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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! 

Country cottage garden

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 07:21

I adore the brickwork between the raised beds! I wish I'd seen that before the brick filled skip was collected! Doh!

It looks like you're really turning from a jungle to a garden. I hope your house is also a home.

Compost bin

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 07:17

The worms are a sign that your compost bin needs some tlc. If they're trying to escape the contents give it a good digging with a fork to make sure it is aerated and isn't becoming waterlogged.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 07:12

Morning all.

Unsettled night with the dog wanting to go out (belly still not right and I am convinced he is currently not trusting his trumps). Still; had to cancel today's school due to something that happened yesterday so at least it'll be quiet.

His lordship and the hound are still in bed snoring. Must wake them up shortly!

I'll be thinking about the villagers of Aberfan today. I've been watching videos clips and it all sounds horrid even today.

Almost the weekend everyone!

Steve: I'll see if I can get on with the NHS on. Not sure where my running shoes are though. Somewhere under the boxes!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 22:46

Steve; which c25k programme was it you did? I've seen a few different ones but the one I tried told me I walked too quickly so would tell me off for running when I hadn't even broken into a shuffle.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 17:36

Are they like yorkshire fat rascals Dove?

Home with dog meat to find dog has an upset belly and we've no lighting (heating, walls...) Cue scrubbing and hope I've not missed anything!

Books, catalogues, magazines or digital?

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 12:57

I'm very much on the Kindle bandwagon: my partner can't tell how much I'm spending on books and there's so much less to dust! I do have some books: mainly socio-history and archaeology books that have to be read hardback. Anything less just... doesn't feel right.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 11:45

Pdoc: I get the awful feeling that sleeping INSIDE a running washing machine would be quieter than where you've been with regards to sleep. Make sure you take a few days or even weeks to ensure that you ARE OKAY. 

Else I'm setting Dove on you! And she's retired so she knows how to get stuff done.

Lesley: I'm making an emergency trip to Morrisons tonight to get the dog meat (oh... and our food of course but mainly the dog meat!! ) Unfortunately the butcher closes half an hour before I get home and I wasn't awake early enough to have been in any fit state to get there when they opened (07:30). Today is definitely a many cup of tea day.

Hosta and Steve: I think I found it!! Seriously well done the both of you. How are you managing it? I weighed myself on Friday. BAD mistake. I've been trying to loose weight for two years now and have managed... to stay exactly the same. Doh! I think my issues have made my body adjust so well that now it can absorb every little inch of nutrient and calorie and store it as jiggly bits that I could survive on cups of tea, rice, and still be padded enough to survive a bad winter.

Well today is getting interesting and its not even lunch time (which is, coincidently still on the kitchen table: DOH). My education team is once again education me and my shadow. It would have been nice if the chap had spoken, text, emailed, sent smoke signals to let me know that he'd handed his notice in rather than just not turning up leaving me to have to fudge my way through but hey ho. I guess politeness never was a strong point. I will be keeping an eye out for his job advert though: it might be the push in the right direction I need as well as a massive side step towards ensuring my health is actually considered.

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