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Railway Sleepers with Bamboo v Trellis on top of wall with creepers

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 22:47

Ordinary 4" fence posts.  You could sand them and paint them first if you don't like their colour but it will soften over time and be covered by the climbers.

Nut's suggestion of shrubs is good too to break up the line of the base of the wall.   

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 22:45

Happy ending then.  Good.

The day after we moved in here we had a very skinny but very friendly ginger cat banging on an upstairs window.  She scarpered when she saw the dogs but came back again and was very persistent about cuddles so I fed her - and fed her and fed her.   She was very happy in the house except for the dogs.

By day 3 I had the wit to phone the previous owner and she confirmed that their cat had gone missing a few days after they moved into their new place in mid July.   No idea how long it took her to travel the 5 or 6kms but she'd been living on rodents since and was skin and bone.    She was fat and sleek again by the time they came to fetch her at the end of the week and they were all in tears too - Mum, 18yr old daughter and two younger sons.

Railway Sleepers with Bamboo v Trellis on top of wall with creepers

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 22:32

Have you priced up the costs of railway sleepers plus the men needed to wield them into place and cut them to size?   I also think ramming them in behind your wall might just weaken it.

Trellis panels don't curve very easily and also don't last many years - the flimsy cross pieces rot or break in strong winds in my experience.

For a cheaper and more flexible option, I would suggest erecting tall posts to the height of your neighbours' fence panels with about 18"/45cms to 2'/60cms buried in concrete for stability.  Fit them round in front of the wall at intervals of 5 to 6'+150cms to 180cms.   Before you do that, drill horizontal holes thru them from side to side and at 12"/30cm intervals starting from the top end and working down.

Once the concrete has set leave it to mature overnight and then stretch and tension wires thru the holes.   You can then use them to train climbers such as honeysuckle, clematis, roses, campsis; jasmine etc depending on soil, aspect - light levels - and exposure to cold and whether or not you want perfume as well as colour.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 21:27

I've never welded yet Liri but if I start making things with the thicker rods I may well give it a go.  I also have some peony supports made from the thinner grade wire and they have knobs at the end to protect eyes.  I buy them at Chelsea Flower Show for about £15 each but won't be going this year so if I need new ones I'll have to make them.

I'm sure your son would love some Eton Mess............

OH played in a golf competition at his new club today.  Won a prize - he gets to play in another comp at St Tropez, hotel paid for.  I asked if it allowed dogs.  Possum thinks she'd like to go in my place as she enjoyed her initiation today and thought the professional was "cute" as was OH's partner today - clean cut Irish chap training to be a Ryanair pilot.  I can see we're going to have to discuss ground rules for conversation at dinner and play times.  Can't bear golf post mortems.

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Aldi pop up Easter advert

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 18:36

Maybe google will find something else then.  I only have a simple mobile phone as I tolerate having one for emergency messages only.   If I'm not answering the fixed line it's cos I'm busy in the house, garden or out and don't want to be hanging on a phone.

Ideas to weigh down weed blackout

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 18:34

Most garden cenres and DIY stores that sell this should have U shaped metal pins or flat topped, 4 to 6 inch plastic pegs to hammer in and hold it down - or you could make your own from old wire clothes hangers.

Aldi pop up Easter advert

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 18:00


Found this version which says it works on iPhones and iPads - 


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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:58

I might just have to take up welding Chicky.  I love that rusty stuff - mesh and rods - but OH dislikes the mesh.  However, now that he's indulged himself with a fancy shower room he may well just have to accept my cheap trellis fix for my pergola and seating area to be.

Have set up the Scottish landscape prog to record.  Pity it's the last one.  Do tell if it's repeated in the future, or there are more like it.

Skirt cut out - had to banish the kittens who have discovered tissue paper patterns make lovely noises - so I'm off to check my treasures are OK.   Possum is cooking dinner - Japanese beef something so I have no kitchen duties this evening.

Aldi pop up Easter advert

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:11

Try this one - free and simple to install - https://adblockplus.org/

You need to restart your PC when it's installed.

Inherited this pond - help!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:09

Do you get copies of Living magazine - English, every 2 months, life and events and so on in south west France - Vendée, Charente, Dordogne.  It's free and can be picked up at some stores, tourist offices and also online.   There's always a feature in there on wildlife and ads for groups to join for many activities.   

Joining a local association will depend on how good is your French.

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