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Posted: 25/09/2013 at 15:07

This is a bit late for a morning post, but couldn't do it this morning. Now Ctrl F5 has just worked, so although it started me off pages back I've arrived here now.

September is still summer here. Runner beans are cropping like mad at last.

One of the four horses decided to jump over the electric fence in the night as the grass in the paddock over the drive was greener (true!). My border collie woke me to tell me something was up. So between 2.30am and 3am I was out in nightie and slippers (very heavy dew) trying to get the other 3 into the new paddock as they were getting very anxious. My daughter's retired  25 year old, deaf as a post, Anglo Arab was b....y awkward! He wouldn't believe me when I showed him where the gate was, then he galloped on the front lawn. Now I'm tired


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 22:30

Took several goes to find the latest posts.

WW they weren't my autumn trees, I haven't seen any, they were in the quote I'm about to send if it works.

Stacey Docherty wrote (see)

See the sites playing up still..... Evening formers if u can see this....

Proof autumn is here if we need it!! 


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 19:29

Pressed Ctrl and F5 and the latest posts appeared. Daniel Haynes, the editor told me that. I am having trouble with my messages and clicking on my avator pic too. It shows Wyre Forest, you have to click on Forum posts to get me.

Saw the autumn trees, none here in Dordogne yet, not usually until November.


Posted: 24/09/2013 at 19:24

If you press Ctrl and F5 the latest posts appear. If anyone sees this!

Turn menage into garden

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 19:22

The only way to kill mare's tail is by using weedkiller like glyphosate several times. It's roots are very deep and it will come back. Bruising it first by tramping will help. Vinegar will only make it more acid and harder to grow things in.

I have found that if you press Ctrl and F5 the latest answers will appear.

Turn menage into garden

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 16:37

How strange! Now I've posted the second answer the first one has appeared!

Turn menage into garden

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 16:35

I wrote an answer to this but it didn't appear, someone said to enter by hot threads so trying that.

Although I am a keen gardener I am also a rider and I feel it is a shame to get rid of an arena which a horsey person would give an arm and a leg for. They can add value to a house and, if made properly, can be very expensive to install.  If it is just bark on soil it may be possible, but it will be acid and lacking in nutrients as fidgetbones has said.

If made properly there will be foundations and possibly a membrane. Have you dug under the bark? If that is the case, it will be difficult to make it into a garden without some heavy machinery.

By the way it is a Manege not Menage. It is a French word and menage in French means "housework". A "manege" in French is a covered arena. Programmes like "Escape to the Country" get it wrong all the time. Strictly speaking it is not either as it's not covered, it is an arena or a school (for horses!). Sand ones are "sand schools".

Turn menage into garden

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 15:02

It may have foundations or a membrane underneath, if it's been made properly. They can be very expensive to make. There may not be topsoil underneath. There may be hardcore even. Have you dug down? The bark alone will not be suitable for most plants. I have horses and I can't help feeling it's a shame to get rid of something that most riders would give an arm and a leg for. I am also a keen gardener.

Also the correct name is manege. It is a French word and menage means "housework", not an arena! They constantly get it wrong on programmes like "Escape to the Country". A real manege should be a covered arena.


Posted: 24/09/2013 at 14:43

Just posted 2 posts on Evening Forkers, looked as though they had posted, but when I left and came back they weren't there

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 14:39

Seemed to work, will it be here when I switch off and come back. I never actally logout.

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