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Posted: 31/12/2015 at 18:57

Punk: Let me know if you find anything, I'm thinking of downloading a movie as nothing looks appealing on my (rather half hearted) tv browsing earlier.

It's traditional to *have* to eat all the Christmas chocolate* before midnight, right?


*two terry chocolate oranges

* one box of Lindt chocolate balls


Posted: 31/12/2015 at 18:31

It seems I forgot to push the submit button this morning as I lay curled up in bed with his lordship (he'd had a very unsettled night and so was snoring away at 09:30).

We have been getting a little involved in our DIY. What started as a lets replace the awful floor in the bathroom is now a 

- lets remove the floor (sink and bathroom in the garden, bath in the hallway)

- and re-plumb everything (what a tangle it was under there! Just a shame no one will see the piece of art it is now)

- let's put a heated towel rail in (more plumbing and a full drain and flush of the heating system... well while you're there you may as well)

- oh! We can remove that awful gloss off the ceiling too...

Thank goodness we have our trusty outside loo.

This evening will be spent consuming gammon and baby potatoes, drinking cider, and falling asleep long before midnight!

Happy New Year Everyone

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 18:16

Happy New Year All! 

I'm sat working on projects for work while the dog snores at my feet and my partner rips the house apart. Its not exactly rock and roll but its more comfortable!


(Don't worry the cider is in the fridge).

If you have an interest in autism

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 08:22

Cheers Dove.

I get to meet many many different people through work and have to confess that the most fun times have been with autistic and "lower ability" groups rather than the bright privately educated polite schools you'd expect. We can bring lessons to life in ways you'd never imagine purely because something needs to be explained in a different way or perhaps we all just need to climb in the back of a fire engine to smell the fire fighter. 

I hate hate HATE when a teacher introduces a child to me as "he's austistic" or "she's down syndrome".... no he's James who really likes dinosaurs and she's Becky who signs like a pro and has a wicked sense of humour.

It becomes a mission of mine with every child who has a workshop with me to make their teacher surprised at their abilities. I just wish teachers had the time and support available to them to get to know each student of theirs with their own quirks.


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 08:06

Dove; the neighbours builder was politely told that using the main stop tap in the street isn't appropriate (cuts water to four houses) when there's a perfectly good one house stop tap by the back door.

Mind you I'm just grateful it wasn't anything serious!

Funny you say about showering in the rain though: yesterday we ripped up the old flooring in the bathroom to replace it with some new.

Today we'll be ripping *everything* out so that we can put things back in properly (because we don't need to worry about having electricity to do that: Frank is proving very spirited here).


Pat I'm glad your husband is safe.


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 07:44

Morning all. You'll be pleased to know I've had a shower this morning! 



Posted: 29/12/2015 at 09:11

Oh! We don't appear to have any water. Not so much as a drip. Awaiting Yorkshire Water to contact us but it was fine earlier.

*starts searching the drive for signs of a burst*

Sorry about the smell; no shower!


Posted: 29/12/2015 at 08:55

Punkdoc: I saw no end of unusual birds on my walk the other day: this warm weather has rather confused a few travellers but makes for beautiful sights! Do let us know what you discover.

cutting lawn

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 08:44

Many people are still cutting their lawns at the moment Bonsai with the warm weather. Keep it higher than normal though.

Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 08:43

Where in the world are you Wookster?

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