Latest posts by Clarington

The Secret History Of The British Garden

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 16:13
How funny you mention this, I've just been watching recordings of this and have been finding it rather fun. It has a nicely leisurely pace without being slow and does flow so nicely.
Merry Christmas John!

Pruning and Protecting 'Super Hot' Chilli Pepper Plants for Winter

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 11:31

ooh mine live in much larger pots than yours but it has given me the idea that plastic drinks bottles might also prove useful.


Posted: 14/12/2015 at 11:30

Hi Punkdocs other half. How sweet of him to think of us in this troubling time. Do please let him know that we're all thinking of him too and will be keeping everything crossed that things start to improve soon for everyone concerned. If he ever needs a chat or friendly face we'll be here x


Posted: 14/12/2015 at 09:46

Fidget: ignore the email, the amount of hacking attempts and nasties pretending to be facebook / paypal / amazon / ebay is rediculous. What happened to those African princes that used to send you emails just wanting your bank account. At least they were laughable.

Dove: aww did I miss out on another fun person to "play with"?

I've finally found a recipe for gluten free stollen. Unfortunately it means getting dressed to get the ingredients from the supermarket.... I'll think about it!

Pruning and Protecting 'Super Hot' Chilli Pepper Plants for Winter

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 09:42

What conditions do you keep your chillies in while over wintering them? Are they under glass outside or in the house? (Thinking heating, lighting).

I had a poor chilli season this year but that was mostly through to work taking over rather more than any of us were expecting so don't have any to over winter this year but the grand redesigns happening next year I think will mess up my plans for an early start so it would be nice to think over wintering might be a possibility.


Posted: 14/12/2015 at 09:33

Hello Bella. I started like you not knowing much about gardening. These people are absolutely wonderful with advice (so much better than google).


Posted: 14/12/2015 at 09:29

I'm trying to catch up on everyones adventures but keep getting distracted by... ooh is that bulb sales?



Best wishes to anyone feeling under the weather. I hope you are keeping nice and warm (but not too warm) and remember: mulled cider is FULL of vitamin C which is just what you need when you're under the weather.



Posted: 14/12/2015 at 09:27

Morning all.

Having a lazy day today, it must be lazy because although I've done all of the ironing, sorted all of my work emails, I'm still in my night attire. This must be the longest I've been out of either work wear or jeans for... years! It feels strangely liberating. Drafty though. The main purpose of todays lazy day however is that his lordship has asked that the dog have a restful day as he's had a busy weekend and is now behaving like a cranky toddler. If he's not careful I'll drive him around in the car until he falls asleep properly!

Well yesterday I togged up in my thermals, then put another layer of thermals on, then climbed into my (very thin) Santa costume and pushed my friends on a vintage ambulance stretcher for a mile with the British Heart Foundation Santa "Chase The Pud" while they clung on for dear life performing CPR.

It was hard work: but the amount of attention we got from it with people coming up for photographs and discussing CPR made it all worth it. I hope that many people walked away either wanting to learn CPR or at least being willing to discuss it with each other so that if anything happened they'd know what to do.

Of course any daft day out can't be passed by without a photograph so here you go....


Now, anyone for a cup of tea?

What they really mean

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 09:18

"I'm not being funny or anything but" ... I'm about to say something that could be amazingly offensive if you're not thinking the same as I am about a particular person / thing but I don't want to come across as a bad person so I'm going to pretend I'm acting out of concern. 


"Built to our exacting standards" ... In just the same way everything else is built but doesn't it sound like we really care?


"Are you ready for Christmas yet?" I am. I have been since October. But gosh can't I wait to watch you start getting stressed before I rub it in.


Posted: 12/12/2015 at 08:59

Morning all! 

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