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Future and Planned Products / Re: 15.4oz Slubby Denim
« on: September 23, 2021, 03:11:46 pm »
@goosehd @Alex Giles did indeed wear his pair to Morocco, but he's home tomorrow night and no doubt got some excellent additional evo during his energetic fishing trip - will ask him to post more photos at the weekend  :)

Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Iron Chef WAYCT - What Are You Cooking Today
« on: September 06, 2021, 03:54:57 pm »

Pickled corn relish with hot peppers… :)

Yum, yum.  Looks delicious (and healthy)  ;D

« on: August 17, 2021, 02:18:50 pm »
Thank you @Aetas - I think my "cheapie" kayak is a rather fetching colour  :D

« on: August 17, 2021, 01:09:22 pm »
Out on the water again yesterday evening  ;D


Lovely pics of the kids!

@goosehd your daughter is GORGEOUS, ditto @jerkules  :-*

@mclaincausey that is is the cutest pic (of both of you) and @neph93 agree young Noah looks so much like you, and already nearly as handsome  ;D

Great thread  :)

I think I love Paula... :)

:-*  :-*  :-*

A lot of hotels (bit like airlines) only accept bookings a year in advance.  The best bet for most people will be the new Gosport Travelodge (which is cheap, very basic but very close, easy walking distance) but won't be bookable until 12 months in advance.  Airbnb/rental is a good idea too, but I would think you'll be pretty safe leaving it till September/October 2021 to book for September 2002  ;D

Iron Heart Meet Ups & Travel / Re: Alex's East Coast Trip - July 2021
« on: July 16, 2021, 09:17:29 am »
Looks like a great time, @Alex and @Filthy and everyone!  Lovely to see, too you @steelworker  :-*

General Chat / Re: Cheer for P
« on: June 15, 2021, 05:13:39 pm »
Fabulous, fabulous photos everyone, thank you so much for sharing.  I love that despite all the distances between us we have so many matching plants (and of course lots of different ones, depending on climate).

I have just been dead-heading our roses again, but it's very hot so I think a refreshing gin & tonic is on the agenda very soon...

 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

General Chat / Re: Wellness check
« on: June 02, 2021, 08:03:38 am »
@Megatron1505 - we can't wait to see you all again, it has been far too long.

Would also love to catch up @seawolf and the lovely Mrs Seawolf, so do let us know when you make plans, maybe we'll try to gatecrash the SoCal party for a day or two!

 :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-*

General Chat / Re: IHUK - A day in the life of....
« on: June 01, 2021, 11:00:30 am »
Was a super evening, belated thanks to all!  @Graham if you were wondering where it went, Giles and I finished your scrummy salad for lunch yesterday :D

General Chat / Re: Cheer for P
« on: June 01, 2021, 10:56:34 am »
Beautiful pictures, thank you all.  I guess many gardens have benefitted from folks staying home during the pandemic, ours certainly has.  And *finally* we have some warm, sunny weather in the UK.  Most of May was dire!  Everything looks so lovely in the sunshine, roses are starting to bloom, and herbaceous peonies... happy days  :)




General Chat / Re: IHUK - A day in the life of....
« on: May 27, 2021, 08:23:53 am »
Well, if there's not enough steak, onions and sausages to go round, we will have plenty of Kira's home-made cookies to fill up on! I don't think anyone will go hungry... or thirsty...
 ;) :D

General Chat / Re: Cheer for P
« on: May 04, 2021, 11:59:54 am »

Glad I took this photo on Sunday, this poor tree peony has suffered badly from the gale force winds that started yesterday, big chunks and flowers broken off  :(

General Chat / Re: Cheer for P
« on: May 03, 2021, 11:46:41 am »
Wow @twin - that Dogwood is fabulous!

@goosehd - thanks for the info, I shall be getting some "glory of the snow" to plant under our daffodils for next spring, have already done a little research ;).

How funny that Wisteria is seen as invasive in parts of the US, here it's a fairly expensive plant which (unless you buy a well established one, difficult because of the way it twists and climbs as it grows) takes several years to flower for the first time.  So by no means uncommon but definitely not considered particularly easy to grow.  The ancient one at the front is a Chinese wisteria, we have another on the pergola (planted maybe a dozen years ago) which is a Japanese variety, flowers later and has longer racemes.  Both are gloriously scented.  Weather here is bright and dry, but very cold for the time of year.  It's chilly and windy out there today, but I might venture out later and take some more photos!  :D

General Chat / Re: Cheer for P
« on: April 30, 2021, 08:17:43 am »
Thanks for the wonderful photos @goosehd - absolutely gorgeous spring blossoms.  I recognise them all apart from the pale blue and white star-shaped flowers, they are stunning - what are they?

It's interesting that most of our spring flowers are over now, so whilst the same flowers thrive in your part of the world they are flowering a few weeks later.

Now our wisterias are flowering and our first tree peony.  The wisteria at the front of the house is glorious, these photos were taken a couple of days ago.  When the sun is on it, the scent is lovely.



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