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  1. 7 points
    There's an area of Bournemouth called Boscombe which boasts around 10 "antique" shops, although the majority are selling high end tat. I visit one regularly because he knows nothing about medals and is too lazy to research them, subsequently they're the only things in his shop for which you don't need a second mortgage. Last summer, I was browsing while the trader was talking to another customer who seemed to be underwhelmed by the prices. "Do you have many regular customers?" "Yes, loads of them" Customer looks round ostentatiously "Don't you have a water bowl?" "What for?" "Their guide dogs."
  2. 5 points
    As a slight detour from gardens, I have spent a chunk of this week building a work bench for myself in the garage. (Previous owner, understandably, took his bench with him.) I have been longing to share it with anyone, so here it is! Made entirely from 4x2 cheap timber and about 8 foot long - designed to take a substantial wood-turning lathe:
  3. 4 points
    Here's my regular visiting fox, just having a snooze in the late afternoon. As far as I can judge, he's either a grey fox, or he's a hybrid grey/red. Pic is a bit grainy as its taken through glass.
  4. 3 points
    Apparently the key to a good house is a small entrance, with sufficient distance to the back such that nothing can claw them out. An interior dogleg is good because cats and foxes will struggle to get round the corner. Grand Designs has nothing on us. Same goes for a feeding station when they first appear. We made one out of a cracked storage box with the bottom of a tall thin flower pot cut off to restrict the entrance. Much amusement when the cat forced its head and one leg through but the rest wouldn't fit, so it skulked off back home on three legs with the tube securely fixed around its midriff. It doesn't try to gain access any more for some reason.
  5. 3 points
    I don't have a garden half as large or grand as some shared here - this is how mine looks this evening. The tubs in the foreground have strawberries, behind that is a fig tree, and at the back mixed in the the rose are two apple trees, You get the idea that productive plants are more interesting to me?!
  6. 2 points
    We have a family of these nesting this year and he's been so efficient that he has had to start searching the undergrowth for more snails.
  7. 2 points
    I couldn't be doing with all that grass. To my mind the purpose of a garden is to save me having to go to Sainsbury's to buy carrots. And to have tomatoes with flavour. And gooseberries for pie. I like a bit of wildlife and if it pollinates my vegetables or eats slugs, so much the better.
  8. 2 points
    I'm starting to get really bored now.. .
  9. 2 points
    On the plus side trump announces today hes taking a unproven drug thats probably of little use and might kill him . It would at least leave a slot for pense
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  11. 1 point
    There are but in N. America. Ooops! He must be red fox, but apart from the head he's nothing like a red fox. Body colour is all wrong, tail colour and shape isn't right. Not sure what type he is, except he's definitely a fox.
  12. 1 point
    I didn't know there were grey foxes. Are you sure you're not thinking of squirrels?
  13. 1 point
    That is sad. 😥 So far I've counted about 16 species of bird visiting or living here and with no mechanical background noise during this period it seems they've all found voice at the same time. At the end of the day this is what gardens are really for.
  14. 1 point
    Agreed. I also have a couple of Bay trees, a gooseberry bush and pots with mint, chillies and chives in - all useful in the kitchen. The only new thing I have planted this year is a globe artichoke - my favourite vegetable and almost unobtainable in the local supermarkets and greengrocers. I may not get any heads this year, but by next year - here's hoping. Steamed whole and eaten as a starter with lashings of butter!
  15. 1 point
    Correct. Since the hedgehogs returned three years ago we haven't seen more than the occasional slug. Just need to retrain them to get rid of the cats.
  16. 1 point
    Wow! A lot of work gone on there! I don't think I could get into half that much... Most of what's in my garden was left there by the previous owner. Very old cob-stone walls abound, which give it great potential for roses and espaliered trees. Every ground surface is either paving slabs or concrete, so no lawn (a bonus) but nowhere to plant anything new (a slight disadvantage).
  17. 1 point
    I need to have a tidy but I've just picked up a load of firewood that needs cutting up. That's it - warts and all. It's probably obvious that if I can make it, repurpose it or scrounge it, I don't pay for it.
  18. 1 point
    I want to attract more wildlife but the cats kill everything.
  19. 1 point
    It's really difficult to introduce some height and cover for birds without trees and shrubs.
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  21. 1 point
    your Roses are a lovely colour , looks good and a great chill out spot.
  22. 1 point
    Heracleum Mantegazziani!! ("Mighty hogweed is a veg" as one of my Uni friends thought they were singing..)
  23. 1 point
    Picked up a decent example of the 1854HP with V over inverted A in VICTORIA. Don't think many of these have been found, just wish it had been an 1860 Penny with same error! Don't collect HP's so it will be sold when I get round to it, if anyone is interested please PM me before it goes into auction.
  24. 1 point
    In the days before collars were used, milled coinage was typically of slightly varying diameter and not necessarily regular. Excess force applied in the strike or a softer blank than usual could lead to a spread flan. e.g. here's a G3 halfpenny with a lot wrong. The diameter is 31.0-31.5mm as opposed to the quoted 28.5 - 30mm. The obverse legend has OR over O. Only the weight at 9.43g is within the right ballpark.
  25. 1 point
    Cheer up everyone...have some Thames money.