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philippa smith2

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President Obama

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:57

It always was change there

Unreliable tradespeople

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:41

You've struck lucky there HFan

Our recent plumber ( not a terribly good one ) was paid a few thousand and then persisted in sending new bills..........for a gas installation ( we don't even have gas ) and for someone in a village miles away.

As has been said, they tap away on their Tablets or Mobiles when looking over the job but seem incapable of letting you know when they aren't going to appear.  I was told their workforce didn't like getting up early in the morning 

Home made organic way to kill aphids

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:30

That's my good deed for the day then aym

Neighbour issues are so very contentious tho and it is always best to have some authority behind any complaint/problem you have.

My neighbour, a really nice person, works from home....or, more specifically, from his shed.......the endless "whirr, whirr " from his machinery does get on my nerves at times but I wouldn't say anything as it just annoys me rather than makes me gasp.  Chemical stuff is an entirely different matter

Fish/Blood and Bone or Sulphate of Potash ?

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:19

BFB is quite often applied in the Autumn.....scattered on the soil at the recommended rate and then gently raked in.  It is a slow fertilizer as such so doesn't offer instant results but benefits the soil in general.

Potash is usually used for flower production I think.

If you have the packaging with either of these substances, it should give you instructions and how/when/for what to use it.

If you are patient, someone with more knowledge/experience will advise you

Home made organic way to kill aphids

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:10

aym........if you are troubled by your neighbour's pollutants, perhaps you should contact your local environmental health department and/or your local planning authority.  If it is really bad, I doubt whether a couple of Peace lillies will be of much use to you.

At least ask .......the Environmental people will carry out tests if necessary.

Good luck


Bird Poo

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 17:50

If it is birds crapping on your lawn, it seems unlikely that you will be able to persuade them to "go" elsewhere Paul.  

To make that sort of mess, there must surely be somewhere for them to sit above that particular spot and persistently do their business day after day.  A lot of them too so you would easily notice them. 

I must admit with Jackdaws, Crows, Wood Pigeons, Doves within my garden, I have never noticed such a heap as you describe 

Hello All

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 17:14

Hello Stuart


Posted: 22/04/2016 at 17:12

You're alright didn't cross my mind.......emoticons don't always convey what I mean......I thought it was funny

Actually that is another meaningless phrase......."You're alright..." I could have said I didn't think you were aiming your remarks at me in particular but that's a lot of typing.

Runnybeak............yes, the "How do you feel ?" is enough to make a normal person scream "How do you think I feel ******** ?"

One more contribution from me..........The endless warnings which newsreaders give out at the beginning of a report on a disaster, war zone, etc.  "Some viewers may be upset by this/that or the other in this report ".  Do they expect us to switch off for 5 minutes or what ?  Perhaps if they showed some of the footage which they often claim is "too distressful to broadcast", some of us may sit up and take more notice of what is happening around us......politicians and world leaders in particular.  

Mmm.......that WAS a bit of a rant wasn't it ?  But....there you does annoy me.  As does "There you go " but I'm guilty of that one I'm afraid

Home made organic way to kill aphids

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 16:40

Thanks Lazy David You're a star.


Posted: 22/04/2016 at 16:18

Plenty of people use seaweed......either purchased or make your own.  Never heard of anyone having a problem with it

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