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MMP, the Mitchell you are thinking of is probably RJ Mitchell, the inventor of the spitfire, Sir Frank Whittle was the inventor of the jet engine and what a difference he has made to the world today.
I'm getting annoyed with other neighbours that have fruit trees. The problem is the pests - if they don't look after them, mine also get their pests and diseases. It's a pain. If they don't want them ... grrr.
And don't get me started on all of the dandelions, catsears (Hypochaeris), hawkweeds (Hieracium) and hawkbeards (Crepis) its like everyone around here has given up cutting grass - I know a wild garden can look nice - but - an unmanaged overgrown jungle? - if you can't be bothered to look after a garden - move into a flat! give someone else a chance.
HI Time for a RANT at the chemist last week the assistant handed the lady in front of us her perscripton and asked for two euro perscripton charge said she will bring it back later turned to my wife and said terrable isnt it my wife said i will swap you we paid 104 euros we could not say bring it back later feel better now
JB, glad you feel better, but your post is a bit mystifying to me. Do you live in Ireland?
Pagey, I sympathise. My elderly neighbour can't look after his garden very well and it is full of dandelions. I was out there spraying my roses along the boundary and he gave me a real telling off. He pointed to a rose of his that had died (of neglect) and claimed I had killed it with the spray. Surprised, I let him rant for a while, then walked away. I'd help him if he was less hostile, but his constant accusations make it difficult to approach him.
Fred, thanks, know it was Mitchell that invented the Spitfire, and couldn't remember the name of the chap that invented the jet engine. Know it was definitely a shed, albeit a very big one, as in one of his tests he couldn't get the thing to switch off, and before he could cut the fuel supply it went bang and set fire to the shed.
Think I need a shed, without one the only thing I could come up with is a radio-controlled rat in order to scare ladies (and some men) everywhere. Of course, it would be marketed as a cat toy - I'm sure no-one would buy it in order to scare their mum! Or Calorie-free chocolate, but then I'm sure that there are several genii with a few million working on that one as we speak - the inventor of that would make an absolute fortune.
Several people in the area have sheds, very posh ones, with hot-tubs in them. What a waste!
planted out mr runner beans monday morning where doing very well until i checked yesterday every single one had been shredded i felt like crying the culprits....pidgeons and or pheasants so after running round trying to find netting pegs and sticks for their defence erecting it all i was feeling very fed up..thinking of bird scarers now as a deterent anyone any ideas of home made ones its an open windy site thinking flapping noisy things like pidgeons i guess
Old CD,s on a bit of string might help.(we always used the free CD,s that came with newspapers,don,t know if they still ever do those)
I find two yappy little dogs a pretty good deterrent, but that may be too extreme a solution for most people!
GG, you know what you can do with your yappy dogs. I could hear the 'dawn' chorus this morning. I find it really annoying I can now no longer have my bedroom window open because of these inconsiderate people. It's quite obvious they just chuck the dog out at 6.30, go about their morning ablutions and 30 mins later, let it back in. During this time, big dog let out to bark to his heart's content. Then at 7.30 yappy sausage dog is out. Note to self - do something about it!!
HI Yes GG I live in dublin
James, in Wales we get free subscriptions so the fees are all unfamiliar to me.
TT, I don't actually let them go out and yap! But if they see bigger birds in the garden - pigeons, magpies, seagulls - they have a whale of a time chasing them off and barking at them. Couldn't stop them barking at that time however hard I tried. There is a garden at the bottom of ours where a small dog is allowed to yap to his heart's content and I worry (a bit) that the other neighbours think it is my dogs.
An accolade and a rant.About to call British Gas on Saturday morning when the phone rang and a voice said hello this it British Gas. Imagine my total amazement that now with modern phones you do not even need to dial the number. Still sitting there with my mouth wide open the caller said your Boiler Maintenance is due can we come next week.Still in a state of wonder I fixed it for Wednesday then told them my heating would not go off no matter what I did, OK do not worry we will check it all out for you and fix it, That is exactly what they did, a cheerful fitter who knew his job came in shut it all down fitted several new bits then tested it all out and left still smiling, he was fast clean and best of all happy in his work and it showed so well done BG. "Oh" and it was all under the insurance.
In T@#@#'s doing some shopping I checked out the meat shelves, I just check prices before going to my friendly village Butcher. Why as soon as the sun shines do they cover most of the meat with sickly gooey over sweetened BBQ sauce stuff, if I did want to BBQ and I usually do not, not wanting to eat cindered sausage or badly under cooked chicken then I would make and add my own BBQ sauce, not gooey or over sweetened.There were some packs of New Zealand Lamb chops so thin that just dropping them into the pan would have shrivelled them to nothing and they cost £6.50 a pack. In my local Butchers I got four big fat local sourced lamb chops and some home cooked ham for £7 so what is not to like about your local shops I ask. "Oh" and not a sickly gooey BBQ sauce in sight.Had the chops with garlic charlotte potato's, mint sauce and peas tonight absolutely delicious soft moist and plenty to get your teeth into,
Having just read a few pages earlier, re unsolicited mail. I usually send back in company As envelope, with mail from company B, andthen to company B, mail from company C. and so on. Gives me great pleasure, and after a few months their mail stops, but others join the queue.
heard on our local radio, that they actually shred the junk mail before returning to the company.
Well it keeps the world revolving, and no cost to me, AND i don't have to recycle either.
Never had any faith in these preference services, who profess to stop all this C---, telephone, etc,. don't find any actually work. Apparently your name goes on from today, but from tomorrow another company doesn't need to comply. Also if a company phones you, and only has a number, and no name, the TPS is unable to do anything about it. they only stop calls from companies, not numbers.
Makes you feel like going ex-directory, Jon. All one's friends have one's number anyway.
Hi Gardening Grandma
. Afraid giong x directory doesn't always stop nuisance calls to home or mobiles, (text messages). Plenty of adverts in any motorway service loos for companies who advertise their ability to get round this. I'm ex my self but still get calls. TPS also unable to stop calls originating from outside UK, so if like my phone with a screen to view number, this shows "outside area" so I donT bother answering.
Set my answer phone message similar to following after my intro " if you number not shown in the dial up screen, we will not answer" once they hear that, tend to ring off, but no guarantee.
Frank agree with what you say about th size and cost of the lamb chops in the supermarket, ours also sell what they call a mini beef roasting joint,I would say on average it is about the size of 3 weetabix and sells for abot £6.As my OH says the Oxo cube would match it in size when it is cooked!.
We are lucky enough in our village to have a butchers shop,they farm locally and all the lamb and pork is their own with the beef from another named local farmer.They will cut meat to size &the taste is amazing.It,s a case of use it or loose it,and most of the village chose to use it,
This is a stupid rant, but something that always bugs me. Having watched 'Trooping the Colour', as I do every year, why does Princess Anne and Prince Edward dress in military gear?
I thought Prince Edward had raided his childrens dressing up box,
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I thought Prince Edward had raided his childrens dressing up box,
Gilly - old habits die hard....
Enjoyed your OH's comment about the shrinking meat!
Skyrunner - your comment about being ex directory is right. I've always been ex dr.- by accident initially rather than design - and just continued it. Doesn't stop them as you say.
Dressing up boxes provided hours of fun,all you needed was a bit of imagination and you could be anyone..................imagination seems sadly lacking in a lot of children nowadays.