Latest posts by Clarington

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!


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:34
Morning everyone.

I'm going to sit here tapping my hoof til OL logs in to tell us she's going to the hospital. No messing around OL we're watching you!!

I can't believe how much the weather varies across the UK - I mean I used to sit and watch the BBC news everyday but this forum has made it so real. Especially when KEF just up the road gives a completely different weather report to what's happening here!

Lifted the last of the onions yesterday - just lifting them my eyes were watering they're so strong! I'm going to start thinking (in between job hunts) about what vegetables to grow this winter / next year - although that implies that I might get him completing those to do lists as I can't dig or lay slabs for the greenhouses.

Strawberries at Christmas ?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:15
I'm not sure you'd get enough light in the greenhouse during December to convince them its summer unless you introduce artificial lighting. You'd also need extra heat as even with this mild winter my greenhouse got very cold at night.

Oh - and a little paint brush to pollinate them!

How much effort / expense do you want to put into it?


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:10
Mike - I do our lawn twice a year but never really know when is best to do it. Do you think there are good and bad times?


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:07

No messing around I'll drive down there and manhandle you to the hospital if I have too.

/serious face/

How to open compost bin

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 15:05
Mine are all windproof ones - you just need to give it a sharp hard tug up. They're good quality plastic you'll struggle to break it.

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