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Fishy's 'pleasant reminders of schooldays. Not !!!

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 09:39

Help yourself Primrose! 

I used to love getting Easter eggs and taking a half a big one and just taking a big bite out of the shell. You have to get your nose right inside the shell to do it & the smell of chocolate is just sensational . No breaking it into prissy, tidy little pieces for me!

When I was small my brother & I would occasionally be given a shilling each to go to the shop to buy as many small sweets as we could for the money. We would then come home and play 'shops' in the garden. To make it work you needed lots of 'stock'. I seem to remember getting an awful lot of mojos, fruit salads, candy shrimps, flying saucers, tiny bars of chocolate and tiny tubes of sweets for the money. It was a game which lasted all day & taught us to add and subtract and, no doubt, kept us hyper active for days..

Also remember picking the flowers off the runner beans to eat and picking off rose heads to make 'perfume'. I would hate to have a baby me in the garden 

Low inflation I think not

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 08:39
Same with bars of chocolate AWB

Fishy's 'pleasant reminders of schooldays. Not !!!

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 07:57
RB - Were Bluebirds the same as 'Dairy Maids' ? DMs had a picture of a Swiss (?) girl on the wrapper.
Loved those - super creamy toffee in the middle.
I loved Sherbet Dabs too - still love sherbet now - have packet of fruit sherbets by my side right now

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 07:36
I am really, really poor at designing planting schemes with flowering plants - it rarely turns out as I had pictured. I'm better with shrubs & trees - but that's probably because they are expensive & difficult to move once established - so I spend weeks agonising over what to buy & exactly where to plant.
My most successful planting combos are usually by chance. For example leaving several pots of french lavendar partially sunk in the soil (reduces watering) while on holiday. When I came home a load of bright orange & some ivory escholtzia (spelling?) had started flowering behind the lavendar - it looked adsolutely stunning so I left it there all summer.

Same sort of thing with a lime green coloured cotinus (impulse buy). Sunk the pot in the soil in front of Sambucus Black Lace while I decided where to plant it - the foliage contrast was lovely - decision made!
I think, on the whole, I like informal mixed random cottage planting tamed by a surround of dwarf hedging & neatly edged lawn. I cannot explain why I cannot resist magenta coloured flowers - constantly drawn to those plus soft blues, softest creamy yellow, white and burnt orange.
An interesting palette to work with!

So Annoyed!

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 21:16
We had a real problem with muntjac deer destroying emerging plants and (especially) rosebuds - quite soul destroying when you've spent hours creating a pretty space.
Fortunately our garden had high boundaries except one weak spot. We put 5 bar gates across which solved the problem. The deer could easily clear the gates if they wanted - but they are lazy creatures (like me) & there are easier pickings without needing to clear any jumps
Now, if anybody can solve the problem of voles in my veg beds......?

Fishy's 'pleasant reminders of schooldays. Not !!!

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 20:58
You can all have some of my fruit sherbets - I have lemon, lime, orange, strawberry & blackcurrant - help yourselves !

Loved those choccie bars RB - seemed like having a box of chocolates when I was too young or too single for anybody to buy me a box of choccies - yum yum yum

Fishy's 'pleasant reminders of schooldays. Not !!!

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 20:18
RB - Were Bluebirds the same as 'Dairy Maids' ? DMs had a picture of a Swiss (?) girl on the wrapper.
Loved those - super creamy toffee in the middle.
I loved Sherbet Dabs too - still love sherbet now - have packet of fruit sherbets by my side right now

Fishy's 'pleasant reminders of schooldays. Not !!!

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 18:41

RB - I think I might have seen (recently) fruit salads in one of those traditional style sweet shops that are now popping up all over the place. I think they were in glass jars rather than the old open boxes.

I treated myself to some rosebuds and sweet peanuts last time I was in one 


Posted: 01/04/2015 at 17:15

Nice pics CN

A couple of my hyacinths were blown over in the wind yesterday - they are making my kitchen smell lovely today 

pop up green house fell apart

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 17:11

Bekkie - as I said on the other thread I think you should post a 1 star review on the website to flag up a product which clearly did not perform properly for you. I think there is another very poor review on there as well so people will at least be forewarned there could be an issue if they go ahead & buy the product. 

I'm not sure how interested Trading Standards would be as the company have given you a full refund & the product is not actually dangerous - but you might want to look at the Citizen Advice web site where they explain what is meant by "Fit for Purpose" and "Satisfactory Quality".

I would say that an item which is advertised as a 'greenhouse' for use outdoors should be able to withstand normal elements of the Great British weather. If there was no requirement for you to put it in a very sheltered spot it should really have been at least as robust as a small tent.

I don't think you are making a fuss about nothing - £50 is not peanuts is it? 

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