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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!!


What's happening ?

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 22:27

Oops!  I barely touched it!!


Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:33

I think the winds have rather affected the dog: normally he sleeps all day while we're at work and then is sociable in the evening. Today however the moment I got home he fell asleep.... and he's still snoring away four hours later. Poor devil he probably thought the house was off to see the wonderful wizard of oz. I certainly wondered myself at times.

Partner has gone out for a chaps evening and all I have is the washing machine for company. I got a lovely letter from my bank today saying that my wages (paid by cheque and usually late this month by three days) bounced like a bouncy thing due to "the person who wrote the cheque doesn't have enough money in their bank account to pay the cheque....". Thank goodness I found out before Monday so I could do something about the standing orders and bills that are paid on the first of the month. 


Posted: 27/01/2016 at 07:23

*yawns* another 6 hours needed.

Fishing for sympathy!

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 14:53

Oh Steve! I've only just seen this. You silly devil what have you been messing about at getting your surplus bits all brought out for the party trick.

Well at least you'll be healed up nicely for spring: think of the mess had you been forced to spend summer from your chair in the garden under strict instructions to drink plenty of fluid and not even think about digging in that delightfully rotted bag of manure.

Paralysed but excited

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 14:46

1. Get yourself a notebook and get jotting! Types of plants you like the look of, ones you see in books, on TV. Write them down before you can forget. I have to confess that due to my memory issues I take photographs of the plant, the plant label, and the care instructions. My phone has quite the old collection of photographs.

2. Do you know what soil type you have? Or where is damp / dry / acid / alkaline / the general might affect picky plants type of thing. That always helps focus your mind as to what you can have.

3. There's nothing wrong with a bit of bare soil, I do like tidy beds with plenty of soil between the flowers especially when you put all the effort into keeping them tidy

4. Do you have a theme for the garden? I.e. country garden. Or areas that need to have a certain criteria? I.e. hiding the neighbours monster of a garage that lunges through your eyesight like a fat naked man on the beach.

5. No matter how well you plan it, no matter how many hours you stare and stare at your garden. You WILL end up moving one plant at least three times. My poor daffodils seem to get their bulbs dug up after every season to be moved somewhere else and I'm still not sure their current location is any good.


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 14:15

Lyn, my parents used to have a water filter: but because they're used to the water (as I must have been once!) They don't think it makes much difference and are not terribly inclined with gadgets that involve effort.

Its incentive at least to get the house finished (removing the plaster off the walls starts as soon as spring appears) at least so that they can make the trek up here instead of us spending all our spare time on the M1.

The dog is snoring away next to me: what did I do in life to deserve not just a partner that snores all night but a dog that snores all day?

I am impatiently staring at my hyacinth bulbs: I need some colour in the house (and not just the paint samples on the walls). My fault for not planting sooner! (Well by planting: putting them in a glass jar hardly counts). My daffodils are at least showing sign that (providing the wind doesn't send them in the direction of Norway) we'll have something pretty to look forward too very soon.


Anyone for a mug of really wet tea?


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 13:08

Hazel, I'm 30; my partner younger. But we both are convinced their water just isn't as "wet" as up here: you shouldn't feel thirsty after a cup of tea! We're quietly convinced even the dog doesn't like drinking the tap water (he never seems to drink in their house but rushes outside and tries to drain the pond); I say quietly. Everyone thinks he's spoilt enough as it is I'm not going to loudly proclaim we need to bring the dog his own water supplies!

Definitely can't be a fussy age thing. I've had most of my quirks since I was 19! 

As for stuck in our ways. I prefer to say I have high expectations.

I'm debating turning the heating on. Its not overly cold, just not overly warm.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 12:53

I've just watched a very heavy (I can't shift it and I can pick up 30kg of dog) pot roll across the lawn. I don't think I'll be going out there unless I desperately need too today. 

My strawberries are in six hanging baskets Marygold: nice and easy to care for (not prone to slugs being off the ground, nor being eaten by a German Shepherd as they're just out of his reach too) and are by the kitchen door for ease of picking. In the summer when it was hot I upturned plastic cola bottles filled with water into the soil and that seemed to work really well.

They hang from one another to form two chains so don't even take up that much space either.

When I eventually get the garden finished I'm going to have drain pipe running on slates horizontally across the back of the greenhouse for some strawberry plant vertical gardening.

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