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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

Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 18:36

You've all been busy little bees in the house and garden and I've been busy having a good time

Back from a lovely little trip to a bit of the Essex coast we didn't know at all - very, very pretty and yachty. Great weather so we wandered round some marinas and a nature reserve where we heard several skylarks singing their hearts out. 

Went to a tearooms for lunch (pint of shell-on prawns with bread & butter) which was run by the Wilkins / Tiptree jam people. Discovered that they now make fruit flavoured gins and they were offering free samples. Would have been rude to say no... Raspberry was rather nice.


Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 09:24

Morning - we're heading towards the coast today as we didn't make it a couple of weeks ago due to motorbike recovery issues... Think we will be heading down towards Maldon for a change.

Hate to say it but we could still do with some more rain here (ducks and runs for cover) - but not when they're supposed to be playing tennis - gentle overnight stuff - 8 hours at a time would be excellent.

Some cats are weird aren't they. My (long since departed) dear old Bertie used to eat cucumber (in small quantities) and he absolutely adored mushrooms. Couldn't leave a bag out on the worktop. He loved autumn when lots of tiny mushrooms appeared in the lawn and he'd go round nipping all the tops off. 

We had to fight him off and put him outside if there was a bowl of plain Pringles on the table

Thoughts and best wishes are with you and your daughter Joyce. 

Last edited: 03 July 2017 09:28:20

Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 19:04

What awful stories - how traumatic for both cats and their owners.

I have been so lucky to find a really good cattery down here in Suffolk. Someone who strictly adheres to the highest F.A.B. professional standards in terms of security, cleanliness, quarantine arrangements, vaccination certs, not leaving the cattery unattended etc etc and who is prepared to go way beyond the call of duty to look after the cats in her charge - especially frail and timid ones. My cats have always come back from her happy, unstressed and well.

She is over 70 - have no idea what I will do when she eventually retires

Edit to add: No funny stories M-U but I think it's gin o'clock now - that will cheer me up

Last edited: 02 July 2017 19:07:13

Purple cranesbill is taking over the garden!

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 09:40

I have never had a cranesbill I couldn't dig out - although some of them are a bit thuggish with tougher root systems....

If you really can't get it out you could try using the Round Up gel which tends to be marketed towards spot treating large leaves in the lawn. This allows for controlled application of weedkiller just to the foliage of the plants you want to remove.

Apply fairly liberally to the leaves making sure that none can contact plants you want to keep.

Leave for 4 weeks and then reapply if the plant isn't dead.

If applied carefully Round Up gel will only kill the plants you want to remove and will have no untoward effect on the soil etc

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 20:55

He's doing ok thanks Chicky - just have to be around to administer meds etc

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