POTD – New Lawn

Rolls of turf prior to being laid in the grounds of City Hall.  The X-mas continental market (food and drink as culture) leaves the grass dead hence the replacement.

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  • Given its our civic centre, and by extension our premiere piece of institutionalised space and architecture symbolically accessible by all, you would think the powers that be would go for something more neutral coloured than grass e.g. concrete.

  • joeCanuck



    Oops, not shouting.

  • ForkHandles

    Xmas ? What is Xmas? Is it the celebration of the birth of X? I think you mean Christmas Market?

    Bring back the wheel i say!

  • Never had the pleasure Joe.

    As for nowadays ,not often around the City Hall at lunchtime so i don’t know for sure, but they do have occasional lunchtime concerts at the Ulster Hall courtesy of the Ulster orchestra.

    Anyhow back to Gardeners’ Question Time. Is it a good idea to lay turf when it’s frosty?(we’re in another cold snap at the moment) What’s the best time of year to lay concrete?

  • Cynic2

    Laid in this weather? I wish them luck

  • Scáth Shéamais

    The X in Xmas is the Greek letter ‘chi’, which is a short hand for Christ as anyone who has seen the Book of Kells will know.

    I personally don’t see the big deal myself, it’s not like that time of year has anything to do with yer man anyway.

  • joeCanuck

    Grass goes dormant at 4 degrees C. Shouldn’t lay concrete below 0C although you can if you can keep it warm. Concrete gives off heat while hardening since the chemical reaction is exothermic.

  • joeCanuck

    More: So if you lay concrete when the weather is very hot, you have to keep it cool. Usually by laying sacks or the like on it and spraying with water to keep them damp.

  • Impressive. Suggestive of a new strapline for Slugger O’Toole

    No question knowingly left unanswered.

    Makes a change from the oft quoted “Gladstone spent his declining years trying to guess the answer to the Irish Question; unfortunately, whenever he was getting warm, the Irish secretly changed the Question”

  • Greenflag

    I recommend Bill Bryson’s recent tome ‘ At Home ‘ a History of Private Life’ for all those who are finding it difficult to endure the winter 😉 Full of interesting facts about how we got to live in houses and even have lawns .

    On the matter of grass and lawns Bryson notes that in the USA lawns cover more surface area 50,000 square miles (about 1.6 times the size of Ireland ) – than any single farm crop .

    To keep it short and green and continuously growing means pouring a lot of stuff onto it . In the western USA about 60% of all the water that comes out of taps for all purposes is sprinkled on lawns . Worse still are the amount of herbicides and pesticides -70 million pounds a year are soaked into lawns . For most people in the USA keeping a handsome lawn is about the least ‘Green ‘ thing ‘ americans do ‘

    Now did’nt I see on Slugger something about NI having a water problem ? Maybe the NI Green party might want to peruse Bryson’s findings /

    Alas it’s too late for the Southern Greens who are about to to receive a different kind of watering from an irate electorate .

  • joeCanuck

    Some cities (counties? States?) in the USA have banned the use of grass in house grounds. Only indigenous plants, drought resistant obviously in some southern states, are allowed to be grown and watering is forbidden.

  • fordprefect

    Who’s running this thread, Alan Titchmarsh?

  • fordprefect

    They spent someting in the region of £11 million re-furbishing this shithole, £60,000 on christmas lights and £40,000 for a christmas tree, and there are still people sleeping in shop doorways with cardboard over them, something not right here methinks.

  • Fordprefect

    I spend little time in Belfast at night. What’s the extent of the problem?

  • fordprefect

    Probably not as bad as bigger cities like Dublin or London, but it’s still there, i.e. people sleeping rough.

  • joeCanuck

    People sleeping rough often have mental health problems or have fallen on really hard times. Sometimes runaways trying to escape an abusive environment..
    But you’re right, fordprefect, it’s disgusting that the authorities seem to just want to ignore their problems.