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Posted: 14/07/2015 at 07:54

Morning all. 

Could do with a few more hours sleep. Got diagnosing a friends car late last night (jammed swirl flap) and my brain was not shutting down.

Suggestions please!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:43

I've a generic purple Orchid of the "brought as a gift from a supermarket variety".

It was left at the house as the old lady had less than kind words to say about it only that being a gift she couldn't throw it out.

When we visited the house in August it was in flower. When we moved in in December it was in flower despite, she assured me, her best efforts to "kill the damn thing".

That was two Decembers ago. Aside from a few months when the flower stem was snapped off in giant oaf related incident and it was then put in the garden being drowned in a bucket of rainwater while everything was covered in dust and muck and the poor thing was knocked over on a regular basis. Even now it is left to dry out completely for a few months and then drowned when I remember (in a pot far too small for it).

Its near bomb proof!


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 12:42

Afternoon all. Sorry I didn't reply to anyone yesterday: Gardeners World kept freezing on me. As if I didn't have enough to deal with!

Well his Lordship is still alive, is acting like everything is hunky dory, didn't even notice that I wasn't wearing my ring (put it on when family arrived: his parents and grandparents and someone was bound to notice and my good lord do they do melodrama). Unfortunately there wasn't an option to not be here when they came round; my life really would not be worth living if I was seen to be avoiding them. You think Verdun can do drama queen? You've seen nothing til you see the shrieking of "I may as well kill myself").

Never mind a nice quite day today doing paperwork and other delights for work. I get more done here in my nice comfortable house than I ever do trying to fight for desk space and peace and quiet in the museum.

At least it didn't rain for the christening of the new garden furniture!


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 18:21

Afternoon all. Congratulations on your prize Wonky! (I wont start on the small children rant owing to the many many rants bubbling away under the surface when parents watch small people doing their best to vandalise museum exhibits...)


Home alone today (well, with the dog) as his lordship is at a friends wedding. I thought it odd I wasn't invited, spent evenings wondering why other friends were taking their partners who the happy couple barely know and I'd been blacklisted.

Proper deep thinks cutting deep kind of thing.

Turns out I was invited all along: his lordship just decided not to share that bit with me. Of course he told me that as his lift arrived (friends who were telling me what a great day I was going to miss) he walked out the door. I'm so glad that his lordship made a big fuss about me having today off work when it seems his only reasoning behind it was so that I could do all the housework and keep the dog company. I missed out on some really important events today as well that could have opened several doors of opportunity.

Not feeling loved today! To be truthful his reaction tonight may result in a trip to a&e to remove an engagement ring from his groin (which at least means I can stop saving for a wedding and go on holiday).

Still I've dismantled the chicken coop that after a year of waiting I'm taking the hint that he doesn't actually want to build me the run: no point it sat there getting damaged for nothing and tried to hack the garden as best you can when there's a dog insistent on helping. I wouldn't mind but he wont even just dig in one area so I can plant it back up.

Mrs G.have fun at the plant fair! His family are over tomorrow else I'd be there but I'm afraid they can't physically climb into my truck and I'm not driving his Lordships boring old thing.


Posted: 10/07/2015 at 08:05

Morning all. Doing a 09:00 - 23:00 shift today so no chance of getting the garden sorted for the weekend.  Looks like we'll be busy tomorrow! 


Posted: 09/07/2015 at 07:48

Morning all! 

Went to Ikea last night to buy some garden furniture we were taken with on our last visit. Well timed as the inlaws are coming over at the weekend so we might finally have enough seats for everyone! Now to check the weather report for a bbq... oh.


Posted: 08/07/2015 at 07:40

Morning all. 

Well I got a phone call yesterday lunch time saying please come to the hospital asap. So I walk the few miles to the hospital to find the rush is because the machine they've been wanwanting to use for a test on me is working today so the specialist wanted me in quick before it broke again!

I am now sporting one hearing aid (don't want to overwhelm me with two straight away): EVERYTHING IS SO LOUD! Even my bra makes a noise when I walk!

Add this to my Makaton training (I need to find somewhere to practice desperately!) And we're on our way to getting sorted.


Posted: 07/07/2015 at 07:59

I'm thinking a flame thrower Dove in the hope that it might slow things down from popping back up the moment I look away.

Also - just want to give out a shout out to Mrs G... for pointing me in the makaton direction: I've completed levels 1 - 4 & am now very impatient to get it in use around work!


Posted: 07/07/2015 at 07:46

Morning all! 

I booked this weekend off (worked three in a row) to find his lordship is going away. Looks like I might get some gardening time after all this week after all.

By gardening I mean hacking back the weeds and trying to work out what happened to my best laid plans!


Posted: 06/07/2015 at 13:07

Morning all. Been very busy with work (its my day off today: I've just submitted several documents and am having a break before I finish off some more) so the garden, my partner, you lot, are all very neglected I'm afraid.

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