Shrinking Violet


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Nuisance Birds...

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 23:37

We had a problem with rooks in the village where I used to live.  I was on the Parish Council and we were asked if there was a way of controlling them since the rookery was expanding year by year, and the nuisance was affected many people.  (They can be aggressive and will terrorise smaller birds and have been known to break open bird feeders!)


We were advised that it is possible legally to control corvids, but that special permission has to be granted first.  You therefore have to find someone who will exercise the "control" - probably by organising a shoot, and seek permission for them to do it.  And then you have to overcome those who will organise a protest at this being done, so you may find it more trouble than it is worth.


On the other hand, they are at their noisiest at this time of year, especially as the juveniles are still partially dependent on their parents.  It should quieten down in time - until next year!

MIdges and mosquitoes

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 12:24

I agree about the Avon Skin so Soft - it is brilliant.  And I think that the problem of midges and mozzies is worse this year because of the rain and, even on dry days, the high humidity.


One thing to be careful of is standing water:  anything that fills with water can easily be used by the critturs to breed, so ensure that there is no standing water, if possible.  If you have a water butt, then a few drops of Armillatox or Jeyes fluid will deter them.

Summerhouses

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 17:36

It doesn't have to be like that!  Any company can make a mistake (and lots do) but it is how they deal with it that gives the final judgement.


We had a summerhouse installed this year.  We ordered it from B & Q but the collateral contract was with the ultimate supplier:  Shires.


The first summerhouse was shoddy beyond belief.  They (Shires) promised to replace it.  When the second team of installers arrived, they removed the faulty summerhouse, and then said that they couldn't contemplate installing the replacement because it was even worse, having had poorly constructed panels etc sent by the factory.


Third time lucky!  A third team of workmen arrived.  Every panel was checked as it was removed from the lorry.  It was constructed with care, and we inspected it closely to confirm that we were happy.  The Customer Services Manager was in constant touch with us.  She was apologetic but promised to get it right, and she did.  We are delighted with the result.


Moral of the story is to keep on to the company, insist on proper replacement, and confirm all telephone coversations in writing (or Email).  Persistence will pay off, I'm sure. 

Independence Day?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 22:35

Re our being "in" until we are "out".  We have to continue to pay our contribution to the EU project until things are finalised.


Anyone with a few chests of tea to tip into the sea in protest?

Independence Day?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 22:28

I shows some of the Eurocrats (who would think of themselves as the "great and good")in their true colours.  Fear is on all of their faces.  I see a yellow stripe down their backs.  They are terrified that our vote will be "contagious" and other countries will try to leave.


Well if they are right, and they are on the right course, why not hold a Europe-wide referendum and get the backing of the "people" (aka "the great unwashed").


Or, why not hold a vote for at least one of the FIVE presidents? 


Sorry - I'm getting fed up with all the negativity doing the rounds.  We are where we are.  We know that the European project has flaws.  Pretending that GB is the only country that has doubts and that it is only we who are out of step is disingenuous.

Independence Day?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 21:56

I keep looking at this thread, thinking we should all move on, but am magnetically drawn to it, nevertheless!


Aaaah - all those poor young things who think the oldies and wrinklies have stolen their future!  Yet less than a third of them managed to get out of bed and vote!  And what seems to have escaped them is the fact that we voted on their behalf - using our experience of the past few decades. 


MPs in tears?  (Anna Soubry - sorry, love, no sympathy.  The status quo is just not good enough).


The markets are picking up.  It will still be a rocky road, but we are strong enough (and some would say bloody minded enough) to weather the storms.


One thing is bothering me:  we have voted "out".  But until we trigger article 50, we are still in.  So who the devil does this Juncker chap think he is telling us we have no right to be there, debating the issues etc?  And why did Dodgy Dave roll over and allow himself to be excluded?  Repeat:  we have, as a nation, shown our intention.  It is not operational until (and unless) we trigger Article 50 and two years' worth of negotiation on terms is completed.


So we are still in.  And surely we should demand a place at the table and a voice?  Or am I missing something?

Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 21:39

Crikey Lou - is it still as vile as it was this morning?  I dread to look!


My son mistakenly saw a valedictory post with a Union Flag, commented on it and went to work.  What he hadn't realised was that it was from the organisation "Briton First".  Once he realised, he couldn't get back on FB to distance himself from them.


Unfortunately, the situation that we are now in encourages the outrageous and the disaffected.


Who was it said "Stop the World, I want to get off"?  I'm with them  LOL

Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 21:27

Obelixx - funnily enough, I did take the trouble to research many of the areas of contention with regard to the EU.  I took nothing for granted.  I assumed that there were areas that warranted further research, I reread many of the documents that I had saved from my Salad Days  when I was actively promoting the merits of the (then) European Economic Community.  I contacted my MEPs.  I read extensively.  I appear to have been in a minority.


Whatever (as the young are wont to say)


I felt I had done all that I could to make an informed choice.  I voted.  I looked to the future.  I shan't be here - my bed of daisies awaits.  But for my son, for future generations, I made a decision honestly and from the heart.


I resent being treated as a half-wit, a pariah, a bigot.  I did not (and never have) take my voting decision lightly.  For the record, I have never, ever missed an election:  I have a hard-won right to vote - an obligation to vote.  And I always do.

Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 18:56

Sorry Obelixx - I was feeling rather cross at some of the stuff that is being said.  I was on Facebook and I just can't believe the venom being expressed towards anyone who voted contrary to some sort of received wisdom.


Ok - calmer now.  Deep breath:  It's going to be very, very tough to find someone with the vision to sort this whole debacle out.  There's a vote of No confidence in Jeremy Corben.  Cameron is going.  Sturgeon is seizing the opportunity for another Scottish referendum.  Sinn Feinn are stirring the pot of discord. 


There needs to be some firm, rational leadership.  How's about someone normally out of the public eye knuckling down and doing the job ie not one of the "front runners"?  Now there's a thought . . . .


(For the record, I'm available )

Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 18:32

Here in Devon I have seen Vote Leave posters a-plenty, and only one, small Remain poster.  Having travelled extensively for the past week or so (Canadian visitors who we conducted hither and thither) I have had a lot of experience of the general feelings in the area.


I have spoken with many.  I have listened in (deliberately!) to many a conversation in the market, the coffee shop and the pub.  I have not ever heard one person complain about "bloody immigrants".  Not one.  Not ever.  But I have heard  a lot about accountability and democracy.


The guarded "socio-economic" profiling is just plain insulting.  People of all backgrounds have had their own opinions.  Just because some of the most dramatic results were in the Labour heartlands doesn't damn all of them (and any other Leave voters) to working class ignorance and xenophobia. 


I'll take my degree certificate and hide it in case anyone thinks I'm thinking above my station, shall I? 

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