Shrinking Violet

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Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:25

I haven't been bothered by squirrels up until now.  Trouble is, they are just so cute, it's hard to remember that they are rodents that cause enormous damage to trees in general, and saplings in particular, as well as transmitting squirrel pox which has proved fatal to the native reds.

But today at lunchtime, sitting down to watch the news on TV, we heard a repeated banging noise on the French windows.  I couldn't believe it:  a grey squirrel was repeatedly running at the glass, presumably thinking that it was  a clear passage to our dining room!  Like you, JC. I didn't have my camera!

Gardens and Parks with Autumn colours

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 22:15

Westonbirt Arboretum is hard to beat  but it's a bit out of the way from Sheffield Park to Gloucester!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:56

All this sweet stuff and choc does nothing for me:  now, a lovely cheese, some nutty nibbles and a glass of anything alcofrolic (tho' preferably red:  not port at this stage of the proceedings, though:  a bit heavy!) and I'm anyone's! (or so OH says . . . . )

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:40

Fight, fight, fight!!

Now, now ladies:  form an orderly queue, please, and don't be greedy:  leave something for those other unfortunates behind you!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:19

Ore doin' a Jive!  What's not to like? 

Legs!  Oh how I wished and wished that I had legs up to my armpits!  (They seem to have stopped at me knees, and the older I get, the less attractive the cellulite becomes!)

Oh, well - rejoice in those physically blessed.  Enjoy the dancing - and don't forget, long legs can sometimes be an ungainly disadvantage (or so I keep my spirits up by telling myself!)

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:05

Twiglets are little sticks coated in Marmite, I believe,  Not sure If I can afford them now that . . . . . . . . . Oh, hang on, Tesco/Unilever have reached an agreement so reckon that's all OK now.  So if they can do it - so can we all???

Crumbs!  Hot choc pouring sensuously over Frank as he watches tomorrow night.  Phwoooaarh!!!

(I'll have what he's having, thank you very much! )

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 19:36

"My" robin sits in the tree and warbles to his heart's content - staking claim to his territory ie our garden, and feeders copiously provided with much-relished mealworms! (And, boy! does he complain if I'm not digging the soil quickly enough for him to pounce on the worms etc that are turned up!)

Coal tits are frequent visitors (along with blue and great-tits) but are rarely shy.  The Long-tailed tits visit as and when the fancy takes them, swooping down mob-handed, chattering excitedly, and then moving on for the next few days/weeks.

We've had blackbirds, but no thrushes thus far.  But we've been here just under a year, and we are just loving encouraging the birds to our feeders.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 19:27

The reason why I sometimes hesitate to post in general and this thread in particular is because it is so easy for feelings to run high, and be expressed in a way that seems to disrespect others.

I am saddened that Will Young has left Strictly; I thought that his Bollywood fusion Salsa was spectacular.  I looked forward to seeing more of his talents, but sadly it is not to be.

I don't read the "redtops" and don't make assumptions.  I just think/hope that we, the audience, can move on.

Personally I thought that Singin' in the Rain was wonderful.  I thought nearly all the dances were beyond expectation at so early a stage in the competition.  I really cannot remember an evening watching the TV that has engaged me so much.

I suggest that we move beyond the personal interpretations (others may very well not agree with me, for example, and that's fair enough) and raise our standards above personal invective.  We love Strictly.  This year's competition seems better than any that have gone before (and I've avidly watched them all)

So - Saturday beckons.  Pick up your popcorn/pizza/canapés/Prosecco/plonk-in-a-box*

Enjoy the dances and keep smiling!!!

*Delete whichever is not applicable

Rust on runner and french beans

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 20:55

For the very first time in many years of growing, I had rust on the Runner beans, too.  Not on the climbing French beans, but exclusively on the Runners.

Here in the West Country (Devon) we have not had the hot weather that many other parts of the country have enjoyed;  it has been wet/damp/drizzly on many an occasion, with low light levels.  I suspect that this contributed significantly to the problem (also found rust on chives, euphorbia and a few other flowering plants, too.  Since rust is plant-specific, I have to conclude that it is weather-related).

All the bean plants have now been disposed of.  I have dug the soil over, having tried to removed all the leaves etc and the soil has had a light drench of Armillatox to try to ensure the spores are killed off.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 20:35

Lots of them were on the ground, busily hoovering up the spilt seed from their over-enthusiastic peer group!  They haven't returned in such numbers:  perhaps they were just trying our café out for size, and have found another provider


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