Monday, 10 August 2015
Red mites and finished project
Hooray, I have finally finished the garden table. There were points I never thought I'd actual get round to starting, let alone finishing, but it now has pride of place on the decking.
As predicted the grouting took a while, but the cleaning of the tiles afterwards took the longest. I had tried to sponge off as much excess as possible, but because the tiles aren't all even thickness, there were lots of nooks and crannies for grout to build up in. I suspect, I will be fiddling about with it for a while yet, but it's pretty much there and useable now. I have 8 navy whole tiles left over, so they can
act as coasters for wine glasses - don't want to spilling wine now do I?!
I fancied some candles too, then remembered I had some lanterns bought in Primark many tears ago which were lurking in the shed.
They were bare metal and a bit rusty, so I dug out some Humbrol paints and tarted them up. I only had three colours of paint, so white, black and blue it was then! I have hung them from the struts of the parasol with the three chains from an old hanging basket.
Jet has had two wonderful walks around Vurginia Water this weekend. He has loved swimming in the lake and meeting lots of other black labs - all very wet too! It's about a 5 mile walk to go all around the lake. We love to see him having such a good time. He's off with Mr D and eldest daughter to Chertsey Meads today to try out the Thames for size.
Posing by the Falls at Virginia Water.
I have been struggling with red mites in the chicken coop this summer. I have tried the powder Diatonous Earth and I have sprayed the coop with some red mite killer. I have used smoke bombs too and used a lavender smelling red mite killer and then my steamer in full blast to get in all the grooves and corners. I have also tried a combination of several things. Does anyone have any suggestions out there? I only have the one coop so it would be tricky for me to have it 'out of action' for any length of time. I have read that they are almost impossible to get rid of, so I am working on keeping them in check, but am very open to tips as its been a very time consuming business and I don't want my ladies to be uncomfortable or indeed to stop laying (they are already laying less). I'm hoping some of you will have some tips?