Shrinking Violet

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Guerilla Gardening

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:25

Wonderful!  It's people like you who really do bring out the very best in community spirit!  If there was a local spot that I could indulge in  I would - but it's all very rural or well tended.  Well, except for next-door's front garden - but that's another matter entirely

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:07

Trying hard to keep out of any acrimonious debate but . . . .   when was Turkey in Europe?  Istanbul = yes.  The bulk of the country = no (or so I was taught in Geography many moons ago).  So do we want a non-European country to be guaranteed full rights in the EU?  Is the geographical closeness to areas of Middle East conflict in our best interests?  And is the cultural divide too much for long-term assimilation?  I worry about the future. 

The voting date gets closer.  I still have to make up my mind.  I don't have any facts from fractious politicians.

Everlasting Spinach....( And Chard )

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 14:22

When I have had a surplus of chard I have chopped it coarsely, blanched for about a minute in boiling water and drained/squeezed It thoroughly.  Frozen in small(ish) quantities it has been superb in stuffings eg with Feta cheese,  toasted pine-nuts etc.  I've never used it as a vegetable in its own right after freezing, though.

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 19:12

House martins have arrived today and are busy refurbishing the nests under the eaves.  From one of the bedroom windows we can watch their comings and goings from a matter of inches - wonderful!  I am so excited. 

We are in Mid-Devon - Tiverton.


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:47

"Can I get . . . . ?" as a question asked of a shop assistant.  So tempting to be given the reply "I don't know, can you?"

But whatever happened to "Please may I have . . . ?"  I asked a shop assistant (yes, they do still exist in proper shops) in this way and she almost fell off her seat with surprise, and held up the queue to thank me for my politeness.  To me, it is normal - but it seems lazy speech and lack of good manners are becoming more "normal" by the day.

They're edible: who knew?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 22:25

Took a trip to the NT Knighthayes Court today (just outside Tiverton in Devon).  The kitchen garden is wonderful - well laid out and well labelled.  There is a section of ground given over to tubers and, as you would expect, potatoes of varying cultivars are labelled, row by row.  But there are two rows of dahlias, which, it is said, are edible.  I never knew that!  You learn something new every day!

California lilac

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 18:08

It's always worth trying to prune a plant.  I had a ceanothus that had become far too large for its position.  I cut it virtually to the ground, promising myself that I would dig out the stump later.  I didn't have the heart to dispose of it when it sprouted lots and lots of new growth.  Thereafter, a light prune after flowering each year made a superb, compact plant.


Posted: 23/04/2016 at 18:04

I go out for the day and come back to find pages of chuckles!  Great thread.

Pet hates (among many others) "alright".  Two words, or so my English teacher insisted when I wrote it on my slate - all right.  Mind you, I'd rather read it and be mildly irritated than hear "awrite" and be really annoyed.

Pronunciation:  battries.  Where is the middle "e"?  Comftable.  Where is the middle "or"?  Guaranteed to raise the blood pressure a couple of notches.



Posted: 22/04/2016 at 22:07

Steve - I wish my mother was with us today - she would love your correction - brilliant. 


Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:33

I'm glad that's been explained by another - though it does bring a smile to my face, especially since my son gave me a mug with that and LOL printed on it.  Somehow it didn't seem too offensive after that!

And the glottal stop!  After my very first day at infants' school (before they were called Primary Schools) I sat at the tea table and, having instantly copied the bad habits of the North London dialect, asked my mother for "a bi' a bread 'n' bu'er".  The Instant put-down was:  "A bit goes in the horse's mouth.  It is a piece of bread and butter.  You may ask again."  I did ask again.  And I didn't make the same mistake again (at home, at least.  the school playground was another matter . . . . )

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