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Posted: 26/08/2015 at 13:11

Jo - sorry to hear about your friend - so difficult to watch loved ones suffering.

Panda - congratulations on the interview - fingers crossed.  In fact - everything crossed for you.

Snoodle - enjoy the programme. I'm still thinking about asking my neighbour if she minds if I put an owl box in the large ash tree which straddles our border. Lots of owls around here but would love to have a family living at the end of the garden.


Posted: 26/08/2015 at 12:23

Hi Snoodle 

Hope all's good with you & the little ones. I think I've found the owl programme on iPlayer (& I'd be in the same region as you).

Go to the category 'Documentaries' and it's a 'Natural World' programme - Super Powered Owls. 

Hope that helps 

Bag lady

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 12:12

Reference barry's comment about rich people being scruffy: Back in the 60's my father (definitely not wealthy by the way!) was very 'into' antiques and loved 'hunting' around the various markets of London. He rarely bothered to dress up, wore his old demob duffel coat and quite often carried his sandwiches in a tatty plastic bag. 

On one visit it started pouring with rain so he decided to visit a couple of the 'posh' auction houses instead. He said he was treated ten times better than when he had previously visited suited and booted to attend an actual auction.

Presumably they either thought he was some eccentric wealthy lord of the manor - or they had the common sense to realise that personal dress code has little to do with the amount of money in the bank account - or they just had nice manners 

I really, really hate snotty sales people. Cosmetic and clothes shop assistants are the worse. One persistent clothes sales woman (i'd already told her I did not want any help) asked what size I was. When I told her she said "Oh - I don't think we would have anything in THAT size".  I'm a size 14 - so hardly an elephant - but she managed to make me feel like some obese freak - horrible, horrible cow. 

Bit fed up but always a silver lining......

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 11:32

Sorry Verdun - series has finished. Never mind eh? - you can always watch 'Don't Tell the Bride' on BBC3 instead ...  

Lovely story about your sweet peas Marion. And isn't it nice when somebody bothers to take the time to say "Thank You" properly? - makes you feel good all day. 

Seed saving

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 11:21

If you are new to seed saving it might be worth knowing that it is best to collect seeds when the seed head is nice and dry and to store them in paper containers (envelopes without plastic liners or windows are ideal). Storing in anything plastic will lead to condensation and damp seeds will usually just rot. Be sure to label the envelope with the plant name - we've all discovered a pack seeds (ID unknown) at the back of the shed at sometime!

Not all plants come true to type from seed but, as you say, they are free and you can sometimes get a nice surprise if you produce a plant with a slightly different form & prettier colour than the parent.

Some plants (such as foxgloves & poppies) are easily propagated from seed by just waving the dry seed head over the area where you'd like the plants to grow next year. The seeds will fall to the ground and germinate freely. Others require a bit more care and sowing in seed trays at the right time to maximise the success rate.

Good luck with seed collecting and sowing - for some of us plants for free and / or nurturing is nearly the best bit of gardening. 


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 14:10

Have you got any witch hazel in the cupboard Dove? That's good for insect bites - especially the gel. 

Itchy and scratchy here too - disturbed all the gnats when I was mowing under the hedge on Saturday morning.

Dumfries House East Ayrshire

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 13:07

Lovely photos Lily P - the knot garden / bed is looking good.

Can you go in the house yet? Seem to remember watching a programme about this place a couple of years ago.


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 08:43

Fidget - hope I didn't get you worried there. It's Aalborg (spelling?) that's the party capital - not Aarhus. Love Denmark (all Scandinavian countries in fact) - sure you'll have a great time! 


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 08:28

Morning all. 

Sunny here at the mo but black clouds looming on the horizon - heavy rain forecast from 11am onwards. The garden has had a good watering over the last week. It is amazing how much fresher and perkier everything looks from getting a good drink. Was looking quite tired and 'gone over' 2 weeks ago - now starting to look as it should .

Holiday plans sound very exciting P'doc - would love to do a safari.

Steve - we might be available as crew when our time is our own - but for now life & work gets in the way of nice stuff. 123 weeks time (not that we're counting you understand...)

Fidget - OH goes to Aarhus a bit for work. He is usually on ridiculously early (3.30 am) starts when he goes there - not good as it is supposed to be the party capital of Denmark. Usually stag and hen doos. He wasn't impressed that there was set of ear plugs on the pillow instead of a chocolate when he went for the first time! Think he quite enjoys it really if he has a chance to look around. Hope you have a good time!

Pat - glad OH is on the mend

Office day for me today so best get dressed


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 22:04
Yummy things to eat on here tonight - that cake looks delicious Fairy.
Steve - have never sailed in the Solent. OH has - said it was very busy but lots of nice places to go.
Fidget - we were also in Monterey about 15 years ago - lovely holiday. We went to the aquarium to while away a couple of rainy hours one morning. They had to kick us out at closing time! - fantastic place to visit.
That was where I fell in love with sea otters - they look like aquatic teddy bears but to see them swimming underwater - wow - they are so graceful. And to watch them use tools (ie rocks) to break open a crab is amazing. Spent a second day at Point Lobos just watching the otters for hours.
Didn't get to see any whales though.
Big Blue looks like it's going to be a good programme

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