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Camera Talk

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:46

Some lovely photos on here but I have a techy question and hope someone can help.

Possum wants a new camera which will take better photos than her mobile phone and allow her to do videos she can edit afterwards.

She's looking at a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90 and a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57 and I don't know enough to decide whether the former is worth the extra price tag.

Any helpful comments would be much appreciated.


Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:36

Joyce - thank you.   OH is muttering but it's cheaper than an annual gold subscriptions he's after - 3 clubs for the price of 1 - as if he's going to be allowed out to play them one after the other every week!

Chicky - sounds good to me.  Even the keenest gardeners need down time sometimes and if you can have flowers too......  icing on cake.


Posted: 17/07/2016 at 15:10

Thanks Joyce.   Which model do you have?  Ours would have to do 3 rooms a hall and a kitchen, all with tiled floors but also rugs.   Love the idea of it working while I play......   We have a cat too but she stays upstairs as she doesn't approve of dogs or too much outside - and she's a shedder too.

OH has the golf on TV while he's looking at cameras for Possum who wants one she can use to take decent photos and do little videos.    I can't cope so I'm off to put in another wash load and do some deadheading.


Posted: 17/07/2016 at 14:35

Clari - I can empathise.   Our Labrador is a shedder, though shorter hairs, but I so dislike the Dyson OH chose in January that he gets to do all the vaccing downstairs now.   I expect the darn thing will last years too.   I fancy one of those robot jobs that just trundles quietly around all by itself or at least a proper vac with bags so it's easy to empty.

.Dry here so far and fairly warm so I've been out and cut the grass and watered my treasures at the front.   Lots of washing to do after the break and curtain and furniture measuring.

I never feel sorry for golfers Joyce.   Getting cold and wet is self inflicted and the ones at the Open get paid a great deal to spend their 4 hours or so whacking and chasing a wee white ball down holes.  Mad.

Does putting slate on your pots help keep the soil moist?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 13:12

I use pea gravel, small pebbles, expanded clay pellets or chipped bark depending on what is in the pot and how big it is.   They certainly help lessen moisture evaporation and look a lot better than bare soil or compost and weeds that inevitably try to invade.

Haven't tried slate because I haven't seen it on sale here but I suspect it would look good under plants like Japanese maples in pots.   Wouldn't put it with hostas as slugs could lurk so easily under it.

Bad year for raspberries

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 00:38

Our autumn rasps aren't ready yet but the redcurrants were very good and the rhubarb has really enjoyed the weather.   Blackcurrants looking good so far but the birds have had the blueberries while we were away last week.  Tayberries and loganberries OK so far.   Purple gooseberries doing well and the strawberries have been tasty - when we got there before the slugs!

Just disappointing summer rasps.


Posted: 17/07/2016 at 00:21

Take away Chinese for dinner here as we got back from our week in the Vendée too late to shop and cook.   It was bad apart from the Peking duck but I knew it would be.  Last night's meal in Avrillé was pretty bad too - a first for us in France - so I'm really looking forward to proper home cooked leg of lamb tomorrow.  I've already fished it out of the freezer to thaw.

Such shocking news from Nice but the French media reports I saw indicate he was a suicidal loner who decided to take people with him - like that Lufthansa pilot.  Doesn't help the victims or their families to deal with it any better though.

Been watching UK political developments with great interest.   Upon the appointment of Boris to the foreign office, a former Belgian PM said it was good to see the British haven't lost their sense of humour.   Clever move either way.

Got home to find Possum hadn't watered my pots as well as they needed but only one plant looks really dodgy.    Huge mole hills in the lawn for OH to play with tomorrow and grass to cut, of course.  I find pruning/hacking therapeutic too so will go and check the roses and the wisteria which is probably ready for its summer haircut.

Haven't had time to read back a whole week but I trust all the sickies are off the sofa now and feeling better.

Bad year for raspberries

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 23:55

Loads of raspberries here but we've had so much rain for so long they taste watery.


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 14:48

Sitting in a car park in a "hotspot" near Luçon minding the dogs while OH tries to get us a temporary internet connection so we can receive emails form notaires and such.   I've texted him to find a paper too.

No news here as the gîte only has a few channels of French TV and that's either footie or dubbed US soaps as far as I can see.   Hopeless.  Everyone and everywhere seems subdued today............

Happy gardening all - assuming weather permits.   Bit muggy and grey here at the mo but blue bits around.

2016 - the year of the ant

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 15:46

Hire a flock of green woodpeckers?  

Ants like dry places so try giving your raised beds, compost heaps and greenhouse a regular thorough soaking so that they move elsewhere.   I'd just put up with them in the lawn but be careful where you sit or lie as they bite and it hurts.

To get rid of ants, you have to kill the entire colony in one thorough move or they just disperse and set up several small new colonies....

I'd just put up with them in the lawn but be careful where you sit or lie as they bite and it hurts. 

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