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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 12:53

I've just watched a very heavy (I can't shift it and I can pick up 30kg of dog) pot roll across the lawn. I don't think I'll be going out there unless I desperately need too today. 

My strawberries are in six hanging baskets Marygold: nice and easy to care for (not prone to slugs being off the ground, nor being eaten by a German Shepherd as they're just out of his reach too) and are by the kitchen door for ease of picking. In the summer when it was hot I upturned plastic cola bottles filled with water into the soil and that seemed to work really well.

They hang from one another to form two chains so don't even take up that much space either.

When I eventually get the garden finished I'm going to have drain pipe running on slates horizontally across the back of the greenhouse for some strawberry plant vertical gardening.


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 12:45

I have got a large arse Fairy. Thanks for noticing. People don't realise the amount of effort and cake an arse like this takes. 

Hound and I got out in the fresh air earlier: neither of us were particularly keen to climb to the top of the hill and he looked at me like I was insane when we walked past the pond (he normally goes straight into it): the waves were really rather large!

Now safely tucked up in the lounge watching the trees waving. Woodhead Pass has been closed due to the wind and gusts of 70 mph have been recorded.

I am... as you'll have guessed sorting my work emails. 

Hazel, funny you mention the lengths we go. I stayed at my parents house at the weekend. As I lay trying to get to sleep (with my hot water bottle I brought with me, and my "bedtime stories" playing... that of course I brought with me) I realised that next time I visit I'm going to have to bring *my* pillows. 

And perhaps my own bedsheets (no idea what detergent mum uses but it was so perfumed I felt ill).

Oh and I could really do with bringing my own water because their water makes awful tea compared to the water up here. (I already bring my own bread and snacks).

Going away is such hard work.

Oh Pat sorry to hear you're not well. Keep your fluids up, as well as dehydration being a BAD thing, having to keep moving (i.e. to get up to pee) is very important to

a) distract yourself from feeling ill as you watch the loo roll rations get lower and lower

b) keep your muscles from melting into the shape of the sofa


Wonky: we have two duvets both quite thin (one thicker than the other) that come winter we button together if the thicker one isn't warm enough which seems to work rather well. Brought them from Ikea so nothing terribly special!


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 07:54

Morning all.

I've got today off; I spent all evening planning my exploits in the garden (as I was away at the weekend and had to suffer sitting inside watching the nice weather be wasted away) to wake and find... strong winds and threats of flooding.


Those light evenings can't come soon enough! 

Time to potter off and see what you have been up too. I'll keep the kettle on!

Pond ice prevention

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 07:47

I use a football (much to the dogs confusion). However I have found my floating island (plants with polystyrene floats so they bumble around the pond depending on where the wind takes them) seem to do a good job of creating enough ripples in the pond to stop it freezing... on the rare days it's been cold enough, 


Posted: 18/01/2016 at 16:58

Fidget: most of them are children, in fact I bet a good 95% are children. I'll be good and not get ranty about that arse hole of a MP who jabbered away to stop them discussing teaching first aid to school children. It is incase that in modern society there are so many people that don't know how to do CPR.

One thing for sure if I hope that if he ever needs first aid its a rugby player doing the chest compressions. He'll live but my god will those ribs hurt for a few months.

This year I'm aiming to get my number up to two thousand knowing CPR: we don't charge to learn and I even pay all the costs of us going out to a local scout / guide group to keep it free for them.


Well I went out for a walk with Reggie. I'm convinced he dropped his favourite ball down that steep bank deliberately knowing that if he whimpered and cried and howled enough that eventually I'd slide down on my bum to retrieve it. I very nearly couldn't get back up and was contemplating following the river until I found a bank I could climb back up! Back now in my pjams while his lordship snoozes on the sofa besides me.

At least dinner tonight is easy: I've defrosted one of the meals that I made in bulk the other weekend!


Stay warm everyone: and don't do anything too foolish!

Proposal on the local gardening show!

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 16:51

Oh Tootles congratulations!!!


Posted: 18/01/2016 at 14:22

Don't drink all the wine at once GWRS. 

12:58 and I finally decided to stop work for long enough to have a shower. Its now 14:22 and I'm still sorting emails. I think its safe to say that my day off hasn't gone well. 

The Gingernut Cover-up ?

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 13:09

Well I didn't think Ashy de la Zouch was under water, I was wondering whether they had perhaps floated off.

Soggy biscuit crisis!!



Posted: 18/01/2016 at 11:34

I can accommodate (on my own providing someone brings me plenty of mugs of tea) over 1,100 students a month Dove and there are 20,000 eligible students that could visit us in the local(ish) area (we cover key stages 1 & 2). I'm working on plans to accommodate 2,000 students a month on my own (so long as I have my tea boy).

Once I run out of children in South Yorkshire (not likely; there are almost as many schools as pubs around here. Must be something in the water!) I'll take the museum on tour (or have a holiday.... probably a holiday... somewhere very quiet).


Posted: 18/01/2016 at 11:00

Second attempt at Good Morning! Its my day off today (I'm also meant to be on my last week of holiday and we were meant to be going somewhere but guess whose darling partner seems to have failed to book the time off?) So as you can tell I'm on the laptop working away. I have however learnt that

a. I hate Microsoft and its annoying updates!

b. In the first month of this year I will have taught more school children than we did in the entire year of 2011.

c. In the first two months of this year we are only 68 school children (so far) short of beating the entire amount of children we taught in 2012. Can you see where this challenge is going?

d. 723 people have learnt CPR through us since May. 


The snow has melted, or at least mostly melted, the garden does look sorry for itself! I have a new plan for the back garden after its been destroyed by the almighty garage plans. I'm thinking of getting a green house frame (since they are not worth much second hand once the glass has been damaged) and using it as my base for a chicken run: it can be stabilised with extra struts and wire mesh. It will then be tall enough to stand up in and of course will match the other two greenhouses. Now to try and work out how to position three greenhouses so that they don't rather over take the garden!

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