Saturday 28 June 2014

E is for..........................


I live with a vintage wireless enthusiast.  Wireless is completely the wrong word, because you have to plug it in!  So Radio enthusiast!  I thought I would have a guest writer - my husband!

Hi from the Husband. I have had a lifelong fondness for Ekco radios as my first job when leaving school in 1962 was on the assembly lines at their Southend-on-Sea factory. Rumours that this ultimately led to the closure of said factory in 1966, remain unsubstantiated! You can imagine however how good for quality control it was to have a line of workers comprised mostly of 15 year olds straight from School!
Ekco in its heyday of the 1930's was one of the major players in the manufacture and sale of Radio Sets and now commands some of the highest prices in the collecting field for its "round " or circular sets, the perennial favourite being the A22 of 1946 costing you around £700 for a nice example.

Read more about EKCO here

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Thursday 26 June 2014


Woke up to find a large spider in the bath, the first of the season.  
Just what I needed when I first got up!
To remove spiders from the bath have a look here

The first slug after this afternoon's rain

The wasps are still building their nest.  I see there isn't much room inside now, but they still come and go.  I am not pleased as this box which was put up for the robins that visit the garden, are opposite my backdoor.
When the shed wall gets accidentally banged the wasps fly around checking they are not being invaded.  As long as they leave me alone, I will leave them alone.

Wednesday 25 June 2014

I have Triffids growing in my garden II

Yucca Filamentosa

What a difference a week has made, my Yucca has shot up a lot since last Wednesday!  

Monday 23 June 2014

Problem with Blogger.......................

Is anyone else having a problem with blogger.  
My reading list only displays one post, and when I click on view more it doesn't!

Sunday 22 June 2014

F is for....................

Fair, Fest and Fun

Saturday afternoon a week ago, we sold at a boot fair.  We made ourselves £67 in a couple of hours.  This boot fair at Blue Anchor Somerset, is great.  The lady who runs it is very strict.  We arrived at about 12.30pm and joined the queue of cars to go onto the field.  The gates do not open until 1 o'clock on the dot, when you are then directed down the field.  We were lucky we were on an end.  We were not worried by dealers sorting through our stuff before we were able to set up properly because everyone more-or-less had the same time to set up, obviously the ones who were positioned first were able to start setting up before the last car was parked on the field, although a man from about three cars up saw Alex had records and he came to look.  The gates open for the buyers at 2pm.  When the gates opened there was a bit of a rush, some people rushed through to start at the far end of the field and work their way back to the beginning, and some people start at the beginning eventually they met on our row.  It was a hot tiring enjoyable afternoon.  We didn't go home with more than we came with either, as we stood by our car the whole time, we were not tempted to even look at the surrounding cars close to us.  I took a little picnic and when we came home via the fish and chip shop, we were surprised just how much we took as it just didn't seem that amount at the time.

Yesterday, we went to Taunton to see the Taunton Fest.  Lots of things were going on around the town.  Kayaking on the river, music, crafts and the market.  The town was hot and very crowded.  It was a nice morning though.  We had lunch out with some of the money we earned at the boot fair last week.  We decided when we got back from the boot fair we would spend the money on us this week.  

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary, and on Monday is Alex' birthday so we will do something later in the week for that too.  

Wednesday 18 June 2014

I have Triffids growing in my garden!

Actually its a 
Yucca filamentosa

which only seems to flower every three years in my garden!

My parents gave me a piece years ago, I didn't have time to plant it, so I just placed it on the ground to plant, but as many things at that time it never happened, but seems to to have made it own way because it has spread and now it really needs splitting.

I will try to take a photo each week on a Wednesday and blog its progress this year

Sunday 15 June 2014

G is for.........................


We wouldn't say our front garden was green, but these are the only flowers we have in our front garden a rather prickly Briar Rose. 

Our front garden has been neglected for far too long, so this year we have decided to do something about it.

There is actually a path all round the square of grass.  Well its green, wouldn't say it is grass though as there are more Dandelions than grass.  Think we would like to return it to a fifties style garden which will fit in with the house. 

Its like a jungle.  Even the snails come large !

And this wood louse was about half inch long!

The snails like living in the trees

Give me a pair of tree loppers and...........

all the trees are gone.  Well down to wall level and we can see daylight and the otherside of the road!

Can't believe all that lot went into three bags, well five actually!  We can only get three in the car!  The rest of the branches are rolled into two tarpaulins awaiting to be taken to the tip.

Since lopping the jungle down, the Elizabeth of Glamis roses have found the light and have decided to bloom in less than a week.

We have two of these Thistles, one in the back garden which I know came from a mixed out of date childs packet of seeds (it said so on the packet), and this in the front garden appeared out of nowhere!

This is the one in the back garden.  

I am hoping they are Sea Thistles/Sea Holly, can anyone identify?

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Sunday 8 June 2014

H is for...........................


Hope every one is HAPPY!

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