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LIFE UNDER THE STAIRS by Local Resident, Jane Stevenson GOING LOCAL Following our plan to remain in the area and improve rather than move, Stevenson Towers has taken a battering recently. During a survey for new windows, the dreaded asbestos made an appearance and with it, my budget plans went up in smoke. Having used a national company to remove the evil stuff and replace windows, doors, gutters etc. it was back to the drawing board to budget for work. Having spent endless hours trawling the internet trying to locate reputable companies I threw the question open to my local Facebook group, and oh boy did they rise to the occasion. Through recommendation I’ve found an electrician, tree surgeon, fencer and property company. All local, all very friendly, nice people, and in the case of the fencer, willing to take on an extra (unpaid) job because he felt like it. I would happily recommend anyone of these companies. Thanks to the power of local people and their willingness to share information, the Towers is on track for its renovation MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT Since my comments last month about trying to be eco-friendlier, I’ve made some progress. This time, I’m moaning about plastic plant pots – those we all have that multiply in the darkness of our garden sheds, threatening to take over the world.

a visit in the near future. It’s worth checking with your local allotment group or gardening club as well. We all know the tragic and preventable consequences of plastic waste. Let’s not be part of the problem. Now to my next challenge! OFF MY TROLLEY I went into Dartford yesterday to purchase a few items I needed. Nothing outlandish or unusual, yet I came back empty handed. All I wanted was a compost caddy for the kitchen and a new vegetable trolley. I visited main retailers in the town, yet not one of them had either product. On enquiring I was told that it was either an item they no longer stocked, or never had in their range. So, my question is… how do people store the vegetables? Are we a nation that buys frozen rather than fresh? I freely admit to having mixed veg, peas and Brussel sprouts lurking in the freezer, and a salad drawer full of lettuce, but where do I keep the spuds and onions? I’ve resorted to Amazon again and found what I need. Perhaps a vegetable trolley has gone the way of the larder and the free-standing kitchenette unit and just fallen out of fashion.

GOODBYE I said goodbye to my aged little dog a couple of weeks ago. Cindy arrived at our home by default, having lost I have several dozen; I reuse them constantly, but over both her owners and her home in a matter of months. time, the rigours of the outdoors cause them to split and She was 13 when we took her on, very overweight, had a crack. I have invested in terracotta containers and happily bad heart murmur, cataracts and was going deaf. use old carrier bags to grow vegetables in. In the 18 months we had her, she learned to play, lost Today, I investigated how to recycle these pots. Gone are weight and became a huge part of the family. We took the days when garden centres accepted them back, yet her to the seaside, parks and woods, my slimming group many companies and local authorities aren’t always on and the hairdressers. She developed a liking for apples, the same page. There doesn’t seem to be any policy on melon and yoghurt and wouldn’t say no to a piece of the council website, although I await their reply. Some cheese either. She’s free of pain and discomfort now for information from the green gardening blogs is misleading which I’m so relieved. or contradictory. The problem won’t go away. There is a move towards using biodegradable trays for plug plants Now I’m coming to terms to life without her and my which I welcome, yet what can I do with my existing stock respect for dog owners who have taken this journey of unwanted and unused pots? before grows daily. I never realised losing a dog (and I am a cat person) would be so painful. I’ve phoned or emailed several nurseries and garden centres today and am waiting to hear back. There is one Thanks for the good times Cindy. close to me that accepts returns and I will be paying them Take care people 24

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