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Posted: 09/08/2016 at 18:46

What is your weather like?

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 18:45

Starting to get a little desperate for some decent rain here after a very windy weekend (wind is as drying as sun IMO) and before we have another hot spell this weekend. 

Met Office forecast said 70% chance of heavy rain at 4pm - I counted 25 rain splats on my dustbin lid  No more rain forecast for next 7 days 

On a positive note - I haven't needed to cut the grass for 2 weeks 


Posted: 09/08/2016 at 18:21

About 3 weeks ago I reported finding a 2" long black slug 6' up my (upstairs) bedroom wall (inside) - absolutely gross .

Since then I've found another 2 - both upstairs, inside - different rooms. 

With the first one I speculated whether the cat had brought it in but the second two have definitely scaled the outside wall (slime trail over the windows). This means they have climbed about 20 foot over brick and rough render. I thought slugs didn't like feeling rough surfaces under their ickle tummies....

Fat, long, black slugs are bad news outside - even worse inside 


Posted: 09/08/2016 at 17:59

Afternoon everyone  Been in the office today which was ok because it's been a lot cooler today. Could have found plenty to do outside tho'... 

Sorry to hear your news Bushman - hope things can be sorted out as amicably as possible.

Dove - I have chianodoxa planted en masse under an apple tree. Looks lovely in spring and lasts for a couple of weeks. Anenome blanda is a good suggestion and I'd also go for cyclamen (both hed. and coum) and aconites or snowdrops. With a bit of luck you could have almost continuous little flowers there from September through to May. Geranium nodosum would carry you through the summer without interfering with the bulbs

Is it a suitable spot for lily of the valley? - bit risky if you don't want it to spread but I can't imagine a woodland area without it 


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 17:44


Lot cooler and more overcast today. Thank goodness that wind has dropped too - have come to the conclusion that wind is only good for sailing & kite flying. Even then in moderation...

Have moved my tomatoes into the potting shed for a couple of days. It's forecast to be down into single figures for the next couple of nights and I could do for the fruits to start ripening before we get to September! A couple are finally starting to colour up - so hopefully we'll be able to try them soon. 

I've already started to put the brakes on the plants by picking off new flowering shoots. They probably wouldn't have time to develop into decent fruit before October - hopefully now all the energy will be channelled into ripening the existing fruit.

Lily P - glad to hear the vet couldn't find anything too amiss with your poor dog.

Joyce - love black & white cats (don't tell my ginger boy though!)

Hosta - hope you make it home safe and sound. We've virtually given up on holidays that require air travel. OH does it (& all the airport security that goes with it) for work. Queueing for security, opening your lap top case, taking off your belt / shoes etc etc is ok once a year for a holiday. Rubbish when it's every single working day - often more than once a day.

Made beetroot and apple relish this morning - looks very pretty - want to try it with a nice piece of strong cheddar - recipe says wait a minimum of 3 months


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 15:42

You snuck in there Fairy

Even at this early stage we seem to have a fairly tight schedule planned for our 2018 trips. One is a tour incorporating the Orkneys and the other is OH's John O'Groats to Lands End cycle ride.

So probably no time for hills but definitely time for tea and a bun if we're anywhere near your neck of the woods when it all happens 


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 15:37

Joyce - thank you for the heads up for Logan RBG. I've saved the information to my 'Holiday' file.

I didn't know about those gardens and there will be a couple of days when I shall be entertaining myself while OH strides across the hills... 

BL - you're certainly living up to your moniker at the moment 


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:13

Well it's not as windy as Scotland out there - but it is very, very breezy. A warm drying wind as well - all the leaves are going crispy - even the Jap Anemones are shrivelling and wilting. The ground itself is dry at the surface but still a bit damp a couple of inches down so I think it is just the wind doing the damage at the moment.

We've also got cyclamen hed. in flower and I've just picked the first full harvest of autumn fruiting raspberries - have had a few already but this time enough to make a full dessert. The year is ticking by...

Lily P - meant to say earlier - I was so sorry to hear about your poor pooch. Hope it's nothing serious and he can be sorted out soon - understand what you mean when you feel guilty trying to do the right thing for your pet. My cat gives me the saddest, most betrayed looks when I parcel him up for the cattery when we go away.

Fairy - we're not coming as far as you this time. We have 2 weeks. 6 days in The Lakes based in Keswick, 6 days in Northumberland near Hexham (very close to Hadrian's Wall & the 2 best museums) and 3 days very close to Durham. 

OH is hoping to do some good walks and photography. I will do some low level walking and immerse myself in history and architecture. Really looking forward to exploring bits of Northumberland we've not been to before. Might have a trip to the SW tip of Scotland if we run out of things to do!

Will be spending several weeks in Scotland in 2018


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 12:33

Ooops - manners - should have said Good Morning first 

Dry but rather breezy out there. Going to clear the peas and mange tout which have gone over and pick the last of the beetroot to make beetroot and apple chutney tomorrow. The bed they are in will be no more in a few weeks so I might as well clear most of the veg that's in there and save on watering - soooo boring day after day...

Not much else to report. Currently noodling on the internet trying to pinpoint the places I really want to visit on our holiday in a few weeks time. 

Edit: Make that Good Afternoon - can't half waste some time on t'interweb

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