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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your thoughts.In these parts a few short years ago the most commonly used phrase was 'get a couple of Brazilians',no matter what the task involved.lt used to make me feel ill and embarassed to be Irish at the time.Thankfully things have changed.SlŠn
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'A couple of Brazillians' has a whole new meaning these days so be careful where you say it?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take it you are referring to a certain kind of haircut, Blowin?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shhhh! The Priest may be listening.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meanwhile, back to rain water harvesting..... The plastic of my long-awaited rain water tub is starting to go pale. I was wondering whether windbreak netting wrapped around it would help keep the sun off it?

As for leaves, I remember one time in England, we had three Plane trees in our little cul-de-sac and every autumn we were literally knee deep in them. A neighbour was sweeping them off his lawn and I said I would have the bags off him (rather than the tip). A few hours later he knocked at the door and asked where he should leave the bags - all 20 of them! He had gone around the Grove and collected ALL of them. Laughing

This was the same neighbour who would tell me he had seen horses in the park and we would set off with buckets....... Now I know why they say I'm worth my weight in horse poo!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would almost certainly HELP, Sue, but sunlight would still get through the holes (like the old Aertex shirts of yesteryear). Black plastic or roofing felt would be more total if the appearance doesn't offend?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmm, roofing felt, now there's an idea, thanks.

Ooh err, Aertex blouses, I've come over all faint. Memories of a games teacher swathed in coats and scarves telling us blue-legged girls we would not be so cold if we 'ran around a bit'. Brrrrrrrrr! They breed 'em tough up north! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi little video ,on how to make a tap for your ibc tank. jack. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngv3gWZMySs
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, Ponddigger, some really interesting videos there.
I'm astonished at the flow of rain (OK, it's been pouring all day) off my new patio now there's a proper drain collecting it all. I deliberately left dealing with the disposal of the water until I could see what I had to deal with. I think I can have some fun with this before it finally goes to a soak away.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi gg' what are you thinking of doing with the water off your patio..jack
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jack, thanks for the interest.
First I need to get it from the ugly 100mm sewer pipe that protrudes from the retaining wall in a more elegant way. Then in to some sort of a receptacle - I've a few ideas here, some of which are looking at the holy well tradition and then into a rill before disposal in a soak away. As it doesn't rain all the time, up here, despite what Wagxect might think, I may construct a reservoir of some kind and have a solar powered pump for re-circulation. The space available, overall, is about 8ft wide and 15 long, the fall going the long way.
I hope that makes sense. If you have any comments, I'd be pleased to see them.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi gg,any photos . jack
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll take one of the general area tomorrow and post it. That part of the garden is all due for renovation: the only plant I intend to keep, there, is a 20yr old crab apple. My general idea is to use lots of ferns in that area. They do well there and I've bought some nice ones, so a ferny, shady-plant area with a kind of 'secret' mini pond or trickling fountain to provide a surprise. I have slate left over from the wall, for construction, some nice stone.
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That funicular idea might come back yet. You could have an overhead river cascading down into your holy well!!!
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All the bad weather we have had recently has loosened some big lumps of moss off our roof. I have used it in the gaps along the stream edge and in the rocks. Most of it has taken and has given a look of maturity to the whole garden. We have plenty more moss if you want it. Just give me time to get some more off the roof, we do have LOADS! Very Happy
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