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Posted: 08/02/2016 at 07:57

Morning all! 

My gosh is it blustery here; the poor garden is becoming quite the collection of branches, twigs, other peoples recycling attempts. I hope you're all keeping safe. Please please don't risk it!

I shall be working from home today; if my period were as late as my wages I would be VERY CONCERNED by now! Still only 12 days til February's are due. Waiting for it to be too late for the boss to try and offer a lift before I call him to point out my car has no fuel. He hasn't seemed very bothered by this whole issue since I told him the first cheque bounced. 

I'm rather looking forward to having a nice warm office to work from!

Right; anyone for a mug of tea?


Posted: 05/02/2016 at 08:47

Morning all. 

Pay update: my car is hanging on for dear life before it needs to put that fuel warning light on. I swear has been doing better fuel economy this week than its done for a while. I think it knows when that tank goes its not getting any more.

Boss has assured me that the latest cheque would be fast tracked and paid into my account in 24 hours. Fast work for a cheque thought I. Of course also absolute bull poop as my account almost 48 hours later is unsurprisingly empty.

But in the efforts to think positive: its almost the weekend and thank goodness I have a day off school groups today. 222 children in one week feels more than enough.For starts because if I spend much longer talking about the Great Fire Of London I'll start questioning my own sanity.


Right. Time for a mug of tea and then to work out whether I'd rather be doing paperwork or shall I have a go at trying to clear the cupboard that is meant to be my work space but seems to have become a dumping ground for Christmas decorations. I swear to whoever if listening if one more bloody ball ball tries to dive bomb me when I'm digging my way to the filing cabinet the whole lot is going out the window. Its February!


Posted: 04/02/2016 at 07:23

Morning all! Only 16 days til February's wages are due. Place your bets now if I'll have January's in the bank before then. :/

Can someone order dry sunny weather for the weekend please. I need to get out and tidy te garden: all the winds are leaving quite the mess.

WATCH OUT...........

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 19:12

Oh the memories! In my partners student accommodation you used to find slugs in the lounge, on the sofa, sneaking up the wall behind you, waiting to trip you over in the kitchen ....


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 18:43

Things will be changing fear not. I already turned down two awesome jobs to give this place chances to full-fill its potential (and the education side has it in bucket loads). 

Flumpy: no union unfortunately.

Verdun: he's not a bully, he's incompetent. Trying to do too much so that he can keep "control" rather than admitting he needs help.

My CV is somewhere on the computer and I'll be damned if I can find it!!


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:05

KEF.... if there's any spare going that does sound good!

Gardening Tool design help

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:04

1. does your university give you a user specification? i.e. are you targeting the old / disabled / young / trendy / affluent?

2. does the specification include the use of electronics or fuel? Or by hand held do you mean hand powered too?

3. does the specification include costings? (i.e. either the production or retail costs so that we know what kind of tool you are aiming at rather than give you ideas for a hand held that is not useful to your needs)


Personally my hand operated petrol powered strimmer is far too heavy for me to use for a long period of time and would be wonderful if it were lighter and had a better counter balance.


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 16:53

Afternoon all. Survived the camper at the museum: despite a third more mouths arriving than had been booked in. I was convinced as they all came through the door that'd they'd acquired waffs and strays from the train station! What a good job that when I cater I cater for ravenous so there was plenty of food to go around.

At least it didn't snow: that would have been the topping on the weekend if they'd not have been able to leave due to the weather!

Boss pulled me into his office with a trustee (who I had confided in as both a friend but also someone who should be aware of things like this) and got more a lecture and fobbing off than any sign of an apology or even any kind of understanding at what he's put me through: when I told him that I had £5.35 to my name and couldn't even afford a tank of fuel to get into work this coming week it went entirely over his head. It'll be interesting come Wednesday if the money isn't in my account because I honestly don't think my car will run on fumes for that long. I'll just have to use one of the company vehicles to get to and from work: the neighbours will love a fire engine trying to squeeze up the street (there's no way you'd get up our road with an engine due to people's parking habits so maybe coming home in an engine would be a good idea before we need one for real).

How I am not hideously grey I have no idea.

Oh well, I have a week of school groups learning about the Great Fire Of London to enjoy this week! Hopefully come the weekend there will be some warmth in the air so  I can get outside and try and tidy up the garden. Next door seem to be on a mission to BURN EVERYTHING! Fences, trees, shrubs... I'd love to know what they're up too with their back garden its a beautifully sized blank slate.


Dove; why is it every bird count weekend all the birds in my garden completely disappear? Its happened for years. All year round you get a lovely amount of birds (and other visitors) in the garden but come this weekend *ta da* nothing! I wonder what neighbour feeds them one weekend a year that they jump ship too.


Posted: 30/01/2016 at 08:11

Well all my standing orders have come out;  or at least are shown as having left my bank. Of course it being the weekend and the first being Monday it all gets squiffed about a bit. Being a cheque I've found out it has to go through the whole cheque clearing system again: so it could still be a week till I get the money. At least I brought the dog his food looks like it'll be beans and toast for the rest of us! Thank goodness I have my partner can you imagine if I'd been single? !

Is Hostas. Holiday over already?  Where has the time gone?

Off to work in a bit; I have scouts camping over tonight then its a week full of schools till the weekend when I'm actually off (yay!) 


Posted: 29/01/2016 at 22:37

Fidget; I'll find out tomorrow when I go in. He didn't seem overly concerned when I called him (mind you its not his car insurance and mortgage that is due on the 1st of the month oh and I've an MOT on Monday to pay for AND thinking I had been paid I ordered a load of equipment I need to do my job). As far as I'm aware like all charities we struggle but I hoped they would have enough respect to warn me if money were going to be a problem so I could plan something in advance (just after Christmas too so my piggy bank has already been emptied). 

Good job I spent all day today going through invoicing for the schools who visited us so far. Shame most of them have already paid!!


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