Shrinking Violet

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Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 18:01

And if we think about workers' rights etc - when  I left school, there were two pay scales (quite common) with the large insurance company that I worked for:  men's rates and women's rates.  A lad two years younger than I joined on the same day, with fewer qualifications;  he was paid more because he was male.  Barbara Castle led the way for equal pay - long before the Common Market even thought about it. 

The rights afforded to workers won't disappear because we aren't being prompted by the EU. Our sense of fairness and justice won't be compromised because we have voted somewhat inconveniently not for the European project. 

It was predicted by all that, in the event of a Vote Leave, the markets would be in turmoil.  In the sort term it may be painful.  In the long term it may even itself out - as predicted by a number of economic commentators.  But the short-term panic by currency speculators and the like is not basis for panic or instant judgements about the future.


New to having a greenhouse

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 17:52

I wouldn't take Monty Don's experiences as a satisfactory guide to all things horticultural tbh.  But if you research a bit you may find something that will satisfy your desire for fruit etc without too much hassle.  Yours is a pretty average sized GH and it doesn't sound too promising on the nectarine front, I suspect.  Good luck, and keep us patched in with how things go!

New to having a greenhouse

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 17:24

How big is your greenhouse?  Even a dwarf peach/nectarine is going to grow to about 4 - 5 ft and, unless they have vastly improved the cultivars, I believe that the yield for such compact trees is very low, and may not be worth the effort (you would have to hand-pollinate the flowers, for example).  Perhaps your ambition is a little too much at such an early stage with your greenhouse.  You could research other fruit (melons?) and find it less difficult and more productive.

There may be others who more direct experience, but I have always been led to believe that these fruit trees do best on a south-facing wall (which retains warmth) and I'm not sure that a GH would be the best environment.

Just had a second thought - what about a vine?  Lovely grapes, take some looking after, but worth it!

Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 17:05

ecokid:  in 1975 when many of us were barely old enough to vote, the older generation voted for us to stay in the EEC whether we wanted to or not.  We had to live with their decision.  That;s life.  That's democracy.  And the young don't have an instant access to wisdom just because they are young;  the older generation who have "been there, seen it, done it" use experience to guide them.  You may not like the outcome, but you can't rail against those who brought about a decision that wasn't in accordance with your own.   Those who voted "out" aren't a bunch of bigoted old fogeys who don't care about the future because they won't be here to reap the consequences:  they voted because they cared about the future for their children, grandchildren etc.

After the madness of the day

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 16:58

Trust a true gardener to bring some much-needed perspective to events!  We shall continue to plan ahead (daff/tulip bulbs anyone?) and see our future in calmer, gardening  ways.

I love those pics - but I don't recognise number 4.  Do tell me what it is - want one, want one, want one!

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 15:47

Oh, dear BLT - and it had seemed to be such a bargain!  (The old adage "buy cheap, buy twice" seems to hold true , unfortunately.

I did think of a thin bedsheet (the sort that had worn very thin - and your mum would sides-to-middle to extend the life - except the central seam was jolly uncomfortable!) but perhaps even better than that would be some old plain-ish) net curtaining. 

My shading is still doing sterling work - but not much to shade today:  warm and dry but grey, grey, grey!

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 21:15

Sometimes malapropisms are more apposite than the original!  Certainly funnier

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 21:02

And Mother-in-Law always referred to her "Thysiopherapist"

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 20:56

Sorry Papi Jo - it was just my (childish) sense of humour, having suffered many a long year of "stuff" inserted into all available spaces in the garage (And the shed.  And the loft).  I really ought to think a bit harder before posting - our own "in-jokes" don't often translate to the written word.  (But it does conjure up wonderful images!)

Why didn't I think of it before?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 20:15

But that shoe whitener used to bring up your tennis shoes a real treat (in the days before the ubiquitous trainers, of course).  And you knew it was summer 'cos your plimsolls (daps) were white rather than the winter black. 

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