Victoria Sponge

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Anyone else with pollen allergies?

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 20:35

That's interesting, haven't heard about that before, Firefly

It says in that article the increased risk was only found in people medicating everyday for 3 years though not seasonally which is a relief.

I cannot recommend having asthma to anyone, it is most frightening, so medicating is the right choice for me.

Anyone else with pollen allergies?

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 20:11

I can keep my pollen allergy under control with anti-histamine although when it is very bad I can take up to 3 times the usual dosage.

Unchecked it has developed into asthma, raised red skin rashes and eye blisters in the past. So long as I get ahead of it and get a build up of anti-histamine it is managable though. I don't have to ration what I grow in the garden happily although I think it is grass pollen that affects me most.🤧

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 17:29

Bought some poo for the roses and distributed it, did the clems as well but still got some left🤔 Trying to think if I'm holding onto anything weak that might need the nutrients or if I've got rid of all the nonsense...if nothing occurs to me it can go to the allotment.

Planted my last clem from an order months ago. Had to mangle my nicest lamium to plant it but it will repair.

Dug some daffs up that ended up under a stepping stone after I changed a path. Think they are Altruist but we'll see.

Could do with getting a bit of weeding done but would have to bag them up as I have no bin space and that all seems a bit tedious😠 

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 17/02/2018 at 19:59

The starter half plot is probably a good idea. 

At my last plot/first plot my neighbour had sub-let about a third of his as he couldn't manage it all. I only saw them once, it was after their greenhouse had collapsed and I had gathered up all the bits that had blown onto my plot and piled it up. I was sad to see how overwhelming they found it and I wanted to help but it's a full time hobby I think, a lot of commitment.

I went up this morning, light rain at first but then brightened up which I was glad about as I'd taken my plan and a brew with view to doing some musing and measuring.

Narrowed down my raspberry want list, made some thoughtful decisions about what to put where and what space to leave until I had a better idea for it.

Cut down the autumn rasps, straightened and tightened the poultry net I'm using as a support and made a few changes on where to plant cordons.

Watched some nice little birds on the plot, goldfinch, chaffinch and Robin on the feeders and dunnocks and a wren bouncing around the wood and assorted crap pile.

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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 17/02/2018 at 18:17

Hi Mark, I've tried to take pictures of the activity around the chimney in the past but not being able to get close enough couldn't get a proper image.

I probably could now as I've had a loft conversion and have a window near the chimney but it would just be a photo of honeybees at the entrance hole, (I can't see the comb or anything) and I can look at the bees in the garden I'm very glad they live in my chimney, people will tell you horror stories about honey seeping through the walls and the house falling down but really they live there quite peaceably and even though there are sometimes dozens in the garden, especially in the pond shallows and bird bath they aren't a bother at all. I've never noticed a swarm either...

I've had bumbles three times I think, buff tails, once in my hedgehog box so even if the hogs go awol for a while it's not all bad news

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 17/02/2018 at 17:15

What a wonderful day, felt like the end of winter

I cut down the clems and the roses apart from the ones I need to look up first. Chucked some bonemeal here and there and weeded the linaria seedlings out of the pieris pot, will put them up the allotment.

Saw my chimney bees for the first time this year, very glad to see they are ok. Don't think there's much for them to eat at the mo but if they've still got reserves they are pretty much through the winter. For the first time a couple of dozen bees have got into the house over winter. I think they were probably already weary, dying bees that probably fell off the clump and climbed out from a gap somewhere as only a couple flew off when released, most were unable to fly and died. Glad to see the swarm is still in place anyway, have bought them some new flowers and made them a larger watering hole pondside for this year

Raspberry variety's

Posted: 16/02/2018 at 05:53

I was hoping to try double cropping the autumn rasps once they are established, maybe next year.

I have Joan J and if it's of any interest DT Brown have replaced them in their catalogue with Polka considering them a superior variety...

Hope you let us know what you decide Perki, I also have a raspberry shopping list albeit for next year now.


Posted: 13/02/2018 at 06:22

Welcome Kelly, please keep us updated with your progress

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 12/02/2018 at 06:25

That's interesting, I wondered how people get more than one plot (as I suspect I'll rapidly be done with my own) I think my council has a one-plot rule but my next plot neighbour has been given the overgrown end plot on our site to clear up. I wasn't sure if it is because he 'knows people' Maybe when mine is 'finished', (its theme is organised orchard,) I can ask to help on one of the more raggedy plots

My site has only 9 plots I think. I'm really happy with this site, one of my favourite things about it is people don't steal or meddle about on other people's plots like the scoundrels at my last site...However I would love to have a sort of community aspect with competitions and meetings etc.

I think that is a grand way to commemorate your horse 

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 11/02/2018 at 19:52

I sure will, GWRS. Most of the juice went into the gin as I got a greater volume of liquid than I put in and it flavoured the brandywine. Most I can hope for is colour for the neat brandy I think🤔 That won't be worth saving so I'll drink it straight away. Diluted I think as I don't find the taste too pleasant.🍷

Some decent looking trees there Mother Goose, like you say. Are these before pictures or are they still to be worked on? Exciting to have a project though I think? Those pears look nice too...

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