Friday, 19 September 2014

Andy Murray backlash from trolls!

It appears Andy Murray has dropped himself in hot water by appearing to be in the yes camp for Scottish independence. I say appears as his twitter comment is quite well worded and could be taken either way!

What is totally unacceptable, is the back lash on social media. You should be ashamed of yourselves folks. Last time I looked, this was a free country and that is why you are also allowed your voice. It is just such a shame you choose to abuse this right, by saying such nasty, ill thought and downright disgusting things. That is the world of social media sites for you and on this occasion, the trolls have come out in force.

I may be a lone voice on this occasion but Andy is as entitled to voice his opinion as the next person. If his sponsors have taken exception to it, well maybe they need to grow up a bit, you knew the kind of personality you were taking on!

Andy, my opinion of you has not changed one bit, I for one, think you are great just as you are and if you were my son, I would be very proud of you, come what may.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Why I prefer Beechgrove Garden to Gardener's World

First things first, I have updated our menu tab at the top. You can see just how low the cost of our meat consumption is!

I've mentioned a few times now, about the BBC Scotland's (will we still have it if they separate from us?) Beechgrove Garden. It is generally on a Thursday at 7.30pm on FreeSat channel 970 then repeated on a Sunday morning at 08.30  on BBC 2.  If you view your TV through a different broadcaster, or use Freeview,  you'll need to find out what channel it is on!

Last week for example, Beechgrove Garden covered the following subjects:

Growing gourds,
growing but being careful with poisonous plants,
gardening at 700' above sea level,
a tomato feed trial - bought tomato food versus home made comfrey tea (the comfrey won),
growing things in the polythene greenhouse,
squash trials - growing in peat free versus peat based compost (the peat based compost won),
moss removal from lawns,
lifting, dividing and replanting bearded iris,
starting Christmas hyacinths,
growing your own loofah and most liked by me,
how to store your vegetables overwinter such as in clamps or keeping them in the refrigerators for longer than normal so they don't go off!

If you want to know how to keep your vegetables fresh in your fridge for weeks, check out the programme that aired Thursday 11th or Sunday 14th September. It was very informative.You can also catch up with most of the programmes on the BBC iplayer.

Every week they are trialling something of one kind versus something similar, testing different soil conditions, harvesting vegetables, fruit and flowers, how to prune everything, feeding, weeding, growing in a greenhouse or conservatory, polythene greenhouse or poly tunnels etc. Ground covers plants, feeding the soil etc. They usually do one visit either to a garden or community programme they are part of. They also have downloadable fact sheets re each programme!!

Gardener's World in the same week covered:

Planting wild flowers near hedges where nothing else will grow
planting Foxtail lily,
lifting basil and replanting with parsley,
Carol visiting a Salvia garden
3 things to do this week.

The thing that Monty doesn't do most weeks is vegetables. Come on Monty, many people are growing their own for the first time in the current economic climate yet you rarely talk about them, you seem to far prefer flowers and visiting predominantly flower gardens. Maybe it should be renamed Flower Gardener's World!


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Have you got this yet?

This was sent to me today and normally I never pass this sort of thing on. I think it is meant to be a bit tongue in cheek so no offence intended! We were barely 1/3rd of the way through reading it when tears filled our eyes and we were laughing, because we are both like this!

"Recently, I was diagnosed with  A.A.A.D.D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder, thank goodness there's a name for this disorder, somehow I feel better, even though I have  it!!

This is how it manifests  itself:

I decide to water my garden, as I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car  and
decide it needs washing. I head towards the garage,  then notice post on the porch table,that I picked up from the postman earlier.

I decide to go through it before washing the car, so I put my car keys on the table,  put the junk mail in the recycling box under the table, and notice that the recycling box is full.

The bills are put back on the table and I take out the recycling, but then it occurs to me that since I'm going to be near the post box when I take out the recycling I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my cheque book off the table but notice that there is only one cheque left. The new cheque books is in the desk in my study, so I go into the house to my desk where I find the cup of coffee I'd been drinking.  It is getting  cold, so I head towards the kitchen to make a new off, cold coffee in hand. A vase of flowers on the worktop catches my eye - the flowers need water, so the coffee is put down on the worktop, where I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning!

I decide it is better to put them back on my desk, but first the vase of flowers still need watering. The glasses get put down on the worktop, I fill a jug with water and suddenly spot the TV remote control.. Someone has left it on the kitchen table.

Realising that tonight when we go to watch TV,  we'll be looking for the remote, I decide to put it back where it belongs, but  first I'll water the vase of flowers. This is done but unfortunately it overspills onto the floor.

The remote gets put back on the table,  and I used a towel to wipe up the spill. Empty handed I
wander down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the  day, the car still isn't washed, the garden flowers have not been watered, the bills aren't paid, there is a cold cup of coffee sitting on the kitchen work-surface, there is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book.

I can't find the TV remote, or my glasses let alone the car keys. Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day and I'm really 
tired".

Don't laugh - if this isn't you yet, your day is  coming!!