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Posted: 04/04/2014 at 16:39

Can I have a hot water please Dove?

And a ticket to leave work early I'm bored rigid here!!


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 13:35

Your ideas sound exciting Mrs G! As for silly well I'm on revision 67 of the vegetable plot now so I can hardly comment. Even had to plant my garlic under the washing line as they were burst their pots and the plot wasn't even slightly ready! I'm going to mark out rev 67 this weekend to see how it looks before perhaps making my mind up...

Although I also want to design in a space for chickens, you know, just in case some magically appear in the garden one morning. So perhaps I ought move the green houses more to the left and.... oh dear I can see rev 68 appearing!

Time to get busy!

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 13:30
Busy Bee2 wrote (see)

Clarington, on another thread someone was asking the beekeepers for their wax, because it is expensive, but the best way of course, is to get yourself a hive!!  My bees didn't produce any excess honey last year, but that is because they were young queens and moved mid-season I think.  But before they went in we nicked a bit of the honeycomb and you chew it and the wax goes like chewing gum, and the honey goes down your throat, and then you can take out the wax and make candles.  As long as you don't object to your own spit!


Busy Bee. My God father had his own hives and I remember quite fondly "harvest" time! I'd rather like to keep bees myself but we've small children either side of us, not to mention the school that backs on to us and I fear that should I get a hive it would be a source of complaints every time someone got stung regardless of whether it was a wasp or not as common sense is often lacking! Plus my partner wants a dog so I can't see him being keen on bees (nor chickens unfortunately - they may have to brought in when he's away on a boys weekend. We can do that right? Woman's prerogative or something... )

Object to your own spit? Pft there's worse that comes out your body to object to than some dribble!!

Using a lawn weedkiller with cats

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 13:22

Most products like these say that they're safe for kids and cats providing you give them time to DRY before allowing the creatures to roam once more. It really is a case of checking the packet and the specifics - they're normally very clear and give you guidance as to how long you should leave it. Can you go to the likes of Homebase where you'll have plenty of access to read the entire label?

(As an aside you might not want to put any grass clipping in your compost bin after its been treated)


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 11:18

Okay so that is quite unusual!!

KEF - I'd have offered to tow the bus had I not been on the diet! It seemed silly having sat in the queue and seen how dangerous it was not to have offered to help (the truck is more than capable especially for such a short distance). I'm afraid I would never forgive myself for being one of those people that sit blindly in their cars oblivious to the world around them or stepping over little old ladies who have fallen over when shopping because I'm in a rush and I don't care that the poor paramedic is cold and tired and doing his best to comfort her.

Time to get busy!

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 10:53

Hmm. Where can I source bees wax from...

Mikey its never ending! My garden wont be "finished" for a year or two - mostly because I keep changing my mind on things after coming on here!! Its under gone so many major revisions even the green house has moved location.

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 10:27

Ooooh lucky you Dove! Our pond now has three Iris plants (two purple, one yellow), native oxygenating weed (Hippuris Vulgaris), and a native lilly (Nymphaea Alba - I think!)

Just need to make it a little more accessible now.


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 10:09

Oh Verd I hope you mum is okay and up to at least complaining how young the doctors look!

Very foggy in Sheffield at the moment (this side at least). On my way into work there was a broken down bus in everyone's way but when the driver called his depo to see if it would be okay for me to tow him to a place of safety (i.e. into a bus stop off the road about 100 yards away where he'd be safer with his lack of lights not to mention get the road flowing again) they said no its against company policy. I guess they're worried in case I claim my truck gets damaged since the world is so sue happy but I felt so sorry for the driver there getting pipped at by people who were having to wait and its not his fault. The queue on the other side of the road was at least two miles long and this was only at the "start" of rush hour!


Keep safe everyone.


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 06:59

£20 for one bulb???? That's a shocker you don't want to wake up too!

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 06:58

Zoomer; you'd be amazed how quickly children learn that disability is a bad thing from their parents and learn that you shouldn't talk to a disabled person.  Just think how many times a young child wants to know WHY is that woman fat? WHY is that person is black WHY do they have a wheelchair? Yes normally they choose their loudest voice to ask  waiting for the one time the shop is quiet but I've seen kids dragged away and really told off because they simply wanted to know if my feet were poorly. No wonder you become reluctant to talk to disabled people if you never get the chance to try when you're little! 

Chicky- tgge alternative didn't sound like much fun. I'm not brave or special we'd all do the same!

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