Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 17:26
I get the urge to peel their faces off OL, I'm quietly convinced a sharp kitchen knife ought do it. I've had to leave my shopping before now as a supermarket thought it'd be fun to have their check out ladies dress as clowns for some charity event. I've never felt rage like it!

How to get what you want out of a landscape designer?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 17:23
As a draughtsman who could produce some cracking drawings of your garden (or a 400 ton heat exchanger) but is still learning what a weed is, I have to say that it really depends on your designer. I've spoken to two really good garden designers who knew their stuff. If you said you needed a private area here they'd suggest plants and architecture to ensure year round cover. The thing is they knew their plants and that made all the difference (I don't know where you are based else I'd recommend them) to my musing when laying out the garden as I could start to imagine more than just the structural elements.

I would do as Dove says and come up with what you want - all year round from the garden - and present a scrap book to a designer (maybe even a different one). Take your tim, loose hours on the likes of Pintrest, and don't be afraid to change your mind if you see something that's better suited for you. If your designer isn't flexible they need changing.

Good luck!


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 17:14
Don't worry OL - my irrational is clowns, the colour red, and teeth.

To the point that I would seriously consider not having children just so I'd not have to deal with wobbly teeth. The thought makes my stomach curdle! Any other body part be it oozing smelly or broken is just fine, I've no problems with things in eyes, dressing wounds on an mrsa infected foot, or having a drunk friend up chuck on me, but at the slightest suggestion of teeth I'm running for the hills!

No idea what I've got against the colour red. Its just not a nice colour! I have to bite my lip when people protest how S *has* to give me red roses because that's romance (I'd rather have a new oil filter for my car!)

I'm sure the clowns thing is because mother insisted that my brother and I would have a clown come to our joint party (we were a month & two years apart and he was the favourite so by joint it meant i could bring a friend) despite my not wanting it and my little brother only being interested in trains, food,and poking the cat, and her then insisting on inviting everyone from the primary school even those I showed my clear contempt for. He was so bad I was sent out of the room because I found him neither humorous nor any of his magic tricks anything other than a very poor trick. My commenting on his lack of hygiene might not have helped matters truth be told. I think I spent the rest of the party reading books in the garden which was my idea of heaven! (I was a very strange six year old).

Just had to peel my entire harvest of garlic as upon opening the special Aldi garlic storing container I found EVERYTHING covered in mould! Fortunately only the outer layers so they've all been peeled, chopped, and are now in jars full of white wine vinegar. Wont be seeing any vampires for a while that's for sure!! My poor eyes!

One neighbour has two paddling pools, the other has two trampolines. I'm hoping they'll realise the fun that could be had!!


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 12:41
I've just gotten a 1.6kg beef rib out of the freezer... no idea what to do with it yet though!

No going to the class OL you'll end up getting over enthusiastic and just trying something!

Enjoy the magazine Bekkie! I'm slightly behind on the washing stakes. I'm sure the machine is on a go slow.


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 12:01
Get that leg up and rest OL else you'll bugger up your holiday and THEN they'll whinge!!!

Being disabled does not mean incapable

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 11:14
Ah the civilised race. The RHS court flower show has always been a busy event, I bet there were many people up on their two legs who didn't get to see everything they wanted - in fact I'm sure if you look around on the forum there'll have been people discussing it. Unfortunately that's a fact of life. Its a busy event and they don't seem to have the right balance of restricted tickets / crowd control so that everyone can get a front stage view.

Don't expect that just because you're in a chair you have a god given right to get some exclusive event and to the front of the queues all the time. Believe me I've spent enough time at backside height to learn that and it sickens me to think people are so bone headed they think the world should bend over backwards to help them all the time like the world owes them a princess crown and to be held above anyone else. I always found smiling politely got me to where I wanted to be - and occasionally into areas I really shouldn't have been but you only live once and if someone offers to let you in back stage why say no. Also making sure you didn't run over toes and weren't just as ignorant back helped...

But then again I read reviews of the event and heard it was insanely busy so didn't bother to spend ??300 on tickets / costings and instead watched it on the TV knowing that even if I could backwards flip through the crowds with all the grace of a gymnast it would have been far too busy to see anything much less had I been reliant on a chair view height. More money on the garden which makes sense to me!

Perhaps instead of whinging about it on here (which to be honest achieves nothing except that we all wonder what kind of person you are to feel the need to log onto a forum just to rant - lonely perhaps? Bored?) You should do something constructive like contacting the organisers of the show and suggesting they have "early hours" opening on at least one of the days so that the cripples, the elderly, infirm, the autistic, and the generally wobbly, can get in to see the event before the crowds are let loose. Who knows you might even strike lucky and start a chain of events that mean next year the scooter brigade get to have the place to themselves.


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 08:58
Someone needs to tell my laptop that just because its Monday doesn't mean it can sulk and not work properly!! Those kind of things aren't meant to count when you haven't got a job!!


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:48
Glad you're being sensible OL! They'll get you sorted out soon enough.

Viewing hibernating and breeding animals?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:46
Without trying very hard we've a hedgehog, newts, frogs, water bugs in the pond, lots of different birds, and of course lots of bees and butterflies which are amazing to watch.

(And of course all the bugs and slugs that hide under rocks).

Non of my garden is "wildlife garden" its just a garden growing aware of wildlife so, for instance, I make a conscience effort to plant flowers bees love, cut the grass on a higher setting than my neighbours would do, make sure the pond can be accessed by birds wanting a drink and a bath...

Viewing hibernating and breeding animals?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:39
Pond dipping is always good especially if you get frog spawn!
I have a bird box with a day / night camera and audio. Never had anything in it yet but I live in hope! Still I have the robin who comes almost everytime I open my shed as he knows where the seed is kept and will follow me around til he gets something!

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