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Waiting for Paddy

It’s all about jobs being done at the moment. The front gates have become impossible to close of late, so, Paddy was consulted and he diagnosed subsiding pillars. Armed with a sledge hammer, he promptly demolished the pillars, swiftly laid new foundations and left saying he’d be back in a couple of days. Two weeks went by, without sight nor…

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Summer daze

Summer is slowly flitting by and the rowan and hawthorn are sporting berries, autumn is creeping in. Now, when did I plant this? And this? I am constantly startled by the appearance of plants I have no memory of planting.  I really must add labels to new plants. I know I’ll never get around to such things though….sighs… Each year…

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Some you win

So, the week that was…. An abundance of plums, there are thousands on this tree. Each day they litter the ground. A day was spent showing hubs colleagues, from the Philippines, around Liverpool. Obviously we had to take them on a ferry across the Mersey. We all got to enjoy Brazilica… where many a tail feather was shaken! I got…

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Bits and bobs

So much torrential rain, just look at the water running off the gutter outside. A rust free hollyhock, rare around here. An antique brazier I bought many moons ago, worked a treat, its maiden burn, for me anyway! Releasing five ducks, they came in as tiny chicks. Now they’re little thugs! They bullied everything in sight! I’m glad they have a…

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A major achievement

It’s been an interesting week, one way or another. Hubs acquired a couple of free sailing lessons at the recent Mersey River Festival, so off we tootled to West Kirby, on the Wirral, to enjoy them. I wasn’t concerned about my hip, as for some strange reason I thought the lesson would be aboard a reasonably sized ship. Always the…

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Dodgy blood

Climbing rose escaping into the apple tree. This week I’ve discovered some startling facts about blood groups, mine in particular. Now, my blood group is AB positive, and daughter recently discovered that hers is O positive. Given that hubs has no clue re his, that set me off, investigating online to see if I could find out. The first paternity…

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A special needs hedgehog, and other news

I have another special needs hedgehog. Drum roll please. Introducing…. Hattie! Hattie arrived at the rescue, as a tiny hoglet last autumn, unfortunately, she has trouble walking. The vet thinks she has a neurological problem, she can use all her legs but has no coordination at all and rolls about. All four legs seem to go in different directions. Despite…

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Arrivals and departures

The wildlife unit, as always at this time of the year, is dominated by chicks, along with rabbit kits. The corvidae chicks are always the loudest, and the most demanding. They are also highly intelligent so it’s fairly easy to get them feeding themselves. I’m a huge fan of jackdaw chicks, I find them fascinating, each year, I learn a…

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Patience

Patience, it seems, is a good quality for a gardener to have, that, and endless optimism. This white clematis was planted six years ago, I had three old dogs at the time. Heartbreakingly, they all died, one after another, and then Sam and Annie arrived as pups, and took an immediate fancy to it, along with dozens of other plants. Their…

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