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Posted: 30/11/2015 at 09:37

I was able to open the link just fine: but then I was already logged into Pintrest. I think (like most things) it wants you to have an account before you go too much further.


Posted: 30/11/2015 at 09:33

Pat: my partner likes to cook but has no concept of cleaning (or not using six pans when one will do). I always clean as I go along so that by the time a meal is ready all you need to do is turn on the dishwasher and you're sorted. He always says he'll do it "later" and then I feel guilty about nagging him because he did just cook (I really enjoy cooking so can't even use the excuse of a "night off"). I know I know, feeling guilty about nagging a man is a huge flaw in my otherwise brilliance.

It's a bad habit I knew he had before I started going out with him so I guess if I haven't trained him by now I'd best... pull my socks up and get on with his training!

Looks like the grey and damp is set in here for the week. Best drag the wellingtons out!


Laura where in the world are you based? (Welcome by the way!)

DD: I hope your knitting goes well, one thing I have never managed to get the hang of is knitting: I swear it if were possible I actually knit backwards and end up with less than I started with. Not sure I agree with pushing things up Santas bottom though: things like that definitely put you on the naughty list!


Future father-in-laws birthday this weekend and I have been put in charge of the birthday cake. Due to my inability to make a decision my current plans are carrot cake, lemon drizzle cake, and possibly a bakewell tart. He is an amazing cook and I am actually feeling nervous about being able to make a cake anywhere near up to his standards. I'm not making them til Friday, so I've got plenty of time to make a few practice ones! 


Posted: 30/11/2015 at 07:42
Morning all. Did anyone manage any sleep with the wind? I haven't inspected the damage yet (still dark) but I know several trees went down yesterday near us.

Aside from chores I shall be spending today cleaning the caravan for winter. We were meant to be going away in it this week, although with the bad weather perhaps I shouldn't be too upset about his lordship going to work. A friend who was driving high sided lorries yesterday was keeping me updated on the roads: at one point he was nearly hit by a free flying car bumper!

If anyone has any ironing need doing nip it over I've got Monty recorded to watch while I do ours and truth be told I'll be grateful for the excuse not to have to clean the kitchen (might have to ban his lordship from going in there if he's not careful).

Right; anyone for tea?


Posted: 29/11/2015 at 19:04

Evening all. Sorry I haven't been around its been a strange old week. A darling friend died completely unexpectedly and then I open up Facebook to find friends family members seem to be departing at an increasingly worrying rate. There'll be no one left come Christmas!

On a more positive note aside from five days (schools visiting and Christmas events) I am now pretty much off work until the 11th January. I say pretty much because when its a one man team you still need someone to be checking the emails and going in to work to get answer phone messages, plus I need to repaint the classroom (the lads who did it did a great job but as it died it has gone patchy so could do with smartening up again), oh strip the riot van back in a few places its gone rusty, work on some..... 

Okay so I'll *mostly* be on holiday this month! Unfortunately plans to go away have been shelved and his lordship has cancelled his time off so he'll be working. Perhaps if I am lucky the dog will come with me to the sea side. I just hope the weather is nice: the garden is mostly full of other peoples rubbish after this wind (at least all the trees / houses are still upright).

Keep safe everyone.


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 07:23

Morning all!  Kettles on.


Posted: 24/11/2015 at 07:19

Oh I do hope you never ask for a guided tour at my museum. My hands are all over the place in a controlled manner carefully thought out! It's a deliberate well known method of presenting ensuring your audience keep their focus on you.


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 09:17

Morning all. Sewed the dogs festive stocking yesterday, he's not spoilt at all 

I was meant to be working today but work up with such achy joints that even my tail aches so decided to be sensible and call in sick as there's plenty of people in.

Does mean I miss the Sheffield lights switch on though Still best to keep in the warm and rest as I've schools in all week and need my voice! 

Trying to decide if I've enough in the cupboard to make a Christmas cake, I hadn't planned on doing so as I wasn't intending on being home today. Don't fancy going out to the supermarket for supplies.


Anyone for a bucket of tea?


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 20:21

Lilly: I hope the pain is settling now. I wont bombard you with the many many suggestions of things I use to keep my chronic pain from consuming me; your brain need not ache along with the rest of you.

But please do remember DON'T WAIT FOR IT TO HIT 10/10 BEFORE CALLING FOR HELP. In the nicest possible way you're going to be waiting for help to arrive AND it is so much easier to get your pain under control at a "lower level" than it is when its completely out of control.


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 11:15

Oh PDoc was it expected? Just before Christmas too, I don't know if it's a blessing in disguise I can't imagine spending Christmas not knowing if I had a job.

LP what have you been up too??

Just thought I'd share this with you: after a day watching racing cars I'm not sure my friend will be the most delicate of drivers home from ours so I was trying to think of a way to get an aloe vera baby safely to his wife.

Taa daa!!

 I think it looks really rather cute!

I've had to empty the vacuum cleaner three times while blitzing the house today. My Henry that I use to clean my classroom only needs to be emptied once every six months! Either Dysons are very effective or they have the smallest of dust collection points. I promise you I clean the house regularly 


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 08:16

Oooh a full English breakfast. That sounds a great idea!

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