Beanstew

  • Beanstew posted an update 2 days, 19 hours ago

    Have had a lovely weekend in the company of the wee one and his parents. I find it quite easy to let my inner child out to play in the toddler’s company – and invariably return from these jaunts feeling mentally years younger, but physically absolutely knackered. It’s a strange mixture.
    Bit disappointed that the scrubby bit of grass under the…[Read more]

    • Hi Sheila :-) you might want to sow some grass suitable for woodland shade. I have some – let me know if you’d like a couple of handfuls.

      • The poverty of the grass is caused by very many intrusive roots from the cherry tree which apart from sending up suckers and causing knobbles , lumps and bumps all over the place, is also grabbing all plant nourishment from the area.I don’t know that re-seeding would help that situation, Jane – but many thanks for your kind offer.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 2 days, 20 hours ago

    I also tie my tomato plants to bamboo canes – don’t like the string method because of the amount of weight which tends to make the string dig into the stem of the plants, and does not allow for expansion of the main stem. But I have seen the flow of nutrients into the truss impeded because of the weight of the fruit – and in one instance the…[Read more]

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 2 days, 20 hours ago

    Wow!

    But will you succumb to the ironing urge, before you wear them again? My wardrobes are so stuffed, that I often have to do that. Think this means that I should give some stuff to a charity shop.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 2 days, 20 hours ago

    This all sounds potentially terrific, Ginny. I am full of regret that I didn’t have the foresight to make a pond when I came here, if only to encourage the frog population, and decrease the slugs. But you will get more than that from a pond – which can alter the mood in a garden quite considerably, can’t it?

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 2 days, 20 hours ago

    I just wish I had a camera to let you see the trusses on my Gardener’s Delight tomatoes – no wonder they are so popular! The plants are producing trusses which fork into two parts which are both more than 2 ft. long, and will potentially produce more than 50 tomatoes each. I’ve never seen anything like them before – and am in a sweat wondering…[Read more]

    • Wowser, how wonderful. Despite all my tomato plants they only produce a few pathetic looking trusses however well I look after them.

    • Morning Sheila :-) brilliant on the trusses! Yes, they are cherries but they won’t be uniform in size. I don’t worry overmuch about tying them up until I can’t get past them in the g/h. I just tie the main stem to bamboo. But then, I’m restricted for space as the g/hs are the half ones. I read that Charles Dowding puts string under the compost as…[Read more]

      • I also tie my tomato plants to bamboo canes – don’t like the string method because of the amount of weight which tends to make the string dig into the stem of the plants, and does not allow for expansion of the main stem. But I have seen the flow of nutrients into the truss impeded because of the weight of the fruit – and in one instance the…[Read more]

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 2 days, 20 hours ago

    I am attuned to Alfie’s normal behaviour and habits – and like you are, I am concerned about any departure from normal – and I very much hope that Robert will soon be his usual self. Am amazed that 2 people can find three loads of washing at one go – I hardly ever do more than one at a time – bet you are rubbing your hands together in…[Read more]

    • Good morning Bean and thank you on Robert’s behalf. One load of washing was bed linen and be proud of me because I actually hung up in the wardrobe two garments which I didn’t iron :lol: :lol: :lol:

      • Wow!

        But will you succumb to the ironing urge, before you wear them again? My wardrobes are so stuffed, that I often have to do that. Think this means that I should give some stuff to a charity shop.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 4 days, 20 hours ago

    You are jumping to the same conclusion that I am – probably arson. It seems too much of a coincidence, and the fire spread very quickly.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 4 days, 20 hours ago

    When you look at photographs like these, you wonder how people can bear to live in cities.

  • Is everything alright with Wind of Lorne? Looks as though she is still in port, while the others are heading to the Shetland Islands – or have I read the tracker wrongly? Hope everything is OK for Andy and Geoff.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 4 days, 20 hours ago

    These blooming cats! Went to bed last night, and discovered a pile of cat sick UNDER a scarf on top of my bed, just as I was getting into bed. It suggests that that stupid cat is not as daft as he looks, and might even have a malicious sense of humour. Luckily, the vomit was not on the duvet cover, but only on the rug lying across the foot of…[Read more]

    • Aren’t they beggars Bean. When I got back from shopping yesterday he was just finishing the front end of, what looked like a fledgling on the lounge carpet. I removed the remains, shouted at him and five minutes later he brought another one in…..I was not a happy bunny. He will be wormed today. How clever of Alfie to hide his under a scarf,…[Read more]

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 4 days, 20 hours ago

    Most surprised to see you were around so early – prompts the question “Will the beetroot taste even better if it is roasted using off-peak electricity?” Of course it will.
    Terrific to get work done so early – will leave lots of time free during the day for skipping, gardening, or faffing……
    • Brill bean, where do you find them? :lol:

    • Quite honestly, Sheila, I don’t know if that cartoon is is more like you or me! Whatever, it’s a perfect likeness at the mo apart from the hair being a bit long. Skipping done as well as the beets! Enjoy the day :-)

    • Jane … I think I might beat you for likeness there at the mo :lol: Can hardly keep my eyes open!!! :lol: Have been out for more milk and cash … but nobody else is stirring yet after th merriment last night! :lol:

      • Morning Anne :-) I wonder if you went back to bed for more sleep then :lol: HAGD

        • :lol: I wish!! No Jane,Have cooked five shepherd pies and two cheese potato ones to cover any contingency that might arise for a quick meal, along with the salads and veggie stir-fries etc etc. but am expecting in-and-outs and whatever. It’s nice to be on the edge looking out for a change. Sadie rang to let me know what gives and am happy that…[Read more]

  • Beanstew posted an update 4 days, 20 hours ago

    Absolutely devastated to switch on the TV ten minutes ago, and learn that Glasgow School of Art is burning yet again only months before restoration work following the first fire, was due to finish. I was taken there often by my mother who was a student there, my parents met there, and my younger daughter was a student there – and it seemed woven…[Read more]

    • Morning Sheila :-) what an absolute bummer that is – just what is it with people that they have to destroy things – definitely not a good start to your day but the babe will cheer you up no end when you arrive at East Calder.

      • You are jumping to the same conclusion that I am – probably arson. It seems too much of a coincidence, and the fire spread very quickly.

    • Good morning Bean. I just read about that. Absolutely devastating, it looked a beautiful building. I wonder how on earth that started, having just been renovated :-( At least your lively chappie will cheer you up :-)

    • Morning Sheila, was listening to the awful news about the School of Art, one of Mackintosh’s most beautiful buildings. Can barely believe that it has been so badly damaged again. I’m sure the wee man will lift you up, but it is a black day for Scotland and the world in general. :-(

    • Good morning Sheila, Jane, Cilla and Karen. :high-five: :rose:
      How sad for Mackintosh’s School of Art … such a beautiful building and clearly one that resonates with memories for many of us.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 5 days, 19 hours ago

    I’m sure there must be the equivalent clearance in England for people working with vulnerable groups as we have in Scotland – Disclosure Scotland. It checks to ensure you have no criminal record of any sort before you are allowed to work with people who might be exploited.

    • Same as teachers ,,, the Police check I mean :good:
      HAGD Gals :rose: :rose:

    • Yes we have to have these checks too :good: but our employers tell us not to get too involved with the people we go to, hard to though as you do build up a friendship with them, so most of us just do these little extras without their knowledge ;-)

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 5 days, 19 hours ago

    Of course you do – that’s why you are doing a caring job – cos you care!

    • I’m sure there must be the equivalent clearance in England for people working with vulnerable groups as we have in Scotland – Disclosure Scotland. It checks to ensure you have no criminal record of any sort before you are allowed to work with people who might be exploited.

      • Same as teachers ,,, the Police check I mean :good:
        HAGD Gals :rose: :rose:

      • Yes we have to have these checks too :good: but our employers tell us not to get too involved with the people we go to, hard to though as you do build up a friendship with them, so most of us just do these little extras without their knowledge ;-)

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 5 days, 19 hours ago

    Am enjoying your predictive text immensely, Lynn. Eyd yourself!

    • Hi bean, this one was intentional, ‘ enjoy your day’ which I have :-) hope you had a good day and didn’t find to much damage?

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 5 days, 19 hours ago

    Birds are fledging all over the place, so there is lots of mad tweeting going on. I can hardly bear to let the cat out, not because he hunts the wee innocents, but because the parents make such an anxious racket. Quite surprised that you have to do dinner round shopping – had imagined meals were provided by a local school or hospital kitchen -…[Read more]

    • Oops wrongly put I’m afraid, meant that after I delivered the dinners I then will be doing my shopping, mind you I do often get a few bits on occasion and go to the post office for one particular lady who’s family live in Australia to post her cards to them as she is house bound, we’re not really supposed to do these things even as a carer but…[Read more]

      • Mad I know as its not part of their care plan, also the authorities say that families could accuse us of attempted financial abuse, crazy world we live in :-(

      • Of course you do – that’s why you are doing a caring job – cos you care!

        • I’m sure there must be the equivalent clearance in England for people working with vulnerable groups as we have in Scotland – Disclosure Scotland. It checks to ensure you have no criminal record of any sort before you are allowed to work with people who might be exploited.

          • Same as teachers ,,, the Police check I mean :good:
            HAGD Gals :rose: :rose:

          • Yes we have to have these checks too :good: but our employers tell us not to get too involved with the people we go to, hard to though as you do build up a friendship with them, so most of us just do these little extras without their knowledge ;-)

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 5 days, 19 hours ago

    Not having a housekeeper and a chef protects you from wearing out even more walking boot leather, and has undoubtedly protected you from serious injury by flying pots in a garden centre somewhere, Cilla – so careful what you wish for! Everytime I read about these pots whizzing towards your basket, I wince. The more time you spend in garden…[Read more]

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 5 days, 19 hours ago

    Lovely to have you back, Jane – I missed you. I’m just running into Toenails HQ with the takings from yesterday, and the rest of the day is my own. It’s pretty grey here today with rain forecast later – might have to do some housework (or faffing) to pass the time. Or I might make some more fajita mixture to freeze. (My children think it’s…[Read more]

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 5 days, 20 hours ago

    Haven’t a clue yet. Cilla – watch this space.

  • Beanstew posted a new activity comment 5 days, 20 hours ago

    We had some younger volunteers come forward at the Foodbank, and the team leader asked for volunteers to stand down and make room for them – so I did, now only going one day a week. Most of us are over 70 years of age, a couple are over 80 years – but it’s always been fairly obvious that the Team Leader would like younger volunteers (she’s only…[Read more]

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