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Posted: 09/07/2016 at 11:07

How weird is that? - Wonky's post wasn't there before my last posting. and it wasn't there when I refreshed the page to see what you were urging her to do. Went to previous page - came back to this one and suddenly it was there... 

Anyways, - you're a great DIL to do that Wonky - hope you can make it secure  and looking nice in a day. Watch out Instant Gardener!!

Filled lawnmower with petrol, pulled it out of the shed and the heavens opened . Potted on some basil, did washing up - sun is shining now. Time for a quick cuppa and I'll go and try again.


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 09:41

Funerals - photos - that is dreadful Hosta - Isuspect they've been doing it in the USA for some time though.

We went to see The Proclaimers in concert a few months ago. Dark auditorium - lots of little bright screens all over the place taking pictures / video / Facebooking / Instagramming etc etc - totally and utterly distracting - put me right off paying the sort of money you have to part with to go to these events.

It's called courtesy and respect - some people have no idea of the meaning of these words.

Why do people feel the need to shoot a really cr*p video of a sporting event instead of just soaking up the atmosphere and actually enjoying the event?

Some people seem to live life through a screen....

Rant over.


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 09:27

Fairy - when I said the Federer result was wrong I meant for me personally  -  love watching Roger 

You're right that the best player won though. Roger was looking very tired at the end and Raonic played some simply brilliant shots. I suspect he will give Andy a run for his money tomorrow if nerves don't get to him.


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 08:30


Enjoyed the tennis yesterday - the Federer match was good but the result was wrong, Murray match a bit dull but the result was right. Hey ho - looking forward to tomorrow.

Meanwhile I must do some jobs today - SM, grass cutting, dead heading, bit of hwk - better get out of bed then 


Posted: 08/07/2016 at 22:38

In case anybody didn't follow Pansy's last link - it was basically a reminder that Jeyes fluid is highly toxic for cats & probably not much better for dogs and other small animals. Therefore not recommended for areas feequented by animals.

If you want a disinfectant which is safe around animals consult a vet for advice. In the cattery we used Trigene which is fine around cats and I would think is ok round dogs but check first.

Never use phenol based products in areas frequented by cats.


Posted: 08/07/2016 at 17:52

I think it is a little harsh to condemn somebody's choice of artificial turf without knowing anything about their personal circumstances. Wouldn't be my choice - but I don't have to use a wheelchair, I have time to cut a lawn, I have space to store a lawnmower, I can afford to buy a lawn mower, I like gardening etc etc

To answer the question I would hesitate to use Jeyes fluid anywhere in the garden. It's quite nasty stuff, not great for the environment & will leave your turf smelling like a particularly dodgy public toilet.

I would go with a really good hose down per Fidget's suggestion. If there are any particularly dodgy areas perhaps a scrub with some heavily diluted biological washing powder / liquid or even some carpet cleaner. 

Clari is right that the best people to advise are the manufacturers of the turf. Failing that I just would treat it a bit like a carpet.


Posted: 08/07/2016 at 12:28

They sold a few plants Obelixx - but I don't think any of us succumbed. Mainly because Wonky brought a boot full of plants she had grown from seed (and excellent quality plants they were too) which we split between us, and Dove had a boot full for Wonky - including donations from Hosta. 

I think we could set up a first rate Forkers' Plant Stall... 


Posted: 08/07/2016 at 08:45

Very best wishes P'doc. I hope the medics can help you to start feeling better soon, and I also hope something can be done re NDN. Horrible situation to be in.

I had noticed you hadn't been around for the last couple of days - we do miss you you know Come back for a chat or just a look round soon 

Forkers Helmingham Hall garden visit

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 21:02

Well done Wonky - I was too busy nattering to do any proper photos. 

Thanks for a lovely day everyone! 

Rosemummy - definitely East Ruston - even if you need to travel a few miles. The crabs and other sea food at the fishmngers in nearby Happisburgh is worth a detour too 

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Posted: 07/07/2016 at 19:40

Lovely day out with the girls - thank you all for your excellent company and thanks for the plants Wonky.

The gardens were absolutely beautiful but I was too busy yacking to take pictures other than plant labels - soz  Think Wonky or Panda might have taken a couple though.

Time for dinner although I'm still quite full after lunch and cake. Maybe I'll sit and watch the umpire - sorry - I mean watch the tennis for a bit 

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