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Posted: 08/12/2015 at 18:52

Evening all.

Well I'm not even going to let you guess how well my holiday is going since I was at work again today. BUT I AM ON HOLIDAY TOMORROW. Because I need to get a new shirt for a funeral on Thursday. For some reason my standard white shirt has engine oil on it and it wont wash off. It might mean a trip to Meadowhell.This is an awful way to spend your day and can only be likened to pushing read hot pokers through your ear lobes and out of your nostrils.

Its not even close to any garden centres for me to recover in on my way home!!


Keep safe everyone. I'm off to have a read on all of your adventures...


Posted: 04/12/2015 at 20:16

What the cluster fudge Verdun?

How long were they at your establishment? To eat ALL the chocolate biscuits?? But it is standard procedure to only eat no more than two biscuits UNLESS you brought them with you (in which case scoff away!) I'm afraid if you tried that here I'd have taken the tin away.

We really need to start getting finishing school more widely accepted. Far too many people are letting standards slip.


GWRS: I know it sounds odd but... as much I am enjoying the concept of a ginger crunchy biscuit (gluten free of course) I don't actually much fancy the having to eat it. I shall sit here and stare at the packet for a while and see what happens.

I also now feel guilty and gloating my wealth of biscuits when poor Verdun has non.


Posted: 04/12/2015 at 19:40







(Today I launched the free CPR sessions for scouting / guiding groups within Sheffield: I'm refusing to leave me computer in the hope that if I stare at it enough someone will email us!)


Posted: 04/12/2015 at 19:23

Evening all.

Well I'm home alone with a VERY tired dog (he's slept through his normal dinner time!) having spent the day with the grandparents and their dog (trying to get the dogs used to each other before they're trapped in a noisy house for Christmas).

Wind is.... not fun. I went to move the car earlier and have firmly decided that I am NOT GOING ANYWHERE tonight. At least the day time was rather lovely! Sun, more sun, no rain... lovely! I hope the greenhouse is still upright in the morning. 

I've not seen an adder since spotting one swimming across the fish pond on our walk in the summer. Certainly made me jump!

Anyone for a mug of tea?


Posted: 04/12/2015 at 08:33

Morning KEF!

Chicky: just had to hunt back for your news, bet you can't wait to have him back home. Remember to look after yourself! 


Posted: 04/12/2015 at 08:30

I'm currently sat on the bed trying to decide whether to have a long luxurious bath (but means I have to hope we've enough hot water, and ignore the fact that you're sitting in a soup of your own skin cells) or a shower (which means having to stand up;  ugh!)

Makes you realise how lucky you are when these are your worst concerns of a morning! 

It's (currently) gloriously sunny here at the moment so lots of opportunity for exploring in the fresh air and hoping the post person will leave those parcels somewhere safe. We could do with a bit more frost though: pulled another flower off the strawberries first thing! They're earlies and quite confused!


Posted: 04/12/2015 at 07:44

Morning all x


Posted: 03/12/2015 at 15:22

Sweet dreams Pat!

Fairy: I've no where to put a drier until some rewiring and decorating is done, although with all this wet weather I'm tempted to buy the drier and keep it in the back of my little truck until space is made: I can run an extension cable from the garage! Is that desperate? 

One parcel delivered. Six outstanding. 

I might go and dig out the Christmas cards. I think I've some from a few years ago when I last tried to be organised and send some! 


Posted: 03/12/2015 at 12:20

Well that's one parcel arrived (thank goodness as its a birthday present for this weekend) and I've ordered a few Christmas gifts which is going to mean many many trips to the Post Office to collect parcels (wouldn't it be nice that when you ordered things you could specify a day for delivery? I would happily say to everyone on the street "hey order all your parcels to be delivered on Wednesday as I'm in all day then and I'll sign for them all and we're sorted").

Can you remember about five weeks ago I mentioned the noise of haemorrhaging water running through the pipes at home? Every week I've had a phone call from Yorkshire Water letting me know that the engineer hasn't been able to visit this week due to the high work loads. I know (well am 99% confident) the water isn't leaking on my property but aside from the fact that a neighbours house might be about to float away I am rather entertained they advertise how they're trying to reduce water waste... 

We've cut our leakage levels by around 50% since 1995, but we still plan to reduce it by another 10 million litres a day by 2020.


... I hope they respond to other leaks faster than they are attending to this leak!


Anyone fancy a cup of tea? Despite the heating being on the house feels so cold (damp clothes drying: one day I will get that tumble dryer I was promised three years ago) I must be keeping PG Tips in business!


PAT: If you want a giggle! We have our dogs Christmas stocking hanging up (hand made) and my advent calendar stockings hanging up. Only trouble is that my partner who brought me the calendar stockings hasn't actually filled them!! So in my house all our decorations are just... socks. Its not feeling very festive (I don't like the decorations going up too early, too much to dust).

Never Never Not Ever

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 08:47

B3 I've been gardening a few years now (I'm just bad at updating my profile oops!) and am slowly exploring the delights gardens and plants have to give my belly and my soul.

Still lots to learn!

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