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Posted: 06/04/2017 at 16:58

Jones; with chillies and tomatoes you have to treat them mean to keep them keen.

Feed them too early and they'll produce lush free growth but no fruit / veg.

If they think they are on the verge of dying however they put all their efforts into their offspring and survival of their kind (cue lots of flowers to be pollinated).

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 16:56

I've managed to ease some trousers over my bruised knees to go and cut the lawn. Funny when I cut the lawn Reggie just lays there all relaxed but when his lordship does it there's barking and leaping and generally being a massive pest.

I need to clean the kitchen next. These days off are hard work!

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 10:30

Apologies in advance everyone! The winter duvet is off and in the machine to be cleaned and put away.

I fully expect three feet of snow below lunch now!

Due to the continued electricity issue I am now stuck. Washing machine is on so I can't have the dishwasher on. 

I also can't vacuum or turn the boiler on for hot water to mop the floor.

No dishwasher means I can't sort the kitchen (which is currently full of meat - about 30kg - defrosting to make dog meals).

I also am loathe to tidy the bedroom as that means dumping all my dirty clothes in the kitchen while I wait for the machine to finish.

I can't get my trousers over my now swollen knees so I can't go shopping (shame!)

There are only two people living in this house; how organised must parents of two or three or six children be???

Pond mystery solved

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 10:17

If It makes you feel better Dove I've been wondering why my pond has an off shimmer to it in one corner.

Turns out Reggie has been trying to pee up the developing rushes 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 07:37

Hosta; I think of my tea drinking time as "looking for inspiration online" ;)

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 07:36

Oh I know it Dove, never stick to it but know it.

I have a feeling I'm also about to erupt with a bad cold so if the weather today could be glorious to speed up any germ killing properties my body may still have I'd be grateful.

The knees; we were going well til right before the end a nervous scout who had been clinging on to the edge all evening suddenly managed to get everything to click. She was doing really well... then hit the floor.

I rushed over to make sure she was okay and while trying to avoid someone else then fell... only to have a beaver who had been watching it all come over and crash in to me. 

I don't unfortunately have the option of keeping the curtains to the front of the house closed! Currently sporting rolled up pj bottoms.

Just found a Vine Weevil grub

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 07:30

Sheps; I'm not sure where you are based but I hope you didn't get the light frost we did this morning to ruin your efforts.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 07:27

Morning all. After a busy couple of weeks (beaver camp at the museum one weekend followed by March recording that I have taught more children this year so far than I did in the whole of 2015, followed by working at the NEC practical classic car show the next weekend, followed by last night learning to ice skate with scouts... amongst all the house / job stuff) I have taken today and tomorrow off to ground myself. 

I was meant to be going to beamish for the steam weekend but I think, unfortunately, that sorting shirts and cleaning the bathroom and working out just why my freezer is full yet we never seem to have anything for dinner are higher on the to do list.

Unfortunately ice skating means my knees are so bruised and sore I'm not sure I can get trousers on so shopping and other leavjng the house type activities need to be reassessed. 

Keep the kettle on! My to do list currently sits at 22 things, non of which are quick to do for that smug satisfyingly tick.

Sorry I've Been AWOL

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 18:25

I shall be crossing all my crossables for you Dd!

Badger in my city garden

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 14:17


For live bird (and others food) I use this company: Wiggle Wigglers. I've never had a problem with the meal worm I purchase from them: all arrive alive and well and best of all if you don't fancy setting up your own meal worm farm or having a large quantity of them in a tub in the shed you can set up a subscription service to have as much or as little delivered as often as you like.


Hope it helps.

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