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It is usually not a problem: Delivering rainwater butt in a downpour

A space for items of interest, tips, news, and anything which does not fit better elsewhere.

As noted on the home page, I plan to retire in the next couple of years, and am no longer taking any new business. I will honour any existing commitments of course.

On these pages I’ll list any others I feel safe passing my customers on to.

Feel free to ring. 07734 505 398
or email me, MartinBates:  

From time to time the wee cartie behind a bike isn’t enough. Then I’ll have to hire something bigger, usually a Zipvan which lives round the corner. If you don’t know about Zipvans (and Zipcars), this is one of the bigger car share clubs,  a vaguely green way of driving, and now owned by Avis. Following this link gets us all some credit:

Join Zipvan and get £25 in free driving

For some years now I have been assisting Andrew Taylor, Taylors Fine Wine.

For an independent retail wine merchant in an area where these are few and far between his shop on Ham Parade is worth a visit: 321 Richmond Road, Kingston – upon – Thames, KT2 3QU
Please note though, the shop is closed on a Monday.


Hmm. I must be doing something right!

Here are some pictures of the mistletoe I’ve grown on our apple tree – from first seedling to first berries. I was trying with little success to get a good shot of the rather feeble flowers, essential as one needs both male and female for berries, and I needed to know what I’d got. Both it turns out. I’m rather pleased with this!

Development of mistletoe seedling over 4 years

Mistletoe growing on our apple tree. Seedling to first berries.