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What Did You Get For Christmas?

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What Did You Get For Christmas?

Post by Ausrose on 25th December 2013, 18:48

I like to get gifts that I need.This year the African Queen bought me two automatic timers for my irrigation system and tap pressure gauge. Members of the family gave me Bunnings' vouchers. These I save until I need something at Bunnings during the year. This year a perfectly good mower rusted out so with the accumulated Bunnings' vouchers I bought a new lawnmower.On the subject of the mower it rusted across where the catcher is attached to the mower apart from that the mower is in good condition. I am not sure how old the mower is however I believe somewhere in the vicinity of 8 yrs. A point I would make is I still have my father's first motor mower a Victa which was purchased in 1955 from the money he won on the 1955 Melbourne Cup winner Toporoa and this mower has only a small amount of surface rust and still starts. They sure don't make things like they used too.

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Post by neptune on 25th December 2013, 19:18

well apart from a day driving and racing V8's, I received things that I needed.....ie Training clothes for the gym and pool
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Post by muscovyduckling on 25th December 2013, 19:50

Merry Christmas to all! I had to work today, but we put on a lovely Xmas lunch at work and a good time was had by all. I was lucky enough to get a membership to the Diggers Club and a nice new set of secateurs (spelling!), a cute little teapot (my other obsession) and some amazing Holy Basil tea! Lucky me Smile

Hope Santa took care of you all, and you all had a more relaxing day than I did!
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Post by neptune on 25th December 2013, 20:18

wife had to work today as well.....had the morning shift in ER, which was quiet till after lunch when the drunks, etc decided to raid the ER
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 25th December 2013, 20:27

I hope Anna is ok John. You will need to look after her WON'T you whilst she is home.
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Post by neptune on 25th December 2013, 21:10

Oh that I do , Dave....even offer to be her personal body guard at the hosp.....I wouldn't take it if some drug induces turkey laid a hand on her.....they have hard enough job looking after the people who go there, as it is.......
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Re: What Did You Get For Christmas?

Post by Balinbear on 25th December 2013, 22:50

A set of OKATSUNE Hedge Shears. Made in Japan using the same method that they make Samurai.

I can throw my old electric trimmer away. They are fantastic.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 26th December 2013, 07:11

You have done well Zoe, it's nice to have more than one addiction.

Just had a look at them Gary, they look impressive, well done.

Doug, same thing here, I love my 2 stroke Victa's, but the same thing happened to my last one, rust, in the same spot, with the new base I have I never leave the catcher on, that area always receives attention with a product called 'penatreen' or a good spray of Lanolin oil.

What did I get, little things, but they mean so much. The best of, all the company of my lovely wife, Carole, which I dearly love.
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Post by Debbie G on 26th December 2013, 07:57

Rain! 20 mls of it! Sitting on the back verandah with the kids watching the rain pour steadily down - best Christmas lunch ever.
I got other little stuff too, and some nice books to keep me happy - one on photographing birds, and another similar on flowers.

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Post by Balinbear on 26th December 2013, 08:05

Doug

I used to have one of those early Victa's. Someone gave it to us when we built our first house.

My Dad taught me how to start them with an electric drill which was handy as the one I was given was just about had it and took about 50 goes with the rope to get it to fire.

The trick is simple enough and would be even more so with the new variable speed drills. You simply put one of those rotary sanding disks (with sandpaper for better traction) in the drill and hold it down on the bit you put the rope into and start it spinning. A few seconds of this and the old girl fired up every time.

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Post by Balinbear on 26th December 2013, 08:14

David

I used the new clippers to trim nearly 80 or so metres of Murraya hedges (some had not been done for quite a while) and they are still sharp enough to cut a piece of paper. I actually received them last week but could not wait to try them.

I got them from New Zealand. Cost $150 delivered. Last year I purchased a pair of top of the line shears for the big B. They cost about $60 and were blunt and notched after about 10 metres.

Lee wanted me to get a pair of secateurs as well but I have a history of nearly cutting the tips off my fingers off with our old "blunt" ones so I refrained from buying something that surely would cut straight through bones as well as skin.

I hope you had plenty of the wet stuff yesterday oh and rain as well.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 26th December 2013, 08:55

Quote from Gary, "I hope you had plenty of the wet stuff yesterday oh and rain as well."

Reply from me, yes to both, best was 25mLs of rain.
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Re: What Did You Get For Christmas?

Post by maree on 26th December 2013, 18:59

What did i get from santa , gift cards and a cookery book , i'm looking at buying a shredder/mulcher from Bunnings . Those hedge trimmers sound fantastic ....
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Re: What Did You Get For Christmas?

Post by paulh on 27th December 2013, 01:01

My present was to drive all and sundry around, and at my age I'm over it.
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Post by maree on 27th December 2013, 08:33

 Lol Paul , i know where you are coming from , xmas day is hard work , some people get to    while others get to cook phew  Sweating  lol
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Post by paulh on 28th December 2013, 00:08

You got that right maree  Sweating 
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Re: What Did You Get For Christmas?

Post by betsyw on 29th December 2013, 09:26

I got a diamond tiara, a case of Krug champagne and a fantastic 25m garden hose. Because I no longer have to lug bucket after bucket after bucket of water to the deck, I now can just sit out there in my bling and get drunk. Love that hose.
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Post by maree on 29th December 2013, 11:10

Sounds good Betsy !!
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 29th December 2013, 12:25

Betsy, I am unsure of your house watering arrangement, but I would definitely be looking at a set system to each part of the garden, it does make life easier. That way you will get to enjoy this,I got a diamond tiara, a case of Krug champagne
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Re: What Did You Get For Christmas?

Post by neptune on 29th December 2013, 12:42

 
betsyw wrote:I got a diamond tiara,

well,.......Helllllooooo Princess..........  We're not worthy 
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Re: What Did You Get For Christmas?

Post by betsyw on 29th December 2013, 13:50

Okay, so the tiara came out of a Christmas cracker, and the Krug is actually Bridgewater Mill. Wanna make sumpthink of it?
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Roseman, there are buried drip lines along the hedges, and the path plantings (baby ones). The rest of the place is so well established that we don't water anything ourselves - not a true garden. The deck is my facsimile inner-city courtyard, and no water delivery system would be easy to install discreetly. I didn't hate sloshing the buckets in between frequent rain - good resistance exercise!  - but that hose is a godsend for daily supply in dry times .
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Post by muscovyduckling on 31st December 2013, 09:59

Hi Betsy, I don't know what your patio set-up is like, but I have the same problem with the beds in my sunroom - I have a very ugly irrigation system that is impossible to conceal. Or I have to make about 7 trips to the tap with my watering can.

Don't know if this would work for you (or even for me) but I have been thinking about making some sort of irrigation system out of copper piping thatwill sit above the beds, and making a sort of feature out of it, rather than trying to disguise it.

Ho-hum.
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Post by hariet~rose on 3rd January 2014, 21:35

I have returned to rosetalk after putting my last relative (much loved brother) on the aeroplane .. phew, we had 14 days with five relatives all up, with 4 more rels threatening to visit. We had a great time..now for christmas I was very spolit.. I received two roses; blackberry nip and Charles Darwin, a book of gardens in China, a book on growing vertical gardens, a lovely necklace with a bee on it, a pen, some grout for my solar panel uprights and lotz of chocolates.. i have planted the roses but it is hot as hades here.. it is 29 C on the verandah right now at 9.30.. we think it got to about 37 today, which i know is not hot as it goes, but at 1000 m altitude, with the burning sun it is too hot Tantrum  how is everyone coping?
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Post by maree on 3rd January 2014, 22:17

Nice and cool down here in Melbourne Hariet at the moment , thank heavens , we seem to have escaped the hot weather for now , had one hot day , hope you keep your hot weather Hariet cause i don't like it lol ..
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Re: What Did You Get For Christmas?

Post by Balinbear on 3rd January 2014, 23:15

39.9 on the verandah in the shade ay our place. Luckily the Humidity was down to 68% (yesterday was 78%).

Made it a lot more comfortable.................. NOT

A relieving thunderstorm stopped about 30K short of our place.

Supposed to be a couple of degrees hotter tomorrow.
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