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New year, good news!


By mizzle


A happy new year to you all! “Lang may yer lum reek”!

In a slightly unexpected turn of events, if all goes as it should, I’m having a baby in July! Hubby and I are delighted if not a little overwhelmed. We always intended on having children but now we’re going to have to grow up ourselves!

Not much has been going on in the garden since November. Although I’ve not had morning sickness, I’ve been constantly knackered so the weekends have been spent dozing on the couch.

However at the start of October I lifted, split and replanted my rhubarb. One of the clumps was rotten in the middle so I binned that but I got more than I needed from the rest of the clumps. Neighbours and family were quick to claim my unwanted bits so nothing was wasted.

Yukky rotten bit:

Just 2 of the huge clumps I dug up:

I had to get hubby to help me lift some patio slabs! This rhubarb was taking over the world!

Following my discovery of a rhubarb vodka recipe in September, I got to work straight away. I’ve also been making an endless supply of rhubarb jam. As you can see from the photo – it doesn’t last long!

I gave away jars of jam as Christmas presents which were very gratefully received as were the bottles of rhubarb and strawberry vodka. Unfortunately I didn’t get to taste any of the vodka but my sister assures me its lovely!

So that’s where I am with the garden so far. Hopefully I won’t be too big and clumsy by the spring to plant the potatoes but all the plans for vegetable beds and a greenhouse will need to go on hold!

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wish i could grow rhubarb dont seem to keep it growing i had a root last year it grew nicely winter was coming i covered it with manure ,too much it seems looks like i have killed it off and after me resisting pulling any all season bu##er third time will be this year i will get it right one year

6 Jan, 2015


Not to worry Snoop, it might surprise you yet.

Congratulations Mizzle! You'll probably find the tiredness will pass off soon, its worse in the first couple of months as your hormones adjust. Its very good to hear you've escaped the dreaded sickness. Keep us posted, and never mind the rhubarb!
You should be well able to plant the potatoes - can't guarantee to say the same about diigging them up though, lol!

6 Jan, 2015


Congratulations on your happy news.

6 Jan, 2015


Must be in the water. I'm to be a Grandma for the first time in July.
Congrats to you both. I'm sure the baby will love to sit out with you in the garden. :)

6 Jan, 2015



6 Jan, 2015


Someone once beat me in a game of Scrabble with LUM.
Then he explained, its a Scottish expression of 'good
fortune' or 'Long may your chimney smoke'.

7 Jan, 2015


I tried to use jo (friend) once but wasn't allowed as it wasn't in the dictionary we use. Time to get a Chambers, after a lifetime with the Oxford?

7 Jan, 2015


Thanks for your good wishes everyone - exciting but scary times ahead!

Stera - A jo is also the name given to a 4 foot pole that is used in some martial arts as a weapon. I think you should have been allowed that!

13 Jan, 2015

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