Mike Allen

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Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:29
My daughter Amanda was with me, looking around B&Q. That's what you need dad. A garden seat. Attempts at saying my garden was much of a science project, a working garde. No time to sit down. At the check out. I was mumbling away to myselfe. The cashier took the point. Sir. This arbour is damaged. Clic click whirr on the till etc. Sorry Sir. This is our last one. I can reduce the price. I am such a guy. I will pay what's asked. Amanda. NO. The tag price was around ??79.00 I paid ??30.00 Even to this day. Mikes bum has not sat on it. Judge for yourself.

Bike stolen from back garden. Need gate lock solutions.

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:21
Edd. Believe me mate. Sadly the polis have now been downgraded to mere figureheads. The Job, as it is better known, has become so infiltrated by politices. Their own saying is. Buggered if you do and the same if you don't. I trust you get my point.

Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:11
Yesterday. A vist to the garden center/farmers butchers. Helped my daugter to stock up with some meat. Then a brief look at the plants. WOWEE! A three ltr pot of Hellenium. Sorry didn't bother with the name. Guess how much. Taking into account, it was well into flowering so soon to return to it's roots. NO. 8.98p That was the price tag. 'I don't believe it'

Bike stolen from back garden. Need gate lock solutions.

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:02
What a low down disgusting thing to do. Recently a friend of my granson had his collection of racing cycles stolen. Both lads are serious cyclist. The bikes cost around three to four thousand pounds each. Really what kind of low life's do these things.

Oak tree problems

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 20:50
My apologies, but I felt the need to reply here. Loss of some very fragile oak branchlets etc is quite normal. However most of our native trees are under threat. Thankfully a possible cure or treatment for Ash Dieback, has been formulated and tested with favourable results. Oaks are so threatened, that healthy trees van virtually die overnight. Not onlt treees but. I am receiving almost on a daily basis. Information from scientific bodies around the world, of other rapidly developing diseases etc. Carrots, potatatoes, strawberries to name but a few. Keep a close watch upon your subjects. Hope this helps.

Have I overdone it?

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 22:59
OK Folks. Surely, enough is enough. I was under the impression that talkback and the Potting Shed, were forum areas where members could relax open and perhaps become more friendly and sharing, especially when a member is down etc. I have to admit. This constant reminder of the flowers that were sent to me. I was, as stated. Over the moon. I am still telly friends about the bonding we have on the forum and how much that gift meant to me. I can't say more. I value the friendship here. Should you wish. Advise me of the financial cost of the flowers and I will repay. Relating to the forum being for garden subjects. I removed my profile as I thought it my be a bit overpowering. I have recently been told by a forum friend. That it is a shame that I resorted to that course. Plants etc are my life. Can you perhaps have something of a rethink, Have you ever considered just how disappointing it can be, when signing in. Many of the post have a leaning towards baking and cooking. I have avoided in my replies to genuine questions by members, old and new, to using technical terminology and botanical latin. So friends. Yes. I still consider you to be my friends. Can there be some degree of respect for other members and their feelings. I will be posting my profile again. I do hope that doesn't offend anyone. Believe me. I consider myself as a good all rounder and even if asked. My neighbours will I am sure vouch for me. My earlier reference to leaving the forum. A matter of speech. Had my adversaries read it correct. I did state that I would keep in touch and probably would answer questions via PM's, which I have done.

Our editor is well aware of what is going on. Might we leave it upto him and the mods, to let a thread ride or be pulled. I feel here that those who triumph in my post being pulled. I wonder. Has it dawned on you. That the thread has gone due to all the childish bickering. Believe me. I love this forum and the members. All I ask is, grow up.

Hot thread

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 23:06
I am totally lost.

No names no pack drill. Mike has taken some flack from at least amember who seems to hate my guts. As most are aware, I also contribute to the RHS forum. Reference was recentyly directed to some of my posts thereon, not recieving any replies. How drab. In the real world. Often comments are made, suggestions put forth etc. At the conclusion of the meetings etc. That is it. Everyone has the right to speak out and express themselve.s No way under the terms of enlish litrature is there any existance relating to. Follow-up comments. So. Theoretically there is no case to answer, except of cource from the areas of shall we say. Juvenile responce.

Have I overdone it?

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 22:53
What a glorious day it has been today. Eventually I rolled out of bed. To be honest. It was somehere between 10.20 and 10.25am. Why not. I am usually still up and about, studying etc around 03.00hrs. So up and at em'. Shower, followed by that first cuppa. Then another cuppa. I like this. Then a couple of slices in the toaster. Down goes two tablets, one for mild BP the other for the waterworks. Yes. Time for a cuppa. This time I relax in the armchair. Well guys, all this tea making really does take it out of you. Now. I must remain strong. Usually at this point, Mike tends to drft off into dreamland. Strange tat I haven't yet scolded myself with hot tea. Then it's up and at 'em. So a quick runarond with Hetty. Hetty is my vac. Then out come the duster. I am very proud of my tiny home. By this time it's lunch time. So a quick ready meal and watch the news. Then to the garden. A quick check of the greenhouse, well get on with it. Then my workshop. Over powering the shed/workshop is this almighty conifer. A recen visit inside, displayed that the roof had been leaking. Taking a looksie outside. During the high winds. Some lower conifer branches had torn the roofing felt off. So off come the offending branches. Then in preparation, I cut to size some battening and creosoted it. This will hold down the new felt. Then moving to the communial pathway. My front door is at the side of the building. I live in the flat upstairs. The 'Madame' residing downstairs sadly has a medical problem. In short. Her mum prior to death was sectioned etc. Sad to say. 'Madame' is so exhibiting similar traights. One minute she is all luvvy duvvy, the next she is ready to stick a knife in your back. Over the years since moving in. 50 yrs ago. I have helped out. Even with this woman, I have done my best. She has in the front garden a forsythia. It must be twnent plus feet high. Totally out of control. In the past. I have suggested reducing it's height. Like something out of Alice in wonderland. A stupid grin was all I got. Anyway cut to the chase. At the mo. We are not on speaking terms. However. I got fed up with being slapped across the face by the brances. Even the postman said. Hey Gov. Can't you cut that back a bit. So, Althoght considering complaining to the council. I went out an bought a long arm trimmer. Cost me sixty quid. So today, i ended up cutting back the forsythia. I even cleaned up and binned the waste. Now at this late hour. 22.50 I fgind myself nursing some nasty pains down below. So. In my kindness have I perhaps overdone it? If my daugter Amanda gets wind of this. She will go berserk. To be honest friends. Mike is feeling a bit under the weather. Can someone offer a bit of TLC?

Dig For Victory

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 22:22
Clarington. 'Dig for Victory' Hey! this where I came in. My first contact with gardening was at the age of five, in 1945. So hows that? Truly a grand gesture. Sorry no seeds but might a few bob in the coffers help?

Please let me know and PM me an address to send to.

Kindest regards.


New Member

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 22:04
Welcome friend. Yes. Those were the days along with Geoff. So you are from the land of cheese, onions and good food.
As some have admited. This is a great forum. Even if at times some do go OTT.l Enjoy.

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Talk about daylight robbery!

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