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Posted: 13/06/2014 at 08:19

Yes they were Mrs G (til 9 am today) but there is always contingencies in place so it was dealt with very quickly. Fortunately no one was injured but the house was almost completely destroyed and I fear the neighbours will have suffered massive damage too. I'm keeping an eye on the local forum to see if they need any help.



bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 08:15

Oh I love Robins! We have them in the garden and they have no quarms in trying to get as close to to the shovel as possible when we're digging to get the best worms!

Shallots or not

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 07:52

When do you normally plant shallots out of curiosity? 


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 07:50

Oh dear the thread. Reported it and will now go and post some witty replies in other threads to push it far away.

Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 07:27

Remember you don't know what help be it professional / a handy neighbour / out of a bottle they've had!


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 07:18
fidgetbones wrote (see)

Clarington if you see this, Try Ear calm spray. Its got a weak sterile solution of acetic acid in (vinegar to you) and I find that when I am diving, if I use it at the first itchy bit, it stops full blown earache developing.  Try painkillers as well.

Thanks Fidget - I'll go back to the chemist and see if they have some. I've stocked up with asprin which helped a little but I must confess it got so bad I resorted to rum!

fidgetbones wrote (see)

Clarington, are you still doing gluten free?

 When I was in Australia I noticed that the Australian  Womans weekly (published once a month...what can I say) used to have a lot of gluten free recipes. You can search within their online pages.
  Lots of goodies there.

Oh wow thank you! Yes it's gluten free for life now so that'll be really useful. I shall have a read while I wait for the boiler chap to come round.

KEF wrote (see)

Fidget is Ear calm an over the counter thing?  I often have ear problems, prob due to poking dirty gardening finger in when it tickles. I think shampoos and conditioners make mine tickle but can't have scruffy hair.   If I get a cold or blocked nose I usually end up with ear ache but don't fancy ENT appointment How's your cold ? 

Soz Clari got on my fav  Hope your ear feels better as evening goes on.

Sounds awful. I'm deciding earache is the worst pain - I'll take a broken back and standing on Lego any time.


House a few streets away was gutted in a fire yesterday.  The whole area smells really strongly of smoke - I guess not enough wind to blow it away. Inconvenient for my wanting to put the washing out but a very scary reminder how little it takes to loose everything


Hope you all have a lovely day! I'm off work fortunately.  Phew!!



Posted: 12/06/2014 at 16:26

Going to nip into the chemist on my way home Dove - I've run out of pain killers in my work bag aside from a Lemsip and I've been rather tempted to take that!


31 minutes.


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 16:05

As Fidget said - they're just plastic / plastic composite with a reflective surface on one side hence why they don't break. Cheaper to make no doubt and of course lighter for that improved fuel economy.

I've had ear ache since I visited the doctors on Thursday morning and its getting worse. I really hope he didn't damage anything or push in an infection while he was poking about! I don't want Mondays test being delayed

51 minutes until home time Miners!!


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 14:37

Wing mirrors (the "glass" part) are indeed attached with an adhesive tape type glue. Very often when you have extreme heat rises (of course being metal they absorb all the heat and get extra hot if heat is reflected off buildings etc.) they can come loose or even fall off. The bonus is that of course they're very easy to pop back on!

(They can also fall off when its very cold - as mine did a few years ago!)

Plantus Unidentifidous

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 11:29
Buddyboy wrote (see)


I think your Holy Hostas are needing some divine intervention

Depends if those upstairs are gardeners or slug lovers!! Last thing we need is them encouraging the slugs! (Hostas soon to be rotting happily in the compost bin).

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

The sand will explain why the slugs/snails didn't attack it when it was young and vulnerable!!!  Good instinctive gardening skills there Clari!!! 

Amazing what a bag of builders sand can do for the garden!

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