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First cuckoo?

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:49

Anyone else remember this?  What the cuckoo said.............!

In April I open my bill.

In May I sing night and day.

In June I change my tune.

In July away I fly.

In August, away I must!

we used to sing that when we were children!

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 10:01

I think it would help if you could describe the setting/location of your house so as to enable people to get an idea of what - if anything - you'd like to see beyond your garden boundary. 

There's a style of fencing called "hit and miss" which consists of vertical posts which are fixed in such a way as to allow the wind through by not creating a totally solid barrier. It looks the same from both sides, which is not the case with solid panels and the way they are installed, because you can almost always tell the "outside" from the "inside" with those. . "Hit & miss" would be a good way of replacing solid fence panels with something equally secure as far as dogs etc are concerned.  You'd not prevent cats from gaining access though, as they are good at climbing!

My garden is surrounded by fields, and the boundaries are a mix of hedging and post & rail fencing which has what's called "stock netting" along that part of it.  The stock netting is also along the hedges - attached to short posts which were put in very close to the hedge some years ago and since then the hedge has grown through a bit so that neither the posts or netting there are visible now.  It's totally "dog-proof" but small creatures can find their way through.  I guess that if you google "stock netting" you'll see what I mean.

Garden fence

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:40

The deeds to the property should indicate the ownership/responsibilities relating to the boundaries.   The usual way of showing this is a tiny symbol which looks like a capital letter T on the site plan  -  like this:


which means that the owner of the land above the line owns/is responsible for the boundary.  If the T were upside down - beneath the line - whoever owned that land would be responsible.  It's not very likely - in a development where gardens adjoin - that one person would "own" all the boundaries.  Quite often it's one side of the plot and perhaps the rear boundary, if there's no other property to the rear.  It used to be fairly easy to recognise this, as fence panels often have  a "back" and a "front", and years ago people used to fix the fencing so that the "back" faced on to their garden area, with the "front" facing outwards.

Some panels look the same on both sides, and sometimes people say that they want what they feel is the "best looking" side to face their own garden - so in both these instances it's very hard to tell whose fence it is.

If the rear of the plot backs on to (or was) part of open ground it's possible that when it was purchased for development the purchaser was responsible for erecting some kind of fence on completion of that purchase.

As a result of all this, it can be a bit of a nightmare sometimes to work it all out, so the first thing I'd suggest you do is to contact the solicitor/conveyancer you used when buying the property so that you can establish just what your rights and responsibilities are.  If you have a mortgage, the deeds may not be with the solicitor now, but the Land Registry is something to check and you may be able to do that on-line yourself.

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Small earth mounds on lawn

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 15:01

Quite some worm or bee to make hills 2" x 8"  !

Small earth mounds on lawn

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 14:22

I think they really are most likely to be molehills - a mole is so small (5-6 inches long and 5 oz in weight) that to push up "rough soil" is something it can't physically do.  It's best not merely to flatten the mound - in which case the grass won't grow back quickly - but to brush or rake the soil away.  Inevitably the tunnels underground will eventually make the lawn surface a bit uneven, but since moles don't usually find what they need to eat in very clay-ey soil, the soft soil (which is where they find their food) will settle fairly quickly.  It helps if you have a fairly heavy mower with a rear roller.

 The culprit is almost certainly a single mole - they are solitary creatures and only get together to mate, so if you can find a way of discouraging it from your garden ( lots of different non-chemical and non-violent means may be used)   this could solve your current problem.


Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:07

It looks as though this is Steve 137's first post, so it's not clear whether or not he actually grows his own crop.  I know that lots of shoppers don't actually look at the label on the bag of potatoes when they buy them, and since there are so many more different types available these days perhaps he's been buying a variety which he's not used before and hadn't realised.

Ref Cara - I used to buy them but have noticed that these past few years they've not been for sale in the normal supermarkets.  Presumably the commercial growers have abandoned them and have turned to other varieties for increased disease resistance and higher yield.  Although "new potatoes" are grown commercially round here, the others are a variety for a well-known brand of frozen chips..

Asbestos path

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 12:20

I'd suggest you use the internet to find out about the amount of asbestos which is probably/actually one of the constituent materials.  I believe you'll find that it's probably less than 15% of the total and - as others have already said - it's not as "dangerous" as some people think!  The problems were first brought to people's attention when asbestos insulating materials were removed from industrial sites and it's inhalation of  the dust which was created which caused them.  As far as I know, this particular kind of asbestos isn't the same type as that which is mixed with concrete to make roofing etc.

There are hundreds of thousands of industrial buildings, farm buildings, garages and so on which have "asbestos" roofs and nobody's panicing about them right now!

Wisteria and magnolia problems

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 19:48

Sorry, J, I've no idea!

Wisteria and magnolia problems

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 18:18

In addition to the suggestions from DHR I think it would be a good idea to remove a much of the soil near the base of the trunk and replace it with lots of compost - the soil close to walls is often poor and - more importantly - gets insufficient water because it's sheltered by the wall and probably covered by some sort of path.  If the plant is kept well-watered, even in winter, and gets more nutrients it will probably recover next spring.  It looks well-established and will even shoot from unexpected parts of the trunk.

Things I don't get

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:23
Palaisglide says:

Hello HFC, know what you mean there are two large campers in our family although they are towed by the appropriate vehicles, the bit I do not understand is at a camp site they take it off the vehicle pull out a cord and drive it into position with its own motors??? Me I would just reverse it in. They came back from the lakes last week and have all gone back this weekend, the grandchildren love it.


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Hello Frank -  I  think the motor-mover gadgets are useful if/when you are unable to see clearly when reversing a caravan into a small space.  In the past I was able to manage reverse/parallel parking up the slope on the driveway fairly easily if the caravan had a rear window.  Current one doesn't, and when you are on your own with nobody to indicate whether or not you are clear of obstructions it can help wear and tear on the clutch!  You need the max capacity type of battery in the caravan to cope with the demand, but it does work well.

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