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Posted: 25/01/2017 at 21:44

We're heading towards the Cairngorms - OH was hoping for a few hours skiing but last time we looked none of the resorts were open - no snow. It's been much warmer in Scotland than here - weird or what?

We'll be touring going where the whim takes us (& where campsites are open!). Scotland is our favourite place in the world

Second favourite is The Lake District (going there again in March). The house you're renting looks lovely LB. We've done the railway a couple of times - always good. Hardknott is a good ride isn't it? - always find that I stop breathing at certain points on that journey. Bro in law has cycled it a few times - but he's been certified now

Last edited: 25 January 2017 21:46:40

Resurrected Six

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 21:11

Evening ladies Sorry to have been AWOL from this thread for a bit. Have been busy getting ready for our little jollies next week (taking the camper van up to Scotland).

Your comments re BT brought me back though. When we moved house 6 years ago all the little companies and local organisations (council etc) handled our move / change of address / phone number details seamlessly & without fault.

Who c**ked it up? - BT and British Gas - the 2 biggest companies who must (mis)handle hundreds of house moves every week. Took over 2 years to sort things out with British Gas. Had to resort to the threat of legal action because they were sending details of my direct debit arrangements to our old address. BT were nearly as bad. Grrrr indeed Runny.

I watched ATY on Sunday. Found it singularly lacking in the erotic department but (because I like the actors) I will give episode 2 a go in the hope that the story takes an interesting turn.

The fact that it's described as a thriller makes me think it will get more interesting. If anyone's read the book I'd appreciate a heads up if that's not going to happen.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 20:53

Happy Birthday for yesterday DD - have you joined the '27 again Club' yet? Lovely of your friends to organise a party for you.

Hope you are able to enjoy your trips Dove - they sound like fun. I think we'll be going back to London sooner rather than later. There's another couple of galleries I want to do at the V&A and I quite fancy a wander round Borough Market - grazing as we go... What a little porker I yam 

Help, my neighbours extension has spoilt my garden!

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 18:46
Doghouse Riley says:

.......people will often say "No" if you ask them if you can do something, where if you just go ahead and do it, few will have the courage or interest to say you shouldn't have done so.

I wouldn't give it a second thought, but then that's just me.......

Last edited: 25 January 2017 14:00:55

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It was the above that I took exception to DHR. To wilfully interfere with somebody else's property because they may not "have the courage" to say anything about is (at the very least) disrespectful.

If the fence belongs to the neighbour permission should be sought before doing anything to it.

Help, my neighbours extension has spoilt my garden!

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 15:09

I'm glad I don't live next door to you DHR...

As one who spent a not inconsiderable sum refencing the whole length of our boundary I would be very upset if our neighbours did anything to the fence without approaching me first. I certainly wouldn't just say 'No' if it was a reasonable request - but I would want to know how they were going to go about things. 

I have found (also from a lifetime of experience) that if you approach people in a friendly way and explain the problem, explain what you would like to do to make things better and what reasonable steps you will take to not do any damage - then people usually say 'Yes'. They often don't know there was any problem at all.

My suggestion of putting up some free standing trellis in front of the fence means that the OP is doing stuff in their own garden without any need to approach the neighbours. I was sort of reading between the lines in the OP that perhaps there has been some tension around the building of this extension and IMO it never pays to aggravate a fraught situation with neighbours.

Even putting climbers against the fence could cause problems if there are tensions. Stuff like ivy, hydrangea even roses could push through gaps in the fence and eventually damage it.

Help, my neighbours extension has spoilt my garden!

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 12:46

The fence would disappear a lot if it was stained black but both sides need to be done as it will weep through the gaps.

Presumably this is your neighbour's fence. If so, can you talk to them about it and get their permission to do the work on your side. You will need their permission because you will effectively be 'damaging' their fence. You might also need to offer to pay for the stain for their side and even do the work to get your own way.

You can obviously plant some more shrubs in front of the fence and I would put some climbers in as well - but attached to trellis panels set about a foot in front of the fence. You wouldn't need to trellis the whole length just some strategically placed ones.  If you're clever you could also make the panels hinged at the bottom so you can fold them down to restain the fence as necessary. I'd consider using evergreen climbers such as ivy and trachelospernum so the fence is not exposed in winter.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 08:40


Freezing fog today Stay safe one and all. 

A bit of hwk and ir*n**g today but it's all prep for our little holiday so it's ok. OH thinks I'm mad doing it - but I do like to come home to a clean house.

If I've time I'll cook up some lime pickle. It's a very small batch using up some fruit from the bowl & to trial Obelixx's recipe. We eat a lot of indian food so an easy pickle recipe will save some pennies.

Russia sounds 'interesting' Lily P. Would love to go to see the architecture but probably when it's warmer!

Need more tea first though...

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 13:28

Obelixx - I can imagine what my OH would say if I suggested he help me build fences, pergolas etc - and I can't repeat it on here . He does help with occasional tasks around the garden (usually ones that require muscle rather than skill) and he does basic DIY around the house. Beyond that he reckons he goes to work to pay for somebody who has the skill and tools to come and do a better job in about a tenth of the time.

But it is tempting to ask when the costs start mounting... 

Have got some limes steeping in salt at the moment - ready to try making your lime pickle recipe

Lovely day here - positively spring like in a sheltered spot


Posted: 24/01/2017 at 12:58

I can imagine your feeling of slight panic! On the plus side all the greenery you already have will allow you to bulk out any flowers you do grow.

For ideas (& possibly supplies) you might find Sarah Raven's website worth a look.

She has grown stuff specifically for weddings in the past - and if you Google 'Sarah Raven wedding flowers'  there are a some links which might give you ideas of things to grow.

In addition to seeds & bulbs she also sells seedlings and plug plants. This means you eliminate a bit of trial and error if you don't have a greenhouse or you're not used to growing flowers from seed yourself. It also means you can consider plants which are better sown in autumn for an earlier show.

Be prepared to do some last minute garden centre shopping for space fillers and I would also have a florist on standby in case the weather disrupts all the flowering timings.

Good luck

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 16:09

Trees are lovely, beautiful things - but they can really dominate a space and affect the rest of your garden and what you can grow in it. I'm sure you'll notice a huge difference this year Aunty Rach.

A good, well qualified tree surgeon is worth his weight. It might be an expensive outlay but you'll be reaping the rewards for years to come. We've had 15 trees removed from our medium sized garden - mostly too big, diseased or in completely the wrong position. We've replaced 12 of them with more suitable, smaller trees in better locations. We've also had extensive work done on 3 very mature, very large trees (crowning, raising canopies etc). Expensive but worth it.

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