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Latest posts by Topbird

New gardener here

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 16:03

Beautiful part of the world to live in - but I've only been in summer! Amazing winter pictures though - definitely warrants a 4 X 4 and a serious log pile and freezer space.


The Instant Gardener

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 14:11

Take it you didn't like it then Jo?  

Northern Lass - I'm proud to be grumpy too - use it as an excuse for everything these days 

Love Your Garden is on again tonight - Bollywood theme - guess that's a cue for bright colours that don't work for at least 7 months of the year in most of the UK (northern light wavelength is all wrong or some other such technical reason). 

AT is a good gardener - I have seen the pictures of his own garden - it is beautiful - why is he blowing his reputation on this show? Good pay packet no doubt...

New gardener here

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 12:58

Northern Lass - what a lovely posting.

Your garden looks stunning, the views are amazing and the wildlife pictures are excellent. Whereabouts are you? (presumably up north somewhere) - the rhodies and azaleas are beautiful - I can only dream of growing them.

I'm sure you've given a lot of inspiration there - I certainly enjoyed it 

Is this an arrogance?

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 10:44

My name says it all 

(As far as my cat is concerned anyways  )

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 09:34

Watched the first prog on Catch Up last night.

It wasn't really my sort of programme - am definitely getting Grumpy Old Woman syndrome and hate it when they try to 'make' a garden in a ridiculously short time frame. Ended up FF after 5 mins to see what they achieved. I liked what he did with the trellis and patio but missed if he did anything to sort out the drainage - or did he just go for bog plants?

All in all, a programme for those wanting quick cheap fixes in the garden. Might give one more episode a try but I don't think it's a 'stayer'. 


Posted: 20/07/2015 at 08:02

Hosta - there is a small group of us who volunteer at our local records office & transcribe the wills for use by researchers. As you say, the levels of literacy were poor (although the wills were often written by professional scribes or local priests) and the spelling, grammar & handwriting present challenges for anybody trying to read them without training.

The real challenge, however, lies in the fact that many of the wills spent decades lying in wooden parish chests and were damaged by damp, mould, insects and rodents. Some are not much more than large fragments. The challenge there is trying to chase down any registered copies and trying to make up a full transcription.

The wills are all pre reformation and are a fascinating insight into the beliefs, concerns and the possessions of our ancestors. They also contain much valuable information about village history when named fields and parcels of land are being bequeathed.

I just find it really interesting .....

Glad Verdun got his smilies back 


Posted: 20/07/2015 at 07:00
Morning Dove & Hosta & anybody else up & about.
Thanks for the alarm call Dove - good luck at the opticians - hope it's not too expensive a trip!
Off to transcribe some 16C wills this morning - love it.
Just made some tea if anyone wants a cuppa.

Worst Gardening Tool

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 12:42

The people we bought this house from were both very tall. We are both on the shorter side. Had to invest in 3 of those folding mini-steps and leave them in strategic cupboards round the house so I could reach airing cupboard shelves, kitchen cupboards etc etc. 

4 years on we've got it sorted & Snow White and her mates could live here quite happily 

Pansy - don't forget - we shorties have the last laugh on airplanes when everybody else is sat with their knees round their ears 


Posted: 19/07/2015 at 11:41

Can I keep yours a bit longer Dove? Got loads done this morning 


Worst Gardening Tool

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 11:13

Hostafan - I'm just over 5' tall and find a lot of the handles on forks, spades and (especially for some reason) edging shears slightly too long to use comfortably.

Perhaps we should go into business making good tools with comfortable, telescopic handles ? 

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