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Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: Today at 10:01

We have always had cats and moved to Belgium with 5 of them just over 20 years ago.   Now we are down to just one who we adopted after finding her sheltering in an outhouse and starving.  

She'd clearly been abandoned and was a very angry, frightened cat but we managed to get her to a vet and have her sterilised.  She didn't go outside for 4 months after that as she was afraid of being left out again.   That was just over 4 years ago and she's finally accepted that she's secure and is bright and chatty and playful and she's learned to like cuddles but only when she asks. 

She does not approve of our two rescue dogs or other cats.  Quite a character.

large beds

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:16

Thank you BM.   I have spent this season working to regain some semblance of control in my garden after 2 years of neglect arising from mechanical problems requiring surgery on my neck and then both feet.   There's still a long way to go but I have been doing my best to introduce more colour to the borders and have been pleased with the results, especially with the hotter colours starting in August and lasting till November.  

One day I hope it will be as vibrant as Lyn's and as exhuberant but quietly controlled as Busy's but the woodland and pond beds still need a major overhaul - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1407%20garden?sort=2&page=1 .

 

According to Pidge the Toad we're in for a white Christmas

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 16:14

Thanks Gemma.  I just wanted to know the likelihood of it being the same Pidge the Toad.   I'd rather have a white Xmas than a freezing cold one without a lovely protective blanket to protect my treasures from deep freeze and dessicating winds.

According to Pidge the Toad we're in for a white Christmas

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 07:59

How long does the average toad live?  

large beds

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 13:49

Hi Lyn.  Glad you like it.   That clematis is an alba luxurians and was perfectly happy on its obelisk last year but this year it grew much bigger and used the echinops for support to great effect.

large beds

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 11:14

I like deep, wide beds too but in order for acces I have put some stone slabs through one bed

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/64681.jpg?width=350

 and to get round the woodland corner of the garden we made narrow chip bark paths and placed a bench so we can get a different persective on the garden and also get in with a wheelbarrow if necessary.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/64683.jpg?width=350

 

 

 

GRANDMA'S BACK.

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 10:28

I'm pleased you've decided to stay and hope you will use the Ignore function to save you from reading diatribes from known idiots.    No-one should leave this forum because of the stupidity and/or insensitivity of others, especially when they can be so easily excommunicated from our personal space.

Strictly 2014

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 10:11

Nope.  Some eejit picks the music and then expects a Paso Doble to look good with rock music and wants a decent Argentine tango to a Greek Sirtaki or Beethoven's 5th which are completely the wrong mood.  Ludicrous but I thought clever Kevin did very well.   Loved his rumba choreography too.

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 10:07

I loathe crackers,(paper hat horrors) but OH loves them.   He's taken the whole of Xmas week off so I need to keep him too busy to do a raid on the English shop.  Luckily, he still has two of the compost heaps to turn and a huge pile of chipped bark to spread on the fruit bush bed................... and I can get him out dog walking for a couple of hours a day so it should be OK.

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 09:09

OH loves mince pies but I can only get them if I trek to the English store 30 miles or more away and then they're mass produced factory things with far too much pastry.  I make mine either open topped with a drizzle of icing or else just a star of pastry which doesn't cover the whole thing.

English class with the scientists today.  Theyv'e had mince pies in previous years so I'm trying them with Christmas mini muffins from the BBC Good Food website. They're a mix of mincemeat and dark chocolate and I've already got the mincemeat soaking up some extra brandy........

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