Latest posts by Yviestevie


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 20:18

My firstborn,  her hubby and 6 and 1 year old all did the challenge together two days ago.  They nominated hubby and secondborn.  Hubby did it today, I was a bit worried considering he had a heart attack and a quadruple bypass about 18 months ago, but he was OK.  Its £3.00 if you do it and £10.00 if you don't.  If I'm nominated I'll pay the tenner.

Weather brightened up this afternoon and I managed to sort out my plants ready for hols.  Just need to pick up a bit of last minute shopping and pack and thats it.

Feed birds

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 18:14

Be careful with it on the lawn as the seeds dropped will germinate and could get all sorts growing.  I have a large iron well cover that I have under the feeders which means the seeds fall onto it and the ground feeders pick them up.  I still have to weed some of the gravel but  nowhere as much as before.  I suppose slabs would work as well.

Autumn lawn maintenance visit

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 17:43

I've just signed up for Green Thumb.  I thought I would give it a year and see how it improved.  I'm not looking for a bowling green just less moss and a neat looking lawn.  I plant lots and lots of wildlife friendly plants and provide lots of shelter but I do want the borders to be framed by a good quality lawn.  I have taken the basic package which is going to cost me £15.00 per visit, 4 visits per year.  I will have to scarify and aerate myself.  The costs includes all the fertilizer etc.  My front lawn is about 15 square metres and the back must be about 50 sq metres so I don't think this is bad value for money.  My first visit is scheduled for the middle of September, I'll let you know how things go.  Tootles I suspect that your father must have taken a higher level package.

Feed birds

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 17:00

I've been feeding all year and you're right it's proving expensive but it's lovely watching them.  I feed nuts, mixed seed, fat balls and  a robin mix with mealworms.  I have loads of sparrows, blackbirds, magpies, starlings, robins, goldfinches, blue tits, great tits and long tailed tits.  I also have sparrowhawks that visit (it goes a bit quiet then) and have had a woodpecker this year. Not bed for a town garden.  I'm sure there are other species but I only recognise the obvious ones.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 16:51

I'm the same Bekkie,  I have a fat wardrobe and a thin wardrobe, at the moment the thin wardrobe is packed away under the bed, not good when I go on holiday in a few days.

Hope you get your neck moving again BM.

Like you Bekkie I'm wondering what Dove did to get that plumber's mates rate




Posted: 26/08/2014 at 12:51

Hi Folks put me down for Harlow Carr, I have someone I might be able to stay with, Ill have to check it out when I get back from holiday. If not I might be able to get B&B local.

Liri I hope the appointment goes well for your daughter.

I quite like shopping for new clothes but not when I need something.  I know that sounds mad but if I'm going for something specific I never seem to find it but if I'm just browsing I quite often find something I like.  Ive learned not to buy anything unless I absolutely love it because quite often if it's just OK it stays in the wardrobe and I can't afford to do that anymore since finishing work.

Be careful moving those flagstones, I suspect you will feel it tomorrow, so hope you feel better in advance.

It stopped raining here but it's still very grey.  I still have a couple of plants to put in before holiday so it looks like I'm going to get a bit muddy.


A Senior Moment.

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 19:24

I've knocked more than a few pounds off on occasion, I think of it as saving hubby the worry of realising how much I spend on the house.  Runnybeak you should try Homesense if you have one by you, it's the home division of TK Maxx and they have some fabulous one offs.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 16:09

Main flowers on show BM were roses along with sweetpeas, achillea, Lillies, Delphiniums, Lupins and Astrantia.  I would say it was probably early July, although Im not an expert and others may be able to spot more unusual flowers that could possibly pinpoint it more accurately.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 14:33

Happy for someone else to arrange BM would like to go at time of year when we can get the most out of seeing those wonderful borders.  When would you suggest.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 12:46

No sun here, still raining, never mind I've decided it's not all bad.  Curled up on the sofa with a packet of choc fingers catching up on TV programmes Ive stored for weeks. It could be worse.

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