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Belfast sinks and their true value?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 09:22

I also don't get the trend for wanting a belfast sink at all. I've got an ancient one in my utility room and I've actually had people telling me they like it and if I get rid of it they'd like to buy it! 

I'm gobsmacked people pay to have them installed in smart new kitchens and for sure I don't understand why you'd want an old sink in a garden.  But then I know that there's no pleasing everyone and one man's meat is another man's poison. 

So like everything in life, it's worth what you're willing to pay for it and dependent on how much you want it.


New Raised Bed

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 09:17

I've got a dry stone wall raised bed.  In my case it's used as a flower border on the garden perimeter.

I've used all well rotted horse manure in sawdust.  It helps that we have an equestrian centre and so have tonnes of it readily available.  My friend down the valley has raised bed fruit and veg borders and when they were made earlier this year we took her a couple of tractor bucket loads to fill them.      The produce has been amazing. 

In addition to what's suggested:  beetroot, fennel, asparagus


New nieghbours, new fence and eye-saws

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 09:03

When I first opened this post I thought an eye saw was some sort of relative of the saw fly!     Duhhhh you meant eyesore

Busy Lizzie, I like that rustic trellis.  Definitely an idea worth of copying and something I will do to hide where I've a bit stuff I would like to seclude.

With regard to the OP:  When it comes to disputes with neighbours it's always preferable to try to settle things amicably and by mutual agreement.   It's really not a good idea to plan to go to war or to try to "outfence" or call in troops such as the council until you have made every effort to do things by consensus.

Being at war with neighbours is expensive, stressful and remember for every winner there's a loser.  You don't want to get into that situation.

It's always difficult when there's change too and the arrival of the new people and removal of their shed meant just that.   It's a shame you'd not erected a fence on your boundary side instead of using the shed when you did your planting but that's called "hindsight".  

Sounds like it's time for some creative and fast growing soft landscaping and a cup of tea and a chat with your new neighbours.






What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 13:52

Isn't it just.   We've also got red squirrels but getting a photo of those is proving  impossible!   I've got loads of photos of tree branches where the squirrel was.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 13:43

The star in my garden's got to be this:

 We've 3 families of hoglets successfully raised this year and often seen out and about late evening.

Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 19:02

cangrandmafixiit,  it's an 18th century mill stone.

When we moved here 15 years ago the garden was just an overgrown mess.  So much so that the paved area and millstone were 'found' buried under tons of earth.



Problem viewing on Android tablet

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:29

I'm finding that the forum isn't great on Android or iPad.


Random question but why....

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:26

They fly in circles to:

gain height

get their bearings

or to stay within a light source as they catch the insects attracted to it

So take your pick

We had a pipistrelle bat in the bedroom last month.  It was very sweet. 

Well Rotted Manure and Dogs

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:22

We own an equestrian centre.   IF it's well rotted then it should look and smell absolutely no different to the very best garden / potting compost you can buy.

I've just been getting a couple of tractor buckets of it to spread round my rhodendrons, azaleas and hydrangeas.   I can absolutely confirm that the dogs only eat and roll at the "new" end of the muck heap

I can therefore guarantee, from extensive research, that your dogs won't be interested in it at all.

Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 15:38

 I've a big garden too and spend a lot of time keeping it under control.  I absolutely get the difficulty of not being able to see seedlings.  Of course a heck of a lot self seeding and I do some direct sowing but I see it as faffing about and am too impatient for that.  

I've no problem at all spending a bit of money to buy some plants every now and again and don't begrudge others making a profit and a living out of horticulture.

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