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Good morning all light cloud and light wind temp 1 to 6c
Sunrise 8.15
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Hi,

You're very welcome Logan. :)

It's a big day today it being Bron's birthday so I'm spoiling her rotten. This morning we quietly slipped away at 8:15 under the radar before someone had a panic for us to sort out; M&S Pudsey was the destination and it took an hour to reach the store; we've just returned home and after dinner we're out again this time to The Range in Barnsley where Bron likes their craft section. Bron can have absolutely anything she wants today and I'm her personal driver; I might have mentioned I love my Bron to bits. :):):)

It was 4C when we set off but now risen to 6.5C; I feel warm and comfortable ; it's strange how some days warmer than this makes me feel very cold?

The daffodils and crocus are now showing a lot of interest and many of the plants/shrubs I planted last year appear to be settling in nicely; lots of the plants died but at least I now know to be more selective; I'm concentrating on lots of ground cover; taller plants suffer from the high winds which are common here on the valley side.

My workshop is out of bounds to me today but perhaps tomorrow I might get into the workshop?

Kind regards, Colin.
 
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Colin i hope Bron has a very special day.
It's best to get lower growing plants if there's always very windy.
 

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Good morning all light cloud and light wind temp 4 to 7c
Sunrise 8.14
Sunset 16.18


@Coiin did Bron have a good birthday yesterday?
 

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Hi,

It's very thoughtful of you to ask Logan; yes Bron had a good day yesterday. :):):) I try to make every day special for Bron as she does for me too.

For many years living here we've been subjected to my personal black cloud called Blackie who has been most helpful in keeping me and everything outside well watered and also his sister Gale not only putting up a prevailing breeze but also many times trying to remove our bungalow from the valley side this when it hasn't been hailing; sleeting or snowing. For Christmas 2017 Bron generously bought me a new Hyundai rotavator (tiller) when I first tried the rotavator out it just bogged down in the sodden compacted soil; I had dug over with a spade first because I wanted to replace most of the grass with plants/bushes. Eventually I managed to rotavate and it was a terrible job due to roots; grass sods and other debris but by the time I had rotavated five times the soil was wonderful. I then opened an account with two online nurseries and we spent a lot of money on plants/shrubs; last year was extremely rare because Blackie and Gale took a very long holiday leaving our garden in drought condition; I tried using two watering cans but this just didn't work; by the time I reached the top pf the steeply sloping garden I felt all in; next was to use a long hose but all this did was to create lots of streams as the water headed to the valley bottom in the end I gave up. Lots of the plants and shrubs died; out of 50 Gladioli about ten actually grew but Gail got rid of these; all the Lupins disappeared as did the Hydrangeas; ten Hostas died plus lots more but many of the ground cover survived so now I know what to buy this year. The squirrels enjoy digging up the newly planted bulbs. As expected the freshly rotavated soil attracted no end of weeds and local cats; how come weeds grow without any input from me but after spending lots of money on plants and caring for the plants these fall over? Such is life. I've now exchanged cutting grass on the steep slope to weeding; 6" thick concrete is appealing but even this would head to the valley bottom; oh um.

6C here this morning; I've already done the supermarket shopping and was back home by 7:30; the car looks like its spent a year in a wet quarry so needs washing but I still dream of ever getting a full day in the workshop; up at 6 o'clock this morning and not enough hours in a day; good job I'm retired.

Kind regards, Colin.
 

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The weeds grow easily because they're in their natural habitat. Most of all the plants that we buy are from other countries. Also when they're planted, they're at their most vunarable. But because it's always windy where you are it's best to grow shorter plants. I'm very lazy when it comes to supporting them so don't grow them. Also i try to buy plants that don't get eaten by SS. :)
 

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Good morning all light cloud and light wind temp 8 to 9c
Sunrise 8.13
Sunset 16.20
Light drizzle at the moment
 

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Good morning all light cloud and moderate breeze temp 9 to 11c
Sunrise 8.12
Sunset 16.21
Would be nice to do some gardening but i pulled my back.
 

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Hi,

Oh dear Logan; I hope your back pain is short lived allowing you to get into the garden; good luck and best wishes. :)

https://www.123greetings.com/general/getwell/i_hope_you_get_well_soon.html

It's still very dark here but I saw a black missile fly down our rear garden more of a shadow really; sure enough it was Soots a neighbours cat here for early morning bickies; a bit of fussing and a saucer of bickies and one happy moggy. :D

Whoopee; workshop today.

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Thank you Colin for your kind words, without thinking i twisted and leaned a bit to my right, pulled my lower back. Can't bend very well without it hurting. I can't take painkillers they upset my stomach.
It will take a few weeks i think, I think that I've done it before but didn't realize what i did.

Have a good day in your workshop, i know that you've been looking forward to it.:)
 

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Hi,

You're most welcome Logan; it's so easy to pull something but as you say it takes quite a while to fully recover; light duties and gentle exercise are now the way to go. :)

Thanks Logan; I was in the workshop for 9 o'clock and have just knocked off for a brew and bickie (cookie to our friends across the pond). I've now got a big smile on my face having finally completed one of the coach lamps that has given me nothing but hassle including a cracked rib; I was determined to complete this project whatever or however long it took. I'll now add a few notes on the thread to bring it up to date.

https://www.diy-forums.com/threads/metal-spinning.289525/page-2#post-1734467

This thread is on the sister DIY forum where I've been hanging out.

Kind regards, Colin.
 

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Thank you Colin and yes light duties for a while. Glad that your rib is better.
 

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Good morning all light cloud and moderate breeze temp 6 to 8c
Sunrise 8.12
Sunset 16.23
 

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Hi,

Thank you Colin and yes light duties for a while. Glad that your rib is better.
Thanks Logan; I also hope you're on the mend this morning. :)

A decent morning here but cold and it's going to get colder. I've already done the usual three supermarket shopping and just enjoyed a brew and bickie so time now to wander into the workshop before I'm wanted elsewhere.

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Thanks Colin, I'm slowly getting better thanks.
I'm just itching to do things, but it hurts when i try to bend.:)
 

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Good morning all light cloud and light wind temp 6 to 8c
Sunrise 8.11
Sunset 16.24
Days are getting longer.
 

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Hi,

Thanks Colin, I'm slowly getting better thanks.
I'm just itching to do things, but it hurts when i try to bend.:)
I'm pleased you're on the mend Logan; I bet because it hurts you to bend everything you need is at ground level?

Yes the days are getting longer but I blinked and already its the middle of January; I daren't blink again otherwise the Christmas items will be on the store shelves?
It's 18 years since I retired and the years have flown by at an alarming rate; whilst working it was weeks that flew by but retirement is in warp drive; how we did all the big jobs around home whilst working is now a mystery; I struggle just to get time in the workshop these days; I'm not complaining because I like to keep busy.

I was in the workshop before 9 o'clock this morning because if I hang around I'm always in demand for other jobs not always around home but I'm on emergency call full time for neighbours? I've just knocked off for a brew but I'm dreaming of no interruptions today so I'm keeping my head down.

I wonder if our neighbours ever try thinking; 18 years ago I took lots of measurements then removed 9 steps installing a 42' long sloping pathway to the side of our bungalow making access so much easier; now three of our neighbours have copied; I extended our front decking but decided to use heavy steel and once the steelwork was erected I then welded up new steel railings; I used new scaffolding boards for the actual deck. A couple of weeks ago our neighbour at the head of the cul de sac was using a mobile crane to lift his steel work into position; I'm sure if I placed a pile of bricks on our front room carpet someone would copy? I feel flattered to be copied like this but why can't people think for themselves these days; I know here on the forum we're all thinkers and doers. I've just been looking at Gemma's gorgeous five star hotel for her four chickens. :)

Kind regards, Colin.
 
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Thanks Colin,I can just manage to reach down to put my shoes on now, getting there slowly.
 
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Good morning all drizzle and light wind temp 8 down to 6c in afternoon.
Sunrise 8.10
Sunset 16.26
 

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