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    • COOLTRIKERCHICK
    • By COOLTRIKERCHICK 4th Oct 14, 10:37 AM
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    Daydream fund challenge part 4
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    • 4th Oct 14, 10:37 AM
    Daydream fund challenge part 4 4th Oct 14 at 10:37 AM
    back in march 2009. this thread started, as I had daydreamed of having a smallholding for far too many years than I can remember.. since then, we are now on our 4th new thread.. and have a nice bunch of mse'rs who are at various stages of their dream... even if you ream is to have a plot of land, or a house with a nice garden.. join in, all are welcome..


    here are the links to the other 3 threads
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=1544047&highlight=daydream
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    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4651793&highlight=daydream
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 15th Sep 16, 10:41 AM
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    Glad HW is being assessed. You can breath a bit easier dave.

    GS sounds promising. Goodness they do start young these days.

    Massive thunderstorm through the night. Seem to have lost the phone but not the internet which I can't understand.
    Lovely bright day, but been awake most of the night so feel jiggered.
    Originally posted by choille
    'Phone and internet are different. When I reset our router, as I have to about once a week because of 'phone interference, the 'phone's not affected, but internet takes about 2 minutes to load up again.

    Starting young at nursery is important if Mum's the main breadwinner, but this Mum often needs a toddler in her work too. Clients typically have a romantic image of babies and young children. An afternoon catering for Sam dispels those notions quickly!

    The other up-side is that it's a very good nursery with an outstanding level of care, so he's never shown any reluctance to go. Some kids are very introverted and clingy, but not him.
    'Opportunity is missed by most people, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks like work.' Thomas Edison.
    • choille
    • By choille 15th Sep 16, 10:45 AM
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    Good that GS has a good nursery it will be so good for him mixing with others.

    I hope our phone isn't jiggered as they are quite new after the last carry on we had with the phone.
    • choille
    • By choille 15th Sep 16, 11:06 AM
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    Phone just needed reset as the power had been off - panic over!
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 15th Sep 16, 8:29 PM
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    YAY !... CAUGHT [LASOOED LIKE JOHN WAYNE] THE SHEEP


    I outwitted, outsmarted a sheep ... look good on my CV


    farrier cancelled and gardeners not there today so managed by my lonesome...


    funny thing is once they are caught they are like little angels ? easily put the purple saviour on its hornless bump and off it went kicking up its heels...


    poor old jim jam [stallion] is still confined as horses STILL in field next door to his field.. so getting through half a bale of haylage a day [hes a big lad ! ]
    she said would be for 2 weeks ! I know its their field [well one of over 300 acres of fields used by farmer] but there has NEVER been livestock in there as no water supply .. and suddenly after we asked again if we could rent it off him they turn up.. he told us that if he didn't use it he would lose his "grant"? for it ... but horses don't count as agricultural ?? we would have matched the grant amount.. and stuck the sheep in there ... with horses


    been a nice day today


    anyone else noticed the bees going bonkers ? theres a load in the wall of the wooden stable and the last few days they have all been VERY active and almost queing to get in the 2 entrances, leaving masses on the outside wall aswell.
    same is happening to the bees at a friends who have lived for years happily under/inside her terrace /walkway roof but at the moment they are going mental... not swarming just mega activity in and around the entrance ? and all over the upstairs windows [Alfred Hitchcock style !] ... is it the weather ? too many bees? queens not leaving ? gawd knows !!
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 16th Sep 16, 6:15 PM
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    Well, we got very wet again today, but it wasn't sweat this time. Water just fell in sheets, got covered in mud from tip to toe, very slippy stuff when it's wet, and I'm tired out from the week's heat // wet.

    I could go out later and find out if the new ditches work....

    But I think we'll just stay in the dry, and polish off a bottle!

    Feelin' lazy now... Cleaner, in places, after a long shower!

    YeeHaa Alfie. Now to park the wagons in a circle, and warm them beans....
    Last edited by DaftyDuck; 16-09-2016 at 6:17 PM.
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 17th Sep 16, 2:06 AM
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    We had the sheets of torrential rain too Dafty. And thunderstorms. airport was chaos with lots of cancelled and delayed flights.

    Arrived in Dallas to 35C sunshine. Hotel room was set to 16.5C. There are no opening windows. Am having an early night, because I can. Work starts tomorrow...
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 17th Sep 16, 10:08 PM
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    No rain in Zummerzet, where I was yesterday. Very pleasant.

    Wasn't so nice when I snapped this liiving wall in Exeter on Friday. I promised a picture, so here it is:


    I'll be monitoring it regularly, as it's on my "Get through Exeter almost painlessly" route....
    'Opportunity is missed by most people, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks like work.' Thomas Edison.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 17th Sep 16, 10:25 PM
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    And here's one for alfie....

    If you've ever wondered what you'd get if you crossed Bimble with a pug.....



    This is Milo. He's very good tempered and brilliant with my niece's daughter, who's about 15 months old. Knows which are his n' her toys.... and only chews his!

    Has a permanent grin!
    Last edited by Davesnave; 17-09-2016 at 10:27 PM.
    'Opportunity is missed by most people, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks like work.' Thomas Edison.
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 17th Sep 16, 11:43 PM
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    dave... ask LIR if bimble knows the difference between toys he CAN have and ones he CANT... cos he doesn't
    does that make your dog a pumble ?


    I have spent today [7am start] coaxing a petrified dog out of a maize field ! I laid a food trail.. [it was spotted yesterday [Friday] running up and down a very rural lane near here but just ran off. ]
    I went back at t time and did same but into a big dish of grub in the back of a big dog cage. I had carefully rigged up a rope to shut the door system then laid commando style in the field hanging on to the other end ! after a looooong time the dog appeared again and went into the cage .. now if I say so myself, for my age , my speed at pulling that rope and launching upwards in Olympic style was a sight to behold...
    poor thing was scared stiff but after some Alfie goo goo chat he settled. he is very stressed on a lead but will let me carry him ? hes like a very big yorkie. seems healthy but an odd place for him to be...as if he was waiting in that area for owner which I hope doesn't mean it was dumped ! anyway its bedded down for the night and chip check at vets in the morning.. fingers crossed..


    theres a local'ish dog that's been missing for 4 weeks now and theres a team of dog "do gooders" that try [usually succeed] and take over the "rescue".. which usually extends the time its lost !!! they tried it with me when I put out a FB message saying "dog found" ....good old fashioned miss marple'ing works for me ...


    ive got another mission tomorrow to see a mare and foal in need !!! but LIR is my saviour with this one
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 18th Sep 16, 1:52 AM
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    does that make your dog a pumble ?
    Originally posted by alfie 1
    ...or a Puggle.

    Well done for your canine capture..... Big Yorkie, eh?



    Y'know I think I've been had. Looking at that planted wall more carefully, I think they must be plastic!
    'Opportunity is missed by most people, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks like work.' Thomas Edison.
    • pink poppy
    • By pink poppy 18th Sep 16, 10:21 AM
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    That did make me laugh Dave, the big Yorkie and the plastic 'living' wall

    alfie, you are a superstar for rescuing that poor dog, hope it hasn't just been dumped
    MFW...
    Caledonia dreamin' ...
    Making it happen...
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 18th Sep 16, 2:45 PM
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    That did make me laugh Dave, the big Yorkie and the plastic 'living' wall

    alfie, you are a superstar for rescuing that poor dog, hope it hasn't just been dumped
    Originally posted by pink poppy




    went to vets... no micro chip which is a bummer ! ive trawled every house/shop/hotel/pub in the area and still no one recognises it which makes me think its been dumped /stolen ? if it was holiday makers im sure they would have asked everywhere ive been [I would have] so sadly it will have to go "into the system tomorrow or later today




    • pink poppy
    • By pink poppy 19th Sep 16, 2:55 PM
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    What a lovely looking dog, I hope it's just lost and the owners are trying to find it, it looks very well cared for. Fingers crossed for a happy ending.
    MFW...
    Caledonia dreamin' ...
    Making it happen...
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 19th Sep 16, 7:41 PM
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    Hope the wee dog finds a kind new owner if the old one doesn't show. I agree, it looks very appealing .... fingers crossed.

    Nothing of huge interest to report here. No word on Horse Woman, but I blasted her track up to the stable with weedkiller t'other day, as it was beginning to look like the road to the Sleeping Beauty's hideaway.

    Yesterday, as threats of rain became more solid, I changed tack and spent the afternoon creosoting the chicken shed that's currently 'fallow.' I figured I'd not have such dry, absorbent wood again this year. We'll move the hens in there in another month or so.

    Today, I went around that section of orchard and tested all the fence posts.... and two made cracking noises.

    I've figured out a way to put in a new shorter post alongside these sub-standard posts and then coach-bolt them together. With luck that'll hold things for another winter....maybe!

    Swallows are still here.....
    'Opportunity is missed by most people, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks like work.' Thomas Edison.
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 19th Sep 16, 9:57 PM
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    hi all


    oh boy what a 3 day "adventure"....


    having spent Saturday commando style hiding in a maize field and catching a dog that didn't want to be caught.. spent Saturday evening posting on sites re ..lost dog till I was cross eyed !
    sunday to vets for a no chip result, rest of the day trawling round every far flung house/establishment in the district with no result, sunday evening answering 100's of questions on line !! then dog warden taking him today ..
    THEN this afternoon I went with postie to pick up a mare and foal [somewhat neglected] as a rescue !! took them to LIR's capable hands .... its a sweet mare but very lack lustre at the moment. needs tender loving care [and the foal] which they will get by the bucket load at LIR's..


    got home 8.30 this evening and I am KERNACKERED
    driving up to sussex in the morning to pick up friend to bring her home then farrier at 4pm... so another long day !
    roll on next weekend ... im gonna sleep for England !
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 20th Sep 16, 6:34 PM
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    just got up the track towing a trailer and ive got a flat tyre !!!!


    ok all the way to sussex, and bu**ar me its flat as a pancake... so ive got a stacked trailer [due for delivery this evening] and can I find my jack etc ... nah !
    waiting now for gardener chap who lives up the road to rescue me


    roll on the weekend ....
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 22nd Sep 16, 8:33 AM
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    Hope someone rescued you alfie. Punctures at home are always preferable to those on the road though!

    Still in a stalemate situation with the conservatory company. They are saying, "Tell us what you want and we'll draw it." while we are saying, "How the hell can we do that, when the only CAD pictures we have aren't accurate?"

    We don't know how many windows they would place down the front of the structure; it could be 7 or 6. ....along one end it could be 3 or 4. They show doors in the centre of each bit, but they aren't. It goes on...

    So....they now have an accurate floor plan and we're saying, "Show us what you'd build on that." And they're saying, "No, can't."

    From experience designing kitchens with half a dozen different suppliers, we know this is bollox. We have offered to drive 60 miles to their main office to do the design, but that's apparently unacceptable.

    And unlike kitchens, where you do a design with 6 different companies, stealing ideas left, right and centre, and only one of them eventually gets the job, this lot have a contract.

    Perhaps that's the problem, eh?

    We're letting them stew on the back burner. I'm fixing the posts in the chicken run before the storms start instead.
    'Opportunity is missed by most people, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks like work.' Thomas Edison.
    • lucielle
    • By lucielle 22nd Sep 16, 8:38 AM
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    There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Had builders in for over a week. The last couple of days have been hard as they've srceeded the kitchen floor. Did mean I had to eat out for a couple of nights. Still got the joys of builders dust to clean, Sigh.


    DS2 turned 18 yesterday. He decided not to go back to do his second year of A levels but has got an interview to be an apprentice at JCB. Fingers crossed please peeps.


    OH picked this week to go on some 'work' trips. Blooming good planning. Took Izzy to companion dog class and she was the naughtiest one there...


    L
    Total Debt Dec 07 £59875.83 Overdrafts £2900, Dec 08 £39782.36 Overdrafts £3100, Dec 09 £29304.84 Overdrafts £2820, Dec 10 £16449 Overdrafts £2490
    Dec 11 £12673.80 Overdrafts £1250, Dec 12 £4591 Overdrafts £400 02/02/13 new debt figure £5831.00 New Debt Figure ZERO !!!!!! 08/06/2013

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    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 22nd Sep 16, 7:44 PM
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    Well, digger went last weekend, wife has withdrawal symptoms and looks longingly at JCB website. Am buying her a hard hat as solace for now. A HiViz jacket sits in a package for her at the weekend (and I hope she's not expecting chocolates...)

    It's scary how much work a digger can do, and how little I can do in tidying up afterwards with a spade and rake. We took out about 200 metres of utterly useless hedge (much of it dead ash, barbed wire, broken posts, feed bags, thistles, general rubbish and mystery plastic), and I've been tidying it up with hand tools, ready for planting in a couple of months. I've got about 30 metres done so far, and I'm knackered! I've emptied countless wheelbarrows of rubble into the two soakaways for the barns, and still the rubble heap is huge! But, although it's mess, it's progressive mess! Please, tell me it is... it is, it is, it is, IT IS!!! And so it is

    Went to a farm auction, was raining lions and wolves the night before, leaving much for sale a mess. Well, most was already a mess when it was dropped off. Rusted-through wheelbarrow, anyone? A dozen office pedal bins? Who wants a wooden ladder (feet rotten, one tread absent) or a now-soggy office chair (three casters only)? Well, it appears some folk did, as only a few lots went unsold (although some went for two quid). It was a toss-up whether the auctioneer would die from lung cancer, stroke or old-age before he managed to kill a punter with his large poking-waving-stick. Several lots (including a large fibreglass water tank did come a cropper as he walloped away inciting bidding (or folk fleeing from the flailing staff). However, he survived, and didn't brain anyone. I got a couple of cheap lots, but failed on the ones I wanted, as they went for silly money. Folk did seem carried away - cheap used, rusty, and possibly long-dead Argos-brand chainsaws going for £25 (they are sometimes £50 new), rotten chicken coops for thirty, hose pipe for a tenner (was £12 on Hotdeals same day for twice the length).... Hmmm... Keep hands in pocket and stick to your max.

    I did play "spot the bidder", and it's sometimes impossible. There seems maximum kudos to being an old smelly wreck able to bid with a quantum nostril twitch... I found I fitted in well!

    I'm going through the early stages of winnowing the conservatory folk down. I think I've got two reasonable chaps in mind, and have seen their work. It should be all-go in about six weeks, with roof, central heating, conservatory and replaster happening reasonably simultaneously. It will be very messy - especially if "she" gets her hands on a digger at the same time.

    At least my guys come up with decent plans, all drawn to scale, nice measurements, clear window openings, decent specs... but different manufacturers... so have to ponder whether one is better than the other, or what. I did price a wooden one, handbuilt. Then I fainted, and changed plans.... Very nice, but I don't really want the same debt mountain as Greece!

    Otherwise, it's been a quiet time. No more animals arrived since the sheep, goats have to wait until fencing is better, please no more donkeys (too smart for me, they laugh at my antics, and refuse to help, but are great for a hug).

    Oh, and darling wife dug me a flower bed with digger. A big one. It's about four feet above ground in a heap! I shall have nightmares .... if I even get to sleep! It will take days just to flatten out.

    Hope everyones beasts dont have punctures, tyres keep on running, and gardens stay as plastic as possible

    ... and time ....
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 22nd Sep 16, 8:34 PM
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    We have 200m of hedge to do too, Dafty, but in our case it's going to be reducing it and replanting in places rather than a full replant. At present, we have trees up to about 20', so although we have the face of it cut, it just keeps going upwards and becomes more unkempt and straggly each year.

    It can't be like last winter when we took on some of those 20' trees armed only with a hand saw and a rope....but what to buy???? I am quite tempted by some of the new battery tools coming onto the market now, especially for close combat. Something like a reciprocating saw might come in handy for the thinner branches/trunks and a pole saw for the larger ones. I could operate the latter from the field, rather than balancing precariously in the hedge with a 14" Husky, sawing the occasional limb off.....mine that is!

    I was looking at a new Brushcutter today. I asked the man what he would recommend for rough grass and he pointed to a DR with wheels. I told him not to be silly, so he led me to a Kawasaki-engined beast and told me it would out-rev the Honda by miles.....I'd like that.

    Much as I like what's left of the Honda, it doesn't do the two-stroke acceleration thing...... Raaaaaaa!Raaaaa!

    I was really in town to look at conservatories and make a few decisions, which I've done, but with nothing emanating from the company in the way of a scaled plan, or even a further communication, I think I'll have to try the salesman for my next approach. Once I've spoken to him, I may know whether the deal we did was just too good.....

    We have the potential flower bed too, about 20' long and 4' high. DW is currently sieving it, but when the weather turns that'll become tricky. We're just trying to get all the good stuff out before Pete removes the surplus. The new patio areas and pathways are taking loads of the rubble, smashed-up tiles, etc we still had, which is great. Note I said 'patio areas' The patio will be some time yet!
    'Opportunity is missed by most people, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks like work.' Thomas Edison.
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