- Living in Yorkshire & learning the joys of gardening with a broken back.If I can't eat it, the bees can't use it.., its not the plant for me!
Loading forum activity, please wait...
Sorry, we didn't catch that. Please try again.
1 to 20 of 3,964 posts
Today at 07:09
Pat; glad to hear you're getting a break in the weather!
No schools today but lots of paperwork to catch up on. I have lots of teachers trying to squeeze in several workshops to their visits; we recommend one for a reason!
Yesterday at 06:57
Oh Hosta what an "interesting" way to the end of your holiday. I hope everything goes smoothly. How sheltered are you to the events outside? It sounds grim.
Only 30 children visiting the museum today; we'll positively echo around the place! It's also museum selfie day so I will be taking many many daft pictures.
No frost here today: just very moist. Still only 6 snowdrops but there is a hint of daffodil sneaking through the slate chippings.
Please keep safe everyone.
2 days ago at 15:01
Dove: my sister had *something* for two months before Christmas, and even now not fully recovered. The trouble with lurgies is that they seem to hold the door open for all sorts of other nasties to try and get hold.
Today has been rather quieter in the museum than expected. A school booked 60 places... 37 turned up. Another school booked 30 places.... 13 turned up. I don't mind its just nice to see classes with such small numbers in them! Usually I have 30 booked and 35 turn up, it doesn't sound a lot but it seems to make a huge difference on how contented the class is.
2 days ago at 07:04
2 days ago at 07:01
Above should read my scouts were oblivious.
Are you around Pat? It's not often I come in without interesting musings from you in the morning
Laying in bed having Reggie cuddling me whether I like it or not. He has certainly mastered looking adorable. Just so his daddy doesn't feel left out he has a paw resting on him. Trouble is his feet are quite fluffy and ticklish!
3 days ago at 22:05
Fidget: I rarely go out without Reggie. He is quite the mummies boy and would rather sit in my car at Tesco than stay at home with his master.If you ever want to see devotion he always trots next to me when I take the shopping trolley back looking so proud. Not that the nutters will be able to tell that with his big land shark bark and teeth. It is horrid to think I shouldn't feel safe going for a wobble to the local shop.
Fortunately the scouts were completely obvious to the events. I imagine tomorrow at school things will be different. Although it was only my second session with them I'm really enjoying it.
Another 90 children visiting the museum tomorrow.
3 days ago at 17:24
I've just heard a teenage girl was found deceased just up the hill from here. Knew my gut had a reason to be on edge when I saw the major incident CSI unit on the A57.
This is a close knit place, it won't be long before everyone knows names and is offering up suggestions. Tonight is scouts night; I get the feeling it isn't going to be an easy session.
3 days ago at 16:44
Afternoon all. Apparently today is Blue Monday? Fancy me dressing to colour coordinate! Now I just need blue Tuesday, blue Wednesday, navy Thursday and I'll be the height of fashion.
Had some lovely compliments from two teachers today about how well I engaged with the students and kept them captivated during our workshops. Shame the boss wasn't around to hear it! One was amazed when I said I'd never been a teacher but instead used to design oil refineries.
Still engineers and four year olds; nearly the same thing.
Dove I hope your head isn't too cold!
As I am off to scouts tonight I am leaving OH in charge of cooking a meal. There are a host of frozen Pre prepared meals for him to choose from so we'll see what he produces (I've just reheated some lasanges for a late lunch so I'll not starve!)
Fidget: will this affect your house price at all? I'd be tempted to offer the house to any prospective builder to incorporate into their plans at a sky high price. They seem to squeeze a silly amount of homes onto small pieces of land.
3 days ago at 07:01
Happy birthday HRH!
Desperately clinging on to the duvet for a few more minutes before I trudge out in the dark and wet to work. I am not a fan of dark mornings. Neither are OH or the dother judging by their snoring. I'm not sure why I bother making him a mug of tea in the morning to drink in bed. it's always cold before he even looks at it.
Pat; I hope you settle into a routine with your new psychologist quickly. It must be so disruptive to start working on things with one for them to abandon you.
90 children in today and scouts tonight. I am armed with my anti bacterial gel!
3 days ago at 19:54
Mark: Reggie is a German Shepherd. I prepare all his meals myself on a 75 / 10 / 15 meat / offal / bone ratio. He has more bone than they normally recommend due to IBS and this is what we have found suits him best.
My lawn will never look perfect. It has a built in worn patch known as doggy race track and a few holes dug by accident.
Kaz: if you only have a little lawn have you considered artificial?
3 days ago at 19:39
GWRS I'm feeling a little lacking with Sherlock this time. Can't put my finger on it. Very rushed and not as well thought out as before.
I foolishly put dinner on as OH said he would be home for 19:30. I tried to cleverly time it to give him 15 minutes to be delayed / have a shower / sit down and say hello.
It's now 19:38 and he's only just setting off. Dinner will be at least half an hour later than anticipated.
Trouble is it all smells so good now. Maybe the dog and I can eat it. He'll be fine on beans and toast; right?
3 days ago at 17:06
Funny you mention dog food Mark; we have always been very lucky with Reggies pee spots. Only during the driest of summer do we get damage to the lawn if I get lazy and fail on my watering can duties. The rest of the year we never notice any patches. I often wondered why; he's raw fed so maybe that affects things.
Everyday is a school day!
3 days ago at 17:02
Well I got everything other half needed at the shops, nothing for me nor fathers birthday next week. I do so hate shopping centres! Why do people just suddenly slam on the brakes when walking in crowded areas? Can you just step to the side before causing push chairs to crush unsuspecting ankles?
I've spent all afternoon curled up in a blanket keeping warm. The gauge assures me it's 11'C in here but feels much cooler. OH will be home around 19:30 so I am planning a big roast for 20:00 which will inspire my rump to get moving. It'll definately be roast potatoes here Aunty; it would be mutany to offer anything else on a Sunday.
3 days ago at 16:53
Now the easiest way to prevent the burn marks is to dilute the urine with a watering can of rain water. Of course this only works if you can follow your hound around and won't help your clay situation.
Could your dog be trained into peeing in one area? On a tree bark chipping special area for example so the grass will be left alone?
Come spring you might want to start thinking about caring for your lawn: aerate it to improve drainage and start a system of sprinkling compost and sand on the top finely to be naturally to boost the quality of the land. Til then I'd advise (as with all lawns over winter) that you try to not walk on it to avoid the soil getting compressed and the grass further damaged.
3 days ago at 14:55
My neighbours young child likes to sit on the outhouse watching all of his world around him.
He also likes to disturb the dog so that he barks and thus (being a loud land shark bark) disturbs all the others in their gardens, the dog of course wants to keep us safe and can't understand why he isn't allowed to eat this invader to his territory.
Child also likes to demand your attention, calling out to you no matter what you're doing, who else is in the garden. He then narrates what is going on, quite imaginatively to be honest but it does put an edge on your BBQS and social gatherings.
When he is bored you will find his toys in the garden; footballs usually they bounce well off the patio and make a fantastic splash in the pond. The dog can't understand why he is not allowed to destroy these new things.
If you are lucky Eva your neighbours child will be uninterested in you. If nothe please speak to your council and be prepared to ask your neighbours to respect your privacy.
15 Jan 2017 09:27
Morning all! Managed most of my chores yesterday including making two huge lasanges so the freezer is once again topped up with emergency / lazy day meals. My slab laying looks a little wonky though (emergency new path to the caravan with the impending worsening weather, OH has been too busy to do it so I thought I better take action. After all if he trips and breaks a limb the house will stay cold ALL winter).
House update: most of the messy cutting into bricks is now done. Once the council respond to our messages (agh) we can arrange the first fit viewing from their "inspector" and then start getting wires laid.
Today I have to venture out to the shops for some essentials. Not meadowhell fortunately; but not the garden centre either.
Cold has settled to a chesty cough; lots of hot drinks and moving around til it gets unsettled and naffs off. When I get home there is a blanket and collection of Sherlock to catch up on as a reward while OH is out for the day.
Keep comfortably warm and hydrated everyone.
14 Jan 2017 08:23
Oh Hosta! He must have been so panicked to find your car missing!! At least you know he's being observant.
Lots to do today but every joint aches; quite literally every joint. My hands feel so bad I can't recognise anything I'm touching just the pain. I think lots of hot drinks and rest.
I still need to recover the compost bin and retrieve the rest of next doors paper (recycling bin) from the pond.
Keep safe everyone. We're being quite lucky with the weather so far.
13 Jan 2017 17:12
Can I come to yours for supper BL?
13 Jan 2017 07:17
Fidget: I hope your other half isn't too troubled by the rolling. I've been on ferries in similar circumstances and am thankfully not affected but for my travel sick companions it was a night worse than hell.
13 Jan 2017 07:16
Pat: Reggie is starting to become quite the lap dog but at 30kg you can imagine it often feels a lot like your picture!
Chicky do keep safe on the roads. I am hoping some people will choose not to travel if they don't feel confident. Unfortunately like my not bring pressured in to taking my germs at work I don't think the common sense approach will be applied too heavily.