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Posted: 21/08/2014 at 18:50

Mmmmm -  blackberry and apple crumble with clotted cream - yes please 


Posted: 21/08/2014 at 16:15

Thanks Artjak - that's a useful tip - I shall have a bamboo cane at the ready whenever I go outside!

Seriously though,  finding a rat in the bin was a bad moment for me & which is why I  take A LOT of preventative measures to prevent it happening again.

Ryton Gardens (home of Garden Organic) is  a really good day out for anyone with the slightest interest in composting and organic gardening (or just gardening in general)  isn't it? So much to learn & really good gardens too if memory serves me right.

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 15:11

You snuck in there Early Riser - blimey that IS a bad one!!!! 

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 15:10

Aaah the screwdriver thing Liri - bit similar to the old secateurs thing that isn't it...

How many times did you find it under the sheet of instructions in the same way that the secateurs are always under the pile of trimmings? - or maybe that's just me.

And if they're ALWAYS there - why don't I remember look there first?

Clearing a garden

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 14:57

I have seen a whole new side to Miss Dove today....

...and that won't help you get any work done at all Mr Toast!! 

The sprinkler Busy-Lizzie mentions is the type I was talking about - mine is a Hozelok - but they're probably much the same. I have found that mine will cover an area nearly 20m by 10m when it's on full. And, as BL says, it is a nice rectangle so no dry corners.

The main reason I suggested it is simply because I get VERY bored watering by hand - especially if it has to be done for several weeks - a sprinkler just makes life a bit easier.

Still, NW England - nearly the end of summer - if it's gonna rain anywhere it's likely to be there! Hope you get the rain you need (your neighbours won't be too pleased with your rain dancing though - being a bank holiday!)

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:46
Have any of you still got glasses collected with petrol coupons? I've got a soup mug I still use regularly & have only just replaced my Green Shield Stamps food mixer....

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:43
Oh dear - this has been a real senior moment - but one that's lasted all day reliving all this exotica!!
Good fun though - i'm off to the Poundshop tomorrow to see what I can find in the food aisle ....

Clearing a garden

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:03

Dear Mr Toast

Please, please would you come and dig out some new beds for me???? - you are clearly a real grafter and I can do cake and I do come from Yarmouth originally as well. Please, pleeeease....

Seriously tho' - I have been following this thread &, like so many others, I was a bit shocked by your plans at first. But I have to hand it to you for sticking to your guns - I think we're all dead impressed by what you've achieved and you are quite right to want a garden suitable for you and your family - after all - we're not going to come & look after it for you are we?.

There will be lots of excitement & help available (if you need it) when you're ready to start planning what to put in the raised beds. In the meantime I wonder if it's worth investing in a better sprinkler just now. So much time, effort & not a little money spent already - a decent sprinkler is not too expensive and will last a long time. I think the back and forth bar ones are best - especially as you can adjust the arc of them if you find you're watering the patio as well. They cover quite a big area and are quite soporific to watch.

Looking forward to the next instalment...

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 17:46

...we'd sing and dance forever and a day....  


Posted: 20/08/2014 at 17:40

Thanks Lily P - that's very helpful - will have a look see.

I'd love to borrow your rotavator - I could do a lot of damage with that!! Fortunately for the cat and the neighbours I have a man who brings his own when I need that sort of work doing.

It is fun (if a bit daunting at times) making a new garden and I'm doing it bit by bit. Some things I know exactly how they should be - other bits are a little harder to visualise. My OH is quite impatient & doesn't 'get' gardening so he sometimes finds it hard to understand that it is often better to let a garden take it's own shape over time - he enjoys the results tho' - especially on a hot day with a cold beer in hand!

It is only about 1/3 of an acre (much smaller & less grand than yours appears to be) but is plenty big enough for me to play in.

Would love to come and see your garden if you ever decide to open it to the public.

Thanks again for your help.

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