Wednesday, 30 November 2011

My November Garden

Just a few photos taken around the garden this month.  It is surprising that we still have butterflies flying around, as well as flowers in bloom that should be well over.  I even have bulbs that are coming up, but I have no idea what they are! Watch this space!
Cosmos still giving a show of colour

The snowball bush which looks so magnificent clothed in white in spring, but looks equally good in its autumn colours

A fallen rose, there is one more bud, but I wonder if it will ever open!

Thriving marigolds

The hydrangea still has a bit of colour, though fading fast.


Peacock Butterfly

I am not sure what this insect is, but I am certain it is doing an excellent pollination job!

Love lies bleeding is still hanging in there, though looking a little jaded.

A few zinnias still giving a bit of bright colour
The medlar fruit is only supposed to be collected when the leaves turn yellow, which they have now started to do. Meanwhile, there is little fruit left on the tree; it has already dropped and the butterflies are enjoying the remains squashed by the last lawnmower excursion of the year.

Still masses of red hot chilli peppers

Healthy chard

Winter beetroot; we have had a couple and they taste pretty good to me!

Cabbage

Sorrel; I love sorrel soup, but my energy levels have been low and I have not made any since we returned.

Celery

Another younger batch of beetroot and celery plus some celeriac, more chard and a few leeks.  Yes that is a potato plant growing in the foreground but unplanned!!

For those that have kindly been asking after my health, we had a very difficult visit to the lady specialist doctor yessterday; she did not speak one word of English and with medical terms it was not easy.   Nigel can cope with simple conversation, if it is not too fast but....... under the circumstances he did very well.   It is thought that the cough is possibly an allergy, but the medical brigade are not at this stage too sure what!

I have come back with enough tablets to make me rattle and I have to go for x-rays; we think I have to see her again in two weeks time but ……..  our own Dr says he will phone her and will then phone us back with what he can find out!

All I want to do is to stop coughing so we will see what all these tablets will do…..

The laptop is still not well either - I am working on the old, very slow laptop!!

114 comments:

  1. Love your photos. I have been reading on other French blogs that fall and winter are not arriving as usual. That can be a blessing as you can enjoy your lovely yard. Hoping you get some relief. Perhaps a chest x-ray will help find an answer. Even in the US, it seems allergies are always blamed when no one knows the answer. Good health to you.

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  2. What a lovely garden, I don't have a green thumb at all, I can scarcely grow basil! Wonderful!

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  3. Your photos are beautiful. It's amazing to have so many lovely and tasty things in the garden at this time of year - or is it normal for your little corner of France?
    So glad to hear that your specialist may have come up with a diagnosis - at least it's progress of sorts. I hope you start to get better soon.

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  4. Diane,
    A fantastic set of pics from your garden. How well it still looks for the time of year.
    Hope the new medication sees an improvement, but what a worry it must be to not be completely clear about the consultants findings.
    Take care
    Gaynor

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  5. Hi Dianne
    Your garden is still looking wonderful, up here in Brittany it is not so rosy now.

    Hope you are feeling a little better.

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  6. Love lies bleeding - what a lovely plant, I wonder if it grows here?

    ... the rose is sad though ...

    I do hope that you'll get relief from your cough soon Diane ...

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  7. Susan as you say it sounds good saying it is an allergy, my mother always used to be told she was imagining her problems!!!! This I am definitely not imagining, but I am still not convinced it is an allergy. Maybe the chest x-ray will show something!
    This years weather has been very odd and it is really still not that cold, I am just scared when it does arrive it will be with a vengeance! Take care Diane

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  8. Francesca, I have always been pretty lucky, mostly what ever I put in the garden just grows, even when I don't expect it to :) Diane

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  9. Jean because I have always returned to the UK in October, I have never had a winter garden before. Previously I have cleared everything when I left, and dug the garden over with manure ready for spring planting. This is all new to me.
    It does though seem this year is very different to the norm as I was told we could well expect frost in October!!!
    Jean we will see if the x-rays show anything up, but I am not expecting them to. All the irritation is in my throat. At least we are doing something at last. Take care Diane

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  10. Thanks Gaynor, I think the garden is looking pretty good going into December. I think though this is a rare year!!!
    I hope to hear from my own Dr soon and maybe he will get more out of the specialist than we did. She maybe very good at her job, but with us she was very serious, unsmiling, and obviously expected us to be fluent. If Nigel had not been with me it would have been a total disaster. Diane

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  11. Steve the garden amazes me for the time of the year. I need to have a few days before I know if all these tablets work, I don't expect a miracle cure! Diane

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  12. Graham I grew Love Lies Bleeding in Johannesburg, and also when we lived in Mafikeng, so it certainly grows in warmer climates. At its best, when it is bright red, it is lovely and quite unusual to the normal run of the mill flowers in the garden.

    I hope that there will be some improvement in my cough now I am rattling :) Take care Diane

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  13. Hi Diane, your garden is so full of colour it almost looks like summertime and not almost 1st December. Looking lovely.
    Sorry to hear you are still coughing, you must be well fed up by now.
    Hope your tablets give you some sort of relief. Take care.

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  14. Ellie it is amazing what is still in the garden at this time of the year. At least I am not buying vegetables as we have enough with the stock of potatoes and pumpkins grown earlier.
    I will have to see what these new tablets do..... Diane

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  15. Your garden is looking stunning, still so much colour and growing going on - so jealous. Do hope your cough gets sorted soon. xx

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  16. Dear Diane! I sincerely hope you recover as soon as possible, what a difficult situation with the language and doctors, sometimes I don't even understand them in my own language!

    Your garden is just beautiful, I enjoyed every picture, I cannot tell which I liked most, the insects doing there job are so cute:), big big hugs, and take care

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  17. Karen I am really happy with the garden at the moment, I just wonder how long it will last!! I am hoping that all the tablets I am now taking will get some results! Take care Diane

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  18. Pamela the language is a major hurdle, Nigel can generally cope fairly well but yesterday was extra difficult!
    Glad you enjoyed the photos of the garden in Late November, a surprising bunch of colour still about. Thanks for the hug I need it. Diane xx

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  19. What an amazing garden you have. That butterfly is beautiful!

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  20. Thanks Pam, there are many of those Peacock butterflies around at the moment but they do not keep still for very long. I struggled to get a photo. Diane

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  21. I am so sorry that you are having such a tough time at the moment but hope your garden cheers you a little it is looking lovely still. Our medlars have now been harvested, a great crop this year, more than we needed but our neighbours were delighted with them as a medlar tree is the one thing they do not have. Take Care. xx

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  22. Un jardin magnifique. Quelle chance tu as.
    A très bientôt

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  23. Hi Diane .. great views of the garden and its goodies .. I noticed cherry trees blossoming this week, and everything's out of kilter - mind you the Arctic is due to arrive on Friday ... so perhaps Autumn will come and go in a day!

    I do hope you can feel better soon - this translation thing is tricky - still now you're there I guess you'll pick the language up as you go - unless you blog in English for hours!

    Cheers Hilary

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  24. Linda I am just so thankful I was not here on my own with this cough. I cannot believe that a cough could possibly make me feel so miserable and lethargic and the pain in my side has been almost unbearable at times. Nigel has been amazing, but it has been very stressful for him.
    The garden really is still looking good and at times brings the odd smile to my face. I want though to be laughing again! I will get there :) Diane

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  25. Najdi, Mais bientôt vient le gel !!!!
    A bientôt. Diane

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  26. Hilary, strange you should say that, our cherry tree had a lone blossom on it the other day. I hope it does not mess up next years crop.
    The problem now is I am talking to Nigel in English all day, where before when I was on my own, I either did not talk to anyone or I had to try and speak some French. I think Nigel's French will certainly go from strength to strength, I am not so sure about mine!! Take care Diane

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  27. It's a wonderful garden going into December! Enjoy and I do hope your throat issue clears up very soon.

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  28. Joyful I cannot believe the garden at this time of the year but the first frost will soon sort it out!
    X-Rays tomorrow may give more answers or I hope they do. Take care Diane

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  29. Your photos are really lovely. We have nothing but herbs still alive in our garden. The mint and tarragon just don't want to go down. I'm sorry to hear you are still not feeling well. I hope the worst has passed and that you are on the road to recovery. Have a good day. Blessings...Mary

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  30. It is interesting to see some of the same plants and trees as we have on the Gulf Coast as you enjoy. However our hydrangeas are finished for the year.

    Best wishes to you in resolving ( ending!) you chronic cough... Hope you are feeling better!

    Bises
    Genie

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  31. must be hard being sick and not fully understanding the dr get well soon beautiful garden wow so much still in bloom love those hoc choc drinks from the UK too :-)

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  32. I love that you have so much still growing in your garden. I have pulled all my herbs inside to keep them for the winter... hopefully the grow lights will help that work.
    I do hope they figure out what is causing the cough. They are so distressing. Feel better, OK?

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  33. I send you good vibes. I hope you will feel better soon. I remember with horror how difficult it is to get rid of a cough. If you're not allergic to honey, try warm milk with honey and figs. You should boil it, and then drink it with a spoon.

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  34. Mary I did not take photos of my herbs but they are all doing well and I have the best parsley ever at the moment. Take care Diane

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  35. Hi Genie and thanks for your visit. It amazes me how many plants I have here that we grew in South Africa. though I do miss the beautiful Jacaranda trees.
    I am hoping that all this treatment will get me back to norm quickly, thanks fir your good wishes. Take care Diane x

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  36. Rebecca that chocolate drink is very special:) Our Dr thankfully is fluent in both French and English, but this is the second specialist I have had to see here that I have had to struggle with French. Too many words that do not fit into normal conversation!! Have a good day. Diane

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  37. lostpastremembered my herbs are still doing really well also in the garden, think this is an unusual year weather wise!
    I am just hoping that I get some results with the x-rays this morning. Diane

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  38. Olga thanks for those vibes. I have been through about 3 jars of honey to now avail, but I have not tried it with figs. I have plenty of the latter bottled so I will give it a try, thanks. Take care Diane

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  39. Oaky, now you have to turn detective to find oit just what is causing that allergy, you must be feeling exhausted.

    I prescribe lots of sitting around with good books and bars of chocolate.

    SP

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  40. SP the sitting around with good books and bars of chocolate sound good to me. As for the allergy, today's x-ray results have turned that upside down as they now say I have bronchitis. My own Dr wants my x-rays from 3 years ago when I had pneumonia, he has to be joking with boxes all over the place still unopened!!! Having said all that I have just had a phone call to say the x-rays are not conclusive and it may still be an allergy!!! Diane

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  41. All in your garden is looking magnificent.

    I had happy success over our (admittedly milder) winter with rainbow chard and spinach. They kept me in fresh green leafies (and delicious rainbow chard stalks) right through it all. The plants only recently "bolted".

    The sugarsnap peas are through and the dwarf beans are slowly following (I have told them to hurry up as their peas cousins are beating them). I've sowed the seeds later this year so the plants will still be a growing when I head up to Tauranga for Xmas.

    Sending wellness thoughts over to you, dear Diane,

    Michelle xxx

    (with Zebby's gentle snores coming from "our" bedroom)

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  42. Hello Diane, sorry to hear that you are still coughing. Ask your dr. to take a lateral view of your lungs also, sometimes they just take frontal. It is a good diagnostic view.
    Your garden looks great. That cabbage looks great to make cabbage rolls with its leaves. Please take care.

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  43. Marco Pasha they have taken x-rays from front and side. They said I had bronchitis, but my Dr says this is not conclusive, I have had pneumonia twice in the past and he thinks the marks on the x-ray are due to that. Both Dr and specialist are still going with the allergy route.
    I had a busy day day today between coughing with a large saucepan of celery soup, chard and beetroot leaves a la crème and beetroot on its own. We also had Topinambour from the garden fried with onion (from the garden) and lardons.
    Tomorrow I take it easy!! Take care Diane

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  44. Diane, thank you for sharing the beautiful photos. You sure got green fingers, all your vegetables and flowers are so pretty.
    You take care and have a nice day.
    Warm regards to you and family.

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  45. What a lovely garden, and not a weed in sight!

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  46. Amelia's De-ssert I am pretty pleased with my garden this year and as it is our first winter here it is interesting to see what will happen. Thanks for the visit. Diane

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  47. Haha Vera I am just clever at taking photos in places where there are no weeds. I promise you there are plenty of them around, especially in the lawn! Take care Diane

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  48. Oh dear...
    You're still not out of the woods yet??
    My blog has been infected by an old external link and finally it's working again after a deep exam by Blospot.com.
    To top it all, my back was so stuck I had to spend 3 days in bed....
    I sincerely hope you will get better soon!
    your garden seems to take no notice of anything and has a great life of its own!! LOL!
    It's blooming like in spring, how gorgeous!
    Cheers and good luck with the medicine!

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  49. You have such a beautiful garden Diane! I wish you well and that your cough no longer bothers you soon =)

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  50. thanks for visiting this is Belgium
    wonder what the winter will do to these lovely flowers

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  51. Noushka my antivirus would not even let me click on the name of your blog in my list it kept closing the whole website down!

    So sorry about your back, there is nothing worse, I broke mine as a teenager so I know all about backs!! Get better quickly.

    My garden is surprising even me but wait until the first frost and it will be gone!
    Take care Diane

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  52. Thanks Peggy for your kind comment, I also hope that I will be well very soon. Keep well, Diane

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  53. anni I suspect the first frost will wipe most things out but in the meantime....... Have a good day. Diane

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  54. Oh no... I'm so sorry to hear that you haven't been well. You and your computer!
    It's now a few days later from when you posted this so I hope you are much improved.
    So difficult especially when there is so much to do!
    Blessings for health!
    Ann

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  55. Ann the computer is still well and truly down as for me I am not sure. I thing the coughing is less during the day but at night....... Thanks for your interest Diane

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  56. Our forsythia are blooming again, which never happens in November! I do hope the pills make you cough less and don't start you to rattling. Happy Weekend, Diane and Nigel.

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  57. Diane I love the pictures are amazing! and I love the chili peppers:) nice!

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  58. Quel beau jardin et bravo pour tout le travail qu'il a fallu pour le mettre en oeuvre! Vos belles récoltes vous permettent de faire des plats délicieux! Je vous souhaite surtout une meilleure santé et que les médicaments soient efficaces et vous soulagent!
    Bon week end à vous!

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  59. Marjie the weather is very strange and the plants seem to have got lost in the process. I am not rattling as yet and the cough does seem to be easing a bit. Fingers crossed. Diane

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  60. Thanks Gloria, those chilli peppers are pretty special. I have enough dried or bottled to last me a very long time :) Diane

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  61. Your garden is a dream! I love everything. I am okay with flowers but cannot plant any vege...they all gave up on me. I would love to go there and have a peek myself :)

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  62. I'am a bit stunned...
    You live very north from me,but this seems a spring garden...

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  63. Merci pour vos commentaires aimables. J'espère je serai bien très bientôt.
    Bon weekend. Diane

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  64. Andrea it has been unseasonably warm here, I think things are going to change very rapidly in the next week or so, the temperatures are very definitely dropping :( Diane

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  65. M.Kate I would love it if you came for a peek yourself :) Diane

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  66. My beloved friend Diane
    I wish to stop coughing fast, because it is very annoying.
    Hopefully, new pills to act positively!
    Your garden is very pretty, with nice color and very highly vegetables!
    Do not get tired, please.
    Such temperatures, we have even here and the roses in my garden, then bloom.
    I send you my love and my best wishes for your health.
    Best regards and a very nice weekend!
    Many kisses

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  67. Magda thank you for your concern. There is some improvement during the day but the nights are still bad.
    The garden has been very surprising this year, so much still doing well.
    Have a great weekend Diane xx

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  68. I a, sporry to hear that you haven't recuperate from your cough Diane. I can relate how you feel.

    Meanwhile, your luscious garden is very enlightening! I specially love the chard and the love lies bleeding. May God heal you soon Diane. Thanks for always visiting.

    Hugs!

    Rose

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  69. Gode billeder.
    Smuk sommerfugl.
    Tak for rundvisningen.

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  70. Landbohaven. Tak for dit besøg. I hope this is correct my Danish is non existent! Lovely to get a comment from you. I wish you well. Diane

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  71. Oh Diane I am so sorry to hear that you are still so unwell. It is very worrying this cough of yours. Is there no English speaking Doctor in a larger town near you?

    I am sending you a big big hug right now, I can imagine how this illness must be getting you down and putting a damper on the excitement of setting up a permanent home there.

    I will also say a little prayer for your health to improve. X

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  72. Firstly, i am sorry to hear that you still haven't stopped coughing. Hopefully this new batch of pills will help.

    And, your garden is beautiful. Your marigolds look so colourful; mine have died months ago. Your pictures have brought a bit of summer into my life.

    Red

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  73. I love the photos, you are so lucky to have the flowers and the greenery. We are in the middle of a snow storm, not liking it at all. I hope that you are feeling better soon and get over that cough.

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  74. hi diane, your garden is still so colourful despite winter is near. I'm sorry to hear that your coughing is still bad, hope the xray report will tell you what's the problem, you take care!

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  75. Dolly our own GP speaks good English, the problem was the specialist. Our own Dr is talking to her and giving us feed back, I have to phone him again on Thursday.
    It is all pretty depressing at the moment as my energy levels, which are normally very high, just seemed to have crashed, I don't feel like doing a thing. Thank goodness Nigel can cook a few simple meals and he has been keeping me going.
    He is fed up though, as having been apart for so much after the past five years, we are together to a certain degree, but because of the cough I have been in the spare room since the beginning of October!!
    Thanks for the prayer. Diane x

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  76. chubskulit thanks for the visit and the good wishes.
    My garden is doing well and we have not bought any vegetables at all since our return. Take care Diane

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  77. Boye By Red so pleased that I have brought a bit of summer to you. I am amazed by the garden this year!
    There is some improvement in my cough during the day, buy at night.....
    Take care Diane

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  78. Words Of Deliciousness I am really worried about this warm weather we are having. I suspect it just may be the lull before the storm!!!
    Thanks for the good wishes, I need them at the moment. Have a good day, Diane

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  79. Hi Lena, the garden surprises me each day, December and I still have vegetables and flowers!!
    The x-rays were non conclusive it seems as I have marks on my lungs from two previous bouts of pneumonia!!! I still really have no answers. Take care Diane

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  80. Your garden is beautiful and showing so much color in December! I so hope you are on the mend and that cough has left you.
    Mary xox

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  81. Mary (Mums garden) I have never had such a cheerful December garden except when we lived South of the equator!
    I am still coughing but it is a bit better during the day which is a help.
    Take care Diane xx

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  82. Hi Diane - so sorry that you are still having bad nights with this awful cough. Perhaps now that the pills are helping during the day they will then start on the night coughs!

    Love the garden pics, and will have to start picking your brains soon - first question, which variety of chillie do you grow? We use so many will definitely be growing our own!!

    Really hope you will be feeling much, much better soon x

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  83. Jacky the nights must get better soon. My husband is sick of me sleeping in the spare room :)
    I have no idea what the variety is!! I have saved the seeds from year to year as I try to do with all my plants and I have not a clue what they are. I have three different kinds for next year but.... We also use masses of chillie we love hot food. Picking my brains may not get you very far, sorry, I will try to help where I can though :)) Diane

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  84. Diane, I'm sorry to hear you are not feeling well and hope you are over it very soon. That has to be frustrating with the doctor. WOW! Your garden looks great. No flowers here now for sure, our yard is ready for winter with huge snowflakes falling just an hour ago. Your cosmos are gorgeous---my favorite garden flower and I plan on planting many more of them next spring. Take care and get well soon!

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  85. What a beautiful garden..I can't believe it is still growing..when does winter start in France? We have been lucky..the snow before Thanksgiving upset me, but all turned out well..George/CaraRose still coughing too..They thought Cara's was linked to sinuses..Interesting they thought yours was allergy related too..Crazy stuff..Take care and hope you will be better soon..
    xoCarolyn

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  86. Oh sweet lady......get well soon....nothing worse than a nasty cough. Perhaps your computer could use a few of those pills from your doc. LOL LOL

    xo

    Jo

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  87. Que bom que viestes me fazer uma visitinha,adorei.Teu jardim continua cada vez mais lindo.É maravilhoso viver e conviver com tantas plantas e flores.Bjss.

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  88. the pictures are looking absolutely gorgeous!! Loved reading about your post!
    http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com

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  89. Are you feeling any better? I sure hope so! Again... beautiful garden!

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  90. Hi Pam I hope that Bill is improving daily. Yes it was very frustrating trying to speak to someone about health in a different language!!
    I cannot believe the garden has held on so long, but the weather is remarkably warm for this time of the year. I am just worried that the change is going to be very sudden!! Take care Diane

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  91. Carolyn winter is very late this year, I just hope that it does not mean that spring is going to be late as well!! This time last year it was snowing here!
    George and CaraRose have my sympathies, it is very wearing when the cough goes on and on. I speak to the Dr again in a couple of days.
    Take care Diane

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  92. My Grama's Soul you are right we have tried everything with my computer and it will just not connect, very frustrating. As it was bought in the UK I cannot just take it back to the shop!! Between the computer and myself we are not doing very well! Take care Diane

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  93. Suzane Weck, Cumprimentos Obrigado pelo comentário. Your visit is appreciated. Diane

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  94. Purabi Naha thanks for tour visit, so glad that you enjoyed the trip around my garden. Take care Diane

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  95. Ann there is some improvement but it is slow and I am taking masses of tablets still. My garden is amazing this year!! Take care Diane

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  96. My beloved friend Diane,
    My thought is near you, I wish to quickly finish your suffering with a cough.
    A hug and kisses

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  97. Thanks Magda, I really appreciate your thoughts and good wishes. I really hope that I am improving but some days I wonder!! xo Diane

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  98. Thanks, again! You are a sweetie!

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  99. I am very sorry to hear you have been on a coughing spell and your energies zapped as a result. A few days have past since your wrote your post and I hope that you are on the mend by now. I love your garden pictures; very impressive. You obviously know your way around the plants, flowers and trees growing in your yard.

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  100. Pam it is a pleasure. I can just imagine what you must have gone through. Very frightening. Diane xx

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  101. chcmichel I know very little really about gardening, but I have always been lucky in that things grow (usually) with little problem.
    Since seeing the specialist the coughing has improved a bit during the day but at night I still have a major problem. I have to phone again on Thursday to see what happens next. Diane

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  102. Wow, how beautiful and how blessed you are to live somewhere that allows such lovely plants to grown in November!

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  103. Lovely pics Diane - quite cheered me up on this dreary day. Hope you are feeling better xxxx

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  104. The Café Sucré Farine I think this is a very unusual year and the garden is doing incredibly well. I just wonder what will happen when we get the first frost which is very late this year! Diane

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  105. Roz I am amazed by the garden, but it is a great welcome to France for us! I guess I am feeling better but I feel like I have a long way to go!! Take care Diane

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  106. I just came upon this post and have no idea what the background to your post is. I just want to share with you that I had a terrible cough, one year, and it kept getting worse. It turned out to be a reaction to my blood pressure medicine. I went off of it and it went away quickly.

    I pray all will be well.

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  107. I love your garden and your photos. You have such a nice blog, I'll be follower since then.
    Imet your name on dear Joumana's blog.
    See you.

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  108. Sare thanks for your visit and for following, nice to 'meet' you. Hope to see you back very soon. Diane

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  109. Wonderful! My favourite pic is the fallen rose. Gorgeous colour!

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  110. JM I have to agree, that the rose is my favourite even though it is kinda sad. Diane

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  111. Diane, what a fruitful garden you have back home. It's alaways a great joy to see what we got. I do wish to own a garden like yours, since I love gardening so very much. Hope you're going to have a wonderful time.
    Blessings,
    Kristy

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  112. Kristy, we are very lucky to have our own garden and one that produces fairly well all I ask of it. Take care Diane

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  113. Quay Po Cooks, thanks, I love it too LOL. Diane

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