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Sunday Hugs

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twinkle2  Female  Hertfordshire
26-Jul-2020 09:32 Message #4787747
Good morning Huggers,

How are you today? The sun is shining after yesterdays rain although the sky is still grey in places. I have picked the majority of the red currants - 2 x 2 litre ice cream boxes full so jam making will be on my agenda again although without removing all the little stalks this time :) then I'll have to keep an eye on the blackberries.

I am going to take part in the Big Butterfly Count. There seem to be so many around at the moment, it's lovely to see them. When we walked round the fields a couple of weeks ago there were so many, mainly white ones as well as Peacocks, Tortoiseshells and Ringlets. Even if you don't join in with the count you can download a chart of butterflies from the website.

Have a good day everyone, take care, stay safe,

(((HUGS))) (((HUGS)))
AndyMacG  Male  the West Midlands
26-Jul-2020 09:40 Message #4787748
Good morning Twinkle and all the Sunday Morning huggers.

A bit dull here today in the West Midlands i think we are in for some more rain.

Feeling very down today and can’t think of anything of interest to say so i’ll just say to you all is have a happy day.

Have a lovely day and week ahead everyone but remember keep your wits about you and stay safe.

Sunday hugs to you all :)

(((Hugs))) (((Hugs))) )))Hugs((( (((Hugs))) (((Hugs)))

Andy Mac
Keithagain  Male  South Yorkshire
26-Jul-2020 09:52 Message #4787751
Good morning Twinkle and all Sunday huggers.

It`s been a mixed week for weather, but is forecast to be free of rain today so I will hopefully get my plants planted.
I`ve already planted begonias for the hanging baskets yesterday. No new baskets, but replacing gaps. I have 18 hanging baskets, so there were a few replacements. Today I`m quite chuffed because I`ve already replaced the existing plants with begonias in 3 planters, and renewed the coir with green plastic. All done with one hand! This afternoon I`ll plant out in the garden 30 French marigolds and the remaining begonias.

In between times I will be reading the Sunday Times.

hugs hugs hugs
Victoriana11  Female  Buckinghamshire
26-Jul-2020 10:25 Message #4787755
Morning Twinkles & fellow Huggers, I cant believe its Sunday again. I feel like its only Thursday. I had a bad night. It was so hot I had to get up and dry off, then slept on top of the bed with windows wide open. Outside was pouring with rain, then thunder. I am going to spend some time in the garden today trying to decide what to do with the new one which is mostly orchard. I will also do the Butterfly count as well if I can. Twinks.

Keith, your hanging baskets sound lovely. I havent planted ours this year in anticipation of the move I did all the troughs and chimneys etc though & they look nice.

Andy, I am sorry you are feeling a bit under the weather. There's such a lot going on at the moment that I feel so many people cant move on and get on with their lives. Its very understandable with the CV looming everywhere, but stay safe and take care (((hugs))

Twinkles, when making red currant jam, have you tried freezing them first. The stalks do come off so easily when rubbed if frozen first, and then carry on making the jam in usual way. It works well with red, black or white currants - sadly not with gooseberries though.

Have a great day and keep your chins up (((hugs))))

V x (((hugs))))
Pboro Trevor  Male  Cambridgeshire
26-Jul-2020 10:55 Message #4787756
Good morning Twinkle and all Sunday Huggers.

Our foster cat, the little houdini, went to her new home yesterday. Now just waiting for news of our next foster cat.

After the horrendous downpour yesterday evening everything is smelling nice and fresh. Our buddleia has been covered in red admirals for the last few days. As you approach the bush a large number take off, circle round then land on the bush again.

Hugs to all

leogirl  Female  Essex
26-Jul-2020 11:51 Message #4787761
hello Twinkle and all Sunday Huggers {{{HUGS}}} to you all.
Still waiting for my guest for 8 days (Huxley the dog ) to come who supposed to be here at 10 ! getting a bit worried.
Lovely sunshine here and the garden is awaiting me after a bit of rain yesterday. And, of course, it had to happen just when I had finished painting the fence ! DOH! the last panel have to be re-done. the front garden looks neat, but not very spectacular.
My deep red geranium in the hanging basket is about 6 years old. This year it seems to have more blooms than ever!!

I shall treat myself to a take away Sunday lunch from the pub - easy peasy for me as I have had a very busy and " full of mishaps " week.
good tip about the quick way to pull the stalks of redcurrants Victoriana !
The next 3 months I will have to deal with workmen too, cleaning, decorating , a new bathroom and rubbish cleared out of a shed. it`s a BTL house which was left, well … uh... "unrecognisable" after the tenants left.

My friendship club is starting to socialise again in small groups . It feels almost like normal, apart from friendly hugs and keeping distance I am going to hunt for some strawberries and make a few pots of jam too.
enjoy your Sunday.
{{{hugs}}} and a paw from Hux.
Sea  Female  Essex
26-Jul-2020 17:16 Message #4787790
Good afternoon Twinkle and all Sunday Huggers.
Hope everyone having a good day. Hope the jam making goes well Twinkle. At the moment I am staying in a small village near Blandford Forum, house sitting. A huge old house in large grounds and an outdoor swimming pool. Arrived back from a four and half hour walk with two small dogs earlier, through woods and footpaths and along the Ridgeway to the small village of Ibberton and back and thought I may have managed a swim in the pool but the sun and cloud now seems rather more cloud, so does not look like it. I did go in twice on Wednesday when I arrived though and twice Thursday. Friday I drove to Swanage and went swimming in the very quiet end, by the sailing club. In fact the only one swimming at the time. Had quite a pleasant surprise, as suddenly saw a seal swimming alongside me. Well it was probably twice social distance away and actually closer to shore than I was swimming but I certainly had a very good view. Swam all along the bay and then turned and swam alongside the path that leads out to the lighthouse and out to sea.
Have a lovely Sunday everyone,
Sending very warm (((Hugs))) from me.

(((hugs))) (((Hugs))) (((Hugs)))
twinkle2  Female  Hertfordshire
26-Jul-2020 19:25 Message #4787804
Hello Andy,

Sorry to hear you're feeling down. Perhaps your mood is mirroring the weather and if the sun shines your mood will pick up?

Stay safe.

twinkle2  Female  Hertfordshire
26-Jul-2020 19:30 Message #4787806
Hello keithagain,

You're certainly busy. It's surprising what you can do when you have to. I had some heavy plastic that I lined my hanging baskets with. Seems to have done the trick. I picked a few more broad beans and have a couple more on the plants and more flowers too. My son bought me back an extra large pot complete with a blue spruce in it that will need to be rehomed. Now need to decide what is going to go into the pot. The night scented stocks we planted last weekend are starting to sprout already. If you plant everything out today what's left for you to do next week?

Stay safe (((HUGS)))
twinkle2  Female  Hertfordshire
26-Jul-2020 19:34 Message #4787807
Hello Victoriana11,

I didn't think it was as warm last night as the night before. I must have slept through the forecasted thunderstorms. The only 'thunder' I've heard today is the air traffic in and out of Luton airport :( Are you taking your troughs and chimneys with you?

As the redcurrant jam is sieved it doesn't matter whether the stalks are all out V but thanks for the tip. I only have an under counter freezer so don't have room to freeze much. This time I didn't take the stalks off individually just ran down each stem which seemed to work.

Stay safe (((HUGS)))
twinkle2  Female  Hertfordshire
26-Jul-2020 19:36 Message #4787808
Hello Pboro Trevor,

I hope houdini cat's new home is escape proof.

Your Buddleia sounds stunning. So nice to see so many. The butterfly count is only for fifteen minutes unlike the RSPB bird count.

Stay safe (((HUGS)))
twinkle2  Female  Hertfordshire
26-Jul-2020 19:41 Message #4787809
Hello leogirl,

'Full of mishaps' doesn't sound good. Pub Sunday lunch sounds delicious.

Why do tenants wreck properties? I hope you kept their deposit although it's probably not enough to cover the damage.

My Meetups groups has started to venture out - the walking group started socially distanced walks a few weeks ago but the meals are due to start in a couple of weeks time. It will be nice to catch up with people. It must be that time of year - jam making :)

Stay safe (((HUGS)))
twinkle2  Female  Hertfordshire
26-Jul-2020 19:44 Message #4787810
Hello Sea,

Blandford Forum is on my list of places to visit as they have a Royal Corps of Signals museum on the base there. Swanage is a lovely place isn't it? A good old fashioned seaside town. I envy you having a chance to go to the coast.

Enjoy your house sitting, stay safe (((HUGS)))

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