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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 10:06
Dovefromabove says:

 Hmm got in car and drove a mile then the engine management light came on.  I'm at the garage. The car is plugged into a computer!

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 Oh cripes. I hope it's a reset job or something easy!

Another builder has been to quote, I'm now awaiting the skip to arrive so I can get rid of all the plaster. Between 08:00 - 12:00 is as accurate as you can get for a delivery time.

Builder seems a good chap; one of his lads actually lives next door. He's confirmed the family are as odd as we suspected and laughed when I mentioned sound insulation " his mam has some good lungs on her!"


HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 10:02
Dovefromabove says:

Today I have been mainly crushing grapes 

One kilo has been simmered in red wine with lemon and rosemary - now they are being strained in a jelly bag and tomorrow they will be transmogrified into Grape & Rosemary Jelly, and the other kilo will be crushed ready to be turned into Grape & Balsamic Jelly.

I need to buy more preserving sugar and jars ... I'm running out of saved small ones.  

As you say Obelixx, living with never ending renovations is very wearing (I used to be married to a builder).  Clari has enough 'stuff' impacting on her life, without renovations and car parts in every room.   I do think a bit of consideration is called for .........However, I am aware of people who think it perfectly reasonable to put car parts through the dish washer  

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 Oh you've seen in my dishwasher have you? Mmmmm lemony fresh winch kit.

Tea... TEA .. TEAAAAA!!!!!!!

I've had a mug and I'm twitching! FEEL THE CAFFEINE BURN THROUGH MY VEINS!! 

Asbestos path

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 09:59

Donty. It's your garden; what you choose to do is entirely up to you. But Asbestos when undamaged and left well alone is safe. Once it starts to be drilled / damaged then the problems come. 

I've just had an asbestos garage taken down by asbestos specialists (£600 for anyone who thinks it'll cost thousands; I was quoted not much less for taking a similar sized non asbestos shed down!) They came and went and did a brilliant job leaving no mess and of course they protected the area they worked in.

You might be best if it's in good condition and you can cope with the height difference skimming over the top to cover the gap. But for peace of mind I recommend getting an asbestos company in to give you a free quotation for removal and disposal. (You can remove low grade asbestos yourself double bagging it and transporting it to certain recycling centres but certainly in my case it was easier and cheap enough to just get someone else to do it and keep my car clean!)

picked rhubarb

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 14:08

I'm afraid the only really accurate answer is: Possibly.

My rhubarbs are fairly late into the season now and are all dying back. It COULD be that yours have sent enough essentials to the roots to come back next year as if nothing had happened, although perhaps weaker than had it had a few more weeks.

We'll see come Spring!

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 13:49

Ob: That's all well and good having two hours in the house but he expects that while he's in the man shed "working" I should be cleaning the house and doing chores. Ironing is therapeutic and all that but since I have cut my ironing down to just his shirts (and the bed sheets if I'm feeling in need of a little luxury) its hardly the most enjoyable way to spend the evening!

As for work: you'd be amazed when reading the welfare at work act that the this place hasn't been shut down but somehow he gets away with it. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 11:54

20 degrees? GWRS that is roasting! Our heating isn't allow on until its dipped 15'C (Welcome to Yorkshire).

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 11:24

Joyce: the garden has been forgotten all of this year, and most of last. His lordship has his man shed that he can retreat too and of course the workshop he rents with a friend. They're his personal space. I have no where. The kitchen is barely a kitchen when after spending an hour scrubbing it to within an inch of its life I turn my back to find car parts have magically appeared. Now I'm not the best at baking but I'm pretty sure you don't need a winch switch or turbo boost dial when you're making fat rascals.

The house being a mess I can cope with. Were it not for the fact that when I come to work I don't even have an office! I have a cupboard with ONE chair and ONE childs desk that act as working space for TWO people, the wall paper I have given up trying to peel off (it has a tendency to fall off when you least expect it) and NO storage of any type meaning I've boxes and mounds all over. The new guy (who I now share this space with) can't see why we're not cracking on to get it done. Bless him. He's got a long way to go before he realises that just because the boss promised you something doesn't mean you'll actually get it!

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:51
Hostafan1 says:

good on yah Mary. 

Welcome back Lirl.

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 I am glad. It will be interesting to see whether the badger haired Hollywood will jump with the show to 4. If not.... they've not really got any of the original show left! I try to remain optimistic, hopeful perhaps.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:48

Those grapes look wonderful Dove! I want a grape vine in the garden (well in the greenhouse I think for Yorkshire). To be truthful... I just want a garden! I'm so tempted to just call in some professional landscapers and to hell with it. His lordship has no concept of helping me and seems to forget my limitations. We're still chickenless despite comments. NEXT SPRING I'm just going to turn up with some chicks in a box and tell him he'd better crack on with things!

Mind you the skip is coming tomorrow (yay) so that we can clear the plaster from the lounge (all bagged up on the floor and hopefully knock all the plaster off in the hallway. Not that we can find a sodding builder that is! I'm not looking forward to the colder nights with no central heating (mind you since we only really have the kitchen and bedroom I can crack on with baking to warm the house and treat myself to a new blanket... or six!)

Last day of the H20 today.... its proving a killer!

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 06:56

Morning all.

So chilly last night the dog rug stayed on the bed.

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