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Cuprinol Ducksback paint

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 13:40

Stan - Before you rush to do anything I would try to find either a good builders' merchant with a large trade paint section or a smaller trade decorators' supplier.  I mean the sort that professional builders, decorators and other tradesmen use - not the large DIY warehouse chains.


A couple of the guys at our local merchant specialise in paints and associated products. They receive regular training from several different companies in the technological improvements and changes to different paint / stain products and are kept up to date with changes in legislation for using different products. They are very knowledgeable and qualified to give sound advice to builders, decorators and amateurs alike. Many of the products they deal with are often just not available at places such B&Q, Homebase etc.


They will probably be able to advise whether the product you've applied will be ok for now, whether you need to remove it, the best method of removal or whether there is another product you can just apply over the top.


Good luck.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 11:10

Morning all - cold, and wet here But on a positive note - no turf watering required - every cloud etc


Sorry you are feeling a bit low DD. It sounds as though you realise that weathering the lows after such a momentous year is all a part of navigating through to the highs. Hopefully, by this time next year the upset will be behind you & you will have a much clearer idea of how things will pan out long term. Meantime you just need to keep muttering "This too will pass..." 


Good luck at the hearing centre Yvie. Little Mabel sounds delightful - my niece was much the same at that age. At the age of 3 she told me she would stop pestering me (her words) for sweeties if I bought her a comic instead... Maybe we should put 3 year olds in charge of international negotiations 


Dove - Chapelfields is much nicer than Meadowhell - much smaller for one thing. 


Right - I need to put on some warm clothes and think about raking up leaves. Secretly quite enjoy that job 


Love from Topbird       - another member who has been attacked in the past (by a certain contributor) for perceived 'elitist comments'. Didn't rise to the bait then - but just wanted to let others know they are not alone and it's far from being the first time...

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 14:53

Wonder if the Internal Revenue will start looking more thoroughly into his financial affairs after all his bragging that he didn't pay taxes because he was "too smart"....? 


The more I think about it the more I cannot believe somebody with his moral standards (or lack of them) is about to become one of the most influential people in the world. But I guess there have been more than a few of them before. 


His missus is no Michelle Obama either.


Feeling really quite 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 13:21

Afternoon all.


Visitors gone and landscapers packing up so will be nice to have the house and garden back to ourselves again. The guys have done a brilliant job - nothing exciting as far as gardens / planting are concerned but a large patio, useable paths, a level garden and working drains mean the whole place looks much more finished & tidy. Small extra border to plant up in my own time.


Next job is to get out there and start clearing leaves, moving left over bricks etc etc and having a really good tidy up - but that might have to wait till the weekend - cold and wet outside today.


Nice to see you fairy - hope the wrist improves soon. Glad the tennis was ok Dove - I'm sure you're being careful not to undo all the hard work.


Nothing to say about the results from over the water other than that it surely hasn't been decided yet because Trump did say he wouldn't accept the results.. Or is that another instance of him saying something and then conveniently forgetting all about it??  

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 11:20

Morning - trying to be sunny out there but the mist is lingering.


No landscapers today - coming back tomorrow to spread a bit of shingle and clear up. We have been so lucky with the weather - dry when they were moving tons of soil around and there were no paths - and now (since the turf has gone down) heavy showers on alternate days.


Friend coming to stay for the night. Soup and cheese scones made for lunch (though they look a bit more like biscuits if I'm honest) and thai curry paste made and waiting to be transformed into prawn curry tonight. Hope she hurries up - I'm gasping for a coffee. 


Hosta - I think Brexit and our constitution may be the least of our worries if it all goes pear shaped in the States today / tomorrow. Dove is right though - I'm getting really fed up with some of the ignorant remarks being bandied around by people who should know better.


Where's our Fairy? - has she been waylaid by strange men in the Scottish hills? 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:47

Morning all - lovely day at the moment but weather forecast suggests that may change soon.


Itching to get out and 'do stuff' in the garden but I'm not allowed to walk over the grass other than to move sprinklers / turn tap on etc so I need to be patient - I'm not very good at that


I quite like turning compost TTC but also don't like the thought of finding wildlife nesting in there.


Lamb sounds lovely BL - if OH was here I could have done roast pork with apples and quinces.


Lovely roses Yvie - do you know the name of the top one? That colour could work well in a new spot next to deep purple salvias...

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 14:02

Reeeesult - Wyevale just swapped my sprinkler for an identical one - didn't even ask about the receipt. I take back all the rude things I've said about them in the past. They even seemed to have less 'Seasonal Tat' out this year so it still looks like a GC & not Santa's Grotto - hooray.


Maybe they've learned that we gardeners are a hardy bunch and need access to supplies year round (and we need to be able to buy garden-related "Seasonal" presents too of course )


Have a good weekend Dove - nice pub you've chosen there - have a pint of Victoria for me 


Pat - if I need to go to bed I just go. Only exception are friends or family I've not seen for absolutely yonks. 

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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 11:21

Morning - cold and damp out there.


Glad you're enjoying work WW but definitely worth getting advice if you're getting pins and needles after using machinery - does have the potential to cause permanent damage. A little bit of information for you at this link   http://www.hse.gov.uk/vibration/hav/yourhands.htm


Tulip planting sounds like nice work Chicky.


I am on turf watering duties for at least 2 weeks - neighbours will think I'm barking if we have rain as well. But first I have to go and find a new sprinkler - mine got stuck in one position last night. Only bought it at the beginning of summer... Should be under 2 year warranty but I can't find the receipt (probably didn't think to keep it) so I'm going to try to blag it at Wyevale - wish me luck folks

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 08:27
Dovefromabove says:

 The press and some politicians are being totally irresponsible 


Last edited: 04 November 2016 08:09:15


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 Nothing new there then - eh Dove?


Morning everyone - sat with just a towel wrapped round me - it's bloomin' freezing... WW might have picked the wrong time of year to start a new outdoor job.


I helped with running a cattery a few years ago - hated those morning when the water connections were frozen solid and scrubbing out chalets meant lugging buckets of water around - always got wetter than normal. Watering my new turf is a similar experience this week... 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 10:35

Morning - lovely day if a tad chilly.


Understand what you mean about feeling angry Doc - I have days like that too. After the Brexit vote I was angry for 4 or 5 days. I knew I was being a bit irrational but I couldn't help it. Have resigned myself to it now but still worried about how it is all going to pan out.


Very concerned by news from America at the moment. The election appears to be far from a walkover for Clinton. She is certainly not my most favoured politician but she is definitely the lesser of the two evils.


The thought of Trump in charge of America at the same time as Putin is in charge of Russia - terrifying

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