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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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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 6th Jul 17, 9:02 PM
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    Been enduring the horrors of (and the horrors at) work. Realised over the last few days when confronted by angry teenagers insisting that they were cold and refusing to take their puffa coats off (It's 30 Celsius indoors now - and significantly cooler than it was in the middle of the day when, for the first time in my life, I have been sweating like something porcine even directly in front of a fan), that the kids are so arrogant that they would rather risk heatstroke so they could have something to argue about than act like normal human beings. And the latest edict from on high is that my breaks are timed to the second and I have to record them for examination from somebody who isn't even my boss. Whilst they gave instructions to the poor cow who has worked her backside off trying to get the kids interested in plants to pull up all her hard work after the last parents' evening (and in the blistering sun) because the Head doesn't like the colour scheme and it was only ever meant to give a good impression for the Ofsted visit.

    I'm sick of the city and the people in it.

    So I'm rather excited to say I've got an interview at a rivers trust. Locally, although overlooking ponds built around the one river in the area, but there is another trust based exactly where we want to go...

    Sent Himself out to get some watermelon and goat/sheep feta for a light snack. He came back with normal soft goat cheese and galia melon. Different, but still lovely. He's being sent out at the weekend round the corner to the rehearsal studios to score a bagful of vine leaves from the vine growing up the building and I'm going to teach him to make Dolmades. After he's been dragged around the Turkish supermarket and forced to carry significantly more mini cucumbers and tomatoes than he would think to buy if he went alone.

    When we move, we will be planting a grapevine.
    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 7th Jul 17, 8:54 AM
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    hi all,
    ive been sat with patio doors open since 7am... its a blue sky belter again today so with regards a storm ?? we will see..


    my horse carriage has arrived !!
    driver came all the way from Hartlepool ! picked up carriage in Halifax and then got to here... took 5 hours and he arrived on the dot [10pm].. what a nice guy too..
    [when I was looking for a "shipper" I was put off by lots of what appeared to be ,from their feedback, a bit lack lustre in conscience ]
    as it was late , I let him kip in the spare room, cooked him a mixed grill and he was off 5.30am for his next job [reading to York !]
    so if you know of anyone looking to transport a car/caravan/bike etc in the north ,this is the guy to use... cant recommend him enough


    the carriage is better than what I thought !! feel a bit guilty as wasn't expensive and it was an old boy [farmer] retiring.. but hey ho...
    id have had his horses if I could but 10 is enough


    taking dolly to the vet today ... bit of butt dragging going on so may be the rear glands
    poor old bimble seems to be suffering in this heat, normally doesn't bother him but he's at least 12 now and not as nimble as he used to be..


    well hope you aren't boiling in your now useable conservatory dave


    have a good weekend y'all


    xx
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 7th Jul 17, 8:54 AM
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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!
    Originally posted by Chesapeake
    Yes, the electricians are here today to start putting the power in. Once they get to first fix we can have it plastered....but Mr Rod won't want to do that until the cooler autumn weather, probably.

    It does get hot in there on 25c days, but we'd not expect to be on that side of the house anyway during those, when we've always retreated tothe north-facing kitchen/diner which stays at a pretty constant 21-23c throughout good summer weather.

    In the absence of any communication from the conservatory co after we declined to pay their bill, presented last week, I took the initiative yesterday and sent them a cheque for 2/3 of the final amount, hinting that they might have to go legal to get any more.

    If we get 30m2 of extra space for that amount, I'll be reasonably happy. delighted.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Fay
    • By Fay 8th Jul 17, 6:46 AM
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    Hello everyone, I hope you're all surviving this lovely but uncomfortable to work in weather. Life is plodding along for me, some ups, some downs but generally ok or good. I've actually discovered I can now have a life and I've felt some oppression lift!

    The plants I potted up are all doing well, apart from one snowball viburnum which just curled up its toes. But given how many things I lifted one dying isn't bad. I still have more to do but I've been enjoying just being instead of always working like a mad woman lol.
    • COOLTRIKERCHICK
    • By COOLTRIKERCHICK 9th Jul 17, 11:56 AM
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    Hi all.

    Sorry I haven't posted

    It's been a roller coaster of a few months..

    We had to have our old cat PTS. She was the stray that turned up at our back door 5 years ago..on the same day we had a kitten .then last Friday. That kitten we took to the vets to be neutured and there was complications and sadly we lost her

    We have her 6 month old son and her 3 ten week old kittens her. ( her 6 month old Tom got neutured on the same day too)

    We also have 2 litters of piglets here 19 of them all together ..

    Sold out big van to try and cut costs back (but I think we are regretting that already) so only got the transit now.

    No work done on the house etc. Just concentrating on trying to make a living selling on eBay and farm auctions etc.

    Slowing finding my feet on what plants to sell on eBay and farm auctions. So need to start propergating stock for next year..
    This year with the plants it's def been no organisation and just winging it. Especially as the garden is a total mess lol..

    So fingers crossed will be able to buy plastic etc for the 42ft polytunnel we got for free.
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    • lucielle
    • By lucielle 9th Jul 17, 3:29 PM
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    Great to hear from you CTC. Hope things pick up and get busy for you. Can you look ahead to Christmas and start planting things to make wreathe etc with?
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 11th Jul 17, 2:49 PM
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    Hi all.

    Sorry I haven't posted

    It's been a roller coaster of a few months..
    Originally posted by COOLTRIKERCHICK
    I'm sure everyone understands CTC. It's not easy producing stuff to sell in conditions which are 'make-do' ....Tell me about it! Here, I've got away with not having a shade area.... up to now, but this year, things fried!

    Sorry to hear about your moggies; at least it sounds as if you have plenty of new life there to distract you too.

    We finally got the conservatory wired to first fix yesterday, not Friday as originally promised , so there's 'just' plastering before we lay the floor covering in there. Mr Rod has been in touch, but not in a manner where he can be pinned down....more sort of ouija board at this stage!

    The Market on Saturday was pants. It's dying on its feet. Sad, but if people don't come, the important vendors, like meat & fish, drift away. Then people think it's not worth turning-up for a few cake stalls and plants etc, so the footfall falls further!

    Reasonably good quantities of rain are falling here as I type, bringing an end to the drought in these parts, though probably doing little for the lack of ground water. Will I get to fish tomorrow??? Maybe!

    I've finally got all the squash & courgettes in, somewhat late, as the sciatica has been limiting me. I think it's finally on the mend, thanks to taking 2 days easy, rather than trying to push myself through the pain barrier. They do say it takes about 6-8 weeks to go. I think I can trace the problem back to Mid May, when our builder was in a bad mood over mistakes he'd made. Foolishly, I didn't ask for his help; just quietly moved all the very heavy flooring materials myself, and I knew then that I'd overdone it back-wise. Sheets of 8'x4' x 3/4 are too much for me now....

    Won't happen again!
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 11th Jul 17, 4:09 PM
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    Dave, sciatica is one form of pain that responds very, very well to certain exercises. I still get it, and it gets mingled in with my proto-MS demyelination thingy, but I can almost get rid of the sciatica in a few days with some regular leg stretches and back exercise. I scorn most medical intervention (I used to teach some of those incompetent fools, which is scary) much preferring placing myself in the hands of my favourite vet , but those sciatica-treating moves are the wolfs nads for swiftly getting rid of it. There are internet guides too; if they work a bit, go see a physio for a proper regime to be worked out. Worf a go!

    Here, it has rained. Grand total of 2mm in a week. Tumbleweed passes, Mexicans hide under sombreros, buzzards circle, and a lone rider can be seen on the sierra horizon, spurs glinting. Trouble coming! After Norfolk show got 90mm in a day, Norwich got another 80 the following Thursday. We are 12miles away... we got none! The higher fields (a bit, but it is Norfolk), are bone dry, but we are saved by the water meadow, which is green and bounteous.

    I went out in the sun to dig a well, and got full blown heatstroke. Bit thick of me, to be blunt. I did find water in a field where I want it, and only had to dig down four or five feet... I ended up shakey, fainty, wobbly and very, very red. Firm telling off from my personal medic. She went out in the sun the next day, cleared a patio of weeds, and moved some slabs.... and came in shakey etc.. Pair of twits!

    Best bit of the show was last night, when it was all over, coming back in twilight, going and reuniting all our sheep, who all gathered around us, then sprawled out for a snooze and a cud-chew. So we two joined in for a snooze.

    I didn't keep up with hedge watering enough during that week, so some of it is suffering. There is really too much to do, getting the place the way we want, so the isn't enough time for routine jobs like lawn mowing. Oh, and yet to even start on the house! That starts in September. Possibly.

    Sorry about sad felines, CTC. It's been a while since we had a cat go, but I still feel it. But, more moggies now, and they are glorious.

    Glad the plants are OK, Fay. Keep up with the watering, and pot them up as they grow.

    (Speak of the devil; it's raining! Brief, but welcome)

    Delighted conservatory is working out Dave. Worth it in the end!

    Rain now stopped, but must have been at least a nanometer...
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 12th Jul 17, 8:23 AM
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    Dave, sciatica is one form of pain that responds very, very well to certain exercises.....Worf a go!
    Originally posted by DaftyDuck
    Yes, I've been doing a few, but I ought to do more. Pure laziness. Also it's been quite handy having an 'excuse' in the hot weather which is genuine!

    Kafka Time....
    A while back, I complained to the council that they'd instigated a change in our address via the PO in 2013, but hadn't yet used it themselves on official correspondence.

    Next, a nice, jobsworth-type lady rang me to say that we could have the nice new address I'd shown them, but it would cost £31 to alter their records.

    "Err, but it was you lot who asked for the change! There were 2 houses in the same post code, different roads, with the same address, and after about 24 years, someone noticed!"

    "Oh, yes, well, there was some correspondence on addresses between us and the PO a few years ago.....but I don't have the details."

    I did. I sent the Street Numbering & Naming Dept a copy of the letter from the PO telling me that my address had to change on the Council's say-so. It was a much nicer address, two lines shorter.

    I added at the end. "This is the address we have used for the past four years and the one which everyone we deal with now uses. It's also there on all the automatic look-ups for the post code. We shall continue to use it.

    Naturally, it is for the Council to decide how long they wish to retain and use an address which became outdated at their behest some time ago. From here, such action looks logically inconsistent."

    Yesterday we received a letter from the council using our new address, saying we could keep it.

    That was nice of them. No mention of £31.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 12th Jul 17, 9:38 AM
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    .... You missed the opportunity to bill them £30:96.....
    • Chesapeake
    • By Chesapeake 13th Jul 17, 7:20 PM
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    We've had loads of rain down here! It's still very hot and muggy but we're getting a couple of days of rain for every 5-6 days of sun which is working out quite nicely.

    Trying to sum up the energy to return to the allotment, I'm determined to use winter to get it in a fit and proper state for some proper growing next year. I think the polytunnel will be dedicated to tropical fruit, going to get a partner for the kiwi so we get some fruit from it

    Sorry to hear about your cats CTC, it's never easy to lose a pet. At least you have lots of kittens to keep you occupied!
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 13th Jul 17, 8:16 PM
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    Heard back from the MD of the conservatory company, who, from saying he would 'look at compensating you for your disappointment' at our site meeting, now writes. 'I do not think compensation is justified.' Obviously his looking didn't include the fact that they broke the contract; something that won't go down well if we go to independent arbitration.

    We've said that's where this will probably have to go next, as it's a waste of time holding further discussions with him. He can set it up. We don't think small claims will look at it until we've exhausted all avenues. We also don't think he'll risk small claims!

    I know we've had less rain than you Chesapeake, but I went fishing last night on the back of what we did have. However, not a touch in 3 hours!

    I fell off the bank as well, thanks to the Himalayan balsam that Pete's supposed to be controlling, which hid where the edge was very effectively. I went straight down 5' or 6' leaving my rod behind somehow, but instead of falling into the expected deep pool, I ended-up in a nettle bed, completely dry and unharmed, just rather stung. Wot a twit! It's a very long time since I last made a basic error like that, waterside.

    Pete spotted me whilst on his tractor, came over and told me how wild he was with the posh fishermen on the larger river who'd blocked his gateway with their cars. "But just you watch, I'll have them now!" He went off with his grass cutter attached, and two minutes later he was thrashing his way down the riverbank with it, probably scaring the fish silly! As I left, two old guys with rods were making their way across the road into a different field!!
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Chesapeake
    • By Chesapeake 15th Jul 17, 5:41 PM
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    Heard back from the MD of the conservatory company, who, from saying he would 'look at compensating you for your disappointment' at our site meeting, now writes. 'I do not think compensation is justified.' Obviously his looking didn't include the fact that they broke the contract; something that won't go down well if we go to independent arbitration.

    We've said that's where this will probably have to go next, as it's a waste of time holding further discussions with him. He can set it up. We don't think small claims will look at it until we've exhausted all avenues. We also don't think he'll risk small claims!

    I know we've had less rain than you Chesapeake, but I went fishing last night on the back of what we did have. However, not a touch in 3 hours!

    I fell off the bank as well, thanks to the Himalayan balsam that Pete's supposed to be controlling, which hid where the edge was very effectively. I went straight down 5' or 6' leaving my rod behind somehow, but instead of falling into the expected deep pool, I ended-up in a nettle bed, completely dry and unharmed, just rather stung. Wot a twit! It's a very long time since I last made a basic error like that, waterside.

    Pete spotted me whilst on his tractor, came over and told me how wild he was with the posh fishermen on the larger river who'd blocked his gateway with their cars. "But just you watch, I'll have them now!" He went off with his grass cutter attached, and two minutes later he was thrashing his way down the riverbank with it, probably scaring the fish silly! As I left, two old guys with rods were making their way across the road into a different field!!
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Hmmm Seems like the MD reckons now he has fixed the job he can push for full payment.... probably thinks you'll forgive him and have magically "lost" all records of previous convo's etc!

    Our reservoir is waaaay down, the dog has to run across 10-20ft of mud to swim in the water now, hopefully a few more weeks with rainfall and it will start rising again. The herons have buiggered off but the swans have 3 lovely goslings swimming around with them.

    Fishermen... hmmm... I used to fish on the banks of my local river when I was a kid but now I walk the dog round the reservoir I'm less friendly. Whoever owns the land has cut big sections of trees down from the banks and cleared water weeds out to create a bunch of fishing spots, the fishermen leave rubbish and crap around and are very anti-dog as they are paranoid about them scaring the fish.

    Saying that I'd love to find a bit of land with decent water frontage so I can put in a few water turbines for power and fish a bit myself. Not so convinced I'd want to let others fish there though, there's nothing like being a hypocrite!
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 16th Jul 17, 9:32 AM
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    Hmmm Seems like the MD reckons now he has fixed the job he can push for full payment.... probably thinks you'll forgive him and have magically "lost" all records of previous convo's etc!
    Originally posted by Chesapeake
    He's only fixed the structure his firm provided, which wasn't what we asked for in the first place, and as his firm altered the original spec without bothering to gain our permission in writing, they broke the contract's T&C.

    Helpfully, he provided an additional estimate for altering things to the way we wanted them (!) so we used this to determine how much not to pay him.

    After our experience with them, there was no way we would have allowed his firm to do the alteration anyway!
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • COOLTRIKERCHICK
    • By COOLTRIKERCHICK 16th Jul 17, 6:06 PM
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    Talking about fishing... Hubby and I were talking about digging out his old fishing rods (side thought moment😇&#128518 and going are fishing again...

    Been pithing it down here. So didn't go to the small poultry/and crap sale yesturday. So been listing on eBay.
    Work to live= not live to work
    • Chesapeake
    • By Chesapeake 16th Jul 17, 10:09 PM
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    I do love sea fishing, a large part of my plans for self sufficiency involve a lot of mackerel fishing off the shore here... there's nothing likely freshly caught mackerel bbq'd with butter and garlic... nom nom nom!
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 18th Jul 17, 9:02 PM
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    CTC can I join you all again?

    Things have moved on in my life and I've spent the year tweaking things to live as self sufficiently as possible.

    I inherited last year which enabled us to buy an old stone pit house. It is tiny but I've made it into a home by renewing the small kitchen and installing a multifuel stove.

    What brings me back to you is that today is my very first day on my allotment plot. Our allotments are right at the back of the yard so it kind of feels like it's my kitchen garden. DH has sources fencing for chickens so they are on the cards too.

    This is it. It won't get better than this for me. I've somehow scrabbled together a way of life and a means to living that life. It might not be the conventional dream but I'm excited and raring to go!
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 18th Jul 17, 9:44 PM
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    I've somehow scrabbled together a way of life and a means to living that life.
    Originally posted by fuddle
    That's pretty much how it is for all of us, fuddle, however large or small our plots. We scrabble along, getting some things right, and our little successes keep us going. It's good to hear you got your plot in the end.

    So, welcome back. Just post as much as you want here, when you want. I'm sure CTC has the thread permanently set to "open all hours"... There's no age limit and you don't even need to take your boots off.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 18th Jul 17, 9:47 PM
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    OK who nicked our rain?

    *Edit: Coverack!!!

    Thunderstorms, they said, torrential downpours!


    We had about half an hour of normal rain, interspersed with drizzle.

    Tried to work out the storm water drainage this afternoon while we had some of the wet stuff. The previous owner laid two soak away pipes to separate downpipe gully traps, but both pipes go uphill at one point and I have no idea where they end up. They were both blocked at the uphill bit, so it was either a very clever way to trap silt, or, more likely, just a lash-up.
    Last edited by Davesnave; 18-07-2017 at 10:20 PM.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • simplelivingcottage
    • By simplelivingcottage 19th Jul 17, 12:49 PM
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    Hello all,

    Popping in to join. I don't have anything amazing as an allotment, just a super small scrap of space. I think you'd call it a courtyard but its got grass on it! Hoping to get a small greenhouse put in next year (of freecycle just need to add some glass that was broken) as the other half hates looking out of the bedroom window and all he see's is the tomato plants! Plus they make a right smell when you close the curtains. Needs must though you understand how else can I dream of mountains of soup with the small two tomatoes I get!

    Anyway I'm yibbering because I'm hoping to up root some of my potatoes this week. I only have three tubs but I really want to keep the potatoes as long as possible and wondered where everyone keeps them? I used to keep them in a corner cupboard which gets no light when the doors are closed but last year (the first year I grew potatoes) they ended up sprouting super quick! In a matter of a month and that was it. Am I doing something wrong/anyone got any tips? I don't have anything like a cellar or a garage (as our's is super super damp!) just the kitchen I can use really.

    Thanks for any help and letting me yibber!
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