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To prune or not to prune

Posted: Yesterday at 14:00

Many years ago my daughter ignored my advice and planted not one Russian Vine but two.  She's moved several times since then and never planted another

pretty plant needed for bathroom

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 22:00

Loofahs caused a bit of a kerfuffle at a geology talk I gave in a nearby village some years ago.  I was talking local Chalk (aka ocean) geology and I have quite a collection of fossil sponges amongst my marine examples.  An indignant (and rather rude) lady at the back suddenly declared I was talking absolute nonsense as they were plants.  Well loofahs do get called sponges, of course, but they ain't the same as the sessile animals which still today get harvested from the sea.  She was getting on a bit so I resisted telling her what I thought of her. 

bizarre situation- what would you do?

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 21:36

As both you and your neighbour have been 'dun over' you could perhaps combine a complaint which would make it exactly relevant to the situation.  You say he has been seen working on it?  He must have noticed the difference from when he was last there surely.  Why should you feel guilty, it wasn't your fault in the least.  Just make sure your neighbour understands what has happened and work together to a solution BUT don't let the committee off altogether.  Very slap dash management which could have led to a lot of expense and recrimination.  Try not to call them a bunch of plonkers though personally I most certainly would (well at least the one who mucked it up)

That new Blooming m and s baby advert on here!

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 17:49

I have Classic FM on in my car not on the computer.  Bit tricky switching it in and off at times though sometimes I lose patience and switch it off altogether. 

Leaf damage - whitefly? Sawfly?

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 15:39

Definitely not sawfly, very neat chewers and thorough with it

That new Blooming m and s baby advert on here!

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 15:37

Haven't had a TV for nearly 30 years.  Turn one on sometimes when I'm looking after somebody else's house and usually turn it off again.  Don't have i player etc on the computer either and judging by the increasing banality of the adverts on Classic FM I'm unlikely to change course in the near future if ever.  The only time I ever found it useful was when I was a full-time dairyman and had stable girl lodgers.  They always wanted a particularly gormless programme on at lunch time which had me dozed off in less than five minutes so I had 25 minutes peaceful napping before getting back to the grind 


Posted: 23/10/2014 at 15:25

Very few wasps here in West Dorset and I haven't seen a single hornet, magnificent creatures that they are. I have been a bit distracted with various family problems so probably not quite as observant as usual.  I still had to walk the dog though which is when I normally keep my eyes open for whatever is about.  As for hating wasps or any other such creatures, the word fear should perhaps be substituted, sometimes, of course, for seemingly logical and understandable reasons. 

along came a spider

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:54

I'll have a bitter shandy in hot weather and a glass of white wine at Christmas so I don't think that's the explanation.  I have been plastered three times in my life, none of them intentional more a question of sneaky moves on the part of salavating males.  I didn't like the taste and even less did I like the effects.  I prefer to know what I'm doing and who with


What are these?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 17:04

They certainly look like pollen beetles though all the ones I've seen look black.  Maybe they're fresh hatched

New Dralek

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 20:28

As long as it's a mix of all sorts of garden and kitchen waste and preferably stable waste too, not too much of any one thing at a time, you shouldn't have too much of a problem. I level it out as I go and make sure it's well pushed down round the edges.  Once it's really, really full put the lid on and start another, leaving the first one to get on with things. And yes mine are all on soil which gives them a flying start anyway

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