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Posted: 14/09/2015 at 07:29

Morning all. Well at 04:00 I got up, used the outdoor loo and had a strip wash in the kitchen sink (cold tap only so the boiler didn't wake my partner). 

Why was I sneaking around? Because at 05:00 my boss was picking me up as a group of us were having a day in London meeting and viewing some museums and discussing their future.

I stood outside my house from 04:45 (didn't want to wake the house remember) til 05:50 being harassed by the neighbours cats while the bosses number was on auto redial and I hunted the internet for news of crashes on the route he'd be taking.

Our bus left Sheffield at 06:15 (you'll have guessed that he had the tickets).

Having agreed with another member of the group as a sensible thing to do I was just digging out my car keys to go and search for him when he finally made contact at 06:30. He'd "slept through" the alarms and the fact that three of us were calling him, his partner, and the home phone.

I can't even spend the day visiting garden centres instead: spent all my money on bus tickets!


I hope you all day a good day and that it warms up. 5'C is COLD!


Posted: 13/09/2015 at 18:11

Well bacon has been consumed, the dog has been washed (first bath since he hurt his leg: and my gosh was it overdue!  ).

I've rescued a few baby aloe veras from the monster plant that is too big for the house. I know its not the ideal time to do it but we'll see what happens. The monster is now residing in the greenhouse because as huge as it is (it fills the window and has a tendency to reach out and attack you if you're not alert) I really don't want to throw it into the compost bin (for starts because I'm scared it'll start prowling the garden at night and eat all the frogs).

I was talking to a friend yesterday about how dogs really are just hairy three year olds: I'm sat here in the most uncomfortable position having had to cuddle the dog til he fell asleep because he's overly tired, grumpy, and wont settle as the neighbours children keep disturbing him. I daren't move. 

Worse still he's having his first away day at grandmas next weekend (first time we'll have left him aside from his night at the vets). It's a good job I've a scout group at the museum on an overnight camp to keep me distracted because even though I know

a) he's a dog

b) his grandma is used to having dogs on account of Meg the spoilt Queen of the family pack living there

c) he's a dog

I'm already starting to get nervous!

Do I admit to them that we sometimes drive him around in the car until he falls asleep if he's being particularly grumpy and wont settle when there is a little noise?

Do I let them know that its entirely normal for him to refuse to eat (for days before you start thinking we spoil him that much) until you hand feed him with a spoon?

Will they know to break his biscuits in half before giving them to him because even though he's almost 30 kg of muscle and fluff he likes to have you hold his biscuit while he delicately nibbles the edges away??


Posted: 13/09/2015 at 09:31

Morning all.  I'm enjoying my last day off for two or three weeks by lounging around waiting for his lordship to produce this bacon he's been talking about all morning.

I'm hoping it will stay dry and sunny all day so I can get the washing done and finish painting some garden furniture. 


Have fun every one!


Posted: 10/09/2015 at 21:32

Dove funny you mention stocks: I've got some in the museum we can put back in action if we can catch KEFs undesirables. Sure people would have been subject to all kinds of abuse in them not to mention physical and verbal assult but that all adds to the experience when we explain where they went wrong (getting caught for starts).


Posted: 10/09/2015 at 08:04

Dove: my hose pipe puts out 400 gallons in under 4 minutes and can knock over an adult with ease. Purple dye and bruises would be a good indicator they'd been up to no good.

Must have been getting cold last night his lordship was grumping that he might need to put the heating on. He did not seem impressed when I suggested a jumper. 

Fidget: I am unfortunately not surprised at your parents response. Some things you hear about parents trying to blame everything but their own way of bringing up their child are... disturbing.


Have a lovely day everyone!


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 20:06

His lordship is away so I'm sat here with honey on toast with a glass of water (because I can't see the point of boiling the kettle for a cup of tea for one person) having just fed the dog freshly prepared beef mince mixed with lambs heart and turkey meat...

Not that he's spoilt or anything. 

Its Bake Off O'Clock!


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 19:06

Seriously KEF? If you haven't got a shot gun do let me know. I'm sure between the vehicles and exhibits at work we can make an offence weapon of sorts...

...I mean an over sized extremely high pressure garden sprinkler and any injury was purely unintentional Mr. Policeman. 


I've had a lovely meeting with an education team, given me the confidence to know that I'm not going in the wrong direction. Then my regulation service skirt and my non regulation overly long legs (or at least low knees making the dress look very not regulation), nail polish and generally very much unlike me smart appearance pottered off to a garage where we were able to convince a rather large discount on planned works for my museum project vehicle. Hurrah! I am still two thousand pounds missing from my budget but inch by inch I am clawing every penny to make this work.

Plants I don't like (for no particular reason)

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 18:54

I have a not so much hatred as near obsessive disgust for fuchsias and geraniums. I don't know why its not like they bit me when I was a small child or used to steal my pocket money. I just want to rip their little horrid flowers off and pour salt on their roots. Its probably something the psychologist would love to discuss further but my do they already have such a long list to wade through.


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 07:26

Morning all. As far as I'm aware my friends car is still awol and typing this I've realised just how filthy my nails are having spent yesterday cleaning horse tack for a new display at the museum... best get scrubbing before a very important meeting! 

Have a lovely day everyone. 


Dove: how about I just invite you and Wonky instead?


Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:35

Today I used an entire pot of boot polish cleaning horse tack for the museums new display. Wasn't what I was expecting when I went to work this morning...

Sat down on the computer to find (while waddling through the first day at school photographs and general nonsense that normally fills the internet) my friends car has been stolen. Worse: he had all of his first responder medical kit in the car which means he is no longer going to be able attend medical incidents in those vital minutes before an ambulance can attend. It makes me very very.... beyond angry.

Yesterday I cried myself to sleep because a "friend" was careless with his wording and made it sound that he couldn't be bothered to eat meal out of his comfort zone for the sake of celebrating my birthday / engagement / new house / a general big party to make up for all those other big parties that I haven't had to have because my friends were too busy to come over. (Allergies making it very difficult for me to find a restaurant that wont try to kill me or at least make me feel very ill for several days so to find one, one that serves damn fine food is rather exciting so for him to call the food "inedible" because he didn't like any of it....).

Today I feel sad because I know my friend is sat at home and only a few streets away someone could be dying because he can't get there. Can't use the equipment he always carries.

People are giant ass hats

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