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Posted: 26/08/2014 at 22:06

Panda, I think we are going to get a store at Merry Hill that is a joint venture between Jacamo and Simplybe, so that should be good.  I tend to wear my walking boots I used to use when working at the Wildlife Trust for gardening when its muddy. I've got some steel toe caps somewhere as well, I must dig them out.  Not that I'm going to be moving any paving slabs.

Irrigation System

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 22:02

I have the hoselock system along part of my garden and also have the thin irrigation system that waters all my patio pots.  I have got switches on the pot system that reduces the flow but not sure how you would be able to switch sections off.  Perhas someone else on here knows more about it.

Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 22:00

Have a great time everyone.  Like OL I'll be too far away to join you.

Do slug eat thru' carrier bags

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 21:55

I have to admit I'm a coward too and do the same I put them straight in the bin in carrier bags, have never found any wondering around.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 21:52

Hi Panda I'm like you tall and (to quote Mma Ramotswe) traditionally built.  The arms on coats drive me mad too. 

Liri I'm so glad that your daughter knows what the problem is.  I had real problems with my second born who couldnt have cows milk or any dairy for years.  It was a real struggle then because it was hard to source alternatives, they do have lots of stuff now that deal with intolerances so hopefully it will all get sorted.  My daughter grew out of many of her allergies and at about 7 years old gained a new one, nuts.  She does have to be very careful and still cant eat too much dairy but other than that she's fine.  Hopefully everyone will be getting a good night's sleep soon.  Give them a hug from me.

Oh Bekkie, is the sun going to shine?


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 20:18

My firstborn,  her hubby and 6 and 1 year old all did the challenge together two days ago.  They nominated hubby and secondborn.  Hubby did it today, I was a bit worried considering he had a heart attack and a quadruple bypass about 18 months ago, but he was OK.  Its £3.00 if you do it and £10.00 if you don't.  If I'm nominated I'll pay the tenner.

Weather brightened up this afternoon and I managed to sort out my plants ready for hols.  Just need to pick up a bit of last minute shopping and pack and thats it.

Feed birds

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 18:14

Be careful with it on the lawn as the seeds dropped will germinate and could get all sorts growing.  I have a large iron well cover that I have under the feeders which means the seeds fall onto it and the ground feeders pick them up.  I still have to weed some of the gravel but  nowhere as much as before.  I suppose slabs would work as well.

Autumn lawn maintenance visit

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 17:43

I've just signed up for Green Thumb.  I thought I would give it a year and see how it improved.  I'm not looking for a bowling green just less moss and a neat looking lawn.  I plant lots and lots of wildlife friendly plants and provide lots of shelter but I do want the borders to be framed by a good quality lawn.  I have taken the basic package which is going to cost me £15.00 per visit, 4 visits per year.  I will have to scarify and aerate myself.  The costs includes all the fertilizer etc.  My front lawn is about 15 square metres and the back must be about 50 sq metres so I don't think this is bad value for money.  My first visit is scheduled for the middle of September, I'll let you know how things go.  Tootles I suspect that your father must have taken a higher level package.

Feed birds

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 17:00

I've been feeding all year and you're right it's proving expensive but it's lovely watching them.  I feed nuts, mixed seed, fat balls and  a robin mix with mealworms.  I have loads of sparrows, blackbirds, magpies, starlings, robins, goldfinches, blue tits, great tits and long tailed tits.  I also have sparrowhawks that visit (it goes a bit quiet then) and have had a woodpecker this year. Not bed for a town garden.  I'm sure there are other species but I only recognise the obvious ones.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 16:51

I'm the same Bekkie,  I have a fat wardrobe and a thin wardrobe, at the moment the thin wardrobe is packed away under the bed, not good when I go on holiday in a few days.

Hope you get your neck moving again BM.

Like you Bekkie I'm wondering what Dove did to get that plumber's mates rate



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