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Wow! K2, your wife is one tough lady.
I have built a small wall to add a bit of support to the Cornish hedge between me and next door. It was just the bottom corner by my garage that needed doing. No room to actually get in there, yet, but I managed to dig out two barrow fulls of dirt etc before making the shuttering and dropping it into place. I bought six 25kg bags of ballast and used the two I already had to build what I hope will be a sturdy wall of about six inches thick. No cement mixer so I mixed it by hand in a large garden tub, the same tub I was carrying concrete in when I broke a rib. I will give it a couple of days before I remove the shuttering, then I hope I can get down the side of my garage and cut back the undergrowth. There is just enough room if I stand sideways, so I musn't fall over....
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just be extra careful . ER IS NOT LIKE ITBUSEDVTO BE. You don’t walk in get sewed up andvtheyvsendvyounhome. They can’t even stop a nose bleed. They were supposed to cauterize my nose. Today this is a chemical thing rather than laser or burn thing all it is a wood stick like eat is used for COVID test but fabric end dipped in the cauterizing fluid. A person could do it at home. But the ER DOESNT have the stuff nor a certified person to do it. My sister said they didn’t have a nurse or doctor atvthe ER so they had to go and drive to the hospital . Forex rays . I can’t tell you how many times I was cut or bruised playing hockey and football , got patched up and went back and finished the game. A memorial one was a serious dog bite in training K 9 dogs just an accident. An officer took me to the ER IN the K 9 car . The ER DOCTOR SAID THEY WOULD HAVE TO REPORT THIS TO THE POLICE the officer is in full uniform and says” I am the police get this guy fixed up we have more work to do.


I’ll call sister later and see how she is doing . I wish I could help do something , just sit and chat if nothing else but we’ll see later how she is doing . This isn’t going to be easy . I’ll offer her my cane so she can continue her walks as that’s a big part of her exercise program . I know she is not going to like that. . She may need to get a cane with the claw end for extra stability . It took a bit to get used to mine especially in the winter but I have an end that looks like a hole saw for icy conditions.

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Will do Byron. I am looking forward to cutting the foliage back, most of it comes from my neighbours garden. I asked if he minded me clearing it and he said go ahead. He can't find a gardener to come out and do it, they all seem to be booked up. The foliage has grown across my garage roof and nearly reached the other side, about twelve feet. I think it might have damaged the roofing felt, so it has to be cleared. I will have to do some of the cutting from the garage roof. I don't mind heights, but I haven't got my full sense of ballance. I was hospitalised thirty years ago with some sort of virus, I was never told what, that has damaged my ballance a fair bit. It isn't a good thing for a builder, now retired, to have dodgy ballance, especially when working on roofs. Please give your sister my best wishes.
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My missus is Not tough, just raised as a stoic Methodist never to admit pain etc. And from Wigan... where they breed Rugby League players, who often continue to play with injuries....! Usually only leave the pitch if they are carried off.
She hates hospitals and Doctors generally. Hospitals, because you either come out with a baby, or in a coffin.... last time she went in was 50 years before when she came home with her youngest boy. Even the Doctor Who explained the broken hip thought she was delirious when she said she fell on May 6th, and his calendar said it was June 4th.... He assumed she had got the calendar mixed up somehow, and when she said Wednesday, he thought it was June 1st, as he said it would hurt like he'll if she walked with a broken hip, until we explained how walking around London a week before, her leg sometimes pointed toe out, and sometimes toe in.... And it hurt a smidge, even with the couple of pain killers....
I can't compete with that. I am a man...
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I took my wife to the hospital today for a 6 week check-up of her broken foot. Doctor told her she was healing OK for a woman in her 50's, and that it was OK to walk on it, just avoid putting too much weight on the broken side of her foot. Her next appointment is in 4 weeks.

Byron, I'm guessing your sister's broken arm is gonna take a while longer than 10 weeks. Hang in there, this is gonna be marathon, not a sprint.
 

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Will do Byron. I am looking forward to cutting the foliage back, most of it comes from my neighbours garden. I asked if he minded me clearing it and he said go ahead. He can't find a gardener to come out and do it, they all seem to be booked up. The foliage has grown across my garage roof and nearly reached the other side, about twelve feet. I think it might have damaged the roofing felt, so it has to be cleared. I will have to do some of the cutting from the garage roof. I don't mind heights, but I haven't got my full sense of ballance. I was hospitalised thirty years ago with some sort of virus, I was never told what, that has damaged my ballance a fair bit. It isn't a good thing for a builder, now retired, to have dodgy ballance, especially when working on roofs. Please give your sister my best wishes.
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thank you I’ll do that . She got the specialist appt moved up. Going today instead. I offered her my cane snd help if needed. She is as independent as I am . She says she will be an old person then . LOL

Balance is very important as you get older. I might suggest some type of saftey belt or harness a had a friend fall off his roof. He did not survive . Please be careful I took care of junk brush last year. Vinegar and salt water mix . . Nothing green grows there now. There are some nifty smaller chain saws just coming on the market . My son lawn care does occasional trees and brush but he doesn’t like it as it’s time consuming and they have to take the cuttings to shredder where mulch is made . Just be very careful off the ground.
 

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Byron, I have seen a video or two about using saltwater to kill weeds, and other unwanted plants. But I am a bit reluctant to use it on this foliage because of it growing in my neighbours garden. He might want to plant something else there at some time. I will trim it back for the time being until he can get a gardener to clear it. I have a great deal of unwanted stuff growing on a piece of no-mans land between me and the field behind me. I think it used to be a public right of way many years ago. I am considering using salt water to kill that, but so many birds like the undergrowth I am again a bit reluctant, and this morning whilst weeding the garden, I ate some blackberries from it. I have blackberries, blueberries and rhubarb growing in my garden, if I buy an apple, I could make a very nice rhubarb crumble. I can however use the saltwater on my brick driveway. That is mine! It's very time consuming to scrape the weeds from between the brick joints.
 

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Byron, I have seen a video or two about using saltwater to kill weeds, and other unwanted plants. But I am a bit reluctant to use it on this foliage because of it growing in my neighbours garden. He might want to plant something else there at some

time. I will trim it back for the time being until he can get a gardener to clear it. I have a great deal of unwanted stuff growing on a piece of no-mans land between me and the field behind me. I think it used to be a public right of way many years ago. I am considering using salt water to kill that, but so many birds like the undergrowth I am again a bit reluctant, and this morning whilst weeding the garden, I ate some blackberries from it. I have blackberries, blueberries and rhubarb growing in my garden, if I buy an apple, I could make a very nice rhubarb crumble. I can however use the saltwater on my brick driveway. That is mine! It's very time consuming to scrape the weeds from between the brick joints.
Byron, I have seen a video or two about using saltwater to kill weeds, and other unwanted plants. But I am a bit reluctant to use it on this foliage because of it growing in my
neighbours garden. He might want to plant something else there at some
time. I will trim it back for the time being until he can get a gardener to clear it. I have a great deal of unwanted stuff growing on a piece of no-mans land between me and the field behind me. I think it used to be a public right of way many years ago. I am considering using salt water to kill that, but so many birds like the undergrowth I am again a bit reluctant, and this morning whilst weeding the garden, I ate some blackberries from it. I have blackberries, blueberries and rhubarb growing in my garden, if I buy an apple, I could make a very nice rhubarb crumble. I can however use the saltwater on my brick driveway. That is mine! It's very time consuming to scrape the weeds from between the brick joints.
I used the saltwater vinegar on my sidewalk and edge of it . Got rid of everything unwanted. I got rid of some broad leaf stuff around the border ofvthe home too it really gets after any cockle berry stuff too .
 

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Working on my parade cars. I got the fire truck out and finished putting in a new seat. I also mounted a couple small fire extinguishers on it.
I also started working on the wiring on the police car. That one still needs alot of work like bumpers and small tweaks.
 

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Those cars look fantastic! Are they battery powered? If somthing like that was legal for road use here in the UK I would have one for local trips. One way round the regulations is to be registered disabled and class the vehicle as a powered wheelchair/ buggy.
 

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Working on my parade cars. I got the fire truck out and finished putting in a new seat. I also mounted a couple small fire extinguishers on it.
I also started working on the wiring on the police car. That one still needs alot of work like bumpers and small tweaks.
those are the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. You can have automatic membership in our car club .
Personally I would only make one change. I like B&S engines. I make the police car into a K9 car for a real K9 dog. I’ve trained them for a long time . The new engine would be aShiloh or King Shepherd. Both go a little over 100 pounds and 33” at the shoulders. Incredibly strong dogs . Either could probably give 0 to 30 yard time in two strides straining your seat belts to the maximum. LOL BOTH CAN TROT 35 mph all day . You might have to make a more substantial off road suspension suspension in case an arrest has to be made off road. these big dogs make excellent service dogs for the handicapped .
 

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those are the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. You can have automatic membership in our car club .
Personally I would only make one change. I like B&S engines. I make the police car into a K9 car for a real K9 dog. I’ve trained them for a long time . The new engine would be aShiloh or King Shepherd. Both go a little over 100 pounds and 33” at the shoulders. Incredibly strong dogs . Either could probably give 0 to 30 yard time in two strides straining your seat belts to the maximum. LOL BOTH CAN TROT 35 mph all day . You might have to make a more substantial off road suspension suspension in case an arrest has to be made off road. these big dogs make excellent service dogs for the handicapped.
I’m giving her my walking cane tonight. I’ve been looking at news ones . Cane masters has a series of really good ones suitable for self defense . I cut the top off a road cone last night in my practice walk. A cane can be a very formable weapon. I have a spring loaded metal tip in mine for winter walking on ice. It looks like a hole saw. It would not be a good idea to try and grab my cane . There is also sharks tooth lower end I wear leather gloves year around so I can have an iron grip on my cane at any point . We played stick ball as a kid in the street growing up aluminum foil ball. I still can hit one even with the small diameter . Cane

Just be extra careful on that roof. I was on the roof of my house years ago doing something like what you are and I turned around and my K9 German Shepherd dog had climbed the ladder and was standing behind me. Now getting a 100 pound dog down the ladder was quite a trick. Fortunately one of his training things was to be carried. So I checked my long nylon dog leash I had wrapped around the chiminy as safety line was long enough . We carefully struggled down the ladder. On the ground the big dog looked at me like I hope you are going too train me to go back down myself.

And I did but it was a difficult exercise as German shepherds are not really built for reversing down a ladder they have big powerful feet with claws not hands with fingers

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Byron,
I have seen many things on a roof, but never a dog! Still, it could have been worse, it might have been a stray looking for someone to eat. I can see the headlines. "Remains of local man found on house roof. Police baffled". I think that cane of yours would be classed as an offensive weapon here in the UK. A friend bought an old wooden walking stick to cut down into a cudgel, some streets in London are not safe at night. After spending a lot of time failing to cut through the walking stick with a wood saw, he discovered that it was an old sword stick. I managed to join the cut pieces back together with a piece of copper tube and he had it on display in his house. The sword blade wasn't damaged.
 

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you can actually carry a sword here but if it in a scabbard you need the concealed snd carry firearm permit
I have seen many things on a roof, but never a dog! Still, it could have been worse, it might have been a stray looking for someone to eat. I can see the headlines. "Remains of local man found on house roof. Police baffled". I think that cane of yours would be classed as an offensive weapon here in the UK. A friend bought an old wooden walking stick to cut down into a cudgel, some streets in London are not safe at night. After spending a lot of time failing to cut through the walking stick with a wood saw, he discovered that it was an old sword stick. I managed to join the cut pieces back together with a piece of copper tube and he had it on display in his house. The sword blade wasn't damaged.
. As long as you don’t display intent to harm you can even carry a batleth . Not a very good defense tool according to instructors . No brass or plastic Knucks but nothing against a roll of penny’s wrapped in bank paper tube I did this in class against big bag that was a new one instructor said it would not be good to be on the bad side
Actually a softball bat is a comfortable walking stick and completely legal . Even though the USA has more guns than many countries military’s country’s military not every one carries . Permit classes fill up very fast he laws are very restrictive. You just can’t go around shooting your gun off any time you feel like it . Firing in a neighborhood will get you in big trouble fast . Too bad prosecutors let most criminals go. I have to stay out of politics .
 

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. As long as you don’t display intent to harm you can even carry a batleth . Not a very good defense tool according to instructors . No brass or plastic Knucks but nothing against a roll of penny’s wrapped in bank paper tube I did this in class against big bag that was a new one instructor said it would not be good to be on the bad side
Actually a softball bat is a comfortable walking stick and completely legal . Even though the USA has more guns than many countries military’s country’s military not every one carries . Permit classes fill up very fast he laws are very restrictive. You just can’t go around shooting your gun off any time you feel like it . Firing in a neighborhood will get you in big trouble fast . Too bad prosecutors let most criminals go. I have to stay out of politics .
It’s getting more popular to wear chain mail medieval armor unless a knife has small blade it’s very effective against any knife attack especiallynifvyoubgetvghebhoodie part too . You can get aluminum so it’s not so heavy less expensive than real body armor . Did you know that much of it is UHMW plastic? There are ceramic plates as well as steel plates too but it all is pretty heavy and bulky plastic will stop even 7.62 nato rifle rounds . The hard part is the blunt force from the kenetic impact. You could get broken ribs and other shock injuries but you might be able to come up shooting and not dead.
 

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The police here take a dim view of anyone carrying anything that could be used as a weapon. They seem to be ok with walking aids. Many youths thought they could carry golf clubs, stating when they were stopped by the police, that they were just going to practice a few golf shots in the local park. Many of them were either arrested or had the golf club confiscated. Some might say the police were being a bit heavy handed. Not me. When my dad was growing up in London during the late 40s early 50s the police would wait outside the dance halls for the "boys" to come out and look for a fight with other "boys". The police would search them and confiscate any weaponry, then tell them to get on with it. Fists only. That way most of them got home with relatively minor damage.
 

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The police here take a dim view of anyone carrying anything that could be used as a weapon. They seem to be ok with walking aids. Many youths thought they could carry golf clubs, stating when they were stopped by the police, that they were just going to practice a few golf shots in the local park. Many of them were either arrested or had the golf club confiscated. Some might say the police were being a bit heavy handed. Not me. When my dad was growing up in London during the late 40s early 50s the police would wait outside the dance halls for the "boys" to come out and look for a fight with other "boys". The police would search them and confiscate any weaponry, then tell them to get on with it. Fists only. That way most of them got home with relatively minor damage.
Speaking of he golf clubs, last evening on my walk neighbor kits were hitting golf balls in the mowed field next to the road I walk on. In some cases they were just driving balls into the woods. I had a lot more respect for balls I found in the ponds whee I used to play while walk-in a ball landed about 10 feet from me . I was a little up set as it could have hit me .
So I told the kid if he hit another like that I throw it in the woods. I said I played baseball and I know I can toss it a good -250 feet’s you will be a ball short or I’ll hit it with my cane and it will go 300 feet easy . I YHINK a parent heard me as he came running out and shoved the kid towards their home . Makes me upset when I see this utter disrespect for people and things .
 
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T'other day I took the top off the Walnut. It will overshadow the new greenhouse, and it smashed the old one in a storm. Squirrels get the nuts, Pigeons nest there - and both are Vermin round here - I get nothing. So it is going the journey:... But I wore-out my 12v 4" branch saw in the process! - £30 for a new one... but without the tree I won't need the branch saw!
The top lump had already gone 2 months ago.
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I realise a 25ft Walnut is tiny by many standards but it did take a bit of "machining" to "part-it off" at the base of the branches... The logs have been reduced to half cwt lumps and passed next door for their log-burner - after a few years drying... Just the 1ft diameter trunk to go!

Today - more shredding, after I have taken the bin load to the dump!
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