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Posted: 03/10/2014 at 18:55

Apricot is lovely BL - you obviously have a kind heart.  I love cats & all of mine have been rescue ones - they are the best! Looks like this one has fallen on her feet and found a good home - not to mention a beautiful garden to relax in

Congratulations with the result of the garden visit - I don't think any of us doubted for one minute that they would want to include you 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 10:46

Verdun - I found this link about nursing home abuse. The opening page contains a list of some of the records and procedures that should be in place for a nursing home to be functioning properly. You might find it helpful to be able to challenge the nursing home about specific shortcomings.

Unfortunately, the website is for solicitors dealing with care home abuse. I know you're not ready to go anywhere near that yet but I thought it might help focus on some of the questions you need to be asking & seeing proof of their answers

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Posted: 02/10/2014 at 10:28

Verdun, it sounds as though you are doing what you can at the moment but Dove is right - Social Services need to know that nothing seems to have been done and that you consider her health to be at immediate risk (how can she eat if her bottom teeth are missing? how can she drink if no water close by? and as for the sores ... that can really escalate - and that is all without the misery & isolation of not being able to hear or see properly.

What is the situation regarding GP care at this home? Can you speak to her GP about this today & ask him / her to help / intervene.

I know everybody's seriously stretched & overworked but this does sound pretty bad & it does sound as though people might be at risk here. Poor mum, poor you worrying about it all.

If you cut a root in half will it kill it?

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 09:12
Hi Tingly - as others have said the answer depends on the plant. It also depends on the size of the root left.
I have found that ash tends to sucker so I would think you have a risk of regrowth if there are large ash roots left & I think that most bamboos will regrow from small pieces of root. The other plants you mention are less likely to be a problem.

I suggest you look at some of the sprays for killing tree stumps if you think the ash roots are large enough to warrant it. Failing that - dig out what you can when you can & glyphosphate when you see any green growth.

With the bamboo take out every bit of root you see & glyphosphate every bit of green growth. If this was one of the spreading ones it can be a bit of a battle (but winnable!) to eradicate it.

It might be sensible to not replant the area until you're sure there is no regrowth (ie into early summer) - trying to spot & glyphosphate tiny bamboo shoots amongst new planting could be more trouble than it's worth - depends what you plan to do with the area. I had one year when I spent all spring just zapping regrowth & digging out small bits of bamboo root. I grew a load of expendable annuals to plant for summer colour then in autumn I was able to replant properly.


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:31

Jam sugar is on my shopping list now Dove 

BL - Thanks for the site link - it has already gone in my "2015 holiday ideas" folder. We found taking the caravan into France really easy & I think we might try and do some WW1 memorials & museums in May next year & then head down your way again for a couple of weeks in September. We were just outside Monpazier & really enjoyed the bastide towns & the local markets.

Having a few smaller gardens to visit would be a really nice thing to line up so the site will be a good tool for planning nearer the time.

Thanks again both of you 

PS - None of my cars have ever had names - unless they didn't start - in which case the names were unprintable - Basil Fawlty was mild in comparison!!!


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 16:49

Thanks also Dove - you snuck in there! 


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 16:49

Thanks BL - I'll probably give it a go with about half the fruit - will probably be ok in cakes etc if nothing else & I need the space in the freezer!

Hope you enjoyed your hols in Italy - we had a great time in your part of the world - weather was absolutely fantastic for the whole 2 weeks - I think we're coming again next year when the french open gardens might be up & running. Good luck with getting yours on the list - from your pics it looks like a bit of a no-brainer to me - I'm sure yours would be a star entry!


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 16:33
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

That's eleven jars of raspberry jam made and still two containers full iof raspberries n the freezer so we can have some with a special pud at C*mas

At least if Woody pops in this afternoon there's some jam to put  on a scone


Oh Dove it is lovely being able to do quotes ....

Thought you were still supposed to be taking it a bit easy with that wrist?

I made 10 jars of quince jelly yesterday & I'm going to make raspberry gin with some of my pickings. Would also like to try some blackberry & apple gin if I can find enough blackberries down our lane (they've just about finished but I was waiting for our apples & didn't have any room left in the freezer for the berries when they were at their best a few weeks ago).

Are frozen strawberries ok for making jam? We had a glut just as we were about to go on hols & could do to use a bag or two but thought they might just go to mush when I start cooking them.

Such domestic goddesses aren't we?? 



Posted: 01/10/2014 at 16:16


Not the most intuitive of things to do but got there in the end!!

Thanks Dove - you are a STAR . Piece of cake next time we meet!

Now I need to find out how to do do smileys on my iPad as well as my desktop.....


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 16:12

Once you've got the Quote where you want it, make sure you move your cursor so that it's at the left hand margin of the box where you type - you'll see that the Quote is indented a bit

If you want to edit the quote e.g. delete a bit of it , I find it best to do that after you've typed whatever you're going to say. 


Still not perfect - maybe this will be...

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