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Posted: 03/08/2016 at 08:06


Time for a cuppa (make that a mugga) in bed.

We had over 24 hours of rain yesterday. Not constant but more on than off and really nice gentle stuff too. Should have given everything a really good watering and softened the ground which was starting to resemble concrete in some places.

Hoping to do a little planting this morning then forecast to be hot so something more relaxing (or inside at least) for this afternoon.

Have a good one whatever you're up to 

Edit: Fairygirl & Joyce - I picked up that there was a series of The Adventure Show on at the moment so have been recording them to watch with OH - thanks for thinking of me 

Last edited: 03 August 2016 08:08:39


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 18:31

.. 'specially near the roses... 


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 11:40

Lots of plants in our local Wyevale were like that the other week Clari.

Beautiful David Austin roses - dried to a crisp with yellow leaves covered in black spot - not just one or two plants but the whole display. Reduced to £15 I think. 

I might have paid £1.50 and tried to rescue a couple - but £15 - no way. And I know those DA roses were lovely healthy specimens back in April... 

Not good is it? 


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 08:41

Morning all 

We had a decent amount of rain overnight (first for weeks) - which has perked things up no end.

Overcast and mizzly just now so an opportunity to get some things sorted inside before I go out and plant some ferns in a dry, shady patch & pop some rudbeckia in the gaps which opened up after some more enthusiastic pruning and cutting back yesterday.

(Oil) Boiler man is here doing the annual service at the moment. He commented on the slight fumey smell in the utility room as soon as he walked in. It's elusive and disappears when you've had a few sniffs or leave the door open and I've not been able to convince anyone there's a problem before. It's not CO or anything nasty - just not particularly nice to smell. Maybe he'll be able to sort it this time!

Huge hugs for BL. I had a year when it seemed that every month brought news of a friend, relative or close acquaintance either becoming seriously ill or dying. It was dreadful - relentless and exhausting. Trying to provide friendship & support for others more in need - all the time feeling like curling up and licking your own wounds for a while.

I hope you are also receiving some support right now BL. Get in touch if you need to talk 

Edit: I still love my Dyson - even if it is a beast to lug upstairs. Only vac I've ever owned which really shifted cat hairs off the carpet. And I quite like taking it apart every now and again - weird or what?

Last edited: 02 August 2016 08:44:32

White rabbits!

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 13:09

I've always known "A pinch and a punch for the first of the month" to which the standard reply is "And a pinch and a kick for being so quick".

That's from growing up in Norfolk in the 60's and both my parents (also Norfolk) knew it from their childhoods in the 30's.

Interesting that Dove (who grew up in neighbouring Suffolk) had not heard of it while she was growing up. My OH is from W Yorks and he had no idea what I was on about when I started hitting & pinching him every month...

Last edited: 01 August 2016 13:09:47


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:34

Hello Doc -   for the canna (I canna grow them.... ).

First blooms always make you smile don't they?

Complete Beginner in Lovely Garden!

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:32

Hi Kat & welcome

This forum really will be of help to you!

If you can upload a couple of general pictures of your 'estate'  it will give us an idea of the size and general  'feel' of the garden & might help us target some good reference material (eg for ponds & bog gardens, or formal gardens, or cottagey, informal gardening etc)

If you then put on a couple of pictures of one area you feel is starting to get a bit overgrown or out of control we can help identify the plants and guide you how best to deal with them.

Then you can show us the next area - and so on

As a general rule it's best to just give us one area at a time to look at - otherwise the answers start to merge and get a bit confusing


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:15

Morning everyone 

Been away for the weekend - came back & had a quick look at the last of the July thread - all I can say is you've all been chattier and cheekier in equal measure - keep up the good work 

Sorry to hear your news Dew-Drops - hope today brings some positive information.

Sorry also to hear about BL's poorly dog. Breaks my heart when pets get old and start to break down. Sad that he was traumatised by fireworks - not a fan of them myself simply because of the distress they cause to animals. I worry like crazy about the poor animals in Battersea Dogs' Home on New Year's Eve & other major events in London when they have fireworks - as if they hadn't been through enough already ...

We went down to Dorset for the weekend. Decided to relive my childhood and travel the route my dad used to take before the days of motorways and bypasses. Went through some nice towns and villages and took our time - took about 6 hours to get to our destination with plenty of stops. Realised when we got there that all the major roads (A14, M11, M25, M3, A303 etc etc) had been in virtual gridlock for most of the day and most people had endured horrendous journeys.

We probably got there much sooner and had a much nicer time going the 'old way'

Traffic was pretty bad coming back yesterday afternoon as well (think everybody was out 'doing' their hobby - cycling, caravanning, music festivals, gliding, vintage cars, horsey stuff etc etc). M3 at a standstill, so we came across country again - much better - again 


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 08:48


Bit cooler today - no complaints here

Sorry Dove - can't help with the boiler - we are on oil. We will probably get mains gas at the same time as super-fast broadband and /or cable TV  I will probably be in a long box with satin lining by then!

Clari - my OH winced when I told him of your doggie delights.

Fairy - you and your young men - again  Thanks for the info about The Adventure Show again. We've downloaded the 2 progs to watch in the Camper this weekend. 

Pdoc - SM run done already - blimey that only happens here at Xmas.

Who's talking about frost? - it's July don't you know 

Have a good one!

Visiting Woottens?

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 20:16


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