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Posted: 09/01/2016 at 18:23

KEF: unless your family are apple users and more importantly are beautiful so you want to see their face when you talk to them by phone there is no advantage to having an over priced Apple.

I've a Samsung (S6) :  have had Samsungs for years as they seem to cope well with my clumsiness and have a battery life of an entire day (Apples are prone to lasting 8 hours). 



Posted: 09/01/2016 at 18:11

Evening all. If anyone needs feeding there's five lasagnes, six portions of chilli con carne, and a tray of hot sausage rolls...

I got a little carried away cooking dinner this evening. Still at least it means the freezer will be full for lazy evenings when cooking is rather too much hassle. (The sausage rolls might not see the night through). 

Unfortunately I haven't the space to make the doughnuts I originally went into the kitchen to make!

Partner has gone out so the hound and I are cuddling up with a film (and some sausage rolls).


Posted: 09/01/2016 at 09:19

Morning all!  I'm glad you're having a good time Hosta.

Cold and snowy weather expected here next week so I'll be making those winter preparations in the garden today. At last!


Posted: 08/01/2016 at 07:44

Morning Pat. I hope you can see this post!

I'm off to a specialist school today to take firefighters uniforms for them to try on during their celebration (like an assembly?) I love doing little trips out like this so don't mind that it's another days holiday I'm not using on holiday stuff.

It's turning much colder now, the gritters are set to go out tonight in Sheffield so they must be expecting something other than rain. I'm hoping for dry! It can be as cold as it likes but please can we have dry!

Right,  I must get his lordships lunchbox made. Yesterday my plans to reduce his calories failed as he was sent out for sandwiches for visitors and was told to "get something extra for yourself". Oh well, he'll realise he needs to loose a few pounds in his own time.

Have a great day everyone! 

When do bay trees grow?

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 12:08


If they haven't grown any green leafs or new shoots for near a year now (if they've been outside since last February) it isn't going to be easy getting them to grow if they're still alive.

Can you take a few branches and cut them off with a sharp knife and see if they are "green" underneath ? With this mild weather the tree shouldn't have gone into full hibernation so I imagine you'd be able to see the fresh green wood underneath quite easily.

If you have the fresh moist green that the tree should be still alive and you could try re potting them into a larger pot with fresh compost full of nutrients to give it a boost when spring kicks in.


Posted: 07/01/2016 at 11:57

Wonky, we need to set up a non-yummy-mummy club. All my friends are wandering off and having babies (seriously don't they know what causes that?) while I'm over here thinking "you know what would be awesome to do? Quad biking, or paint balling, or lets go to a coffee shop and see just how much cake we can eat until they roll us out the door..." 

Are upstairs having family visit on holiday or do they seem to have dug roots and show no sign of moving? It all depends on the LandLord really.

You HAVE spoken to them about it right? Just as a "I'm a little concerned that there is a lot of people living upstairs and am finding it very unpleasant to live here".

A (decent) landlord will translate this as "I'm looking at moving out and you're going to have to go through all that work and effort of listing the property, paperwork, deposits etc. to get a new person..."

They might at least monitor it especially if they have a tenancy agreement that mentions number of occupants and expected wear and tear on a property.


Unsurprisingly it is raining. Again. The pond is now over flowing and Reggie (who didn't sleep well due to nightmares) is refusing point blank to go outside.

I'm trying to think of something inspirational to make for dinner tonight (anything to stop me writing emails and documents for work; I'm MEANT TO BE ON HOLIDAY). So far I've got as far as ....

chicken breast.


Hope they don't take too much off Dove; you'll need your insulation if this frosty weather arrives!!


Posted: 07/01/2016 at 09:13

Well plans today have gone all squiffy. I got a phone call from work to tell me that someone found my wallet in the park! Thank goodness for business cards. It must have slipped out while retrieving poop bags last night in the dark; I hadn't even realised I'd taken it with me! (Never normally do).

So no going and doing the weekly shop or nipping to a few places today in a bid not to go to work on another of my days off!  (Taking his lordship with me to collect it tonight). 

Oh well. The dishwasher and washing machine are going, his lordship has been packed off to work with a lunchbox and packet of porridge (I can't tell him he's putting on weight but I can suggest he save money by not stopping for a bacon butty and a unhealthy selection for lunch from the shop on his way to work... does mean I end up having to pack his lunch though  ), Reggie is fast asleep and I suppose I could do the dusting...


... Or not



Posted: 07/01/2016 at 07:46

Ooh Pat that looks amazing!


Feeling very tired here. Our efforts for an early night failed as his lordship got up twice for things he'd forgotten to do then the wind and rain kicked in...

Then Reggie had a nightmare had 04.00 And wanted cuddles. 

I'll keep the kettle on the stove for many cups of tea today!

Punkdoc: leaving puddles in the lawn, our garden is near a no go zone at the moment. I was rather hoping to be inspired as it feels a shame that no one has offered any gardening help for people affected in the North like we did those in the south. What ever happened to that? I do hope people got lovely flowers to cheer them up.


I'm rambling.  More tea required!


Posted: 06/01/2016 at 07:48

Morning all! 

Spent yesterday cleaning the museum: everything is lovely and clean ready for visitors to put their sticky fingers all over the do not touch signs today.

But gosh do I ache now. 

Back in the museum today to start planning our 2016 events and to make sure everything is organised for schools visiting this month. I wonder if they'll light the fire in the coffee shop so I can work from there! (Lost my office space and haven't been given a suitable replacement so just find myself a quiet corner).


Posted: 05/01/2016 at 07:20

Yvie I'm glad it went well for your husband.  I hope he had a comfortable night.

Technically I'm still on holiday.  But the unheated, damp prone, in need of tlc victorian building that houses the museum hasn't been touched for two weeks so I'll be going in to help make sure it's suitable for visitors when the doors reopen tomorrow (my standards of clean are rather higher than the bosses in my opinion). I'm just hoping the bad weather didn't cause any damage. Might wait til rush hour is over though before attempting to travel into the city centre.

Good luck to anyine attempting to rise teenagers from bed today!

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