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Posted: 06/08/2015 at 19:45

HOSTA - you can semi-dry tomatoes and preserve them in oil - session on Google will give some times and oven temps. Good on pizza and for mediterranean cooking.

Think I will be making green tomato chutney with mine again unless we get some decent night time temps 

Large fence needs painting / staining - suggestions?

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 19:41

For what it's worth Pinkie, I have always found that the cheaper wood finishes flake off and / or fade after one or two summers. The more expensive stuff lasts longer so, in the long run, probably doesn't cost anymore (in terms of money) than using cheaper products and it is a lot cheaper in terms of your labour. 

I would go to a local builders merchant and chat to them about the best product to use. They will have good product knowledge, will be able to supply in trade quantities (which is nearly always cheaper) and, if you smile sweetly and ask, they may well give you a trade discount - especially if you tell them you are going to need lots of paint & other materials for the house etc in the future. At least 2 of our local merchants play the game for me and I get a straight 20% off everything. Had to provide bank details etc but it was worth it. 


Posted: 06/08/2015 at 19:32

Welcome to the madhouse Michelle. You will soon learn who to take seriously and who not 


Posted: 06/08/2015 at 18:45

Evening all.

Gentle day - bit of h/work, haircut and some light dead heading and lawn edging. Need to buy some more plants for mid summer colour.

KEF - hugs for you and your mum. I also hope somebody will supply me with cream buns in the years to come 

HOSTA - Congratulation to you & hubby - enjoy your celebrations - I hope he selected a couple of VERY expensive bottles. Serves them right on all counts 

LILY P - Sorry to hear your news. I know somebody who invested in a couple of hours with a yoga teacher before a scan session. She was able to pick up some breathing and relaxation techniques which helped her a lot. She said it was nowhere near as bad as she thought it would be - she kept her eyes closed and concentrated on being in her 'special' place. Are you allowed to wear an MP3 player? Calming music might also help.

Storing plant pots

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 19:13

I have been making a new garden for the last 4 years & have acquired literally hundreds more plant pots over that time.

I sort mine by size and shape and store them in piles on the bottom shelf of greenhouse staging. That is now well and truly full so I am now completely ruthless about getting rid of the sizes I have too many of or which I will not reuse regularly.

We have a small independent nursery not far away and I asked them about plant pots. She will take any off me that are clean and the sizes & style they use in the nursery. They are so cheap to buy it is not worth their time to clean them up themselves but I don't mind doing it for them because I hate seeing things like that going to landfill.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 14:49

They look lovely Lyn - good size and nice and healthy. Guessing you have nice moist, acid soil then? - not jealous (much!) 


Posted: 05/08/2015 at 14:44

Primrose - Muntjac think roses are a particular delicacy - they love them! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but, if they have found them, you need to find a way of keeping them out or start growing something else. They also like viburnum buds and a zillion other things.

They and the squirrels were the bane of my life when we first moved here. The garden is now gated and fenced which keeps the deer out and we've taken out the walnut tree which was the squirrels favourite playground.

The Supernatural

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 14:36

Interesting stories.

I'm not sure that I'm a great believer but have had one or two strange experiences which may or may not have been coincidences. One of the strangest and clearest to recall was several years ago.

I was asleep and when I awoke could remember my dream very clearly (in itself quite unusual). I had been in a hospital running from corridor to corridor looking at lots of different signs. Eventually a doctor stopped me and asked me what I was looking for. I said "My father - but it's alright I've found him now". I woke myself up saying those words.

About 2 minutes later the phone rang - a phone call to say my father (previously in good health) had been taken into hospital overnight but they hadn't wanted to worry me as he was not in immediate danger.

The caller (my sort-of stepmother) had been thinking about ringing me for an hour before she did but didn't want to ring too early in the morning. She was always having slightly weird and 'fey' things happening around her and I have convinced myself this was a form of telepathy.

Not exactly supernatural but slightly strange all the same.


Posted: 05/08/2015 at 10:00

Hosta - pleased you found hedgehog poo - only another gardener could understand why that makes you happy 

Sorry to hear about the family strife. There is no worse pain than that suffered by someone you love. Just be there with the hugs and a glass of something nice to enjoy together. You don't need that nastiness in your lives 

Even you hard hearts......

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 09:53

Simon Cowell - Wonky - what are you like? - I thought you had taste! 

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