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Posted: 13/12/2013 at 08:43

Morning all! Hoping Friday the *cough* 13th is proving a good one for you.

I went out to scatter the bird food (robin, wren and blackbird seem to enjoy it being served on a silver plate than in a feeder) and the sweet little blackbird (it has distinctive white markings on its tail like its been dipped in a paint pot) followed me around each feeder. Not sure if it was "tame" or just cocky looking for the best bits!

Measuring up the garden tomorrow so we can start working out kinks in the design / budget. I just hope we have some good weather as I'd love to get some clothes on the line too even just to air them - having to dry everything on radiators gets boring very quickly!


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 15:34
CluelessGardener wrote (see)


No it was a company photo shoot for a magazine advert and they donated £200.00  to the charity little princess trust 

we take to much stuff when we go camping and pull a large trailer when we go

full size fridge and a microwave plus a gazebo and round table and chairs patio heater and gas BBQ

My wife also has a pop up kitchen sink LOL



Sounds like you'd be better off with a caravan! (Or maybe I'm jealous because having so much as a light is a luxury for us when we camp).


I think I'd like an imaginary dog. I'd bring it to work and let it pee on the shoes of those who annoy me.

Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 15:26

Ah now I understand. So where I'm thinking of them going might be best after all as there should be reasonable shelter rather than full sun all day.

The open front design is sounding very appealing - especially since I have a badly damaged back that doesn't appreciate lifting / moving / breathing which would make emptying a bin a bit of a faff.

Do people prefer their bins to have lids? Or is open topped the way to go?

Garden Bench

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 14:03

Go to your local wood merchant (Wickes / Jewsons / etc) And ask if they'll cut you the wood to whatever length you require. Our local one is ever so good for this!

Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:37

Thanks James. I'm not sure if that wood would be pressure treated or if it would rot really quickly (not good when you're thinking long term composting!) Are they what you've used for yours?

Does anyone have an experience of "Green Fingers" ? I'm tempted to get two of these

(based on them being prettier than daleks and cheap enough to make it not worth my buying the raw materials).

At least now I know what the plastic dalek types aren't all that bad - I was worried that perhaps they didn't let enough air circulate and the contents just sweated instead of rotted. They may turn out to be the better option (or at least easier) as with the strong lids and robust style I know we can keep the visiting inquisitive dogs out and it can be easily hidden away from view with some trellis.

I've seen some very pretty bee hive compost bins which we could at least turn into a focal point rather than an eye sore and move them to a sunnier position but the costs just make my wallet run away in fear!!

I guess I'd best learn carpentry over Christmas!

Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 10:42

Dainti. Thank you ever so much for this.

The garden is large (not huge, just large) with half of it given over to lawn which I think would fill a Dalek very quickly (in the past I was putting half of the grass in the green bin for recycling and half in the compost as so to not overwhelm the compost bin as all too clearly I can remember fathers green slimy mounds where he would dump the grass clippings from his huge front lawn and nothing ever seemed to happen to the pile). We also have all our vegetable waste from the kitchen and lots of hedging / trees to keep pruned not to mention the shredded paper from the office (we try to compost everything we can).

Positioning is a bit more tricky. I'm thinking of clearing cat poo corner which is lined by a hedge one side and a fence the other to site the bins there (as its tucked up out of the way by the vegetable plot, I'll be able to paddle up the footpath in the winter rather than going over the grass, and it wont provide an easy access point for anyone thinking they can retrieve lost footballs from the school next door) but I'm not sure how much sun it'll get there. I'll see if I can think of anywhere else suitable!

It looks like two or three pallet builds may be the way forward.


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 10:25

So are you going on a tour somewhere Clueless? I know many of my chums in the 4x4 world do a tour of Europe (or at least parts of it) for Help 4 Heroes. Will we see you jetting off around Britain? I for one will be sure to wave!

What a lovely charity. I've never heard of them before!


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 09:15
punkdoc wrote (see)

Evening all. What a day. I have been meeting with groups of GPs to discuss the problems that patients are telling us they have with access to services. Unfortunately the GPs seem to be saying that it is all your fault: for being ill at the wrong time, by trying to book an appointment during working hours, by wanting an appointment when you are not at work etc etc.

Oh dear We really do try not to get ill at inconsiderate times (unless its Monday morning and we're 8 years old...) but there never seems to be enough doctors to go around! I have been trying to get a doctors appointment since August (ran out of tablets in September) and know that with the icy weather approaching it'll be little old ladies going over and the rise of chesty conditions meaning the poor GPs will be absolutely packed out. You can almost understand why A&E get a hammering with so many "coughs and colds" when lack of GP appointments + lack of common sense are combined

Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

After I posted this morning I went out to give the horses their horse nuts Archie bit Hannah who tried to bite Lena (the underdog/horse) who leapt forward onto me, I went flying and someone trod on my thigh. Been feeling bruised and sorry for myself all day. Thigh much better, although swollen but neck now hurts and is very stiff. Had horses here for 22 years and never been knocked over before.

Oh no! Are you okay? Hope its not feeling too uncomfortable today. Keep an eye on it x

Yesterday we suffered the first parking woes caused by yummy mummies from the school in the next street. Presumably there was a school nativity play going on as our tiny little street was Bedlam! I only just managed to squeeze between the gaps to get to our driveway (mainly because I knew my car wasn't going to come off worse if I slightly caught the cars blocking my drive / the pavement / anyone from safely seeing around the corner on the road - hey its fair game if you park in a foolish manner!) but my poor neighbour in his works van was unable to get within five streets from home (understandably not too impressed at not being able to use his own driveway) and couldn't get onto our driveway so he could at least unload his shopping. He said he tried putting traffic cones down once (as they have done directly outside the school) but the parents just moved them! Its a shame the school can't open up the nice huge tarmac playground for parking when they've events on but presumably health and safety would have a fit!

Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 08:54

Thanks Artjak I'll have a look into those. Speed isn't really an issue, but it would be nice to avoid the major pitfalls of compost bins when I get them. The Dalek for instance didn't seem easy to mix and aerate but was smell free and easy to install / plonk on the ground.

Dove - I get the feeling that the neighbours cat would be the better bet at deterring rats. Its certainly doing a good job of ensuring only a plucky robin gets near my feeders!

Growing your own fruit and veg to donate to food banks

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 08:52

Correct me if I'm wrong but don't Food Banks only accept tinned food? The poster I saw at our local shopping centre certainly seemed to indicate that.

Are you also including in your study encouraging users of the Food Banks (where possible) to grow their own foods? Though a novice myself if a cooperative type arrangement was formed I'd happily give time to help others grow vegetables / fruit  in return for help if I needed it and put my surplus produce into the collective pot. I wonder if some allotment societies do this already?

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