Shrinking Violet


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The Problems of Disability and Jobs

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 21:23

Lovely picture Oakridge.  And you have just added another dimension to my "accounts only count" mentality that seems to reign supreme:  there are good people out there who are willing and able to provide meaningful help to those who need a helping hand in life.  The withdrawal of your (and others) support cannot be quantified in financial terms alone.


Shame.

The Problems of Disability and Jobs

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 20:24

I'm afraid that we are ruled by the notion that "if you can't count it - it doesn't count".  Which I take to be interpreted thus:  A person of limited ability could be given meaningful employment at what would be classified as less than 100% capacity.  In return, they would not need to be in receipt of benefits/extra care etc.  But the self-esteem that they would get from having a job, let alone the notional savings in their not being forced into total dependency, cannot be written in an accountant's ledger.  Thus it cannot be counted.  Thus it is deemed not to count ie is deemed to be worthless.


What a sad society that has allowed us to be ruled by figures in a ledger, rather than an understanding of the human condition.  No patronising is necessary to understand that some paid employment, even below the minimum (now "living") wage is better for society as a whole and the health and well-being of many an individual whose challenges of life deserve so much better


Growing up in North London, the local street market stall-holders employed sweeper-uppers, gofers and barkers.  None had what could be called full mental and/or physical capacity.  But they were employed.  They were given the dignity of employment.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 17:45

Perhaps it's just me, but I do rather find the Halloween thing a bit of a trial.  The costumes and make-up are first class, but that seems to take over from the actual dances.  And the music is chosen for its allusion to things ghostly/creepy etc and is often out of keeping with the dances themselves.


I, for one, will be glad to get back to more normal dancing.  And, yes, I know the music choices can be a bit random at any time, but we're much more likely to get something closer to the needed rhythm.

Those blowsy, shapeless things.....

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 17:02

Mine have been spectacular this year -- a real Wow! factor.  Deep, deep burgundy (Black Velvet) alongside Tropical something-or-another:  pale lemon with bright pink edges to the cactus flowers.  A wonderful clash that has brightened dark summer days and have been going strong right into autumn.  I reluctantly put them to bed (ie cut them down and have them drying off ready for storing).  But they were still performing, although the burgundy were reverting to single flowers, and the tropical were fading.


Maybe a bit garish for some, but the days of subtle and understated are past - I want colour and zing!

Tibuchina

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 17:43

It grows naturally in sub-tropical areas, and even Cornwall can't compete with that.  I had one a few years ago, and kept it on the patio in summer and indoors for the winter.  It is a lovely plant, but a bit particular about keeping it warm etc.  But I doubt that the great outdoors in the UK would be anything like warm enough.  Others may, of course, have different experiences.

Any one Any Painfull Gardening Memories

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 17:37

Well, Ladybird, we may be "hardy perennials" but there are enough tales of slips, trips and close calls to make your blood run cold!


I recall that a keen gardener bled to death because when she fell, the secateurs in her pocket severed the femoral artery, and she was alone, with no-one close at hand.  Now that is a cautionary tale if ever I heard one.  I've been extra careful with secateurs ever since.


I have to smile when I think of some of silly and downright dangerous things I did as a child, not least of which was playing on waste land and cutting my foot open on rusty corrugated iron.  Limped home.  Shoe full of blood.  Father washed it, bandaged it and that was it.  No medical attention.  No stitches (and I still have the scar!).  I survived, but just think how the tale could have ended.

Any one Any Painfull Gardening Memories

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:40

All of which reminds me that we gardeners ought to keep up with our tetanus injections.  And be very aware that a mere scratch from a rose thorn, for example, can lead to sepsis.


(It's a wonder we ever venture into the garden with all the perils of pests and infections that await us there )

Re planting Clematis and Miscanthus Grasses

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:33

I know how heavy the roots can be!  But the current clump was divided in the spring, potted up and brought with me when we moved last year.  It is absolutely fine at the moment, but I shall divide etc. next autumn.

Re planting Clematis and Miscanthus Grasses

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:25

Well, Verdun, that means I have been putting up with large clumps of miscanthus for many years when I could have divided them when sorting out the other plants in the autumn!  But I know now, and will remember it in future.  My current clump is just about getting to the right size, but next year it will certainly need attention.  Thank you.

Dahlias in Devon - in the ground or not?

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:21

The tried and trusted way of drying out dahlias is to cut back the stems, shake of surplus soil from the tubers, and then invert them so that moisture drains out of the stems.  When you cut them, you will see that the main stems are hollow, which can result in water collecting and contributing to the tubers going soft. Once reasonably dry they can be stored for the winter, either wrapped in newspaper or kept in dry sand.


It would be possible to leave them in their pots and allow them to dry out, of course, providing you kept  them dry and under cover ie frost-free.


PS It may well be that newer advice is different from this method, but I have done it for years, having learnt it at my mother's knee!   And she loved her garden!

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