Latest posts by Clarington

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 07:59

Due to house improvements the only things I grew were strawberries. By grow I mean throw water at occassionally; thing is I'm now struggling to get them to stop flowering! I didn't get a good crop I.e. enough to make anything with but rather a constant flow of just enough to have been eaten before they got back to the kitchen.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 16:41

Lantana: fortunately we have a Henry that is dedicated to the muckiest of jobs so I've vacuumed and now mopped. The Dyson is all well and good but far too delicate for proper cleaning.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:08

I can hear my bulbs calling me from the box in the greenhouse... I can't see them finding the ground any time soon.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:06

Afternoon all. His lordships feeling better so we took a trip out..  to look at slate slabs to make a fire place hearth.

Ta da!

It's feeling pretty good to actually be looking at stuff to put in the house rather than just ripping stuff out (plenty of that to do yet though).

All this talk of steam mops you'll never guess what his lordship brought me??

A galvanised mop bucket and wooden handled cotton mop!

Oh the pure excitement I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to using it throughout all the plaster dust encrusted floors.

Lavender from seed

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 16:57

Don't lavenders also grow well from cuttings?

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 16:14

It's the catching him that's the problem Ob! His lordship was raised in a barn I swear that door doesn't know where it lives half of the time so Reggie is far too good at sneaking through.

Mind you he's not feeling too energetic today!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 15:40
Lantana says:

Clari, you're doing so much to the house, you've been living in chaos for so long, don't spoil the end result with a nasty, cheapy fireplace! Carpets? A few nice rugs or - if you haven't got any - autumn, winter's coming anyway and you wouldn't want to spoil a nice new carpet with big muddy Reggie paw marks, now would you. 

See original post

 I think we'll be going with the rustic bare floors with good slippers for this winter / spring! 

As for his muddy feet: you should see the state of the kitchen floor after today's rain. I swear a bit of miracle grow you'll be finding plants growing.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 15:36

Afternoon all.

His lordship has pulled a muscle in his back so we're rather static today.

We have however chosen paint colours (yay), I've designed a bench / cupboard / storage area for under the stairs (yay) and... we're debating not having the £30 stud wall between the kitchen and lounge but fitting bifold doors instead (read well over £300). Open plan in the summer, snug small lounge come winter.

Ob your adventures with your new house sound... so calm and relaxed!!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 20:15

Evening all. Builder has finished his part. Now awaiting electrics, plumbing, window man, plasterer...

oh and I've still more plaster to knock off the walls.

We did wobble over to a few places to look at carpet and fire places... turns out we have *very* expensive tastes. Alas our wallets are bare!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 06:58

Morning all. Fear not we all safely cuddled up with hot water bottles and blankets

I don't mind the mess, the dust, the draft. Because already it is so much better than it was.

But it'll be nice when we can have somewhere to sit!

Discussions started by Clarington


Can I use it for anything? 
Replies: 4    Views: 464
Last Post: 07/12/2016 at 08:30

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Replies: 1376    Views: 38713
Last Post: 01/12/2016 at 06:19

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Replies: 1352    Views: 39137
Last Post: 01/11/2016 at 06:48

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Replies: 1321    Views: 39105
Last Post: 01/10/2016 at 07:30

Plant Swap

Replies: 3    Views: 306
Last Post: 24/07/2016 at 22:43

Does putting slate on your pots help keep the soil moist?

Replies: 8    Views: 648
Last Post: 18/07/2016 at 00:28


Replies: 1788    Views: 54320
Last Post: 01/08/2016 at 06:38

Ideas for a small shady corner

(of the vegetable garden) 
Replies: 12    Views: 882
Last Post: 30/06/2016 at 18:03

Tiny Plants

For tiny pots. 
Replies: 21    Views: 1183
Last Post: 18/06/2016 at 05:07


A friendly place where we can chat to each other about all sorts of things - everyone welcome! 
Replies: 1612    Views: 57618
Last Post: 01/07/2016 at 06:53

Carnivorous Plants; UK native.

Replies: 17    Views: 854
Last Post: 15/06/2016 at 11:46

Hawthorn Hedge: at the end of its life?

Replies: 3    Views: 492
Last Post: 24/04/2016 at 11:10

Child friendly / neglect friendly / plant for classroom

Replies: 4    Views: 465
Last Post: 01/04/2016 at 15:55

Rhubarb in a potato sack?

Replies: 5    Views: 561
Last Post: 27/03/2016 at 10:59

Maggots in my strawberry plants.

Replies: 2    Views: 637
Last Post: 28/02/2016 at 14:31
1 to 15 of 56 threads