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Posted: 13/10/2012 at 17:52

I thought all grapes were edible if they are dessert grapes they will taste fairly sweet, but that depends on the amount of sun they get. Now doubt someone far more knowledgeable than me will be able to put you right on the safety of eating them, Sorry I can't be of any more help. We bought the vines from a GC and they were a named variety on white and one red.

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Posted: 13/10/2012 at 17:44

Apologies Geoff, I should have known it was BGT, but I'm not a fan of those programmes so that's my excuse. Will try harder to get things right.

Becks- our grape vine is pants this year, lot of lovely foliage, but the grapes haven't

come to anything. Took this pec a couple of days ago.



They are very interesting to grow, and ours took 5 years to really get established.

We usually get loads to make either grape jelly or juice, it'' delicious so have a go with your cuttings, best of luck.




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Posted: 13/10/2012 at 16:49

Hi everyone.

Pages seem to be moving on quicker, didn't get stuck this time.

Looking forward to SCD this evening, never watched XF since Susan Boyle 's time, just can't get on with it. Then Merlin Early tea tonight. Homemade chicken, ham and mushroom pie, with whatever veg there is in the fridge.

OH has just decided to cut the grass, it has been put off as it was far too wet, it's either cut it or get a load of sheep in

Not heard of B & M Glyn are they a local shop? We called in at Wilko's this afters and I bought more daff bulbs, can't resist, plant labels, and garden twine. Plant food for next year at half price. I do like a bargain!

We see a bright pink Mini sometimes, with beautiful long lashes, and flower transfers on the side my OH say he bets her OH doesn't drive it. don't know what he means

I record Montalbano, just think it is so funny, don't know any Italian though, but the little policeman is hilarious.

Cheers for now.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 16:30

Hi everyone.

I watched the programme this week and wondered why they hadn't got any " German Prisoners" working on the farm. I was told by my mother that my Grandparents had then working for them, and Gran would feed them although as you say Germans were hated, she always used to say they were someones sons and husbands. My Mother never agreed with that sentiments as my Father was in the army fighting them in France.- D-day and was at the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. To this day she still hates Germans and she has just had her 99th birthday.

The pitchforks were not a thing to be handled by todays children,or any other day for that matter, it was a very silly thing for the BBC to allow.

I also wondered why they didn't have a Jack Russell on the farm, they wouldn't have had many rats with one of those about, but I suppose they were trying to incorporate everything that might have happened. I agree Frank, with so much straw why would you get yourself stung, and why didn't they put some form of waterproofing over the roof before they put on the nettles. As my OH said, he wouldn't have like to have spent a night in the straw house. Am I being too picky, or completely missing the point,but I think they have tried to cover too many aspects, and as for the salmon/potato/sauce sandwich, but the children seemed to like it, maybe it tasted better than it looked.

Good to read everyone's views,


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 16:08

Hello everyone.

Nr Lincoln.

Been a glorious day here so far after a very cool start, very misty and murky over the fields. Hasn't reached above 11c , nothing done in the garden today, but OH might manage to get grass cut, if it's dry enough.

Never mind at least it's been dry.


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Posted: 13/10/2012 at 08:33

Good morning All.

Love the gloriosa Gary. I had one a few years ago but lost it during the very cold winter 2 years ago, bought another corm/tuber? but it never grew, didn't rot, just stayed dormant for 18 months,so I gave up in the end, will try again next year. They aren't easily available though. Lovely picture of the squirrel, nice looking creatures, just a pity they do so much damage.

We are in for a cool day here, and it says we might get a frost tonight.

I'm looking forward to tonights TV, as you say 2 hours of SCD and then Merlin, things are looking up for Saturday night TV.

Lottie   I store my pelargoniums in much the same way as other forkers, just  cut them down to a reasonable size, leave them in their pots, keep dry and frost free. We put ours in the greenhouse and if there is any frost forecast cover them with fleece. The main thing is to keep them dry, you might lose the odd one, but on the whole we keep ours. You can then take cuttings from the stock plant or put them outside again..

Have a good day folks.


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Posted: 12/10/2012 at 10:48

 My pic of the day, well yesterday actually. I have got several pots of pelargoniums still going strong, haven't the heart to cut them back and store yet. 

Geoff, it's early for us to be looking at holidays, we usually leave it until the New Year, but as others are joining us we want to make sure we get the property that suites us all.

Jean -  your African Violets look superb. I used to grow quite a lot at one time, haven't had any for a few years now. Do you take cuttings?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 10:02

Good morning all from near sunny Lincoln

Lovely morning after a wet night. Everything is sopping this morning, so very little will get done in the garden.

Have a good day what ever you get up to.


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Posted: 12/10/2012 at 09:55

Good morning all.

Hope we are all bright and breezy this morning,

We had our renewal for staywarm gas and electric yesterday.and was pleasantly surprised that the price has stayed the same as last year,. That's a relief, can now put heating on a bit more

I have been on the internet looking for holiday gites in the Dordogne/Lot area of France for next May. Oh has got a bee in his bonnet and wants to plan for next year likes to have something to look forward to he says. Daughter and her partner are coming with us so I shall be spending endless hours on computer trying to find something that suits us all. Something to do when I can't get outside, I suppose.

The sun has just made an appearance so might put some washing out and go and look round a very soggy garden, pained down all night here.

Be back later, enjoy your day.


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Posted: 11/10/2012 at 15:45

What's happened Geoff, have you got rid of another bag of apples, or have they all gone?

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