Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 10:34

Congratulations Mini Chicky! Definitely get the Ben and Jerrys out it is the best known cure for tonsillitis.

Dove: if I can hand the child back the right way up and not screaming I like to think I've done a good job. It always surprises me in a world where children are so wrapped up in cotton wool how many I find wandering around the museum on their own. Yes by all means encourage independence but at least TRY to keep an eye on them you never know what nutter is tucked around the corner.

I am currently working from my "cupboard" on the door it clearly says WARNING: KEEP OUT (I didn't realise I was so dangerous). Want to guess how many people have tried to open the door? It makes me wonder how many people walk around this building determined to see *ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING* that they check the cupboards!


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 07:04

Lucky Dove! What tastes you'll remember come the glum of winter.

For anyone needing a morning giggle; while in the classroom yesterday helping a little child try on every uniform while his dad played with his baby brother a mother rushed in and popped her baby in the ball pool and rushed off with her elder child to use the loo.

The poor father was horrified that anyone could just leave their baby in a room with strangers! She was gone for 15 minutes and the poor chaps face the entire time was complete disbelief. I explained to him that it's not uncommon for us to be young babies (often while the rest of the family go on fire engine rides).

He commented how I must be really good with children.

I told him that actually I had no idea how to care for such a young child but found if you look after them like you do the dog it seems to work... you know the stuff; don't let them chew on the chair leg, or pee up anything, leave a bowl of water out if it's warm...

(Fear not he laughed: but seriously I have no idea what you're meant to do with a strangers baby).

What Kids Pick Up.

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 06:55

I was sat in the museum classroom that during school holidays I turn into a playroom and put out toys and activities. A wee lass was quite happily emptying the ball pool and her mother was trying to get her to interact with her using a toy phone.

I have never seen such disgust when on the fourth time of mummy passing the phone to her saying "grandma's on the phone for you" the girl took her phone off her and said "mummy it's a toy".

This girl is going to cure cancer I swear.


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 06:49

I'm not saying my hound is vain... but he spends more time looking in the mirror than we do. The bed has been spurned today so he can spend his lay in giving the mirror toys and grumbles.

Busy day at work today; vehicles to shift, new person starting, and all the joys of a public building.

Headbutted something yesterday and split my lip. Ow!

Rain is on the way... my poor garden is really needing it. I've taken to soaking pots in the dogs paddling pool and the grass is threatening to give up entirely.


Posted: 17/08/2016 at 06:54

Lucid; I was told iris often don't flower in their first year if that helps!


Posted: 17/08/2016 at 06:52

Morning all! A little tired after a later than expected night watching the cycling. If we felt stressed imagine what it was like in the crowd there!

Dew; really sorry to hear about your family member. I hope you got some sleep.

My view right now ... :/

Just seen a hedgehog in the garden!

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 06:48

It's exciting isn't it! I love seeing our hedgehogs pottering around.

Welcome to the forum.


Posted: 16/08/2016 at 11:01

Oh Hosta you've put me right off getting in the bath now! I'd love a swimming pool; no where for one to go. I used to swim every day at a pool on my way to work. Bliss at 05:30 with only three of you around. Around here they don't seem to offer the same "adult only"   swim sessions.

The hound has been walked and I've just come upstairs to change the bedsheets. Slight flaw in the plan I'm now laying on them reading this site. Oops!

Gardening on the cheap

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 10:54

I'm on the green plant swap site Wonky. Unfortunately not had any joy yet but maybe when I get the vegetable beds sorted we'll find people to take the over enthusiastic sewing issues I suffer. 

I'm also wanting to join a local gardening group that no doubt will be able to help with local knowledge and maybe even letting me take cuttings but they're like secret ninjas.

Gardening on the cheap

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 07:53

Depends on the plant I think. But yes it is possible.

I'm sure when the rest wake up they'll help you with propagation tips. With lavender I just cut into this year's growth dunk it in root gel and plonk it in soil which works but others with advise with more care and precision.

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