Wanted Adverts

WoW Volunteers dream of L.RoverToo many of these ‘wanted adverts’ just state the article or service ‘wanted’ and nothing else! This is changing.

When I lived in London, I can remember one guy who would sit on the island in the middle of Piccadilly Circus looking dishevelled with ‘cap in hand’ and accompanied by a thin dog and a cardboard sign. He’d try to catch the attention of passers by with a plea for money but on his sign it would say “Wife and six kids to support”. He was well known to the local pubs and would exchange his daily coin collection for drink and end up starving the dog. I eagerly awaited the wanted advert from his wife for a ‘new look drier husband and a case of dog food’ but it never materialised

We have all been beset with so many sales adverts emitted from every commercial orifice for so long that the humble “Wanted Advert” has been pushed onto lineage only columns at the back of free newspapers and window cards in newsagents. And it has been of no help to the status of such adverts for some notorious murderers and thieves to have appeared on bill postings under the heading of “WANTED” – the last thing most of us ‘want’.

The first thing we all want is probably health and happiness but most people have now been sold on the idea of wanting wealth and possessions. The sellers of these newish “wants” happen to be the ones filling out most magazines, TV broadcasts and web sites with “Sales adverts” thus putting the squeeze on actual ‘Wants’.

This sad situation, if allowed to continue, creates some mixed up people who never really know what they ‘want’ until the next fashion is promoted.

Perhaps if we all reason out what we really want, whether it is simply a can of dog food or a drier, less dishevelled husband, then ‘Wanted Adverts’ might be more entertaining, meaningful and better answered – you never know who might answer your advertisement.

My wanted advert is for this blue planet to be able to support quality life for all of its animal and plant inhabitants. I support the UK Registered Charity, World of Water (No. 327188) because I believe that the starting point is to ensure all Waters are maintained clean for drinking and as habitats.

True, I don’t know who is reading this, my wanted advert, but it might be you, and you might agree and support those who work towards such a balanced blue planet environment. If your wants are similar, we should be working together so contact me.

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Do it yourself roof thatching

Do it yourself roof thatchingHave you ever built and thatched a roof or wished to have a go? We’re going to have a go one summer as we like the look of thatched buildings.

Starting small, the Tank House (see picture) needs to look picturesque, so we have started to grow some foliage (Hedera) around its walls then construct the roof avoiding the overhanging Holly Tree , then try our hand at thatching the roof. Anyone fancy giving us a hand at some future time should get in touch.

Thatched roofs are not too common in this region but within this area of the UK, there is a growing movement towards using environmentally friendly construction materials. I worked for a while at the UK ‘Centre for Alternative Technology’ (C.A.T.) , and as it is just west of here near the coast, I think it triggered the local environmentally friendly climate.

The nearest thatched houses are a 12 minute drive east of the HoBB Gardens.

The nearest Hay Bale building is 12 minutes west.

A little further west is one of the largest UK distributors of organic foods

and C.A.T. (Centre for Alternative Technology) is on the west coast.

Is it any wonder that this area is full of music, spirit, arts and crafts along with loads of individuals exploring holistic health methods.

Now where was I …’Thatching’. Apparently, the most long lasting thatch in the UK is made from imported Water Reed but as I want to use home grown reed, if you know the full species name of the reed grown for thatching and maybe where I can get a few plants to start off my ‘roof cultivation unit’ then please let me know.

Waves as the wind blows through the water reeds of my planning,
~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant