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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 17:07
punkdoc says:

Hi all

Are we of any use for anything Clari?

Sunny and very windy here, am enjoying some light weeding and tidying, trying to identify planting spaces for a greenhouse full of plants.

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 Oh punk doc so many things but we're in polite company!! ;)

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 12:02

Wonky: your comment about delicate reminded me about the number of times I must have changed wheels on vehicles (from vans to the managers company cars) or beaten the fork lift truck into submission so it would work... at a time when the only other female in the office was the receptionist. It never occurred to me to ask one of the many men there for help because I was female, more rather they were the ones coming to me for help because they were too delicate / feeble minded to know how to change a wheel without making such a scene you'd have thought they were trying to change the cambelt through the oil filter.

Silly men with their delicate hands and pretty little heads not knowing how to change light bulbs in their car.

Mind you half the time I wasn't sure myself but that's no excuse for not ploughing on and giving it a go anyway! Eventually you'll work it out 

I do take the Michele out of men sometimes, and as much as yesterday was about the struggles and strengths on women, there are plenty of men out there who have to fight to live in a female dominated life. Take nursing and midwifery for instance. A bloody brilliant job and as far as I'm concerned the more people who CAN and WILL do it the better but yet even though I like to think I am the ultra modern live and hug who you want type of person something in the back of my brain pings when you hear the nurse who will be caring for you is male.

Right, enough nonsense from me! There are tomato seeds to be gazed upon because seed time is hitting Yorkshire and I don't know which ones to grow!

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 14:46

Hosta. I'm hoping soon to have electricity, running water in the right places, AND central heating (just in time for it to be turned off).

I keep thinking since its International Womens Day I ought write something deep and meaningful from the perspective of someone who has been a race mechanic working on classic vehicles, whipped out more engines from Triumphs than are probably on the road right now (don't worry I put them back too), designed, installed, and maintained pneumatic systems responsible for so many things we use today (and Walkers crisps), I've been the only woman in offices for most of my career (aside from the odd cleaner or receptionist), been involved in the design of oil refineries where it was too dangerous to even think of sending me (due to the cultural beliefs of the area and the high price tag a white female can generate in hostage situations)....

But honestly.If some nice chap could open the door for me, not expect an intellectual conversation (its been a hard week so far), and instead give me a back massage, box of chocolates, and tell me not to worry my pretty little head about anything other than getting a fat rump due to excessive chocolate consumption I'd be so grateful right now.

Feels like I'm letting the side down! But honestly I've been so lucky that I was born not with looks but with a quick wit and skin as thick is an ox that was able to manipulate the sexism I experienced to my advantage (okay so the time I put a diuretic in the bosses drink when he insisted I make the tea because I was a woman was a little childish but it kept him out of the office so I could do the job I was there for so technically it was a win?)

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 14:28

Afternoon all. Just nipping in thanks to works internet to try and check up on you. I'm hoping everyone has been busy having adventures of the POSITIVE kind.

We've got plasterboard throughout MOST of the house. The plasterer.... well he didn't have the best of times last weekend starting with dropping 20 boards off the trolley in Wickes on his way to us. It got worse from then on (broken tools, accidentally flooding the new ceiling he'd just put up....)

Hopefully this weekend will soon be here and he can skim and finish the house ready for us to stand and stare. Its so odd not seeing a sea of bricks! In a way... I rather miss them. The room already look smaller and square. But his lordship keeps asking about curtains and furnishings and... I've been living in a renovation in progress house since last Easter. I'm not sure I am prepared to think it might actually be the stage where we think about furnishings. I mean... curtains? I don't even remember what the old curtains were like. Pictures on the wall? Hang about I'm just getting used to HAVING walls. 

He's also starting to talk about the next phase of works we need doing. I know we need them doing. My wash room isn't going to magically appear. But as I walk around my house with a head torch on and plan another filling meal based on how few utensils I can use (less boiling a kettle on the gas to do the washing up) I can't help but think that perhaps

Just perhaps

A little holiday first might be in order?

Keep safe everyone. There is light at the end of this tunnel. Unfortunately we haven't decided whether we want pendent, spot light, or whether the lampshade should match the hallway...

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 11:05

Afternoon all! Just nipping in quickly while trying to clear my head of the fog induced by small children bearing colds and invoicing time. The house work is going well (plasterer starts early tomorrow morning so last of the old live wiring needs to be ripped out before bed time) but will mean that I wont have any electricity for a couple of weeks so wont be able to nip in to see you lovelies less (like today) I'm at work.

Hopefully it wont snow as no electricity = no heating = only the gas oven to keep us warm via a copious supply of mulled wine that I've been squirrelling away since Christmas! 

See you all on the other side when I have... at least the starts of ... a beautiful home again!

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 07:33

Oh Pat you're making my breakfast cereal feel rather lacking. I'm just looking at receipes for Welsh Cakes as a potential evening treat.

It was sunny earlier, with a light frost. It's now looking grey but dry. Haven't spotted any lambs or lions though.

Keeping everything crossed

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 07:29

Good luck with your interview!

Lawn plastic mesh reinforcement

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 06:55

II am following this with interest; like yours Farmer our lawn takes quite the battering over winter with the hound using it as a race track.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 06:53

Wonderful to see happy bees Pat!

I've just popped up a thread for March. But my phone won't let me provide links right now, I'm sure you'll be able to find it easily though!

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 06:50

Pinch punch first of the month! I can't believe it's March already!

Link to February thead:

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