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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 13/12/2016 at 13:54

My last group of the year have just cancelled so I've been jotting up my visitor numbers etc. I've had more students through the museum this year than we did in the combined total of 2011 - 2013 (i.e. THREE YEARS WORTH) 

No wonder I'm tired!

Didn't unfortunately hit the 4,000 mark (just). I'm aiming for five thousand next year (boss has promised our sponsors 8,000 a year but I just can't see that happening!)

Mind you one scout group sleeping in the museum are wanting to bring over 50 scouts... (agh! All in a confined space) So perhaps I should be more optimistic.


Hello Forkers December

Posted: 13/12/2016 at 06:49

Morning all!

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 22:14

Night Dove.

I made more mince pies this evening; they're not exactly uniform size! Will try and get a picture in the morning.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 15:32

His lordships Christmas gift has arrived! Thank goodness. Unfortunately... I removed all the packaging (which go course wont go back on) to check it before realising that now its unwrapped I've either got to 

a) leave it here overnight and bring some wrapping paper to wrap it up before I bring it into the house so all he'll see is a pretty box

b) turn into an uber ninja and somehow sneak it into the house without his noticing before locking myself in the .... erm bathroom? to wrap it up.


Posted: 12/12/2016 at 15:10

Chrissy: I did just the same at my old house to keep the resident rats off the feeder (we rented and the landlord wasn't at all bothered at getting an exterminator in when we mentioned the rats that lived in the compost bin so after trying ourselves to put them off - taking away the bird food, regularly drowning the compost bin.... they promptly moved in under the decking instead) we just left them be and used this approach to keep them off the feeder (the neighbours kept them well fed alas but they never felt the need to move in to theirs).

The younger ones could still get in and when the squirrels would arrive only the smaller ones would even attempt to give it ago (they also tried flinging themselves off the shed: a brave jump and I felt worthy of letting them eat all they wanted if they managed it). 

We would also grease the pole which seemed the most effective approach.

As an aside I currently have one of those feeders on the grass for my ground feeding birds: it keeps the pigeons off no matter how hard they try! Next spring I'll be making a meal worm feeder with a similar design.

(The landlord suddenly became much more interested in getting rid of Mr Ratty and Mrs Ratty and their many many well fed relatives when trying to sell the house and as we were tasked in showing people around you'd see people squealing when they looked out of the window to find it wasn't a cute squirrel looking back at them).

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 14:43

Is it possible to over dose on tea? I feel like I might have overdosed on tea. Yorkshire tea of course, and with true style I have recycled the tea bag several times but... my tongue is tingling and suddenly the radio has turned so much more suited to my belting out the fine tunnnnneees.


Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 14:22

Joyce: saw your "rant" on another thread: your friend sounds like a complete brain dead arse of a soggy biscuit dunking numpty, unfortunately they are amazingly common. People don't stop to think how brilliant helping someone else out, especially when 

a) they ask

b) it is a really simple task

makes them feel. Its a proper little ego booster. Or at least I think so. 

Seriously its like giving blood: a little prick, twenty minutes, a free tea and biscuit, and you get to spend the rest of the day feeling all warm and smug inside. I used to tell myself that my giving blood meant I didn't need to feel bad when once again I refused to let a BMW driver out of a junction.

What an angel your neighbour is though. Make sure they know that their fame has reached Yorkshire and our flat caps have been taken off to them (promptly put back on again though: grim up here!)

I'm still at work. I've sent messages to my mum, my aunt, I'm even contemplating doing an online order from Tescos to restock the cupboards. Don't really need that much but at least its something to do. Fortunately I am too tight to pay for delivery.

Right: time to run up and down the stairs a few times to warm up...

Early flowering bulbs sat around for months - still good?

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 13:06


Yes I did indeed mean NOT soft and mouldy!! This brain of mine; it thinks too fast for my fingers to keep up.

Early flowering bulbs sat around for months - still good?

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 12:23

Get them in the soil Ben. As long as the bulbs are soft and mouldy they'll sort themselves out.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 12:09

That's another family whose grandparents have left the comforts of a nice warm house to be dragged out to a closed museum. I've checked our website I promise I have! Look there is is clear as muck:

The sad thing is that last week on one of the days we were open we barely had anyone through the doors (wouldn't have covered the electricity bill that's for sure) and now we're closed everyone wants to see me.

*twiddles thumbs*

I've taken to sighing melodramatically to pass the time. It doesn't seem to be helping! I've already eaten lunch!!

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