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Rabbit hole ?

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 18:01

Really don't want to worry you Lily P but that doesn't look like an animal hole to me because there is no loose earth / scrapings outside. Having said that I have voles and moles which burrow up from underneath and leave neat little holes on the surface of the soil with no external scrapings. Those holes are, however, much shallower and smaller than yours. 

It could be to do with your old tree. We have sunken areas of lawn where trees have been removed and the remains of the stump has rotted away - but these are wide shallow depressions - nothing like you have there.

Are you on limestone? If so, I would (carefully!) prod around the edges of the hole to see if the ground is stable. If any of it starts to give way I think you need an engineer there sharpish to see if there is any risk of a much larger hole opening up.

If you're not on limestone and / or the surrounding ground is stable I would do what you've done and monitor closely for further movement.

Really hope it's ok. What happened to the beech tree? It might be relevant if there is the chance of unstable ground there.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 11:57

Lovely pics Vic Sponge - so much colour - I must get some different scabious for this point in the season.

Thank you for ID'ing Wendy's plant - I think you are correct - the Chinese Forget-me-not. It's a member of the borage family which grows very well in my garden so I might have to give it a try - it's a beautiful shade of blue.


Posted: 07/08/2015 at 09:55
Lovely day - definitely one for the garden. Sounds as though it will be getting warmer in the E & SE over the next few days. Being a perrenial grump can only think that means more watering .... (not really - will be nice to see summer )

LILY P - it was me that mentioned the MP3 player. Runny was quite right - you wouldn't be allowed to take one of those in the scanner - sorry if I misled you. My friend was allowed to take a CD with her own selection of music which was played to her in the scanner. I just thought they might have updated a little & be able to play a playlist from an MP3 player these days.
There is quite a lot of info online about having an MRI scan - mostly very reassuring (stick to the NHS site & don't read any of the scary 'Forums') - and I'm sure you'll get useful info from the hospital.
Relaxation techniques can be very useful when it comes to 'zoning out'. They are probably available online / Youtube if you are interested.
You will be fine. And you can treat yourself to coffe and cake afterwards

Such a shame......

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 21:52
Don't really get cricket but even I can feel a little proud and excited today


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!) 

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