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7 hours ago, FLY2 said:

Well done Col. I've just spent a fortnight laying slabs, hedge cutting, jet blasting, fence replacement, and a multitude of other strenuous, tiring and backbreaking jobs, but having just looked out of the bedroom window, I can clearly see that my efforts have been worthwhile.

Glad to see that you mention respecting the Union flag. I was getting a bit worried till I saw that. Well done !

 

I know how to hang the flag the right way up too.. which is more than can be said for many..  :)

 

My garden is a bit awkward in one sense.  It's South facing, which is what I want, because I love being out in the sun.  But the corollary (big word for this time of day..) is that the 'back' fence is North facing and it has two dark corners with the side fences. The garden is basically a square, about 30ft. I have a 'patio' of sorts, then a lawn and borders around 3-4 feet wide all around.  Not very imaginative, but relatively easy maintenance.  It's just difficult to get anything very exciting to grow right in the two corners I mentioned.  The biggest thing on the back fence is a large Buddleia Globosa which is mainly there now to screen us from the Glum Family at the back who I've given up trying to get on with. I recently added a Prunus Kanzan in the left corner as viewed, but well into the garden to allow for its expected spread. It replaced a Lilac I brought here with me which was descended from the one my Grandad had in Boowul Hall. I planted a Bird Cherry close to the right hand corner, but it's also overhung by my neighnour's Laburnum, which buries my plants in fallen yellow blossom as well as taking the low afternoon sun in spring and autumn.

There's an ongoing debate between me and Mrs Col.  I believe in keeping individual plants, especially shrubs, in check, to stop them from taking over whole borders.  I can get away with it with something like my Weigela, because that needs all flowered shoots taking right back each year so it will flower on new shoots the following year, and after demonstrating this to her for about 20 years, it has now sunk in with Mrs Col. With the Buddleia though, it grows fast and every so many years really needs to be cut almost down to the ground.  Every time I do this I get accused of 'killing' it, and every time it bounces back to above fence height within a season.  Same with the Fuschia Riccartonii, which has also come back from the dead numerous times..  :)

Other things though.. just need to be kept in check and if I so much as snip off a twig to prevent it from taking someones eye out, I get days of moaning.

 

My 'patio' is an uneven mix of assorted slabs and needs completely re-laying, but I'm not sure I'm up for that.  I'd also like to reduce the area of grass I have to maintain.  I think I'd do that by adding some paths and raised borders which would be easier to manage as I enter my dotage.

 

Nothing done today though as it's wet and windy.  The good thing about retirement is that you can largely do stuff when it suits you and the few plants I still need to put in can wait till the expected better weather at the weekend.

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35 minutes ago, philmayfield said:

I drink Earl Grey, so does the Queen!

 

I bet you both go to the loo too...so what's your point?  :laugh:

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8 minutes ago, radfordred said:

 

You ain't been near any poor people have you?  :Friends:

 

Never bin near owt else Red!

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Col, there's a type of yellow flowered climbing plant, a bit like ivy, but with furry leaves. I think it's called Californian something or other. 

We had one for years, till Mrs Fly pruned it, and came out in a rash for several days.

There's also something in Pine / Fir trees that's an irritant too. A work colleague was almost hospitalised once after pruning his. I don't know what species they were though.

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Freemontodendron or Californian Glory , that's it. 

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1 hour ago, philmayfield said:

I drink Earl Grey, so does the Queen!

You always were in good company Phil ..............  I think,  smile2 

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27 minutes ago, DJ360 said:

 

I bet you both go to the loo too...so what's your point?  :laugh:

Well she has a servant to wipe her backside! :biggrin:

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39 minutes ago, FLY2 said:

Freemontodendron or Californian Glory , that's it. 

 

Don't think there's any of that hereabouts.  Also, though I do much of my gardening very close to a 'state of Nature'.. I have taken to wearing gloves when handling most plants.  :)

 

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2 hours ago, plantfit said:

Went down the farm for an hour this morning to check on the pigeon situation slywink, got home and strimmered that piece of land the other side of my back garden fence,got lunch ready for Mrs P, Ploughmans with some mature Chedder,took off to Hombase in Newark for a tin of white silk emulsion paint, the kitchen ceiling is now finished and I am about to start painting the walls after I have had my coffee,for dinner I will do Mrs P a jacket spud with cheese and salad,beetroot and  italian dressing,I will have a Ginsters Cornish pasty with some oven chips and bisto gravy, tomorrow is another day

 

Rog

Ploughman's lunch with silk emulsion Rog?? We have salad cream or chutney with ours.  :laughing:

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All boxes ticked in the Dèise County..pulled into Killaspick ( great name.)..encountered some terrible drivers...speeding and drexting..few of these were knocking about..10900604064-03123650b4.jpgChuckle Brother is on tour..or our gaffa is moonlighting!

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2 hours ago, philmayfield said:

It became illegal on 25th. April, Rog

 

Dint exactly shoot em Phil, I read them a few posts from "ailments,aches and pains" and "Keep one drop one" and they just gave up and died  thumbsup

 

Rog

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35 minutes ago, Beekay said:

We have salad cream or chutney with ours.

 

You've never lived BK, salad cream indeed

 

Rog

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7 hours ago, philmayfield said:

At least ‘gas guns’ are silent! :biggrin:

 

I think I've got one of those.....

Can be a bit whiffy though.....

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DJ360

Have you thought of sand fly allergy. 

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Lovely day here !   Some garden chores to get done then into the garage/workshop!

I want to get a 1930 Chrysler running and behaving well enough to get to the Autokarna at Wollaton Park on Sunday 9th June.

Shock absorbers ready to fit and mod to steering needed.

Rear axle pinion seal wants attention otherwise it steadily ejects the oil...……….. and we do not want that on our roads do we?

 

Got me thinking that road surfaces must have been considerably greasier/slippery 50years ago when oil seals were not as effective as they are today.

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These days the "ejected oil" would run off the road surface and end up in the pot holes

 

Rog

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Not having a good day. Got up and really fancied a ciggie. Just got worse through the morning, the vape thingy just not cutting it. Fighting the urge to wander down to the shops on some pretence or other and get some. Think if someone walks past the house smoking they are in danger of getting mugged!

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Same here SG.,, and its been nearly a year,,  

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Same here Ben , its been nearly 2 weeks. (seems like years.)

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Oh dear you are supposed to give me words of encouragement, tell me how you just stopped and never had any problems and it will get better. Feel depressed now but at least someone else is suffering. 

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Ben, SG, Trogg etc...

I virtually stopped smoking 10 years ago but struggled for a long time so in the end decided if I wanted a ciggie I would have one. Always keep a pack at home and the last pack lasted 5 weeks. So, I guess I'm smoking on average 1 cig every other day.

I don't half enjoy that smoke when I do have it though!

ETA. My better half still nags the hell out of me when I do have one, but she admits it's better than when I smoked 20 or 30 a day.

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6 hours ago, nonnaB said:

DJ360

Have you thought of sand fly allergy. 

 

I did look at it but I don't think it fits.  I don't think I was bitten by anything while I was away.  Certainly no itchy bites.  but I've still got an open mind as to whether I picked up some sort of issue in Mexico.  There are any number of human parasitic infections, insect vectored viruses etc. which can cause issues, and I'm slowly working my way through the list.

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Ben, SG, Trogg

I smoked 25 to 30 cigarettes a day and to compound the problem really enjoyed a pipe and the occasional cigar. I found handing the cigarettes around during difficult meetings at work for example, could be a real ice breaker and became a legitimacy to carry on smoking. I stopped smoking 15 years ago using will power and West Bridgefordians technique of always having a cigarette available to fall back on if the cravings became intolerable. I can assure you SG it does get easier overtime and when I tell you my wife still smokes and in consequence cigarettes are always readily available, the temptation to have a cigarette does go away as well. Coincidentally I picked up a device from my Doctors on Monday just gone which, apart from indentifying the well publicised health benefits, of much improved heart and lung function, it  also informs me I have saved £58,857. It`s not easy to stop SG  but  the incentives are there so crack on.

 

 

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GD I have been smoking since I was 15 and have been on 20 to 30 a day , The last few months I have been coughing up every day and when I lay down I can hear myself breathing. With that and I am due to go for an operation soon with the Consultant telling me I have to stop before the op and a very close friend just passed away with lung cancer I have made my mind up, now is the time. My wife still smokes and there are many cigarettes in the house, her friend brings them back from holiday for her. I have made my mind up I have stopped smoking, not I am going to try I have stopped, sure I have gone to have a cigarette on occasions but then remembered I have stopped. The wife thinks I will succeed as in her words I am an old awkward cantankerous stubborn b******d person. I may have lapses but I am human I will stop.

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