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Posted: 15/11/2015 at 16:17

I'm afraid if anyone phoned me whilst I was in the bath I'd start blowing bubbles to put them off! Our bathroom does echo so nicely.


Very wet and windy here, so half watching the F1 while a smelly dog / swamp monster snoozes next to us. I took the chance to finish tidying the strawberries this morning: rescued last year from the sin bin at Homebase all abused and heavily reduced. I think there were about 8 by the time I composted the definitely dead ones. We're now up (pending them surviving the winter) to 26! Shows you that reduced bin comes in useful to those of us who have the patience and tight wallets.

Has anyone else noticed their strawberries are still flowering? I've been cutting the flowers off mine since the end of September but they're still trying! The poor garden is so confused (and full of weeds). As much as I hate to say it: we really need a proper frost!

Right, best carry on doing my homework. I've got to write my observations on watching people talk (formal / informal situations to base communication problems on). For some reason I've got the gardeners world website open and The Range (looking for ideas to make the caravan more comfortable: best get the sewing machine out!)


Posted: 15/11/2015 at 08:17

Morning all. Bad dreams have left me feeling... meh.

Haven't been to see what damage has been caused yet, hopefully nothing too troublesome.


Posted: 14/11/2015 at 21:53

How are the northerners fairing this evening? We're feeling terribly exposed here with what I assume is the edges of the storm. Must be awful higher up!


Keep safe everyone,  be it from terrorists, bad weather, or overindulgence xx

Slugs and snails getting smaller

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 07:46

My garden is home to a healthy amount of frogs and a hedgehog.

It is also home to the biggest slugs you can find! I think once they get to a certain size they get left alone.

I hope you're winning Flower. 


Posted: 14/11/2015 at 07:40

Morning all. The school behind me is evidence of the strong winds last night: the goal posts have been moved rather dramatically. 

I'll see what state the garden is when I'm more suitably dressed.


Keep safe everyone.

In our thoughts

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 07:31


Posted: 13/11/2015 at 22:46

Evening all. I can't watch the likes of children in need as it's a sensory overload for my simple brain. But the radio has been updating me on France; its truly awful

The baby gate has fallen off the wall! Hound is not at all sure why his normal path is no longer blocked and thinks its a free for all on my bed. Mind you listening to the radio I am grateful for the company.

Even if he is snoring like he's part combine harvester. 


Posted: 13/11/2015 at 18:51

DD I love your fingerprint Rudolphs! So much more fun than the ones I get to do all day.

If you get adventurous you can try making Santa's sleigh with flying Rudolph...

Or a bit of romance...

Or maybe you're fed up with Rudolph having all the glory and fancy a few jolly red breasts...



Can you guess how I spend my evenings? I've had those links saved since April ready to use for messy play at work!


I'm not ready for Christmas yet. I'm not entirely sure I'm ready for October. Its been manic at work with (I'm convinced) more schools in this month than I've had in the past six! BUT due to having worked so hard I do have most of December off which'll be nice (what will I do with myself??)


Hope you're all well. I'm trying to read back and work out what's going on but I can't keep up and my brain hurts from my training course today!


Greenhouse size

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 18:44

Bigger is always better.

I read it in an engineers magazine and they should know!


Posted: 06/11/2015 at 21:38

Hosta: for bottom pains can I suggest you send your OH to Argos to get a large exercise ball? Every time my spine flares up and I get intense pain that I can move from I flop onto my exercise ball to stretch all the broken bits out.

Hope you're all well, or at least as well as you can be. Its busy here, currently world war three outside by the sounds of it, and I'm exhausted from my advanced Makaton training today. Poor brain!

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