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Posted: 19/06/2016 at 10:09

Quick pop in to say Good Morning / Afternoon  

Looks as though it's going to be a nicer day today so a quick tidy up round the house and then out to tend the jungle masquerading as my garden. Every year around this time I feel a rising sense of panic as I look at the borders. Spring stuff gone over smothering summer plants coming through - bedraggled roses after the rain - plants at funny angles because (YET AGAIN!) I haven't staked them properly..., nursery bed with stuff to plant out but no spaces etc etc

Need to be calm and get in there with the secateurs and restore some order. Will all look better if the grass is cut and edged. Best get on....

Have a good day all.

Nice pic Fairy - I need to see some hills.....


Posted: 18/06/2016 at 21:43

Runny - Your sentiments echo my own. 

Flippin' freezin' here tonight. When I was out at about 4pm car thermometer said 12C. Have just been out to shut the shed & could see my breath. Jumper on & have just flicked the heating on as well 

Think it's forecast to improve from tomorrow ....

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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 18:56

Truly sorry to hear your news DD - but not wholly surprised.

I do hope you can stay in touch via the forum - if only because it's a safe place for when you need to offload - as Fidget says you can always use a new name.

You have won the respect of many people on here because we know how very hard you've worked to build a life in France, a business and a family home and lovely garden. 

Feel free to vent whenever you need to and, if you're ever passing through Suffolk, please get in touch and pop in for a coffee. I would love to meet you in real life.

Very best wishes. x

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Posted: 18/06/2016 at 17:51

Not long back from SM. Some disgusting man turned his head to sneeze - all over me. Didn't apologise or anything 

Why do men do that? - have they never heard of using a tissue, a handkerchief, at least a hand to stop germs spreading around.???

If I catch anything I'm going back to find him armed with snippers to make some new Xmas tree decorations 

Shall be gargling with gin soon (just to prevent any infection taking hold you understand) - & I might have ice cream to follow - belt and braces 


Posted: 18/06/2016 at 11:31


Neighbouring village has Open Gardens today and it's grey and mizzly. After all the challenges of keeping a summer garden looking good through the torrential downpours of the last week I think they at least deserved wall to wall sunshine for today 

Bit more hwk & perhaps SM for me. Might have to go via the GC though - I opened my last bag of compost yesterday & if I don't get it now I'll forget & run out when I'm in the middle of a big potting on session. Wonder if I'll encounter any sticky plants?

Sorry to hear so many of you are suffering with this virusey thing. Sounds so much like what I had last year - one sided sore throat & a cough that went on for weeks. Just got over it and then had a second dose. Took 6 months to get right again which is just ridiculous for a cough. (Yes I did get it checked out - nothing sinister - just b irritating).

Think there might be a coffee downstairs with my name on it - best go check - SYL


Posted: 17/06/2016 at 08:50

Morning all.

Not much to say other than I'm still in shock & feeling a little bemused by the events of the last few days & I'm also starting to worry about the results of the referendum. Will spend today potting up the bits my friend gave me yesterday & try to get on top of a few household chores.

Hope you can get something to ease your throat Dove - sounds as though you have an infection.


Posted: 16/06/2016 at 22:05
Fairygirl says:

Evening all. I'm not political - but the news today has really got to me. What the **** is wrong with the world? After last week's slaughter in Orlando, I'm starting to think the planet's going to self destruct.

And those cretins ( I can't call them football fans ) in France can't even behave themselves when they're in another country to watch some sport.  They're an utter disgrace. Shame on them. 

See original post

 Hear! Hear!

Truly dreadful news from Yorkshire - doesn't matter what your political persuasion is - hard not to be shocked & upset by this.

As for the other - disgusting yobs.......

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Posted: 16/06/2016 at 18:57

Evening all - I've had a lovely day.

Drove up to see a friend at the coast who insisted on taking me out for lunch at a rather good beach cafe right next to the golden sands

She lives round the corner from an excellent old fashioned fishmonger so I've brought home a couple of crabs for tomorrow 

She is a gardener and keen plantswoman so we pottered round her garden (between showers) and then she insisted on giving me rather a lot of bits of plants / seedlings etc 

Too much gadding about lately - think I'll have to settle down & do some hwk & other household chores tomorrow - found a very large cobweb stretched across the shower cubicle today 

Very sad news about your friend Lily P - she sounds to be in a desperate place right now. Nothing you can do but be there and let her know you love her. I hope she receives the help she needs.

Well done on shifting all that stuff Hosta - no wonder you're sleeping a bit better!

Have a grand evening everyone - SYL.


Posted: 15/06/2016 at 17:21

Good Afternoon All

Back from our lovely trip to the Cotswolds. Was a little soggy (ie torrential downpours and thunderstorms!) at times - but nothing to spoil our fun.

Everybody sounds to have been very busy & it seems strange seeing Pat's pictures of the frost when it's been so warm and close here.

Sorry to hear about your day out Fidget - I've wanted to go to Highgrove for a while but I don't fancy your experience. Hope you are feeling much better now.

And everyone else with chestikoffs & exploding dogs....

We went to Hidcote on Monday morning. Got there early doors in pouring rain in the campervan. Directed to the far end of the carpark where there is a superb view over the surrounding countryside so we sat, had a pot of tea & waited for the rain to ease - which it did. 

The gardens were superb & ever so slightly bedraggled because heavy rain in an English garden in mid June does that to a garden. IMO they looked all the better for it & made me feel slightly better that some of my garden was looking a bit bashed about when we got home. A wet Monday morning kept the number of fellow visitors at a manageable level & the sun came after an hour or so. The perfumes were enhanced by the rain - lovely.... 

A few pics to whet your appetites:


Loved the garden and even OH (who doesn't 'do' gardens was impressed! Would have enjoyed going to Kiftsgate too but decided to stay in OH's good books & save it for another time 

Last edited: 15 June 2016 17:23:55

What is this wildflower?

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 13:13

This plant has lots of names including Tawny Hawkweed, Devil's Paintbrush and Fox-and Cubs.

It's pretty but can be a bit of a thug. One for a slightly wilder corner rather than manicured borders IMO 

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