Shrinking Violet

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Privacy from play house

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 14:39

Rules governing planning permission for a playhouse used to be max 4metres height (3 metres to the eaves) and 1 metre away from a boundary.  Rules change, so it is worth double checking.  But with all neighbour (potential) disputes, it is sometimes better for all concerned to talk first.

Privacy from play house

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 14:21

Evangeline - have you spoken with the neighbours?  Do they realise how upset you are?  It may be some sort of compromise can be reached on a friendly basis rather than relying council intervention.  But I do like the suggestion from Obelixx - and you would be able to enjoy the roses for years to come, long after next doors' little darlings have grown up!

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 20:13

Long Tailed Tits come into our garden mob-handed.  Suddenly there is a twittering and a squawking, and there they are, taking over the feeding station.  Then - as suddenly as they arrived they are gone.  Shame - they are such pretty birds:  it's a pleasure to have them as visitors.

Christmas dilemma

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 15:51

I sympathise, and agree that Pansy's magic medicine will probably work wonders!

I also have in my medicine cupboard an emergency dental repair kit.  Last Christmas I, too, broke a tooth just before the big day.  Fortunately it wasn't painful - just sharp, so I filed it down a bit with an emery board .  But ever since then, I have the emergency kit ready if needed!  (Bought it in Boots - part of the DenTek range.  Not cheap - but a lot of peace of mind!)

Get better soon daisy - hopefully it will be a whole lot better by this time tomorrow.

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 20:35

aym - I was going to PM you: it is fantastic!  I really mean it:  doing the exercises every day has made a huge difference, and instead of limping around feeling sorry for myself, I have been able to walk without limping (mostly).  So thank you for your help - I shall keep up the good work of exercise and vitamins etc and hope that it will continue to improve!

Happy 2017!

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 20:16

Oh, aym - my post was but a joke!  It wasn't meant to be taken seriously.  But I congratulate you on starting an interesting thread.  And perhaps we need a Get-,me-out-of-the-January-Blues thread of what we would like/will aim to acquire in the year ahead!

RIP George Michael

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 20:12

This year has seen many famous people depart this world, and the end of the year seems to follow the pattern.

That said, I have to confess that, when a commentator on the radio said that everyone would know this chap, I really, hand on heart, wouldn't have recognised him if he had walked through the door.  And I find it really, really hard to think of a duo as a "band".

OK - I'm old, grumpy and I'll get me coat .  .  .  .  . 

Cat vandalism!

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 20:07

Son is with us over Christmas and New Year.  His cat is with us, too.  Love him (and son) but I have to confess to being less than enthusiastic about his using my newly-created raised flower bed as a giant litter tray (usual indoor variety being provided and ignored). 

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 20:03

Yay!  Poinsettas = top of the list!  Mine is lovely:  red and Christmassy. 

Now, for 2017 - that's another question.  Hmmmm - thinking long and hard about what I would like, in an ideal situation, and what would be a compromise of what is practical.  

Strictly is back!

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 20:57

I have wanted Ore to win from the outset.  The "Singin' in the Rain" number confirmed it for me - absolutely brilliant.  I voted for him this evening.  Thrilled that he won.  Louise and Danny were also fantastic, but I had to pick one - and that was Ore. 

What a fabulous final.  My Saturdays will be empty now.

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