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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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Posted: 26/09/2017 at 09:25

I always was the naughty one in class - making ink bombs out of blotting paper

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Posted: 26/09/2017 at 07:27

Morning  Pansy Pauline & Chey - sounds like you all had rubbish nights. Maybe a little siesta after lunch? 

This morning I shall be mainly vaccing and dusting downstairs. While that's happening the washing will be on and this afternoon I will do the ironing while I catch up with The Archers.

Tee hee such naughty children - while the teacher's away .... etc

Didn't see my little feline friend yesterday - guess he was snuggled up with his proper mummy. Will be nice if he visits regularly in future.

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Posted: 25/09/2017 at 22:41

Uni C was good tonight (ie I got a few right). Time for bed now - OH has an early start tomorrow.

Have a good hols LB.

Hope the drier turns up early Cheyn - nothing worse than getting up early & delivery doesn't arrive till lunchtime

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Posted: 25/09/2017 at 16:00

Afternoon all

Office this morning and cooking this afternoon. Doing a couple of meals (Hot Pot and Indonesian Pork) to freeze to take with us on holiday - it will make catering easier.

Pauline - what rotten news for you this morning. Sending my very best wishes to you - hope we can provide some light relief in the coming weeks.

Good luck to all those attending the dentist. Does anybody like going to the dentist? Except Joyce, of course, - her dentist has dreamy eyes.... My dentist is a little Chinese girl who hums and sings softly as she works.

For all Real Ale lovers - I live just outside Speckled Hen town. From the smell as I was passing the brewery this morning I would say they were doing a big mash up today. What with that and the sugar beet factory there are some very distinctive smells in and around Bury St Edmunds at this time of year

I'm thinking about visiting Bodnant Garden next week if the weather's good. Has anyone been? Is it good? Was hoping for some fiery autumn displays and perhaps some autumnal leaf colour.

Was also looking at Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens although their restricted opening times might not work. Again - has anyone been?

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Posted: 24/09/2017 at 16:47

Afternoon - what a glorious day it's been I have spent much of it cl**n*ng the oven Had been promising myself to do it for the last (wait for it - I am truly embarrassed now) ..... 2 years! 

For some reason I just got the urge to do it this morning and thought it best to bite the bullet there and then. Is looking better already.

Also managed a bit of a tidy up in the woodland border but that is supposed to be growing a bit 'untamed' so I just hoiked out a few bramble seedlings and cut back some dead stuff.

Neighbour is home so I've returned her cat to her fed and watered. Ten minutes later he was walking back towards my garden - oops - I'm sure he'll get back into his old routine soon.

SGL - glad to hear you're feeling a bit better and can get to see Poppet again.

Pauline - good that you're up to getting out and about and keeping occupied

Joyce -  A worrying time for you - I hope your daughter continues to make good progress. 

MU - Hope the river levels continue to go down and there's not been too much damage

LB - Safe journey if I don't 'speak' to you again before you go - have a good one!

Best wishes to everyone else and hope all poorlies feel better soon

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Posted: 23/09/2017 at 18:38

Thankfully, the elderly neighbour / young kitten situation isn't too much of a conundrum here MU & Pansy. Said neighbour lives in a granny annexe to her daughter's house - so when elderly neighbour is no longer around the pussy cat will just be absorbed into the daughter's household.

The short term problem here is that the cat can't get into and out of his own home because he won't use the cat flap. The daughter is out at work all day so isn't around to let him in and out. He has, therefore, decided that my 'Open All Hours' shed makes a warm and snug shelter where he can flex his 'Teenager Independence'.

Hopefully it's all just a temporary blip. The main concern at the moment is just to make sure he has somewhere safe to hole up and that he has access to food and water.

.. and I'm rather enjoying having feline company again when I'm gardening....

Cinnamon do good work

Last edited: 23 September 2017 18:39:52

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Posted: 23/09/2017 at 17:41


Bit dull today but still mild - spent the day getting on top of paperwork and some pre holiday chores. At least upstairs is clean now - will do downstairs on Tuesday - always nice to come home to a clean house.

I mentioned yesterday that my elderly neighbour had been taken into hospital. She owns the cat / kitten (just turned 1 year old) who has adopted me and (because she's not there) he seems to have moved into my shed virtually full time

The shed is left open most of the time so he can come and go, he's made a nest in the fruit cage netting  and the daughter has just brought round some food because he's not really eaten anything for nearly 2 days (I didn't want to start feeding him without permission because that's not fair to anybody). He's just had a bowl full.

Hopefully his mummy will be home on Monday and he'll be happy to go home when he's got some company over there and someone can let him in and out. He won't use her cat flap (although I've persuaded him to go out through mine when he's managed to get into the house - so I don't know what that's all about).

I really don't want the family to think I've catnapped him but, at the same time, I want him to be safe, warm, dry and fed. Just hoping he goes back to his regular routine next week..

Pauline - sorry to hear about your trip to A&E but glad you've not had to be admitted. Hopefully it's just a little hiccup on your road to recovery.

Sunny - loving the pics of your bundles of fun.  When they're older, I wouldn't be in a rush to persuade them to go outside. If they're happy being indoor cats that might be an easier and safer way to go.

Last edited: 23 September 2017 17:43:09

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Posted: 22/09/2017 at 23:21

Watching that kitten stretch his toes makes me have to do it too.

Busy day today. Neighbour has been taken into hospital and she  phoned asking me to take things in to her so I did that this morning. Then spent all afternoon in the garden. It was hot and sunny - a last fling of summer - lovely Then made lasagne for dinner - yum.

For anyone wishing to join me on hols - you are very, very welcome but we're going to Nth Wales so you probably won't need to bring any sunny! Scenery should be beautiful though. Really enjoyed watching Robson Green walking round Anglesey this week - we'll making at least 2 visits.

Off to bed now  - night all

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