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Christmas presents for Gardeners

Posted: 08/12/2015 at 15:38

I'd really like a composting loo in a little shed in the far corner of the garden.

Then - when I'm outside gardening and all muddied up I won't wait until I'm really desperate to 'go'. We have carpet in the hall and fighting to get my muddy wellies off in the porch while standing cross-legged is a sight to behold - will do myself a mischief one day.

Can use the bi-product in the garden too...

Too much info? - sorry - but you did ask 

spare a thought

Posted: 08/12/2015 at 11:08

It would drive me crazy.....

I have avoided our local GC this year. Last year you not only had 'holiday' songs on a permanent loop in the background but you also had to run the gamut of videos telling you about different tools etc,  jiggling snowmen, laughing Father Christmases and nodding reindeer all saying 'Merry Christmas ho ho ho' - and all triggered by sensors as you walked by.

What a blooming' racket  Had to leave without making any purchases after 15 mins - I think you can probably get arrested for kicking snowmen & Father Christmas in the doodahs 

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 08/12/2015 at 10:51

PS - Love your knitted decs DD - might have to give that a try for next year 

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 08/12/2015 at 10:50

I usually put mine up just in time for OH's birthday (21st) but, as we're away next week, I shall be doing it tomorrow.

It is all rather minimalist - took about 10 years to convince OH that decorations should consist of more than lining up a few Christmas cards . (Actually - 28 years on and I'm not sure he's entirely convinced.. )

Got the decorations down from the attic last night - along with a zillion cluster flies - yuk yuk yukkity yuk . Obviously forgot to turn on the fly zapper in October when they start finding their way back in . A bit of bat poo too... Lovely


Posted: 08/12/2015 at 10:02

I thought about cleaning my oven this week  Lesley but then I realised Christmas dinner is probably the greasiest, messiest meal of the year to cook (sounds yummy doesn't it?   )

Can't be done with doing it twice in a month so I'll do it just the once in the New Year when I'm back on salads and the oven can stay pristine for longer than a day or so..


Posted: 08/12/2015 at 08:31
Pat - you are clearly made of strong stuff to have come out the other side of that experience of losing absolutely everything to a weather event. It must have been very hard to start again from scratch in a new area. Sounds as though you have a lovely home where you are now though.
Fairy - I had caught glimses of Noggin the Nod years ago but had not made the link to the chessmen. They are the most exquisite characterful pieces and puts the programme in a whole new light. Might have to try to watch it on You Tube or something.
More cleaning today....


Posted: 07/12/2015 at 23:05

Hello - and goodnight! Long busy day & ready for my bed now. Glad you had a successful shopping trip Dove - I prefer to avoid the city from now till the big rush is over.

Have no idea what Fairy and Edd are talking about - think I'm a bit too old to have enjoyed those programmes myself and have no kids to share it through. I'm very much of the Bill & Ben / Woodentops generation and my teens were spent ogling Oliver Tobias in Arthur of the Britons .

Also had a bit of a thing for Andy Crawford in Dixon of Dock Green on a Saturday night 

See you all tomorrow - keep warm and dry.


Posted: 06/12/2015 at 15:18

Cards and presents posted this afternoon. Very convenient having the post office in the village Co-op - it's open whenever the shop is open - 6am to 10pm 6 days a week and slightly shorter hours on a Sunday. It's only been there about 2 months & a lot of people still don't know it's such a flexible facility - so there was no queue today 

I love silver jewellery BL - generally prefer it to gold. My OH likes it that way too (cheaper!) 

Hope you don't catch your friends' colds Runny. I'm really struggling to throw off this cough / cold-like virusey thing I've had on and off since the summer - felt lousy yesterday but much better again today.

what plants will you use from the garden as Christmas decoration?

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 15:07
Fairygirl wrote (see)

The b***y rhodie at the front door. The buds look good sprayed gold, and put along the window ledges with other greenery and white lights. Static of course - not flashing. They're the Devil's work 


Come on - Fairy - 'fess up. You secretly like those coloured ones that flash in time to the carols and Christmas songs they play - don't you? 


Posted: 06/12/2015 at 11:56

Hosta - ouch - 

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