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Posted: 20/01/2015 at 23:32

Hiya Runnybeak. Thanks for asking.  Mum is tinier by the day.  More frail. Eats nothing and drinks very little.  She smiles a lot.  Sleeps a lot.  Dont think she is in any pain though.  I try to see her every day if I can.  Sad thing old age 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 21:09

Thanks lily 

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 20:22

Well, what is "fresh" these days?  Only the produce we grow  ourselves can be guaranteed "fresh". 

The milk from the milkman or from the supermarket is prob the same !  

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' pruning

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 20:14

I grow the White version..alba.  I cut it hard back every spring.  The odd cut into old wood too without any problems.  It's a beautiful plant that does grow vigorously but nothing like the Russian Vine, etc or even a Passion flower.  

Cordon to espalier aple and pear tress

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 20:11


yes plant cordon upright and cut back to a terminal bud continue upwards.....and two lower buds to form first set of laterals.  Have a galvanised wire system securely in place.  Allow all 3 buds to grow ....the laterals at slight angle with the intention of lowering these onto the first wire near the end of the summer.  

next year allow the vertical to continue and select another 2 lateral shoots to form the next horizontal branches on wire above.   A new set of horizontal branches each year until you have reached your desired height.  A great way to grow apples or pears.

(a width for me of about 12' per espalier )

First flower this year

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 20:03

Got a whole bunch of camellias ready to erupt 

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 20:02

Mine is British milk Tootles 


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 19:56

huge steak.   And I helped polish off another's .  I am rather gweedy but I like it 

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 19:54

4 pints for 89 p.   

(When milk was delivered ...esp in the was often sour.  It must be a difficult job being a milkman esp if self employed.  They need to pick up milk evening before to deliver next day.  So not the freshest tasting !)

 we need to do "our own thing" here.  Nobody should criticise the other for behaving differently.  Absolutely nothing wrong with choosing the least expensive option.  I save hundreds on big purchases and less on everyday ones..........doesn't make me a " bad person" . My courage to haggle serves me well 


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 19:43

Drizzly old day today 

just had a delicious meal......for FREE. 


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