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How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 20:57

Some years ago at a previous allotment I had, several people suffered from thefts. Two of the allotmenteers were ex commandos, and they spent several nights camping out in of their sheds, both in camouflage gear, and with their faces blacked up.

When two lads finally turned up one night, after midnight, and started helping themselves, filling carrier bags, the 'commando's' came flying out of the shed, screaming like dervishes. The intruders broke all records running, and trying to jump over the fence - the lads let them run, leaving half a pair of trousers hanging from the barbed wire.

After that night, to best of my knowledge, nobody lost another thing.

Extreme measures, but the two ex-soldiers loved it, and everybody else found it great fun - also proved pretty effective!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 17:17

Bill - best wishes, and sympathy to you and your wife.

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Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:00

Can't believe how ridiculous the last few days have been on the forum.

Like whiteheather I am not going to post at least until the end of the Summer, so if anything crops up under 'Pentillie' name - it ain't me!

I will continue reading all your posts, and learning a lot, so have a good, successful summer - may the sun shine lots, and the plants thrive ( after all, the forum is still intended to make life enjoyable, and perhaps easier, for all dedicated gardeners.)

Will be back in Cornwall for a break in a few weeks - will keep an eye open for Verdun ( the real one!)

Best wishes all.

 

 

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Posted: 22/02/2014 at 20:26

A good time, I think, to depart the forums, and get busy in the garden and allotment - but I will be watching you all, over the summer! 

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Posted: 18/02/2014 at 23:24

Thanks Tracey-N. Lovely sunny day at All-Saints Church in Marlow. Flood waters which had almost reached the doors a few days ago have receded a lot, and the church was packed - loads of allotmenteers, and a nice service. Free drinks afterwards at the Duke of Cambridge (landlord is 'one of us'! ). A really goodsend-off from a very close-knit Town.

My thoughts are with Bill in his awful situation - a parent never wants to see his child suffer. When my daughter was given her initial diagnosis I just felt ' why her? - it should be me'

 

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Posted: 18/02/2014 at 09:25

Sorry to start with a sombre note, but I'm off to a funeral this morning. 

One of my friends from the allotment - an old fellow who spent his life working in the local brewery, Wethereds, until it closed, and worked on the same plot for nearly 50 years, kept chickens up there, and distributed free eggs to us all  - he also found time to go round with his mower keeping all the grass paths looking fine.

He was a typical local countryman - he couldn't read, and I don't think he had much interest in anything other than gardening, but he was free with his knowledge to newcomers who sometimes struggled - a good and generous man.

Rest in peace Dennis

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Posted: 14/02/2014 at 23:14

I remember - near Heatherwood, where my daughter worked.

Safe trip home!

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Posted: 14/02/2014 at 22:38

Yes, Stacey, I live on the hills north of Marlow, looking down on the town. I can see Cliveden, Winter Hill, and Henley out of my front windows - loveliy in summer but a bugger when it's wet and windy! At least I'm safe from the River!

Hope you OK in Slough - I know there are lots of brooks in the Chalvey and Cippenham area - what part of town are you?

 

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Posted: 14/02/2014 at 21:16

Winds and rain in Marlow have been baaaaaaad for hours now. Saw BBC news earlier, and presenter in Marlow said water levels had dropped - don't know where in Town that was! Saw Marlow weir behind him, and it now appears to be surplus to requirements as the two water levels are just about meeting.

Higginson Park is full of water to the gates, which are just across the road from the High Street - next few days there will be gallons of water pouring down from the tops of the Chilterns, and things could become really grim.

Just hope all of you are keeping dry and warm, and damage free.

Regards to Verdun and all my friends and kin in the West Country.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 21:57

 I just love the comment invariably made by politicians and experts after disasters strike - ''lessons have been learned'!.

What lessons did they learn about the Somerset levels - things worked pretty well for hundreds of years, with locals knowing full well what the problems were, and how to resolve them - then the experts appeared - the Environment Agency. Led by failed politician, Mrs Young ( I won't honour her with a title), who was head of the Royal Society for Birds, they thought it would be a good idea to spend millions on a bird sanctuary, and encourage farmers to turn their fields into 'wetlands'

Has she, in hindsight, learnt any lesson?

Now run by another failed politician, Chris Smith, (again, no title), what did he ever know about the needs of areas like Somerset, and the Thames Valley? 

Has he learned lessons?

 Perhaps we should send all the buggers back to school before we let them loose on Quangoes where they have absolutely zero knowledge?

Apologies for language!

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