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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 07:15
Morning all!
Well done Wonky on not hitting anyone yesterday. There are times a blow dart would come in so useful.

New tablets from the doctors yesterday, not what I wanted but we'll see. Unfortunately they have common side effects including stomach cramps. So how am I to know if it's the tablets causing the cramps or the original condition?

Wet and grey here today; still I'm at work so hopefully it's saving the good stuff for tomorrow!

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 22:08
Not watched IT yet. I have however seen twitter full of #shoutyhalfhour which always amuses me.

Sweet dreams all!

Child friendly / neglect friendly / plant for classroom

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 12:54

It'll sound daft obelixx but I have a hatred of spider plants. It comes from visiting my grandparents I'm sure when theirs hanging down used to try and snare me every time I went inside. Unfortunately the classroom is very "hospital bed" corners and there isn't anywhere to put a plant high up so I need something rather compact that can sit above the cupboards.


Child friendly / neglect friendly / plant for classroom

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 12:05

I am currently sat in my classroom and I think it needs more colour and some cheer. So what about putting a plant in here?

The room

  • Receives lots of daylight
  • Is usually the same temperature as it is outside. So being in the centre of Sheffield that's "grim" in the winter and "by heck" in the summer. 
  • Is used for scout sleep overs, school groups, conference meetings, my office, and anything else you can think of. So it wants to look bold and smart but cope with being poked at, prodded, and generally be safe should someone decide they want to lick it (trust me I've seen school children licking the fire engines it wouldn't surprise me if the plant got bitten) That said I have an Ikea plastic display case (see here: that could be turned into some kind of display box putting the lid on when visitors are around for something small yet spectacular.


Anyone care to pitch some ideas?

I'm wondering about some kind of gruesome small fly trap so I could turn it into a crime scene (we're an emergency services museum) with *dramatic drum roll* WHO KILLED FRANCIS FLY?


(This post is almost entirely fueled by mugs of tea and flapjack. I can't promise it'll make sense)

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 11:55

Definitely feeling chilly in here today. Mind you I only have a pitiful heater which doesn't achieve much when you have to have the door wide open onto an unheated corridor (and barely heated museum).

Still off to the doctors this afternoon so hopefully they can give me something to restore my vigour (watch out world). Here's hoping I don't catch anything while I'm there.

Just watching one child systematically colour in *every* sheet I had left out for visitors today (I don't have an office so I am trying to work from the corner of the room while keeping it open for visitors to come and do a few activities). Why it is that other children refuse to colour on a sheet of paper if someone else has so much as drawn a single line? Its so wasteful and really winds me up that parents seem to have no concept of how annoying it is (especially when they then leave the art work behind: what happened to forcing grandparents to put it on fridge doors?) Oh for a budget, and financial support to be able to afford to waste and then recycle all this paper.

Gosh I do sound such a grump. I think its because there's no plants in this room. I wanted to bring an aloe vera (after all doesn't need watering, doesn't mind /too/ much if bits get snapped off) but I honestly think the room is currently too cold for one. Maybe I'll start a thread and see what plants you might think suitable...

Frog Spawn count

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 11:45

Hurrah! Its fascinating stuff Wildflowers. Lots of ours (you're looking at about 15 different clumps the size of dinner plates) is already starting to look less like an eye more like a... well apostrophe. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 14:20

So Punkdoc what came home in your trip to the GC?

Can you believe its April tomorrow? I'm not ready for April. Gosh to be truthful I'm not ready for March yet. Where did January go anyway?


HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 06:58
A proper frost here and not much sleep. Hound was feeling under the weather after his jabs on Tuesday so was given free reign of the bedroom last night. Truth be told I don't think he was that impressed with it but it made his lordship feel better.
I don't think the hound and I had more than a few hours sleep at a time. Still with enough mugs of tea I'm sure we'll whizz through a day at work.

Keep safe everyone.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 22:20
*hugs* I have no words that feel anywhere near powerful enough to express how much I hope she will be as comfortable as she would want x

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 20:49
Gosh you've all been so busy. I'm watching the A word while His Lordship cooks.

I've burst into tears twice already.

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