hi all from Worcestershire

Hello all - its a bit of an odd intro as I stumbled across this forum looking for something else - but what the heck....

I have been a mad keen gardener all my life but age and ill health has meant I am selling my home (in the family since the middle of last century) and parting with all the things collected over the years, and believe me when you have a collecting nature and a large property you can really get a lot of things together.

Anyway now I have decided that I will part with EVERYTHING and put myself and - my great dane in some sort of motorhome and set off for an adventure round europe before it is totally too late to do something like that

which leads me to the point of the post.  Hope its not too much of a cheek as a new poster - but here at my home next weekend there is to be a massive auction -  over 1100 lots and there are many really interesting garden things, as until now gardening has been my passion 

So there are seakale forcers, urns gazebos wheel barrows ....well I could go on and on.

 As well as the catalogued items there are a further 350 uncataloged garden tools and miscellaneous items being sold on the day from ring 2.

As I say I wouldnt normally do this but hopefully the mods wont mind and I will include a link to the online catalogueimage





  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,099


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,045

    An advert? back to my ignore button

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 2,086

    Advert it may be but, assuming the sale is genuine, there's some interesting stuff there.  Maybe some bargains to be had.

  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,156

    my ar$e

  • Sue 17Sue 17 Posts: 20

    Sorry - I did feel a bit guilty about doing this as an opening post and if you would all feel happier I will take it off.

    I have been on a few of the gardening forums over the years when I was able to do more, but over the last year or so I have been able to manage less and less - I also was a member of many of the poultry forums and if you have posted on those you may know me as darkbrowneggs from when I kept Marans

    This is a link to photos of my house, which has, I hope now been sold


    but as I say if I have offended I am happy to remove the post 

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,907

    Advert or not, if I lived nearby I'd go, it's not like the adverts we get selling kitchens imagenow is itimage.

    Enjoy your trip round Europe, Sue sounds like a nice adventure.  

  • pingping Posts: 68

    lots of lovely things you hv there i wish you are jz next door so i can take over all the gardening stuffssss!!!

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,904

    Your house and garden look lovely, but too far away for me. I think this is genuine and it must be quite upsetting to sell your lovely house and everything. It's not at all like the kitchen ads we get here.

  • Sue 17Sue 17 Posts: 20

    It isnt a decision I have come to lightly - I have loved living here, but I am getting older and the family arthritis is kicking in.  I used to do so much.  The veg garden is about 1/4 acre with deep beds and a polytunnel and greenhouse,  There is a lovely little orchard with many fruit trees - even a mulberry tree with a seat round it.  In all there are about 9 acres and I used to keep sheep and pigs, all sorts of poultry - even a milking cow and made my own butter

    Time has taken its toll, and now I just see all the things I would like to do and would have done easily in the past and can no longer manage, So in a way that is making it easier letting go.  

    I like the idea of being somewhere new every few days.  All the work I did here plus running a business and in the last few years looking after an aged mum meant there was little time for me and certainly no chance of gettting away on holiday,

    So the next few years will be making up for that - at least that is the hope image

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,907

    There are heaps of lovely places to go in Europe for a few days. Europe is so mobile home friendly...in the South of France you can pull into supermarket's for the night on route to places greener with a  mobile home image 

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    What a beautiful place Sue, you must be so sad to leave it. I hope your travels will be most enjoyable.image

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,159

    I think sometimes people here can be a bit too quick to judge.  Here's a link that may reassure the doubters - http://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,76919.msg202054/topicseen.html#new

    Good luck Sue.  The sale will be a wrench but I applaud your bravery in making such a  decision.   Have a great time on your trip and make sure your dog has his passport and jabs kept up to date so he can travel safely with you.   If you get to Belgium when it's warmer, there are some good gardens to visit on this site - http://www.jardinsouverts.be/fr/activites 


    The Vendée, France
  • Sue 17Sue 17 Posts: 20

    Thanks all - I am half excited / half nervous about the future, but at least it won't be boring.  But at the moment mostly exhausted with sorting everything out and trying to get everything moved out ready for the auction

    There are quite a few plants in pots which didnt make it into the catalogue such as orange and lemon bushes, and agapanthus etc, and there is a biggish Trachycarpus palm which did

    Probably a bit big to move unless you are fairly near - but I would like to see it go to a good home if you know what I mean


  • Sue 17Sue 17 Posts: 20

    Hi all - just thought I would check back in to say auction all over now

    It was a tremendously long day for the auctioneers who sold from 10 am to about 6.30  Great panic just before the sale started.  After 25 years here it had to be sat morning at 9.50 that a main fuse chose to blow.  Probably because so much power was being used but it was a major panic as there was no heating no lights and internet connection 

    Anyway it got going in the end and once everyone has come to clear the last of their lots I should be left with an empty house.  If the sale of the property goes as planned I will moving out sometime before christman

    If you want a look at where I live/lived this is a link,


    the first photo are flowers from the garden new years day.  Each year on New Years Day I walked round the garden and picked one of everything that was in flower - I did start off pressing them , but it was a lot of work and then what do you do with them, but a nice flower arrangement at that time of year is always welcome especially as winter flowers from the garden are often sweetly scented.

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Wishing you happiness for the future.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,799

    It's all so beautiful, you'll miss it so much, but I wish you much happiness in your adventures image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,904

    I looked at the photos it's all so lovely, how can you bear to leave? But good luck on your travels, should be very interesting and lots of other lovely things to look at.

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Good luck for the future Sue image

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Good luck Sue, travel safely!

  • Sue 17Sue 17 Posts: 20

    Many thanks all.  The sale is over and the house almost bare, just a few things waiting for folk to collect them.  I am not sure how soon the house sale will go through now - the original completion date was to have been 28th Nov, but as with all these things it is being delayed by this and that.

    The purchasers are away from 10th to 23 Dec, so I expect to be here until sometime in Jan.  I have kept a few bits of furniture so I will be perfectly comfortable and at least it was not a mad panic to get moved in the week following the sale

    I am off tomorrow to check out some motorhomes and my brother is coming with me for a bit of input - there  are so many to choose from.  image

    I will post a photo when I finally get one

    All the best


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