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Posted: Yesterday at 14:02

Afternoon all

Well done Pdoc - your OH will be thrilled that you found her bracelet. Hopefully it will help you both to see the first signs of the dark clouds breaking and the sun fighting to make it's way through to shine on you both. Life's tough when it throws stuff at you one thing after another but nothing (including winter and the bad times) lasts forever.

Sorry to hear about KEF's car problems - hope it's not mega expensive.

Have just got back from town (couldn't be a*sed to go to the SM yesterday and we need food). Completely forgot about Black Friday (which is not a huge event here anyway) and also about the huge annual Christmas Fair / market which takes place over 4 days.

Roads are closed / car parks full to busting queueing traffic everywhere -  Tomorrow there will be thousands of visitors including loads of coaches bringing people from all over the country and near continent. Will be pandemonium - am staying home...

Off to tidy the veggie beds now 


Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 18:40

I've said it before & I'll say it again - I just love your garden BL.

A real touch of England in France 

Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 14:38

You'll have to let us know when that is next year BL - sounds like a good day out - perhaps we could organise a GW forum charabanc 


Posted: 26/11/2015 at 12:11

Hello P'doc - you were posting while I was typing.

So sorry to hear about your SIL. I'm sure she'll find your support very helpful. As a patient you often forget to ask some important questions or don't quite understand what's being said - so you'll be able to take that strain away from her.

Hope OH's bracelet turns up soon - it's there somewhere. I've turned out more bins looking for stuff than I care to admit. Assuming it's a metal do you know anybody with a detector who could help?


Posted: 26/11/2015 at 12:06

Morning all (just)

Quick check in to say hello. Sun is shining so might try to have a spell in the garden.

Long day yesterday at a Pensions Seminar at Heathrow. Head was buzzing a bit with facts and figures but no nasty surprises and pleased to say we seemed to be ahead of the game in terms of knowing what to expect / tax doodahs etc. 

The M25 was a nightmare both ways - have no idea how people cope with that on a daily basis. It used to be bad enough when I had to travel into Leeds from York on The A64 but that was just volume of traffic rather than some of the idiotic an dangerous driving we saw yesterday including several people clearly texting whilst driving 

Glad to hear knee braces seem to be working for the tennis players and walkers amongst us - might be worth considering. Usually ok on the flat but coming down big hills starting to be problematic.

Enjoy your hols Hosta - have a G&T in the sun for me 

Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 10:08

That's a really nice little web site BL. Have only had time for a quick flick through but some really interesting articles. Will have a good read this evening. 

Thank you for putting up the link  

North Facing Border

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 19:31
Off the top of my head I can think there are brunnera, primulas, hostas, aquilegia, many different hardy geraniums, hesperis, coreopsis, foxgloves, knautia, nepeta, lavender, californian poppies, several different forms of campanula, nasturtiums, fennel, salvias, various annuals, geums, roses, choisya, philadelphus, fruit trees, raspberries, currants, evergreen and deciduous shrubs and quite a few more!

As you can see I don't make too many allowances for the garden facing north. Some of these plants would, ideally, have a sunnier site but they are all fine. I have a few plants (lupins, pinks, delphiniums and penstemon are some) which I try to plant in the areas with the best drainage and / or the most sun but even some of those stray into the shadiest bits.

Re leaves on gravel. We have a large gravel drive & 2 huge mature trees which produce loads of leaves. A spring tine lawn rake makes short work of raking the leaves into piles. I find it easier than raking them on the lawn.
Enjoy your planting!


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 18:54
We hope not too Dove - have a 6am start to get to Heathrow for 9 for a meeting.
Don't really need to be de-icing the car before we face rush hour on the M25.

Thought I'd left all that stuff behind me a while ago - but every now and again it comes back to bite you on the btm


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 16:31

Pleased to see that very nasty posting was taken down very quickly. Fast work mods - well done 


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 15:58

So, as we were saying  - glad you got the TV sorted Dove - and well done Gertie - lovely blouse. I haven't done that sort of sewing since I was in Miss Jones's class 40+ years ago. Curtains - yes - collared blouses - way out of my league. 

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