Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Neighbours new fence

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 13:33

Where's the mud coming from?  Truck wheels from the delivery of timber?  If so that's in the nature of driveways. If rain doesn't wash it off a hosepipe and a broom will do the job when the fencing is finished. 

I understand that this is stressing you but I think that some deep breaths and being patient for just a bit longer is the path I would follow. And a tray of tea and biscuits as soon as someone with tools appears usually helps get these 'neighbour' tasks done and good relationships maintained. 

A good relationship with neighbours is worth a fortune, I promise you, even if we have to make a few compromises. 

Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 13:10

'Brick toilet' is very refined Frank. In Suffolk it's a Brick sh**house, and a sturdily built girl would be called 'a whool mawther'.

Whool to rhyme with wool. 


Posted: 02/03/2017 at 12:11

I was thinking that they were the hardy Japanese onion sets that you plant in the autumn ......... of course, if they're just stragglers left from last year I'd pull them out ....... but 30 stragglers is a lot

Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 12:07
Palaisglide says:

Dove you gave me a shock, I read it as  "Several children met their maker a bit earlier than planned providing meals" should have gone to spec savers.


See original post

 I think if it had gone on much longer Frank ....................... I'm sure there were some people eyeing up the more sturdily built of us ................


Posted: 02/03/2017 at 11:42

The wallflowers will compete with the onions  for space, water and nutrition.. 

They won't poison them if that's what you're concerned about - plants don't work like that, and anyway wallflowers are a brassica, like cabbages and cauliflowers.

Dead lawn

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 11:18
Liriodendron says:
......... But whatever sort of lawn you want, PLEASE don't cut it so short. 

 Absolutely agree - I think that is the root (sorry ) of the problem.

Dead lawn

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 11:16

You have an acre of lawn? 

When I had that much grass I had sheep and cattle grazing it - rather a different sort of grass management.

Perhaps someone else has experience of vast areas of lawn ... golf course and football pitch groundsmen maybe ...

Hosta has large areas of grass, but it's not kept as one would keep a 'lawn' ...

Last edited: 02 March 2017 11:16:47

Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 11:08

I remember the winter of '63 Topbird.  I was 11 years old in the January and we lived on a farm in a tiny hamlet in Mid Suffolk - we were cut off for what seemed like weeks - no snow ploughs or bulldozers - my Pa  and the farm workers and the men who lived in the cottages around us used their garden spades, grain shovels and whatever there was to dig a single track into the next village 3 miles away.  It took ages as Pa was a good six feet tall and couldn't see over the snowdrifts.  The pond at the edge of the farmyard was frozen absolutely solid and we children were allowed to play on the ice without supervision! 

It was fun for  children, but so hard for my parents on the farm - tractors wouldn't work as the diesel in the engines had frozen, and of course all the farm animals and poultry needed their water troughs filled up at least twice a day - that had to be done by getting buckets full of water from the kitchen sink as all the pipes and taps in the farm buildings were frozen.  No one had freezers full of food in those days, so we lived off of whatever there was in the cupboards, lots of soda bread was made,  and soups from dried pulses, tinned peas and beans, and carrots and potatoes etc in stores and whatever could be salvaged from vegetable gardens.  Pa would take his shotgun and go out for pigeons, pheasants, rabbits etc that were lurking around woodland and the thick hedges where the snow wasn't so deep, and Ma made sure that villagers had eggs.  The other farm in the village had dairy cows, so they made sure everyone had milk to drink.  Several chickens met their Maker a bit earlier than planned and provided meals for a few families.

The snow on the fields wasn't as deep in some places as on the roadways, as it had drifted in the wind, and a girl of 17 who worked at the bakery 8 miles away walked across the fields to get to work as she couldn't get there on her Lambretta scooter, and then stayed there until the thaw. 

Eventually the roads were clear enough for the milk tankers to get through and collect the milk from the dairy farms - that was the most important thing - then the regular deliveries from butchers, bakers etc began to be resumed and life began to return to normal ............... oh, and eventually the headmistress of the village school was able to get through in her Morris Minor from her home 10 miles away, and the freedom and fun ended and we went back to school ............

Worm Casts

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 10:30

A good besom and a bit of aerobic exercise sorts ours out - and there are far better uses for Colmans Mustard - trust me, I'm in Norwich

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 08:39

Hmm ... A bright start has transmogrified into quite heavy rain ... So it's an indoor morning at least ... 

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