- <p>I love raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...and chocolate, tea, proper belly laughs and GARDENING!</p>
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14 Jan 2018 21:41
Fab name Puzzle!
Here is Mr Sydney who has the most beautiful coloured coat. It has a very unusual pinky tone to it. And his predecessor, the late, great Mr Pete who was such a handsome chap. Both with bags of character.
14 Jan 2018 21:27
Pets without question. Without them a place can feel hollow and devoid of character to me. The ability to care for an animal is a very special trait in my eyes that I have come to value, admire and appreciate. A garden reflects this. Seeing a cat snoozing in a flower bed, or a dog rolling on a lawn is smashing. A garden without a pet or wildlife can't ever be perfect.
14 Jan 2018 21:12
I loved being in the garden today.
i tidied up a bed of strawberries. Forked over the raised beds. Planted 2 onion sets. Drained a smithy tub that has become water logged. Pruned some mint. Trimmed back ivy coming in from the adjacent field.
noticed it was still quite light at 3-4pm. Roll on Spring!
09 Jan 2018 07:45
Morning - thank you ever so much for the responses. I have been amazed at just how common fertility problems are. It's not something that comes up in conversation, but as soon as someone opens up its so lovely to feel like you're not alone. It's lovely to get back into the garden again, as during IVF we were told that I shouldn't do anything that involved bending or lifting.
As for the stray, I'm due to get a call back from my vet today with advice. I'd love to keep him, but I can see that my own cat is becoming increasingly stressed by him being around. I haven't let the stray come into the house yet, but he's chomping at the bit to get in. He'll be at the door wanting his breakfast any minute. I'll try and get another photo of him to share. He is quite the poser!
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07 Jan 2018 19:17
Thanks Logan. It's my third pregnancy and third miscarriage. I just don't seem to be able to get further than 12 weeks. The last two pregnancies were from IVF. It's great that I can get pregnant, just frustrating that I can't carry them. We've decided to have some time off. It feels really good not to be pumped full of drugs. Hoping 2018 is a fertile year in more ways than one though!
I don't allow myself to be upset for more than a week or so because if I let go of my feelings I fear that I'd be forever sad. Instead, I focus on being thankful for what we have, and outside of my immediate family, I get the most joy from my kitty cat and my garden.
I am most concerned about how my own cat (Sydeny) will react if I keep the stray. Sydeny was an 8 year old rescue from the Cats Protection League, with sight issues. He's now 11 and full of beans but he hasnt ever lived with another cat. The stray is about 5 years old and is a pretty tough little chap and full to the brim of character. My neighbour has two kittens that she's planning on letting out in a few weeks. I am worried that the stray will bully them too. I might call my vet tomorrow and ask his opinion on castration and if that will calm him down (the stray that is, not the vet)!
07 Jan 2018 16:01
Bracken was such a handsome chap. Hope you are enjoying lots of lovely memories Logan.
Lily - those two look full of fun! What gorgeous coats.
Learin - do they get along? They look lovely all together.
I have a little dillema. There has been a stray cat knocking around for over a year. He's not been castrated and is a bit of a lovable bully. Our cat is scared stiff of him and they've had a few scraps. Anyhow, when it got really really cold over Christmas, I fed the stray as couldn't bare to see him struggle. Also put a little house out and a hot water bottle . I did this for a few weeks. I was worried he might belong to someone so I put a message and photo on our village Facebook page. A farmer got in touch and said he was hers and she lost him in 2015. I managed to coax him into a basket and the farmer took him away. The farm is over a river about three miles away. The next four days were really tough for me as I had a miscarriage. I was up early and walking aground our garden in a daze, and who should I find in the flower bed but the stray! I can't tell you just how much he cheered me up as I'd become very fond of him and was feeling so sad at the time. Heaven knows how he found his way back across the river and from so far away! Needless to say, I've been feeding him ever since. I don't know what to do. Should I phone the farmer and tell her he's here? Or...... should I get him castrated and adopt him? Do you think that after castration he will be less of a bully to my own cat? I really feel that I owe this little fellow as he lifted my spirits so much. He is full of character. Any advice greatly appreciated.
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07 Jan 2018 11:54
Thanks VictoriaSponge. Yep, tough times. Hoping 2018 will be our year.
i bought some onion sets yesterday. It says to sow in Autumn. Do you think I've missed the boat or will it be ok to pop them in now?
also got some first early spuds called Christl. I spotted an older chap looking at them and he picked up a bag. That was good enough for me!
03 Jan 2018 19:11
Victoria - yum yum! That photo of your gin made my mouth water! I haven't had a drink for over a year and I am missing the odd tipple!
I got out into the greenhouse today. Checked on my sweet pea seedlings which are looking fab. Chuffed to be back in the garden, even if it is a bit at a time. Miscarriage number three for me just after Christmas so we've decided to have a break from IVF and it feels utterly amazing to be drug free and back out in the garden. The wind this morning felt exhilarating.
Planning on doing some gentle tidying up in the morning, and maybe a little pruning of one of our little apple trees. Also going to read up on how to grow the perfect lettuce! We had some iceberg with our tea and I'd love to be able to grow one.
16 Dec 2017 16:22
Happy Christmas back at you Puzzle007! Love the picture. What a lovely antidote to some of the nasty things being said on another thread. Poor angry people. I'd rather live and let live.
Happy Christmas to all of our lovely pets and their owners X X
02 Dec 2017 18:58
Checked on my Sweat pea seeds that I took from this years spent plants and they have germinated! So excited! Onion seeds have yet to show signs of sprouting though.
Not aloud to do any heavy lifting, bending or digging at the moment (in the thick of round two of IVF - please let it work!!) so have been doing observational gardening today. First time ever of leaving annuals in that have gone over. Itching to tidy up!
Filled the bird feeders - empty by lunch time.
Looked through photos of the garden in summer. Something to look forwards to!
12 Nov 2017 07:28
Hi Victoria Sponge,
Well, I couldn't sleep so got up at 5.30am today and came downstairs so as not to wake my other half. I've just read your allotment adventures journey from start to finish -WOW! I knew that you are a hard worker but this is a whole new level! Well done you! What an inspiration! Where on earth do you get your energy from?!
Its better than the book I'm reading!
I haven't been too active in the garden this year (IVF trials and tribulations, and annoying strict instruction to 'moderate' exercise - humph!) so it's just lovely to be able to garden vicariously through you!
Thanks sooo much for sharing your story. Can't wait for the next update!
08 Nov 2017 12:42
Thanks Valery, I will take a look.
ive soon some lovely places around Robin Hoods Bay too.
05 Nov 2017 19:02
I opened up last years bin liner of leaves and delighted to see I have leaf mould for the first time! Not much so will make more of an effort to collect leaves this year.
Mum and dad bought around a lovely large terracotta pot large enough to plant up a version of Monty's winter pot. I chose a green and silver grass rather than a black one though. Very pleased with it as my winter pots generally consist of a little fir and some pansies and the nice silver leafed plant.
29 Oct 2017 16:29
Love your stag border Loana. Beautiful colours and layout. Lovely place to remember your lost pets.
Nice to know I'm not alone with inlaw issues. It's so draining. I'm going have to politely avoid them for a while as it plays on my mind far too much.
Very pleased with my tidy borders as a result of todays efforts. Sitting back with a cuppa now.
29 Oct 2017 09:01
Had a good few hours in the garden yesterday.
Cleared the greenhouse of the last few tomatoes, planted up pots with winter flowering plants, moved a few pots to give them some winter protection and did a bit of weeding.
Saved a few sweet pea heads and have just podded the seeds so will sow them today.
Had to cut it short to attend dinner at the inlaws. Not a good evening for various reasons so feeling a bit blue this morning. Will cheer myself up by going to the garden centre for some nice cheery tulip bulbs!
19 Oct 2017 05:59
I saw a garden full of them at the weekend. They looked glorious.
18 Oct 2017 20:47
I can't get my nerines to flower.
15 Oct 2017 07:39
Thank you for the suggestions. I can't wait to start researching these.
We're in Broadstairs for the weekend so might have to de-tour on the way home.
14 Oct 2017 12:07
After a lot of soul searching and a really tough year, I've decided to sell my flat and invest in a little holiday home. Trouble is, I've no idea where. I know the Cotswolds are nice but a bit predictable.
Would really appreciate any suggestions for nice friendly little villages in the UK. We're in Nottinghamshire so ideally within a couple of hours drive.
Any ideas from your travels or when visiting gardens?
12 Oct 2017 05:12
cleared up the outdoor tomatoes. only a courgette and some beetroot left in the veg plot now. Oh and some onions which are pathetic. Ive never had much success with getting them larger than a golf ball! Is there a secret to onions that I don't know about? might make onions my priority next year!
the front is in need of a good tidy but no time to get out there. work is ridiculous at the moment. did 15 hours on Tuesday. Not sustainable!