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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 11:31

It is officially warmer outside (10'C) than it is in the cupboard I call an office (almost hitting 8'C).

Still: this means that I will be getting my steps count in as I keep finding excuses to wander around to warm back up.

I think I've decided where the chickens are going! You know... when the house is finished and we are allowed to start on the garden (so... May?) I've had to phone up the carpet fitter, stove fitter, central heating plumber, and plasterer to let them know not to even think about us being ready before Christmas.

Not sure about the Green houses though. 

But there is a plan. His lordship has two weeks off for Christmas. Although we spend it with family I need to get back up here for work: so surely he wouldn't stay down there with them? (Not if I can guilt trip him or more importantly his mother he chuffing wont). This means instead he'll be sat in a cold dark shell of a house while I sit in a... erm cold dark shell of a museum.. if this doesn't motivate him into action than its a good job he'll be working off site in January so I can get another man in to do the job quick before he gets back!

I have an aloe vera on my desk. Its looking rather sorry for itself. I think I need to find some clear plastic to build it a mini greenhouse if it is to survive the winter in here.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 07:08

Morning all!

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 17:53

Poor things. Is there a way you can report the rescue charity to the likes of the rspca? It makes me wonder what else they're doing.

The hound is currently sulking as his lordship is late home. Which at least means my craft box can come our without all the felt being pinched.


Posted: 06/12/2016 at 17:50

Fank: having worked at a wood chip powers power station I think the amount we have here would be laughed at! 

It seemed common sense to check; after all I'd have kicked myself if you all said it made great packing for all those terracotta pots that need protecting over the worst of winter. 


Posted: 06/12/2016 at 13:18

We have in the museum a surplus of fine sawdust. 

Its not just the house that is undergoing the redesign treatment: the museum is hosting a new exhibition too and with that comes in the construction team (well one chap and his tape measure).

The sawdust (or at least the wood it once was) is treated so obviously wont be making its way onto the vegetable beds but is there anything that can make use of it in the garden before I let it disappear into our already overly full bins?

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 13:11

I found it most odd that he even needs to go to family planning for condoms. Aside from the whole idea that a baby is a lot more expensive for the NHS to fund rather than condoms (in an effort not to get side tracked with why doesn't he just buy them himself and save the NHS money)... surely this is the kind of thing a pharmacist could deal with? Or even a free vending machine on the wall.

I go to the local library for my hearing aid batteries rather than trek to the (not very) local hospital so its not like they're against outsourcing.

Confidentiality is something I have always found lacking at this hospital: if the person behind me in the queue doesn't know enough details to steal my identity it usually means that the receptionist hasn't gotten round to that bit of the questionnaire yet.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 11:51
Dovefromabove says:

Topbird says:

..........Cold & foggy here but the sun is making an effort to break through..........

 Harrumph!  Could try harder 

See original post

 Yesterday the fog here was awful. Proper pea soup and using the whirly orange light on the top of the truck to make sure when I was on the country lanes people had a damn good chance of spotting me.

Today it is just .... grey.

Well there I was sat at family planning when I heard a voice I recognised. A friend who died last year made a fire safety video and it was him in all his glory telling people to know their fire escape routes. It completely took me by surprise and I was so close to bursting into tears when fortunately the suffering of others cheered my mood no end.

Imagine this...

Teenager boy enters family planning clinic, looks like bambi and scuttles up to the reception

Boy: can I have some *mumble mumble mumble*

Receptionist: some what?

Boy: *mumble mumble mumble*

Receptionist: (rather more loudly than you'd think needed) Oh! You mean CONDOMS. Do you want a selection pack of CONDOMS or just the ordinary CONDOMS?

Boy: (goes bright purple in the face) *mumble mumble*

Receptionist: (hands over a carrier bag full: seriously she must really over estimate this poor boys stamina!)

Boy: (makes for fast escape)


All patients in reception:burst into laughing

With that lot even if he's making balloon animals he's guaranteed of a good something ;)

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 07:13

Congratulations DD! Here's hoping it all goes smoothly. I'd offer to come and help decorate but...

... my current track record isn't good!

Chicky; I've been struggling with sleep recently. I've been so tired in the evenings I've been trying to go to bed early. OH asks why I'm not sleeping but then gets grumpy when I suggest it's HIS SNORING. He then grumbles and bangs around the house when I go to bed... if he let me at least get a couple of hours sleep before he came to bed I'd be fine. 

Off to the family planning clinic this morning to keep this area a baby free zone. Am I the only one who starts to think how boring my life must sound when you fill in the questionnaire? I haven't visited any of the dangerous countries, drank anywhere near enough  to appear on the chart, and certainly haven't slept (or worse; stayed awake with) with any tall dark strangers from foreign climates.

Keep warm everyone!

Briggs and stratton classic engine

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 13:29

Elliesgramps: Most strange! 

Does it look like it should be there. Because there really shouldn't be anything striking proud of the cam shaft so I am wondering whether it has picked up a piece of metal that has come loose from elsewhere which is causing your problem. Is it attached to the black circlip holding the pin in place?

Pumpkin growing..........confused

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 13:26

They look wonderful Stuart!

Chris: yours did better than mine. Not a single fruit! I'm going to be trying Doves idea of nipping to stop them wandering off and get them to focus on the job in hand.

Like you I want to try vertical next year: do please share if you find some good ideas!

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