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Latest posts by Topbird

Driveway costs?

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 15:38

Big fan of gravel / pea shingle here. Cheaper than many other options, easy to weed, never gets slippery in the winter, doesn't contribute to flooding, quick & cheap to rejuvenate with a rake and / or an extra sack or two of new shingle if it starts looking a bit threadbare. Can also pinch a bit now and again for a nice topping on pots 

Only drawback for us is the shingle sometimes gets trodden into the house when OH is wearing his work shoes which have a deep non-slip tread. 

Spontaneous Combustion

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 15:26

Oooh - didn't know that - thanks for the heads up 


Posted: 19/01/2016 at 14:45

Wonky - message for Flatters from Harry (aka Harry Potter aka Potty) -  "Budge up - looks cosy in there. Nothing like a comfy hidey box is there?" 

You're as soft a touch as me Wonky  

Hope you're feeling a bit better today - tooth, ear and sinus ache - nothing like them for making you as miserable as sin - every movement hurts & it's impossible to think straight about anything. 


Posted: 19/01/2016 at 09:28
Morning all.
40C Ginger? - hope you dont need to do too much in that heat. Have experienced it in the Californian desert but that was a very dry heat so seemed much less than the mercury reading. However, everyone was wearing lightweight sweaters because they were just walking abt 20 yards from airconditioned buildings to airconditioned cars and the temperature inside the bulidings was a relatively chilly 20C. About as unhealthy & 'ungreen' as you can get - and they had automatic irrigation systems everywhere to keep the verges and lawns green - pumping out gallons in the hottest part of the day!
In contrast it was a chilly -4C here at 7.30am. Another sparkling day & pretty with the frost.
Still ploughing through paperwork & admin - its that time of year when its good to have a good sort out.
Hope the car gets fixed BL and everyone starts feeling better soon. Someone in the office yesterday was full of lurgy - First Defence being sniffed.


Posted: 17/01/2016 at 19:03

You snuck in there BL - Simon's websites are excellent & now highly regarded guides. I think he's 'done' all the Suffolk churches (some more than once) and the majority of Norfolk ones too.  Keep the websites close to hand for when you're busy exploring in the summer so you don't miss any gems 


Posted: 17/01/2016 at 18:57

Poor you - DD - what a horrible few weeks you've been having. Hope you can get things sorted out soon. ((Hugs)). 


Posted: 17/01/2016 at 17:54

Hmm - yes - settings all ok and everything is fine when I work on my iMac or hubby's macbook - both using Safari. As Toyah W might have said "It's a Mysterwy.... "

OH turned out the compost bin for me this morning - definite signs of burrowing on the outside but no signs of anything on the inside. Reinforced the rodent defences just in case (triple layers of chicken wire and bricks round the edges) and shovelled it all back in - so compost turned, peace of mind, bit of exercise in the fresh air - win, win methinks 

Has been a sparkling day but still very cold. We didn't have that much of the white stuff on Thursday (1 - 2") - but there's a lot still around - especially where the sun doesn't get too. Our road is still frozen solid in places.

Can recommend compost turning as a way to get warm though 


Posted: 17/01/2016 at 15:26

Love the Archers - hate Rob Titchener 

I wonder why I don't get the toolbar on my iPad? Never have - irrespective of updates etc etc. I sync my iPad with an iMac - does everybody else do syncs and back ups in iTunes? - maybe there are some settings in there I should change but I can't think where... 

Proposal on the local gardening show!

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 15:04

Congratulations Tootles - what a lovely surprise for you. Enjoy your celebrations 


Posted: 17/01/2016 at 10:49

Ginger - Hi & welcome to the forum. 

If you want to insert a photo you need to click on the little tree icon in the mini toolbar above the box where you're writing your post. (The one with smilies etc in). Click on that & follow the instructions.

If you don't see a mini toolbar it might because you're working on an iPad in Safari . If you want to load photos from the iPad you might need to load Chrome or another browser onto the iPad for use with the forum.

Safari is fine on an iMac or Macbook though 

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