Shrinking Violet

Latest posts by Shrinking Violet

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 21:33

Well, it looks like neither you nor I will be in contention for a Countryfile Calendar next year aym

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 20:50

So DD (see what I did there?  relating this to another much-visited thread!) you will have to put Ferrero Rocher at the top of your next shopping list.  Forget the veg/milk/baked beans:  go for what's important in readiness for next week's show!  (Or if you're in to Sunday shopping:  get ready for tomorrow night's results show!) 

Garden fence

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 20:46

Hypercharleyfarley is, I seem to recall, an estate agent with many years' experience (or well versed in all things property/legal).  So that advice is very useful, and probably much more informed than most of us on here.

My only observation is regarding land registry, which can sometimes be a bit vague over exact boundaries etc.  That, however, may be more to do with older properties and/or quirky boundary questions such as I had to investigate in a previous property relating to a ditch and bank boundary.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 20:32

Ore!  I can't believe what I have just watched:  Absolutely fabulous!

Loved Danny and Oti as well:  perhaps the real competition will be between these two.  But others were super as well.  Can you believe how good Lesley Joseph is?  It gives me hope for my autumn days!

Ed Balls will probably get the votes to keep him in - just like Widdi. Sargeant and Russell (grant) before him. 

Overall, another super show.  Lots of good dancing.

  But - Ore!  OMG.

Garden fence

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:06

The fence is your property;  the builder cannot damage your property.  He may contest its location; he may also insist, if the deeds confirm his assertion, that you remove it.

When you bought the property, the solicitor who did the conveyancing for you should be able to advise you regarding boundaries.

Stand your ground for the time being, and don't let the builder bully you.  He may be worried about future sales of adjoining properties:  lack of fencing can make a garden seem much larger than it actually is, and future buyers may be deterred by having a visual statement of the actual size.  (I'm guessing here - I have no idea of the builder's true motivation, of course).

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:31

Truly JC we all take our pleasures variously

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:28


It took me a while to work out what sweet sand crisps are!  OK, so I know I'm a bit dim, but the penny did drop (eventually).  Enjoy them anyway! 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:45

That sound quite an emotional experience JC.  Even though I know that the greys in this country truly are a pest, if one runs out onto the road in front of me, I automatically hit the brakes, and couldn't contemplate doing anything other than trying to avoid it.

The same could be said of pheasasnt, which are numerous at this time of year in rural areas where pheasant shoots take place during the winter.  They may be members of the peacock family, but they behave like the cartoon roadrunner - hurtling along the road in front of the car, trying to outrun it, and obviously failing on many occasions, given the corpses to be seen from previous traffic!

They are beautiful birds (well, the males are at least).  They used to visit my previous garden, one regular earning the name of Phillip the Pheasant!  When he didn't come any more I had to assume that the shoot had finally got him

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:38

Oh, dear:  I hesitate again to post on here!  When it seemed that perhaps some exchanges had the potential to get a little warmed up (ie not yet heated, but could have been) I tried to lighten the mood.  For some that was OK and there was a lively exchange of desires for twiglets etc when watching SCD.

It wasn't all in vain, I hope.  I think that we have to remember that the programme is entertainment first and foremost, with some wonderful dance choreography and costumes thrown in for good measusre.

People like Frank can comment with a degree of authority on the dancing;  others may be dazzled by the spectacle.  None of us is privy to professional dancers or celebrities' motivations in either taking part in the show or leaving prematurely.

That's all.  No need to go on the attack or be on the defensive.  We all have a right to our own opinion.  We have an obligation to think of others in life in general and especially when indulging in the blunt tool of the written word on a message board. ie nuances of body language and facial expression are absent.

On the big plus side, I can hardly wait for tonight's SCD.  I want to be entertained.  I want to be dazzled.  I want to enjoy the whole bloomin' experience!   And I will!

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:25

I haven't been bothered by squirrels up until now.  Trouble is, they are just so cute, it's hard to remember that they are rodents that cause enormous damage to trees in general, and saplings in particular, as well as transmitting squirrel pox which has proved fatal to the native reds.

But today at lunchtime, sitting down to watch the news on TV, we heard a repeated banging noise on the French windows.  I couldn't believe it:  a grey squirrel was repeatedly running at the glass, presumably thinking that it was  a clear passage to our dining room!  Like you, JC. I didn't have my camera!

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