Latest posts by fidgetbones

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 16:08

I wonder if the teachers have missed them yet.

winter protection

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 13:29

Mine has survived out side for three years in well drained soil on a slope. Soggy roots are the killers for salvias.

When to cut back sedum

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 13:26

I leave the flowered heads on for winter to add some structure. The old stems will just break off when you tidy up in Spring. To stop it flopping, you "chelsea chop", cut most of the new stems in half in late May.

The Problems of Disability and Jobs

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 11:18

On my way home from school, the second bus stop, the people who worked at REMPLOY in Mansfield got on.  They all had a job and some dignity, even if it was subsidised. A lot of them were injured in the war, and had bits missing. I know of a man, who worked in a factory all his life, sweeping the floor and doing basic tasks. George was only capable of doing simple tasks, and only following one instruction at a time. However he always wanted to be busy. He was paid less than the skilled workforce, but living with his brother , it was better than income support.  After he retired and his brother died, he had to go into an old peoples sheltered housing, but he still needed to work. The warden used to send him up to us for one thing, we used to tell him to take it back to Wendy. Then Wendy would send him to another shop for one thing, and they would instruct him to go back. Now with minimum wage, a factory cannot employ someone to do half a skilled persons job and pay them full rate.  So people like George sit at home with the telly getting bored, living on income support.

I see this from both points of view. A disabled person wants a job, reasonable adjustments need to be made by the employer. But from an employers point of view, if they can only do half a job, or it is going to cost huge amounts for "reasonable adjustments", with all the will in the world, they cannot afford to employ a disabled person.

For instance, many places I work could employ someone in a wheelchair on the till. But they could not use the toilets, which are up a flight of stairs, in a Victorian building. How much to put a lift in, and is it even possible? New builds are better, they all seem to have a wheelchair friendly toilet on the ground floor.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 11:01

A bit more shredding for me today, and I must lift the echeveria.

 For Dr Who fans, there is a spin off called "Class" on BBC 3 only on iplayer. I only found it by chance. I don't know why they don't put it on BBC1 on Saturday nights. Why make good drama, then not advertise it and put it on an obscure channel?

 Hostafan, have you  SORN'ed the old van/new woodshed?

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 10:57

Aussie raisin bread is a lot like Warburtons fruit loaf, but a bit more spicy.(cinnamon I think)

winter protection

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 10:53

I would keep it on the dry side, perhaps by covering the soil in plastic, and up against a wall for protection. Frozen wet roots will kill most pot plants.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 23:36

Pat, I used to eat a lot of raisin toast in Oz. Yummy slathered in butter.

Hosta, don't forget to SORN the old car/wood shed or they will fine you if you haven't even if its not on the road.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 17:35

I dug some dahlias up and planted tulips and alliums.  The rest of the dahlias are still flowering, and the Salvia Amistad still look so gorgeous I can't bring myself to dig them up yet.


Posted: 31/10/2016 at 17:33

I've been knocking them off with a brush into a pot, and relocating them to the bug house.

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