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Posted: 29/09/2017 at 12:46

Loving the idea of a desert island with you crazy lot.

Oh yes please - I can definitely make gin 

Next door has a mini-micro-brewery which he hopes to make semi commercial next year when he retires. I'm trying to persuade him to put a small still in there so I can make my own gin... Should be lots of botanicals to experiment with on a desert island... I think kaffir lime leaf would be a good one for starters.

Waiting for the grass to dry just enough for me to trim - has been drizzling all morning. Setting off at crack o'sparrers tomorrow so need to get it done this afternoon.

Best wishes to all those feeling under the weather - a good book in the quiet corner is a good idea - especially if we can borrow Sunny's kittens for entertainment from time to time.

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Posted: 28/09/2017 at 12:33

Chey - have you tried talking to the library and explaining what happened? The libraries around here will waive or reduce fines if there was a good excuse for them building up.

If you didn't actually receive any communications (written or electronic) to let you know the fines were building up (if they were sent to the home and not passed on perhaps) they might show some leniency.

On the other hand - if you just ignored the communications... (waggy finger emoji needed)

Great photo MU 

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Posted: 28/09/2017 at 10:45

... with some bubbly to drink....

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Posted: 28/09/2017 at 09:54


Hope all goes well with the scan Pauline - did you decide on your 'treat' at the end of all this? 

Hope things go well for you too F'edge. I'm not really squeamish except when it comes to eyes - so I don't envy you that one.

Supermarket and packing the caravan today. If it dries up I'll also do a bit of dead heading and edge the grass so I just have to give the lawn a short back and sides tomorrow. 

Picked up some perennial seeds at Gt Dixter in August but didn't get around to sowing them. If they're ones needing stratification I might sow those today & put them out for the mice or birds to eat....

Wasp nest - potential problem

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 14:56

Thank you RG - that makes a lot of sense.

As there is a largeish patch of autumn fruiting raspberries close by plus well laden apple & quince trees they might not be moving on anytime soon.

Might have a word with the landscaper to see if he wants to delay doing the work for a few weeks.

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Posted: 26/09/2017 at 14:05

Ooops - I meant Tom Schneider - not Paul - thought it looked wrong as I was writing it

Either way it's lovely.

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Posted: 26/09/2017 at 13:55

That is beautiful Joyce - is it a Paul Schneider piece?

I love his work - seriously covetable

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Posted: 26/09/2017 at 10:25

Snap Joyce

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Posted: 26/09/2017 at 10:25

S'not me either - I've just stripped the bed so lots of unmentionables going on here...

...and if I was The Mole I'd tell myself to b&&ger off out of my lawn - 2 new mole hills today - grrr

Wasp nest - potential problem

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 09:56

Does anybody know when I can reasonably expect wasps to leave their nest?

There is a nest below ground in the corner of one of my raised beds and the wasps are still very active. I've left it alone all summer because I know that wasps can be a gardener's friend.

The problem I have is that my landscaper has been booked (for some time) to start work in that area at the beginning of November. He will be lifting and re-laying concrete slabs which abut this corner of the raised bed. He will be replacing the fence at the back of the bed and also reducing the size of the same raised bed.

The wasps haven't really bothered me all summer but I suspect they will be seriously disturbed and angry if they are still there when the landscaper starts and I feel I have a duty of care to him and his assistant. 

I was hoping the wasps might have started to pack their bags about now but they look as busy as ever...

Anybody know for sure?

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