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Elderflower cordial

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 07:44

I found a great recipe on Brew UK for Champagne. Hugh Fernley Whitinstone made it on one of his programs.


Designing a Garden Centre from scratch

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 07:33

Cheap plants and sundries! plain and simple. We have a few garden centers near us, they tend to put in coffee houses which is a nice idea if there is a huge area to get round and you'd like to take a break at some point. They tend to be a bit on the expensive side. The most successful little garden shop is a family run business who have a great selection of reasonably priced plants, and sundries they also have a fruit and veg area where you can buy their own grown produce. If your looking for something specific they'll source it for you and they are really knowledgable about what they sell.

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 10:23

Thanks for this SS I've saved in my favourites to show Mr RD when he comes home from work, we where also talking of installing a fence of this sort. everything they mention in the article rings true for us. We used to be away every weekend until we where forced to give up our bolt hole in the lake district. I might even print it off and post it through their door!

stem of yew tree partly buried?

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 10:13

On the other hand my husband made a raised bed at the back of our garage and I buried my conifer nearly a quater up its trunk

Its been in for at least 10 years and is thriving ok


need help to indentify these

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 06:38

mmmmm I always think Azalea flowers tend to be more clumped together and if you look at the dispensed flower head it looks more like a Rhodii. Also the leaves look quite large and leathery! I may be wrong!

How do you differentiate a Rhodii from an Azalea? It looks a bit mildewed too! or in need of a good feed

need help to indentify these

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 19:12

top one looks like a rhodoendron, the bottom one looks like a sedum of some sort

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:28

Now that looks interesting Jungle Jim does it have a name? I didn't even know you could get soundproof fencing! thats another great idea Thanks JJ

Thanks Topbird I am indeed going on holiday at the end of July!

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 12:19

DFAb, Please don't think that I'm out for revenge, I'm not the sort. If I where to try and give back what is forced upon our selves, would only mean I'd be lowering myself to her level, which I would never do I'm a bigger, better person than that.

 Your right this thread was all about looking for a resolution to a problem, which I now think my husband and myself are in agreement with. I may have gone off on a tangent at times Only to give a bigger picture of whats she's like. Your right - you's didn't really need to know all this, I supose I've just been venting off its been rather a stressful 8 months. Having said this some have shared similar experiences and some have made me chuckle making my situation a bit less troublesome.

I think this is the end of this thread so thanks everyone for your suggestions. Although I will post a pic of newly installed water feature when we get around to creating it!    

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 07:13

Luckily a neighbour had spotted the "tree Surgeon" and new he wasn't much cop! I got him back to ask why he's been over onto my property and cut out one of the main bows? he preseeded to explain how she'd told him ,"anything over hanging my garden cut it off". She avoided me for weeks.

Well this morning I think her builders are going to feel her wrath. She was kicking off last night again,  looks like they've made a cock up with her drive! her husband was out last night with a tape measure measuring the curb stones against the wall the builders have just began building. Oh well what goes around comes around, Karma and all that!

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 07:06

Thank you all once again for all your kind words of wit and wisdom . I've got up this morning with quite a positive attitude towards said neighbour. Today will be an afternoon spent putting a strategy together. My comphrey steeping box with lid was broken when we where building last year, so I'm off to buy another it will be placed near to the fence so if she sits shouting her gob off I'll just open the lid! I'm a gardener I can handle the stench! Its sad to read all your own personal stories of neighbours behaving badley, also refreshing that their are genuine nice people out there too.

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When I lived in a council flat as a teenager, my bedroom adjoined the next-door bedroom, and I suffered with the sounds of their music, or even worse, them bumping uglies.  One day after they'd finished, a couple of my mates were round, and after listening open-mouthed to the 'oh, yes!' and 'give it to me big boy' (I kid you not!), we gave them a round of appause, cheering, whistling etc.  They were never quite as noisy again!  The other thing they did was listen to pop music all of the time, I had a couple of classical CD's so used to turn those on full blast when it got a bit too much.

Do you have a lurverly singing voice?  I used to be able to empty the pub I worked in at closing time, with the first two minutes of 'bohemian rhapsody'.  An unusual talent, but one that came in handy.  Maybe you could try learning Welsh, or Urdu, outside, with one of those tape things?  I know that would annoy me, if my neighbours did that.  Or if you're going to be really evil, wait until their extension is finished, and push fish heads through the air vents (the stink will drive them mad, and they'll never figure out where it's coming from.  Failing that, have you got a small boy in the family who has a burning ambtion to learn the trombone?  If you think a small child and a recorder is a bad combination, you ain't heard anything till you team a 7 year old boy with a trombone.

Could you get one of those garden mirrors and angle it so the evening sun would be reflected onto their patio area?  Water features are a good idea, as are windchimes.

As for a name, I tend to use 'biffa' a lot.  Looks like the back of a garbage truck with all the desirability of one.

Don't get mad, get evil!

Ha haa that was class giving the round of applause...

Yes I have the most impressive Les Dawson impression as he did it with a piano, I can worble my vocal cords like you've never heard especially to REM's 'Shiny Happy People'.

Believe this if you will, I have just brought downstairs last weekend my Bongo's. My boys bought them for me one christmas with the intent of getting me to learn a percussion instrument...I'm still in the learning stage! LOL.

Oh I'm all for blocking out her sunshine after an incident a few years ago. she has a massive leylandi in the garden behind her which takes away a lot of their late afternoon sunshine, one year she got a "Tree Surgeon" yes in inverted commas! to top it, she did ask permission to cut off a few over hanging branches off my really old mountain ash! I said it was ok. I came home from work to discover she'd had about a third lopped off my tree I was furious, It had so spoilt its shape, it was a gorgeous specimen.

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