Latest posts by Clarington

Getting in a gardener!

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 07:42

Good for you Penguin.

We never question getting a mechanic to service our car so it is silly to think that we have to do everything in the garden ourselves. I'm considering getting a gardener in to prune some big bushes; the idea of it being done in a day AND tidied up does appeal greatly!

growing carrots in containers

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 07:38

Ooh! I'd not thought of container carrots before! I was wondering how to grow some as my soil is rather manure laiden with my over enthusiastic efforts to feed the weeds.

Now to find a suitable tub... Well I have been meaning a trip ton the antiques quarter...

Please do let us know how you get on!

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 07:34

Numbers and I don't get on. Which considering I used to do calculations for pressurised vessels is worrying. I just can't do numbers; the damn things jump around.

Yesterday the scouts were told to come up with ideas for fundraising; we have an awesome camp lined up for them but of course awesome means expensive. Unfortunately the scouts seemed feral and aside from the just go to the bank of mum and dad their ideas seemed to involve mainly inflicting main on the trouble maker of the group. Don't get me wrong I think there'd be quite the demand for throwing things at him... but I don't think it's quite in the best reflection of scouting.

I hope next week that they are calmer as I'm doing fire safety with them. I don't mind excited, hyperactive, but I will not stand for the rudeness we had last night; nor will I stand for the impromptu food fight. What a waste of biscuits.

It's all rather a shame that it is February and thus I can't just water board the lot of them lined up against a wall with the main branch on the fire engine. That might keep our trouble maker quiet for at least three minutes.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 07:38

Clever thinking Hosta. With spring creeping around those extra pennies will come in useful.

Wrap up warm though; my back door was frozen solid this morning 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 15:20

*disinfects the Internet*

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 12:46

Hosta; I'm told the restriction on icebergs is because restaurants and cafes are finding that in some cases the supermarket is cheaper than wholesale and so have been trying to empty shelves.

How true that is I don't know.

I managed some sleep last night, it's gloriously sunny and I so want to be in the garden BUT my back is so tight the things I want to do I can't. The daffodils are appearing and so are the weeds!

But good news everyone! I invited the plasterer to check things over this morning. In front of his lordship we booked a starting date... first weekend of March.

Anyone wanting to run a book on this?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 01:08

Morning Pat!

Ive been woken up due to snoring dog / man issues. They're not even synchronised  What a racket!

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 12:40

Ob: with the 16 (hours fasting) : 8 (hours you can eat) is it your normal calorie intake or is it restricted at all?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 12:38

Ob: electrics is definately a priority but not something I can do hands on. After all... no electrics = no propagator! I'm itching to sow chilli seeds but alas have no where to put them.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 11:37

Morning all! Stealing half an hour of peace (my school group are exploring on their own) and taking the chance to sneak in and say hello.

I've decided to dig out my 5:2 diet book and do something about my

a) rather overly cuddly belly

b) increased family risk of diabetes

Today is my first fasting day. Has anyone else done 5:2? I did it before (when it first came out) and felt great, but I found (oddly you'd imagine) that come my feast days I... didn't really feel hungry! You expect to be famished but I struggled to eat enough (yes I admit to get my calories up I could snack on a chocolate brownie but I'm not really sure thats in the right spirit of things!) Perhaps when spring starts to make its appearance more work in the garden might help boost my appetite.

This year his lordship mentioned the garden was looking a mess. I can't disagree with him. But it matches the house so nicely (electrics SHOULD be going in soon.... haven't I said that before?) I still haven't finalised my plans for the garden, I keep changing my mind. I'm currently thinking about triangle shaped vegetable beds to make more of a visual statement (until the garage is built they will be on view from the house) and also avoid any having to stretch over long distances. I think tomorrow (yay weekend) I might get a spray can out if it is dry and mark out some beds on the lawn and see how they look.

It might at least prevent his lordship from mentioning the state of the place if he realises that he is my apprentice digger!

Keep safe everyone. I better get back out there and patrol the corridors of the museum. It is so strangle quiet with such a small group in today!

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