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Posted: 27/09/2015 at 09:59

Morning All - another glorious day here .

No time to read back & see what you've been up to since last night but hope you all have a good Sunday.

Just setting off for a nice bike ride starting & ending at Sutton Hoo.


PS - Sorry abt the Rugby - England were winning until I turned it on for the last 20 mins . Exciting last few minutes & (like Panda) I couldn't be too upset about Wales winning - they were fighters!!


Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 09:24
Stuffed marrow anyone ?


Posted: 26/09/2015 at 14:52
Fairygirl wrote (see)


Went out to deadhead some bits and bobs and almost deadheaded my index finger at the same time. Fortunately - not completely severed!  

Daft old bint 


Oooh - I've done that before now FG. Bleeds a lot doesn't it?? 

Hosta's day sounded like fun & I am so pleased to hear DD's news - such a relief all round. 

Cuppa tea finished - time to go back outside.

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Posted: 26/09/2015 at 13:56


Posted: 26/09/2015 at 13:03

Hi Everyone - what a glorious day  (but agree it's not quite warm enough for naked gardening)

Sorry I have been AWOL for a couple of weeks. We had 2 weeks holiday and on return I joined the lengthening ranks of Forkers with medical probs which required hospital investigation, followed by days (seemed like months) of anxious waiting. Was given the All Clear on Thursday (phew!) but didn't feel much like posting while it was all going on.

I really empathise with poor Pat who has been feeling crook & undergoing investigations for weeks now - and all those on here who have been playing the health 'waiting game'.

People say 'don't worry and try not to think about it' but it's almost impossible not to. I sought refuge in transcribing lots of documents because it requires 100% concentration - no room for anything else. Gardening did not help at all - that's the time when thoughts flow freely & randomly - which usually helps sort things out in my head. I have to say 'Hats Off to the NHS' though. Next day referral from GP & seen promptly & efficiently at the hospital. I will defend this service to the end of my days  and back again.

Sorry to hear of your pains Panda - pulled or torn muscles can be disproportionately painful. Ice and anti inflammatories sounds the way to go for now.

We had a lovely holiday in Norfolk. We only live in Suffolk & it was a joy to only have to travel an hour up the road. First week was on a boat on the broads. Spent several nights on the mud weight (ie anchored) rather than tying up at moorings with everybody else. It was glorious - just the water fowl, owls, kingfishers and the occasional otter for company. 

Second week we were in the caravan in NW Norfolk and had 4 days cycling (anyone who thinks Norfolk is flat needs to cycle round there - some very steep little hills). All cycling involved pubs and seafood - . Particularly enjoyed the pub with a gin menu - started at the top....  Didn't visit any gardens but just enjoyed the sun and sea.

Nice to chat with you all again. I'm off out to plant 30 hellebores  and 20 geraniums now! SYL.



Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 15:13

I think we're all shedding a tear with you DD - pets offer such unconditional love and companionship that they leave huge holes in our lives when they're no longer around.

You do know that you're doing the very best you can for Shadow. I do hope things work out OK this weekend. 

How to make leafmould

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 22:30
When ever possible I gather my leaves (mainly beech, hazel and apple) by mowing them from the lawn so I get a mix of leaves and grass cutings. I put them in the 1 tonne builders sacks, wet them down a couple of times and cover them up over winter. By spring they have usually started to rot down and, at that stage, I add them in 6" layers to the compost bins. About 10 months after collection they are lovely crumbly compost ready to return to the soil

Garden Visit

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 18:43

Would love to see some photos Patsy if you have any   

I know it's a bit further east but East Ruston is very well worth the journey if you're already in Norfolk and haven't been before - lots of inspirational ideas and some excellent planting. (Would also recommend the excellent shellfish shop at Happisburgh & the Woodbastwick Brewery pub to complete the day out )

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Posted: 24/09/2015 at 12:08


Just back after some time away & I have been so moved by this story - partly because it is so heartbreaking to be permanently separated from a beloved pet but also because of the wonderful response from Forum members and all the other people who have rallied round with offers of help. In a world where the news is full of terrible, sad, irresolvable stories it really lifts the spirit to hear of such goodness and kindness.

It sounds as though you have several plans and contingencies on the go - so I hope it all works out for you & Shadow (the last plan definitely sounds like the perfect solution). If you ever get to the final default of needing to bring him to the UK, I'm sure I could do a transport leg somewhere between the SE and the Midlands - but everything crossed you won't have to worry about all that hassle. 

I really admire your tenacity and energy in dealing with this horrible problem - well done you 


Posted: 28/08/2015 at 18:46

Bloomin' Brilliant Panda - congratulations, really well done etc etc 

Now you can relax and really enjoy your hols - hope you have a great time 

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