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For the last 16 years our bedroom has been more of a family room than a place to call our own. Before going to bed at night we've either had to sweep crumbs from the bed due to toast-munching toddlers,... Continue reading
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It always seems that the slugs, snails, mice and caterpillars outnumber the frogs, toads, birds, hedgehogs and other creatures that feast on them so yes a few traps are sometimes in order - I think I'll give beer traps a go for the slug problem. Knitting certainly helps make a rainy day a nicer one but I'm missing the sunshine now so hopefully we'll see a little more of that before the end of summer! Hope you're having a good summer Anne x
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Hope you manage to get to most of your strawberries before the slugs and snails nibble them. Thanks for the lovely comment about Amy's hair x
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You are lucky to have honeysuckle growing abundantly - it smells so wonderful, especially on warm summer evenings. It does have a tendency to take over though when it's happy and I hope any civilisations you find when you cut it back are friendly :)
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They are, aren't they :) I'm still plotting how we could fit a small flock of Indian Runners into a corner of our garden. Maybe one day we'll have this most excellent way of being rid of slugs x
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You're right Bekah and fresh picked produce is packed with vitamins which tend to degrade a short time after picking so I hope that it's not too long before you have a little patch to call your own x
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Sorry to hear your zucchini and tomatoes are not doing well Anna. They're often both top performers in the garden, though I've found that tomatoes and me are incompatible (at least from a growing point of view - I love to eat them though). Thanks so much for your compliment of Amy's hair, it does make her look older which she likes for the most part although it got her into trouble on the train when the ticket inspector didn't believe she was 15 and made her pay the extra for an adult fare! Still waiting for the sunshine here - hopefully it's shining there with you xxx
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It surprised me to find so many emerging raspberries on our new canes as like you Gillian I wasn't expecting a crop from the first year. It won't be a big harvest but I'm very happy to have an unexpected handful of delicious berries - hopefully your new plants will surprise you too x
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Thanks Annie - Amy's getting so much pleasure from all of the compliments. The yarn is lovely. I've not used it before but will do again. It's a single ply and knits into a delicate fabric with a soft halo. It does shed a little fuzz on knitting and I'm not yet sure how much it will pill but based on what I've knitted so far I think it will be fine. The colours in it are wonderful - subtle shifts from brown to grey with little flecks of mustard for a stitch or two. Hopefully it will make a nice shawl after blocking (though at the moment in it's crumpled state it has the uninspiring look of an oily rag!)
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Growing veggies is very rewarding isn't it? I've never had the same delight from flower growing as I do from growing a big, fat, glossy courgette - tastier too! x
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Thanks Gina, you too xxx
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It is lovely to be able to involve Toby in garden watering. For a 13 year old boy his interests are extremely limited (really just bubbles, bouncing, duplo lego and videos). I'm on a mission to try and expand on what he spends his time doing in the hope that we'll tap into something that becomes a hobby for him. Hope you have access to a garden in the not too distant future. I used to grow tons of things in pots when we had a small flat but there is a limit to how much you can fit in!
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Thanks so much Susan. I wasn't sure about Amy dying her hair blue but it does suit her and she really loves it so feels confident when she goes out. It's also a good compromise as I'm not yet ready to agree to the septum piercing that she longs for!
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Thanks Els, I love those stitches too - the subtle colours in this yarn are beautiful.
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Well done to Tess for donating her beautiful hair to such a wonderful cause. It's lovely that as our girls grow they make these independent choices about their appearance, finding a little more about who they are as they grow into the women they will become. Hope you have a great summer too and that the squirrels stay away and you get a pumpkin or too in the autumn x
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Thanks so much Julie, she's had a real confidence boost from all of the lovely comments. I'm going to give beer traps a go as I've heard they work well too and it seems not such a bad way for them to meet their end!
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We did have rather a lot of rain didn't we, so you were right about Toby not needing to water. Hopefully summer weather will return soon! All of my kale and broccoli are netted mostly against cabbage white butterflies which we get a lot of and whose caterpillars seem to be able to eat an entire cabbage almost overnight, but it also helps keep the larger slugs out. My chickens are grateful as they get a handful of leaves as a treat each afternoon.
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Thanks so much Vivienne. She has grown up so quickly - it's a bit scary! It doesn't seem that long ago that I was brushing her long hair every morning and plaiting it ready for school (admist much complaining and occasional tears when it was very knotty!). When she was younger she used to hate going to the hairdressers to have it cut - her aim at one point was to be able to sit on her hair but the sudden change to short hair was entirely her own idea and a sign that she's not a little girl anymore. If I find a good slug deterrent I'll let you know. I hope the rest of your lovely garden is in full bloom and doing well xxx
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Thanks Deborah. The bedroom is all finished and I do have pictures to post! x
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I couldn't resist the yarn - it is lovely and so many different subtle colour shifts throughout it x
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Thanks so much Elizabeth. I can tell how much all of the lovely comments mean to her x
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What a lovely message Sara, thanks so much, Amy was really happy to read it xxx
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Amy has really loved reading all of the kind comments about her hair, thanks so much Jennifer x
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Thanks for the tip Pam, I'll have a look at sluggo x
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It's wonderful that hair can be donated to such a great cause and we looked into donating Amy's ponytail but because her hair was bleached and coloured previously it wasn't suitable. Hope your daughter enjoys going purple - we used Renbow Crazy Color Semi Permanent Hair Color Cream in Bubblegum Blue (the same as our hairdresser used last year). Originally I was a bit nervous about it washing out in time for the start of school but by the end of last summer it had all washed out and lots of people had given me useful tips for getting rid of the last traces.
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