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Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 15/06/2015 at 08:01

Morning all. Reggie is improving and certainly has his appetite back!

It's now a beautiful day and I'm off work: hurrah! A bit of pottering in the garden is required before the weeds take over.

Bulbs - is it my imagination?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 07:56

I tidied up (hacked about) the flowerbed under the washing line last week and the daffodils there were still very green and healthy looking. Mind you last year my daffodils seemed much slower than any in the grass verges around here!

Pump for waterbutt

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 07:06

I'd imagine a caravan tap pump (or indeed shower pump) could be easily put to re-use: it would be able to be run on a leisure battery supplied by a solar panel charger if electricity wasn't accessible (I.e. on an allotment).


Posted: 11/06/2015 at 07:55

Eyebrows still looking angry in my opinion - just evenly angry. I think I've just a naturally angry face!

His lordship said my hair looked nice and shorter - so obviously they can't be too bad since I didn't get my hair cut! 

Hope you all have a lovely day- back to the beer mines for me, rather a shame I got so much done yesterday.


Posted: 10/06/2015 at 18:04

Pam: Reggie doesn't eat anything while we're out on a walk: even the training treats cheese and prime sausage we tried to use! You could wave a steak in front of him and he steps over it. Certainly he's the only dog I've seen side step over left over kebab and post pub chip spillages.



Posted: 10/06/2015 at 17:06

Dove: truth be told I was nervous when he poked the thermometer up there! As someone who has suffered enough with IBS type problems I know it doesn't take some to "release the flow" (I thoughtfully made sure I was at the biting end). Mind you I may have been nervous but the work experience girl was petrified and backed herself right into the corner the moment we came in, didn't so much as squeak the entire time, and (no offence to her) but if a half size German Shepherd barking scares you I don't think the vets world is for you. A full size male can be twice his size and five times as barky. I did try to offer her the words of advice: fake it til the dog believes you're calm, they feed off your fear and watch the owners: if they've got their face right by the dog all fuss and cuddles looking very calm and relaxed you'll be fine, if they are backing off or looking nervous get yourself on the other side of a door!

Since I had to remove the radiator as he'd managed to get splash back behind it I'd be nervous a bung would take out one of the windows.  (Which would at least vent the house out).

Right. I think I've done enough work for today. Off to get my eyebrows tied up this evening (after a disabled lad at work said they looked "angry" I thought I better do something about it ) but at least his lordship will be back by then to keep an eye on puppy (he's slept most of today: I think he needed it!)

ripening strawberrys

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 16:11

I think all you can do is sit impatiently and wait for them to ripen at their own pace.


Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:17

Thanks Yviestevie. He's on a gluten / egg / dairy / etc. free diet already and has special sensitive food but even eating the finest chicken breast and rice (the go to meal for vets it seems) doesn't seem to make a difference.

He's spent most of today asleep so hopefully he'll be feeling better later: he's not realised he's not being fed tonight yet!

Cut power cable repair?

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 10:18

If you know a competent electrician  they can very quickly and easily repair this for you. It might be worth asking who you know! 

Buying things in the bargain section of the garden centre...

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 10:17

Sanjy: I wish you luck. My garden (which they all know is very much work in progress and that I am VERY picky about what I want as befitting my control freak tendencies) is being filled with plants I despise (not just dislike: these plants are not going to do well in my garden!) and ornaments that are ... carefully placed.

I know full well that I'm the only one with hearing issues: its the bit between the brain and the ears that seems to be at fault with my families choices for me!

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