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Posted: 01/10/2015 at 21:39

I was watching bats while walking the dog this evening.  They're so tiny and cute!


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 14:56

Pat E. Don't worry about the FODMAP diet it isn't really as scary as you think! Trust me I've been living it for a while now and aside from complications causing complications I'm so much better off. One disadvantage is that because my body is so used to being unable to absorb nutrients now that its healing its really very efficient at storing excess "goodness". Or at least that's how the doctor explains why I can't loose weight!

Til then drink plenty of water: if nothing else you'll be so distracted having to go to the loo all the time to pee you'll not be able to worry about anything else.


Panda: I'm glad you put your paw down. People are ass-hats sometimes!

Overwhelmed re: front garden bed design

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 08:28

Berries: when I'm looking for ideas of what look nice and grow well I get on my walking boots and wander around neighbouring streets looking at what grows well in other peoples gardens! You know that way they suit the climate! Easiest way for someone like us who are still learning gardening.  Take pictures of what you like if you don't know the plant and put the images up here and we'll try to identify it.

What on earth is doing this?

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 08:23

Squirrels burying their winter food?


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 08:21

Thanks Dove! I'm loving the mental imagery of a hedgehog closing a door behind him. We'll have to see what his lordship produces (I've told him I need his help on Sunday to prepare the garden for winter since he's so far failed to finish any garden projects and knows that my spine simply wont allow a lot of jobs so here's hoping he'll be inspired!)


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 07:59

Morning all. Balancing out Verduns warm with cold and a thick fog: think I could cut it with a knife when I was out earlier with the hound!

No school in today so I can deep clean the classroom again to ensure it is completely vomit free. I get a little bit carried away with how clean my classroom should be even though I've already scrubbed it. Small people seem to have so many many germs. I've lots of paperwork to catch up on too and lots of little projects ticking away than need some tlc. If you could send tea and cake and more hours in the day I'd be most grateful. 

I keep wondering whether I could find a plant that could live in the classroom to add a calming, cleaning the air, type colour to the room. It would need to survive very cold temperatures (no heating when its not in use and it can drop to outside temperatures) but come summer (and when you've 60 children in and the heating on) it is also very warm. It could have a plastic globe on it to help keep it warmer.

Does anyone think an aloe might survive this environment? After all it is BURN related so links in to the theme of the museum!



Posted: 30/09/2015 at 22:47

First vomiter of the school year!! Poor child, why do parents send them if they're not well??

Perhaps its a good job I didn't send them to Wonkys house.



Posted: 30/09/2015 at 22:30

We found out today that our hedgehog visitor is living in the garden (one noisy dog!) And my beloved partner choking on how much a hedgehog home costs to buy is now about to be harassed into building me one (after all he wont want to remove hedgehog anger from the dog).

Can anyone tell me the advantages of certain styles (some have a tunnel AND two chambers, others just the one chamber), and whether decking wood (I.e. pressure treated) is a suitable building material? 

Thanking in advance! 


Posted: 30/09/2015 at 08:01

Fairy- I hope you can walk because for various reasons I can't run. I'll also be pushing a stretcher so at least the downhill will be easier 

All for a good cause though we'll be raising enough money to put a defib on the outside of the building so anyone can use it if they need too. 

I hope Wonkys move goes well! I'd come and help but I've 60 children in today.


Posted: 29/09/2015 at 15:32

I forgot to add that I nipped to the local garden centre... aren't they so depressing this time of year? All the plants look in a very sorry state (surely its too early to be dormant) and the yellow label area was stripped bare. Even the packets of seeds were looking sorry for themselves.

In fact I was so disappointed by my pottering around I forgot to pick up the compost I' gone in there for!

Discussions started by Clarington

Iris Pseudacorus

Seed germination?  
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Frog Spawn count

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Mystery plant - possibly Orchid?

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bulk purchase of terricota pots

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Sarracenia Carnivorous Plant

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Tete-a-Tete Dwarf Daffodil

Can you create a indoor display with already flowering bulbs? 
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long handled tree loppers

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Incorporating Pet Friendly Ideas

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Front "garden" needs some inspiration!

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When is it ready to harvest? 
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Spring tulips and daffodils in my strawberry beds?

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loved gardening quotes

what are your favourites?  
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Dig For Victory

Museum Event - support needed 
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KEF & her juicy bits

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Stacey & her chilli bits

How is everyone else getting on? 
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