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Posted: 26/10/2014 at 22:44
Having spent a whole season digging out an inherited bamboo (total spread approx 2m x 3m) which was pushing up my neighbours patio slabs - I wouldn't use bamboo either. I have no idea which variety it was.

If you are determined to go with bamboo I would suggest you take steps to control the root spread before you plant it.

University Project

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 20:48

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 21:47
I'm ashamed to admit to a pastry tantrum once when the stupid stuff just kept cracking as I was rolling it & sticking to everything in spite of dusting with flour etc etc
There was a stamped foot, a lip you could wedge a penny on - all rounded off with a lump of pastry being hurled at the wall - where it stuck fast for several seconds. At which point hubby roared with laughter which didn't exactly help the situation!
He then proceeded to unpick it from the tiles & roll it out perfectly - how? - why? - is a mystery to me. So I don't make apple pie either - which does not make me popular. Make a mean apple crumble & decent scones though!!

Her Poor knees

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 10:21

I should have said Alan - my stool is a plastic one - fairly sturdy but still a bit unstable on uneven ground. Perhaps the metal ones give more stable support if Kate needs a hand to get up?

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 09:46
You could build a rockery with my homemade ones. I just cannot 'do' shortcrust pastry - can't even roll out the shop bought stuff properly !

My family are very glad I buy W/rose luxury mince pies!!!

Her Poor knees

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 09:29
I find it quite hard to get on with my kneeling stool when I use it in the kneeling position. The legs are useful to lean on to get up but it can be a bit unstable if the ground is uneven. I wouldn't want to rely on it if I really needed help to get up. I also find the legs get in the way when I'm actually working on it.
I do,however, like it as a little garden stool when working on raised beds etc
For border weeding & planting I much prefer to use a waterproof kneeling cushion given to me as a Xmas present. It's larger than the kneeling pads, much more padded so nice & comfy & very easy to shuffle along on. Mine is a posh Cath Kidston one but I must have had it for 10 yrs & it's still going strong. It doesn't,however, offer any help to get up if that's what you are looking for.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 19:12

Similar problem with some smileys I found for my iPad! ?????????

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 22:28
Shoes definitely on my Crimbo list - along with a pruning knife (see earlier post) Not sure I can wait over 2 months for the knife tho.....
Thinking abt a Felco one with a hardwood handle. Anybody got one of those? Some nice reviews for it.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 13:54

Chris Evans are the trademark ones FG - I think there's a picture of him wearing them on the website.

Those are quite nice, Artjak - much more tasteful colour - & the ££'s saved might buy a couple plants. Did I say "might" ...? 

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 12:29

Thanks Artjak - the ones I'm thinking of are a trade name (actually called "Backdoor Shoes") & were recommended in my newspaper. I don't know if they are actually any better than the sort you & Fairygirl have - they are certainly more expensive! 

They also have photo prints all over them which is why they look a bit garish. Maybe I should go & check out the cheaper ones first if they are just as comfortable to wear (then I might get a garden voucher thrown in as well!! )

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