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Posted: 29/07/2016 at 22:32

Oh Christ. I can't remember where the bikes went after we demolished the garage. I think they're in the pantry 😶 well used obviously!

Reggie hasn't seen the testicles yet; I'm hoping them a nice treat when he gets home! I've already had a message saying he won't eat dinner because it's not been mashed up how he likes mummy to do it. Not that he's my spoilt little baby or anything (I nearly mashed it all up properly before he left and put it in a clingfilm bowl ready but thought that a bit silly!)


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 22:15

Hosta how you want to be the intelligent one in our new gardeners world spin off?

Wonky: my main worry is that Nigel and Nell look so calm and clever. We'd end up Reggie cleaning his willy for all to see. He's obsessed with it.

I've retreated to bed but with those two away it's too quiet I can't settle!

gallery of shame

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 22:10

Housework is going well. I'm going for the au natural look in the lounge. Sans furniture, wiring, plaster, or ceiling.

I think it will really work well and already have plans to spread the design to the hallway, landing, bedrooms...


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 21:33

PP; the parents gave us an old small caravan that is in the garden for when the house gets too much but when you have a German Shepherd you find the seating arrangements are not quite enough.

The worst bit is the having to keep moving stuff between rooms. There is so much stuff that is lost and won't reappear til we're finished. The dining room is in the bedroom along with the bedroom and goodness knows where my sewing machine is. If I hope quiet presume me trapped under a box!


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 20:49

We will be having the whole house rewired PP yes. The angle (original 1950s installation ?) did have me scratching my head. The light switch is set too far into the room as well I think it must have been a Friday afternoon job!

The plaster is in awful condition. In some places if you knock the wall you hear it crumbling; in the hallway I stripped the wallpaper and had huge chunks fall away. Also whoever put new skirting on has badly bobbed plaster down to the floor so it's sucked up all the condensation 😡 Best to get it done now as I don't intend on redecorating for a while! I'm hoping to have done every room by next year (aside from the kitchen; I need one usable room!)


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 20:10

Is that not a 1950s pantry cupboard MU? They style looks so similar to one I was looking at for my kitchen when I still had dreams of quaint features and anything other than building dust.

I have done all I can for tonight. As his lordship and the hound departed in my truck I was informed the hound had chundered on the small piece of carpet we have left. Glad his lordship doesn't think to clean it up himself.

I am now laying on bed trying to decide what to get for supper. I can't have take aways and I'm not sure if I can be bothered to cook anything. Toast perhaps!


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 12:44

Stevie: fear not the butchers are used to me! I usually ask for the squeak and they know to get all the good bits.

As for frost: fear not it was our international correspondence! There's not MUCH of a risk of it around here.


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 11:28

Ooh that's useful to know Dove! I nearly brought a lamb the other day (fear not it had already been despatched) but I decided to be terribly sensible because I wasn't sure my butchery skills would be up to it! 

Right so we have :

head chief: Wonky

Tester: Dove (well if shes as good as you say you'll be happy to be first there with your fork)

Camera: KEF

Gritty gardener with torn jeans: Clarington

Assistant gardener / destroyer of seedlings: Reggie

Slug dispatcher: anyone?? You can decide whether to use the beer or to drink the beer and use the chop sticks!


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 10:50

I quite like the idea of showing how to use the food you're growing! I haven't watched the programme yet owing to lack of a television in the house while we are renovating. All too often we see on this website keen gardeners appearing filled with the dream of self sufficiency and never having to trek around Tesco again (I don't blame them). I wonder how many actually are able to use all the food they provide. 

My personal opinion however is that this would be better as some spin off programme: a gardening / cooking mix up (like Riverside cottage but less pretentious) and leaving Gardeners World for the pretty flowers and grand designs of (again my opinion) predominately southern gardens.

If anyone in Gardeners World wants to take up this idea and need a wee lass with a bit of Northern grit, bad soil, weeds, whose dog helps dig up the seedlings when no one is watching, gets the odd snow shower in May, and whose kitchen is basic so you'll be eating real food with the slugs washed off rather than some fancy meal where you need twelve different utensils, give me a shout I'd be happy to host. You can pay me in seeds and the occasional bare root fruit tree!

Hmm... perhaps I ought set up my own YouTube account and start this myself. KEF how are you at holding a video camera? Dove I'll hire you in as head cook! Wonky: get over here and be my partnering host!


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 10:15
Lantana says:

Hosta, agree re making pesto on GW. Seemed a bit odd.

Clari, in the past we've had a couple of dogs with very sensitive stomachs but I can't say I ever thought of dehydrating bulls' bits Ok, so I know I've got a weird imagination but I now have this mental picture of a line of them pegged up on the washing line to dry out in the breeze....Maybe it's too early in the morning for me....ignore me,....of course you dehydrate them in the airing cupboard like everyone else

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 Ha ha! Fear not Lantana I have a special dehydrator machine I use so the neighbours wont have to wonder what's on the washing line. Its a brilliant bit of kit: slightly addictive though!

Plant Pauper: they really are huge things. I mean I know a bull is big but these could cause some serious injuries bouncing around if they ran at you!

I'm sat in my classroom now, the museum awaiting its first visitors. I don't blame them for staying away Sheffield is looking very grey and moist today.

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