Friday, 21 September 2012

Off for a break.

Just a few more hours and then I'm off for a week. Me and Vicki along with my sister and brother in law are going to Lake Garda from where we hope to take some trips to Venice and Gerona amongst other places.

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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Enjoying The Sunshine.

Today me and the head gardener are enjoying some sunshine, hopefully it will dry out our bones a little. 

As its a dry day I'm busy trying to get some weeding done even though soil is still not in the best of conditions.

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Saturday, 7 July 2012

a day out

Today Vicki has had the day off work so we have taken Tommy for a car ride. We have seen lots of water, had a paddle and a picnic. Then we went to the garden centre were we had an ice cream and bought a head stone for Tippy's grave. Now we are visiting grandma and granddad who have lots of treats for us.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Young Mulberry Fruit.

Today I am work  close by one of the Mulberry trees and I'm pleased to see that they at least don't seem to have been affected by the weather as there promises to be much fruit.

Because of all the rain we've been having most of my time  lately seems to have been taken up by grass cutting of one sort or another so its good to have this extended period of dry weather although having said that it was drizzling when I took the dogs out this morning so I wouldn't say the weather has entered a settled period.

I have Tom with me today, I only bring him out to the garden if the weather is fine and warm on account of his joints, it wouldn't do him good to lie around on cold wet ground.

Well must go and make the most of what is left of the day.

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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Flower Borders.

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Nweby Hall.

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Day out at Newby Hall.

Today we are having a day out at Newby Hall. We have come to see the gardens but there is a vintage tractor show, somehow Vicki didn't seem to notice and walked straight past them al - a trip to the opticians seems in order!

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Monday, 21 May 2012

If We Only Knew.

If only we knew at sixteen how many dreams actually come true I'm sure we would value more the ones that do.

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Monday, 7 May 2012

Grape Hyacinth and white Tulips.

We've just landed back in the UK, just waiting to get off the ferry.

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Sunday, 6 May 2012


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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Holidays are very tiring.

I had a good sleep last night but seem to have woken up feeling quite tired. Just had breakfast and we are now awaiting the coach to take to the 'World Horticultural Expo' for the day. Being someone who goes for long periods of time by myself in  my own little world all this sort of carry on is lmost overwhelming. Just getting in to the hotel room is a challenge, we hardly ever lock the door to our house but when we do we use a key and not a card as we do here in the hotel. Breakfast is usually spent with the dogs in a quiet and relaxed manner, here its a mad scramble that puts me in mind of the sheep at feeding time, for sure taking breakfast with the dogs is more civilised and calm. Well I had better go or we will miss the bus.

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Monday, 23 April 2012

Jobs for Winter.

The garden thermometer reads 7C at the moment so its pretty cool for the time of year and wetter than a ducks foot, in effect its like Winter with weeds and leaves so I once again find myself looking for Winter type jobs for today. That in mind I think that today is a good day for tackling the long over due job of tidying up the potting shed yard, especially now that I've moved the compost and bins out of there. Already this morning I've completed the usual chores and turn the compost in the new bins so I think its time for a cup of tea and a ginger biscuit.

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Saturday, 14 April 2012

Fields of yellow.

I'm pleased to report that everything in the greenhouses was okay. During the winter months the its just as cold in the conservatory as it is outside during the night  but I think at this time of year with the sun being stronger it warms up the tile floor which then gives off some warmth during the night because in spite of the hard frost last night the temperature in the conservatory dropped no lower than 5C. This is still colder than I would have liked for the plants that are in there but it won't kill them.

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I'm up early this morning to watch the qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, I sure hope it's worth it. While I've been snug and warm in bed the temperatures have dropped below freezing, I sure hope the plants I moved into the unheated conservatory are OK. I sure hope the heater in the greenhouse worked OK to protect all the seedlings.

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Friday, 13 April 2012

Making Room.

I spent a couple of hours this morning clearing the rest of the plants from the bench in the hot house ready to fill with Petunia seedlings later today.

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Moving Home

The first job today after the usual tasks is to move some plants from the greenhouse to the conservatory so as to make room for seedlings that I need to prick out in the near future. I won't spend all day at this job as I have some weeding to do later. I'm also taking a few cuttings and potting on anything in dire need. This it the first time I've been able to see some of the plants properly since I put them in the greenhouse last Autumn as they all tend to inter mingle in to one body. I think they do that to keep warm lol!

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Back to work.

Its back to work for me today after the Easter holidays. One of the jobs for the first day back will be to install a new fountain pump in the lily pond. Its been without one for a while now so it will be nice to have it back as it does add something to that area of  the garden.

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Thursday, 5 April 2012

Easter Tree

This picture is of the Easter tree that Vicki has made for us.

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Back To Work.

The breakfast went okay although it was a pretty strange affair with not a Cornflake or fried egg in sight. Instead we had - well I'm not sure what they were but they seemed to be something more suited to the tea time table than the breakfast table but it was very nice all the same. 

Its back to work now, its a brighter day so could get on with some usual jobs again except I have to be somewhere close to the drive as I'm expecting a water pump to be delivered any day so I don't want them taking it back because there is no one to sign for it so I'm doing some edging close by so hopefully I can here people coming on the place. 

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Easter Breakfast.

This morning the staff from the estate have been invited to go and have breakfast with the gentleman of the big house. A kind gesture maybe but I must confess I feel more at ease tending his gardens than I do about eating his breakfast.

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

What Weather!

Last week we had the warmest day of the year so far and a week later we wake up to snow. I can't say that I have a lot of enthusiasm for snow at this time of the year, it just makes a mess of my plans and everything in the garden as well - plus it feels colder snow than we get in winter which I guess is because we have become used to the climbing temperatures. Well, I have some seeds and stuff to order so I think today might be the day for that job - its certainly no fun working outdoors that's for sure.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Change of plan.

Today I had planned on cutting lawns and I did made a start and managed to get the public lawns and the front garden lawn cut before the rain became to heavy. Now though and for the rest of the day I am confine myself to the indoors. At the moment I am working on a spider plant which has spent the winter in the back corner of the hot house and as a result of which has become a bit bedraggled looking. So I dragged it out last night and I am now trying to make it look a little more respectable.

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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Damson tree in bloom.

The Damson tree by the lily pond is coming into full bloom so I'm hope the frosts don't return and spoil things for later in the year.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Cool Dog.

The deputy head gardener has found a nice place out of the sun.

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Warmest day so far.

Today has been the warmest day of the year so far with 17C/62F in the shade. The thermometer is on a north facing wall.

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Friday, 23 March 2012

Mum's Birthday.

Today is my mum's birthday so me and Vicki have driven down to Chesterfield to meet up with the family and have a Chinese meal.

Unfortunately I have come down with a cold but I'm not going to let it get me down.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Sheep update.

The sheep that I was concerned about yesterday seems to be going on ok. It still attracts my attention but it's chewing its cud this morning which is supposes to be a good sign.

Its the first full mowing day of the season today so got to get a move on or I won't get done.

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Roof Shelf

This morning I have put up the roof shelf in the cool greenhouse. Eventually this will have strawberry plants on it but for the time being its a good place to put the seedlings before they get pricked out. They don't get eaten by slugs when up there.

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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Mothering Sunday

Today I have traveled home to see my mum as it's Mothering Sunday here in the UK. I have brought with me lots of flowers and plants from eveyone some of which are for her birthday which is on the 23rd.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

I don't know if you remember but I pruned some of the roses back in November which is not really the recommended time for rose pruning so I thought that as I'm working on the rose beds today I would take a minute to show you how they got on. As you will see they took no harm from having an early trim, in fact they are more advanced than the ones I pruned at the so called right time.

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Sunday, 11 March 2012

The Garden (March).

I'm a bit late posting this months picture, it was taken on the 6th when we got back from our break in Exmouth.




It's already time for the third  picture of our garden. There isn't a lot of change from last month.

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Monday, 5 March 2012

Boat ride.

Following lunch at a sea front cafe we took a boat ride up the river, this picture was taken from the boat.

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Sunday, 4 March 2012

Memorial clock tower.

This morning we went for a walk around Exmouth taking in a few if the sights.

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Saturday, 3 March 2012


We have just had lunch and a walk along the sea front at Seaton. I think that Sidmouth is the nicer place but its okay here, especially as its a nice sunny day.

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Sidmouth sea front from the cliff top.

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The Sidmouth Fiddler.

The Sidmouth Fiddler. Celebrating 50 years of national and international fellowship. Whatever that means.

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The Grand Hotel

I took this picture for you this morning, it's the front of the Grand Hotel which is where we are staying. Today we are off on a day trip down the coast.

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Friday, 2 March 2012

We arrived safe and sound.

We've arrived at our hotel and are just getting settled in to our room. We get a three course meal and a glass of wine included in the package so we will be going to take advantage of that soon. All this sitting around letting other people do all the work is actually quite tiring.

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The Journey.

We are still traveling but not far to go now. Its really nice traveling by coach. Normally when we go away I drive and all I really see is the road and what is going on in relation to the driving. Also in the coach we have a birds eye view. Of course another advantage is I get to send this little message to you.

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We have departed on our holiday. It was hard saying goodbye to the dogs but Fallon is looking after them so they will be okay. We have arrived at our interchange and just waiting to board out tour coach to Exmouth.

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Thursday, 1 March 2012


We have spent the afternoon packing and preparing for our long weekend away in Exmouth. Not really sure why but it actually feels quite draining, perhaps its the excitment. 

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Today we are busy shopping, we came for a new suitcase and somehow ended up in the clothes department buying clothes. Vicki is doing her catwalk impression at the moment. I would take a picture for you but with it being outside the changing rooms I might get arressed or something.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012


On Sunday we bought a big bone for the dogs, they take it turns to have a chew on it, this picture was taken when it was Tommy's turn.

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Monday, 13 February 2012

Bob and the bean poles.

Today I'm burning up the rubbish from last weeks cutting back session and I'm acquiring a good collection of bean poles along the way.

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Saturday, 11 February 2012

I woke up this morning.

I woke up this morning and pulled up the blinds to see what sort of a morning it was and discovered this. As I think you will agree it might not have been what I was expecting to see and it didn't tell me much about what was going on outside other than it was cold but it was a very interesting site none the less.

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Friday, 10 February 2012

A turn for the worse

Its a shame the weather has turned like this. After such a mild winter I was actually contemplating removing some bubble wrap from the cool greenhouse to let in some much needed light but it looks like staying up for a while longer yet.

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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Knaresborough Castle.

Last Saturday Vicki managed to get the day off from the shop so despite the weather we decided to go out for the day although we set off not actually knowing where we would end up. As it turned out we finished up at the market town of Knaresborough in North Yorkshire. There was no market this day but there are quite a few shops to look at and eventually we ended up at the castle which is pretty much in ruins but interesting none the less. Also there are some nice views over the river and the valley. After the castle we found somewhere warm to eat and sat and watched the snow begin to fall as we had our dinner. Because it was coming on to snow quite hard by the time we got finished we decided to make our way back home.

Below are some pictures of Knaresborough Castle, which I hope you enjoy. 

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Saturday, 4 February 2012

Today we are taking a trip to 'Whoknows'. That's where you go when you don't know where to go but you go anyway. 

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Friday, 3 February 2012

Border Collie Mouse Dog.

Border Collie Tess herding mice during our evening walk.

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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The Garden (February).



It's time for the second picture of our garden. There isn't a lot of change from last month but I'm sure things will alter soon.

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Saturday, 28 January 2012

A day away.

Today me and Tommy have come to visit my parents for the day. We unfortunately had to leave Tess at home due to her developing car phobia. We have just had lunch and are catching up on news. We will go and visit my sister later.

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Hard at work.

The deputy head gardener chewing over something in the garden.

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Monday, 9 January 2012

Some Answers.

A few people have left comments that I feel need answers so I will attempt to reply to some of them in this post.

Beth and a few others have passed comment on some of my Pictures For Today. It's probably obvious but I will point out all the same that whilst the pictures are mine, or in the case of the bouquet, Vicki's  they are not always taken recently. I usually pick one of my picture folders and then go through it until I come to one that takes my fancy.

Some of you found the mention of lemon curd sandwiches to be of interest. Here you can buy lemon curd in jars from the supermarket so no doubt it's the same where you live also. I'm not sure what it's true purpose in life is but I treat the same as jam and spread it on my bread to make a sandwich. I very nearly always have sandwiches for my lunch break so many things get put between slices of bread. The lemon curd fingers are what I always get when the jar is nearly empty, I usually end up getting more on my fingers than the bread by the time I've finished, so I hope that explains the lemon curd fingers.

Oh yes, another thing that seems to be of interest is how I manage to map my day. At work I have kept a work book for years and as an aid to keeping an accurate record of things I use either a PDA (hand held computer) or in later years the calendar feature on my phone. So whilst I keep the personal entries separate from my work book entries it all works along the same lines and I just bring both personal and work entries together on my computer to be posted on my blog. Keeping the record is not that hard really because as you will have noticed a lot of what I do is repeated daily so I can set my PDA to record the events every time they will be due and all I have to do is alter the times to fit and add any notes. The hard part is putting it on my blog because whilst I can copy and paste it from my calendar to my blog it has to be worked no because it doesn't come out the same as when in the calendar. Also to try and add a bit of interest I take pictures which have to be downloaded and added. I also try and find a relevant article that I can link to the post title. For those that don't realise it if you click on the title of the post on my calendar blog there is often an article linked to that post.

Someone commented on my late starts when not at work. If I have nothing in particular to do that day I don't rush to get out of bed. I actually like my bed and have never been an early riser if I can avoid it. I do make 10am the limit although I don't often take it to the limit these days - I feel to guilty for the rest of the day if I do.

Someone asked what tea I drink. I'm not sure off hand what brand it is but it's just ordinary tea. Vicki drinks Earle Grey tea so we have to be sure not to mix them up. I have my tea with one sugar and the smallest amount of milk. For sure tea is my main drink even in the summer when it's hot I find a mug of tea is as good as a cold drink. I always have a mug of tea and never a cup of tea - and it's a big mug!

Merima Roberts asked how old is Tess. Well she was 9 months old on the 30th December. Talking of dogs, there was a comment about the Westie that was featured in one of the posts. That is Scampi and she is our daughters dog, she is about 7 years old and she got her just a few weeks before I got Tommy.

Well I will call that it for now, if anyone has been missed out just leave me another comment and I will try to remember to answer your question next time.

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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Canal At Skipton

The canal at Skipton. We are just having a bit of lunch in the canal cafe.

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