Not been on here for a while

Hi everyone,

Since my Mum passed away last January 12 months I haven't been on the forum very much at all. Had to deal with Mum's estate, Probate and the 101 other things that become necessary and take a lot of time as her executor plus my voluntary work as a training officer for PUWER 1998 (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) I teach people how to stay safe using potentially dangerous tools & equipment.  All that by the way.

It has been a busy year or so in the garden as well. I have needed to replace some of the boards in my raised beds as they rotted away despite being 6" x 2" tanalised timber. I have now started to put Heavy Duty polythene sheet against the boards before backfilling again with the soil - that seems to be working a treat. The family apple tree (James Grieve, Cox's Orange Pippin and Bramley Seedling all on one tree) that was in the garden became diseased so we had it removed and a circular patio put down plus in April this year we replaced the lawn (described earlier this morning in a separate post).

I ran a charity plant sale here in Bristol in May and we raised over £350 for a special fund that helps supply a Meal a Day for  desperately poor people in developing countries (mostly Africa and mostly children but also supplies and installs wells and pumps for villages where water supply is a few miles trek for often dirty water from streams). We got our local youth club to come and sow seeds which we then were able to sell. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to doing it again next year under the supervision of myself and my friend Bob (both of us RHS Members).

Well, I think I've written enough here to make everyone's eyes go funny so I'll sign off for now. John H

Last edited: 17 June 2017 20:03:55


  • John HardingJohn Harding Posts: 485

    I don't know if the latest picture of my garden will appear here. I am using a MacBook Pro at present and haven't tried putting a pic up on this (need some more tuition methinks!)   However - here goes...

    Ah! I see that didn't work. Will have to go back to the old PC and do it that way - next week I'm afraid!image


    Last edited: 17 June 2017 21:00:35

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 27,231

    Hello John. It may not be your image device. I have tried to post pictures tonight without any success so it could be the weekend Gremlins that plague the forum just recently.

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  • John HardingJohn Harding Posts: 485

    Ok, thanks - I'll try again next week some time

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,722

    Good to see you again John image I too have been dealing with both my parents' - things are never as straightforward as they should be, are they. 

    There is a glitch re posting pics this weekend but I'm looking forward to seeing new pics of your garden. image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • John HardingJohn Harding Posts: 485

    Trying again from my PC - not convinced as yet that it's going to upload the pic. If it doesn't I'll try again in a day or so. I've tried putting the pic in (taken this morning) but all I see on screen is a little blue square with a question mark in it.

    Just a thought - is the glitch because Gardeners World Live is on this W/E at the NEC in B/ham? Maybe uploading pics are blocked because of that for whatever reason.  John H


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,722

    No, don't think it's that ... there was a problem earlier in the week which the techs sorted, but it looks as if something's triggered it again.  

    We'll just have to be patient ... gardeners should know how to do that image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • John HardingJohn Harding Posts: 485

    It seems I can load pics again. I'm using my old PC - haven't plucked up the courage to try the iMac yet for this site but here are some pics of my garden showing the new arrangement (Apple tree gone, new circular patio, new lawn plus some Burton McCall vertical planter units screwed to the fence)


  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    Sorry to hear about the passing of your Mum John. Glad to have you back, garden looks brill - it certainly hasn't taken a back seat image

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