Tuesday, 24 November 2015

A round up*

*without new photos because it's been so long since I last blogged I've misplaced my camera.

I have two weeks off my dears & very much needed it is too, I have two packages & a card to post off this week (belatedly) for some Christmas swaps & then I can really relax.

Mikes 50 on Friday & he has wanted to go on some zipwire thing for ages so I've booked him onto it. At 11:30 Mr Wilson will be wizzing along weather permitting of course. I shall be watching - a family meal is planned for later on that evening or will be when I get my lazy bones self to book it!!
When we are at the zipwire place apparently I can book a camera thingamajig for his helmet, never have I been so eager to spend my money.

We are having a change around in the garden next year. We are having new veg beds which I think I've already mentioned but are now going one further. I need to cut things down to a more manageable level for me, working full time, dealing with homework etc & Mike working away often well things can get a bit too much.

One of the bigger changes is the soft fruit bed, all the bushes will be removed apart from the black currants. The gooseberries & red currents will be removed. We don't eat the red currants in fact the birds have left them too & along with the gooseberries they get attacked by gooseberry saw fly. To be honest it is getting too much of a faff & with having a PYO farm in the next village well I can get my gooseberries from there.

I'm also planning to cull the fruit trees in pots, the ones I can plant in the ground will be, the remainder will be chopped up for a log pile for the bugs.

Time management I think it's called (pffting quietly to myself as I type)

Are you all well? I do hope so, time for some proper blog visiting I think. Take care xx

35 comments:

  1. I pulled my blackcurrant bushes out this year because they were taking over. I didn't have the heart to completely bin them just yet so have stuffed them in a pot. If they like it and fruit next year they can stay else it's the big compost bin the the sky for them! I'd be a watcher too at a zip wire thingy!!

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  2. Glad to see you pop up in blogland and tomorrow is my posting day. How much are you winding down in the garden? Hope all is well with you and the family and that hubby has a good day out for his birthday. Glad it's him and not me. Have a good week and take care.

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    1. I'm posting your parcel on Thursday, I hope everything goes well for you on Friday xx

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  3. It's necessary for sanity to reappraise from time to time. I did the same thing last year, not with the garden which is fairly self-sufficient, but with volunteering and various other commitments. Mums can't afford to end up feeling like a tube of toothpaste being squeezed with the lid still on (dad's either!). Nice to catch up, chick XX

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  4. Hope Mike has a lovely birthday and enjoys the zipwire, sounds like great fun! :-) Hope you're well too xx

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  5. Welcome back - I've missed you. I hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating the mister's birthday. x

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  6. Life is a bit complicated at the moment so we aren't getting to the plot. very much. It may also be necessary to piece off on the blog it too. It may or may not improve after Christmas.
    I hope we get to see Mike on his zip wire and some pictures from that helmet cam.
    We use the lot of red currants, can't imagine not having any. If you don't eat them though there is little point in growing them is there?

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    1. I'm sorry to hear you are having trouble too Sue, I hope it will in time improve for you. Yes I'm hoping to have the video posted next week xx

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  7. Welcome back. My garden is bloody shocking. I try not to look out of the utility room window when I'm folding my smalls. I keep hoping for some dry, cold days. Then I'll get out there. promise. I have lots of plans, just not much oomph. A zip wire? Why not dinner?
    Leanne x

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  8. Hope Mike has a great birthday, rather him than me on the zip wire though. Have a great weekend celebrating.
    Jackie x

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  9. I think there comes a point when time is at a premium when you have to cut back on things which take up too much time, no point wasting precious time on things you're not going to eat and it makes much more sense to simplify things. Happy Birthday to Mike for Friday, hope he has a great time on the zip wire and that you all enjoy your meal out.

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  10. Hello Jo, I'm so pleased to meet you through blogging & have enjoyed reading through your posts! Thanks for being so kind as to visit me & leave a lovely comment & follow which I am now doing here on your 'plot'!
    Sounds like you've quite the fun week planned so birthday wishes to your hubby & have a great time!
    See you again soon!

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  11. It's good to see that you're okay and thinking about next year in the garden.
    I'm okay thanks, Flighty xx

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  12. Wow! That zip wire sounds really interesting. I too am looking forward to watching the video. :)
    We are not great fans of redcurrants either, but we love the black ones and will have more plants in the future.
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your week! xx

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  13. Enjoy your time off and I hope your husband has a great birthday. I hope the zip wire is fun - although it's not on any bucket list of mine!

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  14. I'm on my last chance for my gooseberry bushes, I do want a second blueberry bush. Birthday sounds fun, we did go ape last year with a zip wire over a huge lake, it was tremendous fun.

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  15. Happy birthday wishes to your dear husband, what a great gift to look forward to. Shame about the fruit trees and the veg plot but family time is much more important. Have a great meal out.

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  16. I suppose Gardening is all experimental, some things work well for some but not others. Happy Birthday to Mike, sounds fun.

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  17. When I was in a somewhat similar position some years ago I decided that maintaining a lawn was far too much effort (taking up all my spare time at the weekends) and didn't deliver any benefit so I replaced the grass with shingle. It was the best decision I ever made! It's always good to change things around if they don't work for you.

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  18. Happy birthday to Mike :) i normally hate heights but zipwires are the exception, they are so much fun! i'm looking forward to seeing the garden changes :) i don't do Time Management- things get done when they get done haha :) xx

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  19. Birthday excitement beckons! Have a fun day. :-)

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  20. Good grief, you two don't do things by halves. Have a great day and posting the video is an absolute must!!

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  21. We did a zip line in Hawaii it was so much fun, definitely worth a video

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  22. This early of rainy season, some of my little fruit trees are flowering and showing me some little fruits. I hope I can pick the ripen fruits next.

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  23. sure hope you find your camera. i have had lens issues with my camera ... i think the hubby is looking into a new camera for me for Christmas maybe my birthday in May, we will see. i was hoping to get it to work again, glad i had a bank full of pics waiting to use up on my computer. ( :

    your card in the the mail, i am not sure how long it take to get from the US. but i will be interested in seeing ... some where a long the line i heard they wait for a bit to see if they get others, whether that is true, no clue? it is only hearsay & what not. have a lovely day.

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  24. Sounds a lovely birthday treat for Mike. It's good to change things around if they aren't working for you, I'm thinking of removing a cherry tree. Hx

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  25. Aww thanks for the lovely visit to my blog! I hope you have a lovely end of the week and weekend!
    Julie

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  26. Hi, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. Its good to find another vegetable growing lover to :-) Sounds like you are going to be busy in your patch with the fruit trees. Happy birthday to your husband Mike sounds like its going to be a great day out. I am going to have to pop over the Country Tales blog to that jam donut recipe in your previous post looks and sounds divine :-) I know what you mean about walking your hound to poo in the dark is the worst :-) Best wishes to you, dee x

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  27. I hope he had fun zipping along, I did it once and it was wonderful. Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  28. I hope you both enjoyed ziplining. I would love to try it too :-)

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  29. I hope you both enjoyed ziplining. I would love to try it too :-)

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  30. The zip wire thing sounds fun but I think I'd have to close my eyes! I loved your comment about shaking the jam doughnuts to try and get rid of the calories! Have fun at the party. xx

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  31. The zip wire thing sounds fun but I think I'd have to close my eyes! I loved your comment about shaking the jam doughnuts to try and get rid of the calories! Have fun at the party. xx

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  32. I'm sorry, I'm not so in all garden stuff, though I'm interested what for do you settle your fruit bushes in the pots? Is it cause they can't grow in ground? My friend from www.paperwriting.xyz writes an essay about fruit bushes and he is interested to know more.

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