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Posted: Yesterday at 19:57

I fork it into the area being planted. I pile it on a few inches deep and then fork it in well before planting.  Make sure it is well rotted. it should have no smell and be crumbly and fibrous.

Research for a novel. Info needed......

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 00:27

I think that during the war, slug and pest control would be to handpick the pests off.  DDT came in for general use after the war.

Potatoes would be planted in march(usually Easter time) and maincrop such as King Edwards (introduced 1902) would be dug up from September to end of October

For Irish apples try here

clicking on each apple will give you info on date introduced and cropping times.

cabbages  are planted from spring onwards  and cropped from late summer through the winter.


Posted: 20/01/2017 at 21:21

I'm with Nut on this. A couple of corner bends from the plumbing store, and divert it back to his side. Glue them in well.

 I think that legally, it is classed as a nuisance.

Nuisance in English law is an area of tort law broadly divided into two torts; private nuisance, where the actions of the defendant are "causing a substantial and unreasonable interference with a [claimant]'s land or his use or enjoyment of that land",[1]

Maybe a letter from a solicitor if you don't want to take direct action.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 16:06

Interesting looking leaves, Liri.

We've been to view a new place. Looks like it has everything we want except someone has already made an offer and we haven't got ours on the market yet.  It even has a good pub up the road. We had lunch while we were out.

I'm not getting my hopes up yet.

Magnolia tree

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 21:58

Generally magnolia do not  need pruning. Only remove a branch if it is in the way. Just because it overhangs next door does not mean that you have to cut it back. Let them enjoy the flowers too. When it flowers take a photo and post it, someone may be able to identify it.  Give it a feed in Spring with something like blood fish and bone, and then mulch it with bark chippings or compost.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 21:34

You do pick some holiday spots, Hosta.

How about Tenerife next year?

rare seeds

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 17:59

Try Chiltern seeds or Plantworld in devon.


Posted: 17/01/2017 at 09:35

MIL had Alzheimers, hubbys paternal aunt had vascular dementia.  Vascular dementia took her in five years, with decline being a step down process with each mini stroke.  His mother had a slow decline over 15 years. Both are equally horrendous.

We learnt a few coping mechanisms. The Alzheimers society can provide a lot of pointers in the right direction. For instance, MIL did not have to pay council tax, and got a rebate from the time she was diagnosed. The Alzheimers society can also give help in filling forms in.

Get Power of Attorney in place before diagnosis, at the first signs of forgetfulness.  Otherwise the council can take over, sell the home and put your mother in care whether you like it or not.  By the time your elderly relative needs to have someone with power of attorney and a valid will made, it is too late. Do it while they are still compos mentis.

Dont argue that they are wrong. When she insisted she had had no breakfast, just give her another slice of toast.  Hubby did have to draw the line when his mum thought he was her husband, because he  looked like his father did when younger. When she insisted she had to get home to her mother, we used to distract her by saying that she was out shopping and would collect her later. Then change the subject.

She thought programmes on television were real. When she broke the second television by throwing something at the bad man, we resorted to carefully selected DVD's. The good thing was she never got bored with them, they could go on a loop , because she had forgotten she had seen them by a couple of hours later.  Ken Dodd, Morecombe and Wise , and  David Attenborough nature programmes went down well. She also like programmes about  tootling along canals.

Body clocks go haywire, sleeping through the day in four hour stints, then being awake most of the night. Unless you want to resort to sleeping tablets, you have to live with this. Sleeping tablets in elderly lead to more falls and hospitalisation. Having supplied medicines for nursing homes, it seems that many people go on sleeping tablets as soon as they go in to a nursing home. Nursing homes deny that this is for the convenience of staff.

Carers need respite otherwise they get ground down as well. Social services try to insist that the caring is a social problem , and should be paid for or done by the family.

However, in the later stages it is a mental health problem. MIL used to hallucinate, talking to people that were not there. It then becomes a mental health issue, in that it was not safe to leave her on her own. if it is a mental health issue, then it becomes nursing care, to be paid for by the NHS.  The powers that have to pay for this will argue it is not, because they know that family will not abandon their relatives, or that there is a lifetime of saving  out of taxed earnings to pay for it. We got 24 hour cover at the finish, paid for by the NHS. Did we feel guilty at the cost of keeping her in her own home when it would have been cheaper for her to go into a Nursing Home.  No.

 If drug addicts who have never done a days useful work in their lives can get hot and cold running social workers, key workers and the rest, because it is a mental health issue, then someone who has worked and paid taxes all their lives should get at least the same.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 09:01

Nothing to forgive, Pat.

 Its like anyone in Scotland having central heating and triple glazing. Kind of essential.

If the outside temperature is above blood heat, if you can't cool off, you will get heatstroke.  Even though it is dry heat, which I can tolerate more than humid heat, I would be looking for somewhere cool. While working, some of the places used to get very hot in summer.  I used to find an excuse to go to the supermarket and loiter by the freezers.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 19:01

I'm going to see if mum wants a row of Polka raspberry canes. best to move them now, and unlikely we will be here in September for the fruit.  All of my Roscoeas will need potting up too, and all the double hellebores.

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