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Resurrected Eight

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 23:14

Glad those that did enjoyed the rugby. I'm not sure whether some of you were watching for the sport or the  SPORT 

Some of us were being busy little bees making the most of a warm dry day to get on top of the myriad of gardening jobs which breed like rabbits at this time of year. 

Kn**kered now though - time for bed - night  all.

Special hug for Joyce

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 23:05

I had to threaten British Gas that I would take them to court for breach of Data Protection. They were still sending ALL written communications about the power supply to our new property to our old address 2 years after we moved - and despite numerous communications from me.

They were sending details of all our direct debit arrangements etc to our previous house. The threat of litigation regarding not keeping our private financial arrangements confidential was the only thing that finally sorted it out.

Totally, totally useless.

And BT were nearly as bad.

These companies must deal with hundreds of house moves each month. You'd think they would have a foolproof system in place by now...

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 18:09

Afternoon all - You've all been very busy and chatty. 

Garden is looking good Hosta and pleased to hear BL has made it to Norfolk safely.

Obx - sorry to hear about the problems with the paint. Somebody told me it could be a problem if you use good quality, high pigment density paint like Farrow & Ball - I think the pigment can settle if you don't stir it all the time. Love the colours in their range but usually take the colour card to the Dulux mixing station and get them to scan the colour and make it up in Dulux paint. Quite a bit cheaper and easier to use. You probably can't do that in France though.

I've been in the garden most of the day. Been rejigging the back border - moving stuff about, weeding, cutting back, fertilizing and finally mulching. Two thirds done - will finish off tomorrow weather and back permitting.

Desperate to cut the grass - it's up to the cat's shoulders in places - but the moles had a whale of a time under there just after the turf was laid and there are areas where it is very uneven and soft. Could do with rolling first and I don't have a roller...

There's a roller on the lawn mower so maybe I'll try running it over with the blades set to the very highest cut. Hopefully I won't scalp any large areas that way.

Enjoy whatever you're up to this evening

Last edited: 11 March 2017 18:12:09

Little worms in water butt!

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 18:31

A neighbour found a cat drowned in her water butt. No gory detail but suffice to say it had probably been in there sometime...

She posted a message on our village "Jungle Drums" in case anybody had been missing their pet but nobody came forward. We assume it was a stray or one of the farm cats which got up to have a drink and fell in

Moral of that story (& probably the ones above) is to keep a lid on the butt so animals can't get to the water.

KEW Gardens Visit

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 10:29

Thanks BM

Any good gardening blogs?

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 10:21

Good luck with your blog Maria - it looks very attractive and contemporary and I like your style of writing. The photography is excellent 

 I love the journal from Eggleston Hall in Northumberland. Sadly no longer updated but some of it is very very funny to read. The personality of the writer shines through:

Strongly recommend a visit to the gardens and superb nursery for anyone visiting the area

You might also like to look at our very own HappyMarion's thread. She's a very active 'senior' member on here who puts most of us (slightly) younger ones to shame with her energy and enthusiasm for all things horticultural. Not a blog by name - but certainly by nature

Hyperlink to Honey and Eggs is here:

Temporarily remove turf

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 08:57

Nice lawn Gnome.

Having seen the picture and understood your original plan I would be inclined to do the following:

Stay off the turf as much as possible for a week or so

When the turf starts to 'take' lift the turf in front of the door and put in your small area of pavers. Set them so the finished height is just below (certainly no higher than) the surrounding soil. You will then be able to mow over the edges of them. You can use paving slabs but perhaps a small square of the same pavers you have on the patio might look nice - continuity and the dark colour will fade into the turf & be less noticeable.

Remove some small semi circles of turf from around the base of the shrubs so you don't damage them when mowing and to allow them to grow without competition from the grass.

Then wait and see for a bit

You will soon discover how close your mower gets to the walls and fence. You can then decide whether to use a strimmer, shears, an edging iron or any other tool to remove the excess. If you get bored with that you could lay a single strip of brick sizes pavers end to end all round to make a mow-over strip.

You will soon see if you need to make a path. Maybe you won't and you can leave the lawn looking much as it is now. Or a well worn track may emerge - in which case that is where a path should go. It can be either a solid path or slabs set stepping-stone style into the turf.

Good luck

Last edited: 10 March 2017 09:01:44

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 23:02
Dovefromabove says:

Topbird  we usually get crabs when we go to Cromer or East Ruinton - when we're down at Soutwold we don't buy the crabs (they're imported from Cromer).  We like to get the line caught cod or local plaice or skate as that's caught by the local day boats ........ or herrings in season of course (I love fresh herring)  but the best of the herring are over now until next autumn.  

How's your poorly pusscat? 

See original post

 Poorly pusscat is ok thanks Dove. We're keeping him comfortable with painkillers while we wait for the biopsy results. Meanwhile he is enjoying being spoiled rotten with cuddles and gourmet cat food.

Love all fish when it's spanking fresh from the boats

Obx - just love picking crab when I have the time to sit and do it. Strangely therapeutic with something good to listen to on the radio. And there are always Picker's Perks aka Quality Control

Time for bed now - night all.

Resurrected Eight

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 22:44

Post disappeared - b@@ger Try again....

Thanks again for your kind thoughts and also for the positive feedback on Buff Beauty - will be in the basket tomorrow. Not sure abt DB.

Love the Van Gogh family LB & MU

Runny - No tradesman can resist bacon butties. You know it. They know it. A little tease of sausage butties as well ....  Slam dunk

Well done everyone who made progress in the garden today. Fingers crossed I can join you tomorrow.

Time for bed soon. Nite nite

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 18:13
Topbird says:

Do you have crabs Dove?....

See original post

 ...Perhaps I should explain.

There are some excellent fishermens' sheds (and one rather nice shed come restaurant) selling lots of lovely seafood at Southwold harbour.

We always try to get some crab when we go and Dove usually comes back with something fishy.

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