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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 14:39

Ugh. There is a member of staff here who has an awful cough, always spluttering, makes me fear for COPD or even TB. But will he cover his mouth or even go to a doctor?

Will he chuff.

Dove: re the social workers. It always scares me over school holidays. The media tell us about all these children who are in households so poor they don't get breakfast unless the school has a breakfast club, that school provide their lunch... and then we hear nothing about provisions made to support them in the holiday. I don't want to be rude but I can't believe that those parents are suddenly able to produce the cash for three healthy meals a day if they were struggling before (and that's before they factor in the fact that we're not even discussing holiday child minders if they work, or activities to enrich their lives and learning or...).

I've had a child come to the museum on a school trip so hungry she was in tears. The teacher told me this is a regular thing and often the receptionist would make her some toast: but couldn't today of course as she was on the trip. Fortunately I had mini boxes of breakfast cereal left over from a scout camp so we sat her down with that, some milk from the coffee shop and she ate so much I thought she was going to explode (we did see her "steal" some more boxes to take home carefully hiding them in her coat when she thought we weren't looking but are you really going to say anything? Yes stealing is wrong and I hate to think stealing is something she's learnt from her parents but I am not even slightly equipped to safely discuss with a child their home life).

I've also had children come to the museum with cold chips in their lunch box, or who smelt so bad I had to seriously consider asking them not to put on the uniforms (I took them all home to wash myself: my neighbours much have thought YMCA had moved in next door).

That said. I've also had children come to the museum who had have ferrero rocher chocolates in their lunch boxes and asked if I could carve their avocado into slices as their nurse maid had forgotten too,

Sobering thought that even though we do our best to help, there must be thousands out there floating under the radar.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 13:13

Lots of schools I think are probably doing an inset day Dove. Ease the teachers off their caffeine addiction slowly before releasing them back to their families for a few precious days!

(Because I am convinced caffeine is the only thing keeping some of the teachers who visit us going!)


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 12:56

Oh cripes I can't imagine eating chutney fresh! I used to make it now and not even consider going near it til Christmas at the very earliest.

Pete: just avoid pasta for a few months. I made pasta sauce last year: shop brought tastes... well of nothing!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 12:54

Good point Dove. Perhaps Hosta does deserve a nice sporty model with tight back end suspension and an optional extra roof for when the sun shines.

Last day of term: I think most of the teachers must be in the pubs my phone hasn't rang all day :(

what to plant now

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 12:51

Oh how queer Verdun! It appeared on my phone as a latest post before Dove posted so it must have been the website playing silly devils. Odd since I thought the website had deleted so many old posts (especially this age) when it was upgraded: would have been an ideal time for a declutter.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 10:35

Joyce: I can't count the number of times I've gone to get a step out to change a light bulb to find he's already done it. Trouble is he is well known for hiding things on the top of the kitchen cupboards.... like my treats jar!

Perfectly: his friend is also 6ft 7" and so they make the ideal pair when moving heavy items (like the slate hearth they moved yesterday.. I was so grateful! When I try and light things with him I'm always off balance trying to reach his version of low!)

Just writing a to do list of things I want to get completed for the weekend. The normal washing, more washing, ironing, making dog treats, more washing (there's only two of us: how do we wear so many clothes in just a week??), knocking off the plaster on the last wall (yay), possibly buying stove (bigger yay)....

I think I'm going to get up early, scare the neighbours in my dressing gown (ha - like they'll be up before its light) and get those bulbs planted first thing before anything else gets done. They must be feeling so naked sat there waiting all this time.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 09:40

Oh and if country living gets two much for you Hosta: my local farmer used to get two sheep and the dog in the back of his old trusty 206. I still remember seeing it flying across the fields. Rally drivers would have had nothing on him!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 09:39

Hosta: I heartily recommend a second hand Peugeot 206 2 litre diesel. Mine cost around £800 is low milleage, full service history, and in lovely condition. Its much bigger than you think (my 6ft 7 partner can drive it quite happily) and with the back seats down (they fold down completely flat) you'd be amazed at how much stuff I can pile into the back! It is small enough to throw around lanes and squeeze into tight gaps in car parks but big enough that she'll cruise at 70mph (and not a spot more Officer honest) on the motorway without you feeling vulnerable and four of us fit in comfortably.

She'll never be as wonderful as my Defender of course, I love my Defender and all her many many quirks. But she's twice as economical to run so for daily driving to and from work she's a must!

what to plant now

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 09:32

The most important thing you need to consider is: are you actually going to eat the produce? It is tempting to throw 50 garlic cloves in the ground (I do mine on the shortest day of the year) but if you don't like garlic... what a waste of space.

So sit down with your family and then decide what you would actually eat. Once you have this list a quick google will give you planting guides. I like use Black Moore Nursery to look at different plants as it (in my eyes) has a large selection including varieties more suited to pots and containers.

Also: don't be tempted to plant the cheapest plants for the sake of planting. The best bit of growing your own (aside from the strawberries that NEVER make it back into the kitchen) is choosing wisely so that you grow food that is on the more expensive isle in Tesco. Look at your space and decide how best to use it.

spring bulbs

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 07:25

Man: it's been reet mild up here don't be surprised if til the frosts start appearing you have several plants start to pop up that you don't expect! 

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