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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 00:04

I seem to remember reading that eupatorium can be poisonous to sheep and horses, and if eaten by cattle can affect their milk and cause sickness in humans who drink it. 

Whilst it's a striking plant perhaps we should exercise caution if growing it in a rural environment.

MOB rants

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:08

Sorry to return to this subject, but this morning's rant is the Post Office - again!

The postman has just delivered another pile of junk-mail, most of it the same as delivered over the last two days - in three days I have amassed nearly an inch of paper! With this junk there were several letters, two dated 27th and 28th May - one was to remind me that my car insurance was due to expire on 1st June ( lucky I had renewed elsewhere!)

I know that the argument is that the Post Office need the junk-mail service to help provide a decent postal system, but a decent postal system is not what I'm receiving at the moment. Then the local Council is constantly nagging us to ensure that every last bit of 'our' rubbish is properly sorted - I'm b......d if I'm going to sort out the Post Office rubbish - it's all just gone in the local postbox for them to dispose of!

drat and curses to this hot sunny weather

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 09:31

Tell them to keep the heating on next week down there, Verdun! 

drat and curses to this hot sunny weather

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 22:45

This time next week I'm in Cornwall, staying at Pentillie Castle for a few days - I hope Verdun's wish for rain and cold isn't granted by Fairygirl's  Cornish cousins!

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:52

It was great FG ......... Red kites have to be the most striking bird of prey I've ever seen - their mainly red colour,with black wings, flashes of white,are really highlighted when they circle in bright sunshine. Yesterday the weather was perfect - warm, sunny, breezy. I would think that in my part of the Chilterns they are now one of the most common birds. Yesterday was a good day for wildlife, with a few Brimstone butterflies in the garden, and in the evening, the blue butterflies appeared - they like the fir trees we have.

MOB rants

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 21:05

Love your comments Frank. Having driven into Cairo from the Sinai Desert  - an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives - cars, lorries, buses, military vehicles,horses, pedestrians (whole families, mum,dad,and little kids )- all over the roads,absolute bedlam - I would also agree that the Mad Women of the School Run are the daftest of the lot. Most afternoons between 2.30 and 3.30 I'm indoors having a cuppa - let them fight it out on the streets - no wonder they all seem to wear Hi-viz jackets - they b....y need them!

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 20:47

Few bees around, but at the allotment this afternoon there was a cloud of about 60 red kites wheeling and fighting only about 20-30 feet above me - had to duck once as two of them swerved round me! Bit worrying as their wing spans are 5 feet or so! 

MOB rants

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 22:18

The answer must be to get rid of all speed bumps, chicanes and any other sort of obstacle - then, install a few more cameras ( which incidentally I hate ) 

........then, most crucially, all the speed cameras should be hidden (not painted bright yellow as at present, so that we all slow down, then speed up when the markings have gone! ). People will quickly learn that unless you stick to the speed limit as clearly shown, then you are very likely to get penalised. The only caveat to this suggestion is that all limits should be reviewed and proper realistic limits are put in place - it could be a painful learning curve for some,but I bet the idiots out there now would soon calm down!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 22:03

Just had a phone call from my son, who's travelling up to the Lakes, and this afternoon they stopped at the National Arboretum - he absolutely loved the place - and he's a total non-gardener! There's hope yet!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 20:13

I should be back in Cornwall, Verdun. Terrorism is always lurking around the corner in London unfortunately. My office in Bishopsgate was blown to bits by the IRA in the 90's, and I was on the underground train blown up at Aldgate - I was very lucky as I was at the other end of the train from the bomber. We all got used to keeping our wits about us - anything on the street or in a train that made me uneasy, or didn't look right, then I was gone. Just what is it that motivates these lunatics? If it really is religion, then the sooner we all become atheists, the better ( and apologies to all of you out there with real religious belief )

Discussions started by Pentillie

To-do lists

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Today I feel so happy....

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Horticultural plastics

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Feed and slug deterrent 
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