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Posted: 28/10/2017 at 14:53

Afternoon - quick read back - sounds as though some are busy and some are not. LB - please send some rain our way - the ground here is drier than the desert (again). We've had much lower rainfall than normal in the last 12 months (it's usually too low anyway) - and I'm now starting to get concerned that we may be in for a hosepipe ban next summer. We need a wet winter now.

Lovely sunset last night MU. At 9pm the moon was very low, very clear and distinctly orange - beautiful.

Thanks for the info about the beach Joyce - one to go to if we come up to Scotland in January / February again.

Pauline - enjoy your weekend off. That daily commute into Leeds must be nearly as draining as the treatment itself.

I've been out and cut the grass and now need to pack some clothes into the caravan. We're off to Yorkshire to see the outlaws for a few days on Monday.

Much easier for everyone if we stay in our own accommodation about 10 miles from where they live. We can pop over to see them / take them out a couple of times but still feel free to do our own thing as well. I've been promised a trip to the Barbara Hepworth / Henry Moore gallery / museum in Wakefield so am really looking forward to that.

Edit: I still haven't started my bulbs...

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Resurrected Twenty-Eight

Posted: 27/10/2017 at 15:53

Beautiful autumn display MU 

Joyce - do you mind if I ask which beach that is? - looks just the spot for an autumn walk followed by a large coffee or a bowl of soup!

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Posted: 27/10/2017 at 09:28

It was kind of Runny to remember anything about my birthday - it was a lovely thought.

All these kitty pics are making me very broody. Am trying very hard to be sensible about not getting another cat just yet. Today is OH’s last day at work and we have been able to make some plans for extended trips over the next year.It wouldn’t be fair to get a cat now & stick it in the cattery for weeks at a time.

But I do miss my furry hot water bottle, head butting sessions and cat tummy sniffing....

NDN’s cat is friendly and good company but he’s not a cuddler

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Posted: 27/10/2017 at 09:02

Morning everyone - and a lovely sunny one it is too

Thank you for all the birthday wishes. It was actually on Monday but no worries - it’s a big one with a 0 on the end so the ‘celebrations‘ are being spread over a few weeks 

Am muchly looking forward my first discounted fish supper and collecting a free prescription!

We went to Cambridge for a few days. It’s only just down the road but very different going as a happy tourist rather than a harassed shopper. Had a lovely time doing some of the museums I‘ve been meaning to go to for years.

I shall now read back & see what you’ve all been up to.

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Posted: 21/10/2017 at 16:46

MU - my Sister-in-law's terrier definitely came top of that class

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Posted: 21/10/2017 at 16:44

Lovely picture of Lantana and hound being blown across the sky before coming in to land and saving the world from the deadly foe - The Big Black Barbecue Cover

I must confess to emitting a girly shriek today when I lifted an 'empty' flower pot out from under the hedge and something jumped out. Probably a little vole or something which had made a nest in there. All very cute, and I don't wish them any harm but I really, really don't like dealing with scurrying, furry things. Fortunately it disappeared so quickly I nearly convinced myself it was a leaf blowing out. Yeah, right, whatever....

The flowers were a lovely gesture from work Pauline - you are clearly missed. Take it easy and be kind to yourself for the next few weeks.

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Posted: 21/10/2017 at 11:10

Morning everyone - you were all up silly early. I didn't wake until 9.30. That's LATE - even for me. Mind you - didn't get to bed till gone 1am - was watching more episodes of The Handmaid's Tale recorded from a few weeks ago. Didn't think I'd enjoy it and I'm not sure I do (rather brutal in parts) but it's quite compulsive. 4 more to go...

Wasp stings are still very itchy but at least they've stopped aching now. Broke up the nest yesterday. Felt very guilty doing it but the landscaper is working on that particular raised bed in 2 weeks time and asked me to 'get it sorted' before they started work. Beautiful construction and I'm sure it's produced hundreds of babies over the summer.

Rather breezy but sunny - so will continue with the clearing ready for the work to start. Filled my council garden bin and topped up 2 of the neighbours' bins on Thursday plus loads shredded for the garden compost bins. Honeysuckles and clematis produce large volumes of 'stuff'...

At some stage I may even get around to starting on the bulb planting.

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Posted: 18/10/2017 at 19:08

Evening - very late on parade today.

Best wishes to Pauline - hope her day has gone ok. Also to Sunny - hope you're being kept entertained by those white balls of fun - 'first anniversaries' are the toughest to deal with.

We had a good (if exhausting) day at the Caravan & Motorhome Show at the NEC yesterday. We weren't in the market for any big toys but enjoyed looking round them (ie picking them to pieces) all the same.

Glad you had a good day in Yorkshire LB. We're thinking we might have a few days up there in 2 weeks time. Visit the outlaws and take them up to the Dales. I quite fancy a trip to the Minster at Beverley & OH would like to go to the Yorkshire sculpture park - so more than enough to keep us entertained.

My news for today is that I decided to clear one of the raised beds ready for the landscaper to start work on 6th Nov. Stuck the spade straight into the middle of a wasps' nest. They weren't best pleased. Got stung 6 times - ouch.

Fortunately OH was home at the time - so he was on red alert to watch for any signs of an adverse reaction. Swearing and whingeing obviously didn't count! Anyway - I'm fine - just a bit sore.

Hope the wasps are gone by morning though.

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Resurrected Twenty Seven

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 07:52


I kept waking up because I was too warm as well - unpleasantly sticky.

Office for me this morning then travelling to the Midlands this afternoon. Going to the motorhome & caravan show at the NEC tomorrow to look at sat navs and a few other bits & pieces.

Hope all those in the path of the storm emerge unscathed - hate windy weather.

Resurrected Twenty Seven

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 12:38

I'm looking at ways to make the garden less high maintenance - mainly so that we can go away and leave it for 2 or 3 weeks at a time. OH is retiring in a few weeks and we will be doing a bit of travelling - nothing too exciting but just being able to get out and about without the restriction of a work timetable.

I'm definitely going down the route of shrubs and lower maintenance perennials (heuchera, brunnera, hostas that sort of thing). The more ground cover, the better.

I've never been a big one for pots and a small foray into veg growing revealed what's worth growing for us (mainly herbs, chard, peas and raspberries) and what's not - so I only need a small area for those.

A garden that looks reasonably good with two hefty sessions in spring and autumn and a good blitz once a fortnight through the summer is the aim.

The roses and delphiniums don't really fit with that idea do they?

Kitties are absolutely gorgeous Sunny - making me feel broody.

I agree that Lucy Worsley probably has the best job in the world. Could do that until the day I die - fabulous workplace

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