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Recommended Books

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 21:57

A place for any books you particularly like

Wildlife Gardening -  Jackie Bennett


Lawn Advice Appreciated

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 21:36

The Westland will kill the dandelions, they will come back the following year but then the lawn benefits from a yearly treatment.

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 17:37

When I was a little girl dad would get a very tall tree, they were the cheapest then, and he would have to cut a foot or so off the top.

There weren't any electric lights to go on it, we had little clip on holders and real candles that only got lit just before I went to bed.

I always had a new doll and found out now that mum would pay into a toy shop a shilling or so a week to pay for it. Dad always made me something, one year he made a lovely dolls cot with bars. Another time he made a high chair, all carved on the legs and done only with a penknife and smoo

thed with sand paper.He made my cousin a pencil box with a swivel lid and 3 tiers of compartments.Being an only child, I had lots of books and board games and dad would play them with me.


I dont panic now about Christmas, my daughter hubby and 2 boys come and stay for as long as they like and they all muck in.

We used to go to midnight mass but havent been for about 3 years, same with morning service, since we moved here its too far to go.

Well thats my Christmas, past and present, I may tell you about my mums later.


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 16:33
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

  Lyn - that's awful - you need water!  Can we do anything to help?  Make a phone call for you maybe? 

Its back now Dove, thank you, the problem we have is that we are on the end of the line from the ambrosia factory and they are busiest in the morning.

We have our own pumping station now, because we are high, and there was a problem with the pump, they have been and fixed it and serviced it, so sll up and running.

The problem with the landline was to do with the ext, phone, I dont know why, but it wasvaffecting my main one. I disconnected the ex and all was fine, but BT did get right on to checking the line.

Mobile phone signal is always naff, you would think stuck up on top of a hill we would pick it up from anywhere. Anyway, I am now sitting down for the first time tiday with a lovely fruit corner yoghurt.

Dinner on next.


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 10:43

A dog is not just for Christmas, if you carve carefully you can have some well into the NewYear

Must add , 

I love dogs, always had them, but havent got one at the moment.Have a good day folks,


I am off to Morrisons, tesco wont deliver an

ymore, they say I am off their radar and it takes too long for the driver to get here. They gave me a 10.00 internet voucher as compensation, wait for it...,,,,to be used on my next online shop. I will enjoy spending that.


For the past 2 days I have had no water, just a little drip no pressure, I have no mobile phone signal and now the landlines not working, Oh! The joys of living in the countryside.

Lawn Advice Appreciated

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 09:33

We do exactly as Dove says, every Spring, using Westland weed feed and mosskiller, I find it the best, having used several others. We do have an electric scarifer, and a little spreader, 

Wait until Spring when there is some leafy growth on the weeds, then just follow the instructions on the bag.

We always scarify first, then apply then after about a month, wh

en you see the moss has turned black, give it another scarifying


If its really bad, you can have another go later in the year, it will tell you about that on the bag/box, whatever you choose to buy


Your not alone with lawn problems though, when we first came here, or rather my parents, this garden was just a corner of a field, my dad has really worked on it over the years, never stripped it or returfed and now its lovely.    


broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 09:26

Good thought that, I wonder if you could put a light in there like we used to do with the chickens to get them to lay through the winter, you could hand pollinate, who wants to try for a experiment, I cant because I sow carrot seeds in mine on the 1st Jan so dont have the room.

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 09:16

Good post there Gemma, saying, its just me, years ago, before 'They' started labelling everyone with initials, these things were known as eccentricities, everyone has something different about them, everyone has something they are scared of or cant cope with, its just all labelled up now in little packages.

We all muddle through life, (well, most of us then) living with whatever is chucked at us, its what we do, its called the survival instinct,  and every one here seems to be coping with all life chucks at them, its good to talk.

Memories of Yesteryear.

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 18:26

Thanks folks, but I am not looking for sympathy, I am very happy person, probably cos I'm a bit high half the time.

But in all seriousness, I know how to manage pain, even if it is popping more and I would rather live a shorter happier life that a long miserable one, lets hope I manage both, got to keep something in reserve for my daughter.

Must add they are all legal and prescribed

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 18:10

The main problem with winter planting is wind rock, I was forever out there in the gales, and we had some last winter, trying to stake them and tread the ground down around them, thats probably what stunted them as they flowered the same time as the Spring ones.

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