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Posted: Yesterday at 08:18

Hello Fairy 

slow internet is the biggest killer of punchlines 


Posted: Yesterday at 08:16

Hmm - posted part way through...

Unable to read back but congrats to all that deserve them, special congrats to DD 

I only have 4 canes of polka rasberries but they have already produced abt 3 kilos of fruit. Have made 3 jars of jam and a big tub of sorbet from them as well as just enjoying the fresh berries nearly every day for last 2 weeks.

Hope to be able to chat properly after tomorrow. A little bit of work now then trying to keep cool for the rest of the day (car thermometer got up to 32C yesterday - hotter today).

Safe journey to BL for getting to UK - can't remember exactly when.



Posted: Yesterday at 08:03


Sorry I've been AWOL for a couple of days - have been having problems with t'interweb since Sunday. Much techie talk with provider and invested in a new router and filters yesterday and now have a stable connection - but wth a speed of just 0.5mbps - so unusable for most tasks. Man coming tomorrow to sort it out hopefully.

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Posted: 20/08/2016 at 13:08


Lucky nobody was injured. Hope they don't find any other major structural problems when they start poking around. Also hope no important pieces were damaged when it happened.

The wind today won't be helping - wouldn't fancy trying to put up scaffolding and tarpaulin or plastic to keep it all weather tight.


Posted: 20/08/2016 at 09:55

Morning - blustery day out there. I am quite pleased that some of the planting I did in the back garden has made quite a good shelter belt so things are not being damaged by the wind. Wish I could say the same about the front garden / woodland border..... There's not much I can do about it but maybe some of the shrubs in there which are still small will eventually be big enough to do some good.

Time to sort out the caravan ready for our jollies in a couple of weeks. Need to pack the essentials first - gin, tonic, wine, beer...

Managed to buy a 2nd hand copy of the first series of the Danish version of The Killing off t'interweb this week. We didn't watch it when it was on TV but since then have really got into the Scandi-noirs.

20 episodes - 1 hour each - so that's our evening entertainment sorted out for the whole of the jollies

Good price too - £1.84 + £1.60 pp - we lead an extravagant life style! 

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Posted: 18/08/2016 at 20:10

Fabulous picture Fairy 

I wonder if that super-bright moon was the reason I was tossing and turning into the wee small hours last night? Often seems to coincide. Maybe I was a werewolf in a previous life 

Forgot  to say congratulations to Chicklet - and Get Well Soon to Chicklet.

Description of the cane fire sounds scary Lantana.


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 19:11

Evening - shed is finished  apart from washing the windows and getting some odd splats of paint off the glass - but that will have to wait until the paint has cured a bit. Even managed a little tidy up and sweep out.

Have enjoyed raspberries everyday for the last 10 days but I'm ready for a break from them now - so I've just potted up 3 jars of raspberry & blackcurrant jam. Will freeze the next couple of days pickings and then I'll be ready to start munching again. Tomatoes have really started getting into their stride now as well so lots of tomato salad on the menu for the next few days and I'm running out of ideas of things to do with chard (stir fry, curried, frittata, etc etc) Love picking and eating

I love a good bonnie too - but also struggle to find the right site for it. Have to restrict myself to an incinerator arrangement usually and only do it when conditions are perfect.

Somebody down the road was doing some burning yesterday which was either very brave or very stupid. Everything round here is now brown and crispy and the grass is the colour of straw. Lots and lots of trees and meadows full of dry grass....

Time for G&T as a reward for working hard today...

Raspberry first timer

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 14:15

Hi Emma

I grow "Polka" raspberries which - despite being 'autumn fruiting' - have actually been producing small amounts of fruit for 2 or 3 weeks already and are now starting to fruit heavily - I can pick a small bowlful every day. They will continue producing fruit until the first frosts.

When they've finished fruiting all canes are simply cut to the ground - no worrying about which to cut and which to tie in for next year. The birds leave the raspberries alone (lots of other things for them at this time of year) - so no need for netting - and the stems only need to be contained when they start getting a bit floppy. Summer fruiters need a much sturdier permanent support system.

I would therefore recommend autumn fruiting raspberries over summer fruiters every time. You'll have lots of strawberries earlier in the summer anyway.

I have 4 canes  which were planted last spring. They have already filled a space 1m x 3.5m. They will produce more than enough berries for my OH and me to enjoy fresh, as puree, as jam and stored in the freezer. 10 canes are almost certainly too many unless you have a big plot. My 4 canes are already starting to put out runners that are popping up a few feet away from the parent plant.

Clari is right that you could try to grow different varieties to stagger fruiting but you should not plant summer fruiters within 2m of autumn fruiters. The 2 types have different pruning regimes - and if you end up with a forest of new canes it can be difficult to tell which ones belong to which plant and which pruning regime to follow.


Posted: 16/08/2016 at 09:39

Hosta - my OH would love a swimming pond and I would love a little jetty to sit on with feet dangling in the water while enjoying a glass of something long and cold.

Unfortunately our garden is not large enough to provide the right setting for such a feature - but I've got my eye on the field behind us... 


Posted: 16/08/2016 at 09:04

Orning Lesley, afties Pat, morning everyone else 

Sunny day here but a few clouds to keep the heat down - so will probably be shed painting duties today. Could think of nicer ways to spend the day but it needs finishing.

See there is some rain forecast (60% probability) for Saturday. We have had no rain for the last 2 months apart from one day of light rain - so there will be no complaints here if it materialises.

Must get on - SYL - have a good one

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