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MOB rants

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 23:13

The seagulls at Blackpool zoo are planted there to stop you loiting at picnic tables.  When I was left guarding a table whilst everyone else went to the loo a little boy came over, threw down some broken sandwiches then wandered. I'm  thinking, how sweet... but within seconds it was like a scene from the 'birds'. I fled the table for my life..by the time everyone immerged from the loo's it was a scene of tranquility again and a family of six were seated at our table. They thought me a wuss for deserting the table, you had to be there though.  

We had a similar experience with peacocks at a farm. What a silly place to put picnic tables right in the middle of where the peacocks were housed. They came and stood on the table, we were so stunned, although wide eyed even the children were calm, we packed up the picnic and slowly retreated out of the enclosure followed by the entire flock of peacocks eyeing the picnic 

Next time we go out, wherever it is, I'm gonna suggest a nice Brewers Fare with play park to wind down the day

WHY DOESN'T MY HONEYSUCKLE FLOWER?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:46

I struggle to grow honeysuckle but it grows well in a neighbours garden.

I had two plants one old the other new, the old one was planted in shade the other in partial sun. The one in shade died this year, the other is producing flower buds but some of the leaves have developed black spots and other leaves go yellow and die. I don't know  why?

MOB rants

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 21:33

There look to be two garden companies nearby and I've found a site on line where, after describing the job to be done, I receive 3 quotes.

I just want the problem to go away and thought it had until last weekend. I'll take before and after pics just in case they're needed at a later date and will be mindful not to cut to close to the boundary.

I don't relish the thought of telling him the plan, but of course, the reason for it is due to the climbers becoming over grown on my side and begining to climb up the house and if he can think of a better solution I'd be happy to listen. I'll be able to ask where he would like me to put his trimmings .  

The jury's still out as to whether to tell him but I'd take a friends OH for moral support, if I do. One does spring to mind, who is as placid as a lamb but appearances can project a different picture.

A dog's out of the question, I have a cat and work full time although it's a nice thought. 

Wish me luck. Hopefully I'll get the quotes tomorrow.   

MOB rants

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 00:40

Hi, MMP, sorry for not replying sooner.

I thought he maybe a serial nusiance and was doing this because I live on my own. Hadn't realised how long it's been going on but after looking to see if I've saved stuff on the computer found letters and responses to the council going back to 2006, that was when he started banging on the walls and shouting during the night. 2007 was when my friends stayed, I wrote to the council with a list of incidents and the police log number.

He had made the first complaint saying I was making an unreasonable amount of DIY noise - NOT. I agreed to noise monitoring equipment on the basis this was also put in the other neighbours home. He withdrew his complaint saying he'd moved his furniture and couldn't hear any more noise!

I suggested to the council they checked for complaints from his previous address and remember getting a call from the council several weeks later saying it was unlikely there would be any further complaints about noise from him.

I haven't retailated directly with him but gone through either the police or council but after last weekend am thinking of paying a pro gardener to cut back my side of his hedge of climbers which over hang about 2ft. The divide is about 10ft high now, this is the hieght he's at when pruning so you can imagine how intimidating it is.

I suspect cutting them back on my side will probably bring the whole lot down in his garden, getting  a pro gardener to do it means I'll have a witness to say I was only doing what I'm legallly entitled to do and it's not a DIY job. 

Wish me luck

MOB rants

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 12:52

Can't imagine nothing happening this week, will let you know how things go.  I'm off to get a tape recorder.

gardener's world offers?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 20:11

I didn't think the August edition was out yet?

MOB rants

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 00:36

The disclosure bit has always put me off complaining, if I did move it would be for a bigger garden and smaller house.

One of the nicer things is he doesn't cause problems if there are visitors or during the week if I'm on holiday and at home becuase he never knows when I'm off work. I'm at home next week but got loads planned, some gardening days, friends calling and going out for the most part.

Talkback: Zebra spider

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 00:23

I've learnt to live with spiders, I'm not quite at the stage were I'd pick up a daddy long legs if it walked across the lounge floor, but no longer jump up and leave the outline of the human shape in an unopened door as I head for freedom, screaming.   

Slugs.

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 00:09

I'm having more problems this year with them but have put down less blue pellets. There's loads in the recylce bin and they've got into the GH but been more sneaky, instead of munching entire leaves I'm getting small holes, so unless some other pest bores small holes, have put it down to slugs and snails.  

MOB rants

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 23:41

Thanks for all the responses, it's very reasuring.

You've given me lots of idea's, recording is certainly a good plan and I'm happy to tell him what I'm doing. Will need to get a little recorder but thats not a problem. Think I'll also get a lock put on the garden gate too.

We are both owner's so no landlord invloved. Keeping a record of the incidents is a good idea and as I've no no immediate plans to move, complaining to the council and logging incidents with the police will at least give him the messaage I'm not prepared to accept his unreasonable behaviour.    

Don't think it will be resolved overnight though but I'm at the point were I'll try anything so will save your responses.  I'll goggle MIND too to get advise, I don't want to make him worse.

Over the years he has annoyed other neighbours, and doesn't like children, he would regularly chase away a group which played football outside our houses or take their ball if it went in his garden. 

In the end it was more fun for the children to play knock a door run with him than to play football.

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