Latest posts by Clarington

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 16/01/2017 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!

Dogs urine making brown spots all over the lawn

Posted: 15/01/2017 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?

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/01/2017 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?

Dogs urine making brown spots all over the lawn

Posted: 15/01/2017 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!

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 17:02

Evening all.

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.

Dogs urine making brown spots all over the lawn

Posted: 15/01/2017 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.

Privacy from play house

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 14:55

My neighbours young child likes to sit on the outhouse watching all of his world around him.

Fair enough?

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.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 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.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 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.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 17:12

Can I come to yours for supper BL?

Discussions started by Clarington

Hello Forkers - March Thread

A friendly place for frolics and chat for all members to come together to socialise. 
Replies: 1499    Views: 35777
Last Post: Today at 17:40

Cactus Display.

Any ideas and inspiration? 
Replies: 6    Views: 371
Last Post: 28/02/2017 at 19:20


Can I use it for anything? 
Replies: 4    Views: 532
Last Post: 07/12/2016 at 08:30

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Replies: 1376    Views: 40469
Last Post: 01/12/2016 at 06:19

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Replies: 1352    Views: 40636
Last Post: 01/11/2016 at 06:48

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Replies: 1321    Views: 40463
Last Post: 01/10/2016 at 07:30

Plant Swap

Replies: 3    Views: 339
Last Post: 24/07/2016 at 22:43

Does putting slate on your pots help keep the soil moist?

Replies: 8    Views: 736
Last Post: 18/07/2016 at 00:28


Replies: 1788    Views: 55782
Last Post: 01/08/2016 at 06:38

Ideas for a small shady corner

(of the vegetable garden) 
Replies: 12    Views: 951
Last Post: 30/06/2016 at 18:03

Tiny Plants

For tiny pots. 
Replies: 21    Views: 1253
Last Post: 18/06/2016 at 05:07


A friendly place where we can chat to each other about all sorts of things - everyone welcome! 
Replies: 1612    Views: 59105
Last Post: 01/07/2016 at 06:53

Carnivorous Plants; UK native.

Replies: 17    Views: 952
Last Post: 15/06/2016 at 11:46

Hawthorn Hedge: at the end of its life?

Replies: 3    Views: 541
Last Post: 24/04/2016 at 11:10

Child friendly / neglect friendly / plant for classroom

Replies: 4    Views: 525
Last Post: 01/04/2016 at 15:55
1 to 15 of 58 threads