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Posted: 09/02/2015 at 09:12

Morning all. Day off (yay) so I am laying about most pathetically nursing yet another cold (throat feels as though its in tatters) and sorting insurance quotes, puppy classes and other rock and roll delights they never told you about growing up out before meeting with the boss for a walk at Rother Valley where we'll be introducing the dogs for the first time... it'll be interesting! 

On the way home we might visit a garden centre: I'm looking for ways to keep feet (both dog and partner) off the vegetable beds.

Exploding branches

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 23:59

Good lord!!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 23:58

Gosh Fruitcake the soil in our garden is frozen solid I'm not sure I'd get the shovel in! Well done on getting the wire down for your hens: hopefully it'll do the trick.


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 23:56

I'm not sure how much any of you believe in spirits or ghosts (they being different things) or bumps in the night being anything other than the floor boards moving but...

We have a medium going around with the other volunteer on duty tonight. The reason they're going around in the cold and dark rather than staying here in the .... moderately less cold ?

He claims to be able to "diagnose" your vehicle just by touching the body work. Said volunteer is a mechanic and knows the many faults with our vehicles awaiting restoration so its going to be interesting to see just what this medium is able to come back with. Hopefully good news!! 


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 23:52

KEF: Paranormal teams can book the building for the night and they then sell tickets on to members of the public. Its £300 a night which is about what it costs to service one of our vehicles so well worth doing to keep them running (or the building water tight until the next snow storm). If cold.

So very cold.

I am however told that the ghosts and spirits are very active (and damn rude) at the moment.So at least someone should be enjoying themselves.



Posted: 07/02/2015 at 17:31

KEF: I fear Reggie might actually explode at the sheer amount of wheels to pee up in this building! 

Unfortunately there isn't anyone else to work the hours. We have lots of volunteers who leap about at the thought of going out to fun events, dressing up and driving cool vehicles.... but suddenly disappear when it comes to the sitting in a cold building all night so that we can raise money not just to keep the museum going but to afford the fuel to go out. (Safe to say they are also the first to moan when we say we can't do x y z...) Hey ho.... Only 29 minutes until Pizza arrives. Top floor done, cells ..... well slightly less disgusting than is socially acceptable for cells. Red bull standing by!


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 17:08

Afternoon all. Just nipping in briefly as the day shift have left (bearing in mind we get here around 10:00) and I'm waiting for the night shift to arrive (apparently wont be getting here until 19:00) ready for our 02:30 finish. Pizza has been ordered (there has to be some perk of the job!) and I've just got...


... the entire museum to clean between now and then.  Best get my feather duster out!

Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 07:53



Posted: 07/02/2015 at 07:50

Can you suffer a relapse of a cold? Or have I caught ANOTHER one just less than a day of shifting the previous one?  I only had one school in this week too! (95 students and a lot of bodily fluids) Roll on hot weather to kill some bugs!

Oh well: 10:00 am - 02:30 am shift this weekend (day shift & ghost hunt) then I'm off on Monday.

Strange question: are there any scout / youth group leaders about? I'm writing our promotional pack for youth groups and I'd really appreciate ideas as to what YOU would want from a museum!


Posted: 06/02/2015 at 17:00

Oh Runnybeak that's awful! I helped at a farm that had geese, they were terrifying buggers truth be told but were so clever and did a better job of rounding up both the SHEEP, the SHEEP DOG, the RAM,and the HENS than any sheep dog / person could ever do! I understand what you mean by half human. They have such characters. I guess the fox must have caught him by surprise.

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