Hints of Autumn colour

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Re: Hints of Autumn colour

Postby appledore » Fri May 05, 2017 4:52 pm

Hi Will. Another lovely, sunny day. :D It's a good year for Viburnums, they're covered with flowers. Everything is growing well. The shrubs in front of the fence are quite big now. They put paid to the theory that you can't grow very much next to a Leylandii hedge. They must have thrived on neglect as we never fed them.

Your bird house is looking good, you've done a good job. :) We're busy weeding, there's weeds everywhere. We're looking for a couple of shrubs to put in pots to hide a bit of the fence where we have gravel. We can't decide what to get. We want something evergreen that's going to bush out. We'll have to go on a hunt. I like your lights on the crab apple. Who says you can't have Christmas all the year round. :lol:

Poor little Rudey. I can just picture him with his ears down and sulking. He might have learned his lesson and not go near a Magpie again. You like Magpies don't you? I think they're awful birds. Rudey is very brave chasing the big birds. Misty always went for the small colourful ones, robins and tits. He liked to bring them into the house and put them on a windowsill. They were still alive, so I would put them outside again. Then he was at the door crying to be out, then he would sulk as we wouldn't let him go out. Either Cuddles or Pirate had left a mouse beside the back door. It was probably Cuddles. Pirate is still terrorising Cuddles when he gets the chance. I don't think we'll ever get to stroke Pirate. As you say he would have been coming to us by now if he was going to.

Our family are back home safe and sound. They slept most of the first day back. They had a wonderful time. We'll see them this weekend and hear all about it. I always think coming back home is the best part of a holiday. I can't see any pleasure in travelling for a year, it would drive me mad.

The little ducklings are cute. I love to be beside water, especially the sea. I could watch the sea for hours.

I'm going to do some weeding after tea. There's certainly plenty to do. Hope you have a lovely weekend.
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Re: Hints of Autumn colour

Postby WILL*REMAIN*STRONG » Wed May 10, 2017 11:34 pm

Hi apples, have you been sunning yourself in the garden? It has been like summer here for quite some time now, I am in the garden every day getting our new bits of grass growing by watering it constantly. We have flower buds on both climbing roses on the house this year, so very excited to see what they look like in flower. It will be their first flowering season since they were planted, they put all their energy into growing like weeds last year and failed to flower at all.

Christmas all year long...now there's a thought! :lol: I do love these new lights, they are so pretty. But they will be useless at xmas as they are solar lights, and will only work during summer.

Our bird house looks better since I painted it, I got rid of the cream and used a mint colour, which does look smart..it will rot eventually though. We will have to make one for the front soon, we only have a small tray on a tree stump. Do you have a bird house?

We went for a nice curry tonight, and did our holiday food shop. Very excited now, although Rudey is getting more and more nervous whilst we pack stuff. He tried to hide again this evening, silly boy. He keeps bringing presents..blackbirds. I think he wants me to bake a blackbird pie or something, perhaps he thinks he is with the food bill...but he never eats them, so I just keep chucking them out for the foxes, they will eat anything. :lol: Still no cubs, poor Vinny must have lost hers as she disappeared for only two days in March, then her tummy went down and I knew she wasn't feeding cubs. I wonder what happened? Maybe next year we will get cubs, although I suppose another fox could have had cubs locally and we might see some more foxes later in the year? Still we are lucky to have Vinny, Biscuit and co.

I saw a hedgehog on camera one night with a bad leg, so I waited up the next night and ran out to get it. I put it in a box and called the local hedgehog rescue guy, he came to collect it the next day but unfortunately it had to be put to sleep. :( That is two we have given to either vet or hedgehog rescue, but they never make it back. I wonder if I do the right thing by catching them and then they are put to sleep? I suppose it is better than them suffering the pain of dying from infection, but sometimes I wonder if it is going to cost them too much to try and save them, they put them to sleep. It is so sad that so many things are finishing hedgehogs off, they really do struggle due to our over building and busy roads etc.. We have two visiting at the moment, so I suppose we are lucky, but with more building going on nearby, more hogs will be forced out of the next lot of nice green land into suburbia and the busy roads.

Hope you keep getting the nice weather, fingers crossed for our holiday weather. :D I will post lots of pictures of our hol when we get back. :)
ImageLook mama, a present for you! Oh how kind Rudey? :x I would prefer he lay on the flowers I plant or barf on the carpet, the other two presents he likes to occasionally give to me. :lol: Rudey and Cuddles seem to have the same idea...spoil us with dead things... :?
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Re: Hints of Autumn colour

Postby appledore » Fri May 12, 2017 4:37 pm

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Everything is lovely and green again.

Hi Will. Are you ready for the off? :) I hope you have a lovely holiday.

The weather has been lovely lately. We were supposed to have some showers today, but it's been dry up to now. We've done loads in the garden. We're going to get some new rose bushes, we dug the old ones out as they were past their best.
We still have some climbers, yellow ones (your favourite colour). They were here when we came.

We have a bird house on one of our trees. It isn't smart like yours, and we haven't had any nesting birds. They prefer to nest where they shouldn't be. Some starlings have taken to sitting on the edge of the roof and they're making an awful mess. There are droppings all over. As fast as we clean them up there's another lot. :x

Has poor little Rudey packed his bag? He's a naughty boy catching blackbirds. He looks proud on the photo though. I think Cuddles had a blackbird in his mouth the other day. I couldn't see properly, but it was a big bird. Poor Vinny losing her cubs. We haven't seen any foxes for ages.

I know what you mean about the hedgehog you don't know what to do for the best. If you had left it it might have recovered, but you wouldn't want it to be in pain. I can remember my dad telling me a story about a cat. There were lots of cats where he worked and he fed them. One day one of them got it's leg trapped in a machine, it managed to get out but it's leg was badly injured. Someone phoned the RSPCA, but when they came there was no sign of the cat. Some weeks later it appeared, running around as large as life on three legs.

I'm looking forward to seeing your photos when you get back.
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Re: Hints of Autumn colour

Postby WILL*REMAIN*STRONG » Fri May 19, 2017 9:11 pm

Hi apples, how are you? We are back from Bonny Scotland, it was fantastic! Another lovely part of the borders, and whilst we were there we looked at a few spots of land for sale. Nothing really quite right for us, at least not in our price range. :lol: I will upload some photos another day, I'm still sorting through them.

Your garden looks lush and green, that's a big lawn. It takes me no time at all to mow our little lawns, it must take a while longer for your lawn...you need a ride on lawn mower. I would love one of those, one with bumpers on as I would need to cut around trees. :mrgreen:

Rudey was glad to get home, he screamed and ran in to my arms when we picked him up at the cattery. He must have been stung on the foot yesterday as his foot was swollen last night. I was worried, but this morninng he was fine and running up trees again. He nearly caught a baby wood pigeon this afternoon...oooh he's a naughty boy. :)

How are your little visitors doing? Rudey sends a belly flop and fishy kiss to them both. :)

Our new grass is growing well, except one patch by the cedar. There's not much sun there, if at all. Never mind, trees are better than grass. Speaking of trees, we did find a nice patch of woodland for sale, but no planning for a residential dwelling. Shame, most land is a bit boring when it has planning for a house, you can't seem to get both. I want a cabin in the woods, or a tree house. :D

Have you been in the garden all week? The weather has been quite good, I did lots of pottering yesterday. Today we have started painting our garage door, it was rusty in places. I have been putting rust stop on, then some primer. I hope I can finish tomorrow. We are just going to catch up on chores this weekend, maybe have some walks. We walked our socks off on holiday, poor hubby got so many blisters.

Hope you enjoy the weekend and some sunshine. I'll try and sort some piccies for you to have a look at, it was a lovely place we went to...would go again in a heart beat. :D
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Re: Hints of Autumn colour

Postby appledore » Sun May 21, 2017 6:44 pm

Hi Will. I'm pleased you've had a fantastic holiday. :D I'm sure you'll find some land when the time comes, then you can settle in Bonny Scotland.

Yes, it's a big lawn. A ride on mower would be good, but we'd have bother getting it up there as we have lots of steps.
We've just got a self propelled petrol mower, and it's great. We had one before. We keep the petrol mower in a little shed beside the big lawn, and we have an electric mower for the other two lawns. Then we don't have to get them up the steps. I can picture you whizzing round the trees, you would need a mower with bumpers. :lol:

Rudey would be pleased to see you. I'm pleased his paw's better. Cuddles and Pirate were fighting this morning, what a noise. :lol: Cuddles caught a wood pigeon the other day. There were enough feathers to stuff a cushion. They both send a fishy kiss to Rudey.

I've been busy in the garden this afternoon cutting off the daffodil leaves. They look such a mess when the flowers have finished. We'll have to go and get some bedding plants or there'll be nothing left. Have you got yours?

Our garage door needs painting. What colour is yours? Ours is dark blue. I fancied a change last time and decided on green, but I didn't like it so we went back to blue after a few days.

I'm looking forward to seeing some photos. :)

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Re: Hints of Autumn colour

Postby WILL*REMAIN*STRONG » Mon May 22, 2017 11:53 am

Hi apples, that's a lovely photo...cats are comfy almost anywhere aren't they? :lol: Good idea having two mowers, with all the steps. We planted some flowers a while ago, lobelias, geraniums, petunias and some snap dragons...just waiting for flowers now. Our climbing roses will flower soon hopefully, and the one on the obelisk. The little table rose is beginning to flower, and a few others have buds almost ready to open. I suppose it will all come at once. The everlasting sweetpeas I'm growing are coming up now, I'll have to re-pot them soon and get them outside for a while. What bedding plants are you looking for?

Our garage door is white, not a practical colour. The paint we used was awful and too thick. I should have thinned it, oh well it will be a mess...but at least look nice from a way off. :lol: Next time we will choose a better colour, I like sage green, or brown.

I think the forecast is for thunder storms today, I love storms so am hopeful. I will be stuck in the office on and off all day, so need to rush out to mow before the rain comes. :)

Here's some photos of our hol... :D

Image Grey Mare's Tail 60 metre waterfall. Too rainy and misty for a good photo.
Image Little ducklings in a line of 8.
Image Sat on the deck at the lovely little lodge.
Image Lovely views from the lodge.
Image Gorgeous waterfalls.
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Image Little lambs that need a bit of extra care, they were so lovely...they'll probably taste great too... :oops:
Image Newborn calf...awwww
Image Wonderful Himalayan poppies at Dawyck gardens.
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Re: Hints of Autumn colour

Postby appledore » Wed May 24, 2017 4:07 pm

Hi Will. Thanks for the photos. They disappeared yesterday, but I'm pleased they're back. :) It looks lovely and peaceful where you were staying. The waterfalls look spectacular. Look at the lambs' little faces. I like the taste of lamb too. It's my favourite meat. :oops: I know someone who won't eat lamb because they look so cute, but she still eats baby cows and chickens so I can't see the difference. :lol: The baby ducks look lovely. The mother ducks always have them under control, they're very well behaved. The Himalayan poppies are very colourful.

We've been on the hunt for some bedding plants. One nursery was full of dead plants. This afternoon we went to a nursery that was really good last year, but it was very disappointing. Anyway, we've found some at long last. We bought some Begonias, Petunias and Geraniums. We'll plant some this evening. We still need a couple of Hebes or Anonymouses for some pots, but we know where get can get those.

It's a shame about your garage door, some paint is awful, but I'm sure no one else will notice. Once it gets a bit dirty it'll look ok. :lol:

I had to stand guard while Cuddles got something to eat yesterday. Pirate was trying to attack him, he's a little thug. He was still trying to attack him when I was standing beside him. We went for a walk in the park yesterday, there were lots of squirrels and one was in a litter bin with his head sticking out. :lol:

Our little granddaughter has decided she's going to be a mermaid when she grows up, so that should be interesting. :lol:
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The Iris has started to flower in the sunshine.
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