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Posted: 17/01/2016 at 15:26

Love the Archers - hate Rob Titchener 

I wonder why I don't get the toolbar on my iPad? Never have - irrespective of updates etc etc. I sync my iPad with an iMac - does everybody else do syncs and back ups in iTunes? - maybe there are some settings in there I should change but I can't think where... 

Proposal on the local gardening show!

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 15:04

Congratulations Tootles - what a lovely surprise for you. Enjoy your celebrations 


Posted: 17/01/2016 at 10:49

Ginger - Hi & welcome to the forum. 

If you want to insert a photo you need to click on the little tree icon in the mini toolbar above the box where you're writing your post. (The one with smilies etc in). Click on that & follow the instructions.

If you don't see a mini toolbar it might because you're working on an iPad in Safari . If you want to load photos from the iPad you might need to load Chrome or another browser onto the iPad for use with the forum.

Safari is fine on an iMac or Macbook though 

Plant labels

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 10:39

I asked when I was at Peter Beales Roses last year and they use 'Sharpie' permanent pens on white labels. They said these pens are very fade resistant (sorry for the advertising  ).

I bought a pac and the writing on white (GC) labels has lasted very well until now.

This year, however, I am going to try black labels with a white pen for labelling plants in the border. I use cheap white labels for pots / seed trays but my garden is starting to look like a mini graveyard with all these white labels sticking up everywhere (new garden = lots of new plants = lots of labels). 

Rosie - try Googling 'plant labels' - should be lots of options coming up including copper ones which look lovely and are permanent. Expensive for all plants but not too bad for some choice specimens in pots . Labels with pictures / descriptions on are available but only in multiples of hundreds suitable for multi growers such as nurseries & GCs.




Posted: 17/01/2016 at 09:24
Nice pic Fairy - love robins.
Glad you had a good day Dove & nice to hear Hosta is on the end - I would be getting very upset abt fellow guests though.
Flumpy - Pat has been feeling a bit low & she's a bit crook with the tummy thing again, so we've not seen too much of her the last few days - miss her chat but she pops in when she feels up to it.

OH has agreed to rake out one of my compost bins as 'something' has been burrowing under the edge. When he's done the brave bit I'll go out to refill the bin and reinforce the anti rodent defences which had always worked until now. I knew I'd put it all back together again too quickly in September after emptying the bin. It was hissing down at the time though... It will also give the rotting veggies a good stir & be a bit of exercise in the fresh air.
Good excuse for coffee & cake when we've finished!


Posted: 16/01/2016 at 09:17
Morning all - beautiful sunny day here but very cold. The snow has frozen hard & it's all very pituresque. Few admin jobs to do this morning then we're heading over to the coast near Felixstowe so OH can take some sunset photographs. Must remember to take hat, gloves and a flask of tea...

Enjoy your day everyone - hope your tummy settles down soon Pat.


Posted: 15/01/2016 at 16:32

Todays funeral went very well - very moving service and standing room only in the beautiful little church in the village where we used to live. Caught up with some old neighbours and village gossip and saw that the builders have made a start on the land at the back of our old house. 20 houses going in there - glad we moved when we did but we miss our old neighbours - many shared BBQ's and G&T's in the garden. 

It's been lovely sunny day and the sunset was that beautiful golden which only really seems to happen on a cold winter day. Hardly any of the snow has melted and it looks as though it will start to freeze really hard as soon as the sun disappears (ie about now).

Busy Lizzie - glad you're getting things sorted in the cottage. The pub Dove recommended gets a 2nd recommendation from me. It used to be the old guildhall and is a lovely building. The church is well worth a visit too - some of the best mediaeval bench end carvings in Suffolk.

Hope I'm right in thinking you enjoy visiting churches (if not just ignore my waffle!) But, if you do, I highly recommend this excellent website to help pick some of the best to visit. There is a link to the  companion site for Norfolk churches on there as well.



Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:53
Morning all - white over here. Weather was pretty dire driving back from the funeral last night - horizontal sleet then snow. No sign of any gritters and passed 2 cars recently 'diverted' into ditches.
Down to abt -2C last night - colder to come I believe.

Sparkling day now but 2nd funeral at lunchtime. Am going to have a big bowl of porridge in a bit because I'm not sure when we'll be able to eat again...

Sorry to hear you're feeling so poorly again Pat - hope this bout doesnt take as long to get over as the last one did. Hope also you can enjoy some of your grandson's visit.

Hosta sounds a bit more chipper - hopefully those meds are kicking in now - and hope all with power / internet issues get them sorted quickly.

We couldn't work out what an occasional flash of blue light was last night as we drove into the village last night. Now realise it must have been a power cable or similar shorting - electricity was on and off all evening - not good for computers and internet kit


Posted: 14/01/2016 at 09:12
Morning all - snowing quite hard here at the moment - big fat flakes - none of that wet sleety rubbish. Looks nice but we have quite a long drive to make to a funeral this pm so we'll be leaving a bit earlier I think.
Have another funeral tomorrow - somehow these events always seem a bit sadder when the weather is poor don't they?
Hope everyone stays warm / cool as desired. This talk of lavender makes me think of summer

Fantasy garden

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 14:05

Sorry Frank - you snuck in while I was posting. Your garden sounds like nothing short of a miracle - lovely! 

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