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stabilising clay banks on wet and windy slope

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 10:55

Very good point Dave - digging into the bank may very likely have cut into the water table and the effect may be that of having created a spring!   

Strictly 2014

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 10:14
David K wrote (see)

Strictly must be a real money spinner for the Beeb......raised an eyebrow the other night when Zoey announced on Strictly ITT, a comp where the prize was the dress designer's used sketches. The entry cost  was £2.50 + normal fees per text.....this is far in excess of anything I've known before, where the prizes were exotic holidays and so on costing thousands of pounds.

The profits go to Children in Need.

"...BBC competitions and votes will not be run in order to make a profit. The only time BBC competitions or votes will be aimed at raising funds will be for a BBC charitable initiative...."  quote from


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 07:44

Good morning all

The figures re Children in Need are so misleading - the money that's held in reserve is all spoken for - it's been awarded to different projects but they don't just hand over the cash in one lump sum - these are big projects and it's awarded in stages in a  responsible manner.  While it's being held in reserve it's not stuffed in the Terry W's mattress - it's invested properly in stocks and shares etc in order to make as much money as it can - again that's exactly as it should be - anything else would be irresponsible.  And when money is invested in stocks and shares the fund managers get paid - just as the people who manage my pension funds get paid.  All just as it should be.  I read that stuff in the Daily Mail slagging off CIN a few months ago - really nasty mischief-making if you ask me.

But all that be as it may, the case of the child with the cancer is very sad.  When I was at work I was involved with some children with brain tumours etc, and of course the parents would have done anything, absolutely anything, to try any treatment that just might make a scintilla of difference to the likely outcome. 

stabilising clay banks on wet and windy slope

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 07:32

If the area's large I'd be looking at the cellular geo-textiles that you fill with soil and plant up, like they use on the side of motorways etc.

Average Spend in garden centre

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 07:23

I think one of the difficulties is that a small garden centre doesn't work - you can't compete with the big chains on buying in the stuff (whether it's bedding plants, pots or furniture) as cheaply as they can.

Small shops compete with the big supermarkets by being just around the corner so you can pop in for a few things, but the thing about garden centres is that you need a car to carry most stuff so it doesn't work like corner shops.

Far better to specialise in something niche that the big chains can't do - I'll travel miles out of my way to go to a specialist nursery like Woottens - but then they started small ages ago and it took them a long while to get where they are today, with a thriving mail order business as well as being open to the public. 

Don't want to pour cold water on your enthusiasm but going it alone is a very hard row to hoe.


Posted: 14/11/2014 at 19:09

Stuffed with supper - home made lamb curry with brinjal bhaji and chana dal from Mamta Gupta's site .  Mamta's a friend of ours and her site is fantastic.  Now we're on the sofa, glass in hand and very

See you in the morning folks - sweet dreams.

Average Spend in garden centre

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 17:45

My other half works next door to the garden centre and now I'm retired I often take him to work and before I retired a little while ago there was another garden centre just around the corner from my office.

My answers probably wouldn't be of any help as they'd be totally unrepresentative of most people in my demographic. 

Average Spend in garden centre

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 16:53

Can I ask why you want to know?   I'm a curious sort of person

And to answer the question, it all depends - I've been known to come away with a plant for £3 from the Nearly Dead shelf, or a few fibre pots for £1.99 - at other times of the year I can walk away in a sort of stupor having spent £75 or more on some plants and compost. 

If I'd got room to plant a few trees and some more shrubs I'd spend £100s. 

Don't think you can average it out and end up with anything meaningful - there are so many variables.

Christmas Cactus

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 16:48

Hi RbS

Do you mean that some flower buds have fallen off?  I'm afraid that Christmas Cacti do drop some buds, especially if they've been moved, or are a bit dry, or in a draught - they're a bit temperamental that way. 

I'm afraid you can't grow the flower buds, but if some of the greenery gets knocked off you can plant it like a cutting and it will root and grow into a new plant.  I usually plant two 'sprigs' back to back so they develop into one plant which is even all around the pot.

Hope that helps

So fed up with all this rain!!!!

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 15:58

Now the sky looks like a bad bruise - purplish grey all over with yellow and red edges.

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