Ruth asks…

Is it ok to put plants and other outside decorations on a leasehold balcony.?

Hi, I live in a flat that although we own is leasehold off the council. We have a rather large balcony to the front of the property that is also the entrance. For the last 4-5 years we have been putting plants in pots out on it and decorative wooden logs, but recently or in summer we put a table and chairs out on. Now our neighbour who's lives directly opposite us has the same arrangement, but leaves his completely bare. We bought some bamboo and put this up to screen his balcony from ours asking him first if this was ok to which he was happy with at the time. Now our neighbour moans consistently about everything, and has recently moaned about this. I fed up with him ignored him. Again he had a moan threatening to remove it himself so I met him half way and trimmed it, but since this hes reported us to the council who now have sent us a letter asking us to remove bamboo saying it is an obstruction. It isn't blocking anything at all including the light which the neighbour has also moaned about as the balcony's undercover and the only light we both get is from the sides of the balcony's and the bamboo is Parallel to the flat door. All we want is to have a balcony that's nice. Everything on the balcony is not a permanent fixture. Any comments would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

landscapeliving answers:

Write back to the council asking what the bamboo is obstructing.

Lizzie asks…

A story inspired by "Twilight": Tell me what you think...

I've been writting vampire and ghost stories since I was 9. After reading "Twilight" and "Vampire Diaries", I felt inspired to write a book.
This is one of the chapter's of my book ( I still need to work on the title. I'm thinking on "Blood's Temptation")

She was a stranger among all these people. Carol never belonged anywhere. What have I gotten myself into? She thought. She walked into the Victorian living room with a grace that was unknown by human kind. It was still a mystery, what got her to that place. What drew her there, it was a force she has never felt, never experienced, yet she has heard about it and feared that it was all true. No! It couldn’t be. Well, all she knew was that she was going to start over. Finally, she was away from the horrible life she’s had, if you can call it “life”. This was a new place; no one knew about her, she didn’t know about anyone. She couldn’t help feeling the confusion and exasperation of those sitting in the living room. She couldn’t blame them. She just knocked on the door and walked in, settled in one of the empty rooms, and walked back into the living room. Of course the people there wanted an explanation for her unexpected entry.
The living room was old fashioned yet very cozy. She was used to seeing this type of decoration from all those years she’s spent alive, technically speaking. There was a flowered sofa next to an arched window. The window didn’t have anything to cover what was happening inside the house, as if they wanted to expose their everyday lives to others.
When she came into the living room she encountered three perplexed faces. Two females of about 18 years old. One was blond and pale-skinned, with light blue eyes. Carol couldn’t help noticing the veins on her cheek that showed on the transparent, pale skin. The other one wasn’t as pale, but had a creamy-white face with endlessly black eyes. The third character was a very handsome, built guy. He had bronze hair that really complemented his green eyes. They looked at Carol with shocked faced, with just a bit of fear. Their instincts had a lot to do with the fear they felt for her, she wasn’t “normal”. Then, without a warning, she heard it. She heard a voice that sounded like a thousand angels. She looked up the stairs to see whose voice this was. When she saw his face, she was paralyzed, all her thought of running away left her with such brutality that she forgot why she was there at all. As he walked down those stairs, she thought how a creature could be so perfect, at least in her eyes. She has been told she had the perfect walk, the perfect face and body, but she has never seen perfection in someone else, not until this day. This feeling was so unknown to her, it’s been years since she’s laid eyes on anyone, even less on someone she doesn’t even know. A very long time since she felt the urge, an urge that wasn’t too different from want and need. His pale skin was so smooth; one couldn’t resist touching it. Although his face was pale white and translucent, so translucent that it looked ghostly, he had a very light shade of pink on his cheeks. He’s hair was an intense black that contradicted the color of his skin, yet it made a wonderful combination. As she lowered her eyes to look at his lips, he couldn’t believe human lips could ever have such a perfect form. There was only one thing she hasn’t seen yet of this beautiful creature, his eyes. She was so mesmerized with his presence that she didn’t notice he was only a couple steps away from her. When he finally lifted his head and saw her standing there, like a marble statue, he stopped in shock. He was just as paralyzed and she was when he saw her. There, only inches away form each other, she finally saw two blue eyes in front of her. Those eyes, oh god those eyes. Those eyes reminded her of hot, clear summer days she could no longer feel, those that reminded her of home. Home! How could she feel so “at home” in such a strange place?
The expression he had in his eyes took her by surprise; it was like her feelings were reflecting through him. Was this feeling actually mutual? She couldn’t dare think of an answer.

landscapeliving answers:

Its is really good, however after just having read Twilight I cant help but feel its a bit to much like Twilight. Maybe if I had not just read it I would think differently. I wouldnt give up though, its pretty good.

Nancy asks…

My prologue...does it pull at your attention?

im 13 and writing Romance novel and i wrote a prologue.now even tho. im young plzz give me honest feedback...im really really gonna try to get an agent with this novel soo tell me useful feedback
Prologue:

1,2,3,4 pages trown away. I slouch in my chair, i tap my pencil repeatedly, waiting for creativity to slam breakes right in front of me--nothing, Absolutely nothing. I gotta write something anything, i just have to have something writin on this piece of paper. I need this i thought, I need this badly.

"um, justin we need to talk...right now" my mom been knocking on my door, which i guess i've haven't notice for the past 2 minutes. My mom's voice seemed weary and cracky, which of course means one thing , my mom must have Been crying--and hard.

"come in, my door's unlock." My mother rushed through the door, unable to keep balanced , happening to maybe trip over my clothes lying on the floor. She kept her balance and made her way over to where i sat in the chair moving really slowing. Like i assumed my mother was crying and hard, really hard. My mother's face was soak and wet and red and puffy. She looked like she just got stung by a bee 3 times. Out of instincts i jumped from my chair unable to keep my own balance like a wiggly spring bobbing up and down from being sat on , finally resting in its spot. I'd embraced my mom knowing she need it by whatever reason she's crying for."Mom,...Mom". Pulling my mother by the arms, I held her out in front of me."Mom, you gotta tell me whats wrong, i wouldn't know what to do to help". My mother took a moment . just staring at me , staring blankly in my eyes , clearly no signs of anything."Mom....What's wrong". By now she had stopped crying and i had released her arms. She held out a white piece of paper out in front of me

"This had came in the mail, its a notice." Mom had said almost seem like a robotic tone. I grabbed the paper finally able to see what all the dramas about. I begun to read, tears fell onto this white piece of paper beginning to make wet spots making it seem like decoration. I'd cried..i'd cried alot than what i suspected to, i weep not knowing why im crying for this particular person. I sat down speechless not knowing what to do. My mother watched me with a worried expression on her face, expecting me to fall down to my knee's and ask why..why him instead i sat there staring through the window wondering how long exactly is this summer gunna be.

I hope you ike it =D im thinking about putting chapter one on here. If ppl was wondering the name of this novel it"s called "One Night" or "For One Night". you guys can tell me which one you like better.
But i wanted to say that if any one is intersted in being my editor like i send u each chapter and you help me out with ideas and edit it. And i would say that when i send it to a agent or publisher i would include u in my query letter. To give you credit. haha Well i hope ppl like it and plz tell me if you want chapter one and most of all give me feedback! =)

landscapeliving answers:

Its really good overall. There are a few places where you have made grammatical or spelling errors, so here is the version rewritten. I have also reworded a few parts as well. Also, I like the title 'For One Night' better as I think its more evocative. Hope this helps.

1,2,3,4 pages thrown away. I slouch in my chair, tapping my pencil repeatedly, waiting for creativity to sear through me, stimulating me, but there is nothing, absolutely nothing. I gotta write something, anything. Its imperative that there is something written on this piece of paper. I need this, I thought, I need this badly.

"Um, justin we need to talk...right now!" My mom has been knocking on my door, which i guess I haven't noticed for the past 2 minutes. My mom's voice seemed weary and was cracking under strain, which of course means one thing. She must have been crying--and hard.

"Come in, my door's unlocked." My mother rushed through the door, unable to keep her balance , tripping over my clothes which were strewn across the floor. She managed to regain her balance and made her way over to where i sat in the chair with slow and deliberate movements . Like I assumed my mother was crying and hard, really hard. Her face was soaking wet with teary streaks, her eyes red and puffy. She looked like she had just been stung by a bee 3 times. Instinctively, I jumped from my chair unable to keep my own balance like a wiggly spring bobbing up and down, finally resting in its spot. I embraced my mom knowing she needed it to help soothe her tears and pain. "Mom,...Mom". Pulling my mother by the arms, I held her out in front of me."Mom, you gotta tell me whats wrong or I won't know what to do to help". My mother took a moment . Just staring at me, her eyes blank and vacant. "Mom....what's wrong?" By now she had stopped crying and I had released her arms. She held out a white piece of paper out in front of me

"This had came in the mail, its a notice." Mom gasped in an almost robotic tone. I grabbed the paper, finally able to see what all the dramas about. I began to read, tears cascading from my eyes onto this white piece of paper beginning to form decorative wet spots. I cried..I cried a lot more than I would have suspected I would, blindly weeping, not knowing why im crying for this particular person. I sat down speechless not knowing what to do. My mother watched me with a worried expression branded on her face, expecting me to fall down to my knee's and ask why..why him? Instead I sat there staring through the window wondering how long exactly will this summer last.

David asks…

Would my prologue be good enough for a agent?

im 13 and writing Romance novel and i wrote a prologue. Now even though. im young plzz give me honest feedback...im really really gonna try to get an agent with this novel soo tell me useful feedback
Prologue:

1,2,3,4 pages thrown away. I slouch in my chair, i tap my pencil repeatedly, waiting for creativity to slam breaks right in front of me--nothing, Absolutely nothing. I gotta write something anything, i just have to have something written on this piece of paper. I need this I thought, I need this badly.

"um, Justin we need to talk...right now" my mom been knocking on my door, which i guess I’ve haven't notice for the past 2 minutes. My mom's voice seemed weary and cracky, which of course means one thing , my mom must have Been crying--and hard.

"come in, my door's unlock." My mother rushed through the door, unable to keep balanced , happening to maybe trip over my clothes lying on the floor. She kept her balance and made her way over to where i sat in the chair moving really slowing. Like i assumed my mother was crying and hard, really hard. My mother's face was soak and wet and red and puffy. She looked like she just got stung by a bee 3 times. Out of instincts i jumped from my chair unable to keep my own balance like a wiggly spring bobbing up and down from being sat on , finally resting in its spot. I'd embraced my mom knowing she need it by whatever reason she's crying for.” Mom,...Mom". Pulling my mother by the arms, I held her out in front of me.” Mom, you gotta tell me what’s wrong, I wouldn't know what to do to help". My mother took a moment . just staring at me , staring blankly in my eyes , clearly no signs of anything.” Mom....What's wrong". By now she had stopped crying and i had released her arms. She held out a white piece of paper out in front of me

"This had came in the mail, its a notice." Mom had said almost seem like a robotic tone. I grabbed the paper finally able to see what all the dramas about. I begun to read, tears fell onto this white piece of paper beginning to make wet spots making it seem like decoration. I'd cried. I’d cried a lot than what i suspected to, I weep not knowing why im crying for this particular person. I sat down speechless not knowing what to do. My mother watched me with a worried expression on her face, expecting me to fall down to my knee's and ask why. Why him instead i sat there staring through the window wondering how long exactly is this summer gunna be.

I hope you like it =D im thinking about putting chapter one on here. If ppl was wondering the name of this novel it’s called "One Night" or "For One Night". you guys can tell me which one you like better.
But i wanted to say that if any one is interested in being my editor like I send u each chapter and you help me out with ideas and edit it. And i would say that when I send it to a agent or publisher I would include u in my query letter. To give you credit. haha Well I hope ppl like it and plz tell me if you want chapter one and most of all give me feedback! =)

landscapeliving answers:

There were a lot of grammar mistakes: left out period, random capitalizations, incorrectly punctuated dialogue, among other things. Putting that aside, I think it could be a good novel. Also, usually before you get an editor you revise your first draft a few times. But I would love to help you out with the editing process. Email me what you have so far at chillrocky5@yahoo.com. I'll help you with all the grammar stuff.

William asks…

Twilight prom birthday party (15 yr old)?

Hi,
I'm 14 turning 15 on December the 5th. Yes, it is a long time away but this year, I want a great party, so that's why I need YOUR help! LOL

I'm inviting around 20-30 people plus my mum, dad, brother, cousins and some other relatives.

I need help with the following

MUSIC - I think I'll play Twilight (DVD) on the TV, but I can make the sound be the iPod dock. I've got an iPod Nano (The New version) and a dock with a great sound system. I will download lots of my cd's and stuff onto the iPod but will buy some iTunes cards as well. I need ideas for songs. What songs do you like to dance too? Teenage girl songs? Summer nightime disco type songs? Twilight soundtrack will be included!

FOOD - Pizza, lollies, random red and black snacks, hot dogs, burgers, etc. I think I'll get a twilight cake from the local bakery (LIKE THIS ONE!!! http://www.tucsoncakes.com/yahoo_site_ad...

DRINK - Most likely soft drink, water, etc. I need ideas for twilight-themed food and drink.

ENTERTAINMENT - I'm thinking Jacob-Edward debate, Apple bobbing, Chess, Twilight trivia. Anything else would be good!

DECORATIONS - This is the crazy part! LOL. I'm going to get fairy lights and put them out the front path of my house, have a Forks population sign (Like on the movies). When you walk in, there will be quotes and flowers and candles leading to the back of the house. In the living room, the tv will be on with Twilight playing and the iPod dock blasting away. I'll pin up quotes and pictures of the movie/s in this room with hundreds of balloons. In the dining room, I'm making my brother be the dealer for the Monte Carlo area. I'm going to have an arch like on the movie and a Edward cut-out as well. I'll have the Monte Carlo bit with poker, etc (Ideas for more Monte-Carlo thingys please!). Outside, we have a pergola with a huge vine and lots of balloons and a Twilight shrine. Then on the lawn, I'll have the big table and all the chairs with a buffet dinner. Then on the lawn as well, I'll have a fog machine to make it like the meadow scene in Twilight and have pretty flowers.

BTW, the doors and windows will be open so the music comes in.

I'm thinking Saturday 5th of December.
I live in Australia, so it's summer. I want it dusk so 7pm - 11pmish.

****ANY ideas/suggestions/comments will be so great *****

dont bag twilight here.

thankyou so much
xoxoxox
BTW, IDC if you hate twilight. Go answer another question coz you aint getting my 10 points.

BTW, the link doesn't work. Sorry.

landscapeliving answers:

Alright...well it's obvious you want to have a cool party! Your party is like 7 months away so there will be a lot of new songs out and you will want to play all of those...try not to pick out all of the good songs that are out right now because when it's time for your party it's going to seem like you haven't updated your ipod for a while! Chess doesn't sound like fun! Unless in Australia that is something cool to do!...Try not to have a schedule everyone will do what they want to do...Be sure to have a back-up plan in case no one is doing anything and no one is dancing. I wouldn't theme your party...you can decorate it like twilight and watch the movie and listen to the sound track as much as you want but don't say it is themed as twilight...don't worry about the population sign just make one!...and by then New moon will be out So...be sure to have that sound track too! And maybe if the movie is on DVD by then...you could watch that too!...Try NOT to hang out with just 2 or 3 people...and don't blow a whole bunch of money for a cake...you can decorate one yourself which is much more fun!...Do you have a disco ball? If not and you desire one they are very cheap to rent! :) ...You should also put glow in the dark stars on the ceiling they are like 1$ a pack and they come with plenty! You can always find plenty of great invitations online without paying anything and just print them!...Do some kind of really cool Party favor...not the lame ones with the bags just something inexpensive! And not something they would just throw away! You could buy really cheap picture frames (like from dollar tree) and have one of your parents take a picture with you and 1 person at a time and print them on your computer and give them to them as they leave!! DO NOT make this party overwhelming! The LAST thing you want is your parents deciding that it's too much and don't make it too expensive...be sure to plan everything out with the money! Hope this helps! Good luck!

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