Latest posts by Topbird

KEW Gardens Visit

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 09:42

I'm so sorry that I won't be able to join you on Monday.

Have been hanging on and hanging on to see if circumstances changed to allow me to come but they haven't. Some of you know that I have a poorly cat and I (or OH - but he's away for work) need to be around for medication / feeding regimes.

By rights Harry (the cat - not OH) should no longer be with us but (thankfully) he is. However, I can't really leave him for longer than about 8 hours which doesn't allow enough time to get to (and look round) Kew.

Maybe next time? Did somebody mention the Chelsea Physic garden? - have been meaning to go there for yonks & never got round to it. Would love to go there next year.

Hope you all have a wonderful time on Monday - photos please

Autumn Raspberries Fruiting In June/July

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 08:36

I've been picking 'Autumn' fruiting Polka raspberries for the last 4 weeks - not many at a time - just enough to add to a bowl of cereal or ice cream. They're very early this year.

Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 08:19

Morning - quite warm already - will be hot later (sorry Pansy)

I may take it a bit easier today. Some clearing up to do then either a SM trip or coffee with a friend -  depending when she's free - then book and lollies in the shade. May do some dead heading. All plans can change if the Yellow Weather Warning materialises & we have thunderstorms.

Hope everything goes smoothly today Joyce - you're in our thoughts

Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 17:45

Tennis - WHY ????? M-U 

'cos it's great - that's why! You can come and watch my fence planks drying if you want

Nice that we can all like different things but still be friends isn't it?

Your story about that car driver is unbelievable. If the dog had jumped out & been run over no doubt it would have been the other driver's fault. Some people want locking up.

Edited to add - oops you snuck another  post in there. Nice pics!

Last edited: 05 July 2017 17:50:28

Look like a Dandelion but....

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 16:34

Maybe ragwort? Have a look online.

If it is - be aware it is poisonous for cattle and horses if there are any grazing in the vicinity.

Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 16:03

I'm fine thanks Ruby. Just find it hard to leave a job for another day sometimes - especially when it takes the best part of an hour to get everything out, cleaned and ready to go. Much quicker in the long run to just keep plodding on. Would have been easier if I hadn't been so hot though.

I too am feeling cooler and calmer after my shower. I probably smell a lot nicer too

Cup of tea and tennis now

BTW - I'm with you on the pregnant slebs RB. Women have been having babies for thousands of years. Dads have been on the scene for as long. Dads have been kissing and fondling baby bumps for as long - but in private. It is a sad but true fact of life that nobody is half as interested in you and your baby as you and your family.

Show some dignity - keep some things private. 

.. and don't get me started on public displays of emotions. Everyone bawling their eyes out in public at the smallest failure, disappointment or success. People being 'devastated' when they lose a third rate TV competition. Makes me wonder how some people get through life sometimes and what the hell they'd do if they had to deal with a truly devastating situation.

Heck - I've got myself started now

Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 15:09

I'm in serious need of a shower as well Ruby - only 5hrs of staining today. It's over 28C in the shade & I've had to work in full sun Glad I remembered to put on the SF50 this morning. Need an ice lolly now - PDQ please.

OH has just left for work (3 days away). He did offer to hose me down - I was very tempted to accept.

Still, the fence planks are done now. I had promised myself I could do them over 4 days but (as per usual) I've pushed on (and on and on) and done them over 2 instead - so now I can have 2 days of doing - well, not much at all.

Was it Hazel who wanted the shed doing? I'll be there as soon as I've given mine a lick of paint

Glad the blind man turned up Runny - did he have his dog with him?

Enjoy your afternoon picking wallpaper. Top tip. Pick something hideous and hideously expensive and you may never be asked to do that task again

Swill down and tennis now - hooray

Last edited: 05 July 2017 15:11:01

What are these?

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 09:31

I've been picking 'Autumn Fruiting' raspberries for the last 4 weeks.... so they may be blackberries. Everything in E Anglia has been weeks ahead of 'normal' flowering and fruiting dates this year - due to the very mild spring and warm early summer.

Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 08:27


Sunny day - gonna be hot later

I'd like to say I will be lounging in the shade with a good book but, instead, I shall be continuing the job I started yesterday of staining boards ready to use for new fencing in the autumn. Very messy job! With all the prep & getting things out etc it took over 8 hours to get the first coat on yesterday Sincerely hope it doesn't take as long today.

Want to get started now but there's quite a heavy dew so need to wait for them to dry first.

What with that and washing the house render with fungicide at the weekend, we have definitely ticked off some horrible jobs this week.

Hope you all have a good day.

Last edited: 05 July 2017 08:28:59

Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 14:11

Joyce - I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. Your love and devotion to your husband have shone through in your postings - along with your good humour in sometimes trying circumstances.

I do hope you find some comfort knowing his last hours were calm and peaceful.

Take care of yourself and come back to chat with us whenever you're ready x

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