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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 07:17

Morning all!

Punk I'm amazed and just a little scared for you. I wish I were brave enough to even consider leaving Yorkshire.

Only one more wall to knock plaster from and then we're bare walls everywhere!

No news from the plumber yet, nor the butcher which is a tad annoying as I missed the delivery slot for my alternative provider to find... they won't be back in the area for two weeks. Doh! I must get more organised!

It feels like it should be Friday today.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 13:47

I'm trying to come up with ways to display all the thank you letters and pictures we get to education at the museum. I don't have any display board space but it seems a shame for them to sit in cupboards unseen by visitors. 

Has any clever people any suggestions?

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 06:56

Morning all! Afternoon Pat.

Off to the local butcher at 07:30 this morning in the hope they can provide me with meat for the dog at a reasonably price. He won't eat the only prepared meals from our local suppliers and all the others have such a big delivery charge (& I'd need to take the day off to be in for delivery: can't really have 25kg of frozen raw meat delivered to work).

I have however found that the butcher does gluten free sausages! So I shall be brimming our freezer too. I'm going to try and get organised and plan our meals in advance as even through the plaster dust and lack of heating, lighting, workspace, ceilings... I'm getting bored of quick easy meals.

Your current project(s)

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!

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