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When you know you've bought the wrong one

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 17:26

OH loves his Dyson so he gets to do the vaccing now as I hate it.  Picks up OK if it's empty but blocks easily and is a pig to empty and a pig to store cos of its stupid shape and stupid parking for the handle and hose.

I have a robot on my wish list for downstairs - 2 dogs and an OH shipping in muck - and will keep our old Miele for upstairs.  He can have his Dyson for cleaning the cars.

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Posted: 23/08/2016 at 17:23

Thanks Lesley.    Congrats for your 37th.

When Possum was small she didn't like carrots so I'd hide them in a chocolate carrot cake recipe which made a great 10" square cake or about 30 little buns which I'd freeze and then dole out off elevenses at school.    The full cake had a white chocolate and cream cheese icing and used to be her favourite until Aunty Chris made a chocolate Guinness cake one year when we visited.   Now she makes it for her Belgian friends as a full cake or cup cakes.    Raised a few euros for Amnesty International with those.

It's after 6pm and we have 30 in the shade on the north facing wall.   Much attic sorting accomplished but my goodness it's warm and drippy up there even with windows open and the breeze.

use old tom compost for strawbs?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 14:45

All the nutrients will have been exhausted by the toms so use it as a mulch on a watered bed or as a soil conditioner but not as a planting medium.

Winter hanging baskets

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 13:27

Winter hanging baskets here either freeze to death or become wind turbines but I've had some success with winter window boxes using a mix of trailing ivies and violas but even those look sad when frozen so I haven't bothered for years now.

Blue fescues and heucheras look great till frozen or too dry and winter heathers soon go brown.  Mini skimmias and gaultherias are good but don't like my alkaline tap water.

Carex, cyclamen and iris reticulata are good for low baskets where you can see in.

Hedge at end of the garden

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 13:22

Letting branches grow high won't encourage the stems to bush out and thicken so shorten them.   Feeding and frequent light cuts as advised by Cottage should also help.

If you didn't see GW last week, watch it on i-Player for the hedge trimming advice on order of cutting and the shape to cut.

You can't expect the bit shaded by the tree to recover or grow as fast as the rest so be patient.


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:51

Yesterday we had a glass of fizz before dinner and toasted our 33 years.  "Here's to the next 33" I said to OH.  Poor chap looked askance.  However, he's the one with the ambition to play golf when he's 100 and he'll need me there to keep him eating healthy food or he won't make it.

Clear blue here too.  The attic is going to be fun!

Can anyone tell me what this is please, and is it ok to eat?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:47

There's a song called Poke Salad Annie by Tony Joe White - talks about plant leaves foraged by poor folk in the southern swamps.

All the advice I have seen is to make sure that the plant is kept away from livestock but I do know that the local wild birds love the berries.  It also self seeds liberally so I spend a lot of time pulling it up in spring and not eating it.  If I want spinach type leaves, I use fresh baby spinach from the supermarket because it won't grow well for me or else the slugs get it.

Prefer rocket.

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moving house/moving garden

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:41

Me too so I've been potting up plants, cuttings and divisions since spring and will be taking divisions of other treasures in September but not now while it's hot and they're in full flow.   I'm also collecting seed.

As Ladybird says, in the UK you sell your garden and its contents with the house so need to inform the buyers of any plants you wish to keep and make sure you don't leave a garden full of holes.


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:33

We're both filthy.  Like Dove, should have been dressed up in city clothes for a day out but decided to be good and sort stuff.  Barn and cow shed done.  Lunch had.  Coffee now and then off to tackle the attic.

I have found a purpose for all OH's old silk ties so we won't be throwing those away.  Was looking for info on a patchwork expo coming up in the Vendée in November and came across this exhibitor who does pictures with ties! - http://www.carolineregnaut.com/ Amazing.

Pat E - my dad used to take electricity board apprentices for a week of "bonding" and team building in the Lakes every year (60s) and always brought me back Derwent crayons which I loved.   Have fun with your new set.

Dove - bit hot for knitting sweaters isn't it?  But I suppose you'll be needing it soon enough unless we get a lovely Indian summer.  I love 3/4 length sleeves on anything - shirts, jackets, dresses, jumpers....

LilyP - hope you are enjoying your personal time tho it's good to see family too.

Hosta - don't moan.  Have to have some funds to pay for all your babies and treasures.

Enjoy the sunshine everyone.

Any rose lovers about?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:19

OK - I've had a look with my sewing reading glasses (stronger) and I agree it's a proper shoot.   Tie it in as horizontally as possible and it should throw up lots of shorter flowering shoots next year.   

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