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Posted: 05/08/2016 at 21:44

Hosta - I could never drink that much.  i get bored and stop or fall asleep which amounts to the same thing.  Pleased you are enjoying life without it and hope you and hubby have a great time at the GP weekend.   

OH and I celebrate our 33rd in a couple of weeks and will be going to Liège for an arty exhibition and a thoroughly good lunch - letting the train take the strain tho it's only about 70kms away..

Camera Talk

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 21:17

This was an overnight shocker with no warning.   I knew we were in trouble when I got home from dance class at 10:30pm and the car registered -25C on the sheltered south side of the house but never imagined it would get that cold.  It killed my garden weather station too.  

My garden is quite exposed - no shelter from neighbours as it's farmland all round and we're in a dip that collects frost.    There's an area of our local town with a horticultural college and garden that calls itself La Sibérie - with good reason - although recent winters have been mild and no worse than -8C.  We can cope with that quite easily.


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 20:43


Which lawn mower should I buy?

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 20:40

Like I said earlier, some Flymos have collectors.   There are mowers that will blitz the cuttings and put them back without creating too much thatch - mulching mowers.

We have the Flymo but also a sit on mower for the big lawn.  It cost about 1000 euros and doesn't have a collector because our grass is so lush and often wet that the collector would keep blocking up.   We "herd" the cuttings into one row and OH rakes them up at the end.

Grass cuttings here get composted.  Mix them with plenty of kitchen waste and other garden waste from weeding and pruning plus paper and cardboard waste and you'll get a good heap.

Camera Talk

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 20:30

-32C on the 6th of Jan 2009.   Our water and leccy were OK so no bovver but there was no snow to insulate plants.  We carried on with -25C for a few days and then it warmed up to -15C for a couple of weeks.    

I lost loads.   Every single evergreen viburnum, the eleagnus, choisya ternata, mahonia, several roses, loads of clems, all but one stem of Kiftsgate which took years to recover, one of the damsons, my rosa rugosa hedge and so on and so forth.

Not recommended.


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 17:12

Congrats Hosta and GWRS and her OH.  Must feel lovely to be lighter on your feet.

My OH has lost weight too since January because now that he's retired he walks the dogs at least an hour a day and often 2 or more as well as playing golf twice a week.   All very well but it means I am no longer walking the dogs from Monday to Friday and have got a bit blubbery.....   That will change when we move and go walkies together to explore the new area and start tackling the garden.

Exhausting day today - IKEA with Possum, then a TROC and then her new student apartment to hang curtains and organise lights and kitchen drawers then supermarket.  Don't like beer or spirits but I shall still enjoy the occasional glass of wine.and will certainly have one or two this evening!

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What do you do with a raspberry glut?

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 16:59

Raspberry sauce/coulis for winter desserts and ice cream.   Raspberry cordial or liqueur.  Frozen whole.  Bottled in syrup.  

Lots of raspberries here too but the summer ones have had so much rain they taste watery so I'm leaving them for the birds and passers by.

Clematis that doesn't want to flower

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:53

Food and water shortage most likely.   I also find some clems take 2 or 3 years to get their roots established before they flourish upstairs so try a good drink of liquid tomato food now and make sure you feed it generously with a slow release clematis food next spring and occasional tonics of tomato feed from then to mid summer.

Which lawn mower should I buy?

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:50

Our Flymo has a collection box.   Best of both worlds but OH does only use it to cut the side bits we can't get to with the big mower.

If your lawn surface is smooth a wheeled model would handle the slope just as well as long as it's not too steep.   

Go to a decent shop and check the weights and cutting widths of various models and ask for some advice.   Check what your neighbours use if they have a similar slope.


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:44

Dew here too and the lawn is full of big fat slugs on their way home for the day's sleep or whatever slugs do.

Mish-mash day here running errands - Possum's apartment to hang curtains and collect a second set of keys.  IKEA for bits of this and that for the apartment.   TROC to pick up a sofa etc etc.  Unfortunately all in different directions so loads of miles to do too.

Then we have loads of pots to move into the watering zone while we're way next week.  OH's favourite job is moving pots............

Hope everyone has good plans for today and the weekend and the weather to enjoy them.   DD - good luck with the furniture collecting and installing.   Keep your "independence day" in mind when things seem difficult and remember we're behind you all the way.

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