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10 hours ago, denshaw said:

Moira canal festival

That would be the reason for them Den,I heard two loud engines going over,by the time I got outside with my camera all I could see was the back end of two ww2 fighters,thought they were both Spits,thanks for the info Den

 

Rog

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Just recovering from the most painful, tedious and mind numbing four hours of my life after watching the Eurovision Song Contest last night. Yes, we were bottom as usual. I just don't know why we bother. 

Four bleddy hours of mindless drivel. Lame brained presenters trying to be funny. Foreigners singing songs that were already hits throughout Europe, which isn't quite on. Then of course, the freaks, exhibitionists, wierdos, perverts and other assorted cranks, all vainly attempting to upstage each other. 

Four hours of my life wasted, that I'll never retrieve !  

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So why do you bother to watch it every year, FLY?

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I had no choice Margie. As its Mrs Fly's birthday next Tuesday, six of us went to the Chinese Buffet down the road, then back to her brothers up the road for desserts. It had just started, so I had to watch it , as they were all up for it.

I had eaten too much, and my backache was aggravated by doing too much garden work all week. 

Anyway, of to Normandy tomorrow for a short break...... Can't wait !

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Yes after the first few songs I said to myself "why bother". There wasn't much of interest anywhere on tv so I amused myself on iPad. 

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I wish I could've nonna. It's all decided by money, bribery and backhanders. As for Madonna..... Well !  Way past her best.

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2 hours ago, FLY2 said:

, the freaks, exhibitionists, wierdos, perverts and other assorted cranks,

 

Sounds like a political party Fly

 

Rog

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Peace reigns at last!

 

Yesterday in a few moments of peace I dug over a neglected corner plot, put up some canes and planted 8 litle pots of Sweet Peas. They're labelled as 'Spencer Mix', which is evidently a traditional old strain with strong fragrance.  Sounds a bit like me...  :wacko:

 

Shortly after my son in law delivered my Granddaughter for a sleepover.    She'd already been up since six, been to swimming and dance Iessons and was still bouncing. So walked her down to the shops to buy bread and some peaches because she'd asked for peaches after tea. Also two bags of sweets and a kids sticker book. I'm a pushover..  Next round to the park where ickle Grace completed the obstacle course before I gave her some lessons into how to get a swing going by moving your body weight.  She's beginning to get it.  Then back home by which time I was shattered and Grace still bouncing.

 

We'd previously been invited to a Ruby Wedding celebration last night and had organised Taxis with neighbours.  Mrs Col decided to drive herself and Grace down separately for a bit and take her home before it was too late.

Instead of the Eurovision tripe, I got better music, better company, a few drinks and free food.  'Result!'

 

Grace woke us at 6:00 am today to tell us that her Teddies were hungry....  but by mid morning she was shattered.  She perked up considerably when her Dad arrived to take her home....... via MacDonald's  :)

 

After Grace left I planted the remaining Sweet Peas in a shady corner to see how they do. If they survive they'll brighten it up a bit.  Apparently they last longer if not in full sun.

 

Time for feet up and a bit of mindless telly now..

 

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Bet you enjoyed it though DJ.

 

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Well, we had a great time fishing in Ireland and caught sod all - well, nearly sod all. The weather was just too good. Sunshine and calm. Worst conditions possible on the crystal clear waters of Lough Mask. The Mayfly hatches started up just as we were leaving and the next two or three weeks will be brilliant fishing if the weather gets worse.

The new roads are brilliant over there, thanks to euro money. The Republic got it right about Europe.

Back home and nice to see that the veggie patch has developed well over the past week - especially the weeds. Also nice to go to the local this afternoon for real ale at decent prices (Sunday after 5 = £5 for 2 pints).

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My trout fishing career has been a total failure. I had a casting lesson on Rutland Water and my hook impaled on the back of my hand. I bought a Greys rod and the tip section snapped off on my first cast on Ladybower. I fished Lock Awe from a boat around ten times and I’ve never had a single bite. The last time the line got caught around the propellor of the outboard and had to be cut off. Not giving up I’ve just bought a new line and I’m going to have a final go. The closest waters are Notts Fly Fishers at Gibsmere or Trinity Lakes at Thurgarton but I think it’s ‘dead man’s shoes’ to get into those clubs. Perhaps Colwick or Rutland again. I’ve got plenty of room to practice casting on the grass so I think I’ll start there - once my sprained wrist has healed!

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Don't think you'll catch much on your lawn Phil. Have you ever considered bowling?

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I’ve got a croquet set BK. Another of the things that seemed a good idea at the time but never went any further. I must hire a skip, there’s so much junk to get rid of!

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More power to your elbow mate ! May your rod always have a bend.thumbsup

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The only fish I'm ever successful in catching is mackerel. I feel like its it's cheating a bit because it takes no skill and it's just too easy!

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Today my 11 year old granddaughter makes her debut playing cricket for Notts Girls against Leicestershire. Dead chuffed!!

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Phil, my club have a trout lake at Thurgaton. You may know the gravel pit complex. Our lakes are on Conegre Farm. If you fancy a day there I can take you as a guest.

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Spent the day at a mates forge making some new bird feeders.

Spotted this eons ago..ties in nice.11.jpgMobile forge, Woodborough.

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Hows my day?  well it's alright so far

 

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Rog

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My birthday today, so the iron horse is taking me to Hickling - the tea shop and the Plough should provide enough fuel to get us home.

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Have a good one Phil

 

Rog

 

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Hope you had a good birthday Phil.

 

Went out today and bought three 'Outdoor Girl' Tomato plants.  She might well be an outdoor girl but she's going to need her fur coat the way the weather is shaping here.  I'm using grow bags made from two bags of B&Q compost I got for 20p each late last year. Stacked one atop 'tuther, obviously with a hole in top of the bottom one and the bottom of the top one.,  Tricky flipping the top one but worked OK.   Have looped strings underneath the bags and tied them to a horizontal pipe up on the wall, so I can grow them like vines if they live long enough.

 

Also bought three or four Dahlias, an Achillea, a Geum, Erigeron, Penstemon, Sidalcea and Delphinium. all for filling up a perennial border.

 

In 1972, I bought long spurred Aquilegia seeds and grew a dozen or so plants.  Brought some from Skelmersdale to Billinge and managed to keep them going until the last one died last year.  Not bad.. 47 years.  Meanwhile Mrs Col bought some of the blue  'common' Aquilegias, which have been going rampant despite my best efforts.  (Any that grow in the wrong place are quickly and silently 'despatched') They seem to have crossed with my large flowered ones so I've also now got assorted pink and white 'intermediate' plants, but I've bought some classy  Large Flowered Aquilegia seeds and will start them tomorrow. Also bought some Echinacea seeds.  Every plant I've bought had died, so I thought I'd try seeds and spread them around the garden to see where they are happiest.

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Any photo's Col?

 

Rog

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Below should be a blurry phone pic of a Clematis.  It appeared as a seedling in an abandoned pot in a corner.  By some stroke of serendipity, it is very close to a large flowered hybrid calld 'John Warren', which I also brought here from Skelmersdale, but lost last year when I had to move it for some drain work. Flower obviously not fully open yet, but about hand sized when it is.  Also just added a couple of pics of the self seeded 'crossed' Aquilegias.

 

 

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