Latest posts by KT53

Leaf mould success!

Posted: 26/11/2016 at 17:13

I've just vacuumed up about half a green waste bin of leaves.  I can't set up a container to do anything with them at the moment, but could I just spread them as a mulch?  They have been chopped a bit by the vacuum but not shredded.

Your worst Christmas present!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 15:01

We went for Christmas dinner at the house of friends.  They gave out presents and he gave her a beautifully wrapped ........ set of saucepans.  Because we were there she accepted them gracefully but went around for the rest of the day with a face like a slapped a*** on her.  It was only quite late in the evening when he came into the room, looking all innocent, and said "Sorry, I forgot to give you this".  'This' was a beautiful fur coat, one she had apparently wanted for years (way back in the pre-PC days).  She wasn't sure whether to throttle him or kiss him.  Fortunately she decided on the kiss (probably too many witnesses for a throttling).

Garden vac / blower

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 13:13

I know there was a previous thread on a similar topic but the search facility is so poor I thought it easier just to start a new one

We have a large crab apple tree which has deposited a mountain of leaves and fruit all over the lawn.  In the past I've use a spring tine rake to haul it all to one place and then disposed of it.  My back complains loudly if I use that technique now so I looked online for a garden vacuum.  One which got good reviews was the Sovereign 2600w from Homebase, and the best bit was the price of £27.  I bought one yesterday and it does a great job of picking up the leaves.  It's not good with the fruit and I put that down to the plastic impeller being unable to chop them up.  To be fair, it's not advertised as a shredder, although it does chop the leaves a bit.  It also has wheels at the front so you don't have to take the weight of it.  Not all vacs seem to have that.

If you're after an inexpensive garden vac, purely for leaves, it's worth looking at.

Your worst Christmas present!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 08:33

The one which really sticks out for me was a bottle garden.  Not one of the dinky little ones you often see in GC's now.  This one was a massive carboy which I could barely lift and came with its own wrought iron stand.  I have no idea what the thought process of the person who bought it for us was!

My mother sadly had a bit of a habit of thinking bigger was always better, although she wasn't the one to buy the carboy.  Just one example - I love doing jigsaws and suggested a Jigroll as a suitable Crimbo pressie.  I even gave her the specific details for one suitable for 1000 piece jigsaws.  Come Christmas Day I was presented with a wrapped item about the size of a bazooka!  She had decided to get the one for a 5000 piece jigsaw.  What she hadn't considered was that there was nowhere in the house with enough space to unroll it.  It's still in our loft  I suppose I could always get it down instead of a new carpet.

Discussion: Was gardening hard to start and get into?

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 13:53

Impressive stuff.  You really have turned the garden on its head.

Nothing to do with gardening

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 19:56

I drive my missus nuts because I can't stand strong scents of any sort.  Oddly the one exception to this is jasmine, despite the fact that it is a very heady scent.

Hyacinths, scented candles etc all set me off.  My eyes stream, and it affects my breathing.  I can't go anywhere near places selling things like Yankee candles, and Lush.........  well!!!!!

Landscape photographer of the year

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 08:28

I have to agree with your thoughts on the winner scroggin.  A lot of photographic competitions seem to be won by images I wouldn't want in my house.  A bit like the Turner Prize!

Andy Murray

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 13:47

There have been rumours over the past several months about problems outside of tennis.  Nothing detailed, but the change in both his game and attitude have been very noticeable. He used to be one of the most restrained players on court, but now everything seems to get under his skin.

Hopefully whatever is causing his problems can be resolved quickly because he does seem like a genuinely decent guy.

Andy Murray

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 12:05

Incredibly, Djokovic has been quoted as saying he knew he had no realistic chance of beating Murray. For a top player to say that speaks volumes for his current mental state.  Something is clearly wrong somewhere in his life.

Andy Murray

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 08:08

It is fantastic.  I have to admit I couldn't watch it.  I was channel hopping all the time because it seemed he was playing well when I wasn't watching but started to drop points when I watched.  Ridiculous I know, but the result is what matters.

Somebody on radio this morning said "Great win for Britain - he'll be Scottish again when he loses".  It was said probably only half jokingly.  They also have a 'competition' running to see if people can work out whether Andy had won or lost matches based on how he spoke in the press conferences.  That's a tough one

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Is there a problem with the site?

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