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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 18:43

I forgot to take a starting point image! But here is project pond (and my helper). That's about 12 wheelbarrow loads of soil to replace the slate that was there before. I'll need more soil to level this off as it settles (I'm not going for a perfect finish; the pond isn't level for starts!)

The slate is in bins ready to be reused on the front garden.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 18:18

I've moved as much soil as I dare for now (spine does grumble so) walked it down (it looks more natural than flat) and cut the lawn (funny how a garden always looks so much better after a mow), the green recycling bin is full and truth be told... I'm ready for bed!

The pond area is starting to look better now even though it is just mud. I just need to (walk the hound, have a shower, do the ironing) decide on which plants I want to sink into the grass. For spring I will be adding tulips and daffodils that will appear before the lawn needs cutting to mark their spot. For summer and autumn I am thinking of getting inventive with the idea of sinking pots into the ground and creating holes that I can pop pots in too to create an ever changing display.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 14:53

Wonky; I tripped over myself and landed in the wild area of the garden aka stinging nettle central.

Thank goodness I still had a t shirt on and wasn't belly out; my arms are just one massive red angry lookibg blob. Still. I'm sure nettles are meant to have medicinal qualities so it's all good.

Plus it's a good excuse to stop for some ice cream.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 12:31

Wonky; I thought about shirts til I saw the nettles around the back of the shed. I also thought about topless (With my industrial sports bra covering way more than any bikini and ahem why are you looking into my garden anyway attitude) but thought I'd best not; can't be putting anyone off their dinner now can we.

7 wheelbarrow loads of soil moved from one end of the garden to the other and my phone just pinged to tell me I wasn't being active enough; how rude! I'm digging up all of the slate around the pond to replace with soil and eventually grass with carefully choosen plants dug all theatrically like to create a more German Shepherd dainty feet friendly (he has cut his paws tearing through the slate like his bum was on fire while playing) more wildlife friendly area.

Trouble is my helper keeping digging up the soil from the wrong end of the garden :/

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:00
fidgetbones says:

Clarington... an employment tribunal is the way to go for a wages ( or lack of) problem.

See original post

 Thanks Fidget. I am not holding my breath for Monday's post so it's good to have this information handy.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 08:59

Morning all! Enjoy your dinner Pat.

Mentioning food: thanks to my scout training I will be able to provide us all with quite the three course feast over an open fire pit. I enjoyed it so much yesterday that I'm now having to replan the garden design to incorporate somewhere that I can BURN THINGS. I think I have squeezed in space. 

Reggie had an unsettled night; he always does when his master isn't here but by good fortune managed to time his 03:00 bark at the world session perfectly so that I was able to respond to a text saying OH had landed safely moment's after he sent it. Brownie points for me for making it look like I had woken up especially me thinks ;)

Not that brownie points work in this house!

We're now enjoying a very lazy tea in bed before hopefully spending the day pottering in the garden. Unless it starts to rain; in which case I have many GW to catch up on.

Have a great day everyone.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 22:19

It's been hailing here. HAILING!!

ALSO I learnt a fun fact tonight. Apparently those of us in the South Yorkshire area shouldn't expect it to get properly dark at night until late July. 

Resurrected Fourteen

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 22:15

That's dedication!

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 17:45

Afternoon all.

Having a quiet couple of hours as I've been at a scout leaders training day and sometimes you just need a soft blanket and brain numbing television before cracking on with a few jobs.

Still proving quite moist here; I need to get some tidying done in the garden (future in laws are over next weekend and I'm relying on good weather else we'll have no where to sit).

Wonky; if you could pop a few seeds in for me that'd be great! 

Today should be my last pay day from the museum; of course no cheque has arrived in the post and Facebook informs me that this boss is off on his jollies at an event.

Place your bets on when it arrives! (Or should that be if??)

can anyone advise

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 16:52

Does this plant appear in your neighbours gardens? Unfortunately if you have it locally all you can hope to do is manage it.

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