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Best mower for timothy grass

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 08:14

I concur with the young farmers route; those lads and lasses can get their hands on the kit, use it safely, and save you the 1.5k £ less fuel which for a charity of course always helps.

The only other idea I had was look at hiring the field out for some events - like a local car club show - something that raises your profile locally and perhaps a 10% of profits raised go to supporting us. Then just give them a hiring charge that covers the cost of a contractor coming in.

Again: no concerns with unskilled volunteers using potentially dangerous equipment without training, no maintenance costs, no storage concerns or insurance, more cash to the charity. 

Veg storage

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 08:00

I only tend to use the freezer for soft fruits that I haven't dehydrated for long term preservation.

It depends of course what you're growing; some like potato can be stored very well without the need to freeze.

Succession planting is the best way to go but as someone who watched nature muck it up so that despite my best efforts all 50 onions matured at the same time... be prepared to make plenty of chutney!

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 07:56

Ob; I really like the idea of medical science using my body. What if it meant they were able to pioneer a new way of repairing spinal injuries enabling a new generation of treatment to help treat if not cure some of the worse effects. Or even if it meant a trembling student surgeon got to grips with their confidence clasping a sharp knife so they didn't muck it up on a living being!

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 07:50

Just glad we're not turkeys.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 11:57
fidgetbones says:

Room full of old bare wrinklies or naturalists?

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 He he! Well... It's not the kind of thing I wanted to Google to check I had the right one!

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 11:53
Dovefromabove says:

Clarington says:

Dove: it's the local naturist society (I think that's the right one!) 

 Think you might be mistaken Clari 

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 Ahh well; it was so cold I'd not have seen much had I gone to the wrong meeting!

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 08:09

Dove: it's the local naturist society (I think that's the right one!) They meet monthly and though I brought the average age down by 40 years it was a really well done talk. Clearly it was the chaps every waking moment type of passion.

Dove: I trust your OH gets compensation for over time worked,  danger money. The bosses must have a very odd view not to think of going the next day at least with a new float!!

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 07:34

Plant Galls : did you know that the ones that over winter only produce females?

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 07:31

Morning All!

I can't remember when I was logged on long enough to actually read more than a few lines.

OH has been ill all week with general run down and sniffles, I met my "new" boss (stand in until they employ someone else) which makes this... eight I've had since May? Still no further forward but truth be told I'm beyond caring.

I've been at the grandparents all weekend; they took me to a talk from the British Plant Gall Society - only went and managed to find some the next day! I shall be filling the forum with fun facts no doubt. 

Oh and I had to give a presentation at the kind of ball where they think it "fun" to throw £600 into the auction for a giant teddy bear. The money they spent (admittedly probably work type tax relief) was scary. They were fundraising for the charity I work for. It was noted that I could only afford to water!!

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 02/11/2017 at 07:23
Dovefromabove says:

Good morning all  G'day Pat 

I'm awake ... My bodyclock seems to have reverted to pre retirement mode 

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 If it helps my body clock is definately in winter mode. I feel like I need to stand under a bright street light to try and wake up. I have my sunlamp type alarm clock that gently wakes you... well my eyes are open much else I'm not sure I can offer.

Like Pat I've read the books - a family I babysat for brought me most of the collection over the years, obviously wanting me to be a good influence on their two young boys! Can not for the life of me try to describe who did what to whom.

I found a book on the radio to listen too; I'm still struggling with fatigue so the BBC radio app is fantastic as I can save programmes even authors on to my favourites and it lets me know what's available. I did think about going to to library to see what audible books they had (as I recommend this to our old ladies on our home library service) but I realised I'd have nothing to play them on! 

Still; The app let's you download things so as I'm on my own in the office tomorrow I've a few things that I want to listen too without the risk of falling asleep so I'll have them playing then.

Right; I'd best get off to work!

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