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by Skippy
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Malvern show
Replies: 28
Views: 3037

Re: Malvern show

I understand where you are coming from or at least i hope i do. I suppose it doesn't help that the definition of a weed is so open to interpretation , one mans weed is another flower so to speak . I've had a very obvious example of that . I do maintainence and one customer asked me to remove the blu...
by Skippy
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Malvern show
Replies: 28
Views: 3037

Re: Malvern show

Well that's good to hear , i'll see what next year brings. Funny you should say that you've been trying to get rid of it , i have mumbled a few moans pulling it out of the garden . I have pretty much most of my herbs in the front garden , the horehound included but it managed to make it's way around...
by Skippy
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Malvern show
Replies: 28
Views: 3037

Re: Malvern show

Been trying to get my sister in law to drink the lemon balm tea as she's always moaning about being stressed at work but no with no luck . Says she'll stick to prosecco . One plant that i used for sore throats was white horehound . Tasted disgusting but seemed to be very benifical when gargled . I h...
by Skippy
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Malvern show
Replies: 28
Views: 3037

Re: Malvern show

Not a huge fan of herbal teas if i'm honest although i occasionally will make a lemon balm brew . I think it is mainly because the flavour is either pretty bland or downright unpleasent and i'm thinking there of the jasmin flower tea i tried some time ago. Saying all that the best i've tried so far ...
by Skippy
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Malvern show
Replies: 28
Views: 3037

Re: Malvern show

Yes they definitely put plastic in some teabags. I didn't know either until fairly recently and as I always compost teabags it dawned on me that I kept seeing the skeletonised mesh parts in my soil. That's what made me realise as well . Whether it makes any real problems in the soil i couldn't say ...
by Skippy
Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Fancy a place on the farm?
Replies: 4
Views: 750

Re: Fancy a place on the farm?

Oh i agree it doesn't seem a wonderful idea to me either although it does make an interesting read. Unfortunately i don't move in the right circles so i don't know anyone who might have the wherewithall to afford a place . The cheapest place is £10,000 per person per year so presumbably those paying...
by Skippy
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Fancy a place on the farm?
Replies: 4
Views: 750

Fancy a place on the farm?

I saw this come up on another forum i use . I'm all for what might be called self contained self sufficient communities but i'm afraid i have my cynical head on about this one . Apologies for the link being from the daily fail. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7596351/Brexit-Party-politician...
by Skippy
Wed May 15, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: A nation of hoarders
Replies: 16
Views: 4336

Re: A nation of hoarders

We have a lot of stuff , although whether it's hoarding or not is a bit of a grey area as far as I'm concerned. My father worked at a council tip and pretty much every day brought something home. Often it was scrap metal but there was a lot of other things too , bikes , mowers and vacuums we had in ...
by Skippy
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Water butt - no down pipe
Replies: 14
Views: 3649

Re: Water butt - no down pipe

For my degree I designed this: https://thealveus.blogspot.com/2012/08/so-what-am-i-alveus-is-rain-water.html Designed to collect water where there isn’t a suitable downpipe. I even made a prototype out of an old piece of land drain and an umbrella. Sadly it blew over in the rain. I like the design ...
by Skippy
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Changing existing north east facing decking area into a raised bed àrea.
Replies: 3
Views: 1753

Re: Changing existing north east facing decking area into a raised bed àrea.

I've had to remove a couple of decks in the past for customers. Common construction seems to be to concrete vertical posts into the ground with the framework on top of those. This does mean there are some pretty large lumps of concrete that come out. One had the ground covered in rubble , broken bri...
by Skippy
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Compostable plastic bags
Replies: 7
Views: 2158

Re: Compostable plastic bags

I've had my share of plastic buckets falling apart. Mostly they are reused and have formally contained paint , tile adhesive , lime putty and the like and are aquired through work but as pointed out whether single or multiuser they are still plastic. Awkward thing really is with a lot of paints bein...
by Skippy
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Slug pellet ban
Replies: 14
Views: 7573

Re: Slug pellet ban

I use an old floor scraper , just like a wide sharp hoe really , saves bending down .
by Skippy
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Water butt - no down pipe
Replies: 14
Views: 3649

Re: Water butt - no down pipe

It should be possible to construct a frame out of roofing lath and plastic sheeting to be temporarily erected say at night to collect rain. Obviously you'd need a butt and then say two frames perhaps 6'x3' preferably hinged together and covered in plastic. Couple of posts to hang it off so it's abov...
by Skippy
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 7591

Re: Tidying up with ...

Another stately home I worked at that needed a bit of de cluttering was Cauke Abbey in Derbyshire . We were told that the former residents used a few rooms until the deteriorating roof started to leak and then just left everything and moved onto other rooms. It didn't help that owners in the past ha...
by Skippy
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 7591

Re: Tidying up with ...

One incident at work always sticks in my mind. We were working on some stately home or another when the architect says to us " you must all be very happy to work on places like these , buildings that are your heritage " . One old boy I was working with turned to the architect and replied " this isn'...