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Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 20 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I think you are very wise to stay at home Gregotyn. I also didn't think people were supposed to go to their weekend cottages from or in England at the moment as I know some people with woods have said they can't go there. Make sure you keep away from any 'weekenders' Gregotyn, and wear a mask when delivering or being payed. We do when making firewood deliveries, although I do sometimes ring the door bell and stay well back when they answer as they may not like a masked stranger ringing the bell.

We actually managed to get some new filters for our dust masks we use for charcoal processing during the summer, but they were rationed to 2 pairs per order, so luckily we now all have clean filters and I think 1 spare pair. It makes a lot of difference. I can see why you want to wear a respirator in and around town at the moment Dpack. We are able to keep out of town pretty well, so ordinary masks are fairly well all right here.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 20 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

there is a good butchers in the market and a great hardware shop both of which get a visit now and again. otherwise i have not been in town for months

most shopping is online or in the local spar(again masked)
chemists(masked)

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 20 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We haven't resorted to online shopping, but I use two farm shops, both of which are fairly quiet and well regulated, our local Co-op and one supermarket, which isn't too bad when I go there. Most people round here are quite good about wearing masks, and I am mainly able to keep away from them. Our only problem is the chemists which is in a supermarket which is not ideal, but again, able to avoid people as far as possible.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 20 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

online and local is possible for lots of stuff

online and mom and pop business is possible

folk say waitrose is posh, i say it is a branch of a collective enterprise working the mid quality market and using a fairly ethical trading model

some things i need are a bit niche, the corner shop does not stock borax flux cones, rolling mills or a pan on a slow train from china at 35% of the cost of the local identical one/s, that is an average saving for in country to a mile away examples
if you like decent catering quality pans or "speciality tea bag sample" "no value"(plant hormone but it was a moody looking crystalline chemical in a plastic bag with a few letters and numbers to id it and very unusual documentation) slow train is a very good option
if you are not in a hurry it but want good value direct and wait seems to work well for my weird stuff

a while back i could have spent a grand on a microscope but i spent £110 on the same model minus the "name badge" of a well known firm posted from the folk who make them in india
i think they are being ripped off if that reflects even half of the mark up of what they sell to the orderer from the cost price of the production over runs

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 20 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

So far I have managed to get the things I want using shops, although curtailed somewhat at the moment of course. Husband and son do use internet shopping as increasingly the specialist things we need are not available in shops locally. Quite a lot do come from British sources though. We also sell some of our products on line.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
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Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 20 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

My time this am has been taken up by a friend in Aus. I will be back this pm if they allow. This is just in case I get cut off!

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 20 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have another whole half hour!

I am working on logs for sale and kindling; the kindling is the priority. Stock goes slowly and then "bang" off we go! Now that I am retired from the tractor depot I have much more time to "do", so the wood cutting should never be a problem, only my fitness and ability to find pallets will govern my "I'm just an 'umble wood cutter Sir"-to quote Benny Hill. I must admit chopping wood is not a mind taxing occupation, but does need concentration! And of course you get time to plan other projects as you chop wood, seeing the short first finger left hand!

I am shovelling the base of the new shed to some degree of level with the aim of getting down some hard core so that I can get the tractor onto this surface without getting stuck and get it rolled. It is very wet and however much I want to get on it is slow progress with the wet ground. I sort of wondered if it may be an idea to buy some cement and see if that will stiffen the base of the floor to be which will be about 6 inches above ground level on completion. I should have said it will be a level floor about 6" above ground level at the high side and a foot higher on the bottom side, to give a level floor in a 2 vehicle side by side garage and 2 vehicle long. Anyway it is wet so progress is slow!
Times up now got to go. I hope you are all well.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 20 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We use pallets to stoke the kiln and did have a bit of trouble getting them at one point, but luckily managed to find more and they are a bit easier to come by now. We are also getting some odd bits of removed wood from a builder now, so those are also of use.

Firewood is quite popular at the moment, and we also have log sacks we have to deliver as well as an order for some charcoal. We managed to fire that Monday, and yesterday was a shopping day, so today we empty the kiln and bag the charcoal. The little kiln is a bit tricky as it has to be tipped on its side, but no doubt we will manage.

gregotyn



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Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 20 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Finding dry pallets is the problem now, and I am getting whatever I can, wherever I can, and putting them into the store to dry. I have been a collector of timber for years and glad to have done so, as the demand this year is greater than ever and I am getting a lot gone, and faster than any previous years-my charities will all be happy. I don't ever say where I am from as the first question is would you like to pay a regular donation by standing order?-second word "off". I decided to do logs this year as well, but just have not had the time to do it properly. I have a massive ash "weed" problem. I have some beautiful ash large trees, but their off spring would be limited if the tree parents had to bring them up. The worst thing about this year's demand is that I am cutting 15 ft. long clean boards which should be used on better jobs than firewood. I guess I will start on the ash tree branches in the future! I am also hoping to fell 2 large oak trees as these are now massive and covering field areas and so restricting grass growth. Hay making folks say it is now a long way to come to harvest much less grass! I have probably lost half an acre by excess tree growth. I have been offered a lot of money for an oak tree-well over 1K for the trunk alone.

Can anyone tell me what "power of attorney" is? and how critical it is regarding the progress of my life should I become incapable, and of my will post death? I am only wondering if it is something which could be used or abused by the person who administers that power? My current attorney is the recipient of the will, is that a problem? Could she get me "put away" for example-highly unlikely as she is the recipient of the will, but so is her brother?

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 20 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

"power of attorney" comes in several parts and has technical names, when i get a mo i will pop some references on here.

where there is a will there is a war, strong treaties before then are good for avoiding it while it matters to you.

iirc mine was less than the price of an oak tree and very robust legally, it protects me and my wishes while giving those i trust control and "expectations"

bump me off=prime suspect as well as a bonus

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 20 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It is probably better to get more than one person to exercise 'power of attorney' and also best to get it set up by a solicitor who could tell you about the various forms.

Both my husband and I have set up a continuing power of attorney with the other one plus our son as the trustees. We had a similar one for my parents, and it was useful.

I would suggest that you do. Sadly, you may become incapable and not really realise it yourself until too late. If it is a choice of you going into a home or being found dead from forgetting to eat, possibly the former is better.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 20 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i got my solicitors to draft it

it comes in several parts, money etc, health and wellbeing etc, a will(always get good professional advice for that part to ensure there is no scope for folk to argue about what you intended) and you can add instructions for end of life care to the package as well.

once those are fully written and signed in all the right places the attorney parts can be registered with the court of protection and used if required with very little further paperwork

getting your attorneys registered as next of kin with the nhs is helpful as well.

young or older it is sensible for the just in case times as well as a probable timeline. i know a few folk who became incapacitated young in assorted ways, it would have been very useful to have had a poa and especially the next of kin entry for one of them. she had to get somewhat better to sign it off which after 7 months during which she had lost her home, credit ratings etc and had caused problems with care plans and proper diagnosis +after care all of which could have been easily avoided with paperwork in advance.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 20 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ps

dad no , nightmare and expensive

mum yes, easy

aunt 1 no, easy as she had sorted things for herself

aunt 2 yes, very useful when she faced a hostile take over bid

i should be easy if/when such papers are needed, although i did have to "lay mines" in my stuff to pre-empt any hostile bids, to bequest a small sum and named item to those who might have contested if they were entirely excluded(specifically those who tried to exploit aunt 2)is said to be rather effective.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
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Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 20 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thankyou for the gen on power of attorney. I will be putting how it works to my friends for us to do it, "proper-like"! It should not be needed in reality as I plan to sort it when I realise life is not worth the living, i.e. when someone "has" to look after me. I remember doing things with my mother when my grandfather was dying and it is no fun for the him or the us, doing it for him. I am not sure how yet, but someone, somewhere will tell me. I am not ready to go-enjoying my smallholding too much at present to want to stop, in spite of the weather! But I guess I will know when I should be handing over the reins. If I have to go in a "home", I hope my friends' daughter will have the money in her bank account already-plan "a". I don't want "them" in authority to put me in a home for the terminally ill or just plain nuts, and have a huge salary at my mates expense. Being alone I have saved a few bob quietly and had a good spend as well. I have to give this girl a power of attorney somehow soon. It would appear that my current will is sound, as my "estranged" brother,is excluded. He stole my property-when our mother died and is a top uk lawyer, earning thousands from insolvency lectures-by taking my collection of scent bottles which I had collected since I was a child. Not that I am into scent, but I am into silver! The problem with solicitors is they charge too much for doing the job in the first place and charge through the nose for recovering the will from the clouds and subsequent distribution of the property and money! I guess they are paid a lot as insurance will be a high feature of their business!

I have just come from the doctors and had a clean bill of health regarding the prostate. Not the most pleasant of inspections but the doctor, a lady, did ask if I would prefer a male doctor to which I replied -"Aren't you a doctor?" I actually was going to see her anyway by the appointment for my remembering process and got a clean bill of health on that too, which has surprised me. The remembering process tests were quite fun in the style of repeat the months of the year-backwards -not to be rushed!

The library is not opening on Saturdays now, I expect it is a cut to encourage folks to use it for 3 days and not the 4 it was so saving money!

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 20 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Getting a solicitor to help can be money well spent; ours saved me a great deal more than his fee when my father died by legally minimising inheritance tax. He has also been able to advise on how to minimise them for husband and me so our son gets as much as possible. As you say, they must have horrendous insurance for giving that sort of advice.

I had that memory test, as my family said I was getting forgetful; you know, being the family 'rememberer' I couldn't remember at the drop of a hat things that I had done 2 years ago etc. When I did the test the nurse said I did it better than she could.

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