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  1. A site search threw up neko's Gardening thread but that's way to serious for me and I cant even dream to match his professional skills but I do love my garden. Maybe there are others out there who feel the same way or are just putting their toe in the water..... Anyway, we've had a good day today and I've been out continuing my Spring clear up but its really noticeable how far behind things are compared even to last year. I'm planning to replant the bottom of our garden and bulk out some of the other borders that are looking a bit lost at the moment. My veggies were a washout last year but if the weather brightens up in the next week or two I may put some of the more hardy things like courgettes and peas in and cross my fingers. And now I'm having a beer. What's anyone else up to?
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    Members sale 19/20

    Does anyone know how many Members there are? I read on Twitter that there were 50000 in that queue this morning. I don’t know how accurate that is
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    How does your garden grow?

    Is ‘white vinegar’ just clear vinegar? I’ve seen this a couple of times recently and seeing as how none of the branded weedkillers seem to do much more than kill the visible leaves I’ve given it a go this morning. I’ll report back
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    How does your garden grow?

    I don’t know whether you saw the feature on Springwatch earlier this year which showed wildlife writer, Kate Bradbury ‘re-wilding’ the garden in her new home in Brighton. It’s definitely a real thing at the moment and makes so much sense https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07bwq11
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    There was a similarly named thread a little while back but it didnt feel the appropriate place for this post (if you do a search you'll see why!) I have toyed with posting on here about this on and off over the past few months but always decided against it until now...and even as I write this I'm wondering if I'm doing the right thing. It is not about sympathy. I was diagnosed with depression a few months ago. This is my first experience of this illness and I wondered what experiences others might have/have had and what has and has not worked for them with the idea that these experiences might be helpful for others. In brief, depression crept up on me towards the end of the summer and was at its worst during August. I am so grateful to 'this place' for the distraction and company during that time when I hardly went out (except for when I went out on my bike...something, strangely, I managed to keep up) Things picked up a bit after that and in strange circumstances seemed to sort themselves out almost overnight at the beginning of October. In the weeks after that I thought I had put it behind me and then at the beginning of the month I began to feel it creeping back and this has escalated over the past week or so. I think I know some of the reasons for the onset of my depression in the first place but I cannot explain why I have had this second dip (a double dip depression I am describing it in my head) which only seems to add to the upset I feel. Like many others, when I first began to feel low I kept things to myself but in the end couldnt keep it in any longer and spoke to family and friends. I cant tell you how supportive they have been and how pleased they have been to see me getting better.......and now that I am feeling things falling apart again I just feel so awful admitting this to myself and to all those lovely people who have looked after me. I have seen my GP this week and I have started some antidepressant medication but I just wanted to hear if anyone else has had any similar experiences or any advice to offer me or others about what has/has not worked for them/people they know Thanks
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    The Foodie thread

    I would like a frying pan I can put in the oven. Any recommendations?
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    Happy Birthday Karl_B

    That sounds like a great birthday to me. I’m sorry about the breakfast though
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    Wimbledon 2019

    Exactly who I was thinking about earlier. Two real yard dogs
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    Wimbledon 2019

    Hard to take your eyes off this and then Andy Murray’s first doubles match has just started and I’m about to go out...
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    Road Cycling

    I probably said it a few posts back but I really really intended get out on my bike more this year and I just haven't. I think I was waiting for 'the better weather' to arrive or something. That said, in the last few weeks I've been out for a few rides. There really is no joy in those first rides when you're not 'bike fit' and it all seems like more pain than gain. Worse still, my riding chum, who previously was happy to follow me has left me trailing on one or two occasions. She mentioned doing The Tour of the Borders ride at the beginning of September. I'm more than a bit put off the prices charged for entering these events but it may be the spur I need to put the effort in to get into a bit better shape
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    Glastonbury 2019

    Lucy Worsley rep
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    Glastonbury 2019

    So, was he a plant or not?
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    Women's World Cup

    You’ll see how I’d quoted my earlier post about being heartened to see that most of the posts had been football related and not the anticipated references to the players’ appearances and the associated sexual crap. I spoke too soon
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    Women's World Cup

    ...and just now looking back on the comments from last night’s match. At least they won’t be reading this shit
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    Women's World Cup

    Yer’ve all watched it though
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    Women's World Cup

    They’ve made it to the semi finals
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    Women's World Cup

    I said the same about Venus Williams last night, so whadda I know
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    Women's World Cup

    England are/is being built up like nobody’s business by the media for tonight’s game...’the first senior England team to reach a final since 1966....if they can beat the USA. I might be eating one of Babb’s hats later on but I see nothing other than a straightforward win for the Americans here
  19. So much swearing, then. I like things as they’re meant to be; unused switches in the off position, cupboard doors closed after use, top back on the toothpaste, that kind of thing
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    2019/20 Fixtures

    Apologies if this has already been answered but does anyone know when the fixtures are finalised for tv?
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    Women's World Cup

    Brave Lionesses
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    Women's World Cup

    France claw one back. Game on?