• Craig replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Sorry for the late responses to you all @pedant @janetteb @whisht @mudlark @winston @thane16

    Thank you for the kind words but I hope, actually I believe, it’s something anyone could and should do. As I said, I have no training, it just takes a bit of nerve to go up and talk to a stranger. It might take even more nerve to call up a…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @mudlark I appreciate the importance of maintaining the historical integrity of a building and it is always difficult to balance that against maintaining livability. We have very little, “built” history here and for far too long it has been undervalued. So many of the lovely old pubs in town have “modernised” an now just look yuck. I was talking…[Read more]

  • @mudlark  Well said. Indeed it was necessary to re watch Moffat’s episodes just to really unpick the dense narrative, to get the underlying things. There were good messages in many of Chibnell’s story but they were so obvious. There was no subtlety, nothing that kept the viewer thinking for days after. Chibnell’s writing lacks a sense of magic…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark yes, weedy, here. In my garden. 🙂  It’s like “muh-fashnik”

    I like weeds, actually -grassy weeds, though.

    I have a gardenia which, foolishly I added Dynamic Lifter to. The woman at the so-called nursery said “oh, ah” & it explains bright yellow spots a week later. I know it will die. I just know it. An arborist planted one next door…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston I do wish you could send some of the rain down here. Last night we washed the car windows and laughed because the car is now so dusty that the clean windows looked like gaping holes in the dirt. We might have to stop relying on the rain to wash the car.

    @mudlark and @thane16  I love violets. They do tend to come up in unexpected places…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark and @thane16   We have periwinkles here and they are sold as ground cover and tend to grow in shady areas where nothing else wants to grow. I love the dark shiny leaf and the purple/blue colour. I don’t have them here because I am afraid they would get loose and invade the creek banks as a few other plants have done but the in-laws have s…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark looking at what you recommended, and then checking the one local nursery still hanging on by its roots, we don’t appear to have it -or rather, they don’t. I’ll have another look around, though, thank you.

    Also, the small ‘violets’ -for want of a better description are easy to grow, even here, strangle everything if not snipped back (I…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    That was silly of me wasn’t it! “Oh yeah, terrific photos.”  So, Puro LOOK at it before commenting on the vinca!

    My response: “euw.”

    they look kinda weedy?  So, I’ve learned all about botany today & appreciate it mudlark. Thank you.  I’m attempting to grow more bougainvillea @JanetteB & definitely, rosemary thrives in the dry do…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteB @mudlark @winston

    Did someone mention “vinca”  ??

    Part of my gardening work (motive: helps with pain relief; as the garden sits VERY close to the footpath & we have a large tuckeroo,  judiciously taken care of, – but presenting a tendency to naughtiness: it doesn’t like to share the water) was to double dig & work on my soils For t…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark I had never heard of a Coypus before so looked them up. They remind me of an Australian native the Poteroo, a Kangaroo-rat only the later are far cuter. They had one in the petting area of the Zoo and the R.2, when he was young and cute himself, bonded to it. I suspect they would make good pets.

    Your post reminds me of spring in Sweden.…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Happy Earth Day to everyone! I hope you all got a chance to get outside and enjoy the little piece of earth that is yours. My little corner is filled with song birds and ducks and turtles and even a local beaver (we call him Justin) living in our creek. The earth is truly a marvelous place to be. We showed her our love by picking up a big bag of…[Read more]

  • @mudlark

    Many thanks! And here’s another(growing beneath a blackthorn hedge that backed onto a garden). A friend suggests lesser periwinkle.

    Another id mystery - possibly a garden escape

  • @mudlark (and not madlark, as I just accidentally typed and nearly didn’t spot!)

    Many thanks. Have had an alternative id of dog violet, but I think the sheen on the leaves supports your conclusion.


  • Paging @mudlark, paging…

    Any idea what this is (in woodland)?

    Not sure...will check

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark Mudlark Manor does sound lovely. Indeed it sounds like the kind of garden I dream of having. By the end of summer I always despair of ever having a garden. I lost three rose bushes this summer. Suspect I am over watering them. But on a positive note today I harvested about twenty apples from our recalcitrant tree, more than enough for a…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark   Mudlark Manor sounds lovely. I hope you have a ton of tadpoles in your lake so a frenzy of frogs can sing to you. I love frogs and toads and I am very happy to see them in my ponds and flower beds. We have a creek and wetlands in our backyard so there are a lot of frogs to hopefully eat some of the bitey insects we have but right now t…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    All sounds incredibly positive and exciting @pedant @bluesqueakpip

    @thane16 Thanks for asking, and I hope you and yours are all ok. Savon Manor is looking rather unkempt. This is partly because we haven’t looked after it in the cold weather, and partly because we barely look after it anyway.
    What is more, the groundsman (aka Mr Savon) has an…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    @craig @blenkinsopthebrave @mudlark @devilishrobby @miapatrick

    Apparently, Elizabeth thinks we’re a dating site. Are we a dating site? I didn’t know we were a dating site.

    I’ve been doing this all wrong….


  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant @bluesqueakpip Late to the party of sugar.

    Wondering if Diabetes is hereditary? Is remission something that lasts for a few years only anyway? I know with Cancer or Crohns (both with unknown etiology) that a few years only can be widely interpreted. Are sounds being made to indicate that the study mentioned would rid the body of Diabetes…[Read more]

  • out1 replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @mudlark thank you thats the one, great episode!

  • Load More