Monday, 18 January 2010

Good News, Diet, Landshare & Confusion!!!!!!!

Hi Everyone,
I do hope you all had a good weekend. I certainly did.

Well to be honest any weekend spent without the hated neighbour making life hell on the street is a GOOD weekend, and they were no where to be seen. In fact we have hardly seen or heard from them in weeks, so it's bliss here right now. I have just found out that they have opened a restaurant in Greenwich. Good luck to them I say. After all the more time they spend there the less we have to put up with them and the happier the street is, with neighbours talking to each other and everyone happy and relaxed.

Mind you, I wouldn't want to eat there, you see their kitchen is next to mine and the horrid smells that come out of their kitchen don't inspire me to want to eat there. Funny really as a few of the neighbours have made the same comments and all this time I thought it was just me being nasty, 'cos I am biased against them. Turns out that quite a few of the others think along the same lines.

We saw a couple of reviews for the restaurant and they weren't favourable since they took it over. Most of the other neighbours want them to fail and are praying for it, personally the better they do, the better for my family and the street in general. So I really mean it when I wish them luck. They are open twice a day, 6 days a week, so they are going to be too busy to bother the rest of us on the street and hopefully too tired when they are here.
That can only be good for the rest of the street.

I recently came across a site about land sharing. Put simply it is for those who have a garden and helps put them in touch with people who don't have a garden, can't get their hands on an allotment, but really want to be able to grow their own produce.

Just in case you haven't ever guest about me there is a bit of a hippy chick in me and I think this is an excellent idea. So I put us up for it. I figure there are a few good things about this:-

A- I can't do the garden any more, small as it is, it is too much alone and no one else in the house has one iota of interested in helping me. So I will get some help.

B- I get to met new people and possibly become good friends. Although I am not stupid enough to believe you can make friends over night, like a garden they need to be tended.

C- I get to help others to grow their own food and food for my own family. But mainly for me, as I have to have organic veg now, due to hated illness and my garden has been organic since 1996.

Sounds great so far. Here's the problem, I have been inundated with requests. I have told people it is small and that it must be organic, non-smoking, no dogs, fences need fixing and that Bear and Misty (the cats) must be taken into consideration, especially Misty as she is old and never leaves the garden these days. Now how do I pick who is to share the garden, I have managed to whittle it down to 4 couples, but am stuck now as I know I will be disappointing some people and I really wish I didn't have to.

I was thinking that maybe I should send them a link to my blog; after all they may not like me after they read it. But then again I have just gone and put this post up about what to do, so they will think that I'm mad!!!!!!!

So, do any of you have any ideas about how to pick someone to land share with!!!!!

Oh!!!! What's a girl to do? Anyway I am off to visit you all now and see what you have all been up to. As you can see from the above photo, my diet is working and my hair is growing seriously it really is growing, but then as I "HAVE" eat my body weight in veggies everyday (due to stupid illness) I suppose there really should be some benefits to all that veggie chomping, not that I didn't eat them before, just that well I really do mean body weight and there is a hell of a lot of weight lol. Didn't do well last week, am still 13st 5lbs, oh well am not going to give up, as I do feel a bit better.

Much love


  1. I agree with hoping that the bad neighbors do well with their place. Maybe they'll do so well, they can move! Or maybe they'll end up on Ramsey's kitchen nightmares (it's on BBC-1 here).
    As for the diet, keep up the good work! Found out I gained 4 pounds over the Christmas holidays but I've already lost 2 of that 4. In the end, you'll be happy that you did it!

  2. Oh, I do hope for good things for the neighbor's investment. In this day and age--they're taking a risk.

    As for the garden, I think it's an awesome idea! Whittling it away to one person/family would be a tough task for me as well.

    Names in a hat, maybe?

    I'd suck at choosing, too.....

  3. dear Lia,
    That's a great idea about the garden sharing. I don't really have any ideas about the best way to pick a couple. I guess you have to interview them and see who you like the best and who you think you would get on with most. Keep us posted on how you get on.
    As for not losing any weight this week, I'm sure that you have reached a bit of a plateau. I'm sure that you will be back on track next week. XXXX

  4. Lia: You make me laugh with your awesome sense of humor. I'm thrilled to hear that your unpleasant neighbors are busy elsewhere and not often at home.

    I wish I had a brilliant idea for you regarding who to pick to land share with. But I don't. I'd be stumped as you are. Like Mel suggested, perhaps you'll have to put their names in a hat and draw one out.

    I'm happy that you feel a bit better and hope that soon you feel alot better.

    Take care.

  5. Hi, glad to hear you are feeling better.

    For the garden, you are clearly going to have to disappoint someone in the short term, but it's also possible that whoever you choose doesn't work out for whatever reason. So you can lighten the disappointment by proposing that you get back to them if things don't work out with your chosen couple.

    This weight loss is a pain isn't it? I contually feel I am starving but I find that my weight stays the same ro goes up. or that I lose 2 pounds then put it back on again. But I live in hope that if I am genuinely eating less than I consule, even a tiny amount less, things will balance out in the long term and the weight will surely come off.

    All the best

  6. No ideas about land shares..., I guess I want all the privacy I can get, and am still sooo grateful for having no neighbors near by (after my share of bad (= loud) ones.

    The monkey is awesome. Hope he found a solution to his "problem", haha.

  7. Gosh, what a good idea to garden share like that.
    They have to be people you're going to get on with so you need to meet them all first. Unless you've already done that.


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