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Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:15

Spurtle is one of those great words ..... 


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 11:39

£70 off the price seems a very fair deal Dove. We had a large load of ash delivered about 2 weeks ago & also had the oil tank filled up so I hope we're all set for the cold snap. Might have to make a beef casserole this weekend.

I haven't seen Lyn I'm afraid - hope she is ok. Hope Runny is ok too & everyone else with stress and illness to cope with.

Off into the garden now to collect up the last of the leaves which were blown into nice convenient piles by this week's strong winds. Will also do a last lawn cut before taking the mower for service.

A lot of stuff which was looking all nice and perky in the garden has suddenly folloloped everywhere so could do to have a good tidy up / cut back if it stays dry.

Quite like working outside when it's cold and dry - woolly hat, thermal socks and gloves keep me nice & toasty & it's good to breathe the fresh air at this time of year 


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 10:54

Morning all.

Just been up the road on my bike to post a letter - brrr - isn't it cold after our oh so mild autumn? (Sorry Pat - my garden and I both struggle with the heat as well - would much rather be a bit chilly & put on a jumper than be wondering just how little I can get away with wearing...  )

SGL - I use the herbal sleep remedies occasionally. They don't always work  but I sometimes find that using them for 2 or 3 consecutive nights can reset my sleeping clock. 

Dove - hope the tree fellers (or was it only two -  ) are doing their stuff. If you have a log burner or open fire ash burns really well - nice and hot. If you haven't - remember your friends... 


Posted: 19/11/2015 at 16:01


Runny - hope your son is more comfortable today. Best wishes.

I know some people think you need to get them young but...  today I saw a board advertising an Under 5's Christmas Shopping evening ....  

I wonder if they take real or play money ? ...

Damp, grey and nearly dark - miserable old day. Really could do to give the lawn a final cut before I take the lawnmower in for servicing next week - significant saving if I deliver it before 30th Nov - but it's a wee bit soggy out there at the moment. 


Posted: 18/11/2015 at 23:33
What a dreadful thing to happen Runny. Thoughts and prayers with you, your son and the rest of your family. Hope your son pulls through ok. x


Posted: 18/11/2015 at 15:44

After a wild and stormy night the morning was beautifully calm and sunny. Has since reverted and it is grey, wet and very windy again 

Spoke to somebody in town today whose neighbour had a very old (ie 200 yrs) tree come crashing down into their garden last night very narrowly missing the house. Could have been catastrophic if it had fallen on the house. Fortunately I believe only material / repairable damage done.

Have been trying to sort out my computer for the last 2 hours. For some reason it just dumped a load of podcasts and has filed stuff in odd places. Might have sorted it out - time will tell...



Where to buy in Wiltshire

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 11:08

I wonder how well it would work to dig a huge hole and make a giant 'pot' in the ground with 8 2' x 2' concrete paving slabs inserted vertically with the top edge either at or an inch or so above ground level. 

The tree would be planted in the 'pot' and the roots would be able to grow down into the soil for moisture & nutrients.  I always found the suckers to be relatively shallow - usually less than a foot deep. They could usually be removed fairly easily although the process often disturbed other plants growing close by. A  2' deep barrier might be deep enough to prevent the annoying suckers escaping the pot.

Just an idea - not really sure if it would work... 

Where to buy in Wiltshire

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 17:58

Inherited a Sumac in my previous garden - suckers everywhere. Gale force winds snapped it in two. 

You've guessed - both halves grew back big and strong and I had two sumacs instead of one.

Only redeeming feature was the beautiful autumn colours and the fact that it was a relatively low tree so gave height without dominating. Would not choose to grow it, personally 

Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 16:47

Thanks Verdun - will check it out 

We had the best holiday on Nth Island New Zealand. Had a house for a week overlooking the Bay of Islands (sailing was involved as well) followed by a week split between Coramandel  & relatives outside Auckland. Then we stopped off in Sidney for a few days with other family.

As you say - an amazing laid back lifestyle - so much space - so little traffic and stunning views round every corner. Weather was pretty good too. Best fish and chips ever - (the fish was blue nose which I've never seen anywhere else) and really enjoyed sampling the local produce at the many vineries. Sidney harbour was simply spectacular & we arrived on Australia Day staying in a hotel overlooking the bridge so were treated to a first class view of all the festivities.

Understand why you might like to go back - but we'd miss you .... 

Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 15:26

Still haven't watched this programme - have it recorded - perhaps tonight's the night. Generally enjoy watching MD much more than other TV gardeners. I like his gentle self-deprecating style.

Where are you watching Gardening Australia Verdun? Is it on SKY or are you watching on You Tube or similar?

Would be fun to watch to see what my SIL should be doing in her garden right now (just outside Canberra) & to see what problems Aussie gardeners face. I suspect they might be a little more serious than my heavy clay & windy corners (as it were..) 

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