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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 15:46

Topbird: surprisingly (considering how delicate my stomach is now it is a host to medical problems) sprouts don't affect me that way. Which is a shame because we are surrounded with wind farms and it would be nice to be able to barter with British Gas about getting my bills reduced if I "helped out" 

Joyce: I am hoping that by having something else I will be able to keep my working life to a sensible balance rather than spending my evenings and weekends doing things for work. Before I had my partner I was out most evenings / weekends with Saint John Ambulance and volunteering to work the steam engine, yet somehow found the time to have a lovely little garden, bake my own breads, stay a size 8, grow my own vegetables, work a full time job, and shockingly socialise regularly. Now I seem to achieve nothing of an evening. I can't even claim to be one of those people with immaculately tidy houses so that I could pretend my time was spent carefully polishing the dogs muddy foot prints off the silver.

I don't even know how he gets his paw prints that high up. Does he balance off the stairs and leap?

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 15:08

Afternoon all. Suffering a post 60 small children, trying to do too many roles in this museum, generally still tired from camp, slump. I have 90 small children in tomorrow so I wont be pushing myself too hard this afternoon at work.

The fish pie has already been made (I will text his lordship when to put it in the oven in a bid to continue our spell of health and frugal eating and not stop at the fish and chip shop on my way home) but I really must perk myself up as it is my first meeting with a local scout group that are crying out for help. I said I would go and do what I could (if I am suitable). It will be nice to escape the house for something other than work! I did look at my local horticultural group, WI, and historical society, but I fear my witty humour that went over the tops of them and fact that I brought the average age down to 93 made me thinks that perhaps, just perhaps, I am not quite ready to be a grown up yet.

Besides with scouts you get to play with knives and fire (and canal boats, and night hikes, and generally all the fun stuff).

As an aside: I have rather a lot of brussel sprouts in the fridge: can anyone suggest something to do with them?

So...Resurrected Five

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 14:57

Can I have a hot blackcurrant please Dove? Realised as I sneezed my way through breakfast that over Christmas - for reasons I can not work out - I stopped taking my immune booster that you recommended. Not ideal with over 1,000 germ infested children booked in this month.

I'll take mine neat however. Can't stand soluble pain killers. Eugh!

Lantana: I tried to be clever and take photographs of my pots / patches with the label in shot so that I'd only have to scroll through my photos to see what was where (as like you most of my labels get chewed: or the hounds new found trick of carefully lifting them out the soil to fetch for you as though he thinks you're an idiot for trying to plant a plastic stick).

Did it work? Did it chuff I've a load of bulbs coming through in a patch I'm convinced I didn't plant anything and nothing on the pots I took all the effort to do. I think this year I ought go for the throw everything in the air and plant where it lands then it'll all be a surprise the next spring.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 17:02

Fairy; we offer educational camps to youth groups. They get a guided tour learning about the history of the emergency services, then practical workshops, learn how to perform cpr so they have the skills  a huge meal, fun and games, and (for the braver ones) tales of the ghosts that reside in the building.

It's fun. Hard work but fun. 

Dove: considering we provide hearty meals it is definately cheaper than a baby sitter. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 12:09

All this talk of sleep.

My "guests" at the museum didn't even think of going to bed until around 01:00 though I think that may be partly down to the huge slabs of VERY sweet chocolate fudge cake they had at supper.

I then had to set up my camp bed and settle down. Unfortunately I am always on alert during camps so never sleep well but we were up before 07:00  to set up the breakfast.

Home now for some beans on toast before I go out to meet a local scout group who need volunteers so I may be helping out if they deem me suitable.

My sanity is questionable!

Dove I'm glad you're being well looked after.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 07:44

This weekend I am camping at the museum (Victorian drafty pretty much entirely unheated with little in the way of insulating qualities museum) with a group that for some reason WANTED to come in January. 

They have been warned that it is going to be cold. (I will be sleeping inside two sleeping bags). I just hope they passed the message on!

Pat if you could share some heat this way I'd be grateful! ;)

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 07:03

Keep warm everyone that has the frost biting at the windows.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 21:03

I'm celebrating 12th night by laying in bed with a thick blanket, snoring dog, and a massive hot chocolate in my snowman mug.

I hope you all start to feel better soon !

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 17:11

This will explain how today went;

*on Tuesday*

Clarington: are you SURE they don't want any workshops?

School secretary: definately

Clarington; *magnificent sales pitch on how wonderful my workshops are* If you could ask your teacher to confirm they don't want a workshop

School secretary: NO I've checked she doesn't want anything

*school turn up*

Clarington: *amazeballs welcoming introduction to the museum covering all the important stuff while ensuring the children are now like coiled springs ready to explode with awe* ... and I hope you have an absolutely brilliant day exploring. Bye everyone!

School teacher: Where are the workshops?

Clarington: What workshops?

School teacher: (slightly angry) We booked workshops.

Clarington: ...

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 17:02
LesleyK says:

Sorry to hear of more people with the dreaded lurgy.  Yes Dove, get the catalogues and the knitting out but don't mistake the knitting for a hanky.   Lizzie I hope your stay in the cottage aids recouperation.

I am hankering after a slow cooker for soups, stews and pot roasts.  If anyone has one do they use it often or is it just another gadget that ends up taking up cupboard space?  

See original post

 LesleyK; funny you write this I was starting to keep an eye out in the sales just in case one fell into my basket. His lordship wants us to save money on our food bill so I'm trying to use it as an excuse to be more interesting in the kitchen. I thought a slow cooker might be ideal for busy days.

Dove; drink plenty. You know my rule! Cider is 

a) full of apples (and everyone knows they're good for you)

b) an an inflammatory

c) eases sore muscles and joints

d) can be mulled for additional benefit on cold like today


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