Tag Archives: garden

A new home in Howe Street, Edinburgh (Rousse)

We bought 55b Howe Street, Edinburgh. It was a top floor flat offering amazing views of the breakers and puffins on the beach (far better than North Berwick), and a route so short to Glenogle Baths that many of the … Continue reading

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Sunbathing in Kendal (Rousse)

Over five decades after we left Kendal, we were moving back to Fowl Ing Lane. I was delighted at the aspect and size of the garden at number 37. No matter the time of year or day, there would always … Continue reading

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Downward mobiity (Rousse)

CA was going to kill me. We sold our Edinburgh flat (complete with made-over garden) to buy 32 Abbeydale Road, Northfield, Birmingham. The West Midlands looked very scruffy when compared with Georgian Edinburgh.

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A love affair with a pooch dyed pink (Rousse)

When we reached the dark and snowy outskirts of Edinburgh, the coach driver decided to turn back. Looking out of the window at lorries and cars strewn upside down at the side of the road, I understood his reasons. This … Continue reading

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Wisteria excess (Rousse)

I had so many wisteria stalks, yet nowhere to plant them. On checking all round the garden to find a vacant patch of soil, I discovered that every inch of space was already taken – by wisteria stalks.

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Garden tools break the rules (Rousse)

At the airport, my sister-in-law JLR carried the hoe, and her partner J the rake. It wasn’t until we were just about to board the flight that it occurred to us that the size and shape of these items contravened … Continue reading

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Flood, theft, and burglary (Rousse)

It rained so heavily that the entire garden turned into a massive, muddy, swamp. Our tandem was stolen in front of our very eyes. When I stepped out of bed onto the rough surface of an inferior replacement for our … Continue reading

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UK parakeet problem hits Edinburgh (Rousse)

I pulled back the shutters and looked out of the window of the first floor. Imagine my surprise when I saw a someone come flying through the sky on the back of a man-sized robin! Also, on the branches of … Continue reading

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Through the bedroom window – with dead pigeons (Rousse)

I was already distraught when I opened the bedroom shutters to find three live pigeons trapped between the wood and the window. I was beyond consolation when I saw through the glass that the back garden was completely overgrown.

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Unwelcome gate-crasher knowledge extractor (Rousse)

DTJ set a large table in her garden then erected a tent-like structure around it. This allowed her to host a party under some form of shelter outside in winter. She then asked me to carry a sputtering candle from … Continue reading

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