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programmes to watch

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 15:29

Red Dwarf was meant to be funny.  I remember loving the first series of Star Trek back in the 60s but when I see it now it is unintentionally funny and cheesy.   OH and I also enjoyed the later spin-offs but Voyager was our favourite, especially after 7 of 9 joined the cast.

Loved that dog on SCD2 last night.   Our two only react to wildlife or acts, dogs and doorbells on TV.  

The best bit about Xmas TV is the old musicals.  They said that last week's Musicals SCD had them all but they missed out all the Fred Astaire and Gen Kelly decades and many more.

Looking forward to Xmas Bake Off and Last Tango but don't know about any other goodies yet.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 15:17

Meant to say Fairy - keeping the feet elevated as much as possible reduces pain which is more from the swelling than the op itself.  I had a special boot to wear which meant the weight was on my heel when I was uprght and that helps a lot too.  In fact, I only needed to take one or two pills of the 2 months' supply of serious painkillers.   

I found I could garden after just a month but only bending over or sitting down.  No kneeling as that puts pressure on the wrong end of the foot.

Just had a lovely sunny walk with the dogs but the sun is really low now and setting fast so I shall go and play with the Xmas tree and leave planting for tomorrow.  The bed is on the north side of the house so gets dark quickly, plus some critters - maybe the hounds but maybe not - have been trampling on it so it needs a good rake before anything else can go in..

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 13:50

Lazy morning here supervising Rasta and kittens whilst reading Garden magazine and waiting for the mist to lift.  Kittens were manic this morning - 3 hours non stop play and hardly any sneezing.

Just had lunch and we're about to take the doggies out for their constitutional and then I'll carry on with that bed and the bulbs.

I used to wear high heels but they got lower over the years and 2" was my max.  Then I had to have new feet in 2013 - shortening metatarsals and re-attaching toes plus bunions whie they were on - and the best I can do is one inch.   I've had to order dance shoes from Hong Kong to get pretty styles with one inch heels.  They're so comfy I'm thinking of ordering more and having normal soles put on for general use.

No Xmas cooking here yet but I will make some mince pies for OH.   Mango chutney to deal with first.

Enjoy the rest of the day everyone and good health to all, especially those recovering or suffering.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 22:26

Murphy's law Busy.   Good luck with the last of the mince pies.   Marathon bake.

Is that ribbon white?   We have some round our paddock, courtesy of the farmer neighbour who's kept cows and calves in there but I find it just a bit too visible.   It's round our future potager too where, it seems, the previous owners had a donkey.  Has to go.   Still waiting for dippy gendarme neighbour to come and talk about his horses and our paddock.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 22:07

Ouch Dove.   Sorry to say it might take a while to heal.   I stubbed my 2nd toe left foot the weekend we moved here and it still swells up and is painful if I overdo things.  No doggy walkies on dance class day.

We've just watched the last episode of Missing and found it disappointing.    Too many loose ends left hanging.   Never mind, good acting and a good story on the whole.   Last Tango to look forward to now and, of course, Strictly.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 19:04

Great news Busy.   Nice to have something positive to celebrate at any time of year.

We have moles here but they're not a problem yet as we are still in the musing and thinking stage.  However, the mole blaster will be out when I do find them to be too pesky.  

Hope you get a weekend free of roadworks Punkdoc.   How long is it due to go on?

About to have dinner so Bon appetit everyone.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 18:59

Lovely flowers.  I really like the white chrysanths and the pinky purply ones.   Well done with those Minnows.

I have been planting things!  Need to get some perennials into my cleared bed under the silk tree before I can plant the bubs.  Almost did it the wrong way round.  Planted goodies include geranium phaeum, iris, sedum spectabile, a spirea, a surprise perennial (label lost) and some salvias including viscosa and africana lutea.   Still to plant are some more salvias, potentillas and maybe agapanthus and then I can slot in the bulbs which will include some daffs, botanical tulips, leucojum and crocuses.

How to bring frogs into my garden

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 14:47

Make a pond and they will find their way on their own.

There's plenty of info online to help you re size, materials, design etc.  Have a look at this advice form the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=955 for starters.   Remember, whatever you do, to make an escape route so amphibians and any visiting hedgehogs and other critters can escape and not drown.

You might also consider controlling slugs in other ways.  Again the RHS is a good starting place - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=228 

Under the surface of new lawn

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 14:35

It depends on what is hiding under the pebbles and membrane.  I think you need to check that first but,  in order to remove the membrane, you will displace the pebbles anyway so why not pile them up in bags as you go and offer them on Freebay to anyone who can collect.

I think just adding topsoil on top of pebbles is asking for trouble later on and will also mean you need some sort of retaining mechanism - bricks, tiles, logs - to hold the soil in place - more expense and maintenance..

If you want your lawn to grow well and not suffer from either drought or poor drainage, I would clear the pebbles completely then push a good string gardening fork into the soil as deep as possible and every few inches then wiggle it about to create holes.   Pour on sharp sand - not builders' - and sweep across the surface so it sinks into those holes to provide drainage.  Then pour on the top soil to the level required, rake sooth, trample lightly with your heels, rake again and then sow seed.

The best times to sow seed are April/May and September when the temperatures and moisture levels are conducive to good germination and growth.   You need to pick a seed mix to suit your situation which will depend on whether those tall trees cast shade all day or not plus how much wear and tear it will get.

There's more info here from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=424

You can also lay turves but that is more expensive by far than a seeded lawn.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 11:28

Misty start but the sun has now burned that off and there's just some very high, streaky clouds hanging about.    Good weather for walkies and bulb planting.

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