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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:39

Lantana I've been educating myself! Did you know it was only last year that regulations changed so that they should be made of non combustible material? 

I have just painted the area that has been prepped for its arrival. So I can claim that today we started painting! 

As for the space now the tyres are gone. I keep drawing on the floor chalk outlines of potential tables. Just in case we see one in the sales I like the look of.

Aunty: keep a nice box under the coffee table. All the junk gets put in that and people are told to claim it (put it away) or loss it (bin). It keeps the top nice and clear and hides the little bits that always try to make their way there.

Wonky; enjoy your first day! I hope the office isn't too warm for your liking.

Wot no Snowdrops?

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:17

Being small bulbs they can be easily missed even when you think you know where you're looking. But you could have had visits from mice / squirrels / birds: did you notice any disturbance in the soil after planting?

Unfortunately the only real reliable way to find out if they're still there is to wait a few more weeks!

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 15:52

My future wash room has been stripped bare for inspection, the car tyres are now relocated, and....

*drum roll*


He's looking at electrical type boxes!

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 09:09
plant pauper says:

Good morning all. Good hard frost here and probably not the first as I didn't even bother to bother the 1st of January flower count. Nothing...and most of that is dead!


Now take a good long look at your interior decor, your spare tyres and your OH!!!!!! 

See original post

 The spare tyres are alas useful; they're our summer tyres for the cars! I've dropped a couple of hints about that overly large shed (proper timber construction variety that you would choke if you knew how much he spent on it) of his. They might make it out there today.

They're certainly not going in my shed however. I know where that would lead; we'd turn around to find the whole room filled with his over flow. I claimed that room as my retreat when he claimed the shed as his. If I loose it where will I be able to hide things?

Who's going to the gym in the new year.

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 22:21

I found the gym boring. I'm too socially minded and would damn near pass out on the rowing machine trying to say hello to everyone that walked past.

I do worry at our local running waddlers. Poor quality shoes, out of breath, and being lapped repeatedly by the dog and I. Bad shoes make exercise no fun. I don't have the confidence to stop them to let them know much more fun running, even the awful one legged effort I make, can be with good shoes.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 22:15

It will be installed in our outbuilding; the neighbours have theirs in their same building and it seems to work just fine. Of course while the electrics are being sorted (I already have running water) a small frost heater might be sneaked in to help keep the electrics / any soft seedlings in the windowsills safe.

Shed perhaps is a too simple a term; junk room perhaps? ;)

There's no room in the kitchen and we're living in the spare room so it'll not be coming in here!

Joyce; our downstairs loo is outside I'm well versed in puddle jumping and if it means not having to spend all week trying to dry clothes on our two radiators (1hr of heating a day) I will keep my wellies by the door!

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 19:57


I'm allowed a tumble dryer (if it fits in my shed). To imagine when I was little that this would be considered exciting.

Of course it means quite the jig around but how lovely to have a warmer potting shed ;)

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 13:03

Afternoon all: honestly I haven't just got up! It was a very boring night here but I'll spare you the exasperation of reading about that.

Today full of new years motivation I'm trying to sort the kitchen. I want to get a better control of my spending on food (his lordship suggested it... then as if to prove a point did what he often does which is ask what we're having for dinner - I tell him - and instead of asking / assuming that I would have the ingredients in stock goes out and buy them - I even told him I was trying to use up what we have in the cupboards / freezer!) 

Can I get him banned from Tesco? Or perhaps just the kitchen.

Hmm... maybe not the kitchen. Otherwise he wont be able to retrieve the eight car tyres that are over wintering in here.

Right. I must go and sort out the baking cupboard. I'm not sure why I have six round baking moulds all the same size.

what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 12:50

Like Bob I would recommend a worm composting bin. Ours stands proud of the ground (handy for storing pots underneath) and has a tap that you use to drain any liquid away. Very nice and simple to use.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 18:27

I don't want to jinx anything but..

... having helped me clear the bedroom of any last items that had sought refuge in there he has taken it upon himself to put new floorboards down. Its not quite the installing the electrics I hoped for (after all a plasterer can dodge the creaky boards) but it is a start in the right direction. 

It occurred to me that this time last year I was reliant on an outside toilet (with no lights: to make it most fun for midnight tiddles the dog used to accompany me with his light up collar), no indoor facilities.... and we had turned central heating off while the re-plumbing was done.


(*having of course succeeded in the new years resolution of loosing enough weight to fit in said swim suit)

The first of the fire works started at 15:00, the next at 18:00. At this rate there will be non left for midnight! Poor Reggie has had his dinner early and will soon be retreating with me to the bedroom (the one that still has a floor) for an evening of being read too in the hope that we can keep him contented while the world ends around him.

I hope you're all having a glorious evening should that be what you want!

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