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Monday, 10 June 2019

The gorilla rope...

has landed!



My idea for its next reincarnation is as a hedgehog house behind the garden room...




Something along the lines of this. Alright the finished article will be tighter and have a roof.  Just wish I had seen some evidence of hedgehogs.  Haven’t even attracted a frog into the water trough at the right of the picture.  In the past we emptied out very murky looking water and were amazed to discover a few frogs happily living in the murk and gloom.





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    1. It is just the right size for us: stuffed full of interesting plants, lots of highly perfumed roses, clematis and plants I’ve ever seen before. I’ve got a feeling there will be colour all the year round. I have planted the climbing french beans in old metal wash tubs. I’ve also planted sunflowers, one of which has been polished off by slugs or snails, the trouble of gardening organically! Loo rolls and crushed egg shells only go so far?

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  2. That's an excellent idea for the rope. I wish I could try and attract hedgehogs to the garden, but the dog goes nuts if he finds one! He has found 2 over the last few years that were too small to survive the winter and I got them to hedgehog rescue where they were looked after and released in the spring.( I did feel a bit daft half way down the garden in the dark, with thick gloves, the kitchen scales and a torch ! ).
    ps What plans have you got for the gorgeous white sink? Herbs?

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    1. I originally bought it to use in my old kitchen, as you say it is a beauty. I just can’t make up my mind, as to whether to have it as another ‘frog less’ water feature or as you say a herb garden? It is far too big to go into my kitchen added to which we have no plans to do the kitchen, although it isn’t a cook’s work space. So while I try to decide it sits and waits!

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  3. We don't seem to get hedgehogs here at all. I've never seen one. I have a grotty wee pond I'd love to get rid of but its been the home of 5 frogs for years and every year we get frog spawn and they never become little frogs - I assume something eats them, not my dog thankfully as I have a fence round the pond to stop the dog drinking the water! I live in hope the frogs will move out, but they never do and every time I try to clean the pond I get to the point where I think I can dig out all the mud and a couple of heads pop up out of it so its to be left for another year! I'm way too soft! In fact I've just bought a new hutty box thingy because my hut (which to be fair is falling apart anyway) has been taken over by a swarm of bees. They have nested in an old mouse nest and last week I got stung when I scared them by knocking over a spade in the hut!! If I'm very quiet they let me go and get some tools out but heaven help me if I knock something over!! So I decided to move the stuff I need to the hutty thing and now the bees have the hut to themselves. Am I too soft or what!!! Anyway, I hope you attract a hedgehog or two and I'm sure a frog will find its way to you eventually. I hope you don't get a swarm of bees though! Nice as it is to see them pollinating my garden its not fun negotiating with them. x

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    1. I’m impressed Marksgran that you have allowed them free rein. Have they been there a while? Have you got newts in your pond? I also seem to think that dragonfly larvae are another possible contender. I might have imagined that, mind!?! They both might be eating the young frogs or frogspawn. In our cottage before the Hythe house we had a pond and the little frogs weren’t always easy to spot. The blackbirds would sit on the side and fish for them, the hedgehogs would snaffle them up in the long grass beside the pond. Live with nature is my motto and also yours by the sound of it. Remind me one day to tell you about the time when I got horribly stung by bees when in a past life I was a beekeeper in the Highlands. Along with all the other things you do when endeavouring to live a self sufficient life!

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I’ll be blowed if...

I am going to let some bugs, flour and water get the better of me! This is the state of play this morning. If you peer close enough...