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Posted: 23/01/2015 at 06:10

Good morning all   Nippy out there this morning -2.7C  - my first coffee of the day was accompanied by the sound of our neighbour scraping a windscreen.  So glad I don't have to do that today - keep safe and warm everyone who has to journey out to the saltmine - TGIF

Unknown garden friend or foe

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 05:57

Info about New Zealand and Australian flatworms and what to do if you find one in your garden.


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:21

Lovely team you have there Fritillary

I was married the month before my 19th birthday - son born 2 years later.  That marriage wasn't my best decision but it did last 24 years and I have two lovely children so it was worth it

A good visit to the Aged Ps.  Ma should have her new dentures next week. 

After the visit I went down to the harbour and bought some fish fresh from the boat - landed yesterday evening - 8 good sized codling fillets for £10 - bargain

And I saw some great wildlife too - have a look at the bird sightings thread

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:08

I know I said I'd be sure to see partridges on my way to see the Aged Ps today, but I didn't


on the way home there was a Common Buzzard perched on top of an old elder bush right at the side of the road - such a clear view - I could see all the wonderfully marked breast feathers - I was following a tractor so going slowly and the buzzard didn't seem at all perturbed by the traffic.


after visiting my Aged Ps I sat in the car at the harbour mouth for a while, watching the Herring gulls, Black-headed gulls and Turnstones when suddenly I saw a seal breaking the surface of the water, looking about him and heading on out to sea.

Not a bad day's Nature-watching


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 10:56

Right, heading off to see the Aged Ps - see you later folks

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 10:44
Lyn wrote (see)
pansyface wrote (see)

And how is one supposed to take out a mortgage or even plan a monthly budget under those conditions?

The same as if they were on the dole or claiming benefits I suppose.

With regard to 12 hours a day shifts, then time off, isnt that what nurses do?

When we were grave digging we did exactly that, we could be flat out 7 days a week, digging on a Sunday as well, because next week there may not be one. Teaches you to budget. Dont spend a good weeks wages in one week, save some for next week.

Well, not really - as my daughter had no income for that summer at all - even with her very careful budgeting there was no way that her Student Loan was enough to cover the summer holidays as well as termtime.  She needed a job for the summer and thought she had one - she's a hard worker and happy to be flexible - but to be contracted to work for a company but not given any work - an invidious situation for anyone.

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 10:26

When she was a student my daughter signed up to a Zero hours contract with a sports retailer during the summer vacation - she did the Induction Day, was passed as Excellent, and never got another hour's work from them - but because she'd signed that she would be available for work she couldn't get another job that summer!  She was a mature student and was trying to support herself but couldn't get any help from Benefits with her housing or living expenses because she was a student - except from Bank of Mum

Zero Hours Contracts should be illegal!

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 09:35

My understanding is that the Site Feedback area of the board is intended for comments regarding the editorial content and features of the Gardener's World website.

Replies to posts on the forum are obviously encouraged - however there are rules as Obelixx has quoted.

If you believe that a topic is inappropriate for discussion on this forum then the Report to Moderators facility should be used.

the great advert take over bid

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 08:16

You could do one of those speeches Panda - you know, 'This isn't just for me, it's for my parents, my OH, Daniel Haynes and the tech team, my primary school teacher who inspired me, and everyone who knows me .......... '

The Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 07:13
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

....saying that he wasn't really a gardener.  That much was obvious when he put some half-mashed garlic straight in a hand sprayer with about a cup of water (despite saying a litre) and spraying it as a jet rather than a spray.  In reality an unstrained mix like that would block it solid in a few seconds and take half an hour to clean out!  ...

Yes - I thought exactly the same!   And he may not be a gardener, but he is a scientist!!!


chicky wrote (see)

I agree too - think DG has mellowed over the years......

Not enough!

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