Latest posts by Clarington

Insomnia cure

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 11:55

Well you might be able to sleep but will the rest of us laying here imagining you out there in just your socks delicately pulling up the weeds risking sun burn on your bum!!

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 11:01

Dove: enjoy the display! I went on February when they STILL had the damned Christmas decorations out. It was awful trying to look behind the massive dusty penguin to see the Avelling 12 ton single compound behind it. But that is what you have to do to keep the money coming in I guess.

Stopped on my way to work to help a chap and his young son that had run out of fuel on the way to school. It was a silly busy road and not one person apart from myself and a lorry driver slowed down to help us push the car to safety. Is it really so important that you get to work that you forget what it is like to panic when your car suddenly stops (he'd lent it to a friend and jumped in not realising that said friend hasn't topped it back up: another gripe!) Got them into my car (they were going to walk along the road! Christ can you imagine how I'd have felt if I'd heard they'd been wiped out by one of the drivers on their phones / doing their make up / etc??) And took them back to their house to get a jerry can (did you know most fuel stations don't stock jerry cans now? What's that all about). Got them fuel and dropped them off at the car. It took less than 20 minutes.

If people can't spare 20 minutes from their day to give a strangers car a push to safety we're all doomed.

Trouble is what I really want now is a cup of tea. This drinking water all the time doesn't have the same satisfying effect! Only a few days to go then I can end my H2 Only challenge on Friday with THE BIGGEST MUG OF TEA you'll have seen!!

Untidy but well stocked roof terrace

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 10:49

This is a company I pulled off the internet at random. They make large wooden planters (so you could get two plants in, plus mulch to knock down the watering, being wood and being the type you could affix legs / wheels too I see no reason why this is any more permanent than a pot to please the committee.

I like the ideas of wheels: it would allow you too, should you choose, move the plants so that YOU get the maximum sunlight / privacy as it requires.

Definitely get the whole using it as an area to get out and enjoy yourselves though! It looks a decent sized space it would be awful for it to be so full you don't get to use it!

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 21:36

Blast it! I went upstairs so many times today and each time I forgot to have a count up.

I can't wait until I get my first tea on Friday.

Neighbours are burning *everything* and covering my garden in ash. At least the darker nights mean I can't see it now :( 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 12:30

Dove: If I drink much more water my bladder is going to throw a tantrum. I've found that water doesn't seem to make you feel comfortably hydrated like a good cup of tea does so I've been guzzling away pretty much constantly.

The front axle we think was a weakness that could well have failed at any point (thank goodness not near the motorway as I'd have been flipped and ditched). It is admittedly 16 years old. That said on Thursday I was towing a fire engine with it, on Friday his lordship was towing a Mustang with it, and on Sunday his lordship was... trying to release a tree stump from the front garden. We had the tree cut down last year and "killed" with some chemical but my gosh it looks in lovely condition for a piece of dead wood (holly). We;ve dug as much as we can, tried to cut through all the roots we can access but the tree stump is still in place and holding firm!

Obelix: I'm on a ten day h20nly challenge to help raise money for the RNLI. For ten days all I can drink is tap water, no tea, no cider, no caffeine free alternatives, I can't even have sparkling water or a slice of lemon in it or soup if you drink it from a mug. (Don't worry you can eat!) 

The RNLI has been in the news far too often this summer and people forget that they're not government funded like the Police for instance (they are after all what you'd consider an emergency service) and since I'm not fit enough to run a marathon and too fragile to throw myself out of a plane I thought I'd join their H20nly Challenge.

You can learn more about it here:

and my fundraising page here:


HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 10:51

Morning all! Sorry I've been quiet of late. As Joyce said: this not drinking tea is proving harder than it looks! I thought it would be all beautiful skin and all that detox rubbish they mutter about after the initial shock of sudden no tea.

I've had cramps in my legs, twitchy arms, a concentrate span shorter than a..., what was I saying? Migraines, and best of all my stomach issues have been most confused by the whole no tea thing and are raging a war against all things... well for want of a better word... solid. But amazingly with all that I've even gained weight (mind you I am keeping Cadburys in business with my current rate of trade).

Bedtime has been 18:30 more than once!

I was even asked by the Tesco check out lady whether my partner was pulling his weight with the new baby! She was horrified when I explained that this yawning unable to remember my pin number confused mess before her wasn't because I'd had a child but because I hadn't had a mug of tea.

Right now I would allow myself to be hired as a hitman just for a mug of tea.

Clarington no like no tea!

I've survived

- 132 students visiting the museum

- the grand opening of the new education project

- 20 of the WORST behaved cubs / beavers I have ever seen "sleeping" at the museum

- My partner snapping the front axle of my car

- The boss

BUT... and this is where the positives start to shine though. I have raised so far £215.00 (with £35.00 gift aid on top) which is an amazing amount I never expected to get so much! Later, if I can actually remember to do it (I've been upstairs three times today and forgotten each time) I will be working out (based on the RNLI exhibition at the museum) just what we've purchased.

But first, first I will take another nap.

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me. You are all so very awesome and wonderful people!


HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:36

Oh Lily that sounds awful. Please look after yourself.

I think everyone needs a huge chunk of cake. Not sure I have much in the museum (coffee shop is being refitted) but I'll see if I can pick one up on the way home for you all...

Fresh Horse Mannure

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:33

Joe: chances are someone has just posted in the wrong area of the forum. It happens all the time I'd not worry about it.

Horse Manure & Worms

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 10:53

The worms horses are usually infected with a white (think tape worms, lung worms, pin worms...) There are red worms that infect a horse (cyathostomes if you want to google image search to compare to your last manure delivery) but I think you are referring to the helpful sort of nice thick juicy red worm.

As you've said they do a brilliant job of taking the goodness deep into the soil: it could be that your latest batch was too warm for them and so they'd retreated to safety. Either way the worms in your garden will soon be at work for you.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 10:45

Morning all.

What a terrible tale Hosta. Why is it that horrid things like that always seem to happy to the nice people.

Today is my last day of drinking anything but tap water. Do I try and wean myself off carefully or spend my day filling myself to the brim with caffeine and fizzy stuff? I'm thinking a massive blow out of milkshake, ginger beer, fresh hot tea... 

I did find out yesterday that I can't swallow my medication with plain water! I've always used squash to mask the taste but yesterday I was there gagging and choking and those tablets would NOT go down! Oh the embarrassment. In the end I had to stand there with a t towel under my chin and a piece of chocolate ready to chomp on quickly to take the icky away.

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