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Posted: 10/12/2015 at 07:47

Yes, I have NDN's daughter's mobile number - but  the regular carer's car is parked outside now so he must have arrived as usual to get him up, dressed and breakfasted and all appears as normal. 

There is another daughter who lives in Scotland who visits more infrequently - maybe she's staying for a few days which would explain a change in the usual habits.  As she comes by train there wouldn't be a car parked outside. 

They're quite private people and we tend to only speak to them about things that affect them, like felling the tree which overhung their garage, and replacing the fence etc. 

Poor Lawn

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 07:31

Re-reading your original post, you say that the lawn is covered with moss, and yet you later say that the lawn is in full sun.  I'm wondering whether the soil has been soured by unbalanced feeding over the years.  Have a look here .

And if my lawn looked worse than my neighbours' and they didn't use Green Thumb, and if the chap Green Thumb send to tend to your lawn doesn't seem to know what he's doing and is unable to respond or advise on the poor condition of your lawn, then I wouldn't employ them.  What's the point?

Wasn't it Albert Einstein who said that his definition of insanity was to keep doing the same thing over again and expect different results?

Improving Composting for the Elderly

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 06:59

Not sure how the neighbours would take to a huge bonfire, and digging deep holes here is difficult 'cos the chalk rock is very near the surface. 

The sensible thing would be either just to pop me into one of the chalk mines across the way and leave me there with the bats, or build a longship down on the marshes and float me down the river and out to sea. 

Not sure that's allowed as the mines are an SSSI and if I floated out to sea I'd probably cause damage to a windfarm or become a notorious shipping hazard


Posted: 10/12/2015 at 06:50

Good morning all   G'day Pat

 I slept like a log - sorry   

I did wake once and noticed a light on next door as I traversed the landing - there were lights on there when I went to bed which is unusual - an elderly chap lives there on his own - he has carers go in several times a day and his daughter visits frequently - couldn't see any signs of anything untoward - just the lights on - can't really go round and check in the middle of the night just 'cos the lights are on

Poor Lawn

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 19:34

Verdun, you may well be correct that the lawn has been affected by leatherjackets and I agree that nematodes applied next year will be a good course to follow.Nematodes are very effective  

However, if you zoom in on the third photo you'll see long grass stems laying flat on the surface of the lawn, looking dry and hay-like - I think it looks like the flowering stalks of the grass that are not being cut properly.

Poor Lawn

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 19:26

I've zoomed in on the third photo and I can see what you mean - there are a lot of long grass stalks there - they look like flowering stalks rather than 'leaves' - can you check and see if that's what they are?

What sort of mower do you use and how sharp are the blades?

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Posted: 09/12/2015 at 18:11

Of course Hosta, real paper - enough to line the budgie's cage for the rest of the year, and give him something to read




We don't have a budgie

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Posted: 09/12/2015 at 18:07

Anyone got a Radio Times???

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Posted: 09/12/2015 at 18:03

We'll meet you here about then Hosta

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Posted: 09/12/2015 at 18:00

And if you really really need to shut them up just tell them you're spending Christmas Day with friends ..............................Gardening Friends .............. some of us will be here for some of the time

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