Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 28/11/2013 at 09:08

Here's a question of curiosity for you.

Now since I worked as a motor mechanic I've always managed to baffle a garage with big words and question their mindsets when I've taken my car in for repairs (usually because I just can't be bothered to repair it myself / have looked at the Haynes Manual and realised it'll be a pig to do / the cost of buying the specialist tool isn't worth it) before they've had chance to realise I'm a girl so my own experiences don't perhaps reflect the reality of the wider world.

I'm also very choosy over which garages I use (seriously I think more about the garage than I do which place I go to the hairdresser which explains my apprentice cut lack of fringe) and even didn't take it to one garage because I was not happy with the way they looked after their tools (hint - good tools are VERY expensive. If they're being thrown about the place they're either cheap tools meaning they don't like to invest in their company or the grease monkeys don't care about what they're doing!)

Do garages really (in general) treat women differently to men? Or are they just as patronising to men but we don't realise it?


Posted: 27/11/2013 at 06:57

Morning all!


Posted: 26/11/2013 at 11:30

Morning all!

We're impatiently waiting for Friday to get its little rump over here so we know whether or not we're moving into our new house or into storage so if any of you are in the mood for the rain dance don't save it for the weekend!!

Buried treasure

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 11:21

I grew up next door to a very old Church. Having learnt that the un-baptised / sinners of the world were often buried beside the Church yard as they weren't allowed inside it has always disappointed me that we never found more than a solitary penny on the land that before our house was built had always been fields.

During tidying up the current houses garden (1990s build) I found a three tier fountain that the landlord had forgotten was there (it still worked!) and remains of a rockery that had long since sunk. What has always worried me however was once I pulled the thick layers of blanket weed off (no chemicals here thank you) the flower beds stayed completely weed free (14 months and counting) ever since (despite the birds doing their best to flick seed everywhere).

Weather Forecasting? Don't get me started

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 10:03

Gosh now I feel bad because I just look out of the window and hope for a 50% success that the weather is the same on the other side of the house.

Tudor Monastry Farm

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 12:35

I've really enjoyed the "farm" series until now. Yes they have made awful gaffs throughout the different eras (some more obvious than others) but this series seems to have been really dumbed down and playing more for entertainment than education. It all seems a little thrown together on the hop as though the director had forgotten to get anyone to do any research until the week before and they'd been sent to the childs library with a bottle of coke and a weak bladder.

I really can't decide whether they're trying to high speed it through and cram in as much as they can whilst bouncing from bit to bit (so badly slapping some cloth on a birds feet making the people who used to do the many miles to market look like incompetent village idiots rather than very clever people who worked on their initiative had they made proper boots and shown them to be effective- although at least they weren't putting tar and sand onto the feet of a turkey!) Or whether this is as good as living history gets now?

Jet Washers

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 12:01

Karcher here too. We have an attachment specifically for doing driveways / patios which is fantastic as it stops the water spraying all up the wall. My partner did the driveway a few months ago and the grass to the right of it was still dry. There's still some run off naturally but nothing like if you used the plain end nozzle which tends to leave water stains up the walls / shed.

We like it that much that we've brought one for a relative for their birthday!

Watch out for them on sale at B&Q (especially if you've a friend who has an over 60s discount card).


Posted: 20/11/2013 at 23:16
KEF wrote (see)

Not caught up on threads, just popped in to say it's snowing in S.Yorks, road covered and my poor plants. Brrr... Under the duvet for me. Sleep well all.



Sweet dreams. its not settling much here just really wet!





Posted: 20/11/2013 at 10:03

Verdun I will admit it MIGHT have been me trampling over your grasses. Only might. Because my little bed socks were clean this morning. Its just that its awfully hard to find your way to the compost heap for a midnight pee in the dark! Do you mind if I install little landing lights across your garden for tonights jaunt?

Your neighbour is lovely by the way. Who knew that she's a fan of peeing in compost heaps too.


Posted: 20/11/2013 at 06:36

Did anyone remember to take the cat out?

Discussions started by Clarington

Dig For Victory

Museum Event - support needed 
Replies: 34    Views: 708
Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 14:21

KEF & her juicy bits

Replies: 21    Views: 414
Last Post: 19/07/2014 at 16:45

Stacey & her chilli bits

How is everyone else getting on? 
Replies: 41    Views: 1040
Last Post: 25/08/2014 at 13:19

Can anyone identify these roots / bulbs?

Replies: 5    Views: 228
Last Post: 10/07/2014 at 07:21

Herb Garden Essentials

What's a must in your garden? 
Replies: 32    Views: 514
Last Post: 04/07/2014 at 09:14

Fungus on ones strawberries!!

Replies: 7    Views: 213
Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 09:38

Plantus Unidentifidous

Replies: 18    Views: 325
Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 12:46

Transplanting Grass

June transplant to cover the bald spots! 
Replies: 6    Views: 262
Last Post: 30/05/2014 at 07:15

A collection of unknown plants requiring identifying.

Replies: 19    Views: 607
Last Post: 10/03/2014 at 10:09

Heated propagators

When do you decant the seedlings? 
Replies: 6    Views: 485
Last Post: 27/02/2014 at 19:32

Evergreen Grass With Purple Flowers In Summer

Lost its ID tag in the move - can you identify it? 
Replies: 7    Views: 393
Last Post: 24/02/2014 at 13:14

Native Pond Plants

Looking for ideas to add height and colour 
Replies: 19    Views: 755
Last Post: 27/02/2014 at 09:03

Enjoy a Free Day Out At 4 RHS Gardens

Not spam - honest!! :D 
Replies: 2    Views: 283
Last Post: 17/02/2014 at 16:20

Water Butts

Recommended Suppliers? 
Replies: 4    Views: 373
Last Post: 29/01/2014 at 14:20

How LATE can you plant blackcurrents / raspberries?

Replies: 4    Views: 344
Last Post: 22/01/2014 at 21:36
1 to 15 of 29 threads