Not been on here for a while
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
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