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Posted: 18/10/2016 at 22:32

We are down to just one more room left to strip of plaster! Hopefully that will be done come the weekend. We've even found local bricks which amuses me greatly.


Awaiting quotes from the plumber and stove installation team. Then we can book the electrician and plasterer. These are all bits unfortunately beyond our skill set.

Bob: we've been here 3 years. Most of that spent saving up and deciding what we want. It has all rather escalated though! The fire place will be replastered; the photo makes the brick work look smarter than it really is.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 22:22

Oh Hosta that is a beautiful thing to do.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 18:22
chicky says:

I like muscari with tete a tetes Clari.  Usually leave tulips in pots of their own, because I find their big leaves hard to match with anything else, but you could add some winter pansies for colour throughout the winter.

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 Ooh Chicky! How did you know I have done muscari in a bag also awaiting a home?? I hadn't even thought of them til now.

Thank you!!

How to fill a raised bed

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 07:02

I actually went to a friendly builders merchants and they let me choose which bag of top soil (one ton) I wanted. Fortunately I struck lucky but it was a cost effective way to fill the beds which I could them add well rotted (free) manure to help boost production.

Festive Monkey Puzzle

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 06:58

Oh please put photographs up! This sounds such fun. We don't have any suitable trees or bushes to dress up where anyone could see else I'd be tempted to join in. It would make a change from all the flashing lights the street fills with.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 06:55

Morning all! 

I always wake up before 06:00 (16:00 your time) but upon stepping into the dark torrential rain that has descended the garden I am tempted to go back to bed.

Another 60 children in today. Tomorrow will be quieter so I will be able to rest then. I have decided that my bulbs are definitely going in their pots before Sunday. It might involve getting up early one morning and lighting a few candles! I have deep purple tulips for one pot and tate a tate daffodils for the other. Is there anything else I could add in the pots to prolong colour on the patio? These pots have their time to shine then are taken around the back of the greenhouse to die down naturally.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 20:04

Dove; his lordship is vacuuming the last of the plaster dust (for tonight) while I supervise the oven. Soupy mush for me while he has gougon and chip type potato wedges. A very boring low effort affair in what remains of the kitchen.

I went and looked at my bulbs earlier; it's a stage closer to getting them planted! I did notice a green stalk out of my elephant garlic pot of bulbs to be planted so I'd best get a wiggle on!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 15:41
Joyce21 says:

Think you should have called in sick too Clari .

Busy ((Hugs)), have ashes of two dogs and a cat in the garden. Good to remember them when walking round.

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 Joyce! I couldn't had I wanted too: there was no one left in the building to answer the phone. 

Dove can I send my bulbs on the train for you to pot up. I have the bulbs, compost, even the pots. But somehow they haven't met in the middle yet!

Just having a quiet few minutes wondering if the phone will ring before home time. I hope not. I really don't have the energy to deal with anything other than a massive cheque from a wealthy donor who doesn't want any publicity about it.

Still when I get home I've the dog to walk, dinner to sort (erm... soup) and the dog to walk before his lordship arrives ready to leap into action with many many bags of plaster to remove from the last few walls. The end is in sight! But it really could have done with not spending a weekend with family. Oh well!

Sweet dreams Pat. We'll try and keep the noise down.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 10:30

Got to work with my stomach cramping like I've been punched by a brick layer. Luke warm mullered rice however soft and gentle it might look isn't soft and gentle enough.Never mind all I need to do is avoid stress and drink plenty of fluids and...

.... what's that? The other trainer for today has called in sick? Oh bother.

.... Wait what? The other member of staff hasn't turned up leaving you all on your lonesome and being forced to call in a trustee whose trying to organise his fathers funeral on a day where he could REALLY do with not being at the museum? (Legally we need two members of staff in the museum and no one else is answering their phone).

.... Electrical failure on at least two exhibits? Great.

.... Can't print off the maps or session plan because the printer has broken? *Twitch*

.... A volunteer accidentally took home a set of keys so we can't get in the basement if we need some emergency cleaning supplies? No problem! 

... For fudge sake! At least the school bus went to the wrong school so on the other side of Sheffield are 60 most annoyed small children no doubt getting more and more hyped up waiting for it to beat its way through the traffic to them before it can sail on to the good ship emergency museum!

I swear to God if you offered this place to a film crew they'd turn it down as being too unrealistic!!

If anyone could nip home and knock off the last of the plaster for me I'd be most grateful. I think I wont be good for much come tonight!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 06:37

Morning all. Nice weekend with the family alas now crippled with a stomach flare up due to the rich food. When even a cup of tea is agony I could happily never eat again.

Still only around 170 students in this week (60 today) so at least that should be gentle.

Hugs to all those that need them! It's certainly dark this morning.

Pat: I hope your appointment goes well.

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