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Received permission this morning to get the Yew tree felled. Big sigh of relief from me and neighbours. No objections offered during the scrutiny period. It will be a sad day to see her go though. Some pieces will be saved and made into garden artefacts; thus her presence will still be here. Searching for two suitable trees to replace her....bit shady, near houses?

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Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

It's not often I put personal stuff on here so here goes, a few years ago I found a woman daft enough who would marry me , some of you have met Margaret at some of the meet ups and yesterday was the d

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Guys and Girls,  I dont know what category I should put this rant into so someone correct me if necessary.

Ok, so I know we have to have some constraints such as a lockdown to try and contain this nasty virus. Like 000's of others I lost my job in the first lockdown and have been living a very simple almost in lockdown existence since then- hardly any spare funds so hardly going to a (still open) pub, not buying any clothes ( as no longer needed) etc etc  and basically doing not much at all but staying in, and now I see on the Nottm news pages and news 000's of peeps waiting to shop at places such as Primark the day before another lockdown legally starts. OK its allowed but does anyone need more clothes right now?? - could they not have started to start their lockdown soon as it became mentioned as urgently req'd. and helped the situation.  Books to read, games to play, foods- anything to get us thro the next 30 days Yes, but CLOTHES -  FOR (everyone's) GOD SAKE, think about it. 

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Yes Fat Harry is a rather portly fellow I must admit (like owner like dog).
I must admit my husband and I had a German Shepherd that tended to get that way but he was greedy. We had 2 cats and his mum as well. He could walk past the cat bowls and empty them without breaking stride, he was terrible. He was always careful around his mum though, she took no nonsense from him, and even though he was bigger than her she could still back him into a corner when he pushed her too far. She was definitely the boss, although our tomcat Sam thought he was (but he thought he was a German Shepherd anyway so he was a bit confused.)

 

In answer to RoseQueen. Sorry to hear about you job loss, it can’t be easy for you. It seems like people think the shops will never open again, the same goes those who have been pictured having the “last nite” out etc. Just don’t have any patience with them. 

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Back is now much better. Almost all pain gone and I have exercises issued by the Physio folks.

 

Yesterday, I moved my small Cold Frame back to its winter position against the back wall of the house.  Also raised it up on three courses of bricks to allow taller tender plants to overwinter in it.  Somewhere.. if I can ever find them.. I have loads of little 'Tea Lights'. One of those burniing overight can just keep the frame a touch warmer if it's frosty.

Disposed of all the Runner Beans and Tomato plants. I still have a few pounds of Toms ripening.  They are still delish!

 

I planted up a large container with 70 new Tulip bulbs.. all layered.

 

Today the plan is to mix the spent Tomato compost with a bag of leaf mould and some old 'gritty' compost.  I'll use that to pot up last years surviving Tulip bulbs and see what happens. If they don't perform they'll get binned in the spring. Some Anemone De Caen and fancy Daffs will get new compost with grit added.  I wanted more Anemones but nobody seems to have any.

 

I'm going to try starting a few Sweet Peas off in the cold frame.  'Two chances' as they say.

 

Lastly, ..most of the leaves have now fallen, so rake them up, bag them up and in a year or so they'll be leafmould.

 

Tidy the flower borders up and leave well alone until the Spring.

 

Move on to indoor DIY stuff.

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14 minutes ago, DJ360 said:

 I have loads of little 'Tea Lights'. One of those burniing overight can just keep the frame a touch warmer if it's frosty.

 

Col....One of the old boys down the allotment swears by chopped straw mixed with horse manure! He throws some greenery on top, and swears it keeps the cold frame glass frost free for weeks on end. Now....where's that rag and bone man?

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@oldphil Thanks, but it's a very small coldframe.  I've just had another idea. A neighbour gave me a couple of very neat little Lead-Acid Batteries. 12v and sized about 5"w x 4"h x 2" d. I think they're about 8Ah each.  Should run a low wattage 12v car lamp (filament type) for a few hours and have a bit of a warming effect.

As I remember about 95% of the energy used by filament lamps is converted to heat

 

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What you need to do Col. is put the lamp into a sweet or biscuit tin, that you have painted matt black inside. This makes a good low watt heater. Did it in a shed I had, using a 40 watt lamp.

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I was looking at one in the USA. A 12V vehicle lamp in a biscuit tin, used to stop a water container for chickens from freezing. But they were using a 150 Ah battery trickle charged by solar power.

 

Just checked my little batteries. They are 4.5 Ah. A 45 w 12v headlamp bulb is pulling 3.75 amps, if I measured it right. Only a couple of hours in the two batteries.

 

A 21w might give 5-6 hours.

 

Thing is it doesn't need much heat.  Most of the point of a cold frame AIUI, is to use the residual heat in the ground..which is added to via sunlight in daytime.  I don't really want to get into making a 'hotbed' from manure.  A bit more faff than it's worth for a few plants.

 

I have no outside power sockets, but maybe that's the answer.

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23 hours ago, PeverilPeril said:

Received permission this morning to get the Yew tree felled

 

Surely you will be making several Stoute Englyshe Longbowes ?

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  • Last week as we were certain to be in lockdown , my husband decided to replace the wall tiles in the kitchen. Thats what we've been doing all day and will be doing tomorrow and the day after. Theyve been there for 21 yrs and we were getting a bit fedup with them. The kitchen is now in a mess , dust and chips of tiles everywhere. Oh i do love this mess.girlvboy
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My Dearly Beloved can't stand mess. Start to strip  and wallpaper a room and after 3 hours or so she will be asking "will you be long"

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I went fishing to our club's nearest trout lake today and was surprised to see so much traffic?

This evening I had a bonfire all to myself. Should have been for great Grandchildren next door but sadly they were not allowed to share the garden. They could see it from their bedroom though, so maybe something to remember.

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On 11/5/2020 at 5:24 PM, philmayfield said:

If you have an indoor socket adjacent to an outside wall

 

Don't know why the penny didn't drop before..  The indoor socket powering this PC is still a single and I've been meaning to convert it to a double for ages. It's on the side wall, but about a foot or so from the rear wall of the house and drilling straight through would place the outdoor socket in the side path, but close to the back of the house.  Pretty much ideal.

That's another little job to add to the queue.  I'll probably do it at the same time as I run an ethernet cable to almost the same place (inside), from my music server.

Thanks for the inspiration!

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Today I recovered a couple of bags worth of spent compost. Riddled out all the roots, mixed in some alleged 'farmyard manure', from a commercial product, a similar amount of leaf mould of my own making and a bit of potting grit.  Better than shop bought!

Planted up some Anemone Blanda, fancy white Narcissi and a few of last year's Tulips.

Almost sorted now.

 

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We have had a power cut for the last couple of hours and to pass the time played nine card brag by torchlight. To make it interesting I said I would play for a night of passion if I win....

For the next month I shall mostly be on wheely bin and dishwasher duties... :(

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For the past few days it’s been lovely and quiet near us because of a sink hole which appeared right in the middle of the village High Street on Friday morning!   The road has been closed off except for residents’ access, with barriers round the hole itself!   
It’s almost a metre diameter  and looks about a metre deep.  I suppose it I’ll have to be made bigger so someone can go inside and ascertain the cause of the collapse.  Word is that it’s something to do with a water leak but nothing’s been done yet.  

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Plenty to do here today. 7km row. Porridge. Collect eggs and feed chickens. Adrian Marr. 11am end of driveway. Dog walk along canal. Cleared even more leaves.

Tomorrow will be even busier. 10 ton skip arrives for me to fill with soil, roots and rocks prior to the Yew tree being felled. I'm levelling off the courtyard ready to pave another 20 m2. I have dreams about having a 'fountain in the courtyard' but it may well be one of those tiny solar thingies (£4.99 on Bangood) :biggrin:

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1 hour ago, PeverilPeril said:

I have dreams about having a 'fountain in the courtyard' but it may well be one of those tiny solar thingies (£4.99 on Bangood) :biggrin:

 

They're very poor quality and don't last long PP. Why spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar? do it properly you'll be glad you did.

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A week of mischief for me, I hoped, the wife is staying with her sister for a week due to her sisters medical problem.

After numerous phone calls last night it appears all of my friends are not up to it , so I am looking around the house and garden trying to find things to do, I am not use to making decisions on what I am supposed to do in the house, so it looks like I will be in the garden all the time. I have a feeling she doesnt trust me as she accidently has my credit card with her.

 So it will be a week of gardening and walking whilst dreaming of pleasures I could of had. Hope it doesnt rain.

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