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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 07:05

Morning all. I've been away on a course this week; it wasn't particularly challenging but I am now shattered. Silly Clarington booked her pop up display at an event today so no chance for a rest just yet. 

I feel like it's possible to get physically tired from just having to smile and be "switched on" all the time. 

Tonight will be a true fudge-it-friday of comfort foods and a bar of chocolate (If I remember to pick one up) and whatever nonsense I can find on the tv tonight.

I came home to find my sunflowers are flowering! I feel almost sad; because I've waited for so long now it feels like it'll be over all too soon. I might treat myself to some shop brought sun flowers to have in the house.

Keep the mugs of tea flowing!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 07:32

For anyone that wonders: yes I have been doing the great escape type trying to hide the soil around the garden! Scattering it across the lawn, building up flower beds, hiding it in the hedge...

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 07:31

Morning all! It's raining heavily here and doesn't look like it'll be stopping any time soon.

I've been in my new job 12 weeks; doesn't time fly when you're constantly bombarded with new "oh my goodness how did this not get noticed before??" every three minutes.

I'm off on a training course tomorrow on how to do my job which I have a feeling will be all together too fluffy for the style I've been using of late. We'll see. In all honestity I just want to see what the average age of a manager is as I find it rather funny when I turn up and people don't expect someone so young (I even look older than I am!)

Oh well; at least all this rain will be (I hope) compacting the muddy area where I am digging away. It was the dumping ground for the soil we lifting from the pond. I want to level it back (this means reducing its height by two foot) to the surrounding grass level and then it'll be home to one of the greenhouses and possibly lawn possibly a flower bed.

You can imagine the muddy footprints throughout the house.

A new snake in the UK!!!

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 16:44

They are beautiful things aren't they.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 16:43

Some one pushed me into the lake on our stroll.

I don't think he's terribly sorry about the whole thing. (He's currently flat out on the sofa snoring away).

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 14:16

Dacha I rather wish I had had a dashcam when the above happened; if only for how hilarious it was.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 12:59

Sweet dreams Pat.

I've just had a cold caller tell me I had been involved in a car crash that wasn't my fault.

So I explained that MY MOST RECENT crash was in December of last year and that it was ABSOLUTELY AWFUL.

There I was driving quite happily when all of a sudden A POLICE CAR PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF ME.

I had not seen them and they were NOT on blues or twos.

I slammed on the brakes and tried to stop as quickly as I could. IT WAS SO SCARY.

Before I realised it the FIRE ENGINE who had been driving up my arse the entire length of my journey was not stopping in time so I performed an evasive manovere to try and prevent myself being rear ended.  

They clearly by this point hadn't clocked on so I continued...

The police car didn't even stop. 

I pulled over where it was safe to talk to the FIRE ENGINE driver. He was pretty shook up and fortunately the back end of the vehicle I drive was pretty beaten up anyway so I wasn't too worried about that but my BACK REALLY HURT.

Ah they near squeal with delight; injury time! They encourage me to continue.

My WRIST WAS PRETTY MESSED UP as the steering wheel had been ripped out of my hand as I had bumped the kerb and I had caught MY HEAD somewhere too.

Yes yes they go... (by this point I'm getting bored)

I took the details of the fire engine and had myself CHECKED OUT by an AMBULANCE crew who said I didn't need to go to hospital.

(can you hear them nearly squeaking with pleasure?)

I reported it to my boss as I was driving a company vehicle at the time and I took all the details down if they're needed but I don't think you'll be able help me...

I mean I was in a marked POLICE RIOT VAN at the time escorting the FIRE ENGINE and the other police officer was hunting an armed and dangerous person so he was only doing what he has to do and he brought cakes for everyone so no harm done really.

Honestly it was embarressing how long it took for it to click.

The above tale is entirely true. I was attending an emergency services show (hence the ambulance crew being on hand to take one glancing look at me between laughing).

Scrub clearance

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 09:45

I would be tempted to treat the weeds right now (i.e. today so you have a week for it to hit the roots before you have them cut down)

Let the mini digger remove them next week.

Leave it a week to see if there is any regrowth: treat again.

Then depending on what you're doing with the land and how quickly you can act put down anti weed matting or mulch to stop things reappearing.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 08:21

Fairy; don't start me on leaving doors open! Especially when it's blowing a gale outside and you're paying to warm the house.

My tomato harvests are proving a gentle trickle; ideal really in terms of no glut but it means they are still rarely making it back to the kitchen. Just a quick taste test as I walk by...

I've got some tomatoes outside; apparently they're meant to taste sweeter. I'll let you know if I can taste a difference. Certainly there's no other benefit I can see to growing outside as they seem to need as much water as my pot bound ones in the greenhouse.

Pat; I hope your weather gives you a few sunny days soon. It's looking like a grey grim day here today though I've just seen the weather report for tomorrow when I'll be doing a lot of driving; I'd best pack a snorkel!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 07:29

Morning all. 

Have I told you the most amazing of news? WE HAVE DOORS! 

You really wouldn't start to understand just how  insanely pleasing it is to be able to shut the rumblings of a washing machine away or contain the smell of cooking until you've not had doors for so long. 

Not to mention being able to effectively lock the hound out of somewhere! 

I've also made my final decision on where I want the greenhouses to be relocated too; have pointed out to his lordship that ground work needs to be done before autumn to avoid a mud bath in the kitchen...

... and started staking things in front of his shed as added incentive.

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