• Jenn posted an update 2 months ago

    Morning clickers. Have just podded some of Al’s fantastic beans. They just weren’t drying on the plant and I was fearful of them rotting so I have been drying them off on baking trays under the radiator in the living room :lol: Most of them were lovely and papery this morning and I couldn’t wait to pod them – they are such beauties – thank you…

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  • gertie posted an update 2 months ago

    Allan, I wish to pick your brains please.
    Do you remember the piece called “Byebye Sycamore Tree” that I posted in September this year? In it I said how the tree fellers gave me four little slices of branch which I am saving for, well, stories and stuff. I should like to polish them with the beeswax at some stage. How long, in your…[Read more]

    • When the ends of them have finished splitting Anne,What I do is wax the ends so that they dry out slower to reduce the cracking,I can’t give an exact time, as the size of the branch and if you are drying it out indoors,The temperature it’s drying at,makes it difficult too say, :rose:

      • okay ,,, thanks Allan … tomorrow I’ll wax them; I enjoyed doing the shelving :good: :rose:

  • NorthernTeacher posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Hello Karen :-) well done you :good: Hope that gorgeous banister of yours is well polished :lol: Busy day moving stuff in the kitchen so OH can clean the walls – he’s just finishing – and then reading stuff online and in print. Not been in the garden except to put some oats out for the birds but it’s been a lovely day. Just had a bit of a red sky…[Read more]

    • Evening Katen and Jane. I bet you feel very smug and righteous Karen, I would. Well done girl… :drink: time for you. You’ve had a good day too Jane :good:

    • :lol: :lol: :lol: As a matter of fact I did polish the Bannister Jane, but I suspect the soon to be 5 year old’s Mum & Dad won’t allow him to slide down it, however I might be able to distract them for a wee while. :lol: ;-) Is the Detectorists on tonight? Yikes, missed that.

    • Yes Jane, Did watch it, Too detectorists It’s a waste of air time that could be better given to a serious program,Time team used to slag us off in the beginning,But now they have them working with them.Archiologists say we steal history,But all detectorists in clubs have find leasion officers from a museum that calls in to record finds and p…[Read more]

      • Gosh, Allan – I couldn’t have imagined this conflict of interests – but now you have mentioned it, it’s perfectly predictable.

      • I love the programme, Al as I think a bit of metal detectoring does no harm but I don’t agree with much of what the archaeologists get up to. I’m not a believer but I believe bones should be left alone too.

        • I’m not at all religious Jane,But I do respect what others believe in, Theywere placed in the ground and if through progress they have to be dug up,I recon they should be re- buried and as Dave Allen would say,May their god go with them.

  • Trouble is, I need you here to help Al ;-) :good: @RonValley

  • Beanstew posted an update 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I saw this clip recently, and immediately thought of the large radish that Allan has been harvesting recently.

    I have no idea if this is the same variety, or whether it is a related variety. I’ve never seen it before, but I think it would be interesting to find out about it, and…[Read more]

  • Hayley posted an update 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Good evening all. :-) Just arrived in the Brecon Beacons for a few days :-) It’s funny who you bump into on the way though… :lol: :rose: :love: Thank you Al and Jul for a welcome cuppa, hug and some delicious jams and bean seed. :rose: I promise I’ll do better with the seed collection next year Al!! :fingers-crossed: @ronvalley
  • gertie posted an update 3 months ago

    Hi Allan@ronvalley :high-five:
    How nice to coincide for a change :-) Are you all sorted puter-wise now?
    I just logged in to say goodnight :lol: so Nightnight :rose:

  • gertie posted an update 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    @ronvalley Are you in Cornwall now Allan? :rose:

    • No,went to Cornwall three weeks ago,Away in five weeks time to Llandudno, :rose:

      • How have I got this so muddled Allan :confused: :mad: :silly: :lol:

        • Perhapse it’s because I didn’t post any photos from there. :rose:

          • hmm, you are very kind Allan! Much more likely that I got in a muddle on the computer and was reading old posts without realising…either that or I’m losing it even more :silly: :mad:
            Been having silly connection problems recently :-(
            Anyway, nice to see you. :-) HALD

  • gertie posted an update 4 months ago

    @ronvalley Hi Allan :high-five: Did you go fishing? :rose:

    • Hi Anne, Yes I’ll put some photos of the great cloud formations that were over the water today. :rose:

      • Oh yes! … let’s have a closer look! :rose:

      • Super skies Allan … you always were good at these. It’s a good time of year too isn’t it :good: :rose:

        • They certainly have some strange formations Anne. :rose:

          • :good: and they all mean different things meteorologically speaking don’t they :-) :rose:

            • There have been some incredible cloud formations this year.

            • Good morning Cilla … yes, I have noticed them more this year, and now we have more sky to see [with no tree to block the view] well ….. :rose:

  • gertie posted an update 5 months, 1 week ago

    @ronvalley Good evening Allan :high-five: HALO :good: :rose:

  • I’ve never been bothered to research why The Prince of Wales has the title but I’ve wondered once or twice for various reasons and not because I’m a Royalist, because I’m not ;-) Anyway, this article in the Conversation caught my eye
    How poets revived the story of the last Welsh princess of Wales
    and very interesting it is, too!
    If you click on…[Read more]

  • gertie posted an update 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    @ronvalley Have been re-looking at your veg Allan … they look fabulous :good:
    I thought I had messed up on our beans, but noticed today as I was giving them a drink, that they are now forming beans :walt: :dance: :lol: :rose: Nightnight :high-five: :rose:

    • They are thirsty plants Anne,Even when it’s raining, the water gets deflected by the leaves and the roots stay relatively dry,Nabours must look at me stupid when standing in the rain with the hosepipe watering them,Also ,When they are in full flower,I put a mist spray over the flowers occasionally,It helps to set them.

      • I blasted them with more than a mist spray [by accident I must add :excruciating: ] yesterday when I watered past them to another corner, but they seem okay so far :giggle: :good: :rose:

  • AliCat posted an update 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Evening all :-)
    Another scorching day :notacloudinsight: far too hot to do much except water everything and make more garden plans. The hosepipe and watering cans are getting some serious workouts this year so its a good job we are not on a water meter ;-) @ronvalley the Rhonda Blacks are appreciating the sun and are romping away :good:
  • gertie posted an update 7 months ago

    @ronvalley Your flowers are beautiful Allan :good: :rose: :rose: Nightnight :rose:

    • Morning Anne, just catching up and see that Dom got home, that’s great news. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. :rose: :clover:

      • Good morning Karen ….. thank you very much. HALD :clover: :rose:

        • I’ve been thinking about, and wondering about Dom too. The NHS certainly don’t keep anyone in hospital longer than they need to – hope Dom is ready and confident enough to be at home – but I’m sure you are giving him every care Anne.

          • They say it brings him on in confidence quickly to normality in his own surroundings Sheila [if I make sense :confused: ] I was totally unprepared for it, when he rang yesterday morning, but he seems okay so far … early days I guess, but I may yet have superman here ;-)
            I am sorry to hear about your rotten cold Sheila … I wish I could come…[Read more]

            • Came back from the van today Anne,Too hot for us,Glad Dom is home,I can’t build up the courage to go and have it done. :rose:

            • Allan, I completely understand where you are coming from :love: I was [ between you and me] dreading it, but so far he is fine… always was a stroppy one , Dom ;-) [that’s between you and me too ;-) ] I was gobsmacked when he rang yesterday after breakfast and said I should collect him at 14.30 :shout: I’ll keep you posted on his progress ; ups…[Read more]

  • Hayley posted an update 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    @ronvalley Good morning Al :rose: Can you answer a quick question my lovely? Whilst I’ve been away the Rhonddas and Pollinators have gone mad in pots!! Yesterday I unravelled them and planted them out but some of the stems broke and bent in doing so :-( Shall I just bring on some more? :dunno:

    • Morning Hayl, :rose: As long as there are two leaves left on the plant, You can plant them in, Because they will send out new shoots from the leaf joints ,Just let one of them grow on. You could also plant some more on as an insurance ,Mine are going wild as well,They are five foot up the sticks. ;-)

  • NorthernTeacher started the topic Al's bee query in the forum Group logo of BeesBees 8 months ago

    A few days ago, Al @ronvalley mentioned some dying bees and ants. I contacted the Lincolnshire bee recorder. Here is the query and the response – all very interesting.

    Al: Had Something I had never seen before. Over the last couple of weeks I have found five dead bumbles on the path.I put it down to the colder snaps we have been having but…[Read more]

  • Beanstew posted an update 8 months ago

    Spent a lot of time yesterday planting various things into their permanent quarters – possibly a bit earlier than I’d normally do – but have a feeling in my bones (?) that we won’t get any further frosts. While planting out my Rhondda Black beans, I noticed that some beans had developed many more nitrogen nodules than others, and I wondered if…[Read more]

    • Morning Sheila :-) isn’t it fabulous when nature helps us along? I found some self seeded sunflowers yesterday and I’d been wondering whether I should sow any this year or not! Have a great day with as long as possible outside!

    • Morning Sheila, great to get things out, I hope you’re right about the frosts for us too. :good: Interesting about the beans, both yours and Bill’s, keep us posted. :good:

    • Hi All, Just got back from the van, I have had them grow from previous years corm. They tend to have multi shoots,Just let one of them grow Sheila. I have always had more nodules on the roots when the nitrogen in soil was high, BUT the powers that be now tell us that they are not nitrogen nodules. I don’t care what they say, I will still dig them…[Read more]

      • :lol: :good: :rose: I have a second lot of Rhondda beans shooting and looking really strong … soon be ready to plant out with the others :good: :rose:

  • @ronvalley happy birthday,have a good day :present: :cake: :beer: :beer:

  • VegVamp posted a new activity comment 8 months, 1 week ago

    Oooooooh Noooooooo, I missed this, :disappointed: Sorry Al. Many Happy Returns, have a wonderful day @ronvalley. :cool:
    :drink: :present: :cake: :clover: :cake: :present: :drink:

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