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Shrinking Violet

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 17:16

Miss Bateman (you're not my old - umm I mean ex - schoolteacher from waybackwhen are you?) I just love that local form of weather forecasting! 

We have a saying here as we overlook the Bristol Channel - if you can see Wales it's going to rain, and if you can't see Wales - it's raining.  Like all folklore - an element of truth!

It has been hot again here - up to 27 C again, but it's now clouded over a bit.  It should be a bit cooler tonight - so should be easier for sleeping.

Btw - remember the icecream maker I said I had bought?  Bad move.  Very bad move.  No-one wants "that shop-bought rubbish" any more - so I've been consigned to icecream maker in chief throughout the hot weather at least.  Vanilla (with real pods and seeds) = delicious.  Lemon & lime sorbet = soft mix but gorgeous.  (Sorry - nothing to do with weather directly.  Perhaps we need a "recipe" section to share ideas about using gluts of stuff.  Courgette icecream anyone?).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 10:33

Like coloured beads on a string - another lovely summer's day.  27 C in the shade!  Can it last?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 16:58

Gary - you  !

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 14:06

Not a cloud in the sky and garden 25 C.  Had to go into Taunton this morning - and the car thermometer said 29 C.  All this nice weather (sorry - not rubbing it in to those who are still awaiting their turn) forced me into my favourite kitchen shop, and I bought an icecream maker.  Drooling at the thought of it - but the bowl has to be in the freezer for 14 hours, so no icecream today.  But tomorrow . . .

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 12:10

Weatherman says 22 C here.  But it's already showing 25 C on my thermometer (in the shade).  Lovely day.  Hardly a cloud in the sky. 


Posted: 22/07/2012 at 21:09

Lost one - died off for no apparent reason.  Three left - lots of leaves but no signs of flowers yet. Hmm.  I think the light level has been far too low - but sudden bursts of sunshine may prompt some growth of flowers and fruit!  Here's hoping.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 20:01

Third day in a row - sunshine, some white fluffy clouds and warmth.  Lovely.  Only problem (of my own making, I hasten to add) is that the pots and troughs need watering - with all the wet etc I had forgotten them

Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 19:51

It's still impressive, despite the rubbish weather we've all had to contend with.  Keep us up-dated, please.  I think this an inspired planting scheme!


Posted: 21/07/2012 at 20:56

Are you sure they are mice?  I have to admit I've never come across this behaviour from mice.  Rats - yes, but their holes are bigger. 

Have you actually seen the culprits?  I think you may need to be a little surer before a solution to the problem can be found. 

I put up with mice in the GH (although they have a dreadful habit of pinching seeds or eating choice seedlings) but I have never seen the problem outside in the way you describe.  There may, however, be people on this board who know better . . .

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 19:43

Another lovely summer day - so that's two in a row!  A bit more high cloud today - but who's worrying?  It is just so nice to have the warmth at last!  Did some washing, got into the garden to do some tidying up and then thought "Blow it!  I'll enjoy this while I can."  So sat on the sun lounger with my library book pretending to read while I examined the insides of my eyelids

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