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Gillx Report 16 Oct 2018 12:54

I can't remember Ann, I'd have to have a look. It was a present years ago and I don't use it so much now. It's handy to have though.


AnninGlos Report 16 Oct 2018 10:04

Gill, when you bought your camera did it have a lead packed in with it?


Gillx Report 16 Oct 2018 09:12

So much for us having nice weather this week, it's really dull and damp with quite a nip in the air, so that's put paid to any gardening for a while. Hopefully it'll improve and we can cut the lawns and do a bit of tidying up. I'm still managing some deadheading so the plants are still producing fresh flowers, although I should imagine that won't last long once the frost gets here. I've yet more bulbs coming up so I'm waiting to see what happens with those.

I have an instruction book with my camera but it doesn't make a lot of sense. When I get some spare time I'll read through it again, it might make more sense second time around Liz. If not I'll Google it like you said.

Going to get a cuppa then make a start on the insulation. I've decided to do Sandra's bedroom as well as the spare room, so I'll do hers first. There's only one outside wall in her room so it shouldn't take to long to do, whereas there are three large outside walls in the spare room and lots of furniture to move around, so that one can wait a bit longer. We went Christmas shopping yesterday and I managed to get all my shopping done, I just need to wrap it all up now which I'll do once the insulation and decorating is finished.


Magpie Report 15 Oct 2018 13:00

Gill, if you go onto Google and put in details of your camera and ask for instruction about how to transfer your pictures to your laptop you may find you are able to do it. Bit of a long shot, but might be worth a try! :-)
Garden looking very wet and bedraggled!! OH has taken all the sunflower seeds ready to distribute on our bird table. I've just got to cut back the big yellow daisies which are as good as over, then the garden is really 'ready for bed', apart from the leaves of course!!


Gillx Report 14 Oct 2018 22:07

We ended up have a lovely sunny afternoon and according to the weather forecast it's going to be nice next week, so I'll be out in the garden again, once I've finished insulating and decorating the spare bedroom.

I've noticed a few leaves starting to blow into our garden Vera, but not as many as you. Pity your OH ran out of time to pick them all up and now you have soggy leaves everywhere. Yes, I might end up with some nice flowers sooner than expected, so long as the frost doesn't do them any harm I'll be happy. I don't know how to get the pictures off my camera onto my laptop then on to here, so I can't send any pictures. I might see if I can find the instructions for the camera as that might tell me how to get them onto the laptop then I'm sure someone will be able to help me to put them on the thread.


SuffolkVera Report 14 Oct 2018 18:58

Our weather has been much the same as Ann's - very wet but with less wind than yesterday. One or two plants look a bit flattened but nothing got uprooted.

The trouble is after yesterday's wind our paving out the front and the garden out the back were ankle deep in leaves. When the wind dropped a bit late yesterday OH got out the front and bagged up as many of the leaves as he could but he didn't have time to get to the back garden, so now it is ankle deep in wet soggy leaves :-(

Your bulbs must like your pots Gill - they are certainly showing very early. I have some bulbs in the ground and some in pots but there is no sign of them coming through yet. I don't usually expect to see them till about January. If yours come through early you will have a lovely display to cheer up the grey days of late winter/early spring. You will have to post some pictures.


AnninGlos Report 14 Oct 2018 17:19

Very wet here today so we have not been out at all. Garden looks a bit soggy but the wind has dropped so it is all ok out there.

Magpie, hopefully the birds will still be able to eat the seeds of the sunflower even if it is not straight. :-)


Gillx Report 14 Oct 2018 11:56

What a shame about your sunflower Liz, can you collect the seeds for next year? Putting in a good stake should do the trick.

Apart from the odd pot blowing over we've been lucky.

We took Sandra to the craft fair yesterday but it was raining and all the rain went into the marquee, there were puddles everywhere, I felt so sorry for the stall holders. We had to jump over a few of the puddles to get around. I bought a card, but apart from that there wasn't anything else we fancied so we went into the garden centre and they had all the Christmas trees and lights up. Sandra loved it and we spent hours having a good look around. I've decided to make a start on the Christmas shopping next week so I don't have a lot to pay out in one go nearer the time. I normally buy things throughout the year but with being so busy in the gardens I haven't bought as much as I normally do by now.

Pleased to see everyone's gardens have stood up to the bad weather we've had lately, with minimal damage. I have yet more bulbs showing their heads above the soil, but hopefully they'll go dormant and flower at the correct time next year. The weather next week looks better with plenty of sunshine, so no doubt I'll be outside again pottering around the garden. I did manage to do a bit more deadheading today once the rain stopped.


AnninGlos Report 13 Oct 2018 17:40

I feel sorry for the people in South Wales, some places are suffering and more rain on the way. Looks like it will be wet here tomorrow as well


Magpie Report 13 Oct 2018 16:53

Our sunflower has finally collapsed in this high wind! I had supported it as best I could but the wind was just too much!! Next year we plan to bang in proper stakes and do the job properly! Apart from that the garden is relatively unscathed, unlike other poor souls who have had a really rough time of it. I do feel for them.


AnninGlos Report 12 Oct 2018 19:30

I wish they would sell one of our 3 Wyevales to an independent. Having three in the immediate area doesn’t give us much choice.


SuffolkVera Report 12 Oct 2018 17:35

That's bad luck about your car Gill. Good news that you are going to get it back quickly and will be able to go to your craft fair.

Your bulbs are showing through quickly but I think they will probably start into growth and then stop and go into a dormant period as soon as we get some colder weather. With the quantity you have bought and planted you are sure to have a lovely display.

Our nearest garden centre is a Wyevale and it is one that they have just sold off. We wondered what would happen to it but I am very pleased to hear that it has been bought by Perrywoods. This is a very good, family run, garden centre near Tiptree in Essex and we do have a trip there occasionally so at least we will still have a local garden centre.

We haven't had any rain yet today but, my goodness, it's windy. I keep looking at our hawthorn tree which has been swaying backwards and forwards and wondering if it is going to stay upright. We planted it as a reasonably mature tree about 4 years ago and OH had wooden trunk supports attached to the tree until a couple of months ago. I am hoping that we haven't taken them off too soon. Fingers crossed that everything will stay upright.


Gillx Report 12 Oct 2018 17:23

Missed your post there Ann. It sounds like you're having a good sort out. I had one of those last year with lots of things going to the tip or Charity shops. It feels good when it's all done.

Yes, it was the battery, well the terminal, what ever that is lol. So the terminal's been fixed and we have a new battery. Because the battery was less than a year old the garage didn't charge us, so all we had to pay for was the auto electrician as he had to check the car over for the fault and fix the terminal, but it wasn't much so that's good and now we have another 12 months guarantee on the new battery. Hopefully though this one will last a bit longer than the last one.


Gillx Report 12 Oct 2018 17:16

Good news we've got the car back so tomorrow after the heating engineer has gone we'll go to the craft fair as it's on for three days. That'll pleased Sandra as she was upset we couldn't go today.

We're having problems with our control for our heating today, couple that with the car trouble anyone would think it was the 13th today and not tomorrow. I hope we don't have a third thing go wrong, as they say bad luck comes in three's. I think we'll pass on the third one lol :-)


AnninGlos Report 12 Oct 2018 17:03

what a shame Gill for the car to break down when you had planned an outing. Hopefully a new battery will solve the problem, a pity to miss the craft fair though. We have not been out anywhere today, well, actually OH went to the dump so I suppose that is out but he was there and back pretty quickly. The weather here was foul until about an hour ago when it cleared up a bit. I have stayed home, did a load of washing and drying and made 3 Christmas cards. OH took a load of old boxes and an old case to the dump (stuff from the loft and there is still more up there to go). He also had a load of hardcore, broken concrete he took to get rid of it from down the side of the house, a too convenient dumping ground. Yesterday we took a very large suitcase to the charity shop plus a load of my clothes. We were lucky they took it all as they were swamped with stuff.


Gillx Report 12 Oct 2018 15:10

I hope so Ann, I bought quite a lot, almost 500 in the end, which are in the front and back and also the planters, it would be a shame if they didn't flower.

We were suppose to be going to a Craft Fair today at a garden centre we go to but the car broke down so we're stuck indoors. Never mind the weather isn't up to much today and I believe the Craft Fair is going to be on again at some point so we can always go then.

OH managed to cut our lawns before the weather changed, it rained quite a lot yesterday. We were suppose to be getting a storm but when I checked the weather forecast it has moved further up than us so it's not as bad as we thought it would be. Having said that it's quite windy and another one of my big plants in pots fell over, so that's had to be sorted. So far no more damage but a horrible damp day, so we're staying in to watch some programmes as the car had to be towed to the garage and we're not sure when we'll have it back. Apparently it was something to do with the battery, so nothing to serious. OH will ring the garage later to find out when it's likely to be fixed and of course to find out exactly what was wrong with it.


AnninGlos Report 11 Oct 2018 09:01

Gill they may flower early but probably will stop with just the leaves showing until the new year.

glad to hear that you got all the front done. all we did yesterday was go out for the day and buy more plants to put in today. although OH did mow the lawn when we got back at 3.30.


Gillx Report 10 Oct 2018 22:53

Our front garden is all nice and tidy now after all the weeding. I finished the concreting today and just in time as the weather forecast said we're in for a storm starting tomorrow. I noticed my bulbs have started growing in the planters, I wasn't expecting anything until next spring, don't know if they'll flower though. I wonder if they'll grow next year at the correct time of year. Time will tell I suppose.


Gillx Report 9 Oct 2018 18:14

Brilliant Vera a woman after my own heart :-D :-D :-D

I must admit I do that to, if OH is getting under my feet I ask him to go and do a job that doesn't necessarily need doing straight away as like you said it keeps him out of mischief and from under my feet.

He's just had a laugh at my expense. He was putting the car back on the drive and didn't notice me going around to the front door to finish off he weeding. Our bungalow sticks out where the drive is so you can't see the front door when you get out of the car, we also use the back door not the front, so he got out of the car and went around the back closing the side gate (which is on a lock) behind him. I didn't have a key to get in so I had to ring on the doorbell thinking he'd gone inside so he could let me in. Luckily Sandra heard the bell as OH was still outside and told him there was someone at the door. When he realised what he'd done he couldn't stop laughing. I must admit it was funny. I must remember to keep a key on me from now on though.

Pleased to see you have now found a place for your owl, let's hope you're OH doesn't move it again.

We decided not to bother starting the concreting today as it's getting late and we're all hungry, so I'm just going to sort out dinner and settle down for the evening. If it's not windy tomorrow I'll do it while OH is at his mates.


SuffolkVera Report 9 Oct 2018 17:32

Hello everyone.
Lovely day today but I still only managed an hour in the garden. I managed to do a bit of general tidying of some of the plants, clipped a box plant that is supposed to be round but was fast losing it’s shape, and planted some mini tulip bulbs in pots.

Gill, I have put my owl in a decent position and it looks OK. Thanks for the suggestion of raised beds for beans but I really don’t have any room for anything; the garden is so overcrowded that we are having to take some things out. In the next few months I also need to find a space for a sloe bush. It was given to me as a present, just a small twig, a while ago and is now about a metre tall and bushing out well. It is in a half barrel at the moment but will need a new home soon. It’s really not ideal for this garden but I don’t want to upset the person who gave it to me by getting rid of it.

As you know, my lovely OH can be a liability in the garden. The trouble is there are no “big” jobs for him. We have no grass or hedges to cut, no big compost heaps to look after, no heavy digging, no big trees or shrubs needing attention and only a fraction of the amount of weeding to be done as in our old place. So he has turned his attention to all the “small” jobs that I have always done :-|

I am getting devious though. I’ve just suggested he might like to redecorate the study. That should keep him out of mischief for a while :-D