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Plant sales for school fundraising

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 07:25

The whole home made food stuff "rules" is silly. I have issues with food allergies and don't even trust my own mother not to try and poison me so guess what... I just don't buy the homemade food regardless of what label they might put with it. Do I think that they should stop homemade foods being sold at events?! Good lord no! 

Regarding your plant sales when is it being hosted? Are you allowed to get the children to make crafts? I.e. plant labels, little signposts telling slugs to go away, decorated pots...


Good luck! 


Posted: 24/01/2015 at 07:13

Morning all. Another full weekend working and with parties in both days its guaranteed to be busy! I'm going to be calling the dog rescue place tonight to see if we've any more information: they've told us we've been approved but its gone quiet when it actually comes to getting information on certain doggies! (We picked four we especially liked- two went to new homes yesterday).

Wont be doing the garden birdwatch this year which means my garden will be FULL of the wee things! Every year I have gone it the garden goes scarily quiet like they know something is happening 

anyone started growing their chili peppers yet?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 22:06

Stacey advised me last year to sow in mid February so I'm twiddling my thumbs til then!


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:21
Funny I stroll by as we're discussibg freezers. I've just had to clear mine out and repack it as I went a little overboard at the reduced section in Tesco as they had several (16 chocolate brownies, 8 pains au chocolat, 2 loafs of bread) gluten free treats I'll only ever buy when reduced as they're just too expensive otherwise.
It just fits... although we've now a joint of pork defrosting for an evening meal and I have no idea where anything is anymore!


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 08:39

Could be Bekkie! If you want interior design talk to my brother but new injectors and a full service I'm your lass! 


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 08:38

Thanks! It gives me a much more realistic time frame to completely redevelop the education centre and boy am I aiming big! £50k sees the education centre fully funded and free to all schools and youth groups, £25k gets us a much needed lift, £3k sees the educational riot van fully repaired and able to visit schools across the UK... last year our income was around £4k. It's achievable right? 

Right I really must get my socks pulled up and go and sit in traffic. Sitting in the kitchen trying to answer emails wont help rush hour!


Keep safe everyone!

My first greenhouse

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 08:31

Ah not good. I broke my sacro iliac and it's in the most inconvenient place when it comes to shifting around! Would she manage with a series of smaller steps or a paving slab type ramp inside? An alternative is to sink the base so you only have a step up / down rather than over so the greenhouse itself is flush to the outside but only you and Mrs F would know if this would suit your situation. 

It might be the greenhouse becomes your private retreat!


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 08:26

No problem Dove; send it over I've some fantastic potato stamps and various coloured paints I'll soon have that paperwork dealt with! 

Get on down Panda there's even free squash involved. Do I spoil my guests or what?! (No biscuits though - wasn't ready to run the allergy gauntlet!) It's the first time we've done anything like this to try and get not just people through the doors but get the museum more welcoming and assessable to younger families. 

I got my contract extended for 12 months this week which means I really need to crack on with my almighty to do list - anyone want to fund the education centre?! It's worth a shot!  I don't think I'll be seeing much of the garden this spring. I might need to find a suitable potted plant to bring into the classroom with me!

My first greenhouse

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 07:31

Fishy - being a taller lady with a giant of an other half when we move our greenhouses we will be building a brick / breeze block wall to raise the greenhouse up. Disadvantage is that you then have a step to get in and out but does mean there are no height issues. It makes a huge difference and is a much cheaper option! 


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 07:26

Morning all!  Today is a day sitting in my nice warm classroom hosting messy play for under 5s. Unfortunately the museum haven't advertised it at all so I might be catching up on my paper work somewhat!

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