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Latest posts by Pentillie

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 22:43

Me too! I was born there, but I'm one of the mugs (well, Mum and Dad ) who moved away . Still, I get down there 2 or 3 times a year, and my little Sister works in Bude, and lives on the edge of Dartmoor, so I get to see her, and visit all my places that I love. Lovely Kernow 


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 18:09

Love watching Midsomer, especially as most of it is filmed around me in the Chilterns, and I try and identify where they are this time. Luckily, the Chilterns are the exact opposite of the show - very quiet and very little crime ( I'm touching wood now! ).

Vicar of Dibley was filmed in the village up the road, and unlike Midsomer, a lot of the stories and characters are not too far removed from real life!

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 00:25

Pleased for Benitez! A good man who has been treated badly by a lot of Chelsea followers - I've been a fan for 50 years, and I feel ashamed at the actions of some of the idiots who follow the Club. But, a good night all round, and for 10 days Chelsea will be holders of the two major European trophies.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 22:31

In Amsterdam, not gardening, but watching my team win a big football match. Am I happy - you bet! 

MOB rants

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 16:59

Nobody can be as bad as HMRC.Couple of months ago they sent me an assessment saying I owed £4116 (this from their Cardiff office). I spoke to my usual tax office (Salford) pointing out that all my income is subject to PAYE and I had all the relevant P60 certificates, clearly indicating tax had been deducted as necessary. The taxman confirmed that his computer screen agreed with all I had told him and that the assessment was obviously wrong. However, he could not rectify things - I would have to talk to someone in Newcastle. Did this, he agreed their on-screen figures tallied with mine.....but - I would have to put figures in writing, and request an amendment. I asked whether their figure of £4116 was just guesswork, as it was obviously not based on any of the figures showing on my record on their screens - he didn't have a clue!

Anyway, I wrote in claiming a review, and a few days later they responded - they owe me £36! 

The motto of HMRC should be shown clearly on all their correspondence and letterheads - ' Don't have a Clue ' 



MOB rants

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 10:23

That's it, I finally admit defeat. I have been trying for ages to get a 'proper' cup of leaf-brewed tea whenever I am out and about, but all I ever get is the ubiquitous cup of hot water with a b....y tea-bag dropped in it, and then charged over a pound for the privelege - no wonder most people now drink coffee!

Anyway, I now keep a stash of half-decent (?) tea-bags, Yorkshire Tea, in the car, so when I have a cuppa in a cafe, I can add an extra bag, and get a drink that somewhere near resembles tea!

Does anyone out there know of any establishment that still serves properly brewed tea?


Posted: 11/05/2013 at 10:19

Although very poisonous, the leaves of rhubarb can be used as a very effective spray against aphids on brassicas and flowers. Soak the leaves in water for a week, then filter off the solution - dispose of what's left of the leaves onto the compost heap. Dilute the solution with water, about 75 water to 25 solution, add a couple of squirts of washing-up liquid, put in watering can, and sprinkle plants as necessary. Further waterings and rain will ensure that cabbages etc are perfectly clean and edible at harvest time.

Seed Potatoes

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 21:46

Last year I planted 2 rows of Lady Christl potatoes, small ones which were left from the 2011 harvest - they all came up and provided as heavy a crop as the original seed-potatoes. I think it can be a gamble; depends on the type of potato and perhaps the weather - agree with Bookertoo about blight, but if the originals were free of it,you should be OK. If you've got the space it's well worth trying.

MOB rants

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 12:27

Has anyone else noticed how ineffective current slug pellets seem to be? In my case, I have some 2-3 inch Brussels Sprout plants outside, hardening off. I have used Bayer Slug and Snail Pellets, and basically, they are c--p!

I put plenty of pellets down, but they appear to work too slowly, as some of the plants have been eaten to stalks,but surrounded by dead snails, which obviously enjoyed a great last supper. What's the point of pellets which don't attract snails immediately?

I know it's easy to blame EU regulations ( probably with good cause ), but half the pellets and solutions we now use in the garden or allotment are not really fit for purpose ( and the prices have soared! ). Sometimes I think we are so gullible, believing ' what it says on the tin'. Yet another manifestation of the ' Suits' culture, where big businesses get away with selling us overpriced rubbish, but can announce to their shareholders that they have had another wonderful year

propagation boasts and failures

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 10:14

Reminds me of a few years ago, when I went down to the riverside to cut some nice 3-foot long twigs from the willow trees, which I wanted as pea supports at the allotment.

They worked brilliantly, had a bumper crop of peas, but the problem was every twig had rooted and I was left with 150 willow trees! 

I returned to the river and planted half a dozen in appropriate places, but had to burn the rest - seemed such a shame!

Discussions started by Pentillie

Seed prices

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Lawn scarifiers and rakers

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Petrol generators

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Lost,stolen or strayed?

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Dangers in your compost

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Mind your own business

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Black spot on roses

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Brussels sprouts

Blown sprouts 
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Last Post: 15/04/2013 at 20:37

Today I feel so happy....

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Horticultural plastics

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Last Post: 24/03/2013 at 16:18

Fruit and veg ripeness

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Last Post: 08/08/2012 at 08:14

Toadstools on lawn

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Sheep it or Slug gone

Feed and slug deterrent 
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