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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 17:44

Fairy; it's been trying to snow here all day. Just enough to make the already hyperactive children skittish.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 17:43


Plasterer booked (one weekend to board, one to skim)

Electrician awaiting confirmation

Log stove fitter primed ready to leap into action

Realisation that as our desired plasterer only works weekends we'll be without electricity for about 10 days...

Still. We'll be painting come the end of March!

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 06:54

Chicky I have dark hair but have always considered myself as having a man's sense of smell. I.e. 

Is it burnt

Is it rotten

Is it running too rich or too lean

I've never been able to identify plants and perfumes by smell.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 17:35

Are you ready for those heart strings to be tugged?

Today's school had a young child who was recently adopted. The circumstances do not sound ideal but we've no need to share those.

Understandably you will understand that the school were a little nervous of taking said child to a museum where

1. their old school might also be visiting

2. contains police cars (for reasons that are perfectly clear when you know the story)

Being human once the situation was explained I offered to block book the museum (I.e. no other groups could visit on the same day) and pop our most modern police car in the back car park out of the way. A simple three minute jobbie that is hardly breaking a sweat to accommodate the group. Yes we might loose out on a bit of (much needed) income but in the long run could you really go about knowing that otherwise the child would have been left while their entire class went out for the day presumably either to spend the day in a strange class or worse on their own?

Anyway we had an awesome day. And then the teacher gave me this...

A parent shouldn't have to feel the need to thank me for being a decent human but isn't it lovely that she did?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 17:22
Dovefromabove says:

Hosta that's a really good sleep! 

Clari ... It's not your OHs way of getting out of doing the wiring is it? 

Chicky - glad the birthday girl is enjoying herself 

See original post

 Dove; the electricity was off at work so his lordship can't be blamed! We didn't get it back until 22:30 it having been off since before 08:00.

Fortunately it was on for my school visit so all is well again... til the snow warnings start.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 07:01

Morning all. When I left work yesterday we still had no power. I've noticed that when the power is off our phone line can't do the "press 1 for..." so just rings.

So to give me confidence all will be well I just called it as I waited for my turn in the shower.

It just kept ringing.

I've just tweeted Northern Power in the hope they can respond quickly.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 15:07

Today is proving fun. We've lost all power to the museum (and phone lines) due to damage caused during building work across the road. I've had to cancel tonights scout group (though I'm still waiting for the leader to get back to me the less time they have to plan an alternative evening which really does worry me) and I'm crossing all my crossable bits that they will get things live like they've promised for my school visiting tomorrow.

This also is putting stresses on our time frame for our new exhibition on the Sheffield Blitz that opens next week as of course our electricians wont touch anything while the power is out in case when it goes live something goes pop.

Sometimes I think perhaps a job in a supermarket would be less stressful after all.

Dove: you're definitely right about PACK. I've met some brilliant youth groups through the museum but I think being a stranger helps keep them reserved and quieter than normal. This lot...we'll see what happens.

Getting in a gardener!

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 07:42

Good for you Penguin.

We never question getting a mechanic to service our car so it is silly to think that we have to do everything in the garden ourselves. I'm considering getting a gardener in to prune some big bushes; the idea of it being done in a day AND tidied up does appeal greatly!

growing carrots in containers

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 07:38

Ooh! I'd not thought of container carrots before! I was wondering how to grow some as my soil is rather manure laiden with my over enthusiastic efforts to feed the weeds.

Now to find a suitable tub... Well I have been meaning a trip ton the antiques quarter...

Please do let us know how you get on!

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 07:34

Numbers and I don't get on. Which considering I used to do calculations for pressurised vessels is worrying. I just can't do numbers; the damn things jump around.

Yesterday the scouts were told to come up with ideas for fundraising; we have an awesome camp lined up for them but of course awesome means expensive. Unfortunately the scouts seemed feral and aside from the just go to the bank of mum and dad their ideas seemed to involve mainly inflicting main on the trouble maker of the group. Don't get me wrong I think there'd be quite the demand for throwing things at him... but I don't think it's quite in the best reflection of scouting.

I hope next week that they are calmer as I'm doing fire safety with them. I don't mind excited, hyperactive, but I will not stand for the rudeness we had last night; nor will I stand for the impromptu food fight. What a waste of biscuits.

It's all rather a shame that it is February and thus I can't just water board the lot of them lined up against a wall with the main branch on the fire engine. That might keep our trouble maker quiet for at least three minutes.

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