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Posted: 13/08/2016 at 13:26
Doghouse Riley says:

It made me smile when the USA women's football team crashed out on penalties to Sweden in the quarter-finals.

They've "owned" this trophy and there was a demonstration of bad sports-womanship by their goalkeeper Hope Solo, when she needed to save the sixth kick in te penalty-shoot out. She delayed the proceedings by requesting a new pair of gloves and the referee let her! There was nothing wrong with the ones she'd played in for 120 minutes, it was sheer gamesmanship. Fortunately she only needed them to pick the ball out of the back of the net.

I've watched most on my recordings. The athletics were poorly supported by spectators, but the sprint starts where the competitors are close to the stand were constantly interrupted  by unnecessary noise.

They should have been using the "shuuuushhh," feature on the public address, that has been so successful before  the starts at other big meets.

Always fast forward through the unnecessary "How did you feel?" interviews by Phil Jones, the moment an athlete steps of the track and they're still gasping for air.

Enjoyed the  Adcocks in the badminton, not always easy when the competitors are married to each other.

I hope Jess can do it today. Katarina  really let herself down. It showed that she hasn't devoted enough time practising her weakest event. Increasing power is the hardest part and no one can be blamed for not being as strong as other athletes, but to get the technique wrong is a different matter.

Still looking forward to see Laura Trott, such an incredible power to weight ration  a fantastic competitive brain every time she competes in the elimination races. I hope she does it over Sarah Hammer in the Omnium again.

Andy Murray, is he trying to wind us up each time?

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 I'm intrigued to know how you can be so certain that KJT hadn't done enough practice, or for that matter Steve Backley either, only KJT and her coach will know that, there are any number of reasons for her struggling in that discipline. 


Posted: 13/08/2016 at 12:30

It's so easy to be an ' armchair critic'😕, anyone who puts themselves through the effort needed to be an Olympic competitor gets my total respect.

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Posted: 09/08/2016 at 12:56

Top job garden girl😊. Don't think I've ever grown anything worthy of a show bench. I'd be terrible at timing things too.

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Posted: 07/08/2016 at 19:04

Lifted my onions and shallots, left them on the ground as the forecast is dry, will put them in the GH tomorrow. Picked loads of beans, both French and runner and had a quick look at the sweetcorn, still needs another week I reckon. 

Had fresh carrots, beans, roast onion and roast beetroot with some sausages we bought from the show yesterday.

Lots of watering too, after the wet start to the summer it's been pretty dry for a few weeks now.

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Posted: 06/08/2016 at 21:28

Hi Aster, Hyde Hall has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. I used to live near Chelmsford so visited regularly, still try and make a couple of visits a year as my sister still lives that way. Went to a Chilli festival there last year, again very well run.

I hope they continue with Countryfile Live, it just needs a few tweaks in my opinion. 

On the allotment front I think I'll lift my onions and shallots tomorrow.

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Posted: 06/08/2016 at 17:31

Just got back from the Countryfile Live show. It was good but some of the organisation was less than perfect to say the least.

I won the tickets in an online raffle for OS, I don't think it was worth the full price. 

We bought a 'cooler' jacket for our Border Collie, it worked a dream and helped keep her cool. Not enough watering spots for dogs and next to no seating for eating, not even a few straw bales! 

If anyone is going tomorrow be prepared that if you go early they won't let you into the show until exactly 9.30 and there were no toilets at the entrance! 

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Posted: 05/08/2016 at 21:17

My toms in the greenhouse are doing well but I have some in a polytunnel and though they're the same variety they are very poor. Probably due to bigger temp fluctuations in the polytunnel. 

Generally things have done well if a bit later due to the cold conditions in early ' summer ' . Looking forward to the first sweetcorn, the cobs are a good size now and the tassles are just starting to turn so won't be long now😃.

Onions and shallots are ready for lifting, fingers crossed it stays dry.

Happy gardening everyone. Off to Countryfile Live tomorrow, hope they sort the traffic, reports are that it's been horrendous! We're going early so hopefully we'll miss the worst.

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Posted: 31/07/2016 at 19:04

Hope the show went well Gardengirl. Did some watering and picking and a bit of weeding. The sweetcorn is looking good with some fat cobs developing, it's one of my favourite times on the year when they're ready 🌽🍴. 

I've grown some squashes on my manure heap this year, one variety called Riley which produces round fruits, orange size, has gone mad, it's like a triffid😄. 

Forecast is for some rain tomorrow evening which will be welcome as it's been dry here for a few weeks now.


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 10:17

How are blackberries ripening in your area. They seem very late here, most are still very small and green, with just the odd one ripening. I am talking about hedgerow brambles, not cultivated varieties.

I live in West Kent and on our walks with the dog we've noticed the blackberries this year seem way behind. Also it seems a bad year for sloes, maybe it was the weird spring weather, but fruit on the allotment has done well😕.

For the past few years we are normally picking heavily by now.

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Posted: 25/07/2016 at 21:36

Picked the first of the blueberries today, only a handful so far but delicious, so sweet😊. 

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