Monthly Archives: November 2017

Miss Dilly & Co: Tyrant Queen

dilly-queen-smallThis morning we had proof, should there ever have been doubt, that Miss Dilly is a tyrant… More of that later.

It is three months since we moved house and in this smaller place it is easier to watch the dynamics of the resident clowder.  Continue reading

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Today in the Garden

Today was all about cutting back ivy – which had smothered 5 panels of the rhs fence.

Image result for english ivy on fence flowersThis is an ancient ivy – or to be more precise ivys because there are at least five different varieties there. The largest leaf variety is covered on flowers and fruits so I am loathe to cut too much back because they are a source of winter food for insects and when the sun is out the flowers are ashimmer with bees and hoverflies (and even the occasional late butterfly).

Likewise the fruits provide winter feed for the birds.

But…

I also feared that it was going to pull the fence down. Having  chopped it back from the end two of the spread I realise that the ivy may be the only thing holding the centre three sections up! So have limited myself to trimming the long non-flowering strands for now.

Also in tidying the edges beneath found that the ivy roots were holding the grey-water drain cover tightly in place. Much swearing and hacking with secateurs has freed it up and pushed the border edge back by almost a foot.

Bin is brimming and I am exhausted but a good job done.

I will start taking pics of my own at some point 🙂

 

6×6 – xmas shopping suggestions!

It’s coming up to that time of year, when we are all having to turn our minds to the question of Christmas presents. We spend a lot of time finding the perfect gift and what better gift can you give than a book? For me, Christmas without books isn’t really Christmas. After the food has […]

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On Netflix and Sealing Wax…

My  Authors Electric Post for November is up.

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My other half and I recently gave in to the wave of nothingness and repeats on Freeview TV and acquired Netflix.  A week on, and several evenings of watching we’ve only touched the surface of the stuff that is available.

When I say that I now have Netflix people often smile knowingly and utter dire warning of  binge-watching, but a week on I can’t say it has been any different to before.  Oh  I admit there is an awful lot more of it, and it is so very easy to access, but that Curate’s egg conundrum of good versus bad in more or less equal measures remains. We’ve done a lot of sampling and/or catching up on things that we’ve missed. Watched random episodes of things that we’ve only ever heard about before.  (To read on click here)

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New Garden

Image result for mixed daffsOne of the reasons for moving house was that the garden at Oldhaven was to big (and steep) for me to manage.

This is my 6th garden and quite small – a fraction of the size I had previously, with a small frontage and a courtyard garden to the rear. 

A small garden will be easier to maintain but can also present a challenge when every plant and shrub needs to earn its keep. Continue reading

On Saturday 11th November – We Were All At the Gladstone Museum!

I spent Saturday afternoon compering the reading event at the Gladstone Museum in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent where a splendid array of writers were strutting their literary stuff, and a good time was had by all! Continue reading

Daemons of Devil’s End launch

Launching a new book is always an occasion, especially when it involves meeting up with old friends. So travelling down to London on Friday 10th November for the launch of the anthology The Daemons of Devil’s End (and the mirror twin Olive Hawthorne and the Daemons of Devil’s End) was always going to be a pleasure.

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