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Posted: 12/03/2015 at 11:38

Apart from the fact that most of what you advocate simply doesn't work, you obviously don't have a clue ... napthalene is nasty stuff

"...Exposure to large amounts of naphthalene may damage or destroy red blood cells. Humans, in particular children, have developed this condition, known as hemolytic anemia after ingesting mothballs or deodorant blocks containing naphthalene. Symptoms include fatigue lack of appetite, restlessness, and pale skin. Exposure to large amounts of naphthalene may cause  confusion,nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the urine ad jaundice(yellow coloration of the skin).

Over 400 million people have an inherited condition called  glucose-6-phosphatge dehydrogenase deficiency. Exposure to naphthalene is more harmful for these people and may cause hemolytic anemia at lower doses.

When the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) exposed male and female rats and mice to naphthalene vapors on weekdays for two years, male and female rats exhibited evidence of carcinogenic activity based on increased incidences of  adenoma and neuroblastomaof the nose, female mice exhibited some evidence of carcinogenic activity based on increased incidences of alveolar and bronchiolar adenomas of the lung, and male mice exhibited no evidence of carcinogenic activity.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies naphthalene as possibly carcinogenic to humans and animals Group 2B. The IARC also points out that acute exposure causes cataracts in humans, rats, rabbits, and mice; and that hemolytic anemia, described above, can occur in children and infants after oral or inhalation exposure or after maternal exposure during pregnancy. Under California's Proposition 65, naphthalene is listed as "known to the State to cause cancer".A probable mechanism for the carcinogenic effects of mothballs and some types of air fresheners containing naphthalene has been identified.

Memory Lane Rose

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 08:37

The fact that they're advertised as available all year round suggests to me that they're imported - that might mean that they would not be happy in the UK climate/conditions - but you could always contact the above wholesaler and ask where they come from/who grows them etc?  Explain why you're interested (and that you're not a competitor after their supplier's contact details) and they may be able to help you.

Edited to say: Snap! Sue just realised it's the same website as the one you posted.


Posted: 12/03/2015 at 08:28

Somehow I missed the Chicklet's beautiful birthday cake!!!  How did I manage to do that

Just heard from plumber - he's coming tomorrow - that means I have some cooking to do today and I can get on with paperwork shuffling.   Someone please nag me if I procrastinate by going out into the garden too much - I must get the paperwork finished

As for Clarkson, in my opinion he's an arrogant bully - I've always thought so and although I love cars and driving I loathe Topgear because of him.  For politicians to get involved in this debacle shows a real lack of judgement.



Posted: 12/03/2015 at 06:31

Good morning Wintersong and anybody else who's about

I noticed BL and DD meeting up but got distracted by daughter's phone call. 

Coffee anyone?


Posted: 11/03/2015 at 20:17

TC hello   thanks for letting us share your excitement   What sort of pear trees are you having?  When we moved here 3 years ago one of the first things we put in the garden was a Concorde pear maiden and we're espaliering it to form one side of the dining area of the terrace

My daughter's a chip of the old block   We've had family members and close friends with various disabilities, and I've recently retired from working to support the families of children with severe disabilities and life-limiting conditions.  

I think that so many people just aren't aware of the impact of their behaviour on people who have a disability.

update on Jeyes Fluid and cat probs

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:33

If and when the police come around, it may be helpful to have this information for them - after all, they may not know what Jeyes Fluid is

How cruel is this?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:29

Maybe she'll let you lick the bowl out  


And my OH insists on testing everything I bake, even if it's for someone else - after all, someone's got to take the risk

Can You Help Identify?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:25

Agree with the first two.  As for the third one, I can't see it very clearly but something says hebe to me about it - there's one called Mrs Winder that has reddish leaves - but as I can't see it very clearly I'm probably barking up the wrong tree


Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:09

So proud of my daughter   She works for Mencap with adults with severe physical and learning disabilities.  Today she and a colleague were in a Debenhams with two ladies with severe cerebral palsy using wheelchairs, waiting for the lift to arrive to take them down to the ground floor.  Behind them in the queue were some mums with little ones in buggies. 

As the lift arrived two men pushed past them and got into the lift. 

Incensed, daugher put her foot in the door to stop it closing and said politely, ' Sorry to inconvenience you gentlemen, but don't you think these ladies have been inconvenienced enough in their lives without you adding to their difficulties? 

She went on to explain the principles of queueing and just went on and on until the two men sheepishly exited the lift and went down the stairs! 

She said she got a round of applause and cheers!!!  SO PROUD OF HER!!!


Posted: 11/03/2015 at 16:23

Sorry Runnybeak, I've had it here until about half an our ago   Two full loads dry on the line and folded and put away   Mind you, I've not done any gardening other than a few weeds pulled up and some pots watered - I had to go down to the village and it was so lovely I got my bike out - but both tyres were flat - I've not ridden it since I broke my wrist so I'm a bit concerned that the inner tubes might be perished - I bought the bike second hand when I retired and it had been sitting in someone's garage hardly used as she'd bought it when she retired then developed a balance problem so it'd hardly been ridden when I got it.  The inner tubes are probably the original ones.  I've pumped both tyres up and put the bike back in the garage and we'll see how long they stay hard - I might need to get new tubes   So I went into the village in the car and did a bit of a shop.

Most of the house has been restored to order, but there's some bits and pieces that I'll need OH's muscles to help me with. 

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