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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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    • lucielle
    • By lucielle 12th Mar 17, 9:21 PM
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    Aww Alfie, hope she makes a speedy recovery. Can she not get one of those alarms that are worn as a necklace?
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    • choille
    • By choille 13th Mar 17, 12:00 AM
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    Maggie - Hope it goes well. What a stress & worry for you.

    Alfie Hope Mum makes a speedy recovery, poor thing.

    Just been listing stuff but ebay is slow at the mo, but you have to try eh?

    Lovely day here but got little done as I feel a bit sluggish with the cough cough.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 13th Mar 17, 7:32 AM
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    Hope Mum is comfortable now, alfie. It's a worry, and the panic button always seems to be in the wrong place. HW would keep switching hers off, but regardless, it wasn't reachable when she fell. I couldn't get my Dad one either, because I knew he'd mess about with it, like he did with everything else....

    How many pages, maggie? Is anyone going to read all that? I thought I was getting verbose when I sent 3 pages to the GGF, although I have plenty more if they want it. We may hear something about the conservatory from them by next week; they say a fortnight. We can't get the floor done inside until our builder comes back from Oz, so it makes little difference now.

    Yesterday, I put my shoulder out, trying to mend the cloakroom toilet, which the builder helpfully boxed-in too well. It's a long story, but the seat nut came undone, so every time someone put the soft-close lid down, it would suddenly shoot sideways at the end of its travel, making folk think they'd broken it.

    Anyway, I tried to tighten it up, but because of the daft angle, I dropped the special nut, which disappeared, and there was no way I'd get it back without taking the pan out. Going on-line, I discovered to my horror that a new set of fixing bolts were......£33! How can they justify that?

    So..... armed with spanners, washers and and different a shake-proof nut stolen from shelving in the van, I managed to get into the 9" gap between the toilet pan and the wall and put them onto the offending bolt. But could I get out again? Only with DW pulling my legs! At some point the shoulder went, but it doesn't feel so bad this morning.

    Living room floor duly concreted , I can go outside again today, when it promises to be sunny till late afternoon.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • ukmaggie45
    • By ukmaggie45 13th Mar 17, 9:51 AM
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    Oh Alfie, what a worry for you. Hope your Mum is getting more comfortable and that she's well looked after in hospital.

    Choille, how long have you had that cough? Anything that goes on over about 2 weeks is worrying. Might be worth seeing your GP? Only mention since I've recently been diagnosed with asthma - check up for over 65s at GP practice last year as part of Liverpool's Healthy Lung campaign (we're the UK capital for lung cancer). Part of it was spirometry, that huffy thing you blow into, which showed I had poor lungs. Had chest CT which was clear, and full spirometry at local walk in clinic (though it was appt not walk in) where they found I reacted positively to ventolin. I was really surprised, as haven't been getting breathless as am too knackered to do anything energetic enough to get breathless!

    How many pages, maggie? Is anyone going to read all that?
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    The PIP form itself is around 40 pages, then there's the result of it. Then my Mandatory Reconsideration letter (8 pages plus letter of evidence from neighbour), GP and Councillor's letters as requested by ATOS after my MR request, and the result of that. Then the forms I had to fill in for the Tribunal Service. It soon mounts up!

    But most of it (over 100 pages) is all my available med records from GP practice since I became ill back in 1992! A lot of that isn't relevant, but my advocate said it was best to send it all, that way the Tribunal can't accuse me of cherry picking the med records for stuff to back up my claim. Oh, and there's the 3 photos of the ramp we had built at caravan to make it accessible for me - side shot, then one looking up it and one looking down it. We have steps to back door and front door, ramp leads onto decking that wraps around front of caravan to the front door. I feel very unsafe on the steps. Then there's my complaint to ATOS and their email reply to my MP and the letter they sent me.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 14th Mar 17, 10:38 PM
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    Gone quiet in here again. Is it my turn to put a shilling in the meter?

    The good weather we're having here hasn't quite turned into great progress. Yesterday, just after I'd lit the second huge pyre of stuff from hedging, the wind switched direction and then died altogether half an hour later. So, my fire ended up in the wrong bit of the heap and there was no roaring furnace effect, vital when burning green wood. Most of the heap is still there.

    Today, we managed to switch hen houses, so that the land they've been on can be rested for a year, or maybe for ever if we relocate things when renewing fences. I also got all the nest boxes, perches etc Creocoted, and the hen orchard cut, but then a gentleman with a set of drain rods arrived in the garden.....

    He explained that our the neighbour had " a bit of a drain issue" and could he get at their septic tank? Well, yes, he could, but as soon as I looked into the first inspection chamber, I knew he'd be with us for a while. I think they must have been down to just one flush a day next door!

    As predicted, the nice man was with us for ages. I learned a lot about drain cleaning. When the final obstruction cleared it was like.....well, the word 'tsunami' and the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" come to mind.

    Anyway, that was my afternoon gone.

    How's Mum, alfie?
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 15th Mar 17, 9:47 AM
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    Hoping that all those going through tough times are coping and improving.

    Dave - the light on our sewage treatment system has been flashing for the last 24 hours (or possibly longer - it can only really be seen at night if I happen to go into the utility room). A neighbour 'manages' the system, so hopefully the engineers will turn up before there is a problem (we've tried the 'switch it off/switch it on again' approach a couple of times in case it was a power surge, which is often the case). I'm hoping I don't have to get too involved...

    I'm off work at the moment after a minor op last week. While I've been feeling feeble I've finally got round to ordering trees just in time to get them as bare root and they should be arriving next week (along with other plants I've ordered that I don't yet have space to plant...). I'm just wondering how big the holes need to be as I may need to pace myself ... I've got 7 1.5m trees (flowering cherry/quince/crab apple) arriving so any advice would be much appreciated! I still have a little time to plan...
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 15th Mar 17, 9:55 PM
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    I haven't dared light my string of bonfires yet! They are huge. HUGE!! The combination of a wife with a digger, and my stormy "Mistress" Doris means plenty of tidying up for me. I haven't had anything like the time I wanted for doing it, and I still have four wheelie bins packed out with hedging plants, and another pallet on the way for the weekend. I got another 80 plants in late afternoon, a mix of hawthorn, a few blackthorn, some hazel, a few crab apples and wild pear, and a sweet chestnut (well back into the woodland!). However, that leaves around 450 left to go before the next lot arrive, and the weather is too warm and sunny for planting. Oh well, most should take. Or not...

    My advice for Greenbee would be plant the trees in holes big enough for the roots to be well spread, but not too deep. I make sure I break the soil up well below the planting depth. Fill in lightly with soil, giving a light lift & shake to the tree to help roots settle and spread into the soil, then add more soil. Firm down well with a boot, leaving a slight dimple. Bare-root plants at this time of year need plenty of water, as they may well take off almost immediately. If time allows, fill the hole with water before planting, and allow it all to drain away, then plant as above. Once planted, more water, and keep watering throughout the first year's summer, as the roots may well not be able to support the tree yet. I leave a slight dimple, to help collect any rainwater, but some say this restricts root spread...

    A stake helps stop rock in the wind, but attach it low, so the tree can still move the upper stem and branches.

    Now, Dave can tell me what I'm doing wrong, and I'll go and redo all my hedging Not that I've been able to treat all my hedging so well; some has just had to be rammed in, partly as it's infilling gaps in the existing hawthorn and blackthorn hedges. Ouch! I do find it difficult to prune the plants back as one should once they are planted... It just feels so defeatist, even if I know it helps good growth later. Oh well!

    Anyway, early night, hope my back feels better for another plantathon tomorrow. I should do a couple of hours early, and a couple more late... I am well behind schedule as it is!

    Sheep and lambs are doing well. We share a trestle picnic table with them, and they do boing about rather while we're sitting there.

    Best wishes to all, hoping for wellth for those at illth, and wealth to any who need it. ZZZzzzzz
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 15th Mar 17, 10:02 PM
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    Thanks Dafty

    Water isn't a problem here - the soil is pretty soggy and the chances are that any hole I dig will be close to the water table!

    I planted my hedging plants a couple of weeks ago and like you find it hard to cut them back as much as I should do. Getting anything into the gaps to fill in was challenging due to the existing roots so I'm just going to have to hope they take. Thankfully it's rained quite a bit in this part of the world, although if it stays dry I guess I should give them some extra - good thing the outside tap is fixed. I need to make the most of my sick leave...

    Hope the boinging of the lambs helps with the backache from the planting...
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 15th Mar 17, 10:06 PM
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    Hope the boinging of the lambs helps with the backache from the planting...
    Nope, it doesn't
    ....

    'Cos the likkle lambs like to jump on me for frolics and cuddles... and they now weigh up to 20kg!

    Still, nothing beats a combined hug from a flock of enthusiastic lambs !

    I may well come to regret this in a few months time, especially as the Norfolk Horns have... well ... huge horns!
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 16th Mar 17, 9:57 AM
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    Nope, it doesn't
    ....

    'Cos the likkle lambs like to jump on me for frolics and cuddles... and they now weigh up to 20kg!

    Still, nothing beats a combined hug from a flock of enthusiastic lambs !

    I may well come to regret this in a few months time, especially as the Norfolk Horns have... well ... huge horns!
    Originally posted by DaftyDuck
    Well I guess the point at which you can't cope with them jumping all over you might be the point at which they move into the freezer
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 16th Mar 17, 1:23 PM
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    Well I guess the point at which you can't cope with them jumping all over you might be the point at which they move into the freezer
    Originally posted by greenbee
    I suspect the only use of the freezer where this lot are concerned is for the ice cubes for their water, come summer heatwaves. This lot are pets.... The next lot, that’s up for negotiation!
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 16th Mar 17, 6:54 PM
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    hi all


    been out of the loop both physically and mentally !!


    mum still in hosp and will be for some time , well till she can bear weight on her right leg / hip... they are slowly getting her up but its very painfull, to get the muscles working AND to determine wether she has suffered any lasting "damage" from the brain bleed.
    apparently they are always concerned when someone falls / is on one side for a length of time because it can affect the kidneys ! so basically they are watching /testing , her head,kidneys,shoulder and hip !! she looks so sad when I go in to see her ....


    dad has just been told she has had a fall, no need to stress him out at the moment. ive been arranging others to visit her when I cant get in due to work.. its worked so far !
    now it will just be me visiting dad [sister no1 is good and will come from IOW weekly and see mum on same day] sister no2 .....well we will see. no show so far.... brother came Monday but will see when next visit planned..
    I get a bit fed up when I get heeps of praise for "being so good and doing everything..." I don't begrudge doing anything for my parents but it feels like its just a way of "excusing" their involvement !!
    sorry for having a grump... long day !


    I treated myself to a car full of flowering plants last Monday and will try and get them in this weekend, I also bought a new mower !! post traumatic spending !!!


    tilly is still doing the "naughties " with jim jam so hopefully we will have a corking babba next year...


    well I hope every one has a super weekend. xxx
    • choille
    • By choille 16th Mar 17, 8:52 PM
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    Hope that mum makes a speedy recovery & is home very soon so that things become easier. Such a shame.

    It' s been a foul day here - blizzards, hail, storm force winds & brilliant sunshine, but very cold all day. Makes me feel like hibernating again.

    Got a Witch's Egg today so someone may be going off lay.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 17th Mar 17, 7:02 AM
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    Better they check Mum out thoroughly alfie, and it sounds like they're doing that, rather than pushing her out the door asap. All the same, I hope she's soon able to go home, once the medics are satisfied.

    We know a more about DW's condition now. DD2 accompanied her to the hospital for this week's consultation, fired a lot of probing questions at them and got further in 10 minutes than DW has in hours! It's not especially good news, but at least we can plan realistically to make the garden less high-maintenance over the next few years.It's not that bad now, but finding the time to do it and also press-on with the building work is what makes it hard.

    On Wednesday, I did one of the jobs I've been putting off, when I cut our side of the long elm hedge. The postman does the other side and much of the top with the tractor, but that still leaves me the garden side, where a John Deere can't go. Instead, I struggle along it with a long arm hedge cutter that cost £60 in Aldi, but it gets there in the end! Never done it in a single session before, but needs must.

    Had a letter back from the Glass & Glazing Federation yesterday saying their conciliation officer is sick and off work, so they won't be able to deal with our dispute just yet! They have just the one? I'm feeling pretty sick too! I think I may start a new conservatory thread soon...... Absolutely no communication from the conservatory co, of course.

    Had a big delivery of IKEA wardrobe stuff yesterday, so the builder and I are going to have self-assembly bliss today! Yes, it's Pax, which is latin for 'peace,' so no swearing involved.....NOT!
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 19th Mar 17, 3:17 PM
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    Well, the wardrobes went in like a dream, although the space became tighter and tighter as we added more to the wee room that was once DW's den. We had to build the last two in situ, but they were easy-peasy. I remember the days of MFI and always being short of some special nut or screw!No such bother with IKEA.

    Anyway, we've saved £££ by not having fitted bedroom furniture, even allowing for the cost of conversion.

    DW is away this weekend at our Indian soon-to-be in-laws, attending another family members' engagement ceremony. I think the idea of wearing a sari appealed. Strangely, I had no great desire to buy a dhoti, so I 'volunteered' to stay here.

    Horrid weather over the last couple of days, but I've had plenty to do indoors with seedlings. Nipped into the little town with some boxes for a lady who wanted some for a removal and came away with a promise of an 8' x 8' greenhouse. I want to put it up inside the polytunnel, then insulate and overwinter things in it, but DW says that's silly.

    I'm not exactly short of space in there though!

    Sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing. I saw him a couple of times, most notably at the Royal Albert Hall, where he 'warmed up' for The Who....far too much, because it was his audience, not the long hairs who smashed-up the seats and brought the riot police in, resulting in a ban on rock music at the venue for the next 10 years or so. Happy days!
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 22nd Mar 17, 1:29 PM
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    hi all


    finally got a few hours to myself !
    mum is still in hospital and will be for a while yet. she hasn't got to stand up yet and bear weight so physio is ongoing. she was exhausted through lack of sleep and ive just learnt she was moved to her own room last night and given a "pill" ! so hopefully if she gets sleep she will improve... then she will hopefully get moved to my local hospital for rehabilitation... the hospital has been great though throughout.


    my son has come back from Canada for 1 week to see his "nan"... he said he had to see her [he was in Thailand when grandad had his stroke and he couldn't get back as he had badly cut his foot out there and they wouldn't let him fly !]
    so I scooted up to Gatwick at 6am this morning to pick him up ! it was horrendous rain and gales on the M3 and M25 ... going and back ... here ? looks like not a drop ???
    so im going to put my feet up for an hour or so..


    iv won a set of driving trade harness on the bay .. well happy as no one else bid ...which means I either gota bargain OR others saw something I didn't and ive bought a lemon !!!! my brother in kent said he will pick it up for me [close to him] and fetch it down on his next visit ...


    right , hope alls well with everyone ..
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 23rd Mar 17, 9:01 AM
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    Hope Mum can soon be closer to you alfie. If you aren't posting here, I know you're run off your feet!

    Speaking of which.....I'm also going hither & thither at present, not staying on one thing very long, just trying to hold it all together. Seeds have germinated well this year....

    We have 100 saplings arriving today, ready to go into the bare bits of the road hedge, but that will have to be all for the time being. We were going to plant another beech hedge in the garden, but time's run out; everything's shooting and leafing-up now.

    I was quite shocked on Monday when I went to a somewhat warmer area of the county and saw how far forward everything was. Up here, it's not exactly the Arctic, but we tend to be about a fortnight behind places nearer the southern coast.

    Pete's here today, doing fencing in Horse Woman's field. He says he'll drop the trees I can't/daren't manage along the roadside next week.....just in time! He told me about a neighbour of his who did some DIY felling on the main road and had one fall on a car. Apparently, it cost the guy thousands, and that was without any injuries. Very silly! Pete would have charged him no more than £25 an hour for local work like that.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • lucielle
    • By lucielle 23rd Mar 17, 8:08 PM
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    Great news on the harness Alfie, is that for Ruby.


    All sounding very busy Dave. I need to source some cheap top soil.
    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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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 23rd Mar 17, 8:25 PM
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    I'm feeling better about my 7 trees (currently sitting in their boxes on the doorstep as I haven't had a chance to unpack them) having read Dave's post. I did plant a whole lot of hedging plants a few weeks back, but found it hard to make holes to put them in given the state of the bottom of the hedge. I'm hoping they make it.

    Unfortunately I've upset my back recently, so digging the holes for the trees I've got is going to be something of a challenge... hopefully I'll get them all in by the end of the weekend.
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 23rd Mar 17, 9:01 PM
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    Great news on the harness Alfie, is that for Ruby.


    All sounding very busy Dave. I need to source some cheap top soil.
    L
    Originally posted by lucielle




    sadly NO, its not for ruby the rebel ! she is a law unto herself and has reverted back to feral ! [total waste of a lot of "training" £s ]
    this will be for either tilly or storm [whos yet to be trained to drive !]
    basically this post traumatic spending HAS TO STOP


    mum is now in her own room and the physio's are pushing her hard.. it will be a slow process but she will get there ..
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