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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 11th Oct 18, 9:18 PM
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    The majority of plotholders on my row (about one-fifth of a big site) are female, all ages from twenty-something mums with the babies in the pram to the retired, with me and my pals squarely in the middle.


    I don't know any female up there who doesn't love bonfiring and had never imagined in a million years that it was a gendered pastime. Most people (of both genders) seem to adore bonfires. The one a pal had yestereve cooked our tea for us (baked spuds).


    Some folks are anti-bonfire on pollution grounds. I smile to myself when the same person drives a car and/ or flies off on holibobs but whimpers righteously about a bit of smoke a few times a year.


    Some bits of plant materials would take many years to rot down, and some of them can regenerate after years in the compost pile, such as horsetails, couch grass, bindweed. There are also some diseased materials which are better burnt than left around rotting. Not to mention the space issue; I am in process of getting 149 m sq of couch grass off Plot2 and there isn't enough space to stash those turfs and still do some actual gardening.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 11th Oct 18, 9:20 PM
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    Oooh, MrsLW, I have plot envy! We're not allowed trees, or greenhouses, or independent fires; there is a bonfire patch but it's currently fenced off & not in use because people kept trying to burn weeds, which we are supposed to compost on our plots, but they've just banned open composters too & told us all to get "daleks" - which I hate, they just seem to breed flies and take forever to produce any usable compost! Sigh... obviously I've never quite got the hang of those, but my open heap at home steams on cold mornings! At the end of the day, we're still producing courgettes & beans (by the ton! Another tray went into the freezer this evening) and the winter veg are galloping upwards; the rules & management may be a bit of a pain but the ground is healthy & productive. I'm doing my best to keep it well-fed...

    A big batch of quince jelly got made today; I may be hamstrung on the digging front but am putting the time to good use anyway. We have two quince trees - at home - and it's always a scramble to use the fruit up, though it does keep well and smell lovely. And I found some more crab apples yesterday; just a small handful, but I know where there are more. The wind this weekend should bring some of them down. It's an enormous tree, about 4 times the height of our fairly-large Blenheim Orange, and the fruits look & smell just like tiny, tart Golden Deliciouses, which make a lovely pink jelly. There are still blackberries in the hedgerows, too, and I've just started a batch of blackberry wine off. It's amazing how much more I can achieve - if that's the right word - now I have the odd moment of spare time.
    Angie

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    • maryb
    • By maryb 11th Oct 18, 9:37 PM
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    Good Lord Angie, your committee sound like they have a serious case of bossiness. Is it council run or allotment association? Just about anything goes on our site. You aren't supposed to have bonfires during summer but if someone is taking on a plot and has a large area to clear they indicate they will look the other way - no houses very near.
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • Nargleblast
    • By Nargleblast 12th Oct 18, 8:59 PM
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    What, no prepping today, chaps and chappesses?

    For my part, having in recent weeks built up a store of food in the fridge, freezer and cupboards, I have been able to stay indoors during today's wet and squally weather. It is good to know you don't have to go to the shops in 40+ miles per hour winds!
    One life - your life - live it!


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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 12th Oct 18, 9:05 PM
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    What, no prepping today, chaps and chappesses?

    For my part, having in recent weeks built up a store of food in the fridge, freezer and cupboards, I have been able to stay indoors during today's wet and squally weather. It is good to know you don't have to go to the shops in 40+ miles per hour winds!
    Originally posted by Nargleblast
    I'm currently on yoo tube watching nutty amuricans making diversion safes and hidey holes in their homes and possessions. Plus tips from UK security experts about making your home less likely to be burgled.


    F'rinstance, you peeps with venetian blinds, should always have the vanes tilted UP since if they are tilted DOWN, you can see through them from outside.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 12th Oct 18, 9:30 PM
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    Good Lord Angie, your committee sound like they have a serious case of bossiness. Is it council run or allotment association? Just about anything goes on our site. You aren't supposed to have bonfires during summer but if someone is taking on a plot and has a large area to clear they indicate they will look the other way - no houses very near.
    Originally posted by maryb
    The sites are privately owned, maryb. The Family have been leading lights of the organic movement for many years and have very firm views on how one's staff & the local hot-polloi should conduct themselves & their stewardship of a small portion of their land! So the rules are quite wide-ranging and strictly enforced; it's that or no allotments. The one exception is that the site managers turn a blind eye to the use of Round-Up, slug pellets & other "harmless" substances which they view as a necessity & The Family's insistence that they shouldn't be used as - somewhat optional!
    Angie

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    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 12th Oct 18, 9:51 PM
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    Is it prepping to clamber over sacks of donated wnter clothing to inspect the detail of a dashed handsome single bed - to ensure it was up to spec for my about-to-leave-home son? (It had to be robust, bolt together & standard single size.) It passed all my criteria, being a 1950s build by a purveyor of bedframes to Her Majesty and I even waggled my husbands folding ruler across bits to check the size was resoundingly Imperial. There was even change from 100! (Possibly even after delivery, too.)

    Certainly prepping had a moment - my BOB was very nearly relocated back into the house & I was affectionately vehement that That Stays In The Car. It came in brilliantly wedging the chest of drawers securely in place.

    I am struggling to figure how his departure will affect our planning - but I do know that I have a tender eye on the fire evac procedures for him. All these velux windows & no real opening onto the street windows. I worry...
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 13th Oct 18, 7:05 AM
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    Sounds like a bed kid bruv had in our chidlhood home. When the 'rents decided to change it in the '90s (even I could see this was a bad idea) the woman next door asked for it. Not sure if it's still there but was built like a tank so potentially still in service somewhere.


    The diversion safes were amusing although I question the wisdom of hiding your cash in a tube of prungles or hiding in any kind of comestible or inhalable volatiles.


    A woman known to my family was burgled and, as well as all the usual things burglars take, they took every single edible item from her home. Contents of storecupoards, spice rack, fridge, freezer, drinkies, cans, pasta, you name it, they took it.


    Obvs, not a standard modus operandi, but having alcohol stolen is pretty normal. The polis told her they were pretty sure they knew who'd dunnit as the style was typical of these villians and if she stood at her window (they didn't specify front or back) she would be able to see the suspect's house. They were never charged with her burglary but did go down to Her Maj for others.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 13th Oct 18, 9:47 AM
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    It's the sort of bed I recognised from My Great Aunt & from a godfather's mum's mother in law - head and foot end & solid iron predating hiroshima in between.
    And this morning himself has leapt from the matrimonial bed saying "This Is The Last Weekend we have you" - far as I know I'm jamboreeing next & seeing my parents the weekend after but if I stop posting please call the police...
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 13th Oct 18, 1:28 PM
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    Eeeek, DfV, that sounds - worrying!

    We too have a bed that's nigh on immortal. It was bought from an elderly clergyman when DS2 managed to wreck a 6-month-old brown leather-effect double whilst practising his rugby tackles. I refused to buy him a new one (heartless mother!) but was happy to invest in something secondhand although a few months sleeping on the floor wouldn't have done him any harm! But he needed the storage space underneath, as he was in the smallest room. What came up inside my budget was a stunning old double with beautiful walnut head & footboards, the original sprung iron base & a more recent but still ancient Slumberland mattress. The gentleman selling it had been born in it, as were all 4 of his siblings, and he was the same age as my mother, now 92; it had been given to his parents as a wedding present. So it's nearly 100, not much younger than the room it's now in.

    When DS2 left home the first time, it was commandeered by DD1, who is very happy on it to this day, with the addition of a memory foam mattress pad, old linen sheets, a wool duvet & an old patchwork quilt. She's been offered the chance to choose a new one, but refused. "It's a happy bed, and it's just right with your grandmother's desk!" (This is the girl who made me drive 40 miles each way to pick up a 30 carved oak wardrobe...) DS2, in the meantime, bought himself another brown leather monstrosity, which lasted all of 14 months before collapsing. They really don't make things liked they used to...
    Angie

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    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 13th Oct 18, 1:51 PM
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    "It's a happy bed!" I love that, thriftwizard
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 13th Oct 18, 2:52 PM
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    +1 to loving that idea - it's seen its share of births and deaths and bridal nights, and can now carry on the job whilst being appreciated.

    There's a thread live about owning an old house and that has much the same perspective - you quickly learn to figure the important from the cosmetic. Ours is an old house, and bits of it are definitely creaky, but it is a happy house. It's had its flooring tickled by younglings curling their baby brother across a length of parquet, and its walls decorated with everything from Tolkien maps to rock & pop posters to samplers I can't date (as one of the young ladies was too modest to leave her age, and so it was cut out!). But so far it's weather proof, the cupboards are filled with useful things (& foodstuffs) and it's home!
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 13th Oct 18, 9:36 PM
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    This is normally a placid, gently running river, with about an 8' drop over the weir.

    Last edited by Bedsit Bob; 13-10-2018 at 11:07 PM.
    1984 WAS NOT AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL.

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    You can't be a Christian AND a Socialist.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 13th Oct 18, 10:38 PM
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    Hawick is the same tonight, river ready to burst its banks and power out all over the place Weather really getting more extreme Bob eh.
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 13th Oct 18, 11:05 PM
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    Very strong gale blowing here, but no power cuts. 🤞
    1984 WAS NOT AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL.

    Amount I have so far denied the BBC - 1308

    You can't be a Christian AND a Socialist.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 14th Oct 18, 8:00 AM
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    May your wellies be long, your socks thick (& dry) & the wait reasonably short.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th Oct 18, 9:28 AM
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    You know you live at a more central point in an area where flooding is far from unknown - when the new sofa you bought recently converts into a bed just in case.

    Mainly in case of visitors from Home, but also in case any local friends get stuck here with flooding or just having missed the last bus (as it's pretty darn early here) etc.

    Was wondering whether I might land up with two friends for breakfast this morning - but they managed to get back home yesterday evening....
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    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 14th Oct 18, 10:18 AM
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    One of the great things about where I live, is how high it is, and how all streets run down hill from it, meaning it can't flood due to the weather.
    1984 WAS NOT AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL.

    Amount I have so far denied the BBC - 1308

    You can't be a Christian AND a Socialist.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 14th Oct 18, 10:36 AM
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    It's the lugging stuff up said hill that does for me.

    Mind, snow tyres meant I could do a pharmacy run and a resupply for three houses when the weather took a two hour break. Solo, of course - I'd not have anyone else on my conscience!
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 14th Oct 18, 11:00 AM
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    Our turn now! But so far it's no worse than very soggy. Not a day for outdoor pursuits so I shall go & tidy my sewing room & release some more fabric out into the wild...
    Angie

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    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
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