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silver birch for front garden

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 22:26

I have a weeping silver birch approximately 34 years old. Height about 14.'  Height is no problem but I would like to lose some width. Could this be done without spoiling the tree? 

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 18:57

Thanks granma.   But when I think of all the 'healthy' jeans I've thrown away!


Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 22:27

Thanks folks. Perhaps I will buy just the holes and fit them myself. But I prefer small ones, can I buy half holes perhaps?

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 19:36

I can't really think of a truly useless invention. Most things invented have some use but not necessarily worth it. Can someone tell me though. The fashion of buying jeans with ready made holes. Does one pay less?


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 22:38

Times have changed. We never see kids carol singing now. And I am sure Christmases are not as exciting for them as in days of old. Sure they are excited at the thought of presents but it seems to me that most get so many they do not know what to look at first. Plus their bedrooms are already bursting with presents from Christmases and birthdays past. We had gifts from Mum and dad, and that was it. And they were really appreciated. It's the same with other things. A packet of crisps were a treat. Usually bought on an outing somewhere, and there were not many of those.  Now you see he weekly shopping basket at the checkouts laden with the weekly supply. Chicken itself on Christmas day was a treat. It was not question of being poor or 'deprived', it was just the way it was for working class folk. And though it is getting away from our subject, Guy Fawkes day was another treat. On November 5th we had our bonfire and fire works. But before that we made a guy and  went out looking for a 'penny for the guy'  And before anyone mentions begging , it was no more begging than what goes on today with Halloween. It was a fun tradition.  Now fire works day starts about a month before the 5th November and goes on for days afterwards. Plus fireworks at parties, New year, and what ever celebration that comes along throughout the year. The novelty lost.








Posted: 20/11/2014 at 21:58

As a  nipper in the thirties and early forties Christmas began on about a week before the day.. Beginning with the decorations. The mainstay of these were the paper chains. Mum would mix up the paste using flour and water and we would spend ages making up length after length and string them around the room. They always had to be repaired a few times during the period. We never had a tree.

We also would go around the houses carol singing. I could play Good King Wenceslas on a button accordion. One finger only. Most folk came to the door after a few choruses, gave us a coin, and we moved on to the next. One time the lady came to the door holding a baby. We gave her Good King Wenceslas all through and then she asked for another! That had to be sung without the music I could only play one tune.

  Christmas eve we hung one of dads long wellie socks from the foot board of our beds. Christmas morning we would wake up at whatever hour to find a paper sack at the foot of our beds and a sock stuffed with goodies. An orange each. Bar of chocolate. Just small things like that. We did not get much in the way of toys. Balsa wood airplanes to make up. Board games. Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, And one year toward the end of the war, or just after,  Monopoly, and we played that for hours.

  We got up to find the dresser and cupboards laid out with bowls of fruit (more oranges) and sweets. And we could help ourselves when ever.

Slap up dinner. Chicken never turkey. Roast spuds, Brussel sprouts etc. Followed by mum's home made Christmas pud and custard. And the lucky lad who got the silver 3d piece. Does anyone still pull the wishbone?

And of course. No television!

Talkback: Collecting animal skulls

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 20:28
Hi Kate
I have never been a bone collector but your blog takes me back to my child hood. As a nipper my brothers and I used to build many a camp beneath the bushes in the fields around our home. We would clear tunnels and brush away the fallen thorns until we found a clearing. We also found quite a few skulls. Birds, mice etc. and we would hang these up around the camp. Happy days.


Talkback: The no-dig method

Posted: 22/12/2011 at 16:37

I am definitely not an expert, but I believe a heavy clay soil benefits from digging, especially if  plenty of compost is well dug in. Once the soil structure improves, and that can take some time, then digging becomes not so important.

Problems with Quince

Posted: 22/12/2011 at 16:26

Hello Pansy2

I pick quince each year from a wild hedge nearby. The fruit also gets soft brown areas, but seems to me that they appear when the fruit has been left to over ripen. I pick the quince to make jelly, and try to do that when there is still some green showing. The brown patches appear mainly on the fruit that is out of my reach and therefore left on the hedge.

Too chilly to plant now?

Posted: 22/12/2011 at 16:19

Nothing to say.. I'm just listening.

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