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Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 13:19

Actually what I MEANT to say Panda was - poor you - that's horrible - I'll make sure I've got some Quells & barley sugar & wet wipes in my bag!!!!

I'm still sitting behind you though.... 

Lily consider it done - we'll ask Artjak to rig something up - she's handy with a toolbox  (Good idea for Panda BTW!)

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 13:08

Will deffo make sure I sit behind you then Panda - don't need that down my neck thank you very much 

Shooting wildlife for fun

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 12:58

How horrible for you, Wayside - I really don't understand the mentality of some people.  Strongly support advice given above but I would suggest you actually ask the police to be discreet when it comes to revealing their 'sources'. They probably would be anyway - but it is probably best to ask directly for discretion - you don't need to have this escalating into something more unpleasant.

Hope this gets sorted out soon before somebody or something gets injured.

Something to cover a pergola that doesn't drop flowers

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 12:51

Hi Kieran

I would think that just about anything that flowers will drop petals to some extent when the blooms die back. Some will be worse than others & some will also produce berries which may look pretty but could make a terrible mess - especially if you are planning to park cars underneath.

I would consider one of the clematis montanas for spring flowers, perhaps a jasmine for summer scent if the conditions are right and perhaps some nice ivies for year round interest. 


Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 10:54

We could probably rig up one of those net catching type thinger-me-bobs that they used to use for catching the mail on the trains - will that do you Lily?? 

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:44

"...and on the way back I'll cuddle my Jack and drink a bottle of cider...."

Hope Panda & Snoodle can come too - if they let me know asap I'll get it organised - will be a very wibbly-wobbly route to Verd's. 

If anyone wants a lift we'll be coming from fenland via various points in Norfolk through Suffolk & into Essex before joining the M25 (oh joy!) & heading SW. Could probably do a detour via Scotland or Wales if we start early enough.

I'll bring some cheese & onion sandwiches to make it even more enjoyable for all!

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:14

Sounds like a few TWIGS will be there - hurrah!!! Should we get a minibus do you think - then noone has to worry about over-indulgence in the gooseberry wine?


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:11

Hi Lily - I like willow a lot but I wouldn't put it anywhere near water pipes or drains - it is one of the worst for seeking out water with it's roots.

If Luke wants to plant fairly near to his (or any neighbour's) house he would need to know where the service pipes run before planting

Lyn offline

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:03

Chicky - Had just arranged to hire a generator last year when the lights came back on - we are considering buying one this year tho'.

Our saving grace is the old boy who lives down the road on his own... He has to use a walking frame & his house is in a dip so he gets no mobile signal . When the power supply people were informed that he had been walking round his old cottage (uneven floors) with a candle stuck on the frame & no way of contacting anyone if he fell - they came & repaired the probs PDQ. (Don't worry - all us neighbours keep a good eye on him & pop in regularly whenever there's a problem - & somebody bought him a torch when they heard what he'd been up to !!!)


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 08:47
A quick trip to our local pub might also put you off - bamboo breaking through the tarmac in the car park over a wide area & also lifting the pavement outside. Lots of research & preventative measures before planting...
Have you considered shrubs such as buddleia & sambucus - fast growing for screening but can be pruned really hard each year to shape & control them (mine reach 2.5 m each summer from a spring prune down to abt 0.5m) or trellis / climbers?

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