Chris's Weblog – City Chickens

Yearly Archive: 2016

Wallflowers – Potting and Planning

I spent a bit of time today potting on some seedlings of Wallflowers. I have a couple of large plants in the garden that are past their best so had sown some of their seeds in a tray of compost. I have moved 24 of them on into a module tray. There are still loads left so I shall pot them all on in the hope that they will survive the winter. I love gillies, they brighten up the garden, last ages and smell lovely. They remind me of my Nan and Grandad Bagley who used to grow them and Sweet Williams in their little bit of earth at the back of the brew house. It was mostly coal slack and ash from the fire but they seemed to thrive.

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February 8th and the seedlings from the collected seeds are doing well indoors. I have fourteen individual seedlings in small 3″ pots and about  ten all together in a 7″ pot. There are still loads of tiny seedlings outside in a large modular tray.

Burst Water Main – Garden Update

Three weeks and one day later we have a new water supply pipe connected. Now I have to sort out who is liable for the cost of the many contractors involved. I also have to tidy the garden and get back to some sort of order before the winter sets in.

Sean and Deb took down two enormous trees from the side garden so we have to rethink that space too. They both worked really hard for a whole day. It goes against everything we believe in to cut down trees but this was essential maintenance work.

Water water everywhere not a drop to drink

On Monday 12th September I noticed a bit of water bubbling up in the strawberry bed. As there had been a lot of work going on in the gully at the side of our property I rang South Staffs Water to investigate. They arrived on Tuesday by which time the water was spreading in the garden. He listened in at the inspection cover at the top of the drive, promptly said, it’s your water supply, not our problem and promised to arrange for plumbing contractors to ring with a quote.

I was worried, the insurance cover I used to have through SS Water had been cancelled. I rang my buildings and contents insurers, making sure to let them know that three weeks ago SS Water had turned off the supply in the street to replace old pipe work. They said they would send out their own contractors to inspect. Late on Thursday two chaps came out decided that the leak was under my kitchen sink, turned the water supply off and left. Up to this point at no time was there any indication that there was a leak under the sink. They refused to investigate further as the electric plug to the washer was in the kitchen cabinet.

We then spent six days without water and late on Tuesday two lovely electricians came and disconnected the electricity supply under the sink. We still had no water.

We were told that the next stage was that on the following Tuesday someone would arrive to dismantle the kitchen units to enable access. That meant another full week with no water. I rang the insurers and said NO! After lots of distressing phone calls they finally agreed to employ a different drainage contractor for a second opinion.

This morning, Thursday, the second opinion was that the first contractors had broken the stop cock connection under the sink whilst trying to turn off the water supply. Therefore we now did have a leak under the sink but not along the mains pipe, at the stop cock. This was fixed with no fuss and the original leak is now being investigated. We still have no water as yet. Watch this space.

Adam – Saturday 20th February 2016

My beautiful son, Adam, passed away on Saturday 20th February 2016. We were together when he took his first breath on the third of March 1974 and we were together when he took his last. I was privileged to be able to care for him until the end. He loved life and fought to hold on to it despite the awful suffering. I know he wasn’t ready and would have put up with anything for one more look at his beloved children. I am trying to get back to what’s left of my life as he would and often did tell me to.