Latest posts by KT53

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 14:41
Palaisglide says:
 My feelings are at the moment leave it off until week five or six, they may have got rid of some of the dross by then.

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 That's what I do every year.  Avoid the first few weeks until the totally hopeless have gone and then dip in and out.

Protecting a Chest freezer in garden

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 14:37

Normal household freezers are not designed to work out doors.  Their electrical parts are not waterproof, and enclosing it in some form of waterproof cover would almost certainly result in it over heating.  Also, they are designed to work in a location which is in the normal temperature range of a house, many won't even work properly in an unheated garage.

Put simply, you can't run it outside. (Assuming you are in the UK, or a similar climate)

Gardeners world going to try an hour long

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 20:31
Hostafan1 says:

Forgive me, but you say " not enough gardening" but you like the weather bit?

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 The two comments aren't mutually exclusive.  Weather information for gardeners is useful isn't it?  More gardening could have been accomplished by having fewer long shots of Kew and less of Monty's jabbering instead.

Cold Calling Experiences

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 14:32

I recently had a phone cold call which genuinely does concern me.  They started the conversation by saying they were calling about my share holding with a particular company.  As I do have shares with that company, and only with that company, I allowed the conversation to continue.

They spoke about the poor share performance over the past few years, and the potential to improve returns.  All seemed fine to that point.  Then the conversation turned to selling the shares and investing in fine art.  At that point I told them to Foxtrot Oscar, and hung up on them.  They haven't called since.

The big concern is that they genuinely did seem to know about my share holding.  The chances of guessing that I had shares in this company are miniscule, so it would seem that somebody is selling information.

Another Leylandii issue

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 14:17

Thankfully no experience of the problem.  Your best route is probably an informal chat with your local council.  They should be able to give an indication as to whether any attempted action would be more likely to fail than succeed.

It can also be argued that the trees were there when you purchased your house and you should have been aware of the potential problem.  If the neighbour only allowed limited cutting last time there's no reason to expect more this time.

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Gardeners world going to try an hour long

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 22:35

I missed the final 10 minutes but really enjoyed most of the rest of it.  Not too sure about the section from Toxteth as any newbies might get the impression that you can just bung plants into a large container and leave it at that.  No mention of filling the pots with compost, and the plants seemed to be very low in the pots as well.

I was concerned that there might be a lot of 'padding' to fill the hour but didn't think that was the case.  Just give it time to settle to the new format before judging too much one way or t'other.


Posted: 02/09/2016 at 22:29

Dunno what all the fuss is about!  Doesn't look anything like as good as my 30+ year old Halls aluminium one with broken panes of glass and a sticking sliding door.  No - I'm not in the least bit envious (he lied)

Congratulations.  I've never heard of anybody winning a competition before.

Honda Mini-Tiller

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 20:17
Rekusu says:

 the dealers attitude was, if it is not in the catalogue, then we don't' sell it. 

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 With that attitude I'm not surprised you bought on line  My experience of a dealer couldn't have been more different.  We also bought a petrol mower from the same place.  They actually steered me away from some of the more expensive models saying that I really didn't need xyz, and that they were really designed for heavy professional use.  I bought a Honda model, which still ain't cheap but they could have got a lot more money out of me if that was their only interest.

Snail town

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 15:59
helentoft says:

Today after a little rain the tree is festooned with emails on almost every branch feasting on the remains of the leaves.

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 Maybe that's why there are so many.  They've sent messages to all their mates.

Honda Mini-Tiller

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 15:58

The delay is normal.  I have a Mantis tiller and that needs to warm up before the tines will rotate.  Interestingly, nothing in the handbook to say so but I bought mine from a local garden machinery specialist and they gave a full demo.

Another reason why specialist suppliers can be better value (if more expensive) than box shifters.

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