Latest posts by KT53

Changes to YOUR way of shopping!

Posted: 18/01/2018 at 11:27

I agree with Mike.  There is nothing in our town now apart from coffee shops, poundshops, charity shops and betting shops.  Before Dixons (remember them) and Halfords left the High Street I could at least mooch around looking at techie kit and car bits whilst the missus looked at every item of clothing on every clothes rack in town.

Now when we go into town she still does the same, but I just go for a coffee then return to the car and either listen to the radio or read the paper on my phone.

I don't do grocery shopping on-line.  I like to be able the see any fruit and veg I'm buying, and make my own decision on any alternatives if my preferred item isn't in stock.

All I can do is wait until the garden centres and nurseries start stocking plants again.


Posted: 17/01/2018 at 21:44

Looks like some form of lichen.  Unlikely to do any direct damage to the tree. It must like the growing conditions.

Gardening and Fine art

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 18:20

Good luck and I hope all goes well.  My only concern is that on many allotments they expect you to be growing plants or veg rather than just importing soil and waiting to see what grows.  Hopefully you'll be OK but it might be worth checking the rules.

Killing Ivy in a Hedge

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 18:17

I suspect you will find that the council says that ivy is a garden plant - you are responsible for the garden of your property - therefore it is your responsibility to remove it AND they will hold you responsible for any damage it causes to the building.

If the ivy is actually growing from your neighbours property the council may take a more active interest because of the potential damage to your house.

A new hand tool

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 08:17

Max, I think you are going to find that there are already tools which do the majority of the everyday jobs perfectly adequately and any tool to satisfy a niche requirement will have such a limited market as to be unviable.

The only area I can think of would be for battery powered tools to have the same power as petrol operated with battery life of 2 to 3 hours or more.  Most battery tools last little more than 30 or 40 minutes currently.  That would do away with the servicing requirement of petrol tools whilst retaining the versatility.

Restoring an old cottage garden - quote sense checking

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 08:10

My garden is 50 metres by 10 metres and I paid £1600 to have that stripped back to bare approximately 4 years ago.  It was also heavily overgrown and the simplest solution was to rip everything out and start again because so many of the shrubs etc were well past their best anyway.

Your quote does seem a bit on the high side although if there is limited access for machinery it will take longer and therefore increase the cost.

I put the job up on Trustedtrader when I couldn't get hold of the person I wanted to use.  Two of the quotes were within £100 of each other with the third being half the price.  I discounted the cheapest immediately as it quickly became clear that his idea of clearing the garden was to cut everything down to ground level and leave all the roots.

The job actually did go to the person I'd been trying to contact.  He'd been on holiday which explained why he hadn't responsed.  He called me on the day I was going to give the job to one of the others, came round and gave a quote very similar to the other two.  That at least gave me confidence that the figure being quoted was about right.

Best Compost Tumblers

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 09:58

Not even much of an advert.  No contact details for the company, and from the terminology used I think it's US based too.

Auto watering Systems

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 09:53

It's a long time since anybody called me 'young man'  If I do come down you're likely to hear me before you see me - from the creaking joints.

Auto watering Systems

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 15:23

I'll seriously consider popping down there once the weather improves.  Your under an hour from home.

Auto watering Systems

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 12:58
NewBoy2 says:


Luckily we have a 75 yo engineer who cant see a problem with working inside a collapsing greenhouse on a step ladder !!

Its a wonderful project and if you are in Bristol please drop in 

See original post

 Don't let 'Elf n Safety' see this post!

I've just checked your location and we will be within half a mile of you, but unfortunately it going to be on Sunday.

Last edited: 12 January 2018 13:02:21

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