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Strange problem....

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 18:52

Cooker repair man found mouse piddle.....can mouse piddle really smell so bad?? It's worse than nettle feed, and that's saying something!

He didn't find a mouse carcas though and he was very thorough. 

He cleaned the area of piddle.... but I can still smell that now too familiar honk! It's not as bad, but I can still sniff it.

I'm resorting to putting everything on full blast to try and burn it away. 

Mouse pie anyone??

Strange problem....

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 08:40

I gave my wellies an extra shake this week Dibs as I remembered your incident!

Latest on mouse-gate is that the insurance company has been persuaded to reconsider their stance, but I'm not at all hopeful. I haven't ever claimed on contents insurance before, and if this experience is anything to go by, I'm not convinced it's worth having contents insurance, at least with the company in question. I'm yet to speak to the same person twice and have now spent hours on hold.  

The smell hasn't gone away, if anything it seems worse. I've booked a cooker repair chap to come tomorrow to see what he can do. Cheaper than the manufacturer. 

For now, it's all scented candles and open windows in the kitchen!




Posted: 25/10/2015 at 08:19

That's a great idea GG. You could keep an eye out for slabs for sale in the paper too. We gave left over ones away. Our local Recycling Centre (or tip!) sometimes has piles of odd slabs to take away too.  

I love the idea of shingle. Would make a lovely sound under foot.

I think I looked on eBay for 9 months before I found the right one. New ones are amazing but soooooo expensive. 

Boooo. No more GW until spring.

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 08:06

Thanks for the link Kleipieper - I'm now a fan of Nigel of Facebook!

My other half just said to me "How come gardeners world ends when you seem to be so busy in the garden?" 

He has a point! Might not be doing the spring and summer things, but there always seems to be something to do in the garden!  

Boooo. No more GW until spring.

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 21:01

Sad face. Bye Nigel, see you in spring.

Friday nights are never as good when GW has finished.


Posted: 23/10/2015 at 20:24

It's pretty tricky to get levels right. Mine was on a gentle side slope and it took a lot of work to get it level. I went for part slab (two thirds) and open soil. It's been down for three years now and I haven't changed the soil yet, but I do dig in compost and manure in winter.

Here's the plot when we dug up the turf.

 And putting the slabs down...

 And the finished greenhouse...

 This is how far the slabs come in on the right hand side where we have one third open ground so the greenhouse sits on the edge.



Posted: 23/10/2015 at 06:33

Congratulations GG!  Have you decided on the internal layout? Are you going for open ground in part, or slabbed completely?

How safe is your allotment NewBoy? As GG says the costs can mount up so I'd suggest looking for a second hand option, perhaps on eBay or freecycle, or in your local newspaper.  I got mine on eBay (a couple had bought a house with a one year old Robinsons Greenhouse in the garden and didn't want it!). I think this is a good time of year (and Spring) to look for one as a lot of people seem to 'tidy up' before and after winter. 


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 20:19

Took a few more Salvia Hotlips cuttings before breakfast. Dead headed some violas and filled up some watering cans as the water-butts were over flowing. 


Posted: 21/10/2015 at 20:16


Strange problem....

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 06:06

Oh dear.... The cooker manufacturer says it's unlikely that the smell will ever go, even if they find the carcass. £300 + vat to get them to come out.

The insurance company tell me it's not covered. Firstly they said it would only be covered it the mouse had chewed through a wire. Then they said the policy excludes infestations (it's only one mouse that the cat brought it) and then they said it doesn't cover any damage by vermin. More loop holes than a fishing net (and 2.5 hours trying to get through). 

It still honks!

Not sure whether to pay the £300 or bite the bullet and get a new oven. Getting a tad bored of sandwiches for tea! 

Got to laugh.... Otherwise I'd have a small sob!!

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