Latest posts by Clarington

Badger in my city garden

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 14:17


For live bird (and others food) I use this company: Wiggle Wigglers. I've never had a problem with the meal worm I purchase from them: all arrive alive and well and best of all if you don't fancy setting up your own meal worm farm or having a large quantity of them in a tub in the shed you can set up a subscription service to have as much or as little delivered as often as you like.


Hope it helps.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 13:13

Afternoon all! Apologies for disappearing into the fresh spring sudden surge of fresh growth in the garden. Life is getting so busy right now!

My job is now up for grabs if anyone wants it:

Only its TWO JOBS! At least if I don't get through the interview process I know that who ever takes over wont be expected to do quite as much work as I do. Not that the boss has actually acknowledged to me just how hard I work. I'm sure my flowers and box of chocolates must be missing in the post.

I'm not sure yet whether to reapply. I'm looking at all my options and hopefully someone will want to employ me soon.

The house is starting to come on nicely too. Dare I say it... we have PAINT ON SOME OF THE WALLS! Only the first coat mind but its a start!

Hope you're all well. I will try to read back where I can.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 19:30

Evening all. The weather seems to be turning; did my tomato seeds jinx it?

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 09:33

Punkdoc; your other half sounds very sensible! 

DON'T let your skills go to waste but DO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF. You are no good to anyone if you were to get over there and need help yourself if you burnt out. For the next month focus on getting yourself physically healthy again. Then you can decide what to do next.

My day off is going well. We're down to two sockets and the stove fitter is unwell so won't be appearing today. They have offered if I sit around all day they will see if they can squeeze me in. This is not how I wanted to spend my one day "off" til the end of the month and I still need that birthday gift for grandma!

Put my first batch of tomato seeds in this morning, more will go in as required. Of course being sensible I carefully laid everything out... and dropped the labels so we've no idea which one was what.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 06:17

Morning all. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 18:23

Ob; when the house is complete and the mess finally gone I shall... get everyone round for a BBQ in the garden.


Lawn mower won't start despite my mechanical persuading and we're starting to loose light. Looks like the lawn escapes another day as he lordship won't be around to assist for a few days.

My day off tomorrow has has its plan thrown away, not the boss but his lordship. We were travelling down on Saturday to see his family. Now we're going on Friday night. This means I no longer have a spare evening to prep the hounds dinners for another month. 

It also means that no only on my day off will I be going past the window of work but I've less time to look for grandma's birthday gift. I am loath to resort to chocolate and cut flowers.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 15:36
Dovefromabove says:

Good morning Clari 

 Are you plugged in and switched on?

See original post

 Dove: much excitement in the household. We now have FOUR PLUG SOCKETS that work. One for the washing machine, another for the internet box, and the other two for extension leads to trail work lights as required around the building! All temporary fixes but its a start.

The log burner is coming tomorrow morning. I have noted a few things I don't want to see on the works diary that may cause the boss to ask if I can come in anyway. So I'm going to hide up here where he can't find me until 16:00 and I can run for the hills*

*Tesco, and then more mopping down of the house

I need to find my grandmother a gift. She's the kind of person that has everything (including the nearly 30 year old baby bath from her grandson that's sitting in the loft "just in case". Just in case? Is she expecting a baby to be delivered in the post and left on the door step with a note??) She likes watching the garden but isn't hands on and if I provide any more bird feeders I think the blue tits will have heart attacks.

WHY DIDN'T I BREAK ANYTHING WHEN I WAS THERE AT THE WEEKEND?? It would have been so easy to trip over and break the toaster, or one of the many vacuum cleaners or SOMETHING practical and easy to replace as a gift! 

Hosta I hope the damage hasn't spread too far and that you've plenty of wildlife that will come and dispose of those horrid things.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 07:03

Morning all!

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 17:42

Oh Wonky how exciting! Not just that we use the same hair dresser but that you have a greenhouse! I love my greenhouse. Even if just to stand it and let the heat burn through the aches in my joints.

I wish you lived closer I'd have hired you to sort out my garden once and for all without an inch of hesitation. I have Thursday off; I hope it's dry because I want to have session #968 on deciding how I want it to be. I feel by the time his lordship is home I'll have changed my mind again.

I took advantage this morning of a ELECTRICAL plug socket that works (yay) and the dry weather (yay) to wash some essentials. How is it you ask them if they need any washing doing and they say no... only to ask the next day if they have clean pants for tomorrow? 

Somehow clothes on the line feels a long over due welcome sight! Here's hoping it hangs around for a few days. It has a wonderful effect on ones mood.

As did seeing this chap! Could a frog look any happier?


Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 16:38

Just nipping in quickly while at work as my brain needs a rest from work related things but my bum seems fixed to the seat.

The lounge has been plastered. The rest of the house will get done next weekend: I think the plasterer under estimated his timings somewhat! Still at least I can still have my log burner fitted on Thursday and make a start on transforming one room from mess to... well.

Less of a mess?

Oh my gosh what a mess. Nothing new and nothing unexpected but I've only just managed to get rid of all the old mess and now I have to start again. I laughed when I went to my grandparents and she apologised for the state the house was in as she hadn't dusted that day... DUST? I don't even remember what dust looks like. We are beyond the dust bunnies here. 

Still if this warm weather can hold up a few more days I can... hide in the greenhouse planting tomato seeds while his lordship cleans up. (A girl can dream: I haven't managed any chilli seeds yet - may have to sneak off and buy some plants if I can find any suitable).

Ob: noticed Pauline talking about cramps (I will confess I haven't looked back to read all the past posts yet). I get cramps in my legs if I don't eat my banana every day. I think its low potassium. I also get stomach cramps (aside from the lady stomach cramps, and then the dysfunctional stomach cramps) if I'm not drinking enough water. Either way: not great! Do look after yourself. And if you drink enough you'll be so busy peeing you wont have to worry about cramps.

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