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Posted: 09/09/2015 at 07:26

Morning all. As far as I'm aware my friends car is still awol and typing this I've realised just how filthy my nails are having spent yesterday cleaning horse tack for a new display at the museum... best get scrubbing before a very important meeting! 

Have a lovely day everyone. 


Dove: how about I just invite you and Wonky instead?


Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:35

Today I used an entire pot of boot polish cleaning horse tack for the museums new display. Wasn't what I was expecting when I went to work this morning...

Sat down on the computer to find (while waddling through the first day at school photographs and general nonsense that normally fills the internet) my friends car has been stolen. Worse: he had all of his first responder medical kit in the car which means he is no longer going to be able attend medical incidents in those vital minutes before an ambulance can attend. It makes me very very.... beyond angry.

Yesterday I cried myself to sleep because a "friend" was careless with his wording and made it sound that he couldn't be bothered to eat meal out of his comfort zone for the sake of celebrating my birthday / engagement / new house / a general big party to make up for all those other big parties that I haven't had to have because my friends were too busy to come over. (Allergies making it very difficult for me to find a restaurant that wont try to kill me or at least make me feel very ill for several days so to find one, one that serves damn fine food is rather exciting so for him to call the food "inedible" because he didn't like any of it....).

Today I feel sad because I know my friend is sat at home and only a few streets away someone could be dying because he can't get there. Can't use the equipment he always carries.

People are giant ass hats

Where are we ordering our summer bulbs from?

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 07:46

That's a shame Jo. I'm lucky to have "urban farms" and places that could use free bulbs as a workshop with their disadvantaged clients but 200 bulbs is a lot to have to get rid of!


Posted: 08/09/2015 at 07:43

Dove my lawn is springing up with mushrooms: very strange as it's never done before but I swear you turn around having cleared them all away (don't trust the dog) to find six more pop up and wave at you.

Very autumnal this morning: cold, that kind of moist that soaks you before you realise its wet out, and generally just not nice. I'm hoping the sun might burn through if only so I don't need to have all the lights on all day. 


Have you heard that our lawns are turning frogs?! 

Where are we ordering our summer bulbs from?

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 19:21

Jo: All of my crocus bulbs were mouldy when they arrived (didn't get a response to my email regarding quality control either but since most of them grew I wasn't too bothered).


Posted: 07/09/2015 at 16:51

KEF: if my dad stopped eating toffee I'm convinced the dentist wouldn't have been able to put all his children through university.


Posted: 07/09/2015 at 13:56

The house has been bleached, my supplies of detol wipes and hand sanitiser running low (I always have some in my bag: working with children has taught me to TRUST NOTHING), vitamin C tablet taken, litre of orange juice consumed... I always try to wash my hands as often as I can and wipe down surfaces to avoid contamination but my immune system seems to be really quite poor since my Celiac diagnosis.

WW cats aren't always the cleverest of creatures! Mind you Reggie is still making very slow progress on his paw healing but we're almost to the stage where we might be allowed to have very short w.a.l.k.s. Mind you as Steve mentioned repeat offenders it surprised me how many of the dogs we recognised on our daily trips to the vets to get dressings changed: I'm convinced some of them must have had a back hander going on with the insurance companies!


Posted: 07/09/2015 at 08:51

Ooh Verdun I didn't see it was your birthday! Have a great day I will drag myself from my bed to find cake to consume in your honour. Or at the very least I'll fill a mug with squirty cream 

Lily: I could far too easily become a hermit, it almost sounds ideal. Without visitors imagine how clean I could get the exhibits in the museum (this week is going to mostly involve repairing many broken exhibits that careless visitors did their best to destroy over the summer holidays... aaaaggggghhhhhhh).

All I need is some planters on the walls for my strawberry plants and I'm sure a roof top vegetable plot is possible around the lookout tower! 

Where would you go if you could become a hermit?


Pat: I hope your friend feels better soon. I had flu early this year and til then had completely forgotten how incapacitated it makes you. Even an attempt to get in the shower seemed like I was climbing a mountain in Wales (I say Wales because it explains the wet).

What's doing this to my garden?!

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 08:39

Are there any prints in the mud that could identify the culprit? 


Posted: 07/09/2015 at 08:18

Morning all! 

The kettle is on; help yourself to tea and coffee. I'm afraid I don't have any buns but I do have my first cold of the season  I did expect it: we've two chaps properly full of snot and coughs who were insistent on coming into the museum every day rather than consider the rest of us and stay at home resting. I did my best washing my hands religiously but I think I will wear my BA set next time.

I really hope I don't have another winter like last year battling cold after cold. I've already started the immune booster Dove suggested but I'm thinking spraying everyone I meet with detol might not be enough.

The garden is positively alive with frogs at the moment: we counted 30 under one piece of wood! But sheltering with them were the biggest slugs you could imagine:do frogs not eat them when they hit a certain size? Hopefully the hedgehogs might harvest those monsters: certainly they'll help with the pre hibernation weight!

Right: I'd better crack on with my to do list. I'm hoping now the school holidays are over I can get back into a better routine and start preparing the garden for winter. So many things didn't get done this year I wish I had the funds to get a strong man in. Unfortunately I'm currently pretty much funding the classroom activities at work so even my plant budget is decimated. 


Have a great day everyone! 

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