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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 22:32

Best wishes to you GWRS - hope you're making a full recovery

Boring day looking at cars today - possibly my least favourite activity after cleaning the oven. Needs must - we'll probably change OH's car later this year so need to know what would be a suitable replacement.

Off to see if I can see any meteors / auroras - supposed to be a good night for it.

Sleep well everybody (positive vibes for you Hosta - zzzz) 

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Posted: 27/03/2017 at 22:15

Loving all the pussy cat tales (tails? )

Enjoyed Uni Challenge but the questions tonight were harder than a hard thing! Even Jazzer was impressed by some of the stuff they knew. Although he always is impressed when they get maths and physics questions right - and it is patently obvious that he didn't even begin to understand the question he just read out

Can't decide if my favourite contestant is MONKMAN or Bobby Seagull

Probably too far south for much celestial activity - but might just have wee peek. Bet the owl will be out there too.

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Posted: 27/03/2017 at 18:41

Evening everyone

Was dragged to Ipswich to look at cars today  - we will be changing OH's little sports car for a more practical mid-size car when he retires in the autumn - so we needed to go and check out some potential makes / models.

I behave in car showrooms like OH does in GC's - lots of fidgeting, sighing, looking at watches etc etc. One day I will start to act my age and not my shoe size - one day - maybe

Nice trees LB and I love the sound of all those roses in BL's daughter's garden. Sounds like a little bit of England in France. Obviously takes after mum!

M-U - have to agree with you on the Dr Beckmanns. It's the only stuff I've found which really works and is dead easy to use. We have pale beige carpets throughout and with a gardener, a cat and a red wine drinker in the house we need something good!!

B3. I have a few 'artistically placed'  logs in my woodland style border. There is a bit of ivy starting to cover a couple of them which looks quite nice - & it doesn't seem to mind dry shade too much.

Sorry - I've forgotten everything else I've read so I'll just wish you all a relaxing evening. Uni Challenge for the Brainiacs

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Posted: 26/03/2017 at 23:19

Oops - late to the party again.

Sorry you're leaving us Hazel - hope nobody has upset you.

Time for bed. Night everyone - sweet dreams.

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 18:12

Sweet Chemistry ? 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 18:02

Few more hours of work done in the garden. Got quite warm in the sun but once the sun moved round it was decidedly chilly. We're obviously close enough to the east coast to be affected by the same breezes as Dove.

'Making' lots of new plants as I go - although none of them are that exciting - just space fillers. I know  a couple of more reasonably priced perennial nurseries in the locality so I shall be paying them a visit soon.

Love Joyce's pressie - those closest to us know what really makes us gardeners happy don't they? - much better present than chocolates and flowers (although those would be welcome too!)

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Petrol Lawnmower

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 13:07

My Honda petrol usually starts easily - but first outing of the year it's usually a pig!

Usual suspects are - stale fuel, condensation in the fuel tank, gungy spark plug - but it sounds as if you've looked at all those. Is the fuel brand new from the garage (rather than what you've stored yourself over winter). If not I'd try that.

I would check the air filter in case it's blocked - but I bet it's not.

If all else fails I would leave it in the sun to warm up a bit. Don't know why but this works for mine If it has a choke on it try various settings and then leave it for half an hour and come back to it again. 

Just a last thought - is the fuel tank tap turned on? If you've had it serviced they usually turn it off for safety when transporting.

Failing that you could take it back to Tesco. If it's a year old it should still be under warranty (or only just out of it) - and they might swap it.

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Posted: 26/03/2017 at 10:05

Morning - more garden prep in the sunshine today

Haven't seen our bats yet - they live in our attic which is a bit of a pain as we have to have dust sheets over anything important but it's worth the inconvenience when we can sit and watch them dancing. No bats but lots of gnat clouds yesterday evening. Summer is coming....

I'm not a mum (except to my cat) - but I wouldn't mind a cup cake with elevenses - pretty please SGL

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 09:56

Orkney is on my "To Do" list - so much fascinating archaeology up there - and finding new stuff all the time

Morning everyone - another sunny day - more garden prep this morning before the area I'm working goes into the shade. It was another cold night - glad I tucked my tomatoes up.

Hope Chicky enjoyed her day yesterday - that event looked very much my sort of thing and so many excellent speakers. Would definitely have gone if we lived closer.

Wonder if Fairy is up to her knees in snow yet? OH said there was a lot on the hills in the Lakes but it was very wet and slushy and really quite slippery. He turned back because it was hard work and not the safest surface to walk on in ordinary walking boots. Fairy's probably got her crampons and ice axe out

Hope everyone has a good day - whether it's Mothers Day stuff or (like me) just doing their own thing - whatever - enjoy

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 18:45

More of the new border dug over and some old perennials lifted and divided to fill some spaces when I start planting it up.

Fairy - hope you enjoy your walk tomorrow.Those pictures from Glen Etive are awful. What sort of mentality makes people think it's ok to behave like that?

Those pasties look very good Dove - could fancy one for my tea but we're having pizza - yum.

It's been a glorious sunny day here but the wind has been very cool. Have just popped my tomato seedlings back into the propagator for a bit of extra protection tonight - temperature was down to 0.2C last night. That's not great for tomatoes.

Buying clematis sounds good - I need to finalise which ones I want this weekend. Also need to sort out a couple more shrubs but I'm having my usual block when it comes to visualising fully grown plants. It'll get sorted one way or another though.

Time to clean up and mix a G&T 

Don't forget to put your clocks back tonight

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