Water fun for Tilly

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The lovely hot weather can get a bit much when you have a furry black coat, so a garden hose and plastic box are just the job.Tilly 13 weeks

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Tilly meets Ruby

So Tilly met our friend’s Flat Coated Retriever Ruby this weekend.  It was a timid start, but given Ruby is pretty huge and about six times Tilly’s weight, our little superstar was very brave and quite bold.

After some cautious fancy footwork where Tilly managed to keep something (table, chair, person or washing basket) between her and Ruby at all times, things ended up with the pair laying happily side by side. Tilly even sneaked a quick lick of Ruby’s bone!

More fun to come once Tilly’s second vaccination is completed and she can start tagging along on walks, even if she needs to be carried for some of it.

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End of June in the Garden

A bit behind with my posts, that may be something to do with Tilly, she is keeping me very busy. These pictures were taken at the end of June, but the garden is changing so quickly, I must keep the photos coming.
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Tilly the Cockapoo and Dave the Duck

Tilly arrived a week ago and the last seven days have been crazy. the whole house has been taken over by our new arrival and hard to remember what life was like before. Above all else, she is an absolute joy, but this doesn’t mean it hasn’t been very hard work indeed.

Juggling ‘puppy playtime’ with training, nap times, constant trips to the garden for toilet training, while also trying to continue with normally day to day activities like cooking and eating meals, has been quite challenging.

It has required 4am starts every day, but the week of hard work is definitely paying dividends. We have now advanced to her being quiet all the way through the night, being happy in her play pen for periods during the day without being the centre of attention, and to most ‘toilet activities’ being outside.

So then, to anyone considering getting a dog, and specifically a puppy, it is a lovely thing, but do NOT underestimate the commitment it requires!

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Classics in Red

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Red Post and Telephone Boxes are classically English, some are no longer be in use but still have pride of place in towns and villages.
In the village of Thurlestone, South Devon the now redundant telephone box bought from BT for £1, has been transformed into a library for the villagers to swap books. Other villages in South Devon are also buying and revamping their telephone kiosks.
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Pimm’s anyone?

Cocktail makingNothing says summer like a glass of Pimm’s, it always reminds me of Wimbledon, The Chelsea Flower Show, weddings and happy times with friends.
So as it is definitely a fun drink, it needed to be made with the help of a friend.

For each glass
ice cubes
1 measure of Pimm’s No1
1 measure of gin
2 measures of lemonade
2 measures of ginger ale
cucumber slices,blueberries, strawberries and orange wheels to garnish.Cocktail garnishFill a highball glass with ice cubes (we used these vintage beer glasses as our highball didn’t look the part). Add each ingredient one by one then decorate with cucumber, strawberries orange and blueberries.

This is the first time I have added a measure of gin, it tasted good but did make it a lot stronger. Pimm’s is a dangerously refreshing drink so for a lighter (but still alcoholic) option leave out the gin.Pimms cocktailPimmsCocktails in the gardenProceed with caution, may cause wobbly legs. Drink aware etc.

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Slugs, snails and puppy dogs tails

IMG_4665Slugs and snails have to be every gardeners’ worst enemy.  Their slimly trails, a map of last nights bar and restaurant crawl around the garden. But now with the imminent arrival of Tilly the Cockapoo, the sinister presence of these voracious beasts takes on a whole new meaning.
I am now faced, not only with the blighters eating my plants, but much worse, giving her Lungworm which is fatal.
Slugs and snails carry the lungworm larvae and when eaten can infect dogs. They can also get it from grass,  drinking from puddles or outside water bowls, or even their toys. I discovered from Lungworm.co.uk  there have been 1235 cases within 50 miles of where I live. It has some very good information about prevention and will be getting advice from our breeder and vet.

So the beer traps will have to go as she will most likely drink these. Watering should move to the morning as they venture out at night making it all too easy for them to move about.

If you don’t have pet to worry about there a lots of ways to try and trick those beasts.

They love to eat Comfrey, so that could be a decoy plant to save your prize Hostas.
I have used coffee grains as a barrier in a circle around plants, tried broken eye shells and sand.  Copper tape seems to work on pots, as does smearing with Vaseline.
Late night walks with a head torch are always such fun. pick them up and send them on a all inclusive package holiday to the recycling centre via the green bin.
The chicken run was perfect place for them to hang out, but be aware chickens are not good with the big fat ones.
I tried Nematodes (microscopic parasites) that kill slugs both above and below the ground, really not sure how effective it was, I may have had less.
It is essential to keep the garden free from places they can chill out including: empty or broken pots, leaves, overgrown shrubs, twigs and branches. Check around rims of pots for snails and underneath for slugs.

How do you get rid of slugs and snails?

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