Latest posts by Yviestevie


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 13:46

hi folks greetings from Kefalonia.  Enjoying hols. On the phone so can't say much. Drinking wine at the moment. This is the view 


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 14:22

Oh Bushman if only I had known you had the iron out.  I've just finished ironing Hubby's summer shirts, he's only allowed to wear them on Holiday as I hate ironing and refuse to do them.

I've been through a bit of a midlife crisis.  Used to hate sport but quite enjoy it now.  I've always liked tennis but now enjoy football and rugby.  In the Olympics I loved the Hockey and gymnastics and found the swimming exciting.  Hate boxing with a passion though.

Have been out in the garden and have removed all flowers from the plants and cut back quite a lot.  Never done it before but hoping that the plants will all be coming back into flower when I return from Hols.  If not I'll blame Monty - he told me to do it.

I've moved all the pots from the beds and set up the automatic watering system.  Pots on terrace are already covered by drip feeders and we have a soaker hose that runs through the sunniest border so fingers crossed everything will be OK.

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 14:08

Love DA roses, have quite a few (see previous post) but the two I still want are Olivia Rose and Lady of Shallott

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:54

Will pack more into hanging baskets next year, they were a little patchy. 

No more Hostas, not attractive enough to warrant the slug damage.  Had 6 free with the mag and will keep four, two already gone.

More snapdragons, love them and they have flowered for months.  They overwinter for me too.

More tulips in pots, they were a joy this year.


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:11

Morning all,  Grey start but brightening up as we speak.  Need to get out in the garden today and sort out the deadheading before Holibobs also have to do some much needed housework.  Have done most of the packing (another job I hate). 

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.


Posted: 20/08/2016 at 13:36

Afternoon all,  Lots of rain here over the last two days, the garden is loving it but I need a dry window now so that I can do some deadheading and tidying before the holiday.  Have finally fetched the cases up from the cellar and will start packing non creaseables (surely that's a word) later this afternoon.  

Sorry to hear about your sore ribs  Fairy, hope you feel better soon.


Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:48

Morning all, Absolutely throwing it down here.  Garden really needs it and after my two days out and about in the sun I'm not too disappointed that it's raining.

Off to get my eyebrows tamed this morning and then this afternoon I'll be making a trip to Merry Hell to stock up on sun cream for my holiday.  Off to Kefalonia for a couple of weeks on Tuesday.  Hope the garden will be OK.  Don't have a reliable undergardener unfortunately so it has to pretty much take care of itself.

Beautiful photo Clari. Hope everyone has a good day.


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 22:10

Evening all,  Feeling a bit worn out tonight.  Yesterday  we spent 10.30 - 4.30 at the zoo with the grandchildren, walked miles and Dudley is definitely not flat.  Today we took them to a local fair which involved spending ages queuing in the heat.  Came home and watered the garden and then spent quite a while in a very cool shower.  I think a relatively early night is called for.

Congrats to Chicklet, glad she did well.

Hope poorly cold people feel better soon.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 09:04

Hi folks, I had forgotten about this thread until Pat reminded me.  Some great projects and what talent.

I do a fair bit of cross stitch now and have an unfinished rag rug lurking in the cupboard that I keep promising to finish.

Used to sew and knit but have never had a go at quilting and patchwork until now.  This has been keeping me busy lately.  It's for my new grandson who is going into his cot bed next week.

Have his birth sampler to finish, will post a pic when it is.


Posted: 17/08/2016 at 08:51

Hi all, Have just had a quick read back but can't remember everything.

Sorry to hear your sad news Dew.

Well done Steve, wish I could get motivated to take more exercise, maybe I'll try harder when I return from Holibobs.

Have finally finished 'The Quilt' so now I am back to the land of the living.  I might even manage to get out in the garden at some point.  Firstborn is back from her holiday so I'm having Merri and Mabel for a couple of days so she can get some time in the Library to finish her Masters as it has to be in by early September.

Here are a couple of photos of the offending item that has kept me tied to the sewing maching for a few days.

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