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Posted: 27/10/2015 at 20:52
Yes Jo - raspberries in lemon drizzle - with a scoop of really good vanilla ice cream on the side - yummity yum yum yum


Posted: 27/10/2015 at 19:05

Mountain Rescue guys are up there with the RNLI boys (and girls) for me when it comes to total respect and admiration. All too often risking their own lives for poorly equipped idiots who think mother nature is never going to turn on them.

Hope you get the water situation sorted out Clari - I'd be a bit concerned too imagining all sorts of scenarios. Hope also that you do go for the job interview. If nothing else the receipt of a request for a reference might give your current manager a kick up the you-know-where.

Gertie - I also add extra lemon to my drizzle cake to make it extra tangy. I quite like throwing a handful of fresh raspberries into the batter too 



Posted: 27/10/2015 at 10:01

How does that happen? Managed to get a posting between BL and Dove & neither were there when I started typing.

BL - One of my offending cars was a Renault...


Posted: 27/10/2015 at 09:53

Hosta - Sorry to hear about your OH

Knees are probably the least 'fit for purpose' joint on the human body. Just 2 long bones (plus knee cap) - one on top of the other with just tendons and ligaments to hold everything in place. When you think of the weight bearing and work they do it's amazing they work for more than about 10 years. 

Dove  - oh dear that sounds like a familiar tale... The warning light only came on intermittently on one of my cars and, of course, it would never come on when it went to the garage. Took weeks to persuade them there was a problem. (Obviously I have nothing better to do with my time than take my car to the garage several times & hang around while they run the diagnostics....)

With the other car they just kept resetting the system & saying it was fixed. It wasn't. Took ages to get it sorted both times   & never did find out the exact fault on either car. Both cars we ended up replacing the whole under-seat wiring loom and sensors.

Hope you have better luck. Meanwhile, bet you're glad you're not still living in the sticks & relying on a rural bus service 

Compost system for smallish garden - recommendations please

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 09:22

I can't get on with the dalek type bins (too difficult to get compost out at the bottom) or with the wooden open bins (didn't like the mice nesting in there). I now have these modular compost bins which are excellent.

They are very expensive to buy from here - but I got mine for £15 each via a local authority promotion for home-composting.

They are now about 15 years old and as sturdy as ever. You can remove / open the sides up completely which makes turning the compost and digging it out as easy as with an old fashioned compost heap. If you get the mix right and are prepared to shred / mow material you can make coarse compost in a season (6 months) or finer compost in 9 - 12 months. They take a lot of stuff! 

I have a medium sized garden (1/3 rd of an acre) with equal size front and rear gardens and use a total of 4 bins in 2 lots of 2 - two out front - two in the back. They are tucked away in corners. I can usually be using compost from one bin while the other is filling & cooking. When the usable compost bin is empty I turn the 'new' bin into the empty bin and leave it to cook a bit longer. 

The bins are no more unattractive than other plastic bins but definitely easier to use. I have never had a problem with vermin in these bins.

I don't use the council produced compost for the same reason as Snoodle.


Posted: 27/10/2015 at 08:26
Morning folks.
We are back after a lovely 10 days in the Brecon Beacons. Stunning scenery, weather behaved, glorious autumnal colours and my birthday in the middle - all in all a nice little break.

Have speed read most of the posts from last week or so and retained some but not all of it.

DD - Glad to see your OH is safely home - I wonder if he's been a little tetchy because he's had a bit of a scare? My OH gets like that when he's a bit scared or feels that things are a bit out of his control. I'd get a bit weepy - but most men don't do weepy - but it needs to express itself some how.
JO - So sorry to hear about the New Kid - he sounded like a real character. Sounds like a lovely resting place for him.
BL - Sorry to hear about your dog too. It is quite traumatic looking after very poorly pets isn't it?
CLARI - Get yourself better before you even think of going back to work!
RUNNY - Hope your OH is now recovered from his fall - these men do seem to be giving us cause for worry don't they?
WW - Sounds as though you are getting thing sorted out. You'll soon be abe to fallolop in front of the fire with a brandy coffee and survey your new estate with pride.
PANDA - Hope the new job is going well.
DOVE - Hope the car gets sorted soon - I've had the same problem on 2 previous cars.
PAT - Keep telling us about Spring - it will help us get through Winter!

Can't remember anymore - sorry to anyone I've missed.

Rather a misty, very autumnal day out there. The driveway is glowing as it is covered in golden ash tree leaves so today I shall be raking and bagging those up and digging up the summer bedding which is finally going over. Some bulbs to plant and a log delivery to organise. I quite like this time of year - a real feel of nesting and hunkering down. Will probably make a large pot of Daal & some soup later.


Posted: 16/10/2015 at 12:59

DD - just got in and seen your first posting today. What a dreadfully worrying time for you. Hope it all goes well explaining things to Charlie - I'm sure you'll find the words. He and you must feel as though your world is upside down at the moment.

I do hope you get some reassuring news from the hospital soon and it's not long before things are back under control and your OH can look forward to coming home.

Very best wishes to you and yours x

Hosta and Lyns day out

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 23:43

Maybe a woollen mitten Hosta ... 




Posted: 15/10/2015 at 21:49

Biggest ({[(hugs)]}) DD. Hope everything is OK with your OH. Must be worrying for you and Charlie but at least they've said they think everything will be fine. I think you've had more than your fair share for the moment....

Nice to see you Steve - glad the conversion is progressing.


Hosta and Lyns day out

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 21:40

HOSTA - have only just seen your last post - you made me laugh out loud!

I didn't spot it!  

You definitely win this round 

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