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Books, catalogues, magazines or digital?

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 12:57

I'm very much on the Kindle bandwagon: my partner can't tell how much I'm spending on books and there's so much less to dust! I do have some books: mainly socio-history and archaeology books that have to be read hardback. Anything less just... doesn't feel right.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 11:45

Pdoc: I get the awful feeling that sleeping INSIDE a running washing machine would be quieter than where you've been with regards to sleep. Make sure you take a few days or even weeks to ensure that you ARE OKAY. 

Else I'm setting Dove on you! And she's retired so she knows how to get stuff done.

Lesley: I'm making an emergency trip to Morrisons tonight to get the dog meat (oh... and our food of course but mainly the dog meat!! ) Unfortunately the butcher closes half an hour before I get home and I wasn't awake early enough to have been in any fit state to get there when they opened (07:30). Today is definitely a many cup of tea day.

Hosta and Steve: I think I found it!! Seriously well done the both of you. How are you managing it? I weighed myself on Friday. BAD mistake. I've been trying to loose weight for two years now and have managed... to stay exactly the same. Doh! I think my issues have made my body adjust so well that now it can absorb every little inch of nutrient and calorie and store it as jiggly bits that I could survive on cups of tea, rice, and still be padded enough to survive a bad winter.

Well today is getting interesting and its not even lunch time (which is, coincidently still on the kitchen table: DOH). My education team is once again education me and my shadow. It would have been nice if the chap had spoken, text, emailed, sent smoke signals to let me know that he'd handed his notice in rather than just not turning up leaving me to have to fudge my way through but hey ho. I guess politeness never was a strong point. I will be keeping an eye out for his job advert though: it might be the push in the right direction I need as well as a massive side step towards ensuring my health is actually considered.

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.

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