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by Flo
Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:39 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Buy cheap but ...
Replies: 10
Views: 2438

Buy cheap but ...

The syndrome of we want to buy cheap has it's downsides. Like the blind from IKEA, made in Ethiopia which cost peanuts, couldn't be washed, couldn't be dry cleaned, couldn't be repaired, couldn't be reused - wot rags you can't wash? Trouble is that it was all I could afford at time for window facing...
by Flo
Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Can I "not buy anything new for a year?"
Replies: 162
Views: 53482

Failed big time - bought a digital camera :oops:
by Flo
Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What does your allotment look like?
Replies: 3
Views: 806

What does your allotment look like?

Just curious as it has been far to hot to do anything on the plot today so I've been taking the pictures to try out the new digital camera and now want taking down with pictures of better allotments - http://www.flickr.com/photos/flohewitt/

Don't want to get big headed. So prick my ego folks.
by Flo
Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:17 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: free plants
Replies: 3
Views: 715

I was standing there yesterday with 12 cabbage plants wondering where to plant them on allotment and a passing delivery man said - "well there is the path" ...... Great when it gets like that isn't it? I did find a space under the netting with the other brassicas (if brassicas hadn't been invented w...
by Flo
Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:11 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Litter on beaches
Replies: 9
Views: 2252

Oooooooooooooh a seaweed compost heap for anyone quick enough means to move it :cooldude:
by Flo
Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Is recycling your old clothes worth it?
Replies: 41
Views: 5428

I suspect that the quality of goods in the charity shops reflects the trend of quality in new goods. Too much Primark and TK Maxx and not enough M&S now that Littlewoods/C&A are no longer on the high street.
by Flo
Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:37 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Duvets made from ....
Replies: 3
Views: 1481

Duvets made from ....

... recycled plastic bottle tops on sale at local Co-op for £9.99. 15 tog.

Wonder about dry cleaning though.
by Flo
Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:28 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Quacks or special talents?
Replies: 50
Views: 5119

Ah I feel nanny state coming on here when people start getting taken to the cleaners and the media starts to bleat that the government should do something about it. At this point someone will have to point out that most papers employ astrologers that you can call on a premium number. Life could get ...
by Flo
Sat May 31, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: fighting back
Replies: 24
Views: 1628

Two things come to mind in this situation from a local perspective. There's a serious shortage of family sized social housing here and if Thurrock is similar, it can be hard to find an empty, suitable house for a family with 4 children. It seems that the social housing authorities are not always abl...
by Flo
Fri May 30, 2008 7:55 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Where is the rain?
Replies: 40
Views: 2188

Had enough to do a decent watering on Wednesday and a blistering hot day to dry it out and persuade the weeds to grow yesterday. We are now onto "showers" and "mist" .....
by Flo
Fri May 30, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Slugs and snails (but no puppy dog tails thank goodness!)
Replies: 21
Views: 2682

Snails no problem as I have a very busy thrush - am going to have to work on keeping the plot clear of hidey holes for slugs so that there are no corners for the creatures to lurk in. It's things like wood piles (doesn't every allotment keep planks for all sorts of uses?) and the pile of pots I was ...
by Flo
Fri May 30, 2008 7:18 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Cheap big plant pots
Replies: 18
Views: 2288

freecycle found me a load of assorted larger tubs when I asked - someone clearing up his garden before going on holiday dropped them off at the front door on way to dentist down street.

Sometimes charity shops get a stash of pots and tubs which go at low prices.
by Flo
Wed May 28, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Where is the rain?
Replies: 40
Views: 2188

It was supposed to be light rain yesterday here up north which could explain why we were using our hose pipes on the allotments. It managed two ineffective outbreaks. Today it seems to be doing a proper job! So I'm having a whole day off - every time I say I will have one I have still ended up at th...
by Flo
Wed May 28, 2008 9:01 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: more energy to switch something on and off than off totally.
Replies: 19
Views: 3692

The power bill was on-line on 24th May and when I had checked the meter readings and it had been updated it seems that I have paid less for using more gas central heating and about the same electricity against the same period last year. Yes I had changed the tariff for a lower one in the third week ...
by Flo
Wed May 28, 2008 8:52 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 108894

Hah a day off cos of the thundery outbreaks of rain spaced out between the light wet stuff otherwise known as Cornish Mist which wets through you completely and properly without you noticing.