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Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 07/09/2015 at 13:56

The house has been bleached, my supplies of detol wipes and hand sanitiser running low (I always have some in my bag: working with children has taught me to TRUST NOTHING), vitamin C tablet taken, litre of orange juice consumed... I always try to wash my hands as often as I can and wipe down surfaces to avoid contamination but my immune system seems to be really quite poor since my Celiac diagnosis.

WW cats aren't always the cleverest of creatures! Mind you Reggie is still making very slow progress on his paw healing but we're almost to the stage where we might be allowed to have very short w.a.l.k.s. Mind you as Steve mentioned repeat offenders it surprised me how many of the dogs we recognised on our daily trips to the vets to get dressings changed: I'm convinced some of them must have had a back hander going on with the insurance companies!


Posted: 07/09/2015 at 08:51

Ooh Verdun I didn't see it was your birthday! Have a great day I will drag myself from my bed to find cake to consume in your honour. Or at the very least I'll fill a mug with squirty cream 

Lily: I could far too easily become a hermit, it almost sounds ideal. Without visitors imagine how clean I could get the exhibits in the museum (this week is going to mostly involve repairing many broken exhibits that careless visitors did their best to destroy over the summer holidays... aaaaggggghhhhhhh).

All I need is some planters on the walls for my strawberry plants and I'm sure a roof top vegetable plot is possible around the lookout tower! 

Where would you go if you could become a hermit?


Pat: I hope your friend feels better soon. I had flu early this year and til then had completely forgotten how incapacitated it makes you. Even an attempt to get in the shower seemed like I was climbing a mountain in Wales (I say Wales because it explains the wet).

What's doing this to my garden?!

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 08:39

Are there any prints in the mud that could identify the culprit? 


Posted: 07/09/2015 at 08:18

Morning all! 

The kettle is on; help yourself to tea and coffee. I'm afraid I don't have any buns but I do have my first cold of the season  I did expect it: we've two chaps properly full of snot and coughs who were insistent on coming into the museum every day rather than consider the rest of us and stay at home resting. I did my best washing my hands religiously but I think I will wear my BA set next time.

I really hope I don't have another winter like last year battling cold after cold. I've already started the immune booster Dove suggested but I'm thinking spraying everyone I meet with detol might not be enough.

The garden is positively alive with frogs at the moment: we counted 30 under one piece of wood! But sheltering with them were the biggest slugs you could imagine:do frogs not eat them when they hit a certain size? Hopefully the hedgehogs might harvest those monsters: certainly they'll help with the pre hibernation weight!

Right: I'd better crack on with my to do list. I'm hoping now the school holidays are over I can get back into a better routine and start preparing the garden for winter. So many things didn't get done this year I wish I had the funds to get a strong man in. Unfortunately I'm currently pretty much funding the classroom activities at work so even my plant budget is decimated. 


Have a great day everyone! 


Posted: 06/09/2015 at 08:11

Its 5'C outside. 

Who hit the autumn switch? I'm not ready for this yet!

my allotment

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 08:10

Is your wife a professional photographer? These are amazing! 


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 08:07

Morning all. Just nipping in quickly while I sum up the energy to crack on with my chores before another overnight at the museum (cub scouts this time).

Wont be long before I get some time to spend in thegarden... trouble is it'll be winter!


Posted: 28/08/2015 at 07:38

Morning all! Congratulations Wonky: are you already having lessons for your practical?

Reggie update: we were so close to his pad healing after his operation last week but puppy wouldn't settle down and it split open again so we're back to dressings at the vets every two days. It looked good last night so we're hopeful it wont be long now.

He's not had a proper walk for three weeks! I'm missing them so I hate to think how he feels.

I found out yesterday that although the ghost hunt I'm supervising doesn't end until 03:00 I'm expected to be up at 06:00 as a team are going out to an event and so vehicles will need moving. Good job I'm sleeping at the museum so I can grab a bit more sleep before we open at 11:00!


Posted: 27/08/2015 at 07:46

Wonky keep pushing those fluids through!! His lordship had a really bad cold the other week (even I'd admit it was more like flu). He was so ill he had to be FORCED to eat a bacon butty. I hope you feel better soon!


I've just checked my bank account. I'm meant to be paid on the 20th. Got a cheque on the 21st so couldn't pay it in until the 22nd of course. It's now the 27th and its still not cleared.

Anyone else wondering if it's about to bounce? (According to the Natwest website if you bank a cheque on a Saturday you can withdraw the funds on... Friday! Agh!)


Posted: 27/08/2015 at 07:24

Oooh we're so close to the end of the holidays! Today is the last out reach event I've just a messy play, a first aid friday, a weekend of hands on activities and the fact that I'm staying in the museum all weekend as I'm supervising a ghost hunt that doesn't end til 03:00... 

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