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So Annoyed!

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 21:16
We had a real problem with muntjac deer destroying emerging plants and (especially) rosebuds - quite soul destroying when you've spent hours creating a pretty space.
Fortunately our garden had high boundaries except one weak spot. We put 5 bar gates across which solved the problem. The deer could easily clear the gates if they wanted - but they are lazy creatures (like me) & there are easier pickings without needing to clear any jumps
Now, if anybody can solve the problem of voles in my veg beds......?

Fishy's 'pleasant reminders of schooldays. Not !!!

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 20:58
You can all have some of my fruit sherbets - I have lemon, lime, orange, strawberry & blackcurrant - help yourselves !

Loved those choccie bars RB - seemed like having a box of chocolates when I was too young or too single for anybody to buy me a box of choccies - yum yum yum

Fishy's 'pleasant reminders of schooldays. Not !!!

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 20:18
RB - Were Bluebirds the same as 'Dairy Maids' ? DMs had a picture of a Swiss (?) girl on the wrapper.
Loved those - super creamy toffee in the middle.
I loved Sherbet Dabs too - still love sherbet now - have packet of fruit sherbets by my side right now

Fishy's 'pleasant reminders of schooldays. Not !!!

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 18:41

RB - I think I might have seen (recently) fruit salads in one of those traditional style sweet shops that are now popping up all over the place. I think they were in glass jars rather than the old open boxes.

I treated myself to some rosebuds and sweet peanuts last time I was in one 


Posted: 01/04/2015 at 17:15

Nice pics CN

A couple of my hyacinths were blown over in the wind yesterday - they are making my kitchen smell lovely today 

pop up green house fell apart

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 17:11

Bekkie - as I said on the other thread I think you should post a 1 star review on the website to flag up a product which clearly did not perform properly for you. I think there is another very poor review on there as well so people will at least be forewarned there could be an issue if they go ahead & buy the product. 

I'm not sure how interested Trading Standards would be as the company have given you a full refund & the product is not actually dangerous - but you might want to look at the Citizen Advice web site where they explain what is meant by "Fit for Purpose" and "Satisfactory Quality".

I would say that an item which is advertised as a 'greenhouse' for use outdoors should be able to withstand normal elements of the Great British weather. If there was no requirement for you to put it in a very sheltered spot it should really have been at least as robust as a small tent.

I don't think you are making a fuss about nothing - £50 is not peanuts is it? 

Fishy's 'pleasant reminders of schooldays. Not !!!

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 16:50
KEF wrote (see)

Black jacks & fruit salad were 4 for a penny, the day after decimalisation they were half a pence each I was gutted 


Packets of Parma Violets and those tiny sticks of Cadburys chocolate went up on decimilisation day too ....



Posted: 01/04/2015 at 16:44

Bekkie, I  think you could post a 1 star customer review on the website highlighting the problems you've had & saying you don't consider it fit for purpose. That way prospective buyers have some warning.

My 4 (5?) tier Gardman greenhouse has been doing stirling service for several years  & I'm only on my 2nd plastic cover. You do have to find a sheltered corner for it & weigh down the bottom shelf to stop it blowing over in strong winds, but I have found it an excellent cold-frame-alternative & supplement for my potting shed. Mr Mouse can still get in it and eat every last one of your pea seeds while you're on holiday though....

Fishy's 'pleasant reminders of schooldays. Not !!!

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 16:12

We still had a rag & bone man visiting in the 60's using a Steptoe & Son style horse & cart.

My dad always used to go running up the road with a bucket & shovel hoping the horse might have left a little pile somewhere. He would put the droppings round his roses. My mature gardening head tells me these might have been somewhat too fresh to get the full benefit....


Posted: 01/04/2015 at 13:12


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