Gardening Grandma

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MOB rants

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 23:09

Here's a rant. I lost my temper today, which I seldom do. Although most people on this forum are charming and helpful, a minority think it is ok to make personal comments about other posters. You may think I should grow up. I may think you should grow up. Fine - but it is NOT OK to say so in a public forum. It is simply not OK to be personal, whether about other members of the forum or about well-known gardeners. Doing so says more about the person making the comments than about the person they attack or undermine. Everyone is vulnerable and everyone has faults. We need to be gentle with each other. I l love an argument if it is constructive and involves the cut and thrust of IDEAS. I also love a joke if it is without malice. Anything else is both ill-mannered and stupid. it is undignified and it causes hurt and provokes quarrels.  

GW competitions.

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 22:52

I did once win a diamond ring. They were pathetic diamonds.

GW competitions.

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 22:51

I do always think that those iinvitations that say 'Win a lawnmower' or whatever should say 'Probably fail to win a lawnmower' because that's the truth. I have a go now and then but without much optimism because even if there are only a couple of hundred entrants, the chances of winning are slim.

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 22:47

What a great idea! It would be cheap to do and fascinating to see the subtleties of humour and response that come with facial expressions and gestures. I'd love it, too.

GW competitions.

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 22:16

It hasn't accurred to me to think about this before.The law says that winners' names must be published or be available on request. It would indeed be good if they were in GW monthly.

MOB rants

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 22:04

Children with attentive, caring, relatively educated parents will do well virtually anywhere. Unfortunately, children don't start with a level playing field and the education system has to try to meet the needs of all of them. 

Tina, I'm enjoying reading your responses. I was told that stuff about not teaching your child to read, teach 'em to tie their shoelaces. I didn't teach him to read. Unfortunately, since other mothers had taught their children to read, he was at a disadvantage for several years.He was underachieving and, as one teacher so tactfully told me, 'only average.'

In secondary school I did not sit down and revise for his exams with him, but let him find his level. The result - he did worse that the children whose mothers knew all the answers to the exam questions because they had coached their children for the exams. In short, I was a sucker. I disadvantaged my child.

That 'only average' child went to both Oxford and Cambridge but he still can't spell properly. So what should I really have done? 


Little Treasures

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 21:34

I'm trying not to make this a local thing to South Wales.Is it that we have exceptional amenities here? I doubt it. Anyway, there's also Nant y Deri, in Cowbridge, a lovely woodland garden which is the home of Bordervale plants. It is a bit remote and involves a drive along a narrow country lane for about a mile. The plants area is smallish but full of healthy and unusual perennials and cottage garden plants. Its another place that it is hard to leave without buying something desirable. The garden is lovely and full of wildlife. Bordervale won a silver at the last RHS show in Cardiff.

Horticulture jobs

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 15:18

 I could refer you to a thread where a student was verbally ripped to pieces for daring to ask people to respond to a questionnaire and not saying enough pleases and thank yous, so my concern was to protect this young man - who struck me as possibly not having English as a first language -  from such unpleasantness.

As for looking forward, you have no idea what I may or may not have done since I retired and you might be surprised. I don't mind marshmello having a laugh at my expense but I do mind rudeness, though I'm not going to respond in kind. Thank you MMP for your kind defence of me. This kiind of squabble is frankly stupid as well as rude. I think I'll bow out.


Posted: 14/03/2013 at 15:02

That's what I waas wondering about Annabelle. The flowers are gorgeous but the stems seem lax and in need of support. I like hydrangeas, they give such value for money in terms of their long flowering period and toughness - and they are so easy to propagate from cuttings.

MOB rants

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 14:55

Hi, Tina. The trouble is that many children (ones that I taught)  arrive at playschool not knowing basic things like their colours and with few language skills, because their parents do not teach them. I taught for a long time in a quite deprived area where some parents were simply not equipped to teach thier children basic life skills. Parenting classes were available but could not make up for the deprivation the parents themselves had suffereded. I always thought that the best thing the state could do for those children would be to start them at playschool at 18 months or 2 years.

Some teachers are better than others, of course. A few aren't much good, some are excellent. The trouble is that educational decisions are made by politicians with a reputations to make, not be educationalists. Chidren who could barely read and write English had the 'right' to be taught French (and Welsh in my area). Why? Also, standards of discipline have fallen and childrewn are no longer able to concentrate for extended periods of time. Probably, this will eventually come full circle and we'll have discipine and basic skills again, but right now, things are weak in that area. It is not all bad, by any means, but basic maths and English do not get enough time and attention and they do suffer.


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