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Grass still growing

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 21:28
I was very naughty.... it was a nice day today so I cut my grass even though it was way too wet & there is a frost forecast for tonight. Breaking all the rules - but the whole garden looks soooo much better. I'll consider myself b*ll*cked!!

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 09:19

I do feel for you Lyn - the unwillingness to cooperate is (in so many ways) much more difficult to cope with than physical incapacity. It's so much worse if 'others' (thinking here of the medical team perhaps) start implying that dehydration etc etc is your fault for not making sure she drinks enough, gets enough exercise etc. I do hope they are being supportive and understanding that you cannot force feed her or force her out of bed.

I hope you also know that your friends on here understand your predicament and are only full of admiration for your hard work and caring.

Best wishes - hope today is an easier day 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 19:07

Lyn - would a hoist help with getting mum out of bed (or lifting her away from the bed while you change it)? An OT assessment might identify this as equipment which would allow you to continue to look after her without the need for additional carers visiting - and would enable you to do so without the risk of damaging your back.

It is a good idea to ask Social Services if such an assessment can be done but it is also a good idea to have an idea of what equipment you might find useful so you can suggest it (and also remind them that the loan of a hoist is cheaper than paying for carers - especially in a rural location)

Best wishes to you and all the rest of you struggling to cope with the demands of caring - it's hard work and emotionally very, very draining. My thoughts are with you. 

poisonous courgettes

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 18:37

What an interesting thread - didn't see it when it was first started in the summer.

I really like courgettes and usually grow a couple of different varieties. I had never heard of this problem - so thank you for the heads-up 

I know they always used to say that you should salt courgettes & aubergines before cooking them to draw out the bitter juices, but I don't find it is necessary to do this with modern strains. I wonder if the 'bitter' juices they were drawing off would have contained the chemicals which cause the unpleasant side effects?

Not nice - but it is nice to learn something new 

Bonfire ash

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 18:28

I would also add it to the compost bin - but I would only add it a couple of shovel fuels at a time. A thick layer of ash in the bin is likely to form a compacted, alkaline layer in the bin which does not break down.

For this reason I store my log burner ash in a covered bucket & just add a few scoops as I'm layering the compost. 

Grass still growing

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 19:24

Mine needs a haircut too but it's positively squelchy underfoot 

I do leave mine longer in the winter Fishy but it's probably 3 weeks since I last cut it & it looks quite untidy - especially as the last of the copper beech leaves seem to have come down in the last week. Might try to get out there with the mower if we have a dry 2- 3 days - otherwise it will be lawn rake & edging shears just to make it look a bit better 

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 19:51
I love this forum too Gran - from gaining invaluable horticutural advice when I need it to having a bit of a mindless natter when I have time on my hands.
I like the way the 'conversations' ebb & flow & run from one subject to another. It's a bit like sitting round the fire in a lovely country pub, with a glass of something warming to hand, chatting away with whoever else is there.

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 08:19

Morning Dove - you were up before the larks today!  

Here is a picture of the chi-rho (also known as the christogram) - made up of the greek letters 'X' (=ch) and P (=r) which has been used as an abbreviation for the word / name "Christ" for centuries. It can be found in churches around the country & there is an image somewhere of a chi-rho mosaic at Lullingstone Villa in Kent (Roman villa) .


As Dove says the abbreviation is for 'Christ' and should be pronounced as such. The word Xmas should, therefore, NOT be pronounced "ex-mas".  


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 09:48

....... ooops - sorry to interrupt  - obviously a 'private' party in this room at the moment .....


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Posted: 30/11/2014 at 21:15
Thank you David - and a Happy Christmas to you too - what lovely cards - Where did you get those from?

Cangran - I don't think you need to worry - I'm sure lots of people still go michief- nighting & I'm sure they won't mind if you join in! I do actually approve of mischief night because it is one of 'our' own old traditions - along with guising, apple bobbing etc etc. but I don't like the American import of 'trick or treat'.

I don't remember any commercialisation around the old Halloween traditions - it was all home made fun. But the shops have really jumped on the US bandwagon & hijacked the date & there is a lot of advertising / retailing & profiteering associated with trick or treat. Makes me angry - especially as it's aimed directly at children.
Rant over....

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