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Is this really cruel?

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 07:51

been torn about this for very long time now

everything has a right to live

I eat meat but often have a conscience about it from time to time

but we need to get as much from our gardens as possible

so to my dilemma................





toad in the hole    Delicious but contentious I think 

you guys must have similar culinary or otherwise anguish

Fidgets Wedding Day

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 07:44

Have great day fidget 


Posted: 10/10/2015 at 07:43

Hello forkers

another warm dry morning. ,birds singing......oops! Or Is that tinnitus? ,

been commandeered into sorting friend's garden, again.    A quick visit to gc too so it's not all bad. A plant she bought has died so muggins here will get her money back.   Offers on compost but unless real bargains available will not 

yellow foliage on cornus is glowing beautifully in semi dark......great foliage shrub and red winter stems 

have great day everyone 


Posted: 10/10/2015 at 00:09

I posted a year ago about the difficulties my mum had when admitted fo a care home. After 92 years of robust (considering her age) physical and mental health she suffered a stroke then additional smaller ones.  Vascular dementia necessitated her going into a home

the home was awful.  A shock.  I admit to anger and temper. Within a couple of days I had various inspections worker, local council, etc.  Within a week the management was changed, some staff changed and new systems established.  A big first.  It started then to drift back.  I complained big time whenever there were issues and the home soon established better care, etc.  I would call at different times and I am sure many of the staff hated me calling.  However, many were happy to see me and mutual respect resulted.

it is a difficult job caring for people in these homes....I could not do it I know that.  I am sure the residents in these homes are naturally treated as not deserving of the total respect they should have and if visitors did not attend standards would be bad.  Many, most, of the residents never had visitors

I confess to seeing the residents as shocking and less than we are at first but I got to respect....yes, respect.....and like them as I got to know them. I am sure they are aware of their plight and frustration, distress and pain is suffered more than we realise.    I  got to realise bad luck or circumstance has changed their lives dramatically.  It can and will happen to many of us.  

To end their lives in these homes is not right. To be able to choose what happens to us is better.......

Dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 23:42

M27 needs good, if not ideal, conditions and soil.  

Trained trees on regular dwarfing rootstocks for me.  

I planted a pretry big orchard of mainly apples and pears....M9 if I recall correctly......about 10 years ago, maybe longer, and they produce excellent crops year on year.  Pruned ....summer pruned....annually they range from 5' high (most of them)  to 12' high ( for the most vigorous) .  Easily accessed fruit on sturdy compact trees.

apart from one apple "bush" I grow an espalier and 3 cordons on same M9


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 18:24

They do creep B3.....

they are already in the soil.  It's just adding a few more of them. completely natural and the experts say ! 


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 18:13

Begging for food again Lyn?  You know you have been warned about this 

irish yew - standishii variant

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 17:59

Hiya Lee

just did a quick check

Ornamental Trees 10L  2 to 3' tall £34.00 plus VAT

Crowders 2 to 3' £16.99

Larch Cottage 8L £29. 99

Botanic 3L £14

ring a couple of them to ask their condition, height etc.  Say you want them nearer 3' than 2'   


Children in Need Sponsored Walk

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 17:42

Good luck broomstick riding though ! 


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 17:39

My "nosey" neighbour popped on.  Wants me to plant up her now totally cleared front garden.  Felt quite sorry for her cos she doesn't really know where to start, what to plant or where.  It's a pretty big area.  Beautiful new stone wall craftsmen there.  

Will give her a few plants, have listed a few to buy, suggested some ideas and offered to "help" planting now and then....if she asks.  She has already chosen some plants that will not do well, e.g. A mac hydrangea in a raised, free draining border...?? 

Sorry Fairy....still lovely weather here but of course in a couple of hours or so it will be dark so summer it isn't I suppose 


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