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YOUR view of music over the years.

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 07:52

Interesting how things change - many years ago when working for a legal firm, I was instructed that when addressing envelopes 'Mr' should only be used when writing to people who owed the firm money.  Otherwise we used their title or Esq.


ash from wood burner

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 07:43
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

I read / heard once that,ash from  young twiggy wood is higher then logs. D Damsel you say the reverse. So maybe I've got it the wrong way round. Either way, I use my ash from our woodburner, as others do, added to compost bin.

I'm sure I heard that on GQT some years ago - the example of the traditional allotment bonfire was used and it was said that this sort of ash, consisting of burnt prunings, pea sticks etc contained more potash that burnt heart wood which is what you'd get from burning logs. 


Posted: 24/10/2014 at 07:36

We renovated our garden around a hibernating hedgehog and didn't know it was there until we nearly stepped on it.  After that we made sure we didn't disturb that patch but new fences (with hedgehog gates of course) were erected and other stuff was done around there - that was 3 winters ago and the hedgehogs are still around. 

Each winter, as well as having several hedgehog houses we have piles of logs, leaves, twigs, runner bean haulms etc stacked up in corners of the garden - we don't know if they're used until late spring when hibernation is over and we clean them out  - it's not a good idea to disturb them so we treat each area as if there's a hedgehog in it - at the moment they're visiting regularly and feeding every evening - even waking us up at 4am pushing a dish around on the terrace!


Posted: 24/10/2014 at 07:16
MrsGarden wrote (see)
Dove, good points, id nit considered the children in need aspect.
Lesley and dove, a lot of what came out at the meetings was the same fights, concerns and problems as 20+ yearsago. One case was a wheelchair funded for school but not allowed at home or in the community. ,,,,,,,

Something I've come across so many times - totally insane and all about money rather than need

Back to gardening ..........

Stilhaus Kitchens Reviews

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 07:05

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Posted: 24/10/2014 at 06:55

Good morning all

Glad you think it's changing for the better Mrs G.  One thing does annoy me - people are quite happy to donate to Children in Need - all those programmes with pictures and stories tugging at their heartstrings - and they'll happily dip into their purses to provide holidays/outings/equipment etc for children with additional needs.  But when it comes to paying Council Tax everyone complains and councils have to try to keep it down.  But it's our Council Tax that pays for the education, support, respite and equipment that those very same children should be having. If society was honest with itself about the real cost of paying for what children need, families wouldn't have to go to charities for essentials. 

When I first started working for the Children with Disabilities team I was appalled to find out that essential equipment (e.g. a powered wheelchair that gives a child a degree of independence) wouldn't be funded by NHS or the local authority, but parents had to go to charities to fund it. I could go on ......... but it's early in the morning ........ second coffee needed ........




Posted: 23/10/2014 at 18:27

Good luck Mrs G  - I know things are changing - I hope for the better. 

Well, we've eaten our share of the pasties - I hope you all enjoyed yours.  Now our feet are up and we're


Posted: 23/10/2014 at 15:28
punkdoc wrote (see)

Hi all, back from my Mums. V. stressful, she is so stubborn. I wonder where I got it from.,,,,,,

Yours and mine both Pdoc

Enjoy that training, and try to remember what they teach you

That new Blooming m and s baby advert on here!

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 15:10

Haven't seen it   Are you sure it's not just a migraine coming on


Posted: 23/10/2014 at 15:08

Oh yes Woody - the house at Gt Dixter is as good as the garden - and some of the furniture, especially the pieces CL commissioned, wonderful. 

I'm having the whole of Gt Dixter as my luxury when I'm cast ashore on that Desert Island

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