Shrinking Violet

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Posted: 03/01/2016 at 20:52

Hello - may I have a few random memories here as well?

The only time I was ever smacked at school was by a Miss Ward, because I was talking as we lined up to go to assembly.  The humiliation was worse than the pain.  And I can still picture her to this day.  Just goes to show that memories can run deep (this happened in year 2 infants).

Re toys in the attic:  son will not let me get rid of lots of his stuff, but since we moved house recently, I had to be a bit brutal.  But even I got a bit dewy-eyed with some of his soft toys - Peter Rabbit, Gund the Polar Bear and many others.  Stickle Bricks, Duplo, Lego :  all boxed and awaiting grandchildren who will, I hope, be enthralled.

 I still have a couple of things from my own youth, though very few.  (Well, we children of the fifties didn;t have much to begin with, so not a lot to save, I guess).  But Teddy, Peggy and Margaret (favourite dolls) are still boxed in the loft.  And my very own china dolls' tea set.  I told son it was his inheritance - just look at some of the silly prices on Antiques Road Show!

And the cocoa project - I sort of remember doing that, but wasn't aware that it may have been allied to Cadbury's.  (Probably because I didn't get a certificate or any chocs ). 


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 17:46

Or Zebedee (Boing!) - this for readers of a certain age


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 17:37

Oh, dear - Frank, whatever have you done to deserve this?  (At least with a name that is near the end of the alphabet, I hope they don't get to me  . . . )

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:57

There you go, Mollis - even if people can't remember who they are/were, there's not a problem in referring back to the old Beeb stuff.  After all, some of it was very, very amusing.  Christmas fairies on an upside-down Christmas tree springs to mind!

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 23:23

mollis - you could never go into oblivion (see, I have a bit of inside knowledge here!!!).  But I took the decision to change my persona on here, and I think one or two others did as well.  Not to "hide" but rather to put all the old beeb stuff behind us, and have a fresh start.  Thus far it seems to be working (tho' I hesitate to mention the G**d name just in case ...)

Occasionally I recognise a style of posting or a hint of a previous "life" but overall I reckon the anonymity is what keeps us going.  Rather like the occasional dianthus. Or Rhodo.  Or . . .  well, you get the gist!

Downton vs Eastenders

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 23:55

Crumbs!  I feel as if I should touch me forelock and curtsey (or something like that).  Actually, I have enjoyed Downton, and loved the prog tonight.  I have been given the box set as a present, and the accompanying book.  I don't feel patronised or downtrodden (see the near-play-on-words there? ).  The drama, the costumes etc have all been pretty good, even if a bit sanitised.  But it is entertainment pure and simple.  If I want to think a bit more about the class system and its implications, then I suspect that one J. Corbyn Esq will give me a masterclass. 

Each to their own.  One man's meat is another man's poison - and I have loved the escapism of Downton.

Can't stand that song/Singer

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 21:43

Petula Clark: Downtown sets my nerves on edge.  Likewise anything by Ella Fitzgerald (or jazz in general, come to think of it).  And don't get me started on all versions (and there are far too many imo) of Hello Dolly. 





Posted: 29/11/2015 at 20:10

Joe - many thanks for that info.  I hadn't given it a thought, never having had to deal with Pampas previously.  I will make certain that if there is a hedgehog in there he/she will be promptly re-housed - already thinking of the possible sites for chezHedge! (And in any event I shall investigate before they arrive on site to do the deed!)


Posted: 25/11/2015 at 15:52

Thanks Edd.  Since a garden is only "borrowed" for a time, it is now the new occupants of my garden who are benefiting from the demise of the beech hedge!  It was a large garden, that took quite a bit of maintenance, and, with an eye to future years, we decided to downsize,

So - my new garden is much smaller.  It brings its own problems, of course - not least the huuuuge pampas grass against a fence (gardening chap coming next week to get rid of it), a couple of conifers - one of which looks suspiciously like leylandii  and some odd stumps of long-gone trees.  Same gardening chap will attend to these, too, so then I shall take stock and make a new garden (sans beech). 

Oh and I have brought cuttings, potted split plants and the like from my "old" garden, so I won't feel too bereft.


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 20:03

When I moved to Somerset I inherited a beech hedge, planted in a staggered double row.  It took years to get rid of it.  The dense planting encouraged aphid infestation, as well as fungal problems, since there was a lack of air circulation.

It grows fast, and if you like that sort of thing it will certainly reward you with a stock-proof hedge.  But it will suck the ground dry for about 3ft, either side and will cause many problems when you try to plant "in front" of it - by the time you expect your plants to be in full bloom with a hedge backdrop, you may very well find your choice specimens growing inside the new, rapid beech growth.

The retained copper leaves are not to everyone's taste throughout the winter, and the shedding of leaves in the spring, together with the sticky coverings for the new leaves can cause problems.

If you are aware of the implications of the planting and look forward to it - enjoy!  I found it a sore trial, to be honest.

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