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Frog sighting :)

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 13:11

I've heard the frogs in my garden make meowing sounds a bit like a cat.  It was when I was tidying up some of OH's car stuff, and moved a Massive tray he had for emptying oil out into - he'd put it in a corner under the hedge and forgotten about it, I unearthed it (had years of leaf and leaf mould in it), and two huge frogs jumped out and started making the odd meowing noise.  We're trying to tidy the garden up and make it better for the little ones to play in, but we're trying to make places where it's safe for the frogs to hide in whilst we do it.  Some have moved into the paving slabs (piled up on housebricks so they can hide under there), one is hiding in a large shrub in the corner (it's only survived as it has berries on it in the winter for the birds), think it's a cottonester.  Several have gone under the large tree at the bottom of the garden, where I never venture, and there are years and years of leaf litter.  Hope they're all managing to hide, as we've done the bottom third of the garden, and are doing it bit by bit, to give them a chance to get out of our way, and still be safe.


Posted: 23/07/2013 at 13:09

If you do decide to go for one, be careful where you buy it from.  The price on Ideal World (the one that has a TV channel as well as the website) is a LOT higher than Amazon/Ebay.  I'd love to get one, but got lots of other things I need more than the hose - especially when I move and get a garden that's 90ft long!

MOB rants

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 09:03

I suspect that getting a pro gardener in will do the job, as most professionals will go around to the neighbours and clean up after themselves as well as clearing up any mess on your side of the fence.  It's just awful that you're having to resort to paying someone else for something you enjoy doing!

If it were me, I would be going to a rescue centre and looking for a rather large GSD to rehome (but I love dogs, especially GSD's, but agree that if you don't want a dog, just getting one for protection isn't the way to go).  A dog will give you love and companionship - curling up with one on the sofa on a cold night is great, and it will also protect you as the pack leader - the postie's just been, and Max has made his presence heard!  They instinctively know if someone is threatening, and will come to your side, and bark and growl at whoever you're rowing with.  It's in their interest, after all, you are their leader and provide them with food, shelter and love, so it's only logical they look after you.

But that's me and I wouldn't want to be without a dog, though if you're not at home during the day you'd need to pay someone to come round and walk the dog, so they don't suffer from boredom or loneliness, which often leads to behavioral problems.

Tatton Park Show - Spare Tickets

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 08:50

Anyone?  If someone sends me a PM with their address, I could still get these to you - might JUST get them for Thursday, bound to get them Friday if sent today.

Tatton Park Show - Spare Tickets

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 13:01

Lin, please could you check your messages (top of this page, click on 'settings' then 'messages' and my message should be there).

I need your address to send the tickets to!

Petrol Strimmers

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 16:04

Not sure which model, but I have a stihl ergo-start, that's fantastic.  It's easy enough for me to start, and it has a shoulder strap (not as useful as a harness), but as long as you don't have a dodgy back or shoulders is great, the strap is easily adjustable (it's like the shortener on handbags), so you can use it no matter how tall or short you are.   The model I have has an optional brushcutter you can use, I've never bothered to buy it as the stuff I tend to use it on is this year's growth.  You will definitely need eye and ear protection, and I'd strongly recommend using wellies or stout shoes and gaiters as some of the chopped-up bits get thrown out at a rate of knotts.  Try not to pull out to much strimming line, I had a small bruise on my knee for ages after!

Get some decent gloves, too, with a bit of padding, they will protect you from any vibrations or knocks if you accidentally hit something with a strong stem.

Not cheap, but I bought a cheap one before the stihl, and it didn't last very long - only just until it was out of guarantee.

Tatton Park Show - Spare Tickets

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 15:45

I have been lucky enough to win some tickets for Tatton Park flower show, unfortunately I can't make it on any of the days  - kids are off and things planned for most days.

So if anyone can make use of them, please PM me and I'll try and sort something out - they were free, so can't charge for them, but if someone would like to send me some perennial cutttings (would love some heucheras), then they're yours.  Have to be quick, though, as it's on from either 23rd or 24th upto 27th - one day tickets for any of those days).  There are two tickets, hopefully someone can use them as I'd hate to see them go to waste.

MOB rants

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 15:33

Zoomer, are you on your own?  Some blokes get a kick out of doing this to women who live on their own, as they see them as an easy target (no partner to go around and 'sort them out').

Many years ago, when I lived as a student, myself and my then partner were renting a house in a lovely village, it wasn't a typical student rent (although my partner was working), we found out through the letting agent, that if the guy started bugging me, we HAD to report it to the police.  The reason?  The lass who owned the house had been insulted, propositioned, verbally abused and generally her life had been made unbearable by the boor next door.  When her partner went around to 'remonstrate' with him, a fight had ensued and the neighbour who started it all went to the police to prosecute her boyfriend for the compensation he'd get.  Unfortunately for him, they'd logged all of his provocative behaviour, and they were waiting for a court date, but had been advised to leave the house (hence renting it to ensure the mortgage was paid), until the issues had been setttled.

We got to know the outcome, the guy was a serial annoyer, he'd do it until a party snapped and beat him up, then he'd sue for compensation.  Of course, there was a record of this, so when my landlord took him to court, and had the evidence of the other guy being a prat, and doing this on several occaisons, he didn't get away with it.  He was given a restraining order (meaning HE had to move out when she moved back in), ordered to pay HER compensation, and given a suspended sentence, meaning if he did it to ANYONE in the next two years, it would be go straight to jail, do not pass go and do not collect £200.

So there is hope, just keep logging his behaviour, it might even be the same chap we're talking about, so be on your guard, and whatever you do, don't resort to violence, otherwise you might end up paying him for the pleasure of beating him up.

Apologies for the long post, but thought I'd let you know there are people who either make a living or can go on lovely long holidays by being a-holes and occaisionally being given a good hiding.


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 16:43

Slugs eat detritus amongst other things (detrivores), if they weren't around we'd be knee deep in rotting vegetation.  The trouble is, their mouthparts can't cope with anything that's chewy, which is why they also eat seedlings and the new growth of plants.

A top tip someone else posted a couple of weeks ago was put a white sheet/cloth/kitchen paper underneath your lilies and give them a bit of a shake, the beetle drops off and you can then pick it off the paper and squish it.  They are vile  creatures and get no mercy if I find them (although I've only found 2 to squish this year).


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 16:36

I wouldn't have thought Jeyes or Bleach would do any good.  You have my sympathies, I accidentally trod on one of those things, I could smell it for weeks.  I'd try a fungicide, being as it's a fungus, as you use weedkiller for weeds, and a pesiticide for pests (hopefully a bee-friendly one).  Unless of course you are an organic gardener, in which case you either constantly battle weeds, pay lots for organic ways to deal with pests and weeds, or learn to live with weeds and pests.  Find out what it's living on and remove the food source.  They are totally horrible disgusting efforts, one of God's friday afternoon creations.  No amount of money would get me to try and eat one!!

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