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Posted: 08/08/2016 at 17:44


Lot cooler and more overcast today. Thank goodness that wind has dropped too - have come to the conclusion that wind is only good for sailing & kite flying. Even then in moderation...

Have moved my tomatoes into the potting shed for a couple of days. It's forecast to be down into single figures for the next couple of nights and I could do for the fruits to start ripening before we get to September! A couple are finally starting to colour up - so hopefully we'll be able to try them soon. 

I've already started to put the brakes on the plants by picking off new flowering shoots. They probably wouldn't have time to develop into decent fruit before October - hopefully now all the energy will be channelled into ripening the existing fruit.

Lily P - glad to hear the vet couldn't find anything too amiss with your poor dog.

Joyce - love black & white cats (don't tell my ginger boy though!)

Hosta - hope you make it home safe and sound. We've virtually given up on holidays that require air travel. OH does it (& all the airport security that goes with it) for work. Queueing for security, opening your lap top case, taking off your belt / shoes etc etc is ok once a year for a holiday. Rubbish when it's every single working day - often more than once a day.

Made beetroot and apple relish this morning - looks very pretty - want to try it with a nice piece of strong cheddar - recipe says wait a minimum of 3 months


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 15:42

You snuck in there Fairy

Even at this early stage we seem to have a fairly tight schedule planned for our 2018 trips. One is a tour incorporating the Orkneys and the other is OH's John O'Groats to Lands End cycle ride.

So probably no time for hills but definitely time for tea and a bun if we're anywhere near your neck of the woods when it all happens 


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 15:37

Joyce - thank you for the heads up for Logan RBG. I've saved the information to my 'Holiday' file.

I didn't know about those gardens and there will be a couple of days when I shall be entertaining myself while OH strides across the hills... 

BL - you're certainly living up to your moniker at the moment 


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:13

Well it's not as windy as Scotland out there - but it is very, very breezy. A warm drying wind as well - all the leaves are going crispy - even the Jap Anemones are shrivelling and wilting. The ground itself is dry at the surface but still a bit damp a couple of inches down so I think it is just the wind doing the damage at the moment.

We've also got cyclamen hed. in flower and I've just picked the first full harvest of autumn fruiting raspberries - have had a few already but this time enough to make a full dessert. The year is ticking by...

Lily P - meant to say earlier - I was so sorry to hear about your poor pooch. Hope it's nothing serious and he can be sorted out soon - understand what you mean when you feel guilty trying to do the right thing for your pet. My cat gives me the saddest, most betrayed looks when I parcel him up for the cattery when we go away.

Fairy - we're not coming as far as you this time. We have 2 weeks. 6 days in The Lakes based in Keswick, 6 days in Northumberland near Hexham (very close to Hadrian's Wall & the 2 best museums) and 3 days very close to Durham. 

OH is hoping to do some good walks and photography. I will do some low level walking and immerse myself in history and architecture. Really looking forward to exploring bits of Northumberland we've not been to before. Might have a trip to the SW tip of Scotland if we run out of things to do!

Will be spending several weeks in Scotland in 2018


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 12:33

Ooops - manners - should have said Good Morning first 

Dry but rather breezy out there. Going to clear the peas and mange tout which have gone over and pick the last of the beetroot to make beetroot and apple chutney tomorrow. The bed they are in will be no more in a few weeks so I might as well clear most of the veg that's in there and save on watering - soooo boring day after day...

Not much else to report. Currently noodling on the internet trying to pinpoint the places I really want to visit on our holiday in a few weeks time. 

Edit: Make that Good Afternoon - can't half waste some time on t'interweb

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Posted: 06/08/2016 at 18:58

Lovely pics Panda  - I'd forgotten Hyde Hall was on this week.

Glad you had a good day Hosta and a good turnout - although emergency workers dancing to the Bee Gees does sound a bit cliched (in a Village People sort of way) 

I'm afraid I've not done too much beyond making sure the recliner couldn't float away... 

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Posted: 06/08/2016 at 10:45


Lovely sunny day - will be pottering and lazing outside today.

We've been to some lovely places and been lucky enough to enjoy some fabulous holidays - but the very best memories are from the NW coast of Scotland - almost anywhere north of Fort William.

If it wasn't for the summer midges & variable weather I'm sure it would be heaving with tourists and over-developed. Instead, it's arguably the most beautiful wild space on the planet - love it 

Congratulation to Hosta, Wonky and Obelixx - enjoy your celebrations 

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Posted: 05/08/2016 at 17:05

Well done Hosta - I could do to try a bit harder too.

Joyce & Fairy - watched the second episode of The Pilgrims' Way at lunchtime. The Tarbat Centre is now firmly on the list of places I shall be visiting when I am supporting OH (I'll be in camper van with food and other supplies) on his John O'Groats - Lands End bike ride in 2018. Amazing carved stones. 

Will be watching The Western Way next although we might have seen that one before. Can't have too much Scottish scenery though 

Off to pick beetroot & herbs for tomorrows lunch - will hoick out the lettuces I've allowed to go to seed  while I'm there.

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Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:45

Morning - bright and not quite as breezy here today - great day to go to the SM and town - NOT - but needs must.

Lovely to see you DD. Things really are moving on quite quickly aren't they? Another few weeks and you will be away.

The planned walk sound good Fairy - hope the weather plays ball. We watched a couple of the CM walking programmes last night. Both now pining for the hills - although the midges seemed to be enjoying a feast on one of the programmes.

Hugs for Yvie - I don't have children or GC - but I can imagine that the house feels too quiet and empty when they've gone 

Hope the rest of you all have a good day whatever you're up to.

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