Rain stops play... such is life in this country. Just when you get ahead of those jobs you have to do in the garden, it then starts raining. Not that I'm complaining though, because it gives me a break from watering what plants I've got growing. The garden is raised to a height of 2 feet from the level of the patio, the trouble is the wall that holds back the earth is made with pathing slabs by a previous tenant of the house, and over time this wall has tipped over by the weight of the earth pushing it over about 30 degrees I hated seeing it like that , SO, having some time on my hands now the plants are in, I spent yesterday and today removing the earth from behind the slabs and pushing them back. I've anchored each slab to each other with metal strip screwed to each slab in turn starting from the steps which lead up to the garden. The first slab is fixed to another slab which is 90 degree of this slab along the edge, this is the slab that runs along-side the steps. Talking of steps leading up to the garden, I've been replacing them as well with new concrete steps (just had a txt from my dad...he said hurry up), that's when it started raining... I poured the first step in after spending ages constructing a framework for the concrete and it starts raining... typical.
Because I, with Daniels help, had dug the garden to a fine tilth, it had become a cat's paradise.
It took only one day for a cat to do it's business in it.
So after some research, I purchased 5 Scaredy Cat (Coleus Canina) plants.
Scaredy Cat is the best way to banish unwanted cats from your garden. The foliage gives off a scent which cats hate but does not affect humans. This is the best way to get rid of cats. I've had them in the garden for a week now and I haven't seen any evidence of a cat. I Just planted them in separate pots (they can go in borders as well) and I've hopefully banish cats for good! Coleus Canina are annuals, so to keep them for more than one year I'll need to bring them inside or take cuttings from them in the autumn.
I've taken some pictures to show you what I mean.
£250 off eBay.
£240 Comprehensive Insurance
£140 Car Tax
OK it's not a flashy car but now I can drive with goods from A to B at a minimal cost and with relatively little effort.
It all started with an interest in getting a moped to get around cheaply without relaying on public transport, but as described in an earlier post, I was disappointed about the cost of the insurance for me on something as miniscule as a 49cc engine. The cheapest insurance premium I could get was £275 TPFT for a 49cc moped, absolute daylight robbery if you ask me.
Well I took another approach to the problem after talking to the insurance agent when I was inquiring about the 49cc moped, on how insurance companies work out their premiums Known vehicles have insurance groups, groups with the lowest figure tends to be cheap on their insurance premiums.
I then searched the internet for information about which cars got which groups. I eventually found this Link, the link will take you tohttp://www.insurancespot.co.uk/car/other.php. I studied most of them and aiming for groups one and two, comparing my research with what was on eBay, fate brought me to the car I am now the owner of and is a group two vehicle. It would be interesting to know what the price of my policy would be if it was a group one vehicle.
It's in pretty good condition for it's age, there are some trivial issues that have to be addressed from what I was told from the seller and what I have discovered when driving it back home but nothing I can't handle.
I am also on the understanding that because of its age it won't be long and it would be under the category of a classic car which entitles me to use classic car insurance. I am lead to believe that classic car insurance is even cheaper than standard car insurance, but it's still a grey area on what warrants a classic car for insurance companies so the jury is still out on what the future holds for this car.
Nearly a victim of a pet scam! I'm going to provide as much information as I can to warn others of this scam.
So, let write about this scam that we were nearly a victim of.
To start with, the Mrs (Linda) wants to breed puppies, teacup Yorkshire terriers.
We already have a female toy yorkshire terrier, so Linda has been scouting around for a male toy yorkshire terrier puppy.
Well, she found one, actual a pair of puppies a male and female, £300 for the pair.
So Linda contacted the sell via the Free-Ads website, asking if the seller would consider parting with just the male pup.
Yes, came the reply at a cost of £180. and supplied pictures.
Linda noted on the ad that they would deliver the puppies anywhere in the UK, so asked if they would deliver the male puppy. This is where their sob story began.
The seller had said to Linda that his wife (who was from Ireland) had died and the puppies had belonged to his deceased wife and was selling because of work commitments and the puppies reminded him of her because she was the one who looked after them and it was too painful for him.
Here's the email, To: email@example.com Subject: majatony replied to your message
about the ad: Yorkshire Terriers Puppy Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:45:50
+0100 From: firstname.lastname@example.org
much for the mail of interest regards the puppies we have. We have one male
and one female puppies now available and they are 14 weeks old, they have
very good temperament with kids and other pets,very playful love to play
around with toys and kids,they are health guaranteed and KC
registered......they are up to date on all their shots and they will be
coming along side with their health papers and vet records......First i which
to let you know that we are given these puppies out because my Wife just
died. She was the one taking very good care of the babies but she is now
more and more to that my job take much of my time and traveling ,so i have no
time to take very good care of the babies . Since she is now late ,
We can't keep the puppies here in such condition because each time we
see them , we keep thinking of her ....So we want to given them out to
a lovely and caring home ,where they can be treated as such and keep us up
dated on monthly progress....So we are so much concern about their welfare
,we need to have an assurance that they are going to a lovely home so, Where
are you located? Send Me Your Email address ? Do you have any kids
? Have you ever own a pet before ? Have you ever own this breed of puppy
before? How soon do you need the puppy over? Which sex are you interested
on? Sorry for all the question , but we just want to be sure that the
puppies will be going into the right home and they will be having all the
love and attention they need . We are given them out for £180 each and £300
for both nothing more. contact us back for more details of the puppies and
more pictures on the sex you are interested
on Best Regards thanks
Call me on 07036 220623
He said the puppies were located in the West Midlands near Birmingham and there would be a fee to deliver them as he would be unavailable due to traveling to Ireland for his wife's funeral. Not to be insensitive to his plight, Linda agreed to pay the fee's to a delivery company he had organized to complete the whole transaction.
Somebody from the delivery company (uship pets delivery) then contacted Linda to arrange delivery but requested the funds via Western Union using the following information.
Please note that the images used in this email are from their original locations, so giving time they may vanish.
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 05:52:57 -0700 From: email@example.com Subject: Re: Pending Delivery Notification Of Your Male Yorkshire Terrier Puppy To: firstname.lastname@example.org
To Whom It May Concern
Accept greeting from U-ship costumer service.
We write to inform you about the shipment for your YORKSHIRE TERRIER PUPPY.The following CONFIDENTIAL information below is to inform you that the Transportation Safety Administration establishing that you are a person known by U-ship Pet Carrier, LLC and MUST be received by a minimum of 1 days prior to shipment.
SHIPPER INFORMATION: Name of Shippers: _______Emile Kelly
Email Address:email@example.com> Street Address: ______ Londonderry BT47 6AH
City / Town: ________________Londonderry .
CONSIGNEE INFORMATION: Name of Consignee / Receiver: ____________linda ******* Street Address: _____Our Address
Breed:________________________ ___Yorkshire Terrier Puppy Age: ____________________________14 weeks old Which Sex_______________________Male
VETERINARIAN REFERENCES: Vet’s Name: ______________John Coulter Clinic/Hospital: ____________John Coulter local clinic E-Mail: ___________________hummy_123@ yahoo.com City / Town: ____________Londonderry
IPATA AUTHORIZATION AND SHIPPER’S AGREEMENT:
WE HEREBY AUTHORIZE U-SHIP PET AIR CARRIER, LLC TO CHARGE THE MOVING EXPENSES FOR THE ANIMAL(S) LISTED ABOVE AND PRIOR TO SHIPMENT ESTIMATED AT THE COST OF 205EGBP AND NOT TO EXCEED 205GBP AND IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT PAYMENT WILL BE CONFIRMED AND APPROVED BY THE SUB HEAD OFFICE ( CEMAC ) BRANCH LONDON SO WE HEREBY APPROVE MONEY GRAM MONEY TRANSFER SERVICE AS AN ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT METHOD FOR THE SHIPMENT OF YOUR PET TO THE FOLLOWING PAYMENT NAMES BELOW DUE TO BRANCH ACCOUNTS AUDITING PROCESS:
DIRECTOR PAYMENT INFORMATION :
NAME:......................... ..NGALAH REYMOND MANFRED TOWN: .........................YAOUNDE COUNTRY : ..................CAMEROON ZIP CODE:..................... 00237 TEST QUESTION:.........HELLO? ANSWER: .......................TONY?
Directives in simple words You have to copy down the details to be used for Western Union transfer on a paper and take the details to the Western Union store together with the money in cash and when you get there,tell the cashier on board to give you the Western Union sending form once the form is handed over to you fill in the receiver information on the form together with your own information as the sender and once you are done in filling the form with all the details pass over the form back to the cashier together with the money in cash and once the money is transferred the money transfer receipt will be provided to you and on that receipt you shall fine an 10 digit code on the receipt called the (MTCN) Numbers and that will be the numbers we need together with the senders first and second names so that we will be able to collect the money.
Copy the address below to locate Western Union store at your locality.
There were 3 address provided here
As soon as the funds are transferred via Western Unionmake sure you e-mail us back with the 10 digit (MTCN) numbers and the senders first and second names so that we will confirm the reservation and delivery payment for your puppies.
NOTICE FROM THE ANIMAL PET TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION AUTHORITIES:
The United Kingdom Department of Agriculture requires that all animals must have adequate room to stand up, lie down, sit and turn around in the crate. Water and food dispensers must also be provided. The Shipper agrees to furnish two containers/dispensers that meet UKDA requirements. Notwithstanding, Pet Air Carrier, LLC (PAC), its employees and agents, reserve the right to modify such dispensers in order to meet UKDA standards and/or any Transportation Company used in the shipment process. In such event the Shipper shall be responsible for all costs of such modification. Shipper hereby authorizes PAC to charge such costs to the credit card described above.Shipper understands and agrees that once PAC or its agents deliver the animal(s) to the Air Transportation Company (Airline), PAC or its agents have no further liability to the Shipper for delays caused for any reason, or and negligence on the part of the Airline in shipping or delivering the animal(s). Shipper shall look solely to the Airline for such liability and/or damages, if any. In the event of any delays in shipping, Shipper shall be responsible for the additional costs of boarding, medical treatment, fees and assessments, and any other expenses.
Shipper agrees that the Airline and PAC or its agents will not be liable for any loss, damage or expenses arising from death of any animal(s) due to natural causes, or injury of any animal(s) caused by conduct or acts of the animal itself or any other person(s) or animals in the shipping process, except for gross negligence on the part of the Airline. In the event of gross negligence, the Shipper shall look solely to the Airlines for such liability.PAC shall not be liable to the Shipper for any loss or damages to the animals(s), or any damages caused by the animal(s) while the animal(s) is/are under the supervision and care of the Airline. The carrier will not be liable for death, injury or loss to an animal attendant caused or contributed to by the condition, conduct or act of animals. PAC and attendants will not be liable for death, injury, or loss caused or contributed to by the conditions, or nature of the animal itself.
MANAGER Mr.MC Frank U-ship Pet Moving Customer Service Representative of Livestock Corporation
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CALL TEL +447055124630 This electronic message is meant to communicate information to our valued customers. It does not supersede our Order Acknowledgment and the terms and conditions contained there in. Therefore, please reference your Order Acknowledgment for exact scope of supply, terms and conditions and delivery information. Please verify any required changes to your order on our Order Acknowledgment. _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Well this email didn't look right to me so I did a little digging.
Not only that but shortly before receiving this email, Linda received another email.from Freeads informing her of the termination of the advert with the seller.
Looking at the ad once more we see this,
The delivery company even phoned Linda to convince her to use the payment method supplied with the email... The number he used is +177768398004.
Linda then received this email,
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 15:18:26 +0100
Subject: Re: Yorkshire
Terrier Puppies -
If u dont want to pay okay.Then i
will go and collect my puppy back
okay.Thank u very mcuh for suffering
me then whole day of today
okay.So should i go and collect the baby
back? the agemcy wont accept
cash on delivery so that is why.So let me
hear back from u
Seeing through the scam, Linda emailed all parties involved to provide their bank details so as to pay via bank transfer knowing that this is traceable method of payment. She is still awaiting their reply.
I've just read the small print of the delivery company and they mention Pet Air Carrier, LLC (PAC).
So I Googled them and found this
Go to THIS LINK
Also the images
appear to be just random pictures off the internet.
I wouldn't put it past the scammers grab some facebook images of some family pet puppies to show potential victims.
Linda's had a reply!
> Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:32:23 +0100
> Subject: bank account
> From: email@example.com
> Below are the bank account
> - Bank name: Ecobank
> -P.o Box 582
> -Account name: NGALLA REYMOND KONGON
> -Account number:
> -Swift Code: COCCMCX
> -Country: Cameroon
soon as you are done with the transfer, do scan and send me the
of the transfer form by mail.
> waiting to read from you.