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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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    • Chesapeake
    • By Chesapeake 29th May 17, 6:01 PM
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    Evening all

    It sounds like you are all keeping busy haha. I've had 3-4 weeks of not being able to do much due to family visiting and then a trip to Scotland which means we didn't get anything done on the allotment before the growth spurt started.

    Been up there today building some raised beds and trying to clear some of the weeds. Somehow 3-4ft tall nettles/grass/weeds have managed to spring up all over since we were last there. My 6yr old nephew is arriving tomorrow and he loves chopping stuff up with shears so we're going to take him up there and let him loose!

    Our kiwi plant is loving life, it has grown from a 12" stub to a 7ft monster in the last weeks so it may even fruit We also found several small frogs jumping around so at least some of the frog spawn must have hatched before the pond went dry. We've realised we will have to totally dig up the pond and re-line it as it never holds water for more than 2 days without rain.

    All this hasn't put me off having a smallholding, it has just reinforced my belief that having space to operate small machinery would make life so much easier!
    • lucielle
    • By lucielle 29th May 17, 8:50 PM
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    Well that's County Show out of the way. Will have to wait and see if it provides any new leads or customers. Absolutely cream crackered so off to bed shortly.


    Weather was showery and quite cold which I think may have put a few people off.


    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

    DFD Before we Die!!!! Long Haul Supporter #124
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 29th May 17, 11:00 PM
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    Lazy day today, as the eventual rain and a little bit of thunder and lightning last night did my main job for me for a change.

    The soil in the permanently shaded side of the garden is always moist and full of plants, but the side that actually gets sunlight, so has to be used for veggies and fruit is always drying up, despite the vast amounts of cover I've ended up with - some of it weeds, some of it wildflowers where it's apparent that Himself scattered seeds exactly where I didn't tell him to chuck them - but it's not too hard to tell the difference between herbs and red dead nettle. I'd have murdered him had he planted mint out there - it's carefully coralled in a barrel on the front path precisely because I remember the forest of mint that grew in my mother's garden along with raspberries and gooseberries where she CBA to keep on top of them.

    Mind you, she also deliberately planted a Buddleia and one of those godawful giant fir things, right in front of the kitchen window whilst moaning about the sycamore seedlings she did nothing to stop growing, so I have a feeling that she deserved everything she got, as she was told at the outset how invasive or overpowering such things were. But what would I have known? I didn't even have a garden at the time, I just read and watched programmes to learn about plants.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 30th May 17, 8:24 PM
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    hi all
    been a busy week here.
    we had the fantastic lightening show a week ago and the odd bolt since but no serious rain.. we have had enough mizzle to aid the garden tho.


    we have a sad "do" going on here in the forest at the moment
    a young lad hit a pony last week , it was thick fog and at night [he wasn't speeding, in fact half speed]. the mare broke a leg and had to be PTS.. the foal ,aprox 2-4 weeks old was stood by the mare all night and mid morning the agisters turned up, took it into the gorse and shot it !! [sorry for that]
    there has been an outcry as to why it couldn't be hand reared, it was a stocky solid fit colt.
    alas colts have no value [have to be gelded or removed from forest by 2 yrs old and the owners wont pay for that so they end up at the sales where a large % go to the meat man]
    so so sad for that poor foal, newspapers are picking up on it now and after drivers getting told how precious their livestock is to them , this stinks..


    sorry to be doom and gloom but it was so upsetting as lots of us saw the foal and would have hand reared it..
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 30th May 17, 11:34 PM
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    Oh dear, alfie. I don't know what to say. I see it's down as part of the Agisters' job description to humanely destroy animals injured in accidents, but not uninjured stock.

    Their names and phone numbers are all on-line, so I expect they have been....um....'busy.'

    Sadly, our hens are getting quite long in the tooth (?) now and I've had to cull 3 in the past month or so. Half the hybrids have gone and they're the youngest. The oldest ones, the pure breed Vorwerks and Dorkings, are still laying!

    Our builder hopes to resume again on Thursday, but he's bringing a mate to help, so it looks as if he is taking the need to slow down seriously. With building at a standstill, I've been knocking the vegetable garden into shape and planting out toms, cues etc in the polytunnel. Everything seems very late this year - I've had toms by 9th June before - but maybe it's just me being impatient.

    DW has done wonders in the flower garden, so it's quite respectable now, which is just as well, because we had a flying visit from our old neighbours yesterday, whom we'd not seen for 8 years. They were passing-by, so only stayed an hour, but it was fun, catching-up. One of them is now doing the job I used to do. Plus ca change and all that.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 2nd Jun 17, 4:37 AM
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    Can't sleep. So I'm going to go out and water the veggies whilst nursing my bucket of coffee.

    No point trying to go back to bed now.


    ETA: out of the entire street, just bumped into the next door neighbour, who is up doing housework as she can't sleep either - her body clock has been messed about by two small children (who sleep through until 8am now) and a husband who used to go to work at 4.35am every morning. So there's the pair of us out the front in dressing gowns like a pair of old scruffs, me watering flowers, her putting out rubbish, because we didn't think anybody apart from the birds and a fox on his way home would see
    Last edited by Jojo the Tightfisted; 02-06-2017 at 5:09 AM.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 2nd Jun 17, 3:44 PM
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    Just emailed somebody in Himself's old village who might have a one bed cottage by the river for rent either now or in six months.

    Fingers crossed...
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 5th Jun 17, 8:26 AM
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    Just emailed somebody in Himself's old village who might have a one bed cottage by the river for rent either now or in six months.

    Fingers crossed...
    Originally posted by Jojo the Tightfisted
    Hope you get it.... By a river sounds great. .....I'll bring my rod!

    No point in visiting the river here at present, as we've still managed to miss most of the local rain. It's often the way that the coasts and the moors get it, while we escape, but I think something pluvial is heading this way soon, and not before time.

    With builder off to put in a kitchen & bathroom elsewhere, we are free now to get the garden sorted, so I've been digging through a section formerly covered with heavy landscape fabric, adding masses of rotted former horse bedding from Horse Woman's stables and planting up courgettes and squash. Believe it or not, we've only just finished last year's squash, although they were only fit for the hens.

    We have re-planned the working garden, incorporating a new hen enclosure, as the old one won't last two more winters. This will still give each hen 6m2 of space, so it seems workable. Our current hens have too much room, as they spend 90% of the tme along only one side of their enclosures, so they can keep an eye on us and not miss anything! Never realised they'd do that when we set out the original pens.

    Any news of our Nothern Correspondent? I'm thinking of sending Kate Adie to investigate.....
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 5th Jun 17, 9:15 AM
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    Fingers crossed Jojo!

    Spent the weekend working hard in the garden (tidying up after the landscaper mostly), sawing up rotten fence posts and burning them and generally trying to clear the mountain of rubbish he's stacked up. Of course, he may have planned on using some of it, but it was fairly difficult to work out the good stuff from the bad. Some of the middle bits of the fence posts might have been ok, and I know he has been reusing, but I do need to be able to keep on top of keeping things tidy...

    I've also just fought my way back into my office - it's just about tidy enough to be able to work in, something I haven't done for a couple of months. Hopefully now the worst of it is done I'll be able to keep my work out of the rest of the house, and also make enough room in here to be able to clean it!
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 7th Jun 17, 10:31 PM
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    Any news of our Nothern Correspondent? I'm thinking of sending Kate Adie to investigate.....


    YES


    ive spoken to our "northern lass" and she is on the preverbial "naughty step"


    she wrote a comment referring to a political persons nether regions and got "excused from duties"


    she is ok tho, puppy dog is a loveable loony apparently and loves to race around along the shore there.. only about 15 weeks old [welsh collie] health is still a bu**er for OH ....


    had a good laugh about things
    she says hi to everyone , misses you all..


    ive just bought a 4 wheel carriage [ideal for weddings when restored ....not a lot to do ] BUT its in Yorkshire so I have to figure out transport


    we have had a cooler few days, odd days of bit of rain , day of high wind etc.. bit mix and match at the mo but the hay fields grass is growing well so should be a good crop this year...
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 8th Jun 17, 1:38 AM
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    There's only one thing to do when placed on the naughty step......and that's be even naughtier!

    Politics! Huh! I don't know what I'm going to do tomorrow. I'd certainly like to kick some sense into some folks' nether regions!

    At these times I often turn to the non-visual, live version of this famous sketch:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFc5kJUMFzM

    Much wind, and not really that much rain here over the last few days. Still waiting for the river to rise a little, but coming close to our first few courgettes. Yum!

    Will you be hiring the carriage out and driving it when it's restored, alfie? An ex-girlfriend of mine provides white doves for weddings, releasing them at the appropriate moment . Perhaps you and Dafty could get together.....
    Last edited by Davesnave; 08-06-2017 at 1:41 AM.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 9th Jun 17, 8:24 AM
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    "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me us into."
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 9th Jun 17, 2:10 PM
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    Why? Whaddya do? What's happening? Eh? Is it football?

    Oh, that... yeah, I stayed up and watched it until about four, when it became absolutely clear the exit poll was pretty well on the nail. I was torn between the Lovely Laura K sticking her impartial sgian-dubh into Tessie on One, and George ("Ha ha ha ah - oh I've wet myself again...") Osbourne, wielding his impartial () editorial Epee over on ITV.... I know why George is a bit miffed, but I don't know what Ms K's issue is...

    I did open a second bottle on the exit poll, and settle down for the night, but somebody made me share my wine, so I ran out around dawn. It was a good first episode, but it lacked a punchy ending. The second episode is due for airing sometime around September at a guess, and I'll have sobered up by then. Possibly.

    It makes a change for my European colleagues to be laughing at me (laughing at our "Government"), rather than me laughing at my US colleagues (laughing at their leader). I suspect we'll have matching hairstyles (and libidos) in the Top Jobs soon.. for a few weeks, maybe...

    I've had enough! Tonight I start work on the drawbridge and moat. Once completed, I declare Independence and Self-Rule. Oh, alright, it'll be a Matriarchy, and I'll do what I'm told like a good boy... so no change really

    ======================

    In the real world, weeds do grow so fast! I keep getting the blighters, and I am winning (I think). The ragwort is well under control, as are the thistles. Docks are still a score-draw, and I must get some more of them this afternoon, before they seed.

    Most of the hedging is doing really well, surprisingly so. The wild roses are even flowering in their first year, and all but one of the wild pear are thriving.

    There's not much time for much else at the moment, so it's a good idea to start doing the heating in a couple of weeks... well, that's the Man's Plan, and he's too good to lose, so we'll do that.

    Question : Do any of you know of any practical metal detectors? I'm not after treasure, but dropped bits of wire and nails, staples and the like. More complex, metal ½" pipe connectors (on plastic pipe), buried about 2 feet down. I will ask on the Tech Forum sometime, but I suspect they'll want to recommend something clever, and i want something cheap and simple....

    I can just order the second cheapest from Amazon... that's what I normally do

    Oh, I got to meet a tame, melanic barn owl a few days ago.. that was special!
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 9th Jun 17, 2:12 PM
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    she wrote a comment referring to a political persons nether regions and got "excused from duties" .........
    BLIMEY! It's a good job I don't write what I really feel, or I'd be shoved down a mineshaft then drowned in acid!

    ... looks for the newbie poster joining the thread..... >>>
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 9th Jun 17, 2:56 PM
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    ... looks for the newbie poster joining the thread..... >>>
    Originally posted by DaftyDuck
    I saw the same post yesterday on two boards, but from two IDs..... and they'd only been here a few hours.

    Sadly, it wasn't our Northern Correspondent.

    My metal detector is a Garrett, but it dates from 1976. I hope they've improved since then, because although it works well enough, it uses batteries at a rate of knots. American profligacy on a stick.

    Back in those days, the British cheapy equivalent was a C.Scope, but they don't seem to be so cheap n'cheerful now:

    http://regton.com/metal-detectors.html

    Anyway, after digging-up my first decimal coin here and observing its condition, I decided it would be a waste of time 'tecting on this acid soil. We pay for those blue hydrangeas!

    Edit: I note that C.Scope have a cheapie detector called the Bill Wyman.There are so many tasteless comments I could make about that, but I'll settle for:

    "Ideal for the more mature user, interested burying the past, rather than digging it up. Finds little, if anything, beyond 18 years old."
    Last edited by Davesnave; 09-06-2017 at 6:39 PM. Reason: Unfair comment regarding Mr Wyman who, so far as I know, never lurked in bushes.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • ukmaggie45
    • By ukmaggie45 9th Jun 17, 2:58 PM
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    Can't remember what I said now, but suspect might disappear too...
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 9th Jun 17, 7:12 PM
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    Can't remember what I said now, but suspect might disappear too...
    Originally posted by ukmaggie45
    Nah, if you were going to disappear, you'd have gone by now.

    Or was it a different argument? There are arguments all the time on some parts of this site, but I stay out of them. Let's face it, I get into enough bovver on forums like this one, giving daft people false info.....
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 10th Jun 17, 8:23 AM
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    Yes, I must remember not to ask you for advice on plants Dave

    If its any consolation i'm not sure wh you were taken seriously but then humour in written posts can be difficult to pick up on if you don't know the writer's style.

    Sunny day today, so hope to at least get the lawn (was going to say grass, but mostly it's not, probably more creeping buttercup) mowed and some weeding done. I need to do a bit of digging too, so I can get some plants in.
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 10th Jun 17, 5:40 PM
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    hi all


    our northern lass aint ere yet.......


    lovely day again today, bit breezy but lovely..
    mowed and hedge trimmed yesterday
    mowed and 2nd attempt to rig up pond pump today !
    also worked on rail repairs on railway this morning.. great but fiddley and back breaking ! theres an open day thingy next weekend for the "anoraks" train club


    my brother is visiting the forest this weekend [from kent ] in his "new" campervan and im taking mum to see them tomorrow so no doubt an enthralling tour of said vehicle will commence on arrival.....


    I have bought a 4 wheel carriage !! its in halfax [Yorkshire ] so got to go fetch it now !!
    costs to bring it here is about 300
    costs to hire vehicle is 80 plus fuel 100 plus mileage 7p pm over 150 miles +vat and a LONG DAY ...........
    so may just tow a trailer up there [just fuel plus time] may stop overnight in a b&b...





    it was a bargain so even with costs , iv seen one costing 3x's the cost


    always an adventure....
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 10th Jun 17, 6:18 PM
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    No luck with the cottage, sadly, but there's always next time - the lease is up again in a few months, and it's not the only one along that stretch.

    Think you'd love it, Dave - the river rises between Great Mis and Roos Tors - I've watched the trout and salmon in it everytime we've been down there. Think you might be able to guess the rough location from that, too.


    Trying to sum up enough enthusiasm to get in the garden in a minute. The damage was pretty bad and I've been far too tired after work this week to even think about it, especially as there hasn't been need for watering with the deluges we've had every other day.

    I'll do it once Himself has brought me another coffee, I think.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
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