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Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 17:31

KEF: I fear Reggie might actually explode at the sheer amount of wheels to pee up in this building! 

Unfortunately there isn't anyone else to work the hours. We have lots of volunteers who leap about at the thought of going out to fun events, dressing up and driving cool vehicles.... but suddenly disappear when it comes to the sitting in a cold building all night so that we can raise money not just to keep the museum going but to afford the fuel to go out. (Safe to say they are also the first to moan when we say we can't do x y z...) Hey ho.... Only 29 minutes until Pizza arrives. Top floor done, cells ..... well slightly less disgusting than is socially acceptable for cells. Red bull standing by!


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 17:08

Afternoon all. Just nipping in briefly as the day shift have left (bearing in mind we get here around 10:00) and I'm waiting for the night shift to arrive (apparently wont be getting here until 19:00) ready for our 02:30 finish. Pizza has been ordered (there has to be some perk of the job!) and I've just got...


... the entire museum to clean between now and then.  Best get my feather duster out!

Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 07:53



Posted: 07/02/2015 at 07:50

Can you suffer a relapse of a cold? Or have I caught ANOTHER one just less than a day of shifting the previous one?  I only had one school in this week too! (95 students and a lot of bodily fluids) Roll on hot weather to kill some bugs!

Oh well: 10:00 am - 02:30 am shift this weekend (day shift & ghost hunt) then I'm off on Monday.

Strange question: are there any scout / youth group leaders about? I'm writing our promotional pack for youth groups and I'd really appreciate ideas as to what YOU would want from a museum!


Posted: 06/02/2015 at 17:00

Oh Runnybeak that's awful! I helped at a farm that had geese, they were terrifying buggers truth be told but were so clever and did a better job of rounding up both the SHEEP, the SHEEP DOG, the RAM,and the HENS than any sheep dog / person could ever do! I understand what you mean by half human. They have such characters. I guess the fox must have caught him by surprise.

Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 16:54

Rob doesn't seem to have much melodrama, and goes to my local garden centre (he put something on Twitter about it - not that I stalk him or anything! I've been following him long before the allotment challenge after a friend copied something of interest that he wrote!) So I'm rooting a little for him: partly because I've found his bringing he heritage collections to the attention of the television quite interesting.

No spilling the beans though: I'll probably not get to watch it until Monday!


Posted: 06/02/2015 at 13:41

I wish DD! I'm itching to get outside and go for a walk but Reggie has woken up for some food and gone straight back to sleep. A friend did say that he might just want to sleep for the first few days (new routine, new smells, new food, no longer being surrounded by 20 other dogs barking all day and night...) We're trying to have a quiet day today but we'll be out for a walk later on whether he wants it or not!


Posted: 06/02/2015 at 12:44

Oh no not a German Shepherd they said. It'll be all big and scary and aggressive they said. Control the house and scare visitors are they said...

He was just woken up by the post being pushed through the door and landing on him.

What a wonderful protector; how safe I must feel! 


Posted: 06/02/2015 at 10:48

Morning all! I'm back working from home today and its gloriously sunny outside (but so cold!) Partner had yesterday off with Reggie and it was grey and miserable all day. I guess I'm the lucky one!

Talking of Reggie I took him to the vets for a check up which went well. He didn't think much to the treats the nurse was trying to give him while manhandling his nuts though! Don't blame him I'd have been confused and offended too. We've had chance to go through all of his paperwork: he's only 8 months and 6 days old (they tend to stop "growing" height around 12 months and stop "filling out" around 24 months although with his unsettled past he might have some catching up to do) so it'll be interesting to see how bigger he gets. To me he's a tiny little puppy but then I'm seeing him next to 6ft 7in of parter so everything looks small by comparison. We're meeting up with my bosses Springer on Monday so we'll see how big he looks then!

I think its safe to say that I wont be having any garlic this year. Even the ones in pots haven't come up! I'm not sure what I've done wrong seeing as how last year they were quite literally thrown in the soil at the wrong time, left submerged for months, and generally ignored. Still: it means space for something else come spring!


Posted: 04/02/2015 at 16:47

Verdun. I've always found the best bit of a funeral is the standing outside when its all over, when people can relax at little, and the stories start to roll off tongues. I learnt so much about my grandfather from his work colleagues (police) and his "adventures" that I'm sure he thought were long forgotten!

I hope it goes "well" tomorrow.

Reggie and I are now sat on the sofa: he's had over three hours of w.a.l.k.i.e.s today so far (I had to drop my car off at the garage in the next village, then collect it, then get him used to my car [its quite different to my partners that he went in first] so went for a drive in the countryside and found a nice wood to explore...) so I'm hoping he'll stay settled now for a while. I'm trying to get my scout pack sorted... its going well can't you tell?

Discussions started by Clarington

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loved gardening quotes

what are your favourites?  
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Museum Event - support needed 
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KEF & her juicy bits

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Stacey & her chilli bits

How is everyone else getting on? 
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Can anyone identify these roots / bulbs?

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Herb Garden Essentials

What's a must in your garden? 
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Fungus on ones strawberries!!

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Transplanting Grass

June transplant to cover the bald spots! 
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