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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


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

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 13:08

Miss Phillips at junior school. She used to wear very tight pencil skirts and had an enormous bosom and a beehive hairdo. She would walk along the corridor cup of tea in one hand patting the back of her hair with the other and hips swaying sensuously from side to side. She usually had a small posse of little boys imitating her behind her back.

It was few years later that I twigged that Dick Emery's Mandy looked just like her!

PS: I also had little 'accident' when I was about 7.  It was the school Christmas concert & we had been sat for ages & I was absolutely busting. Then we had to stand to sing carols & the inevitable happened - absolutely mortifying - as if it was yesterday 

Where do i start?

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 12:54

I have come to this thread very late but I hope advice is still valid. You have lots of good advice above but I would second Wintersong's suggestion about seriously considering water and electrics for the end of the garden.

Yes, a hose can be extended from the house to the veg patch but it is so much easier if you have a second tap next to where you actually need it (rolling and unrolling hosepipe several times a week gets very boring!)

If you site the tap carefully you might be able to hide it a little so you can leave a hosepipe permanently connected or you might be able to set up a small irrigation system (fairly cheap & quite fun to do) to make watering the veg very easy. 

Putting in water to the end of the garden is relatively cheap & easy when you are completely remodelling it - it's much more disruptive when you've laid your new patio etc. And if you are digging a trench for water I would put an armoured electric cable down to the shed at the same time. Make the trench about 3' deep with sand at the bottom - plastic water pipe on the sand, then more sand. Then a foot of soil and then the armoured cable.

You are just making life easier if you decide you want a water feature / lighting / use electric power tools in the garden in a few years time.  I thought twice about doing it in my garden when we were digging everything up but eventually decided to bite the bullet & pay my landscaper a bit extra to do it. I use the water every day in the growing season, keep tools charged in the shed, a radio plugged in & the heated propagator on the go. I can also use my shredder near my compost bins . I don't know why I ever thought I didn't really need to do it.

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