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confessions of a gardening sloven

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 17:52

10 weeks Pansy - you really have done yourself a mischief 

Hope you start feeling better soon.


Posted: 03/11/2015 at 17:48

Lovely photos Steve - is Bruges as cold as when I was last there? Flipping freezing!

Glad your btm is just bruised Hosta. Some bruises do swell quite alarmingly with a nasty hard bit in the middle (sliding down half the length of a dry ski slope produces an interesting shaped lump as well  ) We will expect a report of the different colours it turns over the next couple of weeks.

Sorry to hear about the van but glad you were able to stop safely to get it sorted. Fast response from the AA - hats off to them.

W/song - you must be cream crackered. 

Much better day here today - fog had dispersed by 6am. Just as well as OH got called out to work at that time. I would have been a bit worried about him doing the 55 mile drive to work in yesterday's conditions. A14 was closed / disrupted by an accident for 13 hours yesterday 

confessions of a gardening sloven

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 17:31

I nearly went a*se over t*t yesterday in town - lots of semi disintegrated, wet and very slippery leaves on a patch of sloping pavement close to old folks sheltered housing. Looked like they'd been there a while & were not going to get swept up anytime soon. Hope nobody ends up with a fractured hip / skull 

My gardening gets very slovenly at this time of year. Every year I promise to 'get out there' and have a 'good tidy up' before everything looks tooooo messy. Every year I retreat to the sofa and fire. I will get around to taking out the summer bedding before next spring...

Have gathered & stored a lot of leaves this year tho' 


Posted: 02/11/2015 at 17:45

OK - so I'd like some (actually - a lot) of Steve's fish soup for my tea followed by some of KEF's damson gin - yummity yum yum 

...and P'doc serenading in the background. 

I've been 'prioritising' too (nice one DD!) - with 4 bags of allium bulbs.

Very foggy all day here - quite spooky - quite like it 


Posted: 02/11/2015 at 14:38

Have just sent OH on a hot date to watch the new Bond movie (I could have gone but decided that was 2 hours of my life I couldn't afford to not get back).

I'm not saying we're getting older or anything but he's taken a flask of tea and a Twix 



Posted: 02/11/2015 at 14:34

It's just a test, a game for us to us play...

Definitely have ear worms now - I will never sleep tonight unless I put on some music and sing really LOUDLY to get it out of my system.


Posted: 02/11/2015 at 13:58

... or do what you want, run on wild....

The Whisky Journey menu at the hotel looks good FG and Bushman - and I'm not even that keen.. 

Must visit the Gin Palace in Norwich soon - over 200 gins to try - I may be some time....


Posted: 02/11/2015 at 08:25

Morning all

Hope you're in a little less pain today Hosta & pleased to hear Mr Chicky is making good progress - nice that Mrs Chicky can be at home to look out for him.

Went to see The Proclaimers in concert in Ipswich last night - they were absolutely fantastic - everybody was up and rocking . OH said it was yonks since we had been to a 'gig'. I suspect the word 'gig' slightly dates him - and the fact that the average age of the audience was somewhere around the 55 mark probably stops it qualifying as one anyway 

Have had Scottish ear-worms all night - "... and I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more....." aaargh!

Poster up for Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel's 40th Anniversary Tour. Should probably go to that as I went to see them on the original tour 

Best get skates on. Office day today - knew I shouldn't have watched the Grand Prix when we got home - but too buzzy to go to bed 

SYL folks (if I can find my way home in the fog!)

Formatting a blank DVD

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 15:12

I have an old fashioned hard disc / DVD recorder and before I can copy anything to a DVD I have to Format the blank DVD so the machine can 'read' it. 

There is an option in one of the menus to format the blank DVD. On mine it's one of the sub-headings under something like "Disc Management".

It should either tell you how to do it in the instruction manual or (if that's long since been filed 'somewhere safe') you might well be able to download the manual if you put something like " operating manual for ...[the make & model number of the machine]"  into Google.

If all else fails post the make and model on here & perhaps we can help. 


Posted: 01/11/2015 at 13:02

Afternoon - another glorious day now the fog has dispersed.

Just back from dropping OH at start of a cycle ride with the local club, followed by car refuelling, SM and a quick trip to the local nursery to buy some winter pansies, ivy and scilla bulbs. 

This afternoon I shall be planting up a few pots with layers of tulips, tete-a-tete, scilla, pansies and ivy. Am hoping they will look ok - never really sure with WF pansies. Last year they weren't in flower for most of the winter & only really got going when the weather warmed up - by which time the bulbs were starting to flower & it was all a bit of a jumble. One last try to make the 'scheme' work this year. 

Sorry to hear your btm is sore Hosta. You haven't  hurt yourself a bit more seriously than you think have you? 

DD - I nearly put my OH's phone down the loo last time he did that to me. (Wedding where he didn't really know anybody & there was a bl***y 3g signal.) Browsing the internet clearly easier than making small talk  

Pat - you seem to be having a nice time with your guests

Verdun - I've spent a night in A&E like that. Didn't get seen until 5.30am at which point they decided I had been triaged incorrectly & admitted me straight away. True emergencies seemed to get seen straight away (quite rightly). Unfortunately on this particular night they all seemed to be caused by drink-driving or fights under the influence of alcohol. The rest of us had to wait...  A&E is not a pleasant place to be on a weekend or bank holiday night.

Hope everybody else enjoys the rest of their Sunday - whether wearing bikinis or gardening gear & whichever colour hair they are sporting today 

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