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Get it off your chest

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 00:27

Diddy and GF, great idea about selling the plants, I have thought about it all yr and not got round to it.  I have a dog grooming bus in my garage and thought to add a sign below my business one. I have far too many plants, and lots that need dividing but I hate to throw any away. I give them to friends, scholl, everyone and still too many. I have an addiction to taking fuchsia cuttings, and have successfully grown twisted stem standards, so thought I may sell some of those too, as we won't be able to move in the house in winter if this keeps on! The thiught of extra garden money without guilt will make me do it at last!

AND did you all know that you can swap £5 worth of tesco vouchers for £15 to spend at T&M, and that you can use them with thier own vouchers in same order?  I recently ordered around £100 worth of plants, used £15 tesco vouchers (£45), a T&M £5 off voucher and got free P&P and qualified for the offers! Spent £50 for £100 worth of plants and seeds and then got 3 £5 vouchers from them when my orders arrived! Needless to say I don't save my tesco vouchers for Xmas anymore!  New order going in later this wk, will let you know what I got!

Get it off your chest

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 00:10

Zoomer, FG and Charlie, what do you think about starting a thread for complaints about companies like BT, where we can all share our experiences then perhaps get together for a concerted assault? Charlie, thanks for the link, and please do tell your father's story.

Get it off your chest

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 00:00

Diddy, beautiful garden.  I put my bananas out for a few hrs to harden them off and the wind came while I was out with dog and shredded all my lovely new leaves.

Get it off your chest

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 23:57

I am going to reply to some of the last comments here in a min, but this bit is funny, so I'll ad my 2 pennorth. 

First time of meeting my 1st BF's parents, (Dad Spanish and in his 70's), we walked in to find him ranting to Lil, his blind wife. Then he starts on us, before intros. ' you know what that f-----s done? He's swept his leaves up n thrown em over my f----g wall! I've sorted him, tho! there'll be no more leaves in MY yard)'  'Why, what did you do?' I innocently ask. Looking very smug with pipe in mouth, he replied, 'I climbed up on the shed roof and chopped his f---g tree down!'

Just then, the chip pan that Lil had been heating burst into flames and I had to put it out with a tea-towel!  What a first meeting, but I ended up loving them dearly even long after we split, until they died.


Another time, I was in kitchen with Julian senior when the gas man came to read the meter.  I had to leave the room after I saw J's face when the dog peed up the gasmans back while he had his head in the cupboard. Julian didn't tell him, but nearly had a heart attack laughing when he'd gone!

I once had to go to hospital for a barium meal x-ray, and Lil told everyone I had to go for a 'Bavarian Dinner'!

Incidentally, I'm still friends with J junior, nearly 30 yrs later, and think of his parents often.  Lovely people.

Bees have died

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 23:12

We have seen very few honeybees this summer, and those that we have seen have been covered in varroa mite.  Have had LOADS of BBs tho'.  Beautiful, gentle creatures.  Have seen at least 4 species, and we have 3 nests in our garden, 2 under shed and one in fruit cage.  They gently buzz around my head to check me out when rasp-picking and are still busily pollinating.  My 2 boys rescue them from the conservatory with a bit of jam on a finger, all by themselves now, and have never been stung. (yet!)

We are finding more dead ones now tho' so that's summer done.  Can't complain, it's been a better one this yr.

moving to scotland

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 23:05

I agree with everything said here.  Just move.  You'll love it!


Get it off your chest

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 00:31

Sara, you must never have dealt with BT. (a swearword in our house) British (NOT, half the time) Telecommunications . Ha wot a laff.  Can't even transfer you to the right dept, and has anyone ever noticed that there is no option amongst ALL of the menus for customer complaints?.  Won't go into detail, except to say that I am thinking of going to Trading Standards as the name does not accurately describe their business, and I am refusing to pay my final bill as I believe that THEY are in breach of contract.  Anyone else had any troubles with them?  I would love to know as this is twice, now.  Never had any bother with any other company, so I know it's not me!

barking dogs

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 00:16

No idea of the effect on wildlife of these, but it was thinking of that that stopped me getting one of the sonic mouse scarers for my shed.

What to do with your produce

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 00:12

Gilly. Why ever not?  Care to join me to sample? Fancy a go at sparkling redcurrant wine and raspberry cider.

What to do with your produce

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 02:09

Roasted tomato onion and garlic sauce.  Great on home made pasta or pizza, or added to bolognese. Freezes very well.

Pies, crumbles for freezer.

Mixed fruit ice cream sauce. Great on a pancake with ice cream.

Fruit purees and sorbets.

Ice lollies for the kids.

jams, jellies pickles and chutneys.

Going to try wines this yr.

Most veg chopped and frozen to grab a few for quick soups and stews.

Winter is sooo quiet and boring after all of this harvesting work, especially as little prep of any veg to be done for meals! Then it's just work and catch-up in the house time. (all of that housework that got neglected in favour of garden! )

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