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Horoscope By Quinn

ARIES (March 21st to April 19th) You are climbing steadily out of the doldrums. Last week showed a small improvement, this week will be better, next week will take you almost back to your normal state of vivacity. Whilst you are not yet in top gear, it is a good idea to review your plans, fi nances, state of health, in fact anything to do with your life. You really had better do it now while you have time because quite soon you will be unbelievably busy and you will have no time to spend on anything but your chosen occupation.

TAURUS (April 20th to May 20th) If you are planning changes at home this could be a very good time to begin. Take care not to overspend but at the same time, don’t penny-pinch. Take a spot of news with a large pinch of salt. There is no truth in it at all and you may fi nd it advantageous to threaten legal action. Don’t go through with it unless absolutely necessary because if you play your cards right a certain person will take back all that has been said.

GEMINI (May 21st to June 21st) Some tittle-tattle about your best friend will be very hurtful to both of you. It is plain that someone is jealous and trying to foul things up. Don’t worry, like everything else it is a nine day wonder so ignore all you hear. Don’t be misled into thinking you can have your own back. Such a sterile thing, revenge, and it will bring you no satisfaction on this occasion. Watch your ‘p’s’ and : ‘q’s’ during a business discussion - you may be about to let the cat out of the bag!

CANCER (June 22nd to July 22nd)

If there is anything you have been longing to do for some time past, now is the time to get down to doing it. You have towed the line long enough on behalf of a very close relative. You have given all that could be expected under the circumstances and it is high time you acted in your own interests for a change. Don’t be surprised if those you love show less than their usual understanding of your motives, they will soon come round to your way of thinking.

LEO (July 23rd to August 22nd) This is a good time to eat, drink and be merry. If you are asked to join in a celebration, do so without a second thought. If you are offered an unused theatre ticket, a pass to a gala opening or just a free bingo card, accept with a clear conscience. You must not feel guilty about being so jolly. If you have pets take great care not to expose them unwittingly to danger or discomfort. The result could be expensive to rectify.

VIRGO (August 23rd to September 22nd) If you have an ounce of good sense left you will pack your bags and leave a rapidly deteriorating set of circumstances. There is nothing you can do right now to improve the situation and far better you retire to a distance in order that, when the time comes, you can sail back, sort out the problems and still remain untouched by all the ill will being generated at the moment. If you are asked to sort out a small legal matter, go with care.

LIBRA (September 23rd to October 23rd) Take life and all it has to offer with both hands. There should be opportunities coming your way that you may never have again. People are generally very well disposed toward you and prepared to make all sorts of allowances for your odd moods. Try not to disappoint them, make a few allowances yourself and you will feel that aura of goodwill spreading wherever you go. A chance footstep may lead you into strange territory, tread carefully!

SCORPIO (October 24th to November 22nd) One of the best things about this particular week is that it will surely come to an end. Don’t be too despondent, we all get times like this, it’s just part of life’s rich pageant and the following week should certainly be better. Whilst things are like this though, it’s best not to gamble. In fact try not to spend money unnecessarily. That way you will not fi nd yourself with the biggest white elephant you have ever seen. There is absolutely no point laying down trouble for yourself when it can be so easily avoided.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd to December 21st) Talking about a problem in hand is not the best way to solve it on this occasion. A trouble shared at the moment is defi nitely not a trouble halved, so keep ‘mum’. A long term investment may be about to mature and this could help the present situation. Don’t depend on it too much though, your commitment may be greater than you realised. Take time off to assess the plans your family is making for you. Remember to be diplomatic about how you put it through though.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd to January 20th) This is a time for golden memories. Don’t get too maudlin though or you could hurt the feelings of someone very close to you. Just remember that we all tend to recall only the best times from our past and forget the bad. The best thing about your past now is that it is past, so start looking ahead and making plans, it really is the best of times for this. If you travel to work, watch your choice of conveyance, there could be delays!

AQUARIUS (January 21st to February 19th) Relax and enjoy yourself. There is nothing material you can do to further your aims at the moment, so little point wasting energy on a fruitless exercise. If a friend wishes to borrow time or money, be wary. Could be they are about to leave the area and both your time and money are valuable assets to you at this moment in time. Keep your mind off strangers, you are in some danger of being misled by a seemingly sincere promise.

PISCES (February 20th to March 20th) Take one thing at a time. Don’t blow your top unless you think it will really do some good, and it rarely does. One of your household is about to bite off more than he or she can chew. Don’t help. Experience is the best teacher in the world and it is not for you to deny anyone valuable experience, even if the result is somewhat undesirable. This is not a good time for things mechanical so avoid tinkering with things you barely understand.

CLUES ACROSS 7 Migratory bird (6) 8 The East (6) 9 Slump (4) 10 End of everything (8) 11 Article (6) 13 Cure (4) 14 Epoch (3) 16 Layer (4) 17 Burning (3, 3) 19 Plummet (4, 4) 21 Ribbon (4) 22 High kicking dance (6) 23 Vocation (6)

CLUES DOWN 1 Sleeping music (7) 2 Leave out (4) 3 Open two-seater car (8)

4 Up and down toy (2-2) 5 Emergency treatment (5, 3)

6 Telltale (5) 12 Distinction (8) 13 Misfortune (4, 4)

15 Multifaceted (7) 18 Care for (5) 20 Female relative (4) 21 Breach of duty (4)

Time for Tree Planting

November is all about compost and getting everything ready for winter. Clearing leaves and cutting back dead growth is top of the agenda – which is great news because leaves and garden debris are perfect ingredients for homemade compost. It’s also a great month for planting trees and shrubs and good planting needs good mulch. With more autumn leaves around than a standard compost bin can deal with you have the perfect material to hand. Leaves don’t need the heat of a compost to rot down; you can compost them by fi lling up bags with leaves to make really good garden mulch. The best way is to fi ll biodegradable sacks, then place them somewhere in the garden where they will be rained on…and wait. Come Spring next year you will have a bag full of nutritious leaf mould compost. If you’re planning to plant trees in the garden then do it now before the ground gets too hard or frozen whilst you can still position them in wet and dry land. They can tolerate acidic, chalky, sandy and clay soils and come in all shapes and sizes. From fl owering cherries and crab apples to evergreen yews and weeping willows trees offer different leaf size, shape and colour. Many have attractive fl owers, fruits and seeds and there are those that fl ower magnifi cently in spring and those whose leaves offer brilliant autumn colour just before leaf fall. Trees can add structure to the landscape and garden and some make excellent hedges and screens whilst others are ideal as statement specimens. By planting trees you can reduce or improve your carbon footprint and generally enhance the environment. Trees act as nesting sites, song perches and display sites for birds and numerous species of insects are totally dependent on trees. They also provide areas of shelter and shade that means you can plant native wildfl owers that would typically be found in woodlands. As the fi rst winter frosts arrive, there are still a few jobs to be done before bedding the garden down for winter

• Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and beds • Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging • Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year • Prune roses to prevent wind-rock • Plant out winter bedding

• Insulate outdoor containers and delicate plants from frost - bubblewrap works well of use horticultural fl eece available from most garden centres

• Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden

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