Latest posts by fidgetbones

First compost heap - how does this sound?

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 10:12

You could use a builders bag on the inside to stop the bits falling out through the chickenwire.  A piece of old carpet or compost bags filled with something insulating to go on top to keep the heat in.

The Great British Wildflower Hunt

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 09:07

I used to do that as a kid. I had an observer book of wild flowers, and if it wasn't in that Mum had a pre war book on wild flowers with drawings in.  Now kids can use an ipad and just look it up. A good idea to get kids out of the house and actually looking at their surroundings.   Those long summer holidays are coming up.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 08:44

Oh, my legs ache. Walking around chatsworth in hiking boots yesterday , and I am cream crackered.

Yes, everyone,  GO OUT AND VOTE.  I have always voted because I was taught at school that women only have the vote because other women died for us.  I do despair of some of the younger generation. I asked the girls ( in their 20's) at work about voting last week. One replied that she didn't usually vote, but she wasn't voting for that woman because she didn't vote against fox hunting. I said I thought there was a few more important issues on the table, like brexit and terrorism, and taxes. I got the reply that she didn't read newspapers, didn't watch the news, and her only info came from facebook. I despair.

 We seemed to have missed the worst of the wind. The beans and polytunnel are still standing.  It is a bit wet here. I have an architect coming this afternoon. I hope he brings his wellies.

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 08:21

I saw a couple of black labs being fed ice cream outside the blow up paxton conservatory. I think taking dogs into the crowded areas would be silly.  Assistance dogs are generally used to crowded places. Most other dogs could find it a bit worrying, get panicky, and could get trodden underfoot.  Anyhow  , I have yet to find a dog interested in flower displays.


Posted: 07/06/2017 at 21:43

Well, I think it looks like a potato plant. It could have grown from potato peelings in the bin. It has done well to get to the flower stage.

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 21:40

I have had an email from the RHS apologising for traffic chaos.  I have emailed them back about the dangerous sloping path by the floral bridge. (the centre new one)

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 21:21

Oh and the furthest bridge over the river, started to get a wobble on. Really wobbly. Like something out of Harry Potter. All we needed was a dementor sweeping down the valley.

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 21:15

We left Mansfield for 8.30 and hit Chesterfield just after 9. The traffic was moving until about a mile from the Baslow Island, The big gates had been opened, we were in by 10.15 and parked row 14. We then had to walk to join the huge queue to get in. As Mum had no chance, I joined the queue which snaked up past the house, in front of the stables and started to snake down the other side. 15 minutes  later, I collected Mum and Sis , and another 10 minutes we were in.  The coffee place ran out of water as we got to the front of the queue. The white peak restaurant would not serve us as we hadn't booked. ( It was empty, more staff than customers) Mum nearly went tits up by the floral bridge, that corner is dangerous the slope needs sorting . Everywhere was sodden, mud everywhere. I expect the rest of the week to get worse unless they sort out a load more bark chippings. Shops  were struggling to process credit cards as the mobile signal was poor. ( Middle of Derbyshire in a valley). That said, I liked most of the gardens except the one that looked like fly tipping, and the one that was the quarry men stand. A nice slab of stone and some rusty metal. Again, not what I call a garden.

Eagle sweet peas had a wonderful stand.   The abutilons on the helter skelter moved directly from Chelsea. I also noted a good peony stand, one with dahlias and gladioli and lots of plants for sale at fairly reasonable prices. I didn't buy any as I have no space, but noted a lot for next year.  Fantasywire have some giant dandelions by the floral bridge, and a small stand.  Considering the site was evacuated yesterday  on health and safety grounds as the wind was knocking over palm trees, I don't think they did too bad. Obviously plenty of room for improvement. Anyone going, start early, wear wellies.  I found the most gorgeous oak table and seats. a snip at nearly £30,000. Ha. not unless I win the lottery.  There was stuff from plants at 3 for a tenner to the skies the limit.

 Coming out we got a ride on a shuttle bus to the car, and exited the way we came in, again slowly. We got back to mums around 7pm.  Totally cream crackered.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 20:38

Off to Chatsworth tomorrow. Apparently the press day today was shortened due to high winds. They are warning people to wear suitable clothing and footwear (wellingtons).

......the good guys

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 17:09

We have this thread for name and shame.

You could try trading standards if the products are not as described.

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