May 31, 2004

The Beaton Garden

This is a picture of my Mum and Dad's garden.
These last two weeks, I have been helping in the garden with path-building, greenhouse-erecting, flowerbed-digging, wood-cutting, and wheelbarrow-moving. These are all technical garden terms - you can look them up if you don't believe me.
They are on a bit of a blitz, because coming up soon is the world famous 'Church Eaton Open Garden Event'. That may not be it's technical name, but what happens, is that on July 10th and July 11th 2004, in Church Eaton, Staffordshire, a bunch of people living in the village will have their gardens open to the public. One small admission fee gives you access to all the gardens, and it's in aid of charity (I think).
As far as I know, the official programme has not yet been published, but each garden will have a brief description in the programme. I have a sneak preview of my Mum and Dad's entry -

Lesley and Neil Beaton's Garden

Large country garden with an extensive range of plants.
Also contains water features, vegetable plot, and a conservatory with exotic plants.
Home to large bird population and two friendly goats!


Even though it is not a competition, I don't have any doubt that my Mum and Dad's garden is in fact the best garden in Church Eaton, due principally to that special magic touch I have with the spade. Ok, it's not really anything to do with me at all, I'll come clean.

The Open Gardens are part of the wider Church Eaton Festival

The link above, to the page with the details on, is part of a frameset provided by, who are holding the domain I am not linking directly to, because it is an abuse and a travesty to put an entire website within a frameset, just so can have some free advertising. While I'm here moaning, I hope Netfirm's web space is pretty damn cheap, if they think it's OK to have their logo plastered all over every page. OK, I'll stop complaining now.

Back to the original subject, if you are in the area that weekend, I highly recommend a visit. As long as you are not afraid of goats.

Posted by paul at May 31, 2004 01:34 PM



Good of you to add to the publicity for our Garden Festival, etc.

However, if you wish to vent your anger over the web site, would you please start with Microsoft. FrontPage 2003, to which I upgraded recently turns out to have incompatibilty with Unix servers. After some 8 hours of conversation with a very helpful suport engineer in India (at their expense and the addition of a 128 Meg patch and lots of experiments, his suggestion was to move to another host. He found me Netfirms, which not only supports FrontPage extensions, but has the advantage of being FREE!
When they publish Service pack 1 for FP 2003, I may have more choice and will probably get rid of the banners.
As for the UK2 net frames, I am paying the princely sum of 2 quid a year for registration, e-mail diversion etc. and for that I will put up with a lot. I can get rid of them for 5 quid a month, but you know how poverty stricken we are in Church Eaton, and we in the community have to get what we can for as little as possible.

I know it's not very profesional, but for a community that has just found out about Broadband and still looks forward to a Shop, a Post Office and Mains Gas, it hardly seems to matter.



Posted by: John Edwards at June 8, 2004 01:15 PM

Well, you are certainly right about Microsoft, but you don't want to get me started about how bad and evil they are. I think you'd have a lot more fun building your site without Frontpage, and the world would be a better place for computer users if Microsoft didn't exist.
It sounds like you have a good price with, but I still don't approve of framesets!

Posted by: Angry Beaton at June 8, 2004 03:21 PM