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Posted: Yesterday at 08:48


Bit cooler today - no complaints here

Sorry Dove - can't help with the boiler - we are on oil. We will probably get mains gas at the same time as super-fast broadband and /or cable TV  I will probably be in a long box with satin lining by then!

Clari - my OH winced when I told him of your doggie delights.

Fairy - you and your young men - again  Thanks for the info about The Adventure Show again. We've downloaded the 2 progs to watch in the Camper this weekend. 

Pdoc - SM run done already - blimey that only happens here at Xmas.

Who's talking about frost? - it's July don't you know 

Have a good one!

Visiting Woottens?

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 20:16



Posted: 28/07/2016 at 18:54

Good news PDoc - onwards and upwards - how about a little G&T to help things along? 

Lily P - will PM you my address so you can forward a bottle to me (for quality control purposes you understand)  They look lovely - I think I may do the same if you don't mind a copy cat.

Hope Dove's day went OK - will be good to get everything sorted out.

Yvie - nice trees - they will fill that space very well. 

We've had a titchy, tiny bit of rain here - not enough to obviate the need to water - but anything is better than nothing - and at least we've lost the searing heat and drying wind which always make the lack of water far worse. My new plantings may yet survive.... 

Time for a G&T - OH has made frittata & tomato salad for dinner while I was working in the garden. I love not having to cook...

Visiting Woottens?

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 16:20



Posted: 28/07/2016 at 09:20


A little light pottering and a few things to plant out this morning followed by household chores this afternoon.

Good to see you P'Doc - you've been missed . One small step every day... You'll get there 

Tart sloe gin

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 15:36

I find that most sloe gin recipes call for too much sugar for my palate. I usually reduce by half to start with and add a bit more if necessary during the long months of maturation (good excuse for sampling - quality control and all that ).

If you did add sugar it might have been that the berries you picked were particularly tart - but adding extra sugar would help combat this (again - sample and adjust)

I'm assuming also that you did leave it to mature for several months? It can have quite a raw taste in the early weeks.


Posted: 27/07/2016 at 15:28

I read that last bit as  " ...could Verdun share a donut....?"

I think we all know the answer to that one don't we? 

Visiting Woottens?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 15:23

Crumbs! This is very sad news 

Always visited Woottens whenever we went to Southwold and don't think I've ever left without buying plants. Lovely, knowledgable staff and excellent quality plants. Their Plantsman's Handbooks are a pleasure to read. Boo hoo

Don't know if this helps but here are a few nurseries in Suffolk

- some of them are not too far from Southwold. I can recommend the Place for Plants (but a bit of a drive and maybe not great at this time of year unless the gardens are open too). A friend has been to the ones at Dunwich and Darsham & enjoyed those (although she might have been talking about cake rather than plants!).

Enjoy Southwold - stroll along the pier, local ice cream, pint of Adnams and chish & fips - perfecto.


Posted: 27/07/2016 at 11:23


Hooray - we have a some light rain. Gave the woodland border a good soaking yesterday with the sprinkler so, hopefully, this rain will actually sink in and do some good rather than just bouncing off the compacted surface.

Welcome home Panda - big bite might be a horse fly. I was bitten on my leg 2 weeks ago and it's still a bit itchy, swollen and achey. Horrid things.

Looking forward to the pics Yvie - always a bit of a shock when you have big stuff removed from the garden.

Off to SM now - later on I might try to clear up some the hazel branches I lopped yesterday. Only if it's dry though - and I really don't mind if it rains all day every day for the next week (it won't...)


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Posted: 26/07/2016 at 11:39

Morning - come in for a breather - It's bloomin' hot for working out there again.

Trying to get some stuff out of the nursery border and into the proper borders - but it's all very dry. The intensity and likelihood of rain over the next couple of days keeps reducing which is not helping - getting a bit desperate for some now. At least the breeze has dropped so I was able to put some weedkileer on the drive which was nearly green with weeds in places. 

How does that work? - Desired plants going brown, droopy and crispy - weeds popping up green and fresh as you like??

More depressing news from France I see...

Hope the hump gets better soon PP. 

Happy birthday Joyce 

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