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Posted: 28/07/2014 at 21:30

Looks very like Eupatorium chocolate ruffles to me. Unfortunately it has recently had its name changed, and I cant remember the new one.


Posted: 28/07/2014 at 21:26

Well, back into the old routine, tea cooked and eaten. Have not seen OH since holiday. She seemed pleased to see me!

She has also been watering and mowed lawns for me, so although the garden is a mess, it is alive and it can be resurrected.

I am utterly drained after the last few weeks, but a few days gardening should restore the balance.

Thankyou so much for the kind words, they do help.

Alcohol calling.


Posted: 28/07/2014 at 12:47

Spent lots of time wistfully looking at the mountains I used to climb, before obesity, lack of fitness and general laziness stopped me.

A few days in Ballater, Eastern Highlands with MIL, and then back to mums, where I have been since.

She is now physically much better, but is so frail and very miserable. I dont think she is able to look after herself, but she refuses outside help and, point blank refuses to discuss any possibility of a home.

Both my sisters are now on holiday from teaching, and are going to take it in turns to stay with her until September, when I will take over again.

There is something deeply discomforting watching the person who cared for you for such a long time, and whose strength and will power I used to marvel at, fall apart in front of you. Cherish them while you still have them.

Sorry I have no idea what any of you have been up to. I hope you are all well, and that your gardens are blooming. Wellcome to any that have joined in my absence.

Hopefully I should be around more now, but I have a lot of soul searching to do.



Posted: 28/07/2014 at 12:33

Hello everyone, anybody remember me?

It seems such a long time since I was here.

Went to Glastonbury, amazing, despite the storms and mud, or, perhaps because of them. Loads of stages, theatre, circus, films and 175000 other people. Oh and perhaps most important, lots of cider. I did not think i liked cider, well I do now.

Back home, down to poorly mums for a week, worked out that despite my previous occupatiom I am not a very caring person.

Lovely week in Gairloch, Western Highlands. Stunning weather, there is no more beautiful place on earth, when the sun shines.


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:16

Just another flying visit Im afraid.

Have not had time to catch up on all of your goings on, so I hope everyone is wel, and that your gardens are looking wonderful, remember this is the time of tear to relax, and enjoy all your hard work.

Have now caught up on sleep and finally removed all the mud.

Off to sort out Mum, I am doing this week, as we are off to the Highlands next week.

See you soon.


Posted: 30/06/2014 at 10:16

hi all.

Brief post. Back from Glasto, great time no sleep, off to bed, then down to mums, will be in touch soon.

Love to all of you.


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 16:46


Flying visit home, to mow lawns and pack a rucksack, then off again and hopefully off to Glasto. in the morning.

Thankyou for the kind wishes for my Mum, she is ok. ish.


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 09:45

Mike, I am sorry that this will be a very brief "medical " opinion as I am about to drive down to visit poorly mother. The absolutely most common cause of your current feelings is the UTI itself. See your GP, but it should start to improve with the antibiotics.

Get well soon.


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 08:55

PS. How do I have an 80 year old mother, when I am so young?


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 08:54

Morning fellow forkers.

have not been around much last few days, as mother is ill. Remarkable woman, 88, nearly blind and still living by herself, despite my attempts to persuade her otherwise. i shall be driving  to and fro for a few days and then hopefully one of my sisters might take over, so i can go to Glastonbury.

Enjoy the weather and your gardens, and hopefully i will see you soon.

really glad the wedding went well OL.

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