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How to stop puppy from eating everything

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 08:34

Esther: firstly congratulations on your new hound!

As your training continues and puppy learns the word NO you'll find it easier and easier to stop them from chewing things they shouldn't (same applies in the house!) Don't be scared of disciplining them from an early age; puppies are keen to please their pack and of course need to learn their place.

Some people say that chilli powder helps keep dogs away from certain areas (ours however seems to love the smell and it actually encourages him to dig). But I found when I'm out in the garden (we never leave our dog in the garden unattended) a spray bottle with water is a good distraction when he starts digging where he shouldn't or runs off with the pot I'm trying to plant up. He thinks the spray bottle is a game not a punishment so much so that when we go on a walk on a hot day the bottle comes with us as an easy way to transport water for a drink and cool down! 


Espresso Machine for Garden

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 08:21

I've had a look at some coffee machines (I'm more a tea drinker myself) and manufacturers don't seem to like to state IP ratings. Please please do not mistake "can be filled with water and wiped clean with a wet cloth" for water proof (aka surviving 3 inches of sustained april showers). All electrical items are splash proof. This doesn't make them water proof.

Your best bet if you really must have it out doors all the time would be looking at commercial coffee machines. Otherwise save your money and bring the one out of the kitchen with you! Means more money for plants

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 07:19
I think it sounds rather fun! I'm up for it.

B3 it would be interesting to see if suppliers do notice this site.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 07:13
brrr what a gale blowing through! Welcome to Spring... it's sprung a leak.

Sowing seeds

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 07:53
Can what is it you'll be growing? Can they be seeded directly into the garden? (& thus mother nature herself can water the seedlings).


Posted: 29/02/2016 at 07:38
Morning all! Very frosty here; but a beautiful blue sky.
I'm only working in the evening today so have been given a big shopping list.
- dog vaccinations
- new dog bed (memory foam naturally)
- dog food
- new dog toy to replace his broken squeaky duck
- new dog walking boots
- dog first aid kit

.... can you guess we have a dog?

Have a great day all!


Posted: 28/02/2016 at 15:22
Dove you're right; if I want anything for work (be it a special thing for a new project or even day to day essentials like paint for messy play) I have to fill in a purchase request form. This can be accepted / denyed / lost. But once accepted if I actually want to see said item materialise I have to go out and buy them myself and thrust a receipt at the boss.
I don't get a budget to plan my own expenses / projects / any investments in the education or access to any funding other than my own wallet. It does make things tricky but I imagine it's not uncommon in small museums!

Get a hot water bottle on that neck (not too hot) and maybe a bottle of wine; everyone knows wine slowly acts as both a muscle relaxer but also a tension reliever so that you don't fear moving your neck meaning the muscles won't pre tense.

Maggots in my strawberry plants.

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:31
Thanks Bob. The offending soil has been spread out under the bird feeders so hopefully the birds will do their part of the deal.

Maggots in my strawberry plants.

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 13:59
While the hound was helping me relocate some very unhealthy strawberry plants (all seemed to die within a couple of weeks of looking gloriously healthy) I found these... (link to instragram owing to inability to post photos from phone; you might need to copy and paste the link). Can anyone confirm that these are indeed maggots (found at varying depths in the soil) and the possible reason behind my plants demise?


Posted: 28/02/2016 at 09:40

Fairy girl I can excitedly announce MY WAGES WENT IN FIRST TIME! ! 

Good job too because I needed to start buying supplies to get ready for our Easter holiday activities. Still; I'm drafting up a begging and pleasing letter to the likes of Wickes and B&Q so hopefully some good will come of that.

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