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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 15:22

I hope you're all keeping safe out there. I arrived at work to find the building across from us was being unpeeled (corrugated metalwork covering what was once it seems a beautiful Victorian building) like an orange. 

Then at lunch time our rendering started to come loose and fall on the fire engines. Its probably been loose for years but the wind must have been getting underneath it enough to give it that final push.

Makes the neighbours trampoline going walk about (I'm also missing a compost bin) seem quite calm in comparison.

Beautifully sunny though!

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Posted: 11/01/2017 at 07:31

II don't think I've ever experienced 39. That sounds like I'd boil alive!

Many trees down here; be alert if you need to leave the house today. I feel for the 60 children booked to come to the museum by bus today. 

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Posted: 10/01/2017 at 22:23

DD; well done on your business meeting!

As for this bad smell of yours. Well I may not be a boy, don't have a fancy certificate in castration, 

But I've watched a lot of CSI and am handy with a shovel.

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Posted: 10/01/2017 at 07:08


90 small children visiting the museum today. I hope they remember to wrap up warmly.

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Posted: 09/01/2017 at 23:06

DD: please please look after yourself. I was on anti depressants for a while. They took the edge off things just enough to get stuff done. They gave me the clarity to think andnot rush in to things.

They're no different to taking anti biotics for a stubborn infection.

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Posted: 09/01/2017 at 15:46

Topbird: surprisingly (considering how delicate my stomach is now it is a host to medical problems) sprouts don't affect me that way. Which is a shame because we are surrounded with wind farms and it would be nice to be able to barter with British Gas about getting my bills reduced if I "helped out" 

Joyce: I am hoping that by having something else I will be able to keep my working life to a sensible balance rather than spending my evenings and weekends doing things for work. Before I had my partner I was out most evenings / weekends with Saint John Ambulance and volunteering to work the steam engine, yet somehow found the time to have a lovely little garden, bake my own breads, stay a size 8, grow my own vegetables, work a full time job, and shockingly socialise regularly. Now I seem to achieve nothing of an evening. I can't even claim to be one of those people with immaculately tidy houses so that I could pretend my time was spent carefully polishing the dogs muddy foot prints off the silver.

I don't even know how he gets his paw prints that high up. Does he balance off the stairs and leap?

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Posted: 09/01/2017 at 15:08

Afternoon all. Suffering a post 60 small children, trying to do too many roles in this museum, generally still tired from camp, slump. I have 90 small children in tomorrow so I wont be pushing myself too hard this afternoon at work.

The fish pie has already been made (I will text his lordship when to put it in the oven in a bid to continue our spell of health and frugal eating and not stop at the fish and chip shop on my way home) but I really must perk myself up as it is my first meeting with a local scout group that are crying out for help. I said I would go and do what I could (if I am suitable). It will be nice to escape the house for something other than work! I did look at my local horticultural group, WI, and historical society, but I fear my witty humour that went over the tops of them and fact that I brought the average age down to 93 made me thinks that perhaps, just perhaps, I am not quite ready to be a grown up yet.

Besides with scouts you get to play with knives and fire (and canal boats, and night hikes, and generally all the fun stuff).

As an aside: I have rather a lot of brussel sprouts in the fridge: can anyone suggest something to do with them?

So...Resurrected Five

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 14:57

Can I have a hot blackcurrant please Dove? Realised as I sneezed my way through breakfast that over Christmas - for reasons I can not work out - I stopped taking my immune booster that you recommended. Not ideal with over 1,000 germ infested children booked in this month.

I'll take mine neat however. Can't stand soluble pain killers. Eugh!

Lantana: I tried to be clever and take photographs of my pots / patches with the label in shot so that I'd only have to scroll through my photos to see what was where (as like you most of my labels get chewed: or the hounds new found trick of carefully lifting them out the soil to fetch for you as though he thinks you're an idiot for trying to plant a plastic stick).

Did it work? Did it chuff I've a load of bulbs coming through in a patch I'm convinced I didn't plant anything and nothing on the pots I took all the effort to do. I think this year I ought go for the throw everything in the air and plant where it lands then it'll all be a surprise the next spring.

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Posted: 08/01/2017 at 17:02

Fairy; we offer educational camps to youth groups. They get a guided tour learning about the history of the emergency services, then practical workshops, learn how to perform cpr so they have the skills  a huge meal, fun and games, and (for the braver ones) tales of the ghosts that reside in the building.

It's fun. Hard work but fun. 

Dove: considering we provide hearty meals it is definately cheaper than a baby sitter. 

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Posted: 08/01/2017 at 12:09

All this talk of sleep.

My "guests" at the museum didn't even think of going to bed until around 01:00 though I think that may be partly down to the huge slabs of VERY sweet chocolate fudge cake they had at supper.

I then had to set up my camp bed and settle down. Unfortunately I am always on alert during camps so never sleep well but we were up before 07:00  to set up the breakfast.

Home now for some beans on toast before I go out to meet a local scout group who need volunteers so I may be helping out if they deem me suitable.

My sanity is questionable!

Dove I'm glad you're being well looked after.

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