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Posted: 09/06/2016 at 11:53

Roast parsnips glazed in honey! Wonderful!

Kitty: lots of cups of tea, multi vitamins, and falling asleep at 21:00  We only had a 2 mile walk this morning as we found another dog to play with and I took advantage of that wearing him out! I have a step counter on my phone: you'd be amazed how quickly miles rack up.

But since I weighed myself this morning (agh) I obviously need to pound the streets some more. I seem to have acquired a little too much excess!

blue strawberry

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 11:48

Seeds are, interesting a bit of a vague topic for customs when importing from China if a quick hunt around their website is to believe.

What would be sensible should you care about the local ecology enough to want to take active steps to avoid bringing in a potential threat is to ask for a Phytosanitary Certificate. These are used to ensure that plants are free from pest and disease and do cover seeds as well.

Unfortunately I think most ebayers are there for cheap deals (and fairy tale plants if what we are seeing is true) and suppliers will be making the most of this opportunity so certificates might not always be easy to access (or even legitimate if one is produced).


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 10:33

Morning all. SNeaking in quickly to give my brain a rest. Collating lists for children centres / primary schools / nurseries ... and gosh this brain was not built for such struggles!


Posted: 08/06/2016 at 13:00
chicky says:

...meant to ask Clari - how were the Grand Design creators?  Lots of teeth sucking noises at the audacity of your plans?  OH likes to guess the price quote, based on the number of sharp intakes of breath performed at the initial visit - he believes they have an exponential relationship 🤔🤔🤔)

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Builder one was keen, ready to start, and gave no hint to shoot down any of our ideas (floor levelling compound, special plaster board to sound insulate the adjoining wall) nor any worry about the wall he was going to knock down being structural.

Builder two was pessimistic at best, seems to be keen to put lintel support structures everywhere (swear he must have one under his mug of tea), wrote off our idea of levelling compound (not needed) and plaster board (doesn't work), and was keen for us to do as much of the preparation work as possible (agh more knocking off plaster!!)

Builder three hasn't returned the call to even come round for a quote. Which is a good sign.

I'll let you know prices when they're in. I think you can guess which is going to be the more expensive one!

Neighbour dispute

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 12:51

I just wanted to point out as you are a new member that Pansey isn't SHOUTING in anyway but has eyesight problems and struggles to read the forum at present. This is why she uses capital letters! I didn't want you to think her reply overly rude as I know in some forums the use of capital letters all the time can be quite aggressive.

I'd send a note back to your neighbour asking that if she has any problems she should discuss it face to face in a mutually convenient meeting with ALL neighbours concerned with the maintenance of this hedging. Instruct her that you will not respond to any further letters as it is not in the best interest of the hedge but thank her (because it will really throw her) for showing such concern for the well being of the hedge.

Laurel will grow very quickly and the gap will soon fill. By the time you get a meeting unless she deliberately goes out of her way to attack the laurel it'll have already mostly filled in!

Neighbour selfish Hi there

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 07:03

Speak to her. Explain you are grateful for her work but that there really was no need.

The Internet is no match to face to face conversation.


Posted: 08/06/2016 at 06:55

Morning all!

The rain must have missed us last night; we had the pressure changes and headaches that accompany it but no actual rain. Most unfair.

Looks like another hot day: drink plenty everyone! :)

gallery of shame

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 20:42

Muddle; you may find a car wheel in the grass if you look hard enough but you will never take my ironed bed sheets from me!


Posted: 07/06/2016 at 16:23

Melted during the volunteers walk around Rotherham but it was wonderful to see so many friendly people.

I am now laying in a cool room trying to drum up the enthusiasm to clean up ready for the builders coming later to quote for the grand designs.

gallery of shame

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 11:36

I adore ironed bedsheets they feel so much nicer and am convinced if I put a photo of me US ING the shower I'll be banned for life!!

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