Monday, 24 April 2017

On holiday

Lousy internet connection, we have decided to leave Thursday a day early.

Confirmation, this is no longer the right type of holiday for us.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Rhubarb



Any one for Rhubarb???


DJ 6 weeks old today.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

A Break

from blogging for a while, I need to regroup after the last few days.

I may well be back at some point so keep checking.

Friday, 14 April 2017


Montana Rubens Queen Elizabeth on the front fence.




Two plants put in when we moved almost 2 years ago. There are dozens of buds still to come out.




I would like to get 2 montana alba for the other end of the fence, see if I can get them to join up.



Thursday, 13 April 2017

Geranium cuttings

I have taken the geranium cuttings, this is how I do it.

Cut off fairly long bits of the plant and strip back all of the large leaves, just leave small ones at the top. The plants grow the large leaves which, at this stage you do not want, you want the energy to go into producing roots.


Stems stripped of all but their top leaves.



Look at the cutting and reduce the stems by cutting just below where you have stripped a leaf from, the roots will come from the leaf axils.


I used a deep trough as I had a large number of cuttings. push the cuttings into the compost until they are just above the compost, water. If you use plant pots at this point, plant 2 to a pot and use a plastic bottle cut in half to cover the cuttings, 


Cuttings covered with the bottles, keep the cuttings away from the sides of the bottles, so moisture which forms inside does not wet the leaves and cause the cutting to rot, the bottles are a miniature greenhouse and prevent the cuttings from drying out. put them in a warm sheltered spot, do not let the compost dry out and keep looking for signs of rotting. watch for signs of the plants putting on new growth. I take the bottles off after about two weeks and gently pull the cutting, if it moves it has not rooted; put the bottle back on and try again in a couple of weeks, the plants need to be kept in their little greenhouses until they are big enough to pot on. Do not be tempted to plant them out, they need a short time longer in the warm, once the danger of frost is past they can be planted out.


There were signs of the plants putting up new growth from the bottom, so I potted up the roots in plant pots, they should grow on.

The cuttings are now on the front window cill where they will get some sun, although if it gets too hot I will move them into the shade, they have 2 chances, either they root or they don't......watch this space.

The trays will go on the kitchen table whilst we are away, well watered before we go they should be ok for the week.







Wednesday, 12 April 2017


This is the comment that made me decide that I have had enough, they have not even got the guts to post their name. Shame on you. Why carry on reading if you are so disgusted? 

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Wednesday": 

Thank goodness for your sane reply and heres hoping it is read and this blogger changes her attitude. Good grief, the man had an accident and, as you say, thank heavens he didn't hurt himself. The poor man is treated like dirt and she needs to re read her own blog. I've been reading with my mouth hanging open since the poor man was last in hospital. Cannot comprehend her attitude. Haven't bothered to comment but thank goodness you have and as you are friends maybe she will see Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Wednesday": 

I also had a very sarcastic comment about the post I did about my wrinkles, I refuse to rise to personal comments. If you do not like what you see do not read my blog, clear off and bother someone else.



Posted by Anonymous to  My Life in the country. at 12 April 2017 at 09:

Blog being closed

I am sick and tired of being vilified on what is my blog, so it will be taken down tomorrow and I will no longer be blogging.

Wednesday

Very grey morning and windy. I want to do the geranium cuttings . We have to go and collect the shears we left the other day to be sharpened.I want to do the geraniums cuttings this morning so they have a chance to start to rooting, they do not like hormone rooting powder so will just be slipped into compost with plastic bottles cut in half over the top. Either they grow or they don't.

Can I make one things very clear......... we have a joint bank account which pays the bills etc, each month we have pocket money, OH paid for the mower from this money.......I did not see why, as it was his fault, it should come out of the joint account. My pocket money is spent on my quilting.

He announced yesterday he was not going to argue any more, just express an opinion, so nothing has changed. He also realised that he could not cope on his own if he leaves or I leave, so the status quo exists. I am still feeling very down, but not saying anything, if he doesn't pick up on it then I will just have to carry on  regardless. One thing is for sure I am going to go my own way for a change and do my own thing. 

Mac and cheese tonight with salad. 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tuesday

Very large black dog sitting on my shoulder.

Mower is repaired, I told the mower man to make sure he charged OH for the repair, he quoted £25.00, he gave me £10 back when OH was not looking. All the grass has now been cut.

Blood test this morning then on into Melton to do some shopping, fresh fruit etc for our holiday, if we go. I also got a sonic thing that is supposed to scare cats away. I am sick of cats using our garden as their toilet, they can just go and crap in their own yard for a change.

OH is very subdued and quiet........he jolly well need to be. Enough said.

I am doing nothing else today, he can do what he likes, I am sitting and reading. Supper is ready to be cooked, beef and beans stew.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Melt down moment

I knew it was coming, and all over the lawn mower, DB insisted it would go in the car, I knew it would not, he blew a gasket.......said he wanted out of the marriage so I told him to go!! Funny he is still here. He knows damn fine no one else will have him, his precious son has not been to see him for months. I am sick and tired, very tired.

The mower is in the car after I unfastened the handle even then he wanted to put it in the wrong way.....aarrgghhhh......I am really fearful for my mental health.

I cannot be bothered to do any cleaning the place can go to the dogs for me.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sunday

After yesterdays fiasco I now have to sort out a repair place and get the cable replaced. There is somewhere fairly close to us, but I need to go and suss it out, its off the busy Nottingham Road and I do not want to have to do an emergency stop with the mower in the back, that's if I can get it in the car. May have to detach the handle. So much for putting back the removal money, it has slipped another month back, if he carries on at this rate it will never get put back!! I will be mowing the grass until I can afford to get someone to do it for me.

Its another lovely sunny day, washer is on, I stripped the bed, it will dry. Its not to be so nice tomorrow but will wash the towels anyway, they will hopefully dry.

DB has removed himself from my sight by hiding in the garden somewhere. I told him yesterday if he ends up back in hospital I will not be looking after him.......I have had enough. He just does not consider anyone but himself, and despite numerous warnings to take it easy and not do too much, he just goes his own sweet way, well, he can continue and I will go mine.

Update

We went out this morning to find the lawnmower place. When we got there it appeared to be empty, there was a chap in the yard who told us the business went bust 12 months ago, but he gave us a card for a mower man in a local village. I will phone him in the morning and see what he has to say. I am not sure if he is mobile or if we will have to take the mower to him.

Its been another really nice day, the wind began to get up a bit this afternoon so the sheets etc were brought in and folded ready for ironing.

DB did not go for his siesta........he ended up sitting outside. Things have been rather frosty between us today.......it can stay that way.

As we went out this morning we ran into the 10k marathon round the vale.....I had forgotten it was on, it finished at our village hall so the car park and village was rather full, we came back a different way, avoiding the runners, although the bike riders were also out in force.






Saturday, 8 April 2017

Stupendous Saturday

The sun is shining fit to bust, I put a mixed load in the washer on a cool wash and its almost dry. The weather is supposed to be ok tomorrow so will strip the bed it will also be out on the line early.

DB decided to clean out his shed, stuff flying all over the place. I have re-potted the plants I bought the other week and put a couple more in the garden. DB is going to mow the grass after his siesta. I am going to dig out the Camellia and pot it up before it starts flowering. I also went onto the front and wove in the stands from the clematis that were making their way towards our neighbours fence. The pot with the green hosta in is on the front, I need to put some liquid feed on it.

Not a lot going on here just now, life has calmed down a bit. I am thankful that my health seems to be improving at last. I do get tired, but my energy levels seem to be better. I am being strict about working an hour and then sitting for a while.

Bacon fritatta, jacket spuds, tomato and celery salad for supper tonight. I have the chicken defrosting for tomorrow.

Update:

Well DB really excelled himself today, he mowed over the cable to the lawn mower, good job it was connected to a circuit breaker.....No way is he going to be allowed anywhere near the mower again, guess who will be mowing the grass from now on!! I am spitting.........can hardly bring myself to talk to him. He is a b****y idiot.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Friday and I am freezing

R & J came this morning. R helped DB put the wood round two of the beds, so they are ready to use, I just need to get compost to put in.

J & I sat in the kitchen, I had a pot of beef stew on, made tea for the workers and chatted generally. J had not seen the wet room since it was completed, nor the re-jigged sewing room.

After they left bearing rhubarb, apples, gooseberries and blackberries from the freezer I moved the photinia and planted the Rhododendron whilst DB cleared up.


2 raised beds completed. I will get the wood for the other two beds when I can afford it. The one on the left has shallots in, although the left one looks wider it is actually the same width as the right hand one.


The Rhododendron is now in the ground, it should flower, it was very pot bound, fingers crossed we do not get a frost.


The line marking where the patio is going, actually looking at the picture its not straight.....hmmmmm.

It has been quite sunny, but after lunch when DB went for his siesta I was freezing, so turned the heat back up. I must have fallen asleep at some point, woke up when DB came in after his rest.

Fish wedges and garden peas for supper tonight, just need to cook it.

I guess that Hester and S are at their boat now, preparing to sail off into the sunset taking their new home to its permanent mooring, it will take them a while, safe journey, it will be a bit of a steep learning curve for them. I am so pleased we managed to see them before they took the boat home. Bon voyage and safe journey......

This time in 2 weeks we will be on our way on holiday. I need to get my brain into gear and start sorting stuff out.



Thursday, 6 April 2017

Thursday

Another bright day, I went off to get my haircut. Once back tea made, we drank it sitting in the garden.

I have tied in the clematis at the top of the garden and also planted a rose I was given up there. several of the clematis have buds forming, so hopefully we will have a bit of a show this year Thats me for today, it took me ages to dig out the clay for the rose to go in.

Nothing of any interest going on, the chap did not come last night to finish off the gate, he is coming tonight, I will ask him about the patio in the garden, hope it is not too expensive.

DB was 'messing about' in the garden, he plans to cut the back lawn after he has had his siesta.

Pork and bean casserole for supper, mashed potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli for supper.

I am sad, I had an azalea that a friend gave me many years ago, we always called it Edna's azalea, it was fantastic and bloomed every year. I looked at it yesterday and it appears to have died. I will leave it for a while, just in case.




This was it in bloom last year.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

OMG look at the wrinkles!!

What a shock when I saw this photo, still I suppose its not that bad for a 74 year old. Wonder if I should have a face lift before the wedding??? Joking of course, could not afford it for a start, people have to put up with what I look like, my face is lived in!!




A fine morning, we went round to the little chapel for coffee......Nothing done in the garden this morning. I have decided to get another bag of wood mulch and spread on the herbaceous border, will top it up with compost from B & Q. hopefully the worms will drag it down and help to break up the soil. I doubt I will live long enough to see friable soil, but you never know. It will be a case of no dig unless I am putting plants in or moving them.

Quiche and salad tonight for supper, it should have been belly pork, but I forgot to take it out of the freezer yesterday, so Saturdays dinner tonight. Pork on Saturday, or may be tomorrow.

I need to make the lemon drizzle cake for the chaps at the woodyard. We have a bag to take back and I am going to order another bag of wood chippings. before I spread them I need to put in and move some plants in the border.

Decided to do a bit more weeding this afternoon, the weeds seem to be getting bigger by the minute. I also need to tie in the clematis into the trellis and put in the rose tree which we are going to piggyback on two trellis's.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Tuesday

Today is my eldest daughters 36th wedding anniversary.


There are two people missing from the photo who will not be celebrating with us, Jeffs Dad passed away in 1995 and Nick, standing in front of Karen in 2015.

The photographer called for the brides family to join a photo,Jeff, David my ex, Mark and Nick were missing. They were sitting in our car listening to the football on Radio Leicester!! 



This Photograph is framed and hangs on the wall in the hall. Karen has lost her veil, her Dad stood on it and ripped it off. I was not a happy lady, I spent hours sewing baby lace all round the edge of the thing!! I eventually unpicked it and used the lace on some of Becci's baby clothes.


Its a bright morning, we are off to see the new baby this afternoon, with side visits to Aldi and Wilko's. DB is muttering about  putting the wood for the beds together. as usual he wants to do it 'his way' I would like it done the right way..........handbags at 10 paces!!! I have told him I want nothing to do with it and he is not to come maoning to me when it does not work. He is a severe PITB.

I have no plans for the morning, I peeled enough spuds yesterday for tonights supper, they are in the fridge. Beans left from last night just need heating up and I will cook the sausage when we get back whilst the spuds are cooking  when we get back.

Chap coming tonight to do the gate. DB and I had a conflab yesterday and have decided to extend the paving over to the laurel hedge, I will have to move 4 plants, but thats the wettest part of the garden, it might as well run under the slabs, we are just having 10 put down, there is plenty of bare earth to drain the rain away. Parts of the garden are cracking already and its not summer yet. I really need to get a couple of tonnes of small  pea gravel  and silver sand to put over the soil and let it get worked in. I just cannot face barrowing the stuff round from the front. This is the worst soil we have ever gardened on.




DJ with his mum,


Great Grandma, Nanny, Mummy and DJ.




Not a really successful visit, despite arranging to go this afternoon, when we got there they were out. We sat in the car for 20 minutes, I was about to set off to drive home when they turned up. No apology, in fact grand daughter did not speak until I said 'good afternoon' to her.

We stayed just an hour and came home. I am keeping my thoughts to myself.

It rained quite heavily as we travelled into Leicester. Not a successful trip to Wilko, although we did get tent pegs from Aldi. Wilkos have stopped making the shower gel we used to use, so I need to look for a replacement. I bought a bottle to try it.

Quickly cooked supper when we got home, sausage mash and the remains of the beans from yesterday.

The chap has been and put the hinge back on the gate so we can close it, he is coming back tomorrow to fit a third one in the centre and alter the lock tomorrow.




Monday, 3 April 2017

Busy Day

Two loads of laundry out on the line, one lot is almost dry. Have also steam cleaned the kitchen and wet room floors as well as the Monday clean. I am crackered.

Its the day for the mobile library, so books sorted out to go back, will be looking for one or two extra as we are away at the end of the month.

DB spent the morning in the garden. The chap came about the gate, he is going to put another hinge on and also use stronger screws. I have asked him about putting a few slabs in the corner of the garden where we would like to sit. Will see how much its going to cost. It will make a shady seating area if we get a sunny summer.....

No gardening for me today. If P is at the mobile library I will ask her round for a coffee, she does not see many people and appreciates a chat now and then. Will also remind her its the coffee morning at the chapel on Wednesday.

Checked the bank this morning, all that lovely money dribbled out, its the beginning of another month....hey ho.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sunday, Sunday

It was bright when we finally made it our of bed this morning. An hour in the garden for me. Not that I managed to do much, the soil near the bungalow is so heavy. I did manage to weed some of it, cut back a couple of plants and repot the acer, the roots were coming through the bottom of the pot. I have also top dressed the Camellia and azalea with ericaceous compost.


The soil is so heavy you could make dinner plates with it.


The Crown Imperial, early flowering this year.


The top of the garden, see the rhubarb, think I will be having a market stall!!


Any idea what this is? I think its a weed!!


The Rhodi still in its pot, the soil needs to dry out a bit and I also have the move the photinia which will get swamped.


Re potted Acer, just breaking into leaf, top dressed the Camellia and azalea.

DB spent his time on the new veg beds. An hour was quite long enough for me. If its fine tomorrow I may do another hour after the library van has been.

Roast pork for supper tonight, I bought a butternut squash yesterday, will roast it with the potatoes.


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Shopping Day

It was fine when I got up so put a load in the washer, it rained!! It was still spitting when I put it out, but it has dried, I need to fetch it in before it rains again. When I was putting the washing out I managed to slip on the grass and take the skin off the side of my foot on the edge of the path, thankfully it did not bleed much, but is now turning an interesting shade of purple!!

Off to Aldi. They had rhododendrons in for £5.99, quite big too, so one found its way into the basket, I have put the pot where I want to plant it, in front of our neighbours fence, hopefully it will grow fairly quickly and she will not be able to see through into the bottom of the garden where I am planning a little seating arbour.

I spent £55 on groceries, that includes food to cook and take with us on holiday. I need to get my bum into gear and start pulling stuff together.

My quilting friend is due back tomorrow from Cyprus, I am expecting moans, the weather has not been too good.

The top hinges on the back gate have come undone, we have had to wedge the gate shut, phone call the the fencing chappie, it needs fixed asap. I do not think the screws were big enough. It cost enough to put it in, the hinges should last more than 12 months.

Spending the afternoon reading with my feet up..................