took mum to drs. friday, had her blood tests done, which as the district nurse had been only 2 weeks before was pretty daft.J the practise nurse said mum now only need have it taken evry 3 months and as the bloody district nurse is useless ( last time she came she forgot plaster to put over test puncture !!!! had to use one of ours. oh deary me ) i am taking mum in to surgery to have it done. then we went shopping early,as being a bank holiday weekend we were expecting fakenham to be busy. glad we did Tescos had just had a load of bedding plants in £3 for 30 2 trays of busy lizzies, in Morrisons 4 fuschias £1.99 so all the plants got. then Focus, for potting compost and 3 bags for price of 2. shows you neednt spend a fortune. we were home by 3pm.
i unpacked and started work in greenhouse got few pots sorted ready for summer show,last year i was feeling so ill i didnt have much of a show, at least this year i now KNOW why i feel bad and dont worry so much about it. worked in greenhouse til 6
saturday i was up early, i am afraid those pansies i was boasting about last week had got "leggy" and were getting covered in whitefly, which is what usually happens with winter flowering pansies when the weather gets warmer. so out they all came, the good ones,some 12 or more have been used in side boarder in garden so not been wasted. and the baskets have now been planted with a fuschia and busy lizzies and petunias. all the plants were planted out and my greenhouse has the baskets and pots ready for putting outside end of the month. even repaired an obelisk that stands near my summer house with a clematis montana climbing up it it had snapped a leg all done. so a nice day in the garden as i also sprayed the paths and around fruit bushes with weedol.
rightly assume sunday i ached lol just cooked lunch, a yummy roast chicken and went to bed, thank god i finished those steroids tonight i eat like a horse on them lol and putting on weight least chest feels lot better.
today bank holiday monday has been that rarest of things a lovely warm sunny day, so i was up by 7 we cancelled mums carer for today,no need for mum to get up so early, and i was out in garden by 9.30 for today was pond cleaning day !!! as my mate not been in touch,and as my fish couldnt be seen i cleaned it myself. i fill an old plastic linen basket tall solid plastic one with water catch fish and oh look 3 newts and some tiny baby ones any insects etc and they keep in that until done. its a long slow laborious job, takes over 150 buckets to empty it i attach a rope chuck bucket in,pull out empty onto garden check nothing has been trapped back oh hell suffice to say,it took until 5.30 to finish. i have big flints all round it rockery plants growing, see pictures. so another job done, happy clean fish and i ache lol
this is what it looks like now
and that big black hole was what it looked like before all the water and rocks went back its about 8 by 6 by around 4ft 6 deep at deepest point.
and the pump works. after a hard bang from a hammer to free it lol. so job done. i love my pond,it's peaceful there. when we moved here 15 years ago,the garden was overgrown,and there was a rockery here. welll,actually what i found it was,after wondering why nothing seemed to grow on it , was a rubbish dump. huge pile of fire ash,tins,bottles,a milk crate, all covered over with old fertiliser bags and a inch of soil no wonder the poor sempervivums were looking sick on it lol and a lot of weeds. a good mate did most of the clearing and digging.. just shows what can be done.
finally, can i just say thanks for kind comments, about my lovely friends dear brother she was deeply touched and thanks jland take care all