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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 22:33

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 17:43

Fairy; their outbuilding shares the same roof and yes I've heard his father telling him several times not to go near the edge so they know he's up there! We have a very well established wisteria along the wall which does make me worry a little about him getting over confident but as soon as it drops it leafs it'll be getting a good pruning.

All the children on this street play on the road: They're not feral but parents around here certainly don't worry about cotton wool. Not enough for you to call the NSPCC but it does put you on edge when you see them darting across the road. I did wonder about buying them all high visibility jackets!

It's no problem to get on the roof; either with a ladder or even stepping out of the bedroom window. It gets plenty of sun; in fact more than where I want to grow my vegetables! Perhaps I need a washing line with salad in baskets that I could pick from the window and rotate to get it recover! 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 17:14

Joyce: the roof can take the weight of a five year old and two grown men. I think something that won't blow off / get pushed off is my safest bet.

We've been working on the house since before last Christmas I'm rather getting used to it. I do miss having a sofa though.

Fairy: a conversation might be needed. For starts just to find out how he gets up there. I mean he has a pretty big trampoline in the garden BUT surely not?

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 16:54

Lantana: Reggie is sensibly snoozing in the caravan. The stairs is only the boarding that has gone; lots of the wiring runs along the stairs which we need acess to tidy up and replace (or just ripping out).

Our master bedroom is going for the abandoned house with ages of decay affect.

Now; our master bedroom overlooks the outhouse flat concrete roof. Recently the neighbours five year old boy has taken to standing up there staring blankly into the garden obviously in awe of our fish pond... maybe. Aside from the whole privacy issue and risk of said small child landing on the patio (such a mess) I'm wondering what I can use the flat roof for. Some low maintenance pots that are too heavy to move but will create a bit of colour from the bedroom window.

Any suggestions?

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 16:27


HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 08:19

Morning all. Another day of DIY looms! Hopefully by the end of today we will have at least reached the end of the destructive phase.

I'm in 16 minds as to which pots to put my tulips in. I think next year will be quite the mix match.

Your current project(s)

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 17:46

Why do they call paints such funny names? I mean STEAM ENGINE?? Really?? It's mucky green!!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 17:31

Hurrah for rock moving!!

Three pots planted with my tete-a-tete. Admittedly two are Tiny pots to sit on the windowsill of the kitchen if we have a very cold damp spring. But... it all counts right ;)


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 14:40

*considers a midnight raid on Iamweedys larder* 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 14:39

Ugh. There is a member of staff here who has an awful cough, always spluttering, makes me fear for COPD or even TB. But will he cover his mouth or even go to a doctor?

Will he chuff.

Dove: re the social workers. It always scares me over school holidays. The media tell us about all these children who are in households so poor they don't get breakfast unless the school has a breakfast club, that school provide their lunch... and then we hear nothing about provisions made to support them in the holiday. I don't want to be rude but I can't believe that those parents are suddenly able to produce the cash for three healthy meals a day if they were struggling before (and that's before they factor in the fact that we're not even discussing holiday child minders if they work, or activities to enrich their lives and learning or...).

I've had a child come to the museum on a school trip so hungry she was in tears. The teacher told me this is a regular thing and often the receptionist would make her some toast: but couldn't today of course as she was on the trip. Fortunately I had mini boxes of breakfast cereal left over from a scout camp so we sat her down with that, some milk from the coffee shop and she ate so much I thought she was going to explode (we did see her "steal" some more boxes to take home carefully hiding them in her coat when she thought we weren't looking but are you really going to say anything? Yes stealing is wrong and I hate to think stealing is something she's learnt from her parents but I am not even slightly equipped to safely discuss with a child their home life).

I've also had children come to the museum with cold chips in their lunch box, or who smelt so bad I had to seriously consider asking them not to put on the uniforms (I took them all home to wash myself: my neighbours much have thought YMCA had moved in next door).

That said. I've also had children come to the museum who had have ferrero rocher chocolates in their lunch boxes and asked if I could carve their avocado into slices as their nurse maid had forgotten too,

Sobering thought that even though we do our best to help, there must be thousands out there floating under the radar.

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