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Hallowe'en Howlers

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 12:21

That's the best yet FG! 

(Probably because I hadn't heard it before.....)


Posted: 31/10/2014 at 12:10

GW is the only forum I bother to read regularly or post on. My OH belongs to several others to do with his hobbies & he regularly comments on the rubbish posted on those & the unpleasantness that arises on some threads.

I have always found this forum to be friendly, inclusive & informative. I post to request help, give help and have a chat. I have met some lovely people (both virtually and in real life) which I wouldn't have done without the forum. I really like some people's postings and get irritated by others - exactly the same as in the real world.

If you want only 'sensible' postings I suggest you stick to the top of the main forum board. If you want to indulge in a little light bantering (which may or may not have anything to do with gardening) then look at the Talkback & Potting Shed sections. If you find the 'chat' threads cliquey (they're really not though - you just need to join in) why bother to read them & get wound up? - life really is too short to get upset by sites that do no harm but are not to your personal taste.

This forum operates the same as the TV & radio - it has an 'Off' button! If you don't like it - don't bother reading it - simples 

Hallowe'en Howlers

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 09:39

What do zombies wear when gardening?


Gouloshes !!


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

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 23:03
Been decorating the charabanc today - looks like the one in Magical Mystery Tour. Biggest job was taking out a couple of rows of seats to install the bar, disco & big screen. We have real ale on board (Adnams & Woodfords) as well as a full range of spirits including Tanqueray for me & Campari for Dove. Hoping the rest of you have made some sarnies ( maybe Dove made one of her pies....)

Pick you up abt 5.30 Panda - the rest of you before then. Bring it on......

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

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 08:14
Is that another of your masterpieces Dove? - looks scrummy - will go very nicely with my hot chocolate with cream & marshmallows thank you
Expect to see you on Bake Off next year!

Came across this ground covering shrub but need help identifying it. x2 photos

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 21:29
I thought that too GG - but I think mahonia leaves might also be a bit more prickly. I also thought it might be a form of beech - but, again, the leaves are not quite right & look too tough. Really interested to know what this is.

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

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 19:43
Ooooh I do love a beach BBQ - can we dig a firepit as well & cook some yummy things to eat round the bonnie please???

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

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:32

... or it's what you do with your car if your diction is a bit slack ...

I'll get my coat.....

Came across this ground covering shrub but need help identifying it. x2 photos

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 16:07

Sorry Paul I can't help with ID but I'm posting so I'll get a notification if somebody comes up with a name 

It looks more like a low growing shrub to me and he sort of thing that might go in a corner of my woodland bed so I'd be interested to learn more about it. 

Fat balls in plastic NO

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 13:13

FG - I think it is to do with the levels of salt & nitrates used as part of the bacon curing process - high level of salt are toxic to birds. Some sites say to avoid bacon altogether but here is what the RSPB say - quote:

"You can put out fat from unsalted cuts of meat in large pieces for the birds. Birds, such as tits, can remove morsels from them. Make sure they are well anchored to prevent large birds flying away with the whole piece! This kind of food can attract magpies and gulls, and also neighbourhood cats. If this is likely to be a problem, it's best avoided.

There is a lot of debate about the suitability of bacon rind, since much of it is salted during the curing process. As long as you can be sure the bacon is not salty, you can put it on your bird table. Since bacon can be too tough for many birds to tackle, chopping it finely will allow a wider variety of birds to eat it"

I thought it was also interesting that the RSPB do not recommend using any fat that comes off cooked meat - quote

"Fat from cooking is bad for birds. The problem with cooked fat from roasting tins and dishes is that the meat juices have blended with the fat and when allowed to set, this consistency makes it prone to smearing, not good for birds' feathers. It is a breeding ground for bacteria, so potentially bad for birds' health. Salt levels depend on what meat is used and if any salt is added during cooking.

Lard and beef suet on their own are fine as they re-solidify after warming and as they are pure fat, it is not as suitable for bacteria to breed on."

The RSPB site says you can feed cheese - but I find that confusing as cheese has high salt levels!

I think I'll stick to fat balls, seeds & nuts - although they apparently like baked potatoes as well!! (With or without sour cream & chives Lesley )

Just hope I haven't poisoned too many birds over the years in my ignorance!


PS I like Alan's point in his original posting about getting some TV coverage about the harm that can be done by the netting on fat balls - I found a dead blue tit with a broken leg caught in one several years ago - absolutely heartbreaking - always remove the net now or make my own.

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