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  1. Get a couple of quad bikes and let the kids have fun!
  2. Wild flower meadow for the flat field and plant trees on the other. Look for grants for tree planting and payments for up to 10 years. I have 2 acres wild flower meadow and 2 acres trees planted 2016. I manage it purely for wildlife and expect nothing in return for my hard work. The wild flower meadow make enough hay to get a few days work out of my mate that has it for his horses
  3. Can anyone identify this tree from the photo of the leaves
  4. I also have the titan saw. For its price i cannot fault it. I have cut many tons of wood including some 25" diameter oak from HS2 felling on my mates farm. It will do the job well if you keep it sharp and take it at a realistic rate. My only concern is the rate of oiling. It is not enough for the heavier work so i bring it out of the big oak to make sure it is not getting hot. For standard sub 15" stuff it is well capable!
  5. I have also tried pulling the top eye lid over the bottom one and let the bottom eye lashes brush the dirt away if it is on the inside of the top eye lid
  6. Get larger dry logs. Ideally at least 2 in firebox at a time
  7. I would rather have the beech at those prices
  8. The alternative is to get carer employed by himself but that has problems as he becomes an employer with all the problems that it brings with it. At least if it is provided by social services there is a back up if one carer goes off sick
  9. Care provided by social services is chargeable after a means test. Roughly speaking if you have more than £23500 savings then he will need to pay for all his care needs privately. You need to get him assessed for a care plan asap. It is not unusual for care plans to be set up in hospitals but i only know about people that have been in for many months due to spinal cord injury, Speak to CAB
  10. I have worked for 2 charities, Volunteered for 2 others and have benefitted from 2. I have mixed opinions. The 2 i worked for i got just over minimum wage. Giving advice to people with spinal cord injury. I felt i earned every penny i received as few of the people i spoke to would have ever thought there could be a job waiting for them when discharged let alone a manual job like mine. I did wonder at times how the managers could justify the salaries they got. I have received help towards the cost of 2 different light weight wheelchair with mountain bike wheels and tyres. One from perennial that supports people from the horticultural trades and one from BLESMA the British limbless ex-servicemen's association and i volunteer at the National Memorial Association. Just understand that most charities need paid staff to work well but do research how much goes in wages and how many staff actually are for services provided and how many are managers who are there just earning a wage better than they could get elsewhere
  11. This may be your experience however my referrals have come directly from the resettlement department at the spinal injury centre. I have never had a social worker. Also any expensive equipment will be paid for after a means test by the individual if the test suggests they should make a contribution and only then by social services to make up the difference. I know this as i used to give presentations on this subject for the Spinal Injuries Association. It is only not means tested if the person qualifies for CHC
  12. As i understand it a community OT will assess someone's needs. My experience of Community OTs however is woeful, When i needed help following an operation on my right shoulder it took them 8 weeks to call to make an assessment. Baring in mind i am paraplegic and a full time wheelchair user having one shoulder needing rest is difficult. I was back working full time in my job as head of the grounds at a hotel when they called, Needless to say i was less than impressed. When i move house i asked them to come to assess the property to see what i needed to be able to get in, sleep and make an assessible bathroom. Someone turned up after 5 months and his first words were " I think we have let you down". I was already having the bathroom and downstairs bedroom done. I was lucky that there was an annex with a wetroom but they did not know that. I have just spent 3 months in hospital an they asked for the community OT to come to see if i need anything extra. They phoned the other day, a month following my discharge to say they had received the referral and they will be getting back to me sometime to arrange a visit. Good job i have recovered well and am fitter and stronger than last year. I hate to think what it is like for people that really need help urgently
  13. I have just seen this thread and am happy to give my ten penny worth. I have not found ivy a problem to get on top of. Baring in mind I do my work from a wheelchair i often have to look at things from a different aspect. I like to make work as easy as possible and one job i enjoy is hoeing. Ground cover ivy is easy to rake out and hoe off. If i can do it anyone can. Ivy climbing up walls and trees can be cut off low down finding the thicker stems. Then like most trees and saplings if you cut through the bark with either a saw or an axe to expose the cambium layer use spray strength glyphosate into this cut during early spring and let the plant do its work. I have not failed yet to kill anything up to trees 8" diameter and have not tried bigger trees. I only speak from my own experience which i trust!
  14. The main advantage is you need no storing space as the wood is seasoned standing in the woods
  15. Ford 4000 flat out is about 2300 if a remember correctly so about 3/4 throttle would be good


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