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Cats hate the smell of lemons.  I had a patch of ground in my last garden that was being used as a toilet.  I left some halved lemons around it and they stayed away.

Gardening Grandma

Now that's a good tip, FarmerG!

Talkiing about hose connectors, I've been setting up automatic watering systems in various parts of my garden and I've bought the kits online (ebay). At only around a fiver a go, they are good value, but the connectors leak like crazy, even using plumbers' tape. Just the connectors on the more expensive versions are around the same price as the whole set on ebay, but I'm going to have to invest in some. Other than that, the cheap versions work fine. 


Think the cats around here are citrus addicts,the smell of lemons does nothing to deter them,I even bought some lemon spray called "cat off" which I sprayed around without sucess,although the fnece smelt rather nice for a few days

Biggest birde nuisances round here are magpies,but we also get quite a few sparrowhawks,which although are not noisy,swoop down and take small birds.


Resurrected for Stacey and anyone who feels the need to let off steam.


Thought I would find the right thread to have a rant.

Ventured into the loft, where I haven't been for a number of years to find it chockerbkloc with boxes of goodness knows what, none of which are mine.  In fact, I could not find my little box of treasures.  The main culprit is my daughter whose loft is tiny, having had a loft conversion. So, over the years I have heard 'can I put some things in your loft', but nothing has ever come out!  Eldest son not a lot better and youngest son a hoarder anyway. 

So, I will be on the warpath.  Absolutely ridiculous and, I think, a bit of a cheek.  Must be a fire hazard with so much paper, clothes and soft toys, etc.

Rant over.



a supersoaker water pistol would do as well. Charlie the wargames forum is somewhere else.

All this testosterone in the air is making me feel ill. Time to go and sit in the garden.

TT... I have the same problem with the basement.

Have a car boot sale. I warned my family it was all going to the tip but they took no notice so I took a load of stuff to the car boot last year and did really well, made over £100 .

 Some of the stuff had been there over 10yrs, how long do they think I'm gonna store it for. Me thinks they won't think about it again until I've gone to garden in the sky I'd like my my basement back before I'm 27, thank you very much.

There's an old bike which I'd like to restore and some sports car wheels which could be made into plant pots, one of the wheels would make a  really good bug hotel. I made a frame for the veg bed out of some plumbers plastic tubing. Nothing wrong with re-cycling after all they have been warned and warned again. The TV's are obsolete.

Freegle is a great way to get rid of things


Zoomer, there are children's clothes up there starting from 3 months. Eldest granddaughter now 11, her brother 's 8. Toys galore from baby to early teens, a pram, (DIL can have that) dining chairs, computers, model aircraft, etc, etc.  The only thing not there is the kitchen sink. It was all supposed to be sold at car boot sale but I can't remember which year that was!  Granddaughter told me they had had a massive clear out at home this weekend and she discovered she had things she never knew she had.  How sad is that and how typical of the younger generation.  I get very angry with the amount of clothes and toys my grandchildren are bought.  Anyway have told daughter it's got to go and not when she feels like doing it, but now.  Eldest son will be told the same thing in a while.  Get daughter sorted first. 

It's actually stressing me as I can see it's going to be a major operation. I just want to find my box of keepsakes.  One box, that's all.

Last time I used that Waterbuts I was not happy with the callers.  Seemed to have changed from when I first started using it some years back.  Very pushy and one caller wanted to come round there and then.  It was about 10 at night! 

Have been catching up on several threads about compost, and the message coming through is that politicians, and the Suits running the big companies, are still conning the general public with smooth words about recycling your rubbish, and how great it is that most councils are now producing green compost ( takes them about 5 minutes to turn all domestic food and garden waste into great compost!  )

Why,oh why, do we let these idiots, who know nothing of what goes on in the real gardening world, tell us what we must, and must not use!

Most commercially produced compost now seems to be rubbish, and despite having a big garden, and an allotment, I still cannot make enough of my own compost to satisfy my needs - I still have to buy in various types of commercial stuff, and over the last 3 or 4 years have found it to be very poor.

So - politicians and Suits - stop treating us all as complete idiots. You have been rumbled,and hopefully your cardboard walls will crumble around around you......soon!

Ps - can I have the cardboard remnants for my compost heap?




When we moved here OH refused to put anything in the loft - if we don't need to use it we don't need it, is his maxim.  I'm not going up there - so we have an empty loft   (and an over-stuffed garage, but that's another story .... )

star gaze lily

We have an over stuffed garage too and its double length!  The loft is pretty full too with books toy cars, lego, boxed games etc, but my boys don't want me to get rid of it. But don't seem to want it in their lofts! !


Mine have been warned lily! I'm an avid 'thrower outer' and I'm doing them a favour though they don't realise it!  Keep telling them they'll thank me for it one day when they have to clear out my house ... 


Latest on my loft clearance!!  2 large boxes and 2 large plastic bags of clothes, nick-nacks to Charity and 2 almost new duvets and 3 sets of curtains to recycling. Numerous large empty cardboard boxes flattened and taken by Council. Can now walk about a bit up there!  Found some of my treasures, shawl given to me 42 years ago, christening robe and cape, some happy cards, some sad ones so a few tears shed. Also a teething ring with a silver pendant on it.  On Dickinson's Real Deal the other day, one was purchased for £100.  Expect mine's worthless. Still have a long way to go!

Did find somewhere to send old VHS tapes, but you have to pay the carriage yourself. Am going to see how much it would cost.


star gaze lily

I have some vhs tapes, but I would still like to watch them, only thing is my recorder doesn't work! Can you still get combi vhs and dvd players? Where do you send them anyway and what do they do with them? Suppose I should get rid really, must be tougher and not hoard! 


Try ebay or something lily. Someone may have one. Not sure they still make them though.

I expect my sister still has some- probably underneath the rest of the stuff filling her entire house...

I'll ask her!

star gaze lily

Yes thats a thought, my oh would prob rather I got rid of stuff tho instead of buying more


We had a loft conversion quite a few years ago now, that forced a clear out!  Had to find new home for Christmas decs but most stuff got given away or chucked....

Just been catching up on a MOB Rants thread.  Very interesting reading.  I haven't anything to rant about at the mo, but if I do I'll know where to go!!

On second thoughts, I do have a slight rant.  I had to go to the job centre yesterday to sign on (I gave up my job due to stress recently).  I can't believe how belittling it was.  They lady was fairly pleasant, but I felt horrible.  I have worked hard since I left school, I have three kids and after much thought handed my notice in, as I was making myself ill.  I decided my health was more important.  I am looking for another job and using my extra free time to spruce up my allotment, but anyway, just wanted to get that off my chest.