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Posted: 05/10/2015 at 10:11
Morning all - waiting for some rain - hope we'll get some as the ground is now very dry (no rain for abt 4 weeks) & I did quite a bit of planting over the weekend.

Hope your arm is feeling a little better DD - can't you just have a day of not doing anything? Have youheard how Shadow is settling in at his new home?

Pat - lovely pics - so nice to be reminded what I need to plan / plant for Spring.

P'doc - when we were having 'issues' with our previous neighbours I spent hours plotting my revenge. The most effective thing I did was to tell another neighbour (very good friend) that we'd had enough & were moving.
She went round (unknown to me) & gave him a right earful - reminding him of all the reasons we were good neighbours & how much we contributed to our small community & telling him he had driven us out with his thoughtless behaviour.
He came round & apologised... but we still left.
Sold the (semi detached) house to somebody with a 2 yr old (tantrums & teens to come) and a baby on the way (night crying / 6am wake up calls) and they park all over the shared drive & do nothing towards communal maintenance.
Revenge is very, very sweet !


Posted: 04/10/2015 at 18:25

Just read that piece Dove's friend wrote about her lovely cat. Have no idea how she managed to write it - I could hardly read it for the tears welling. But funny as well as sad and something I'm sure every pet owner can relate too. 

I'm sorry P'doc is having a rough time - NDN's can be a real PITA. We moved 'cos we got so fed up with the petty run-ins with one set where we used to live (similar set up to Doc's with a small community rather dependent on everyone doing their bit and considering the needs of others). Not an easy situation to handle....

Glad you had a nice bike ride Chicky 


Posted: 04/10/2015 at 16:45

Afternoon All - what another beautiful day - few more  plants divided and redistributed today - I do love plants for free. My garden is still fairly new (major landscaping in 2013) and the borders are really quite big - so it is nice to see the soil slowly being covered as plants develop and spread around.

Those of you who thought Dove might be talking about Pat E - I am 99.999% certain she was talking about moaning Pat Archer in The Archers! 

I am a big fan but download the podcasts and then listen en masse whilst ironing or  doing some other mindless task requiring mental diversion. I'm always about 6 weeks behind so I have no idea what Pat Archer has been up to this time - but odds on it involves Helen & Rob (who wants shooting IMO)

Glad everybody else sounds OK'ish - even if there are a few aches and pains that need sorting.

Congrats to Wonky & Panda.

And a special one for Clari - seconder here for Runny's comments. Life is too short - doesn't sound as though they either deserve or appreciate you and if there's another job out there you fancy - I would definitely go for it. 

Basil, Coriander, Flat leaf parsley

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 21:09

Barbara - rosemary, & thyme like sunny, dry, hot conditions and will tolerate poorer soil - parsley grows best in slightly cooler, moister conditions and tolerates some shade. I find it prefers a slightly richer soil. Perhaps you are trying to grow it in less than ideal conditions?

Coriander likes somewhere between the two extremes (but will run to seed quickly if it gets too hot and dry) and sage (I find) likes it sunny, good drainage but with a bit more moisture.


Posted: 28/09/2015 at 18:59

Fidget - I just LOVE some of these spell-checkisms 

P'doc - I feel for you. Neighbour disputes are very unpleasant, draining and can become all-consuming. Hope you can keep a sense of perspective and not let it drag you down too much (much easier said than done - I know from experience). Sounds as though it is the new people who are the problem - are your longer established neighbours involved as well? It's always nicer to have some allies....


Posted: 28/09/2015 at 16:19

Afternoon all - yet another glorious day - this is obviously our little Indian Summer.

Sorry to hear about your mum Liri but glad Yvie's is on the mend. I do hope they can sort your OH's eye out Yvie - sight is so very precious. Best wishes to anyone else feeling blue or under the weather.

Just finished cutting the grass (again). Some people have been talking about 'last cut of the season' - mine is still very much a once a week job.

Had a lovely bike ride yesterday. It incorporated the historic Butley Ferry across the Butley Creek - the last day it's running until next Easter. It entailed pushing bikes along grass river banks, over stiles and finally pushing over a flooded jetty before we had to manhandle 2 bikes and 2 riders into a tiny rowing boat. Suffice to say bikes & riders had more than a smattering of river mud on them by the end - but we met the lovely oarsman & dogs and it was an adventure - & life would be poorer without a few of those along the way

Slept awkwardly on Saturday so had a very stiff & painful neck yesterday which kept me awake until the wee hours last night. But the bonus of that was looking at the garden brilliantly lit by the super moon. At about 1.30am a hedgehog put in an appearance snuffling around the lawn (hurrah!) and just after 3.00am I saw the 'blood moon' - partially eclipsed. So every cloud etc etc


PS - Cheeky boy Hosta!! 


Posted: 27/09/2015 at 09:59

Morning All - another glorious day here .

No time to read back & see what you've been up to since last night but hope you all have a good Sunday.

Just setting off for a nice bike ride starting & ending at Sutton Hoo.


PS - Sorry abt the Rugby - England were winning until I turned it on for the last 20 mins . Exciting last few minutes & (like Panda) I couldn't be too upset about Wales winning - they were fighters!!


Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 09:24
Stuffed marrow anyone ?


Posted: 26/09/2015 at 14:52
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Went out to deadhead some bits and bobs and almost deadheaded my index finger at the same time. Fortunately - not completely severed!  

Daft old bint 


Oooh - I've done that before now FG. Bleeds a lot doesn't it?? 

Hosta's day sounded like fun & I am so pleased to hear DD's news - such a relief all round. 

Cuppa tea finished - time to go back outside.

Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 13:56

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