Gardening Grandma

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Jean Bailey

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:20

Hi, HCF. Thanks for challenging me - it makes the discussion a lot more interesting. I meant that people use footpaths across privately owned land for walking and enjoying the fresh air and countryside. I do realise that there are limitations on what people can do! Lots of our coastal paths here in Wales, for example, pass through privately owned land.

I know little of farming - the 10%, as I said, was in an article I read quite a long time ago. In my area, lots of farming is hill farming, but I think the article was referring to food production and saying that we could produce a lot more of our own food if it were not that imported food is cheaper. I think it also bemoaned the fact that poorer countries produce food for sale to us (such as sugar and coffee) because of what we are prepared to pay for it when, actually, they should be growing food for their own population. However, because I used to teach lots of lessons on moral and social issues, I read a lot of stuff and it is all jumbled together in my head now I am old!!! Please feel free to correct me - I love a debate and I love learning!

MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:07

This is one of those light-hearted rants and I am rather glad that we have returned to that. The point is serious but it is good to have a sense of humour, too.Clogherhead, I know you weren't getting at anyone and your point is valid. I'm sorry if I seemd to be making fun of you.

Tina, I get bagless deliveries and I find it OK because they put loose veg etc into a bag anyway. The delivery people don't mind waiting while you empty the boxes and check that you have everything and they always carry the boxes ito my kitchen for me. I find them very nice and up for a chat and a laugh. i wouldn't get 30 odd bags here in Wales anyway because it would cost me 5p a bag and I'd object!

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 09:58

Quite right, jatnikapyar. I'm new as well - I just have verbal diarrhoea. I think one reason that it seems cliquey is that some people (like me) have time to post quite often and do. Others read but seldom post - it takes courage because  no-one wants to be belittled or to show their ignorance. I have made daft comments a number of times but learnt from them and soldiered on. On the whole, people are helpful and friendly though we can all slip up occasionally.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 09:52

That's really rather touching. He sounds Welsh, too, although he didn't say 'boyo'. I wasn't really meaning to bewail to world's decline, just point out the trends. There is a decline involved, but it has happened before in history and reversed again, usually through religious revival. I'm afraid to do tend to philosophise. It is just my turn of mind! 

  Back to Jean Bailey.

MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 09:21

U r qut rt. Sorry! As a teacher, I know you are quite right. I can usually spell everyting first time and pride myself in spelling correctly, so I feel really annoyed when I get it wrong. I do make typos in these messages and often spot them after I've posted. Most annoying!


Posted: 13/03/2013 at 07:23

I have to agree that wind chimes are a blessed nuisance! (I think the same thing of water features - how can anybody live with the constant sound of a horse peeing - or, if the flow is more gentle, a leaky tap?) This does sound like a topic for MOB ranting! When I am in my garden I like the gentle sounds of nature and nothing else. Other people's lawnmowers and kids shouting and dogs barking are bad enough, not to mention traffic outside. Why add to the noise pollution?  Even if the owner thinks they are beautiful, the neighbours probably don't. As for leaving them there to keep other people awake at night - it is just so rude and inconsiderate. If it has not occurred to your enighbours, Dove, would it be possible to tell them? They might be shocked to know they are causing you a problem.

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 07:09

Mine nods, looks wise and does nothing. Its called passive resistance.

MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 06:57

Do we need a rant about spelling? Here's a rude but tongue in cheek one.

Come on, you ignorant spellers

The spellcheck is called ABC

Just press the button

And save your mutton

And come up to the standard of Me...

I allways spell right

I aalweis spell rite

I alllwois spel rit

I .... (hic)

Jean Bailey

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 06:49

I think it is not only ecological forces that govern this but financial ones. I don't so much mean bribes, though they play a part, but how many houses we need, what roads we need, whether you live in the edge of a town where urban growth will slowly surround you, and most importantly, how much of our food we grow ourselves. I have read (a long time ago) that only 10% of our farming potential is utilised, which does not make much sense in an era of food shortages and the need to rebuild domestic wealth and decrease the national debt. We're all more than a bit helpless in the face of these things.

There is another issue, too. Over a third of marraiges end in divorce. Our birth rate is low yet we need more and more houses - because there are so many single-parent families. This is another economic issue driving the using up of green belt land,

MOB rants

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 21:53

not for a tenner, dmball!

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