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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
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    • choille
    • By choille 5th May 18, 1:37 AM
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    Dave - Hope DW is managing to take in easy. It's hard if you want to get on but must pull in the horns some times.
    I use Olbas Oil sometimes to clear the lungs - it's not a drug, quite natural and it really helps but you have to keep at it.

    Just finished clearing out the sideboard for it going away. How on earth did I manage to squeeze so much(in the main junk) stuff into it? Course I've been ages trying to find a home for all of the clutter.

    Not a very exciting weekend so far!
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 6th May 18, 4:30 PM
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    Odd noise from the stove in the sitting room. Open it up to find what looks like a hornet covered in ash. I've been burning smokeless... Slammed the door quickly and closed the vents. Another small fly-like insect fell out, which I squished and threw out of the window.

    Any ideas what to do about the hornet??
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 6th May 18, 7:36 PM
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    Any ideas what to do about the hornet??
    Originally posted by greenbee
    They are no bother out of doors. I'd just open the window, open the fire door, stand clear and see if it could fly off.

    If injured, a quick burst of fly spray. I'm not for putting it into a nursing home!
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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 6th May 18, 7:55 PM
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    They are no bother out of doors. I'd just open the window, open the fire door, stand clear and see if it could fly off.

    If injured, a quick burst of fly spray. I'm not for putting it into a nursing home!
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    I like hornets - when they live in trees. There was a nest in the dead willow last year. And I happily let wasps nest anywhere where they won't get annoyed by me.

    I'm just worried what happens if it's cross when it comes out, and if it decides to hide somewhere else instead of going out. Plus it's covered in ash, so is bound to make a hell of a mess ... Think I might leave it till tomorrow to deal with!

    If it's injured it'll have to be dealt with using a dictionary. I don't have fly spray as I don't tend to need to kill insects. Flies go out of open windows too. The only thing I usually have an issue with is spiders.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 6th May 18, 8:07 PM
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    Dave - Hope DW is managing to take in easy.
    Originally posted by choille
    We're both taking it easy, because now I have the bug too! We go out, do a bit, come in and groan at each other, fall asleep and then go out again.....Something is getting done, but very slowly.

    We're not the only ones with a bug; the posh new telly got one as well and stopped speaking to its sound bar. We called-up the service number and some bloke in the Philippines took control of it and sorted it all remotely. The guy said the TV had a virus and promised it wouldn't happen again. I don't know how he can be so sure, unless it's a known issue. Anyway, 'Bargain Hunt' in super stereo whatever again....marvellous!

    The weirdos next door get weirder. Eldest child was18 this week, announced she was going to have a new name and be transgender. Don't think Dad & Mum are happy. The other two also have issues.....one can't go anywhere crowded and the other can't go anywhere, full stop. On the plus side, they are all very quiet.

    Our new neighbour in Horse Woman's place is extremely happy with her purchase and says she feels very much at home here. Mind you, she's not had the rain & wind yet! I was in a garden centre down in Barnstaple a few days ago and felt a tinge of remorse viewing all those fancy plants I know would be just blown to bits up here.......
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    • choille
    • By choille 6th May 18, 10:13 PM
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    Well Greenbee - Best of luck. Spiders are rather good at eating flies - but a hornet is too big otherwise it would need a gut big spider to tackle it.

    It may be deaded in the morning - swallowed all the ash. They must be getting in down the stove pipe?

    Dave - that bug is doing the rounds here and folks keep getting it back. Elderly neighbour has it & I don't want it. Up there today as I am every day. Starting to feel my life has been taken over.

    The transgender thing with kids seems to be quite trendy - more than ever.
    Glad new neighbour seems quite nice. Wish we had some normal ones. Ones just moved in down the road a couple of months back - into a house right on the road and are now complaining about the traffic. The NC500 is quite annoying with the place getting treated like a race track but if you minded traffic you wouldn't ave bought a house next to a road. The weather has been quite rubbish as well and that is not going down too well with them I hear.

    Hope the bug goes - I laughed about the TV having the virus.

    Hot toddy for both you & DW Dave. I'm away to cut OH's hair - a quick run round with the clippers.
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 7th May 18, 8:16 AM
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    Gaghh! So much to catch up on, it must mean the weather is good, and I'm out every spare moment. Either that, or blind drunk.....

    Hornets... We have them in part of the roof most years so far. I removed them one year when we had a builder (remember I gave space for a builder to park his caravan up as he'd been kicked out of the marital whatnot? Chocolate teapot or what? Any job he spent a couple of hours on, I spent a day fixing! He has left...) on it, but otherwise, they buzz around quite contentedly. I do evict them from the house if they visit, and wouldn't really want them living in my stove or socks drawer. But, for the most part, they are harmless.

    I try not to kill any insects I don't have to; I killed too many in my active research days, so try to give them a break. Maybe, when it's my time to go, the Great Sky Hornet Who Must Be Praised will give me a break.

    Had another near-rush to hostipal. Phoned GP to make an appointment, receptionist took details, said it sounded urgent, put me through to GP, who took symptoms and said he had better get an ambulance out pronto, when did the symptoms start? "er... November..." But, at least I got an unheard-of same-day-seeing, so not all bad. They can't figure out why my bp (110/65) and heart rate (60) suddenly spike to 170/120 and hr 130 and i can barely breathe for a while, then return to normal. When the ambulance crew were here six weeks ago, I knew... How they could despatch the lovely Sophie as crew (there, breathe gently and slowly while I take your pulse and pressure.... hmmm, it's going up... here, let's peer into your eyes and check they are OK, my your bp is going through the roof....). She's probably killed more (happy) pensioners than she'll ever know.

    My tractor oil pump was failing, and I fixed it! Amazed I managed, didn't even have bits left over.

    Lambs and goats are all fine and bouncy, goats run the farm now, we do as we are told. I'm planting trees, they eat them, it works, but would be easier if they left them to grow a bit first. I spend much of my day reading work stuff, sitting under a tree, snoozing in fact, while a marauding herd of destruction flattens anything green, flowery, or book-like, then stamps on me to wake me up. I did have a straw hat, but I must have left it somewhere ...

    It's amazing that, only on the last page, we were all moaning about floods and freezing...

    Choille... Gators and their ilk are great, if rather pricey. The ones I have met have all had variable transmission, which made them easy to drive, but it was always breaking, so made them even more expensive. My little tractor is slower (it will do 18mph) but probably more versatile, and a damn lot cheaper!

    Anyway, the farm is bliss at the moment. Bird and butterfly explosion, blossom and flowers covering the fields. I'm off to pretend I'm doing something!

    Enjoy the sun, don't melt!
    • choille
    • By choille 7th May 18, 9:44 AM
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    Dafty - the animals and what you have managed to achieve sound marvellous but - as you know - you must get to the bottom of your health issues. You will have to be referred to some specialist/ Okay joking about pretty Sophie but it's seriously needing looked into - Choille's stern telling off over.
    The tractor thing is hampered by the steep rough ground. I don't know what would be suitable.

    I have to go to neighbour's now to run round with the hoover as it's getting a bit desperate.
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 7th May 18, 11:53 AM
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    gloriously hot here !
    the grockles are out in force....


    did a boot sale yesterday and I reckon there was at least 300+ cars selling . I sold a bit but to be honest I packed up early and went to look around .


    the flies are out in force annoying the horses so will have to spray them all tonight.


    im a tad cross with the lad I "shunted" in my accident.
    he told me next day he had to get a hire car from his insurance. told me he was ok but a sore neck,
    ive just received a copy of his claim for injuries ! which he lodged NEXT day .... it states he has whiplash and lower back injury BUT reading through.... "have you received medical attention / advice?"...NO "have you been off work"....YES "have you medical advice to be off work"....NO "have you needed a hire vehicle replacement"...NO
    his address is different from the one he gave me too ???
    also he states cars were slowing down and I slammed into him... he omitted to say that 4 cars slammed on, he missed the car in front of him by INCHES ! luckily I have this on car camera.... the driver thanked him for NOT hitting her !!
    so be interesting to see what comes of this with no medical references ?
    I hate people who think they can make a fast buck and have s in their eyes ! gggrrrr


    son is outside shovelling off weeds from the paths off the patio so better show willing and go help !!


    have a good bank holiday peeps
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 7th May 18, 12:01 PM
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    They're cracking down on whiplash claims Alfie, so I suspect he'll find your insurance company take a pretty dim view (as will his own). Give them all the details and leave them to it.

    No sign of the hornet this morning, so cleaned out the stove and shut it quickly Might have a small fire tonight just to make sure anything thinking of living in the chimney changes its mind.

    Gardening and log splitting here. I'm doing a barrow load of logs at a time. TBH dragging the log splitter out of the garage is probably the hardest bit of the job - once I get going the rest is tedious but not particularly hard work. That might change when I get to the really big bits of course...
    • lucielle
    • By lucielle 7th May 18, 4:57 PM
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    We've been to the local food fair and managed to spend a bit of time in a beer garden. Not too sure how that happened but it was enjoyable. Youngest DD turned 18 yesterday, so we were out and about with her.


    Ebay is busy got 45 parcels to do tomorrow, sorry 46 another one just sold.


    I'm hoping OH will attack the hedge later, it hasn't been cut for a few years and has started to attack me when I'm cutting the lawns. It is really more hole than hedge and I'm hoping it will get grubbed out when we sort the parking out. Still waiting for a quote for that.


    Had to contact the landlord as the boiler is having a slow lingering death and barely producing hot water. I really need this to be sorted by the end of the month as the newly turned 18 year old is having a joint party with her sister who turns 21 at the beginning of June. The house will be full of people and the day after the party we are going to Ladies Day at the races.
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 8th May 18, 8:32 AM
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    Dafty, your symptoms sound a lot like those my friend was having. Baffled his GP. I diagnosed him as having panic attacks, but in fact there was something physically amiss, so it's just as well I didn't go in for medicine! He has it all sorted now, but I can't remember what was done.....he was in and out quickly anyway.

    I remember the Sophie effect when I once gave blood.

    I told her proudly, "I have very low blood pressure."

    "Not today, you haven't!" was the reply. It was much quicker too.

    Happy days...... when I had low blood pressure, that is.

    We've still got the bug, so has the telly, and someone is still nicking plants, but at least some things change around here.....Do you remember the nearby posh neighbour's 'apple and machinery store' with the person on the roof in a howling snowstorm? Well, it's suddenly developed an external staircase and a boiler....

    https://ibb.co/nosxKS

    Wonder what's happening t'other side? Seems a damned unhandy way to get apples upstairs, but what do I know?
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    • choille
    • By choille 8th May 18, 9:37 AM
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    Hi Dave - Can you rig up a web cam? I would be really annoyed about the plant thefts. It really does spoil it and make you wonder who is doing it.

    The neighbour's development is more than apple storage. What a chocolate box house they have.

    Drizzly & driech here. We await a couple of lads to help move some timber up stairs and shift stuff around so we can make a start up there but I've rammed that much stuff up there it will a bit of heaving and piling up of crap/treasure in one corner.

    I acquired some wood lining from a previous job and am going to use it in the porch I think. It will save on plaster board and I rather like the look of it when painted. I will have to sand it and fill it first. I must look at colours.
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 8th May 18, 11:32 AM
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    Ach, my ilth has more to do with being a biochemist for thirty years, working with some noxious people er chemicals and toxins. If I want experts, I just have to go into the lab, and most of them have odd symptoms too. Not much we can do about it, other than tend the symptoms as they arise. My symptoms last peaked back in 1999 to 2001, and that was much worse.

    It's one of the reasons I'm daydreaming on this thread, and try to avoid going in to actually do much work. I much prefer to sit with my goats and sheep, and do the theory and run bits of the labs at a distance. If they are fool enough to believe this counts as work, who am I to argue?

    Most of the time, I am pretty healthy, certainly more so than most, so I count myself pretty lucky.

    Mind you, if I knew the ambulance rota, I might get ill on the odd occasion ...

    Off to enjoy moving some soil and rocks, where some bees are beginning to settle. I need to quietly move them on while I still can, for their same a d mine. They are right under the conservatory window.
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 9th May 18, 9:05 AM
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    hi all


    another gorgeous day here again, waking to the sun through the window and full bird song is just loverly ....


    got a call 7pm last night to say my mum was in the hospital ! she had been taken ill in her local village and carted off in an ambulance ... didn't want to ring me "as you were at work and nothing you could do until they had finished prodding me about" !! her heart rate had dropped and blood pressure ! a lovely lady [60/70s] had stopped to help her, got her some cold water, called her husband who drove 7 miles to come take her home safely but in the interim called an ambulance. there IS some kind people still out there
    she walks the 1 mile to the village and usually gets a taxi back but she is now under strict instruction to get a taxi BOTH ways to anywhere ... we will see, stubborn as a mule !
    she now has to have investigations re a heart problem....


    never a dull moment here !!


    sheep shearing day today so gonna stink and look like a tramp later


    hae a good day peeps x
    • choille
    • By choille 9th May 18, 2:24 PM
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    Dafty I knew a chap who worked in Gov research horticulture and he was exposed to some pretty fierce chemicals that did impact him greatly too.

    One of the reasons that we live here as it was quite an insight into what actually gets put on the ground in agricultural areas. Here is too ruff ruff to plant fields so very little spraying going on and none on industrial scale as happened on a farm I used to live on.

    Alfie - Poor Mum, poor you - such a worry, but she sounds game and that is the main thing. Yes, thankfully there are good people out there. It's always nice to know that most people are good eggs - hopefully.

    Today is spent arguing with SEPA - as was yesterday. Very awkward organisation who seem intent on causing grief and wrecking plans of a chap who was off abroad to live today but all on hold now. Grumble, mumble grrrr. Some people are very difficult to deal with.

    Sideboard from store now dragged into space left by one that went in auction and it's been woodworm treated an washed down as filthy - that's today's exploits so far. Have ripped the back off it and burnt that and will have to re - ply it. I must get out doors before the phone starts again. Grey and drizzly but not too bad at all I suppose.
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 9th May 18, 8:14 PM
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    It's finally cool enough to consider doing something with the weedpatch. We managed a barbecue out there at the weekend, complete with next door's small girl child and her friend/cousin generously giving us a puppet show from behind the tall fence - all we could see other than her brother's toys being used as romantic leads were the tops of their little fluffy heads (Jamaican heritage) and hands. It's been too hot the rest of the time - but fortunately, it would appear that, in Spring/Summer at least, the new housing might not block every scrap of sunlight in the afternoon, and in winter, it never gets high enough to come over the fence anyhow, so houses in the way won't make a blind bit of difference.


    On the subject of new houses, would I be right in thinking that that barn wouldn't have been given planning permission for conversion into an executive dwelling, Dave? But, IIRC, if nobody notices for x number of years, they can say 'oh, it was like that when we got here' and get it retrospectively?
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 10th May 18, 7:26 PM
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    On the subject of new houses, would I be right in thinking that that barn wouldn't have been given planning permission for conversion into an executive dwelling, Dave? But, IIRC, if nobody notices for x number of years, they can say 'oh, it was like that when we got here' and get it retrospectively?
    Originally posted by Jojo the Tightfisted
    No, but after 4 years of 'being like that' without anyone who matters noticing, they may be able to get it regularised, or whatever the word is.

    They only got planning to build it in 2015. The original design had 2 storeys and was circa 7m high. After a bit of horse trading they were (I think) allowed to keep the Velux windows on t'other side in exchange for only having a ground floor and lowering the roof line.

    Obviously, the planners didn't buy their agent's guff about needing an entire upper floor to store apples (in broad daylight.) They haven't that many apple trees.

    But now, they don't just have a ground floor, because no one builds a spiral stairway and punches a doorway through to nowhere. The boiler venting steam in the picture is also as far from the house as they can get, so I don't think it's heating that.

    I'll do some more research. There's a lot of documents to read. Normally I wouldn't bother, but these folk don't have a shortage of ancilliary accommodation as there were two apartments with full facilities in another barn when they purchased the place from a friend of ours.

    Will probably delete this and the picture later. Don't quote please.
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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 10th May 18, 8:05 PM
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    The little grey bits in the middle of the roof look remarkably like bathroom stink pipes/fan vents...
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 10th May 18, 8:29 PM
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    The little grey bits in the middle of the roof look remarkably like bathroom stink pipes/fan vents...
    Originally posted by greenbee
    They do.

    I can't work out what they're up to. Looking at the doorway, and the roof line, there can't be much usable space up there, and they already have guest accommodation.

    Money seems to be no object.They've purchased land around their plot from one of the local big-wigs, who never normally sells land. You can see all the new fencing. My guess is that fast-growing trees will go into those areas soon.

    But there's still the public RoW, the close-together posts for which you can see passing the new staircase. They can't block that!
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