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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 17:04

Afternoon all. Things are stabilising at work. By stabilising I mean we are duct taking quicker than new broken bits are appearing.

I'm meant to be going to a scout meeting tonight But my brain is too fried with work things. His lordship is working late and I think I need a blanket the sofa and almighty mug of tea and nothing more complicated than than beans on toast to try and cook.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 07:12

Ob; re poo bags. I will confess they have become such a part and parcel of my life that they have been called into service for

- child who thought they were about to throw up over my nice clean museum floor (teacher was very impressed at the speed I moved)

- rubbish bin at an event (didn't we look organised and smart and tidy!)

and so many other things. I even find them in my posh going out clasp bag thingy ( why don't dresses have pockets is an entirely different rant I could have).

PDoc: I hope you managed a glass of water with it. I think being home alone affects people differently. For my family in the military it's part and parcel but they almost trained into how cope with it and of course have a big network of people. For the likes of me; I honestly don't mind it that much when my partner is away (okay so I mind a little when it's on my birthday and he's sending me pictures of the amazing meals he's had out in Japan while I wrestle the dog in out of the garden but...)

If I go away however it seems like a big thing.  Perhaps because I'm the one who knows what is in the cupboards and freezer ;)

Take the opportunity to remind your OH how much you value each other.

Last night the weather report said it was going to rain today. Now it's saying heat wave. I KNEW I should have risked getting the washing done to go on the line! 

Wonky if you're around you'll understand the big deal this is. Yesterday I brought a pinafore dress for work. Why? Because I am fed up of smart trousers not having any pockets!! It's ridiculous you can't keep your phone by your side. I am not a skirt wearing person, dresses come out only to startle friends who weren't even aware I had legs (I don't joke; a friend for years actually thought that after The Crash I had lost my legs - he met me some years after the event - because i never wore feminine things like skirts and high heels). But I NEED pockets!

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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 18:49
B3 says:

Having had dogs and/or cats most of my life, I remember  once being asked if I minded changing my baby's nappy.

I said: not at all - at least I know where the poo is going to be!

See original post

 At least with baby poo you haven't had to walk up and down the same park for ten minutes in the pouring rain in the dark while they choose just that right spot to let rip.

Or watched it sink / melt into the snow drift knowing you'll freeze your hands having to dig it out.

Or the surprise poo when you think he's empty because you have literally only just been out and it's safe to just up to the post box with a letter with no bags and... BIGGEST POO just as the nice lady from church walks by.

Mum's have It easy. ;)

Hope you're all having a good night. 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 16:25

I'm glad I am surrounded by people who think that dogs are family; not a play thing.

She says with her four legged baby pottering around the house like a wilful todler intent on ignoring mummy because she dared to try to brush his hair.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 07:29

How are you feeling today PDoc?

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 07:29

Hosta; I spoke to a chap at the weekend who pays EIGHT POUND AN HOUR for someone to babysit his dog when he goes out for the evening. That's 50 pence over minimum wage and the dog doesn't even leave the house for that.

His lordship and I wanted a dog for years before my work hours made it possible for us to have one and even then only because the dog came to work with me initially and I didn't work Mondays so he got long weekend's with company. Financially just loosing those hours is a big commitment before you realise how much you spend on a dog. 

There are companies who specialise in puppy day care (I did investigate a place; not suitable for my precious Prince!) and of course dog walkers who will visit the house but...

They are big commitment, especially for a couple who can't even be arsed to dry clothes properly.

At least you are close by. I have heard tales from a landlord friend who had a no pet policy who found out by accident that the tenant was completely ignoring the rule and that the estate agent was fully aware but since money was coming in stayed quiet. Fortunately they had a very carefully worded policy which meant that the tenant had to have all of the carpets replaced (Not professionally cleaned as is standard) to a certain quality rating and pay for the flat to be redecorated by a professional company. It did take a lot of stress and threats of court action (mind you one if the threats was the tenant saying it was their right to own a pet under some human rights act which was frankly bizzare).

Tell them to have a baby instead! They take up as much of your time and energy if my own sweet puppy is anything to go by and the babysitting is cheaper!

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 07:11

*hugs* to Joyce and family. I'm very sorry to hear about your husband. But yet glad he hasn't suffered and was well looked after.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 22:35

I'm glad it sounds like OH is being kept comfortable Joyce. Do please get rest when you can x

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 14:23

Pdoc; brilliant attitude to have with that creep! Here's hoping he steers well clear from her in future. But do remember that HR have a duty of care when it comes to sexual harassment if it does carry on.

Failing that I'm quite handy docking lambs tails; a gents family bits can't be that much different surely.

Fairy; your photo is amazing! I wish I had the stamina for wobbles into nowhere.

Keep warm Pat!

I put off a load of chores (shopping, preparing the hounds meals which takes about 5 hrs, bits in the garden, all stuff where his lordship is a hindrance rather than help) this weekend; thinking all smug that I have Monday off...

... only I completely forgot that I don't! I've a day using big and complicated words with the council regarding my office.


I have lifted my elephant garlic bulb at least having realised that it was sitting around the neck after last week's rain. Looks healthy enough and is now hanging in the greenhouse to dry. It smells so strong I nearly gagged!

Planning ahead

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 10:01

Firstly; consider what you eat! Don't grow something if you won't eat it.

In the autumn I'll be putting in my



cut and come again spinach



In the greenhouse I'm going to try winter salad. I've been told you can try carrots too but dobt have much experience of that and of course need the greenhouse clear for spring.

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