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friends wedding yesterday

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 16:25

Weddings like that are fantastic and you tend to remember them for a long time.  My wedding was a brilliant day, sunshine so strong I got a little sunburnt whilst the photos were being taken (September, in England), really relaxed, sit down meal followed by a barn dance and buffet in the evening.  Lots of the guests were off-roading friends, and disappeared (some with spare seats offering to take other guests and children with them) between bun-fights to do a bit of gentle green -laning, as the hotel was near some great lanes (one of the reasons we chose that hotel).

We had some brilliant photos, as I bought my new Husband, Best Man and Ushers lightsabres from Firebox as wedding presents.  You've never seen 4 thirty-somethings more excited over their toys, and had to be called in as they were nearly causing accidents by staging play-fights in the grounds and car park (we were alongside an a-road).  The cake was a talking point too, we had a 'stuck' land rover like ours, and two bears in suit/wedding dress, complete with bridal wellies and mud on the hem of the dress.  That cake still gets talked about, my Mum is still appalled that we had a novelty cake and didn't go with the more traditional flowers!

Not everything was traditional, but it was the way we wanted it, everyone that came said they had a fantastic time, from my Uncle Colin who was impressed by the vintage bus we had to take people from the hotel, to church, then back to the reception, to one of our teenage off-road friends and his girlfriend, who had never been to a barn dance before and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Even my oldest sister's husband got up to dance, and that's unheard-of.

Really glad that we had a day where everyone enjoyed themselves.  Lots of photos on the off-roading website too!

Help to find Narrow Weeding Hoe.

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 15:18

Forester, try either World of Wolf, or Amazon, they are the cheapest places, and you can see what I mean about it being small, plus on Amazon there are reviews from previous purchasers, most of them will be 4 or 5 stars, they are great tools that have a  10 year guarantee, and with care most will last a lot longer.  If I have a choice of tool, I will go for wolf every time, they are as good as tools made in Sheffield were 50 years ago (as I'm a Sheffield girl I'm going to be biased), I don't think much is made in Sheffield any more, they are all hong kong fooey now with a brand name sticker slapped on.

Help to find Narrow Weeding Hoe.

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 00:21

Why not try the wolf-garten patio weeder/scraper, you can put that on either a long or short handle, and as it's only about two inches wide at the bottom, that should be small enough.  It's curved along the top, and it's sharp there as well, so you can either push or pull it to hoe the weeds.

You will need to buy the tool and the handle, so if you only intend to buy that, it might be expensive, they do make lots of tools that fit the handle, though, are reallly well made, and one tool may have a couple of uses - I use the long-bladed weeding knife to grub up dandelions, and to chop any slugs I find into bite-sized pieces for the birds and frogs in the garden.

MOB rants

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 12:01

TPS only works for UK based companies, if they're based in India or elsewhere they're not bound by the same rules. 

You need to be careful when using websites, as some of them opt you in, and you have to email them to opt out of third-party marketing.  Trouble is, by the time you've found their opt-out email address they've already sold your phone number and email address several times over.

We used to give the phone to the parrot for PPI/Double Glazing/Insulation type calls.  "Hello, hello, give us a kiss! Are you being a Bugger?!  Oh F***ing F*** it!"  Strangely enough by the time we'd stopped laughing, they'd hung up.  Maybe they'd figured out she didn't have any money of her own, and was unable to sign a contract.

The jungle in my garden needs to go.

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 11:50

Just as an aside, there are quite a few bungalows for sale along the regular walk to my Son's school.  Quite a few have been for sale for a while, and I've been looking to see how much they're going for (just in case I win the lotto and can afford to buy one for my Mum!).  Upshot is, the one with the nicest garden, very tidy, lots of well-tended to flowers, flowering cherry, block-paved drive, went VERY quickly at the asking price £170K.  A very similar bungalow, two minutes walk away has only just been sold, garden not brilliant, but back paved, front covered in pea gravel (corner plot so big front garden), plus garage (which the other bungalow didn't have) went for £145K, reduced from the £160K they were originally asking for back in October.

So a nice garden can make a HUGE difference to the value of your property, the garden is the first impression you get, if the garden looks cared for, then you assume the house is cared for too.  So I agree with Brummie Ben, go for it, do a good job once and it won't need doing again.  If you can plant up some containers or hanging baskets, too (assuming your Mum is well enough to water them), to add colour, that will add even more value.  The garden as it is will reduce the value of the house substantially.

Good luck, I know how much hard work you have ahead of you, take photos after day 1, so you can see how big an impact you have made.  If you don't wear specs, the tip about safety glasses is a good one, for less than a fiver you can protect your eyes, any decent hardware shop/homebase/b&q will stock them.  Soon we'll be calling you Thin Tony!

Identification of tree /shrub

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 13:37

itsnotmyfault - peanuts grow underground, in the roots of the plant, or so I'm lead to believe.  As to the tree - no idea, it is intriguing!

Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 13:32

Annuals are great for new gardens, as they give almost instant impact, but I do like perennials, as you plant them once, and as long as the place and soil suits, them, you don't have to do it again.  I love scented things, and if you can't eat it, and it doesn't smell, then it doesn't tend to get planted in my garden.  There are a few exceptions, but not many.

Lots of people use their garden to park on, so it's gravelled, concreted, paved etc, so I think a few big pots or hanging baskets of colourful annuals helps soften things a bit and provides some welcome colour.

MOB rants

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 13:20

I apologise if I've made anyone feel uncomfortable, most people I know work very hard for their money, and I know that when you've worked for it, you have every right to spend it on whatever you want, please don't feel you need to stop posting.

I can normally see the funny side to most things, and probably will do when things get a bit easier, I have a touch of Churchill's black dog at the moment.

I will only post garden related stuff until my head's in a better place.

Have i been growing a weed? pls help

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 13:14

The best way to get rid of it, is cut it back to leave a stump about 6 inches, then drill a hole in the middle and put in a good squirt of the SBK brushwood killer, that will kill the roots.  Then just dig out as much as possible.  I have one thats about 12 feet tall that's grown through the lean-to greenhouse at the back of the garage over the road.  Not looking forward to sawing that down (plus I'll need some help from OH to make sure it doesn't destroy next-doors fence).

At some point I'm going to have to do the same to a buddlia that's growing alongside the garage, sister-in-law objects to me digging it up before she's got a cutting as it's a plant her Mum put in, so she has a sentimental attachment to it, but can I get her to come & get a cutting?!  Come September we'll be moving over there, and my Husband will go mad as it's starting to put a crack in the garage wall, so when he sees that, it will definitely get dug out, anything that threatens his RS2000 disposed of immediately.

MOB rants

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 00:04

Thanks everyone.  Just got a bit fed up of being the statue and never seeming to get my day as the pigeon, and worried about Max.  He's a rescue, and has given us so much more back than he ever took.  Our house is a forever home, we do what we can to understand our dogs, and understand that some things can be difficult for them.  Bracken was terrified of belts, we think that one of her previous owners had beaten her with one.  If I ever found out who it was, I don't think I could be responsible for my actions.

Gilly, if you've had more back than you paid in, then I think you've been one of the lucky ones, the charges go up and up each year the dog gets older, and as Max is at least 10 now (we got him in 2003 as an adolescent dog), the excess would be mad, that is if anyone would insure him.

Bev - I don't think the apprentices are chosen for their intelligence, the program makers know what they're doing and 12 really bright sparks wouldn't make good TV, whereas 12 assholes spouting the guff they do, does.  Apparently.  I don't really watch 'reality' TV, I think life's too short to watch that.  Give me a good Midsomer Body Count, or NCIS, or a Foyle, Morse, Frost or Endeavour and I'm happy.  I do admit to having a soft spot for Most Haunted, that used to have me roaring with laughter every time Yvette Fielding started shrieking, got possessed or Derek Acorah started going on about 'suberreaneans' living in the Tube in prehistoric times.  Derek, you berk, the tube was built in 18-something or other, it wasn't there in prehistoric times.  Still makes my husband laugh if I suddenly shout subterreneans at him at random times.  I think thats as close to reality TV as I've ever got.

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