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What to do this time of year

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 07:25

Perhaps more importantly: what does your CUSTOMER want? Yes we could be suggesting you pop a top coat of well rotted horse manure on the flower beds (I really need to do mine) but if there's nothing your customer wants (i.e. no plants she wants in summer that need sinking in now) why not save them the expense of your visit?


Posted: 25/02/2015 at 07:22

Morning all! Today sees the first education tour since we opened up the new floor and changed the way things work (letting the groups explore some areas at their own pace rather than being marched around by me all day: I mean I have a wonderful voice but it MUST get boring listening to it ALLLLL day). I finally stopped playing around with the Explorers Pack that guides them along at 21:00 last night. Now my only (big) worry is that it'll print okay! (I'll be changing it again soon: more pictures are needed!)

As you would expect I am now nursing ANOTHER cold. One of those real snot fountains that make you seriously consider installing a drip tray. Yay! My classroom is being repainted next week: do you think the decorators would mind also popping a sheep dip type affair in? I know I was wondering about a calming plant or fish tank but a dip tray filled with disinfectant really might be the way forward.


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 20:46

Dove: I'm looking forward to finding out what they are when they flower. Whatever they are they're shooting up! I'd be so proud of myself.... had I remembered I had planted them! 


Verdun. I had my overnight bag all ready to go! 16 boxes of jaffa cakes, a bottle of rum, and a clean pair of pants. What am I going to do now!?


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 17:33

Bekkie: I took them all piping hot coffee (proper coffee too: freshly ground beans!) It wasn't their fault some muppet broke the light but it was trying to snow and generally awful! Truth be told I was only out there for three minutes and was very grateful to be back inside (even though there was no heating on). Every time we get workers outside and the weather is bad (either too cold or too hot) I always try to nip out and offer them a drink (or even just chance to use the loo). After all I'd be grateful if someone did it for me!


Welcome to the start of.... I have no record of planting anything other than camomile in this pot (I've no idea what they are). I have a feeling that this wont be the first bulbs I discover I planted without writing down. So much for my attempts at being organised!


Unknown growth

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 17:25

A photo would be really useful. How damp is your soil?


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 16:34
RunnyB - I've been on them for almost a week now and taking vitamin C for a month. Here's hoping they kick in soon!

Wintersong I hope you don't ache too much!

Glad to hear Matty. As Dove said - feet up! I'm sure I've some biscuits around here somewhere.

Came home to find my bay tree rolling down the drive waiting for darling partner to get home to distract Reggie while I pot it back up.


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 11:58

Wintersong you're making me feel tired just looking at your to do list!

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 11:57

Cheers for the heads up Edd. I heard about it in the news in the car and I'm hoping people with elderly parents are checking up on them because no one should need the grief and stress of a fine! (What's wrong with just sending a reminder letter first?!)

I don't get free prescriptions, although I sometimes feel I've had so much out of the NHS with various life long conditions / car driver interfaces that I'm definitely getting my money worth. 


There's so many of us with ill health at the moment. What say you we have a five week break at Castle Verdun and enjoy some much needed warm weather and rest?


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 11:52

Hostafan I hope that the orthopedic chap doesn't have such a waiting list as the physio!

The boss is away, so I'm taking a fifteen minute breather to let me brain rest before I start the next challenge. Its not yet snowing outside: just that awful wet lumps of ice. I've already been out to give the four chaps repairing the street light (drunk driver + roundabout + no concept of speed limit on an already stupidly dangerous road = poor light go smush!) Mugs of coffee (freebies naturally). I don't envy them at all!



Posted: 24/02/2015 at 07:41

Morning all! So I ended up going to work for 5 hours yesterday. Not bad for a day off! Special treat to open up the museum for some Police Cadets who had been let down for a special event and had no where to go. All I will say is even though they were only 12 years younger than me... where has my flexibility gone? You can get 12 cadets in a space designed for two people if you bend enough! They were certainly determined. 

Seem to have woken up with... a cold. I'm only just over the flu. Grr!!

Reggie has learnt to dig. He's very proud of himself. Good job I have spare onions to replace any damage! This weekend will involve getting some netting up to protect a few of the beds.

Hope you have a good day! 


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