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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 18:46

Bloomin' Brilliant Panda - congratulations, really well done etc etc 

Now you can relax and really enjoy your hols - hope you have a great time 

Tawny owls

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:37

That sounds magical Fairy - I have a real 'thing' for owls - such graceful creatures and beautiful faces 


Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:33

Ditto everything SGL just said plus congratulations to WW. Had several goes at that Hazard Perception test online when I was bored in the winter - thought it all very subjective. Both OH and I identified several more potential hazards than the official ones on each test. 

Grass cut and edged, deadheading done, few seeds sown, penstemon cuttings taken. Garden looks beautifully lush and fresh after cooler temps and several days of rain. 

Edit to say - sorry to hear about your mum Yvie.


Tawny owls

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:25

I wonder if that was what I was listening to last night Pansy? Definitely owls calling but somehow didn't sound quite as it should. Never thought of babies. Lovely 


Posted: 26/08/2015 at 13:11

Jo - sorry to hear about your friend - so difficult to watch loved ones suffering.

Panda - congratulations on the interview - fingers crossed.  In fact - everything crossed for you.

Snoodle - enjoy the programme. I'm still thinking about asking my neighbour if she minds if I put an owl box in the large ash tree which straddles our border. Lots of owls around here but would love to have a family living at the end of the garden.


Posted: 26/08/2015 at 12:23

Hi Snoodle 

Hope all's good with you & the little ones. I think I've found the owl programme on iPlayer (& I'd be in the same region as you).

Go to the category 'Documentaries' and it's a 'Natural World' programme - Super Powered Owls. 

Hope that helps 

Bag lady

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 12:12

Reference barry's comment about rich people being scruffy: Back in the 60's my father (definitely not wealthy by the way!) was very 'into' antiques and loved 'hunting' around the various markets of London. He rarely bothered to dress up, wore his old demob duffel coat and quite often carried his sandwiches in a tatty plastic bag. 

On one visit it started pouring with rain so he decided to visit a couple of the 'posh' auction houses instead. He said he was treated ten times better than when he had previously visited suited and booted to attend an actual auction.

Presumably they either thought he was some eccentric wealthy lord of the manor - or they had the common sense to realise that personal dress code has little to do with the amount of money in the bank account - or they just had nice manners 

I really, really hate snotty sales people. Cosmetic and clothes shop assistants are the worse. One persistent clothes sales woman (i'd already told her I did not want any help) asked what size I was. When I told her she said "Oh - I don't think we would have anything in THAT size".  I'm a size 14 - so hardly an elephant - but she managed to make me feel like some obese freak - horrible, horrible cow. 

Bit fed up but always a silver lining......

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 11:32

Sorry Verdun - series has finished. Never mind eh? - you can always watch 'Don't Tell the Bride' on BBC3 instead ...  

Lovely story about your sweet peas Marion. And isn't it nice when somebody bothers to take the time to say "Thank You" properly? - makes you feel good all day. 

Seed saving

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 11:21

If you are new to seed saving it might be worth knowing that it is best to collect seeds when the seed head is nice and dry and to store them in paper containers (envelopes without plastic liners or windows are ideal). Storing in anything plastic will lead to condensation and damp seeds will usually just rot. Be sure to label the envelope with the plant name - we've all discovered a pack seeds (ID unknown) at the back of the shed at sometime!

Not all plants come true to type from seed but, as you say, they are free and you can sometimes get a nice surprise if you produce a plant with a slightly different form & prettier colour than the parent.

Some plants (such as foxgloves & poppies) are easily propagated from seed by just waving the dry seed head over the area where you'd like the plants to grow next year. The seeds will fall to the ground and germinate freely. Others require a bit more care and sowing in seed trays at the right time to maximise the success rate.

Good luck with seed collecting and sowing - for some of us plants for free and / or nurturing is nearly the best bit of gardening. 


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 14:10

Have you got any witch hazel in the cupboard Dove? That's good for insect bites - especially the gel. 

Itchy and scratchy here too - disturbed all the gnats when I was mowing under the hedge on Saturday morning.

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