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Posted: 16/08/2016 at 09:04

Orning Lesley, afties Pat, morning everyone else 

Sunny day here but a few clouds to keep the heat down - so will probably be shed painting duties today. Could think of nicer ways to spend the day but it needs finishing.

See there is some rain forecast (60% probability) for Saturday. We have had no rain for the last 2 months apart from one day of light rain - so there will be no complaints here if it materialises.

Must get on - SYL - have a good one


Posted: 15/08/2016 at 08:35


Off to the office for a few hours - hope I can stop  - not a pretty sight. Late night - but worth it. Hope everyone is feeling a little better and brighter today as a result of the good news from Rio.

Hugs for Dew drops - difficult to stand by and watch when a loved one is suffering - makes one feel very helpless.


Posted: 15/08/2016 at 01:10

Well done Andy

.... but really feel for Del Potro - he gave so much


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 23:25

Oh heck! Apparently this match is the best of 5 sets... Gonna be a late one - and I'm up early in the morning


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 21:04


Busy day cutting back hazel trees and large shrubs. Huge pile on the lawn - too tired to clear it up. Lots of watering done too.

Dinner eaten & the main tennis event is just about to start - a bit later than scheduled but that's ok - won't be trying to do other things between points. Hope all that's watching enjoy - c'mon Andy!

Hope you feel better soon Wonky


Posted: 13/08/2016 at 21:32

Best match of the tournament IMO - need to lie down now.

Wanted Rafa to win but can't help but be pleased for del Potro.  


Posted: 13/08/2016 at 18:42

Thanks Joyce - I'll be watching too Thanks also to Andy for making for easier watching today

Nadal and Del Potro match shaping up quite nicely too

Come on Raffa ...

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Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 14:46

I'm sure you're right Dove - it's another element the client's are not paying for.

It's a bit like some of these house renovation projects when they talk about a kitchen costing £3000. That might be the cost of some budget carcasses and doors - but it doesn't include rewiring / plumbing / plastering / decorating / white goods etc etc etc 

I know about that one too 

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 12:47

I'm still catching up with the series but, again, I've enjoyed most of what I've seen. I don't like the sentimentality of Love Your Garden and I don't like the fact that Instant Gardener is supposed to be done in a day on a ridiculously low budget - often for people who seem to have very little interest in gardening.

At least the 'clients' in this series seem to have an interest in their garden but want some help with ideas and planning (can definitely relate to that) and some of them have stumped up reasonable sums of money for plants and materials.

The only downside is that my OH has seen it and doesn't understand why the projects I have engaged a landscaper for have cost considerably more.

I think for many of those projects if you budgeted for 2 landscape designers to produce designs and quotes, one to project manage, the hire of equipment / skips etc and the cost of labour (how many people in the landscaping team?) you could probably treble the budget for each garden.

I got the impression that all these gardens will be maintained and further developed by their owners so I would love a revisit to them in perhaps 2 years time

Good gardening series BBC - well done 


Posted: 12/08/2016 at 12:25


Nice day - warm and sunny. We've got that drying breeze too Dove - it's not doing the stuff in the woodland border any favours at all and I might have to look at a soaker hose like yours. I can see that would be a more effective way of watering than a sprinkler which gets blown about by the wind. And some areas are now reasonably self sufficient so I could do more targeted watering....

Have just rubbed down the shed and will give half of it a coat later this afternoon when it's in the shade and the wood is a whole lot cooler. A bit more tomorrow and finishing coat on Sunday. At least one benefit of a forecast with no rain in for the forseeable future

Chicky - pleased to hear you had such a lovely relaxing holiday - recharges the batteries doesn't it?

Joyce & Fairy - I had to turn the TV over when Murray went a break down in the final set - nerves wouldn't take it any more!

DD - Charlie looks very happy camping in his new home. So pleased things are starting to fall into place for you. Not long now.

Hope everybody has a lovely day & can spend some time enjoying the nicer weather SYL

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