 

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