Monday, 29 June 2015

Finding stuff

Hello. Think I'm losing the plot. I keep finding stuff in bins and can't resist rescuing it if I think it might come in useful for something. Look what I found this morning. It's a sheet of plastic mesh, 7 feet by 4 feet, really strong not flimsy, looks like it was some kind of packaging material. 
Photographed on the freshly mowed lawn, do you like my socks. It was so hot today I actually wore a skirt, blimey, don't faint. I exposed my hairy legs, ha ha.

Any ideas what I can do with it. I was thinking more arts and crafts rather than garden use.

Pity I don't live near Glastonbury, did you see all the rubbish left behind after the festival. A lot of it isn't rubbish though. I hope they find a use for most of it. They say it will take them six weeks to clear it, an army of volunteers are on the job. As I understand the word volunteering, they aren't getting paid for it. Will they be able to take anything they want in payment I wonder. Well I wouldn't volunteer to do that job if I was getting nothing for my troubles. Someone's made a shed load of money from the event, you would think they could pay the litter pickers. And why are people so daft as to leave all their kit behind. They carried it all onto the site, you would think they could at least take their tents and sleeping bags home with them. I could make a whole load of shopping bags with the abandoned tents. I hope everything gets recycled and re used.

Someone asked if I was making use of the summerhouse. I've been a bit busy of late, but I am back on the job. I'm making some bunting to decorate it. There's a lot of gardening to do at the moment, everything is growing. Grass to mow, hedges to trim, it's never ending. I might get to actually sit in the summerhouse soon. It's nice that it's lighter for longer, but no sooner than darkness falls it's time for bed. Heidi is still out, I'll have to walk round the garden now and call her in. She usually responds and comes running.
Bye for now. Toodle pip

19 comments:

  1. I don't understand why all the stuff left behind at Glasto is just accepted, after all if someone dumped just a small portion of that in a field or lane near you, it would be classed as fly tipping. Nice socks,ha ha.

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  2. I read that some 5,000 tents are abandoned at Glasto each year! Surely there is a "used equipment" sale run somewhere nearby afterwards? Does anyone know? The cost of a lightweight tent is considered by many as cheap enough to abandon because they have had three or four nights use out of it ( when you think of the cost in a B and B for example).
    Maybe the volunteers are welcome to take anything they can scavenge, which includes ( I believe) tons of wellies! JanF

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  3. we have something similar in Canada but it's orange and we use it for snow fences. I don't think you will have to use it for that.

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  4. 1) Use it as a canvas and make a large rug using old T shirts?
    2) Use it as a base for a large papier mache statue? How about a unicorn? Use yacht varnish to finish it and donate it to your local primary school? Or leave it unfinished and let the children paint it.
    3)Make a wooden frame for it, stretch it like a canvas, thread it with ribbons and use it as a privacy screen in your garden?
    4) Using it as a base, sew strong furnishing cotton around it, make eyelets either end, thread with rope and use as a hammock outside or inside for your cats to use. Bet they'd love it!
    5) Wrap it around a wooden pole and hang string and cat toys off it to keep them amused?
    6) Use it to make your very own flag. Sew two pieces of material like a pillow case, use mesh as strong but flexible inner piece,
    decorate flag and hoist up proudly!

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  5. Regarding Glastonbury one of my favorite bloggers Vintage Vixen sells Vintage Clothing at all those festivals and they often pick up great things after the revelers have left. She blogged about gum boots, tents, clothing. She takes them both for personal use and to resell as afterall, she is a reseller. Thank goodness there are people in the world like you two master recyclers.

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  6. Hi.I'm thinking that mesh is great stuff and will come in handy for something.I had no idea people leave behind tents and gear,really?Very lazy and wasteful and part of that disposable ideology that makes me cringe.I've been to a few festivals in my time and it was understood and put into practice that you take everything you brought in out again with you upon leaving,,clean up your mess and trash and use the public toilets.A lot of times they were held on farmer's fields and respecting that and their generosity.It was appreciated ,and I don't think we felt entitled to it.Things have changed and not for the better it seems .Bye for now,D.

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  7. Could you use the mesh to hook a rug?

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  8. You should make some clothing out of the mesh, well vented and just the thing to keep you cool in the forthcoming heatwave.
    I think that stores sell 'festival' kits, tent and sleeping bags etc. quite cheaply so people just leave them behind, probably counting it as part of the cost.
    I've heard that it takes weeks before Glastonbury site can be used for farmland again, every can and every tent peg needs to be cleared up. Mind you they've probably made a small fortune.
    I have the habit of hanging on to stuff incase it comes in handy but the time has come for a major throwing out and tidying up session, mainly because my house needs doing up.
    Dave.

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  9. I'm pretty sure the litter pickers will be 'paid' by getting a pass into the festival in exchange for a certain number of hours litter picking. I agree a bonus must be going through all the goodies people left behind, makes you wonder some of the stuff they come across!

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  10. The nest day after the festival, they should tag sell it, people would come in droves to buy other people's stuff if they thought they could get a bargain. lol

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  11. It looks like the plastic used for backing carpets to stop them slipping. I have stitched it on a crochet rug before.

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  12. I'd use it to attach woollen pom poms to it and try it as a rug or if it didn't work as a rug, put it on the wall as a hanging. Natalie

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  13. Is Heidi back safe and sound? We used to do festivals a few years back. Because we were sellers it meant we were the last to leave. You wouldn't believe the stuff people would just dump. There are whole tents just left because they couldn't be bothered to dismantle them. Apparently it is not unusual for festival goers to buy a cheap tent from a supermarket and consider it disposable. One guy was leaving his tent because it had gotten rather muddy and couldn't be bothered to clean it. I tried to salvage stuff to go on freecycle but there wasn't much room left in the van. It seemed very wasteful to me. That netting does look useful - my first thought was for the garden. I'm sure you will put it to good use. Debbie

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    1. Hi. Yes she came back. She likes to stop out until the last minute, but usually comes when I call her. I couldn't sleep knowing my cats were outside.

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  14. Hi, I had an idea what to do with mesh. You could use it for a base for a floor rug. Just tie pieces of material or wool
    through each hole. a big project but one you could work on whenever. Ann

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  15. I'm sure I read somewhere that the tents left after Glastonbury were donated to a charity. Sal.

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  16. Glastonbury try and recycle as much as they can.
    http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/information/green-glastonbury/our-green-policies/

    Toni

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  17. We've toyed with the idea of staying behind at Glasto to litter pick. You get three meals a day provided , miss the appalling traffic and get to experience the magic of Glastonbury one day longer - it's the reason most people we know do it, not for material gain.
    The stuff left behind is eye-watering but not just at Glastonbury, at every festival we go to. I can almost forgive it at Glasto, the hour long walk back to the car, steeply uphill and often muddy, is a killer with a hangover. The camp volunteer stations (hundreds around the camp sites) are on hand to accept unwanted camping gear and unused (in-date) food. Me and my friends walk round the main arenas and collect up the discarded chairs and take them to the collection points to do our bit. The camping equipment gets donated to charitable causes (The Scouts and the Red Cross to name a couple) and the food is taken to several food banks in the area. xxx

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    1. Hi. Thanks for that. It's interesting to hear from someone who was there. It sounds like most of it is recycled.

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