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Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:54

Much as it maligns me, as I do love a nice garden especially with a nice pond, (one in the planning stages already!) I have to go with the law on this one, but not just on people who make nice gardens on greenbelt, but on everyone who nicks greenbelt. As I said, and I believe the geoff-monster (dressing-gown aside, or should I say open) agrees with, if you let somebody have this, then it sets precedent for everyone else, before you know it there's no greenbelt  left. It's a tough case, but if they take this lovely garden to task, they should also take all the unscrupulous, ie the dodgey chicken farmers, gypsies that just set up, etc. The land is greenbelt for a reason, yes it's a nice garden, but when the house is sold, someone else might build an extension or brick buildings on it, then it isn't a lovely garden, it's brick development on greenbelt land. That's the bit most aren't seeing, deeds last forever, so this property could be 100 or 200 years down the road with stuff then being built on it with no impunity.

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:42

ahhh, you see, it's about the frequency of the emptying, I certainly would find my bin ponged if I left it all week, hence I don't. This also should be a consideration on the positioning of the compost bin/heap, if it's in passing, then it isn't any effort. As I said, bags? What is the need?

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 12:31

Hoping the sun comes back out, I started to get my workbench saw pencil tape etc, then the sun disappeared and that biting cold was back again. Ah well! sorting my seed packets today I think, supposed to be raining and warmer come Friday, so maybe there's hope for sowing this weekend.

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 11:27
sotongeoff wrote (see)

I've just opened the door in my dressing gown


sotongeoff wrote (see)

I can hear that the angels? it is the phone..................................................viewing for today cancelled

You often open your dressing-gown for viewings? You got a big Pampas out in the front garden?

Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 11:23

It is a sad story, but the person at fault here is the solicitor, not the lady or the council. She will easily have a case if the paperwork from the solicitor doesn't mention anything about development. I think the whole point of going to the papers is they have actually examined the documents (which will be standard letters pre drawn up) and found they were told it shouldn't be developed. Whether they didn't realise that a garden counts as non-agriculural development is by the by, ignorance is no form of defence. You can't drive at 60 in a 30 zone then claim to the police you didn't know it was a 30, you'll still be nicked!

Yes it seems stupid, but rules are there for a reason, this sets a precedent, so everyone else can have similar chunks added to their gardens, before you know it, acres of greenbelt has gone! It seems harsh on this lady but not everyone will make a nice garden, some will just leave it go overgrown etc. They need to be enforcing this everywhere, because loads of Greenbelt land is disappearing fast.

I also find it odd that considering they have had ponds all their lives, why have fish if you want frogs and newts? I don't believe the newts will be great crested, otherwise that'd be all over the paper too. Anyways, a harsh lesson, but goes to show do your preperation work thoroughly, can get very expensive!

Frozen seeds?

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 10:53

Some seeds only grow if they get a couple of weeks (sometimes longer!) low temperatures, infact some seeds you may need to stick in your fridge before they will germinate correctly, the process is called stratification. Problem will be if the seeds had already germinated then got whacked with the frost.. it's a suck it and see I'm afraid, but I haven't sown anything other than some chilli seeds myself, was going to this week but with the weather I'm happy to wait. Even if they all have snuffed it, you've already prepped the soil so just resow, a week or two won't make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things. Good Luck.

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 10:47

this convo is surely heading for a train-wreck!

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 10:19

There's no gstring smiley I'm afraid Geoff! And yes, not everyone gets on with each other because we are all different, if we were all the same, my how boring it would be!

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 09:58

Very crisp this morning, sun shining, considering construction of the raised beds. Thank God the wind has eased a bit, yesterday it was as my grandfather would say a 'lazy wind' , by which he meant it went straight through you rather than around! Enjoy your day folks. I have the lovely gas bloke due this afternoon, oh the joys!

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 09:54

Well, a quick scan of someone's previous posts usually shows what type of person they are. I like to think I help where I can and join in with the banter occassionally. Having read back what I originally wrote, I can see how it may have come across, I'm not that sort of person to bark at someone or make them feel bad for no reason. Life's too short, and it's much nicer for everyone if we can respect each others opinions. That is the whole point of being here, is to debate, and find out how other people sort problems, isn't that how we learn? Anyways, mdw84 I hope you accept my sincerest apologies.

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