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Posted: 19/12/2014 at 07:31

Damsel I hope they call soon! We're having our home check on Saturday night. When I got home (around 21:00) I found my partner furiously vacuuming under the bed!

Must have these home checks more often! 

Hope your chap has a good birthday Dove. A day trip to Gt Yarmouth sounds much better than work. 

Two more days of work til the holidays start official...

What to do now?

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 07:27

As late as then Gemma? I'd be out at lunch on Christmas Day if I could! 

I'm like Gemna: all my seed trays are washed and my seed list getting longer everytime I nip into a garden centre. But I'll be starting my chilli seeds in January which will give me "a fix" until the frosts are over!

Growing Garlic

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 07:23

I grew garlic last year - it went in late December due to a house move and with winter so mild appeared within two weeks or so. Don't expect anything in a few days! This year my garlic went in a few weeks ago and there's no sign of growth yet (a size 13 boot print but that's another matter).

I found them very easy to grow, required very little effort on my part, survived repeated drownings from all the wet weather, and still taste very yummy!


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 17:16

Oh congratulations Matty! What a way to cheer a person up! I bet you've not stopped grinning like a fool.

I'm having a late night (we're meant to be open to teachers to show them around but no one has rsvp'd) organising items to put in loan boxes for schools... because I now have the biggest dressing up box to play with! If MI5 were tracking my phone I can't imagine what they'd think to all these emergency service uniforms I've been snapping away at! (Honestly I'm working very hard: just came back into the office to claim some hot tea and a sit down).

Then its home time via a customer who brought two badges over the phone. She's only about 10 miles from my house and she's making her grandson a bespoke uniform for Christmas but lost the original badges. Well I know how gutted I'd be if they didn't turn up before the big day and I think its last posting today so to save our worrying I said I'd nip them in. I'll stop short at taking the company fire engine or police car though: what would her neighbours say!! 

One doctor said my x-ray would be available in 24 hours. The other says 7 - 10 working days. So if I have got a good and proper chest infection presumably by the time the doctor gets the results to start the antibiotics I may well have cured myself with petrol baths and mulled cider tonics!


Right. Must get back to work. These firemen uniforms wont box themselves!


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 09:57

Punkdoc: do you know anyone you could look after their dog for a week or weekend to see how you feel / can see how a dog fits into your routine? Or maybe a toddler? I mean aside from the letting them pee in the garden I'm sure they're practically the same 

They are a lot of work but so rewarding.

Right. Best get some socks on and get to the x-ray department! 


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 09:04

That's where I must be going wrong KEF all my recent bathings have been in diesel. 

Verd - we'll have to get you some electricity in the summer house so you've somewhere to hide yourself away when you need it. Not that coming from Yorkshire I know much about electricity but I've seen a lecture on it and it seemed jolly interesting. You know they say it may even replace steam power!

Do remember your own happiness now and then.


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:45

Oh Susan that's awful! Can you get a lock Smith in to get the locks changed asap?

Lily: we're hoping to adopt a german shepherd from German Shepherd Dog Rescue. We've been wanting one for years but work etc is only just falling into place that we can really offer a good home.

Oh Verd I thought your niece has great things going for her. Sorry if I've missed on the latest dealings. Did she miss your quips too much?

KEF: they don't let you spray them disinfectant as they enter the classroom. Foolish really we could save so many people from the awful bugs this way!

X-ray department are going to call me back; I daren't get in the shower so apologies for any smell in my direction! 


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:05

Dove the BBC radio weather lady mentioned it was very warm at the moment: mentioning 13'C as a morning temperature! Most strange: although I work in a mostly unheated building,  drive a mostly unheated car, I miss the crisp frosts!

(Bonus knowing they are of course slowing the slugs down!)

Waiting for the x-ray department to open & trying very hard not too buy any dog bits. Internet shopping makes it too easy! Partner is already hunting a dog guard & suggesting removing my car back seats completely for extra dog space! 


Posted: 17/12/2014 at 22:18

Glad you're home Matty! Hope you are able to sleep well tonight.

KEF - since starting to work with 3 - 11 year olds my immune system has taken a battering and I've caught every cold going. This latest is a lingering chest infection which isn't ideal. Definitely not allergic to dogs I spend a good time with my bosses spaniel and of course weekends with a very hairy german shepherd who just has to be on your lap all day.


Hope you all sleep well!

Gardening research for physically restricted people

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 22:11

"What areas of gardening do you feel a person with restricted physical capabilities would have most difficulty with?"


You know you could always ask those people with limitations themselves. Seriously we cripples don't bite (much) & you'll get much more realistic views than asking able bodied people to guess.

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