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  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,007

    My sincere apologies ; I realised that you were joking immediately ;)

    Regarding aches and pains , I was diagnosed with palindromic rheumatism a while back ; one day I'm leaping around and the next I'm completely debilitated .
    No reason , cure or explanation found ; this malady just comes from nowhere out of the blue . I never used to wear gardening gloves ; would it be possible I picked up some soil-borne virus ? I don't know , and neither does my local GP :|
    Ideal when doing a physical job like mine  :(

    I recall one evening having to pull my way upstairs using only my elbows! Next day as right as rain . A bloody mystery .

    Again , my apologies if we got our wires crossed so to speak !

    PS  Not sure about tea and chocolate though ; vodka and painkillers seems to work for me :*

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,143
    No worries Paul  :)
    That's hellish - have you never been referred to a specialist or anything? Really horrible when you need to be physically fit for your job  :(
    Not sure vodka and painkillers is ideal long term!  :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,007

    I went to a specialist several years ago ; recommended putting me on NSAID's .
    Passed on that one as long term usage can severely affect eyesight apparently !!

    Think I'll just take my chances !

  • And still you knock yourself out gardening Paul, I do admire you. My love is wine, but I made a decision when I got secondary cancer in my liver, that alchohol was not the way to go. However, that doesn't stop me from killing for a lovely dark glass of red - just about every day really, hence the cupboard fulls of chocolate! Thanks for your good hints tree hugger, I shall be pestering soon asking what perennials are easy to look after, don't need staking (are there such plants?) I bought some Salvia hot lips this year, I love them, and they boldly stand with no support through wind, rain and even the awful drought we had...... I really fancy a vodka now Paul, curses on you for mentioning it!! 
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,007
    Sorry Janey , one of my weaknesses I'm afraid ; cigarettes being the other :(

    Don't think I'm destined to be on this planet for many more years ! I'll just enjoy my work as long as I'm able to .
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    I like to ponder and dream of next summer's garden with a rum in hand..........mmmmmm
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,143
    Paul - what a pain in the ...well...everywhere, really  :/
    Get off those fags though - you know it makes sense  ;)
    I can feel smug 'cos I don't smoke or drink, but a wee biscuit or five is my weakness. Hence the need to go up hills regularly - if I didn't, I'd be the size of one!

    Hardy geraniums will fill lots of spaces Janey - dead easy too. If you want suggestions fro easy perennials - start a new thread when you're ready, and you'll get loads of suggestions.
    It's quite easy to make a nice border with shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Once they're in, and established, they'll need minimal care. Bit of deadheading, bit of mulching - not too much effort and a good display all year round if you pick wisely.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,007
    Sounds pretty good to me ! ;)

  • Yes Paul, I like everything you write about except the fags, give 'em up!!  You will feel so different if you can do it. Hardy geraniums sound good Fairy girl, I have to get the shrubs I have in the borders cut back first, then dig up what I am not keen on, then hopefully I will see the wood for the trees so to speak and get planting things like the geraniums.  My cold is taking over again, so rather than have a rum like Mary, I shall make some tea and totter off to bed early, night all.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,158
    Hope you feel better soon Janey.
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