Saturday, 31 October 2009

Busy Day!

I have been trying to get myself into gear and motivated again! Most weekends now, is just hubby and I, as T is usually at her boyfirends.
So today we went out to do some shopping and came back with a lovely red rug! Not your usual buy I know but I used to have some red walls and I have recently painted over them as they where annoying me, but we lacked colour in the lounge and I'm a colourful sort of gal! So a rug was needed.

Then we decided as this could be the last decent day for awhile, that we really had to clean out the pond! Neither of us could remember when we last did it but suspect it was probably about 5 years ago.

So we bailed out into water butts and containers most of the pond water, carefully putting the fish into large buckets.

We then attempted to lift out the water lily and struggled badly as it had grown into all the pots and had created a mat of roots about 2-3 inches deep! All of the containers in the next pics where joined together!

We cleverly used two waterbutts, so having bailed some of the water out we where able to lift them to the side of the pond and turn on the taps, which ment all the sludgy stuff was left at the bottom of the water butt.

Anyway as you can see from the pics we managed in the end, and all the sludge and slime was put on the flower beds!

We where then able to do a census of the fish,apologies for the photos the fish where flapping!

1 Large Green Tench. We originally had 2 large ones.

1 Small Green tench.

1 Orfe, which is now getting a bit big for the pond, the net measures about 20 inches so that will give you an idea how big he is!

We have always had a fairly healthy pond and from the beginning have always had baby fish

this is them.

and this chap or chap-ess was not bought by us so must be a home bred and grown!


1 shubunkin, we used to have 3.

1 comet

So a total of 6 large fish and 12 babies. Disappointingly we lost alot during last winter as we used to have 19 very decent sized fish!!

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Not Been in the Mood!

For quite a long while now I have just not felt like blogging or visiting blogs, its been getting to the stage when all I do is sit at a computer. This is not doing me or my knee any favours!
Its not I don't love finding out what you are all up to, I do, and I miss seeing whats going on but.................. I'm sure you know what I mean!!

Anyway, autumn was fast approaching

the caster oil plant has put out more flowers than ever before
and we even had the Rayburn lit,

and our only tree has decorated itself in autumn colours.

The greenhouse has been wrapped up

the foil is 2 survival blankets I bought off Ebay for a very good price, the back of the greenhouse is always chillier so I thought this might help insulate, as well as reflecting light!
Then 2 weeks went by and we have been hit by a heat wave, at night it has been 13C and the silly sparrows are nest building!! So the Rayburn is out, the windows are open and we await winter again!

But this allows me to view beautiful skies

and find hidden flowers in the garden!

Thursday, 15 October 2009


I have been very random, over my blog. Sorry! I hope to be back to normal soon, have had a few problems to overcome!

Saturday, 3 October 2009

New Best Friend

I thought you would like to meet my new best friend.....

no, sadly she is not mine :o(

she is my neighbours dog, a 'Parsons Jack Russell', and I dog sat her. To be honest I have never liked little dogs, I have always been a Labrador girl.

But this little lady has found her way into my heart! She is such a character!

and she maybe having puppies.
The plus is hubby likes her too!!!!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Greenhouse Preparation!

I have had to make this a two day operation, which is enormously frustrating for me as this is easily a one day job and that would have been both greenhouses as well!

The big one before it was cleaned, sits close to silver birch trees so does get that green stuff on it which takes some scrubbing to get off.

Afterwards having been 'jet washed' and scrubbed with a brush, inside and out, quite sparkling now!!

The next day I bubblewrapped it, I am quite meticulous on labelling each sheet as I take them off so they are easy to fit the next time. Its a fiddly job and requires

stupid little green twiddly things to attach it to the greenhouse and obviously alot of going up and down the ladder! This did my knee no favours. But its done now so if we have a sudden frost, we can whip the plants in and they will be fine!

The chimney sweep has been today so we can light up anytime!!