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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Arrived at Skipton.

We have just arrived at Skipton after passing through Haworth which is famed as being the home of the Bronte sisters. We didn't stay there however which is a bit of a shame as I thought it might have been interesting. 

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Road Trip.

Today Vicki has the day off from the shop so we are heading out in to the storm on a road trip.

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Friday, 6 January 2012



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First Snowdrops.

During a walk round the garden this morning I noticed the the Snowdrops are about to burst out.

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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Holiday Plans.

I got home this morning to find that Tess had been occupying herself by checking out this years holiday destinations. Not only was she checking out where to go but also when she would be able to fit it in to her busy schedule because along side the holiday brochure was Vicki's new calendar which she had removed from the wall behind the stairs door. From what I could make out it's a toss up between a 10 day cruise on the Mediterranean or a 14 day tour of Italy any time between the end of May and the beginning of August. I determined this as a result of those holidays and dates were the only ones she didn't rip up.

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Raspberry Pruning.

I still have more apple trees to prune but its a little bit to windy to be going up ladders and trees so I've switched my attention to the raspberries. Its often recommended that these are pruned in the summer but I find it easier to do now when all the foliage has died back. Also its a good job to do when you can't get on the ground to do others things.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Garden (January).

At the end of November I gave people the option to choose a series of views through out the year. The voting ended on the last day of December and the winning view with 54% of the votes as the view of our garden from the garden gate. I say our garden but to be fair Vicki does all the work in it apart from the cutting of the lawns and the hedges. I don't even water the pots anymore since I installed the automatic watering system. So anyway here is the first picture of the series, sorry it was a day late but I went and forgot all about it on the 1st until it was to late to take the picture. I took the picture at around noon yesterday and I will try and take it at noon on the first of every month from now on.

I know some of you were going to be doing your own project along the same lines, if you do decided to have a go can you let me know so I can pop on over and have a look - thanks.

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An important job that can be done this week is to make out the seed orders. Last year I left it later than intended and regretted it.

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Monday, 2 January 2012

Today we have been taking down the Christmas decorations. I always find this to be quite a sad time. If like me you too find it a little sad to see them go spare a thought for those living in the Southern hemisphere. At least here we have the longer, warmer days and new life to look forward too. I find that when viewed in this way we are in reality just at the beginning of the celebrations and not at the end of them.

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