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Weeding the drive and border

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

This is a job long overdue. I spent many days last year removing all the Ground-elder from the border under the hedge, dug out all the soil and replaced with new. You wouldn’t think so this year, the Ground-elder is back, but I think this time it’s worse because of the new soil in the border. I like to garden organically, so no weed killer, just hoe, trowel and spade to dig it out by hand. While I’m attending to the border under the hawthorn hedge, I think it’s time to attend to the gravel drive, well most of the pea size gravel has gone, and I’m left with a green drive. In the future, it needs a weed membrane and new gravel or larger pebbles to stop the weeds taking over, so this is my Bank Holiday project!

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Fire Update!

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Fire update, the two fire engines continued working on the fire for a total of an hour. It would appear that there was no barn or house on fire.

The Fire Hydrant by Night

The Fire Hydrant by Night

A large pile of super-heated cow/horse manure Spontaneously combusted! (a bit like pistachio nuts are prone to self-heating and spontaneous combustion in very large quantities!). Yes it’s true! Believe me, I’m not talking cow manure here.

That’s about as much excitement, as we get around here…If I get time tomorrow and the weather is good, forecast is cloudy, I’ll get a picture of the burnt out cow/horse manure. May come in handy for the Countryfile Photographic Landscape Competition.

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Do you know where you nearest fire hydrant is?

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Excitement in the hamlet this evening, busy watching the world go by, out in the garden painting the newly repaired Bird Table (post coming soon!). Two John Dennis Fire Engines hurtled past towards the next village (this happened last year when someone’s grain dryer burnt down). Ten minutes later one of the engines returned to my hamlet because they couldn’t find the fire hydrant in the nearby village, and someone told them there was on in my hamlet, it’s just been painted by the Council bright yellow, and is just opposite my house. Do you know where you nearest fire hydrant is?

This is the first picture I snapped of the fire engine from my bedroom window.

I think they’ve spotted me there’ off

another one returns…

and then there was two, both came back to fill up.

As I type, one has just returned, that’s four trips….while the house or barn burns down! I can tell because the blue flashing lights are reflecting on my monitor.

I think they must have done, there’s no urgency anymore, and the fire officers are talking to the neighbours, while they look at me, typing!

Fire hydrant still in use, must get a photo!

Repoting to you as it happens…..

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Corporate Customer Services Competition

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

I’m having a competition between two large high street shops, who’s business turn over - tax free profits are 280m and 160m respectively. Two items have failed, and I’ve had issues with the shops replacing or repairing the items, so I’ve deciced to return to the Managing Director at their Head Offices for repair or replacement. It will be interesting test of their Customer Service, and if they are the caring,  sharing brands, they claim. If they give me the cold shoulder, I’ll name and shame them here! Lets wait

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Our House imported posts from legacy blog

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

I’ve now imported all the posts from the old Our House blog. I’ve still got to convert the posts with photos and internet links in before they get published here. I think I’ve decided to take the plunge, and no longer update the old legacy blogs, and new posts will appear on this new blog, in the various categories, sections or topics. It will make things easier for posting, and make easier reading. To keep the timeline correct, they’ve all been tagged as category house, but I’ve also tagged them in other relevant categories. So over the coming weeks, you’ll see more of the older posts appearing, once they’ve been duly converted (provided WordPress and the hosting holds out!)

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These times are changing…

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

These times are changing it’s been five years, I’ve been blogging, and the software I’ve been using has run it’s course and it’s time to upgrade to something more current. Over the next coming months, I will try and merge aquablog and our house blogs into one blog, with different categories, rather than two seperate blogs which is how they exist at present. This will allow me to blog in more specific categories, fish house, garden DIY, car, computers, internet etc, you get the general idea. So you can select a category (section) to read, rather than ready all the rubbish I blog about.  The FishHouse Blog! and Our House blogs haven’t moved and are still there. Just click the links to access them. Eventually they will be merged into categorys (sections) here.

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Real-Time Energy Usage on Blog

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Real-time energy usage readout of electricity used in our house is now available for all to see. Average consumption is approx 3000 watts (3kW). If it increases to approx 6000 watts (6kW) then someone in the household has put the kettle or cooker on for tea! Between the hours of 12.30 - 7.30 GMT Economy 7 starts and in the winter the storage heaters turn on, so expect some high wattage readings between these hours.

Just refresh the web-page to see it change.

I blogged about this here.

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First Earlies

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

I’ve planted out my First Early potatoes today in exhibitor bags, and dug out over 216 litres of organic compost from the compost heap to fill the bags. I’m a little tired!

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Real-Time Energy Usage on Twitter

Monday, March 30th, 2009

I blogged about my gadget Wattson,[here] if you missed it.

Well with some super software from Crispin called Powometer over at, I can now link my Wattson to the Internet and update twitter on my energy usage!

UPDATE 2nd April 2009 Crispin has done some work that now allows me to show you all LIVE power usage in watts!

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Hawthorn hedging

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I’ll just tell it how it is, after the local council sprayed around the village notice board, the exact same width of hedge behind the notice board died!

After some discussions, ERYC sent me some free plants. Many Thanks to ERYC.

So, I decided to also order 50 x 110-125cm Hawthorn bareroot hedging plants, canes and spirals to patch the holes that have appeared in our old hedge that surrounds the front garden. They were ordered from Scot Plant Direct in Scotland, as they were very competitively priced, arrived the next day in great condition, and been living in moist compost since. But I must plant them out soon.

Hawthorn No.1
110-125cm Hawthorn bareroot hedging plants

Hawthorn No.2 from ERYC
Hawthorn bareroot hedging plants from ERYC

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