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Talkback: Help wildlife survive winter

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 23:25
Mike hasn'tread all the replies. However to answer the original question. Add some glycerine to the water. It perfectly safe.

Hedge problem

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 23:17
Not only with conifers, but many other trees, shrubs etc have displayed like sumptoms.
As fellow members have suggested, this can be down to wind burn , or aphids etc.. Without being able to test it out, my advice is limited. Please feel free to message me. In the meantime. Give the affected area a bit of a bashing. Yes go ahead, give it a bit of a besating. This will dislodge the deadened bracts. Mow it is a well accepted fact that seldom will new growth appearon a once infected twig or branch. Should suc a branch be cut off, back to the main trunk. Then in time fresh new growth will appear.. So all is not lost. The momentarily destruction of affected parts, helps to preserve the less affected areas. Please give it a go, and let me know what happens. I am here to help. Mike.

dog bite,anyone know for sure?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 23:00
As a former police officer take it from me. I have kept up my connections etc with the law and police.
Set yourself a senario. You visit a friend or relative. They have a dog. So to begin with. The animal is just as interested in you, as you vare with it. So a kind of friendliness develops,, you have a bit of playful rough and tumble with the pet. Then suddenly the dog goes that bit to far. Teeth meet skin and flesh. Puncture wounds appear. In all honesty. Who is to blame....if in fact...anybody. YOU the human can put forth your statements. Doggy, can't.

Then take cases where pet dogs bite children. Be honest. Just spend a bit of time watching kids. Believe it oir not. They can be most cruel. Once again the kids and parents can speak out. The dog no.
So in such cases. Thankfully the law has at least a minimum of common sense. Although in my service time. Firearms officers were only called uponto deal with firearms incidents, now more than ever, a FAO will be called to shoot a dog. The law offers a very thin line here. If the FAO sees that the dog is vicious and out of control. Then. Bang bang.
So back to basics. A dog bite someone, it isn't the end of the line for the dog.

Slow cookers

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 22:48
Thanks 'Potti Pam' & Cangrandmafixit.
Yes feeling muxh better, still a bit depressed.
I lost Val just over four years ago. She never came 'round from major heart surgery.
Talking of chops etc. I also have a George Foreman griddle. I love lamb chops and sirloin steak. Also other morsels. Bacon and eggs and all that. I have seperate round metal dishes for the fried eggs. Does them perfectly. Plus it stops the waste fats being eaten.

Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 23:26
I do believe that most gardeners also become naturalists in many ways. I confess this is it in my case. I have always had a love for natural history etc. So what have we got. An avid bird lover, who enjoys so much sitting watch, perhaps photographing or even painting and sketchin members of our native birds. So what do we do. Yes. We so often talk to our selves. I must encourage that bird to return. So yes. It is wonderful that we have this relationship with other living creatures. Perhaps a word of caution though. Every living creature on GOD's earth, tends at some point to become a creature of habit. So! what happens. Whether it be fluffy birds of the local fox or whatever. We start feeding it/them. Now in retrospect, that so-called 'wild' creature is becoming...pet-a-sized. Yes it is kind and thoutful etc to cater and care for our friends, but.. Even like us humans. Our wild-life friends also have a natural way of life. I have an elderly lady friend...no not romantic. Actually she is the mum of one of my best mates. Recently we were talk, and David Attenborough's name cropped up. Yes Mike, says she. Yes I agree, if it wasn't for his programs. So much would never be made known to us. However. They are all alike. Mating and hunting. Well! Said I. OK. You have a cat. Tell me. What would your cat do, if you stopped feeing it etc. Point taken. So in respect of feeding wildlife etc. Yes be kind and help them out in hard times, but. Think again on the day to day feeding. Please don't take away from them, their natural way of life and survival.

How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 22:53
I have in particular, two house plants. Both were given to my late wife Valerie, as cuttings. One is the prayer plant. Maanta leuconeure kerchoeans. Also. Hoya bella. Both having resided in my household since the late 1960's

Flower bed in front of bay window - choiysa ternata

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 22:41
Trying to visualize the bay window etc. The shrub , I feel would do well there. It is not deep rooting and so will not affect the house or foundations. It will provide year-round greenery and then the fragrant flowers. In addition. It will bridge the gap between the window and the pathway. So it will also afford privacy.

Slow cookers

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 22:35
When I lost my wife. All of a sudden I became aware of rising energy prices. Whereas Val used to do a lot of pastry cooking. I now leave that to my daughter Amanda. I went out and bought a hallogen oven.. Fantastic. Serves me well. Then I have the Microwave, also good. Then having attended a getoether at Amand's with some friends. She had slow cooke a kind of Mexican chilli come curry with chichen etc. She, like her mum is a fab cook and pastry cook. The meal had simmered away for some time in type of slow cooker. It's about 16" Dia 4" deep and is glass domed. Uptil now I haven't used it. I am saving it for a friendly evening at Mike's. Interested?

Gardening Books

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 22:21
Lyn. 84 Charing Cross Rd. 'Foyles'? If correct. I often wonder how they have escaped the fire regulations. Re; books of the same subject. Val often questioned me on this. OK. AT and I might both write a book on the same topic Both works will have valid differences. Similar to my police days. Takeing down statements of RTA. Everyone saw the accident, but each statement sees it from another angle. The net is fast and convenient but. To pick up a book and browse, sometimes a book written by a friend etc. To me it is like drawing close to them, and whenperhaps pondering over apoint. It is just as if they were there explaining it to me.

Folk-lore. Any truth in it?

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 21:49
Victoria. I well know the feeling. I now click on save after each page. Even with a crashed PC, material can be restored, provide it was in a saved situation. Then only a little gets lsot.

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Talk about daylight robbery!

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