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June 2001

All Aboard - Destination Unknown By Virginia Bickel

 This story takes four children: Amanda, Peter, Laura and Jason from New York City to a small town in west Texas and describes good times and bad times as they grow from childhood to adulthood


Virginia Bickel's newest book Come September  has just been released. Order it now!

  In Virginia Bickel?s second book, she turns from historical fiction to mystery. Come September is the story of Daniel Lindsey?s quest to identify the young woman found unconscious in front of his store, and to find out what she was doing on Mesa Street, in El Paso, Texas.  She brings to this genre her skill with character development and dialogue. You won't be disappointed.

Dr. Sarah Barlow






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Here are two photos, taken on the evening of the 7th of June 2001, of the smaller of the two greenhouses, showing the Regals in full flower. The first one was taken through the open door, and the second taken through the glass from the garden path. It's still not the time of year to let the good fuchsias, that are going to be taken to shows, come into flower. I'm going to hold them back until closer to the end of July or the beginning of August. However the Regal Pelargoniums are in full flower at this time of year, and most of them will carry on flowering till  the end of the season  I've always found Regals to be an excellent investment, you can propagate them with cuttings taken in the month of August, and have plants like the ones in these pictures by the following June. I usually take about six cuttings from each plant, this gives me dozens of new plants the following year for the cost of just the one, original plant. The cuttings root very easily and anyone could do this and keep the cuttings on their window-sill.
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These two shots, taken on the same evening of  7th June 2001, are of the inside of the larger of the two greenhouses. As you can see there is a lot of colour in there from the Regals. The first picture is of the lefthand side of the greenhouse and the second one is of the righthand side. Please note the nearly black flowers of Black Knight which is about halfway down on the left-hand side. I always find it difficult at this time of year to house all the plants I want to keep inside, but the flowers of Regals mark very easily and so I have to make space for them and keep them out of the rain. You can also see in these photos that the standard fuchsias that were started off last April, are now forming nice sized heads. Some of those standards may be ready for the Moorgreen Show, which isn't held until the end of August. This is nearly three months away and in that time they may have made the desired growth to be good enough to exhibit.
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This first picture includes part of my vegetable garden, and it was also taken on the 7th of June 2001, it's taken from about halfway down the garden path and looking up towards the house. The standards that are being grown for this years shows can be seen against the ivy-covered outbuilding on the left. They are looking first class for the time of year and I'm hoping that if nothing goes wrong, they are going to win prizes when they are exhibited. You can also see in this photo that the small vegetable seeds have germinated and the plants are just poking through the soil in the vegetable garden. I live in a ground floor flat, the window on the left with the net curtains is my spare bedroom, the middle one is the bathroom and the one on the right the kitchen. The open doorway leads into the kitchen.

The final picture is of me, and was also taken on the 7th June 2001. Please disregard the smear from the blackbird crap on my shirt. I appear to have become a parental icon to the birds.  The young from one of the nests in the ivy have just started leaving the nest and flying around the garden, they seem to think I'm one of their parents and keep settling on my head and shoulders and leaving little Doodoos on me. They must need their eyes testing.

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