Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 18:43

Things will be changing fear not. I already turned down two awesome jobs to give this place chances to full-fill its potential (and the education side has it in bucket loads). 

Flumpy: no union unfortunately.

Verdun: he's not a bully, he's incompetent. Trying to do too much so that he can keep "control" rather than admitting he needs help.

My CV is somewhere on the computer and I'll be damned if I can find it!!


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:05

KEF.... if there's any spare going that does sound good!

Gardening Tool design help

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:04

1. does your university give you a user specification? i.e. are you targeting the old / disabled / young / trendy / affluent?

2. does the specification include the use of electronics or fuel? Or by hand held do you mean hand powered too?

3. does the specification include costings? (i.e. either the production or retail costs so that we know what kind of tool you are aiming at rather than give you ideas for a hand held that is not useful to your needs)


Personally my hand operated petrol powered strimmer is far too heavy for me to use for a long period of time and would be wonderful if it were lighter and had a better counter balance.


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 16:53

Afternoon all. Survived the camper at the museum: despite a third more mouths arriving than had been booked in. I was convinced as they all came through the door that'd they'd acquired waffs and strays from the train station! What a good job that when I cater I cater for ravenous so there was plenty of food to go around.

At least it didn't snow: that would have been the topping on the weekend if they'd not have been able to leave due to the weather!

Boss pulled me into his office with a trustee (who I had confided in as both a friend but also someone who should be aware of things like this) and got more a lecture and fobbing off than any sign of an apology or even any kind of understanding at what he's put me through: when I told him that I had £5.35 to my name and couldn't even afford a tank of fuel to get into work this coming week it went entirely over his head. It'll be interesting come Wednesday if the money isn't in my account because I honestly don't think my car will run on fumes for that long. I'll just have to use one of the company vehicles to get to and from work: the neighbours will love a fire engine trying to squeeze up the street (there's no way you'd get up our road with an engine due to people's parking habits so maybe coming home in an engine would be a good idea before we need one for real).

How I am not hideously grey I have no idea.

Oh well, I have a week of school groups learning about the Great Fire Of London to enjoy this week! Hopefully come the weekend there will be some warmth in the air so  I can get outside and try and tidy up the garden. Next door seem to be on a mission to BURN EVERYTHING! Fences, trees, shrubs... I'd love to know what they're up too with their back garden its a beautifully sized blank slate.


Dove; why is it every bird count weekend all the birds in my garden completely disappear? Its happened for years. All year round you get a lovely amount of birds (and other visitors) in the garden but come this weekend *ta da* nothing! I wonder what neighbour feeds them one weekend a year that they jump ship too.


Posted: 30/01/2016 at 08:11

Well all my standing orders have come out;  or at least are shown as having left my bank. Of course it being the weekend and the first being Monday it all gets squiffed about a bit. Being a cheque I've found out it has to go through the whole cheque clearing system again: so it could still be a week till I get the money. At least I brought the dog his food looks like it'll be beans and toast for the rest of us! Thank goodness I have my partner can you imagine if I'd been single? !

Is Hostas. Holiday over already?  Where has the time gone?

Off to work in a bit; I have scouts camping over tonight then its a week full of schools till the weekend when I'm actually off (yay!) 


Posted: 29/01/2016 at 22:37

Fidget; I'll find out tomorrow when I go in. He didn't seem overly concerned when I called him (mind you its not his car insurance and mortgage that is due on the 1st of the month oh and I've an MOT on Monday to pay for AND thinking I had been paid I ordered a load of equipment I need to do my job). As far as I'm aware like all charities we struggle but I hoped they would have enough respect to warn me if money were going to be a problem so I could plan something in advance (just after Christmas too so my piggy bank has already been emptied). 

Good job I spent all day today going through invoicing for the schools who visited us so far. Shame most of them have already paid!!


What's happening ?

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 22:27

Oops!  I barely touched it!!


Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:33

I think the winds have rather affected the dog: normally he sleeps all day while we're at work and then is sociable in the evening. Today however the moment I got home he fell asleep.... and he's still snoring away four hours later. Poor devil he probably thought the house was off to see the wonderful wizard of oz. I certainly wondered myself at times.

Partner has gone out for a chaps evening and all I have is the washing machine for company. I got a lovely letter from my bank today saying that my wages (paid by cheque and usually late this month by three days) bounced like a bouncy thing due to "the person who wrote the cheque doesn't have enough money in their bank account to pay the cheque....". Thank goodness I found out before Monday so I could do something about the standing orders and bills that are paid on the first of the month. 


Posted: 27/01/2016 at 07:23

*yawns* another 6 hours needed.

Fishing for sympathy!

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 14:53

Oh Steve! I've only just seen this. You silly devil what have you been messing about at getting your surplus bits all brought out for the party trick.

Well at least you'll be healed up nicely for spring: think of the mess had you been forced to spend summer from your chair in the garden under strict instructions to drink plenty of fluid and not even think about digging in that delightfully rotted bag of manure.

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