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Independence Day?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 19:21

Those "Expert" predictions turned out to be inaccurate again.  Sigh........................

Haven't they heard that one about the definition of an expert?  (please excuse the spelling!)

i.e.  "ex" =   a "has been"

       "spert" = a drip under pressure.

Bad batch of runner bean seeds?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 18:51

The first ones I planted (in pots) didn't germinate.  Second lot approx. 75% success,  and those which have germinated are fine.

Removing rocky boarder

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 17:24

It looks to me as though there could then be a problem getting the levels even - the ground beneath the rocky bits looks lower.

Removing rocky boarder

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 15:25

I think the simplest solution would be to put something in front of the rocky edge until the toddler is older. 

There's a kind of border-edging which is made of quite short lengths of round wooden posts (about 8" high) and it might be possible to fix this in place relatively easily.  This stuff comes in rolls - don't know how long they can be.

The solution could be achieved by attaching some very strong wire to the edging, at intervals, fastening this wire to some short & strong thin pieces of planking and knocking that into the ground above and behind the rocky edge.  Backfill the gaps with compost/soil and let things grown down over the newly-fixed (temporary) edge.

Less exhausting than hammer & chisel, and probably no lasting damage done.  Could be removed in future and the edge easily restored to its former state if required.

Bad batch of runner bean seeds?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 15:14

They'd only have to shove them in a microwave for a couple of minutes!

Bad batch of runner bean seeds?

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 13:03

I  had the same problem as Fidget - with climbing French beans,  Didn't ask for a replacement though!  Have planted runner beans - Scarlet Emperor - in the same place and they're starting to grow now.  Odd.

Is it too late to plant anything this year? & A soil question

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 12:22

Why not try something  like sugar- snap peas?  Don't need much space and something easy to deal with - not too late to try salad crops too, especially the mixed seed packets of the "cut-n-come-again" varieties.

Are these both oak trees?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:00

If there's an oak tree with a few hundred yards of your garden, the most likely thing is that the acorns are from that tree and have been "planted" either by squirrels or by jays.  I've seen them do it!  As  result I now have several tiny oaks growing at the base of a hawthorn hedge alongside my driveway. 

There are probably more than 24 varieties of oak to be found in UK woodlands/country estates - some of the more unusual ones were deliberately planted by the land owners themselves to add variety.


Independence Day?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 06:21

I do wish you could read the article I referred to.  The writer accuses Wrinklies of being selfish and by voting to leave the UK will have ruined his future.  They are "wrong about everything" and should not have been allowed to vote because they won't be around to face the consequences of their voting decision. 

The writer is The Times' Food Critic.  I'm not really sure whether or not the article I'm referring to is meant to be ironic.  It doesn't come across as that to me though, so perhaps he'd better stick to writing about  fancy food!

Independence Day?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 22:27
Shirley71 says:

Don't get me started on 'baby boomers'. What a lot of the younger generation do not realise is that, many of us working class (not all thick) as some people llike to think went out to work at 15 years old and have done 40 years work in my case, so have earned what ever they get today. Also regarding Brexit nobody mentioned the countries that are waiting to join will they meet the criteria or will it be fiddled like it was for the Greeks to join and look at the mess it has got them into. They have to pay back  an instalment on the bailout shortly that will be interesting. The EU was already proposing to raise the budget. They will miss our contribition.

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 I can't use a link, as I don't subscribe to The Times on-line version but if you can get a copy of yesterday's edition, do read the article on page 28 by Giles Coren, the title of which is "Wrinklies have well and truly stitched us up"; 

If I were to write to him, this is what I'd say:-

Dear Mr Coren - I read with interest your article and have decided to alter my will as a result.  I will now sell my house and other assets, and use the proceeds and my savings to spend the remainder of my life travelling round the world on cruise ships.  First Class, of course.  I won't leave a thing to any member of my family (or anybody/any charity) as not only will they not appreciate my past efforts and I won't, as you quite correctly say, be around to see them reap the benefits of an inheritance.

Yours sincerely,


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