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The things gardeners get up to!

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 07:06

With the flood warnings we keep getting this could be just the thing we need! Free food and a life raft!

Or.. maybe not so free. How much on one seed??

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Posted: 24/11/2016 at 07:04
Pat E says:

I think they are blaming pollen overload. Chicky.

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 Chicky & Pat; it sounds terrifying! Asthma has always been a condition that scares me, anything else I think I could deal with. 

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Posted: 24/11/2016 at 07:02
Obelixx says:

Honey mixed with cinnamon and taken in hot water is supposed to be good too Clari.  Hope you fight it off but if not - take some sick leave and rest on someone else's time.

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 Thanks Ob.

Unfortunately if I went off sick the only ones to suffer would be the schools as they would effectively be ignored until they went away. We simply have an educational team of... me. I'm not sure the others even know what I get up too much of the time!

Fortunately December is usually a quiet month so I can rest back (ha) then. 

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Posted: 24/11/2016 at 06:59
Dovefromabove says:

And get some of those fizzy Vitamin C and orange juice tablets and take a dose every day!!! Grrrrrrrrr!!!

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 I'll be nipping to tesco tonight so will grab some. I'm still using the vitamins you suggested last year; they've helped no end!

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Posted: 24/11/2016 at 06:57
Joyce21 says:

Clari, have a pampering "me" day on Sunday

I always has windows open in the classroom in the hope of avoiding all the germs as kids coughed and sneezed. I'm a believer in cold weather killing nasties off.

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 Joyce; cold is one thing we don't need to worry about at the museum. The warmest room only got to 15'C less than two foot from the heater. I can happily claim that every evening the museum is deep chilled to kill germs.

Trouble is its also deep chilled in the day too.

Nothing to do with gardening

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 17:29

I drop a few dribbles of my favourite essential oils onto a handkerchief and then pop it on the radiator for a quick fix. 

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Posted: 23/11/2016 at 17:26

Evening all. That's 90 children waved good bye too. I'm now doing my invoicing (badly apparently: since I'm on here!  ) and general paperwork until my evening visitors to the museum arrive.

I had a giggle earlier: A female volunteer is coming to help me with this group. I have assured her that despite the distance in entirely the wrong directly I will ensure she gets home safely. It is only fair and surely no one would expect a lone female to catch trains / buses etc.

Then it hit me. I have ALWAYS been the person who made sure others got home safely. Going out of their way (in this case adding an hour to my 20 minute journey) to make sure others are okay...

... where is the person making sure I get home okay?! I've walked home in the dark my entire life, cycled through the rain / snow / dark nights without even considering it dangerous. Because I'm me. Apparently the world assumes that if something happens I'll

a) shout at it. Loudly. Until it goes away.

b) fix it.

Any other women out there thinking that perhaps they were trying to master peeing while standing up instead of getting the "delicate female must be cared for" card?

I have a cold brewing. Now surprising since I've met nearly 900 children, not to mention all those teachers and assistants, and baby brothers who wouldn't be left at home and the trip wouldn't happen if the mother wasn't able to come... can you even start to consider just how much SNOTTY GERMS that must be?

Still: on Sunday the dog and I are being left home alone while my truck, my partner, and his friends, have a man day.

I forsee a blanket, many hot water bottles, and the laptop so I can buy all my Christmas gifts online.

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Posted: 23/11/2016 at 07:02

Thanks everyone. The local press (not surprisingly since they seem to do their best to ignore us) don't seem to be picking up on the award but it probably doesn't help that there was no one answering the phone / emails yesterday. We didn't win: but second is a good start.

I hope it will help with funding: for starts we either need a new roof or more wet floor signs :( 

Had a text from the boss asking what teaching qualifications I have. I'm assuming that the lack of will be a good way for them to get rid of me as "it's a requirement of the new project" as he's still not mentioned when my contract will be renewed. I will happily take any courses as required but can't afford to pay for them myself and training doesn't seem to be forthcoming.

Lots of temporary jobs available at my local supermarket but not much else.

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Posted: 22/11/2016 at 16:38

We were very lucky with the weather, at home we were unaffected, at work... well let's just play a game called I spy with my little eye many many cones of slippery when wet.

PuPunk; sorry to hear about your garden :( If there is anything special you're looking for to replace the moist patches please please let us know!

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Posted: 22/11/2016 at 16:30
punkdoc says:

Hi all.

I might be mistaken, but I think a friend of ours might have won an award for her museum in Sheffield. If so congratulations, if not you should have!

Force of the water when the stream flooded has ripped out a lot of plants, but easier to deal with than a flooded house. Water levels going down, but a lot of Sheffield is badly affected.

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We didn't win, but we were at least recognised! :)

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