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Fat balls in plastic NO

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 11:55

It's your gold plated feeder & porcelain drinking bowl they love really Lesley! 


Posted: 29/10/2014 at 10:18

Happy birthday Lily 

Dove - thanks for the info re Hefty - it's a lovely story.

We had a hedgehog in the garden this summer & I'm very keen to encourage him & his friends back to eat my slugs. I have left a little nest of twigs & leaves under the oil tank where it is quiet, dark & dry & close to where I found him in the summer & have identified a couple of other similar spots around the garden. Fingers crossed somebody wants a free hotel for the winter! 

Fat balls in plastic NO

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 09:57

Some nice ideas above - has reminded me to buy some suet & seed.

A word of caution if you are making your own fat balls - the RSPB site advises that fats containing salt & other preservatives are potentially toxic to birds & should be avoided.  Any fats from cooking meat should be used with caution.

Similarly, peanuts which are stale may contain aflatoxin. For this reason nuts should only be sourced from a reliable retailer and should be stored in a suitable way.

I'm hoping the links will post here:

That's it - lecture over - happy bird feeding everyone!! 

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 21:55
Forester - As my OH hails from Castleford I wouldn't dare do anything from across the border...

PS What's the difference?

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:24
Never too early for toffee Grandma - bring it on....

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:17
I'm bringing raspberry gin and parkin, Forester - I'll make sure there's plenty for you!

Lyn offline

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:54

Welcome back to the madhouse 


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 16:48

Dove - re your salvias -I have grown these & found they overwintered successfully when it was cold & dry but succumbed to cold and wet. It's a bit late for taking cuttings but it might be worth a try if there are a few bits that look as though they are still growing rather than going into dormancy.

Glad Hefty turned up again - did you do anything to encourage him into the garden in the first place? I'd love a regular hedgehog visitor and am making a couple of hedgehog log & twig piles this week.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 16:27

Well said Lesley - I don't often post on this thread but I often read it. Several of our friends are having stressful or traumatising times & if it helps to share the load that can only be a good thing - nobody need ever feel guilty about offloading / sharing / seeking support - whatever - on this thread. It's good to know it's here.

Glad you've got your phone & internet back Lyn - it is isolating without and so very sorry to hear that B Lizzie has had such a run of bad news. Best wishes to all of you who need them.

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 16:05

Lovely ideas girls & boys but I do hope that (on the night) we'll be able to come up with some appropriately themed music, drink and food selections ....

Thinking caps on ... I have one or two fairly obvious ones in mind but will save them till Friday. (Ooooh the suspense!)

Meanwhile I'm just wondering if it will be raining & I need to pack my ghoulashes    



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