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  1. Scary Mary

    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

    Many Many congratulations - you stuck at it and got there. Good for you, you will be the most fantastic vet and I wish you all the very best for your new Job. Well done Lewis - lovely pictures too.
  2. Scary Mary

    I have raised a fierce woman!

    What a girl ! I’m very impressed as I don’t think I would have said boo to a goose at her age. You have equipped her well to deal with the world we live in – you must be a very proud Mum.
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    Help with bumpa bits.

    Dogmother - is that you in the you tube clip???
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    Help with bumpa bits.

    So sorry too far to help - I remember my angst when I first had to fit one! The thing I found helped most was to warm them up first in a cup of hot/boiling water as it made the plastic softer (I used to tuck them in my bra to keep them supple when I went outside) It really is a two person job - this clip on you tube shows how it is done, although she does make it look very easy as I know I was never that slick! you tube link Good Luck
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    Permission to access my property?

    I am incensed on your behalf too! But.. in many ways a high vis jacket makes people invisible - if this chap climbed over a gate or wall to access your property and was found rootling round your bins it might be that his purpose was more of a criminal intent (identity theft or similar). It might be worth calling the police non emergency number and reporting this person, it might well be that he is a jobsworth with a thuggish mentality but anyone can buy a high vis jacket and uniform on the internet (and it is easy to forge an ID too), so it might be worth having a chat with the police. I'm not really as paranoid as this makes me sound - really!
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    National Trust AGM

    Any of you Omleteers who are National Trust members will have received your AGM voting papers. This year we have a Members motion requiring the National Trust to ban and eventually phase out the use of barbed wire on its land. We have had some nasty cases of deer being caught in barbed wire locally, and dying there or having to be euthanized. Henley Standard March 30th and Early August. The first case was trapped in recently erected barbed wire on National Trust Land. The forestry commission says barbed wire should not be used any where deer are present and the RSPCA concur with the Forestry commissions advice. The National Trust’s attitude Is that this is a very rare occurrence and deer will go around barbed wire where possible. We live in a heavily wooded area and the deer paths are clearly visible leading up to and beyond barbed wire. We also have a number of dogs requiring veterinary attention after encountering the stuff too! Please could you give it some consideration and exercise your right to vote instead of throwing all the gumph away (as I usually do).
  7. Scary Mary

    Keeping unwanted dogs out

    I used to have a problem with cats using my veggie plot as a latrine and I had some success with something called a ScareCrow, which was a motion activated water jet. It was easy to use, just attach a hose with a snap fit connector and angle the sensor to the area you want to protect. Only problem was a soaking when you forget that it is set The one I has is no longer available, but on Amazon there is a "PestBye Jet Spray Repeller Motion Activated Fox Deterrent" which looks very similar.
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    Dylon: cleaning washing machine?

    Andy, I suspect you may have limescale in your machine which is holding onto the dye. So my suggestion is boil wash with 250g citric acid and then empty and clean the filter - your washing machine instructions will tell you where to find it and how to do it. FYI - I get my citric acid from Amazon as chemists don't like to sell it as it is used to "cut drugs" - I am nearly 60, overweight and ...well matronly ... just your picture book drug dealer I always get food grade as I use 50g to descale my kettle too. Mary
  9. Scary Mary

    Holiday Insurance - Help!

    We have always used a small company for annual insurance - until medical issues overtook us. The cost was minimal and covered us for all sorts of impromptu jollies. Now health has become an issue they have a "free spirit" division that covers us too, all be it at a greater cost and on a per trip basis. The company we use is " http://www.pjhayman.com/travel-insurance" - we find them very good and being a smaller company they might be sensible regarding a short uk trip. Sir T our great hero too! M x
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    Warning about Foxes and Electric Fences

    Birthday was spent cleaning up cube and removing run - but thank you for asking. Sadly I will have to stop keeping chickens as I would need something akin to Fort Knox as the fence has been broached. As we hope to downsize in a year or two I cannot justify the expense - the garden is very quiet and boring without them!
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    Warning about Foxes and Electric Fences

    Beantree, my first thought was that the electricity supply to the garden had tripped out - you don't really expect a fox to go near a live fence - but I have a fence tester on the fence - the simple sort that lights up a line of diodes - and although I can't read the scale anymore - the little lights were showing a good voltage and in our home our alarm would have registered any interruption to our power supply. Although still shocked, I have really appreciated all of your kind words - thank you all. Mary
  12. For the first time in over 12 years I am without chickens . My girls used to free range, but after a series of fox attacks 6/7 years ago I erected electric netting so they could free range, over a limited area. I had read it was a only a deterrent, but it seemed to work well - until today! It would appear that a fox lifted the bottom of the fencing, the bottom line is not electrified, in a number of places until it managed to lift one bit high enough to get under (the longed for rain had softened the soil under a fencing spike). I went up to see them, the fence was on, but no one was at home - we worked out what happened by the sorry trail of feathers and the unusual way in which the fence was positioned. We know (painfully) that the fence works well and we had just the day before yesterday moved all the spikes and made sure there were no gaps. My only consolation is that the fox must have been really desperate so the girls were actually killed for food rather than wantonly killed. The intelligence exhibited by the fox is astounding as there were three sites where the fence had been lifted and more that one side of the run had been tested. This is my worst birthday ever!
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    Car insurance - a rant

    Sorry, just came across this post. My Daughter found that you have to be sneaky to get a "new" quote from your current insurance company. She routinely uses a variation of her first name and a shortened form of her surname - otherwise they always come up at the value she has already been quoted. Using her variant of a name, she usually gets a lower quote ( they want to get new customers), and then she phones then up and asks them to honour that quote, which they generally do.... bit of a faff and so much for treating your loyal customers well !
  14. Scary Mary

    online florists

    I have used Serenata a few times too. I was told that the flowers were lovely. Serenata are very good at keeping you informed about the delivery process - email on despatch and email on delivery. They are delivered by courier, so you need to tell them where to deliver if the recipient is out. I thought the prices were very good too.
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    Bonnie Scotland - photos fixed!

    Wow, what a super place and what wonderful photos - you should enter the one of the cows into the Country File Calendar competition, its quite something. Mary