Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 07:52

Send more tea!


Posted: 10/05/2015 at 17:56

Trying to work out how many ways we can eat the rhubarb that's growing rampant in the garden. We gave it a rest year last year with the intention of moving it to the (as of yet non existent) vegetable garden but since its 13 days until my birthday and the "what do you want for your birthday" LAST year was a chicken run he had offered to build I'm not holding out hope of a vegetable garden appearing any time soon. Unfortunately I've not the strength to do it myself nor the money to hire Verdun to come and pose around the garden with his shirt off so encourage my friends to come and help.


KEF: I thought the neighbours drains were blocked I didn't realise it was you!! 


We're back off to the vets tomorrow with Reggie as he still has an upset stomach. I'm hoping they sedate him rather than try to muzzle and pin him down for tests: he's a strong and determined dog! (Who doesn't like the vets).


Posted: 10/05/2015 at 07:10

Okay so who mentioned I might have chance to sleep in this morning? 

Little puppy woke me at 06:30 to let me know he was awake. As he's had an unsettled belly I thought best to leap up and take him into the garden.

He has now gone back to bed, snoring away happily, and I daren't go and climb back in mine for fear of waking up the grumpy OH. 

Still at least we'll be early to drop off the resusi anns!

Hoping to go and visit the pond centre this morning to find some more marginals for something I'm planning in (unsurprisingly) the pond: I have some floating baskets that I can peg down where appropriate to move plants towards the centre of the pond and create some cover from the sun until the lilly breaks the surfact with a few more leafs. Hopefully it'll help with evaporation and blanket weed!

Where have all my fishes gone?

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 07:05

I've seen frogs clinging onto fish in "the throws of passion" which can basically drown a fish (cover their gills, stop them moving, squeeze tighter...) You could have lost them that way. Baring in mind that I thought I had lost all of my fish for several weeks until the day I went and brought some more and... guess who was there to greet us on our return. Do you have anywhere they can hide if something (like a heron) had spooked them?

My parents pond is right up against the house with a large porch door that opens up onto it, surrounded by hedges it makes a really private area even though the neighbours house also sits very close to it so from the sky its a tight landing space. People and cats are always coming and going... heron still got in.


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 20:03

Evening all. Back from the scout camp and we only suffered one bladder related incident (not mine) and one poor lad who couldn't last out and fell asleep on us. Good camp!

Worked out in nine days (on a 30 hour a week contract) I've so far clocked up 97 hours. I don't even know how that is possible.

BUT I AM NOW OFF WORK UNTIL TUESDAY! TWO DAYS OFF. WHOOP WHOOP!!!! Technically I need to go work tomorrow but only to deliver some resusi anns for a Biker Down course.

Now... best get the sythe out and cut a path to the greenhouse. 


Posted: 08/05/2015 at 07:53

Morning all. 

Well Panda if your group ever want a trip up north the museum will always be open for you! Not sure I'd like to do that car journey with a bus full of guides though.

Off to get the food supplies, resusi dolls the fire service are loaning us for the weekend as we do a basic first aid session with them, and of course filling the fire appliance with water for our morning water drill. Then its all steam ahead!


Posted: 07/05/2015 at 21:16

Evening all. Been and voted, cooked (and scoffed) rhubarb crumble with some fresh rhubarb out of the garden.

Trying to have a quiet evening as tomorrow sees a scout troop descending on the museum for an overnight camp. Managed to pot up one hanging basket with some strawberries in: I've decided while hanging baskets require extra attention it should reduce the slugs and dog eating all the produce!


Posted: 07/05/2015 at 07:28

Kettles on!


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 18:41


Scarborough was wet and .... really really wet. I'm convinced the rain was wetter than the sea. Still at least its done. I'm just sorting out my time sheet: I'm contracted for 30 hours a week (so 120 a month on average). Its the 6th and I'm already up to 60 hours. No wonder I'm tired! Needed an emergency pit stop on my way home and found a garden centre (much cleaner loos than service stations is my opinion): alas someone else had already had all the sticky labels but I did find a nice pot to replace the one that smashed in high winds a few weeks back. Only just had space in the car!

Poor Reggie is on a nil by mouth for 24 hours as his stomach has been bad: its all well and good the vet telling me this but I wish she'd explained it better to him! A little snout is insistent that its dinner time.

Matty: great news on the flight! I hope you have a great time.

Did I see Fairy?!

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 10:27

I'm not sure if they will. Are there any trails from slugs or snails that might be hiding in your greenhouse? At least you still have time to get some more seeds planted for a later harvest.

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