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David K

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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 21:00

Thanks, Obs

PS to Pauline. The 'awareness course' avoids the 3 penalty points, but the statuary £100 fine still applies.

For the record, the penalty points remain on your licence for 3 years and the 'offence' remains on your insurance for 5, God willing, I'll be all cleared-up by the time I'm 55.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 19:58
Pauline 7 wrote (see)

David. You may be able to keep your licence clean.  If you ring them up you may be able to go on a speed awareness course.  You have to pay for it but it is in place of the fine and points. 

And well done for stopping in time earlier.  


They've offered me this, Pauline, but apart from the £100 fixed penalty charge, it will cost another £80 for the 2 hr in view of the fact I don't make a habit of this, I've decided to take the 3 points. I know there's no excuses, but oh dear...just a steady walking pace over 30 mph. 

You see what a good boy I am, notifying my insurance company of the incident, they tell me my insurance increase will be only £25 per this with my 20 yo granddaughter's £130 pm with a gizmo fitted in her car too.

I have to say that in the area of the 'pram' incident the speed limit is 20 mph......if they annoy anyone who may consider them to be too slow, I reckon this particular one may have saved this baby's life. 


HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 17:25

Just fate I suppose, but at a certain time today I was driving though town, when a pram with a baby in it, rolled at speed into the road straight in front of harm done as I managed to stop okay.....the woman (in floods of tears) was so grateful.

Mitigating circumstances: she had two toddlers with her which were needing her attention, the road was on a steep/ish hill and a gust of wind blew the pram into the road.

Something slightly ironic about this, this morning I received a fixed penalty fine in the post charging me with driving at 35 mph in a 30 mph area.......a hard pill to swallow when I've held a clean driving licence since I was 17.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 15:36

GD - As I've said many times, sweet peas are designated as 'hardy'...they are in fact very hardy and will stand many degrees of frost. The problems begin when people make them soft by coddling them.

Given what you say (and taking into account where you live)  I would say that yours could be safely planted outdoors now. As also said before, provide a little protection from cold winds.

On the subject of their hardiness, there is no reason why they can't (in most locations) be sown directly outdoors in October......I don't do this, but it does indicate how hardy they are.

Teasing roots

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 14:48

 Ah....they don't make presenters like they used to! 

Charlie Dimmock

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 11:46

"Women get what they're given, we don't get to choose.  That's why discrimination and judging on appearance is ridiculous "

Not so sure I agree with that, Dove......I could remind you of a much revered (on this forum) lady gardening presenter who as she is (to put it mildly) as a result of being greedy & overeating.

IMHO, most people who are obese, just eat too much!

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 11:11

 Painted Lady.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 11:08

Hope those who value the scent of sweet peas, remembered me mentioning the variety 'Painted Lady''s extremely old and has a gorgeous scent. 

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 07:40

......and I should have said spring, not 'winter'.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 22:12
Yviestevie wrote (see)

David, This year I've grown pre spencer varieties and they seem to be much slower growing, or is it my imagination.


Mine have been the same,'s just been that kind of winter.

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