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October 2000

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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oct1.jpg (65521 bytes) The weather is getting colder in the UK now we're into late October. So I've now moved all the plants into the two small greenhouses that I have. These glasshouses will offer them some protection from the elements.  This photograph of the plants in the larger greenhouse was taken in the afternoon of 18th October 2000. On the staging at the far end are the standards with heads now forming nicely, and on the right-hand staging are the bush plants. 

The doors to the greenhouses will be kept open on any day that the temperature is above freezing. This allows fresh air to circulate and help prevent the formation of mildew on the plants.

oct2.jpg (68063 bytes) This photo of the same greenhouse, taken from a slightly different angle shows the standards on the staging at the end, and some of the regal pelargoniums on the staging to the left-hand side of the greenhouse, the shot was taken in the afternoon of 18th October 2000.  Please notice that the heads of the standards are forming well. The plants will be kept in here for the next few months until the weather begins to warm-up again. They will need this protection during the colder months. If the stem of a standard gets frost in it you will lose the head of the plant.

This particular wooden greenhouse is now showing signs of aging and wood-rot,  I will most likely have to replace it early next year. I can only hope that we don't have really high winds over the winter months, because it may suffer severe damage if we do. If this were to happen during the colder months I'd stand a real chance of all the plants being killed by frost. Keep your fingers crossed for me and the plants.

oct4.jpg (73900 bytes) This is a shot of the smaller of the two greenhouses and was taken on 18th October 2000. On the floor in the center of the photo is the natural gas heater that I use to keep this small greenhouse warmer than the larger one. I keep plants that require a little more heat in here. In front of the heater are three older standards that have been cut back hard to make a tight head for next year. On the top shelf are three very young standards, these are being grown from cuttings that I took in May 2000. On the staging to each side are geraniums and pelargoniums that have been cut back ready for the winter.

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