Allan

  • VegVamp posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

    Can’t believe we missed Al’s 80th birthday yesterday! :shout: Sorry we missed it Al, hope you had a wonderful day. @ronvalley
    :clover: :rose: :drink: :present: :cake: :present: :drink: :rose: :clover:
  • gertie posted an update 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Good Morning All :high-five: bright blue-sky :notacloudinsight: cool here in CP.
    Pigeon is sitting atop the empty bird feeder pole [moved all the feeders into the hedge, but couldn’t budge the pole yesterday, need Dom’s help today] looking bemused!
    HAGD
    @ronvalley Was the fishing successful on the weekend Allan?

    • Hello Anne :-) cold here and windy but very bright!

      • It’s a lovely bright day here Jane, and a little warmer this afternoon. :rose:
        as a matter of curiosity, did you do British Constitution at O-level too :-) ? :rose:

        • Didn’t have anything like that to choose from, Anne! Just the bog standard run of the mill stuff ;-)

          • Oh , That’s interesting Jane….. now is that because you are younger than me, and thus the curriculum had changed … or did I just happen to be at a particularly enlightened grammar school in those days?… we had gardens and I was a gardening Monitor too….tho’ never ‘prefect’ material :lol: :dunno: :rose:

            • Hi Anne. It turned warm here after a chilly start. I hope you had a good day :rose:

            • Not sure why, Anne but I was at an all girls’ high school in the middle of Salford – no garden but a playing field, and they were saving up for a swimming pool for the whole time I was there – hadn’t got it when I left… ;-) I’ve just looked my old school up and it was demolished in 2006!

            • Oh dear Jane … Ours changed from an all-girls Grammar school to a mixed. but it’s still there in Hitchin. They had a wood, with a rookery, gardens, tennis courts , a hockey pitch and a swimming pool…I was a swimming monitor too at one stage I seem to remember. I also led second violins in the school orchestra and sang in the choir. looking…[Read more]

            • Hi Cilla … yes thank you. I was amazed to read that you weren’t sure what to do this morning ;-) :rose:

            • Cilla … did you enjoy your day in the end? hope so :-) :good: Nightnight :love: :rose:

  • gertie posted an update 3 months, 1 week ago

    @ronvalley … Hi Allan :high-five: It’s been lovely ‘out there’ today in CP. How are things with you? :rose:

    • Hi Anne, I have been training a plum tree that I grafted two years ago, Cutting it back and pinning it too a wall, I cut the old one down because it had silver leaf and the fruit was deforming and didn’t look very appetising, It meant walking over my crocuses and snowdrops,But it had to get done,It was nice to get out in the sun though, :good: :rose:

      • The flowers will come back next Spring Allan :good: :-) good work on the grafting. I remember my Dad showing me how to graft roses, a long, long time ago. I wish he were here now to tell me exactly how to prune them :-)
        HAGEvening…love to Jule :rose:

  • gertie posted an update 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    @ronvalley
    Hallo Allan :high-five: …am guessing that the snow has now reached your garden? :rose:

  • Hayley posted an update 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    Good very early morning…I think maybe Al @ronvalley?
    How are you my friend?
    I’ve been working on these pictures of my friend, Tracy, who did the first accessible zip wire challenge in Kent, respect!

  • VegVamp posted an update 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Al, @ronvalley have just emailed you to see if you were all ok as I was watching the news and saw the floods. :bad: It looks pretty bad with you. :-(

  • Last year I saved my runner bean seeds from Allan but they developed mould and had to be thrown away.

    Allan @ronvalley kindly sent me a new batch in the post and these were sown rather later than usual due to […]

  • VegVamp posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Mostly for Al, @RonValley as I know he was interested in the wood work, but a few others might be interested. This is the traditional clinker rowing boat that Fred and George built. They’ve loaded backwards, so view from the bottom to the top. ;-) Last Pic is what they found and they recreated.

  • VegVamp posted an update 9 months ago

    A rather late good morning all, OH late back from Dublin last night so have been frantically getting washing done as he’ll be off again early Monday. Thank goodness the sun is out after yesterdays downpours as we are off to the Crom Estate at lunch time to watch the Lough Erne Hertitage Regatta. Rowing races in the traditional cots that they have…[Read more]

    • Put them pics up K, Its one thing i have always wanted to build,but never got around to it. :good:

      • I’ll try and find some of the boat building that Fred & George did Al, you’ll find that more interesting. ;-)

    • Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend Karen :clover: :rose:

  • @ronvalley Hi Allan I am trying to upload some pictures, 2 went straight on no bother but the rest just go through the uploading process then disappear, I had this problem a while ago and you kindly told me how to overcome this problem but unfortunately I can’t remember what you told me. Would you mind explaining again
    Thanks Frank

    • Frank, I’m having problems myself,I just load them one at a time now,I tried four last week and it didn’t work, Karen might be able to sort it out. Al

  • VegVamp posted an update 11 months ago

    Holy Moly this carrying water to veg in a can is going to kill me! Taken nearly 3 hours this morning, :confused: You can’t use a hose pipe but you can use a watering can :confused: I probably wasted more bloomin water trying to lift the can than I would have with the hose! Grrrrrr Still no sign of it breaking either. Still can’t believe N.…[Read more]

    • Was gripped by utter terror when I read this, Karen – because if you have a hosepipe ban, it can’t be far away in Western Scotland. Surely you wouldn’t be using more water if you ran the hose out to where the water is needed and filled the watering can from it there? Trouble is that it might look to a passerby as though you were using the hose,…[Read more]

      • I did have it fairly close Sheila, but 15 raised beds take a lot of time to get round, plus the greenhouse, raspberries and pond. To be brutal I’d be using a lot less if I just used the damn hose. :angry: The veg garden is not overlooked and boy was I tempted. :devil: :lol: Apparently it is not a shortage of water, but they can’t treat the…[Read more]

        • The are spending millions of pounds replacing all the water piped in one of the Rhondda valleys, They have been working on it all this year and is due to be finished in October,There are traffic lights everywhere, But there’s not many complaints because all normal people realise that it has to be done.

          • At least they are getting the infrastructure sorted out Al, :good: Over here they are just chasing leaks, crisis management. :bad: You have a good day? ;-)

    • Good morning Karen … really hoping the ban doesn’t reach us as a full can is almost impossible to lift at the moment, and as you say, it takes forever to get it accurately where you want it, whereas the hose can be turned on/off/slow and nozzle adjusted to spray or direct exactly and I can get through/across GG much more easily with it!
      Good…[Read more]

    • If this water is from your butts, Karen, surely the hose is ok. Or maybe you don’t usually need water butts – just remembered how much rain you usually get :confused: Takes me a long time to water but I insist on a can to make me feel stronger ;-)

  • Hayley posted an update 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Evening all ;-) A quick hello before I head up the wooden steps :yawn: It’s been a frustrating day…my newly planted spinach beat has been nibbled by the squirrel I think and baby rabbits are having a field day with my annual bedding :nailbiting: One ray of sunshine in the border is this beautiful single white Aquilegia though…I think it came…

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  • gertie posted an update 1 year ago

    @ronvalley Hi Alan … don’t give up please … I have had enormous ‘puter problems but my Geek, Dom, and Karen , between them have managed to sort me out …they are tireless…and anyway, you are ‘no mean Geek’ yourself, so please don’t give up!! :love: :clover: :walt: :rose:

  • Hayley posted an update 1 year ago

    Good evening clickers :-) Now back from Leeds and Bingley and Cambridge so now I can catch up with my garden. Right on cue a very special Aquilegia is in bloom…Happy Birthday Al @ronvalley I hope you’re having a wonderful, spring day :lol: :rose: :cake: :notacloudinsight: :-)
    • cilla replied 1 year ago

      Hello my lovely, fancy seeing you here :-) What a pretty aquilegia, pristine. Is Pippy back in the fold now? Has everything survived your absence?

    • gertie replied 1 year ago

      pretty :good:

    • Hayley replied 1 year ago

      Hi my lovely, yes all present and correct now ;-) The Pip seems to have developed a couple of curly quiffs, must be the hot weather :giggle: Looks more like a Pipster now :blowkiss: How was Malvern? :rose:

    • Hayley replied 1 year ago

      Frilly knickers Anne :giggle: Such a dainty flower :-) How are you doing? Did I see an exercise bike? :good: :rose:

    • cilla replied 1 year ago

      Pretty Pippy Popsicle Pup :lol: I didn’t really enjoy malvern but OH did and bought two acers and has had to take out some more lawn to accommodate them!

    • Hayley replied 1 year ago

      Blimey, you’ll soon have the national collection. :good: Oooo just seen your blog, I’ll take a look :-)

    • cilla replied 1 year ago

      Just going to put the show pictures on.

    • Hayley replied 1 year ago

      :good: :lol:

    • gertie replied 1 year ago

      Hallo Hayley … yes … had a try on all sorts today :lol: Doing fine thanks :good: :rose:

    • A stunner. :good:

    • Hello Hayley :-) lovely pic and hope you enjoyed your trip :-)

  • VegVamp posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    Oooooh, well done Tony, Happy Birthday Al,
    @ronvalley :rose: :present: :drink: :cake: :drink: :present: :rose:

    • cilla replied 1 year ago

      Happy Birthday Al. Have a lovely day. :-) :rose: :walt: :present: :cake: :drink: :beer: :notacloudinsight:

      • Allan replied 1 year ago

        Thanks all,Tried to Comment earlyer On PC ,No luck, But OK now on pad. 👍

  • NorthernTeacher posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    From me, too! Many happy returns, Al :cake: @ronvalley

  • gertie posted an update 1 year, 1 month ago

    Good morning Allan @ronvalley
    That Spinach tree looks enormous :shout: Did it take long to grow like that? Have you been mischievously nurturing it :lol:
    HAGD anyway :good: :rose:

  • VegVamp posted an update 1 year, 2 months ago

    Well done Wales, but grief you left it a tad tight. :lol: @ronvalley @raggedjack

  • This little film is brilliant, especially if you like fish, so @dixon and @ronvalley
    A fish story

  • dixon posted an update 1 year, 3 months ago

    Must get my new licence @ronvalley :good:

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