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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 18:18

So the box on the right for us says Sunny/clear.  I reckon they got us mixed up, Frank, since it has been partly cloudy all day.  The sky is getting whiter as high cloud moves in (a bit earlier than predicted, I suspect).  So expecting rain tomorrow at some stage.  Oh, well, it was too good to last!

Made the most of the warmth and hazy sun, and read my book again  - goodness knows who-dunnit, but only a few more chapters to go

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 17:59

Frank - glad your eyes are OK.  Those drops are the very devil, and when I had a similar test, I couldn't drive for a few hours because the pupils were so dilated.

Gorgeous weather here in SW.  Maud, I'm pleased you're feeling better, and I hope you enjoy Wisley tomorrow as much as I did Rosemoor today.  The setting was just perfect, and the "hot" garden was a sight to behold. 

Felt obliged to spend some time in the plant shop, having already indulged in the craft tent.  All in all, a lovely day.  Fingers crossed for more for the weekend at least.

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Posted: 06/09/2012 at 22:34

Lovely day again.  Well, it was lovely until I discovered the dreaded blight  on some of the tomato plants.  They were "spare" seedlings that I set in a trough and grew in the mini plasticGH.  Cut the plants down, binned the foliage etc and disinfected secateurs etc so hopefully it was contained in one small area. 

Wartime Farm

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 22:29

Well - I enjoyed the episode this evening, and look forward to the rest of the series.  Re-enacting farming of the time certainly brings it home to us just how hard it must all have been.  And to think that a paraffin stove was seen as a great innovation and convenient!  I'd read about them - but never seen one in operation, so that was a new experience for me.  We take so much for granted these days. 

Wartime Farm

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 20:08

I loved the previous series, so look forward to this one.  Having been born just after the war, I remember the privations that still existed for many long years.  The flower nursery at the end of the garden was just a tiny bit too small to be forced into food production.  I don't know what they did grow - but they certainly kept chickens, which attracted the rats, which attracted the cats - which is why our moggie had lacy ears - the trophies of many fights with competing toms!  This was in North London.  I looked the area up on Google Earth - built on and unrecognisable!

Relatives in Kent were very much part of the food production imperative.  And they lived beneath "Bomb Alley" - the flight path of the Doodlebugs - so it wasn't without its dangers!  Re-visiting the area around Coxheath some years ago, it was hard to imaging it as producing anything - except houses! 

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Posted: 05/09/2012 at 19:44

Hot and sunny here in the West.  Wall-to-wall sunshine.  Bliss.  After all the work in the garden I decided to make the most of the good weather, and spent much of the day reading (with a glass of chilled white wine at my elbow) or having a leisurely lunch on the patio.  Looks set fair for the rest of the week, too.

Hope you feel better Maud to enjoy this fleeting reminder of summer! 

Btw my hardy fuchsias have never looked better - so they, at least, must have relished the rain. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 19:48

Glorious day here in sunny Somerset.  And some real warmth in the sun, too.  I'd almost forgotten what it feels like!

Gave the front garden a good sorting out.  It faces north, and can be cold unless there is real warmth.  It was so good, I stayed out much longer than intended.  One trailer load of green stuff taken for recycling.  All the rain had put lots of growth on the shrubs etc.  But it looks so much tidier now.  Looking good for the rest of the week - hope to take a trip to RHS Rosemoor on Friday. 

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Posted: 31/08/2012 at 21:47

Lovely day - lots of sunshine, which clouded over from time to time - but it was a treat to have the brightness and relative warmth.  Good day for drying washing, and it's now all ironed, too, so lots of self-awarded brownie points!

Cleared what was left of the sweet pea plants, cleared a lot of excess foliage at the bottom of the tomato plants, and spent a goodly amount of time going round the garden dead-heading - a never-ending task.

Sat down this evening to enjoy a feast of gardening programmes:  Hidcote for a full hour, Mastermind for amusing interlude, and GW.  Bliss.  (Monty is much more relaxed in his own garden - his personality has grown on me.)

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Posted: 30/08/2012 at 23:29

Grandad's magic green fingers, eh Frank?  I bet the memory will stay with her for the rest of her life - and what a wonderful memory to have.

When my son was a young Beaver Scout, he was helped by the leaders to plant a daffodil.  It came home in the pot, and he had to nurture it in readiness for next spring.  It did so well, it flowered weeks before he was due to take it back to Beavers, so we had to take a photo to prove that it had flowered.  He (now mid twenties) still remembers it - and we still have the photos to remember it by.  Now - where did all those years go???

Talkback: Bats

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 20:33

We had bats in the attic!  No - really:  the extension part of the house has a separate loft, and they took up residence.  Quite something to be out in the garden at dusk and see them emerge and fly over the garden. 

That said, the downside was that they would creep through gaps in the brickwork into the main part of the attic, and leave their calling cards all over he place!

I also recall taking kids down the end of the garden, and showing them how to attract bats:  throw up into the air, as high as you can, a small handful of dry soil - the bats think there are insects there, and will swoop down.  Super, thought I.  Until one of the cherubs decided to chuck a stone into the air.  At an angle.  And it came down in the GH.  Crack!!! One broken pane of glass.  (Oh, well, he learnt the lesson, as did I ),

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