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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 16th Jun 17, 10:45 PM
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    have you had rain dave ?? not a drop here !
    Originally posted by alfie 1
    Hardly anything. They had some a week or so ago down south, which I could see on the river cam in Tavistock, but we were still dropping then, and we've dropped further since.

    The garden is still OK, because we watered the whole of it once, but I'm not inclined to do that again now that shortages could be on the horizon. Stuff is going over fast.

    Still, this is a magical time of year. I'm wandering about until 10pm, just soaking it all up. Tonight, I found a badger had been digging in the orchard, but I couldn't understand why, until some bees began emerging from the hole!

    The unwell hen is still with us and the canker is receding, but it'll be touch and go, I think. There isn't anyone better than our vet when it comes to chicken knowledge, but she no longer has any herself due to the number of other stray animals she's adopted; she's a terrible softie!
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • lucielle
    • By lucielle 18th Jun 17, 10:24 PM
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    Not much happening here. DS1 managed to hit the 300 mark on the shearing front. I really don't know how he does it.


    DD2 failed her theory test but we've hopefully got a great car for her when she gets it all passed.


    DD! and I are off up north a week tomorrow and I can't wait. Bagged myself one of those ragforks so thanks for the link.
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 18th Jun 17, 11:18 PM
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    DD2 failed her theory test but we've hopefully got a great car for her when she gets it all passed.
    Originally posted by lucielle
    I lost count of how many times our DD2 failed the computer simulation part, but it didn't matter much, because she was still 6 or 7 years from having a car. No one knew why. She had all the practice stuff and passed every time on that.

    It was just so infuriating that they kept making her do the theory test again and again, when she'd passed it three or four times.

    Too hot here to do a lot, but I tried. Felt unwell at lunchtime, so went to bed for an hour. The sick feeling soon passed. I shold know better than paint a white wall in the full glare of midday sun!

    A friend gave me some squash, which would have been very nice, had they not been infested with spider mite. Now I'll have to see how far they wandered before I realised; Mites aren't a great thing to have in a polytunnel. I do have a 'nuclear option' spray left over from the bad old days of strawberry farming, but I'd rather not use it.

    Sitting quietly, taking pictures of the sunset in a field across the road tonight, I suddenly realised I wasn't alone. She was about 80m away and I hoped she'd come closer, but I was up-wind and obviously smell bad!

    http://imgur.com/a/CjXY9
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 20th Jun 17, 12:08 AM
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    Hardly anything. They had some a week or so ago down south, which I could see on the river cam in Tavistock, but we were still dropping then, and we've dropped further since.

    The garden is still OK, because we watered the whole of it once, but I'm not inclined to do that again now that shortages could be on the horizon. Stuff is going over fast.

    Still, this is a magical time of year. I'm wandering about until 10pm, just soaking it all up. Tonight, I found a badger had been digging in the orchard, but I couldn't understand why, until some bees began emerging from the hole!

    The unwell hen is still with us and the canker is receding, but it'll be touch and go, I think. There isn't anyone better than our vet when it comes to chicken knowledge, but she no longer has any herself due to the number of other stray animals she's adopted; she's a terrible softie!
    Originally posted by Davesnave

    You're even closer than I thought to our Intended Location (albeit still further up) if you're looking at Tavy's cameras.

    I'm just miffed at still being stuck up here with the concrete and chicken boxes as street decorations.


    The Leafcutters have finally started nesting again. I thought they'd all been lost during the winter rain and cold - they seem quite miffed with the Masons taking over the larger tubes on the bee houses (ordinarily they stick to the little ones).

    Managed to lock myself out today. I remembered the three bunches of about 45 keys for work, but forgot the one key I needed to get back in. After 45 minutes roasting and burning on the paving in front of the door, Himself turned up to say he was taking the bins out and the door slammed behind him without having picked up his keys or phone. So he'd 'gone for a walk'.

    He rather swiftly deposited me in the pub whilst he retrieved a spare key from a friend, particularly as I had no money or bank card on me because he'd borrowed it and forgotten to give it back the evening before. If I'd had the money/card, I'd have been down the pub within a minute of realising he wasn't indoors/answering the door to me.

    He's been studiously watering the potted plants for me this evening without even having to ask for him to help me - he's done it all. Which is good, as I'm definitely feeling a bit crispy from sitting on a glorified storage heater in full sun for so long. And I'm still unreasonably miffed that he got locked out when I've explained before he needs to throw the catch whenever he walks out the door. Especially when I've forgotten my keys as well.

    Yes, I do know that's hypocritical. But it's still 30 degrees in here, despite having had the blinds shut all day and a fan going. So I'm entitled to be shirty on the quiet. Honest.
    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 21st Jun 17, 8:16 AM
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    You're even closer than I thought to our Intended Location (albeit still further up) if you're looking at Tavy's cameras.
    Originally posted by Jojo the Tightfisted
    Quite a bit further up. We aren't posh, like the folk in the Duke of Bedford's town, nor are we as well-to-do as the other lot on the edge of the other Moor, around Dulverton

    How times change! I used to think of Dulverton as a bit too rough to visit for dances in my youth, although I went a few times with my mate, who was well over 6' 6" and built like the proverbial brick thunderbox. The farmers' lads were somewhat...err....neanderthal, and didn't want us to steal their women. However, I can't remember the ladies at all, so maybe they succeeded!
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 21st Jun 17, 5:09 PM
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    Quite a bit further up. We aren't posh, like the folk in the Duke of Bedford's town, nor are we as well-to-do as the other lot on the edge of the other Moor, around Dulverton

    How times change! I used to think of Dulverton as a bit too rough to visit for dances in my youth, although I went a few times with my mate, who was well over 6' 6" and built like the proverbial brick thunderbox. The farmers' lads were somewhat...err....neanderthal, and didn't want us to steal their women. However, I can't remember the ladies at all, so maybe they succeeded!
    Originally posted by Davesnave

    I don't think the farmers' lads have changed much - OH had the same opinion of the ones he went to school with.

    One of my me-and-my-big-mouth moments when I was a mere slip of a thing in my twenties was sitting in a boozer on the top of the moor - when a bunch of pale faced teenagers, all looking serious in their black clothes, Therapy? T Shirts and dyed hair walked in as one - for protection, much like Starlings, I suspect. I'd had a couple of drinks, it being very warm (well warm for that elevation, anyway) and I let out an almighty 'AWWWWWW, LOOK! BABY GOTHS! HOW SWEET!'

    I probably traumatised a generation of the moor's future artists and musicians in one go.
    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 23rd Jun 17, 6:44 PM
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    I've been a bit out of the loop in what's been a difficut and surreal week, ranging from extreme heat to a point today when I had to go inside for a jumper.....

    Two members of our extended 'family' died within hours of each other; neither unexpected, but one sort of unbelievable, considering she was still on holiday in Europe at this time last week.... It was the big C. She bravely decided to go for it with a quick trip to the Alps, returning just in time to pass-away at home, exactly as she'd planned. She was 7 years younger than me in temporal terms and probably 25 years younger in spirit.

    Our other loss was an old uncle, well into his 90s and several years away with the fairies, but cheerful with it. He had quite a charmed life, managing to work for less than half of it; always having many more interesting things to do than graft!

    Before hearing the sad news, on Tuesday I was very silly and frivolously took off on an 'adventure' into the virtually unexplored part of our valley here. I suppose I was frustrated at not having done this sooner, but I didn't prepare properly, beyond covering myself head to foot in Deet.

    So, despite all the horse-flies, I didn't get bitten, but other mishaps befell me after I left the 'proper' path. I covered only 1/2 a mile, but eventually I had to give up because the nettles, brambles and bogs were just too much. I was a mess, with so many nettle stings and scratches it felt like there was an electric current going through my legs. Should've worn boots and long sleeves.

    Wednesday & ThursdayI was grounded and on anti-histamines.

    Years ago, that area was used for war games and paintballing, but now it's gone back to nature. I spoke to the owner this morning, who said, "You were brave, haven't been right down there for years!"

    No, I was daft, not brave, but I'll be going back better equipped next time......It's quite something, having such a great natural habitat on the doorstep.....and virtually free fishing, if you can get there!
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 23rd Jun 17, 11:57 PM
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    hi all
    sorry to hear of your losses.
    I too lost a very dear old friend, I may have mentioned him... he was a very large grand gentleman who was absolutely nuts but had a heart of gold.. well in his 80s he sadly suddenly passed away... if ever I asked "how are you john" he always said "oh im fine, talk about something more interesting " !!
    he led such a rich adventurous life... the local yacht club was not enamoured with him after he renamed his river boat SPLIFF
    he would fight in anyones corner for them..
    I will sorely miss him..


    it was a bit cooler here today.. its been well into the 30s all week !!


    we lost 3 koi think it was the sheer heat and oxygen loss in the pond ! we kept a hose running and got another pump going and fingers crossed ......


    ive decided a courier can fetch the horse carriage from Halifax.. works out same price if I did it, I just don't have the loooong trip and the hassle. !
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 25th Jun 17, 8:54 AM
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    ive decided a courier can fetch the horse carriage from Halifax.. works out same price if I did it, I just don't have the loooong trip and the hassle. !
    Originally posted by alfie 1
    Very wise IMO. If it doesn't fit inside a big van.....


    We have Glastonbury wood. Our log persons normally supply to Glasto, and they spent hours in the heat cutting them, but then the person due to collect didn't show..... So, they're now in our wood shed!

    I suppose roaring bonfires might have been seen as a problem with the countryside tinder-dry. We've had rain, but only enough to spoil my painting on the gable end, which I've repaired rather than re-render.

    I'm not surprised about your koi. They need plenty of oxygen in the heat. I wonder how the trout manage, with the river running through gaps only about 4' wide in places, there's that little flow.

    Conservatory co back tomorrow......maybe.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 27th Jun 17, 10:06 PM
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    and today we had rain.... not a lot tho... more mizzley for a few hours but enough to wet the ground... cant beat natural water for the pot plants ..


    been backwards and forwards to vets the last 2 weeks with friends cats..
    jack.. swollen ears [fluid] had to operated on and button stitched all over to re attach skin to cartilage [£500]
    pugwash... kitten with sore eye.. [£50]
    harry.. urine infection [£80]


    as there are 15 cats and 5 kittens at the moment that live in a mansion in luxury, it was like buses... 3 came at once !!!


    all on the mend now we hope ...


    bimble has learnt he can fit through the cat flap !! not one but two ! [one from utility to hall, and hall to back door] he is a right little fatso so not sure how he does it !! but when ive put the bin bags out he decides to go check them out !! he tries to creep off un-noticed when I catch him ..........


    tomorrow is cover the chooks in louse powder and spray legs then clean and spray all the houses... cant wait !!
    then farrier in the afternoon...
    im gonna smell lovely by T time...
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 27th Jun 17, 10:36 PM
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    Just back from setting up at the Royal Norfolk... downed a bottle between us to recover, mainly from being drowned in a deluge all day. Thunder, lightning, downpour, the full works. The marquees are flooding, the main rings are drenched, vehicles are already stuck in the mud, animals that have been bathed within an inch of their pretty lives are now covered in a beautifying mud-pack... it was so wet, we all gave up on the waterproof clothes, and just got on in shirts and shorts.

    The fields are a quagmire, even before the great unwashed are allowed to arrive. Felt more like Glastonbury. Oh well, at least the pigs were happy!

    Yet... yet... less than ten miles away, we who are parched, whose fields are dustbowl-dry.... NOTHING!!!! BLOO_DY NOTHING!!!!

    I mean, seriously, whattya gotta do for some rain? Who do I bribe?

    Oh well, back tomorrow early. At least we aren't staying on the showground in a caravan. Tomorrow isn't forecast so wet, so we can get everything clean & shiny tomorrow!

    Of course, it might snow...

    Conservatory progress, Dave? Fingies crossed!
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 28th Jun 17, 12:37 AM
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    We mostly give the chooks a big dust bath in a box, lace it with loads of diatom powder and let them get on with killing their own lice.

    I bumped-off the other hen with canker tonight, as the pills weren't curing her. Shan't try to save any more, if they catch that.

    Conservatory men have returned and done their best, fixing the box gutter correctly at last, although I had to prod them all the way. With further prodding, they also liaised properly with our builder, and between them they managed to sort out the rest of the guttering / fascias along the back of the house.

    Too tired to write more tonight, but I hope the Show goes well, Dafty. We have continuous rain here tonight. Genuinely useful, but it probably won't reach the rivers.....
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 1st Jul 17, 11:11 AM
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    1st of july !!!!


    where has 6 months gone ...


    im going to try and make a concerted effort to make sure I DO something of note each month.. I hit the big 6 0 this year and I need to stop being complaicent... all the things I have intended to do, talk of doing and then it sits on the back burner...
    im determined now after a week of bl**dy hard work and hence , now a lot of back pain ...
    the weather is cooler but still hitting 20's so intend to crack on with this garden if it kills me !! probably will but hey ho ....


    ok so ive had my "whinge" and feel better so sorry folks, you got butt end of it ...


    hope you all have a good weekend
    • Chesapeake
    • By Chesapeake 1st Jul 17, 8:55 PM
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    Evening all, sounds like most of you have had the same as us down here, roasting heat followed by deluges of rain.

    I've done sod-all with the allotment but I spent all last weekend planning my future haha. Have been looking into agro-forestry, forest gardens etc and figuring out what to do once I actually buy some land. Planning on a nice comfy sofa is probably by far the easiest bit!

    Plans for my side-company are coming along very well so hopefully in a couple of years that will provide an income which will make all this a reality...
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 1st Jul 17, 10:56 PM
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    1st of july !!!!
    where has 6 months gone ...
    Originally posted by alfie 1
    I sat eating breakfast this morning, thinking much the same.

    Well, at least we have a completed conservatory and it looks OK. The chaps finished yesterday lunchtime and we parted on good terms, but they left empty-handed as regards payment, not that they were bothered. I gave them something for a drink on the way home, and they gave me some materials to sort out another building problem.

    It's their boss we have to negotiate with now!

    I hope the back lets you get on with the garden, alfie. I've been suffering with what might be sciatica for the past month or two, so I'm aware now of how these things can flare up, apparently without much provocation. My 'issue' doesn't stop me working; it just kicks-in occasionally, making me yell when I bend, or when I sit down, or drive the car....Sciatica's supposed to go away after a while, but this hasn't. so I might have to see the quack if it's still there the end of the month.


    Chesapeake, this is the wrong time of year to be planning on the sofa, but I'll admit tonight wasn't much good out of doors. Came home over the low moors and couldn't even see the 100' wind turbines close to the road, the mist was that thick. July? We've had the heating on!
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • pink poppy
    • By pink poppy 2nd Jul 17, 1:31 PM
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    Another one wondering where the year has gone...

    We should have been moving this year so I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself thinking about what could have been. The plan is still to move this time next year (or thereabouts), but my eldest DD has started talking about moving to Bristol to do a Masters so that might complicate matters a bit financially. Very exciting for her though.

    It's been far too hot and dry to attempt any gardening, followed by quite a bit of rain, so my garden is a mess and full of weeds. The bane of my life is elders springing up everywhere. I can't pull them out and they grow through bushes and hedges so it's impossible to dig them out either. I've resorted to just cutting them down as much as possible.

    Dave, that's great that you have finally got your conservatory how you want it. I know the saga isn't quite over, but hopefully you can enjoy using it now. Hope the sciatica clears off soon.
    MFW...
    Caledonia dreamin' ...
    Making it happen...
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 4th Jul 17, 7:24 AM
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    The plan is still to move this time next year (or thereabouts), but my eldest DD has started talking about moving to Bristol to do a Masters so that might complicate matters a bit financially. Very exciting for her though.
    Originally posted by pink poppy
    DD2's education was what scuppered our plans to go and rent in Wales after we sold our house. When the house didn't sell quickly in the Crash, she pre-empted further delays for herself by enrolling on an intermediate course at the local college, thus tying us to the city for a further year.

    In fact that's probably the main reason why we're here, not there. (The other reason being interference from prejudiced Outlaws. )

    DD2's fiance has just finished his masters in Bristol, which certainly wasn't the cheapest location for them to rent. Competition for the better places is intense because of the student influx.

    Of course, hailing from the city next door, I can't see what all the fuss is about!

    Yes, we're using the conservatory, although it still needs plastering and a floor covering. Sat out there last night, eating dinner, with the swallows and house martins providing their usual aerial displays. Wonderful!
    Last edited by Davesnave; 04-07-2017 at 7:28 AM.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 5th Jul 17, 6:52 PM
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    hi all


    super weather here again..


    albeit storms predicted for Friday so we will see, a good downpour over night will give the hay fields a good needed boost..


    mums off to a hotel for a week next Wednesday with an equally aged cousin [haven't seen each other for a few years, just postal/phone contact] its a macmillan hotel ! nurses there but not in uniform, not cheap but will feel safe there.
    so im "taxi" to get her there


    im trying to book my trip to Cyprus but getting confused ... as its northern Cyprus [Turkish] theres no direct flight that's within £s.. so its a stopover in Istanbul [hrs !]
    I can fly to S. Cyprus but then 2hr drive for friends to pick me up and at stupidoclock middle of night !
    think im going to get a travel agent to sort it... they can just present me with options and I will point at one that suits


    the sun is still belting in here at nearly 7pm ....
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 6th Jul 17, 1:44 AM
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    hi all

    super weather here again..
    Originally posted by alfie 1
    I was over your way....well, Wimborne....on Tuesday, and it was way too warm and humid for me. I'm used to a bit of a breeze!

    I find the same when I go down to Exeter and beyond. It's amazing what a difference 25 miles makes. I'd never get anything done if I lived in the area along and behind the Jurassic Coast!

    Hope you get your holiday worked-out. You deserve a break.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Chesapeake
    • By Chesapeake 6th Jul 17, 1:01 PM
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    Ahh Dave I've just realised your conservatory is getting finished, that must be such a relief! We have a tiny 6'x6' tagged onto the back of our flat as the back porch and it gets the morning sun so by 7.30am it acts as a radiator heating the whole bloody flat. Good in winter but not so much in summer!

    The weekend I spent on the sofa it was bloody miserable down here in West Cornwall, got two days of roasting weather right now which makes work sweaty and horrible. Lifting lots of heavy stuff in 25 degrees plus sucks! Luckily it is beer and I get to take some home to drink at the end of the day
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