Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

    • By COOLTRIKERCHICK 4th Oct 14, 10:37 AM
    • 10,422Posts
    • 58,367Thanks
    Daydream fund challenge part 4
    • #1
    • 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

    Last edited by COOLTRIKERCHICK; 04-10-2014 at 12:24 PM.
    Work to live= not live to work
Page 502
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 20th Jan 20, 7:28 AM
    • 30,180 Posts
    • 103,712 Thanks
    We get our new specs this week; over 600 and I can't get the nigh-on bomb proof ones I usually have. Those are still in pretty good condition, though, so I could get them re-glazed for around 120. Only yesterday, when I was hedging in the glorious sunshine we had, the specs were knocked off my face twice in a session.

    Spoke too soon about the neighbour being sensible. He went to an estate and land agent for advice and they told him he owns the hedge because of the 'hedge and ditch presumption,' which is explained well in the PDF beyond this link:

    The above article is good, because it makes clear that the rule only applies to artificial ditches, which ours isn't, because there's always been a stream, arising naturally from issues on and above our land, all visible on old maps.

    Also visible on old maps and title docs are the braces, 'f' shaped marks, used to join two pieces of land combined to give the acreage of fields on the older maps. It would make no sense to join two pieces in separate ownership. The braces on this chap's title document align with my interpretation of the boundary and responsibilities. He doesn't know any of that yet, but having done all the research, I'm not telling him....

    I've said I'm finished with the cutting back for this season because the primroses are already coming out, so if he can do better than his present 'proof' before next winter, I'll look at it and we can go from there. He's moaning that he doesn't want a boundary dispute if he decides to sell, and I'm suggesting he gathers proper evidence before going off on one at me, so it will be interesting to see what transpires.

    Meanwhile, I'll have a word with the other landowner with whom he's been having similar problems. That chap used to own our property, and his, plus much more besides, so he'll know what's what.

    According to the Met we are -3c this morning and there's a bonfire wind coming in a day or two.....
    Last edited by Davesnave; 20-01-2020 at 9:41 AM.
    You have been warned!
    • choille
    • By choille 20th Jan 20, 10:26 AM
    • 8,278 Posts
    • 34,844 Thanks
    I had a few bonfires but haven't had my annual returning of the direct sunlight one as it's far too windy & wet.

    Going over East to get some haylage & feed & general shop today. Still tickles me that we drive right across to the other coast. About half way over you know that you are entering East as the landscape changes and you get ploughed fields and stuff.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 22nd Jan 20, 7:15 AM
    • 30,180 Posts
    • 103,712 Thanks
    I didn't wait for the wind; I had my Choille Day bonfire yesterday .... about a week late, but it was dry enough at last. Took ages to get up to temperature in the still air and dark fell by the time I'd cleared two of the four piles of hedging removed so far. It's a start anyway. Meanwhile, DW has been clearing the garden out, as everything's shooting, far too early really.

    Had to pause things a bit last week when toothache struck. Apparently, a big one suddenly died, so now it's root canal work; either a private specialist at 600 or take my chance on the NHS for 65. The difference is more than a cement mixer and a car service, so I'm going economy, but the success rate is only 80%.

    DD2 flew out to India again last Friday to meet more of the family and buy stuff for Wedding2 in June. So far, they've only done sight-seeing. Seems a little warmer out there.....

    Last edited by Davesnave; 22-01-2020 at 6:41 PM. Reason: Wrote wrong daughter....well, I knew it was one of 'em!
    You have been warned!
    • choille
    • By choille 24th Jan 20, 10:53 PM
    • 8,278 Posts
    • 34,844 Thanks
    Rained yet again & low cloud yurk.

    Hope the dental thing got resolved Dave.

    Spent a while getting glue off some glazed doors upstairs - what a thrilling job that was.....not. The masking tape was left on too long.

    We are thinking of a wood burner upstairs & would welcome any recommendations. I've before but it's taken so long to get to this stage I forget what everyone said. They all seem to have this log storage thing underneath which I'm not that smitten on but OH likes them.

    Just put in some halogen bulbs that give off a definate orange glow - described on the box as a soft white light and for decoration only Made In China - They are going back to Screw Fix next week. OH bought them - he can take them back in!
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 26th Jan 20, 8:59 PM
    • 30,180 Posts
    • 103,712 Thanks
    No resolution to the tooth thing till February, choille, but the odd thing is it's not hurting at all. She drilled it out without any anaesthetic though, so it must be dead. I guess they filled it with an antibiotic paste or similar, to kill the bugs.

    Wood burners are usually worth spending a little more on. Different brands have their supporters, but ours is a good old made in Deb'n Woodwarm and very few people complain about them. Great control, no messy glass and efficiency is good. This misspelled link takes you to our fire, but the web site is a good one, giving people's real experiences:

    Just remember every location is different, as is every flue, so some people's gripes may be the fault of the fitting and not the fire.

    Here at the ranch, we've started to tidy up and draw a scale plan even though the re-landscaping of the front garden is some way off. We started by removing demolished concrete blocks from the front garden and placing them tidily on new ground cover in our yard below the barn where they should have gone 3 years ago!

    Also, we've turned our attention to the out-of-control eucalyptus at the front and so far managed to cut out the tops from 2 of the 3 major stems. I think I might need to tie the last one to the van. After that, we just need to cut down 8 or 9 feet of those big stems and then tackle the main trunk....which is wider than the chain saw bar..... Probably a job for Pete!

    Good result on Gumtree today. Flogged the shower screen we've found it very hard to sell due to its size and DW managed to sell a towel rail to go with it, which I was due to advertise next week.
    You have been warned!
    • choille
    • By choille 26th Jan 20, 9:32 PM
    • 8,278 Posts
    • 34,844 Thanks
    Thanks for that Dave. Yes, the messy glass thing is annoying. I can't keep the stove/boiler glass clean in the kitchen which is supposed to have an air wash thing but I can't seem to keep the glass from smoking up. I do like our boiler stove though apart from that.
    We shall have a look at the place we got that from and see what they have. Yes, I agree about price - it's worth getting a good one as a cheap one will be just

    Good with the tooth Dave - I have an appointment on Friday which I'm not looking forward to - although the dentist an Indian guy is very nice and jolly it isn't something I'm looking forward to.

    Heavy showers on & off today & a little snow that didn't lie but really cold tonight.

    Been listing on the bay tonight but not much selling - so hardly owt to wrap.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

376Posts Today

5,061Users online

Martin's Twitter