Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 01/11/2015 at 16:07

Bloody hell Steve!


Posted: 01/11/2015 at 11:22

Survived last night sat in a very haunted building, where reputed nasty men try to strangle ladies and child tease you. The daft things you do for work!

Sat listening to the radio this morning and it was nice to hear the local gardening station mentioning people growing grapes and lemon trees which adds variety to my garden plans: shame they don't mention what types! I'm considering joining the local horticultural society but am rather undecided right now.

Hope you get chance for a nap Verdun

Best get on with the washing an ironing... does it ever stop?

Saving tomato seeds

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 09:41

I do add Steve suggests: spread the seeds on a sheet of kitchen paper and let them dry on the windowsill. When it comes to sowing you just cut around the seed and pop in the soil (no need to remove the kitchen paper).


Posted: 30/10/2015 at 07:40

Morning all! Chicky I am glad your chap is doing well. He'll start feeling better so quickly!

Today I'm teaching first aid at the museum. That is if anyone wants to visit as it is awful outside!


Posted: 29/10/2015 at 07:45

Morning all. 

Bushma:, sorry to hear about your cat. They do leave such a hole in your life.

Dove: my truck has a canvas back that I can remove for ease of loading tons of horse muck, car engines, trees... does that count as a soft top?

Chicky: sorry to hear about your husband!  I'm glad the rest of his heart is okay though.

Hound woke repeatedly last night to let us know stuff was happening outside. He's now fast asleep with his teddy on the bed next to my sleeping partner whose struggling to recover from having to do a night shift.


Posted: 28/10/2015 at 07:35

Morning all! 

Yes Pat he curls up on my lap: he just about fits though normally decides he *has* to sit between us and nothing will stop his efforts! Right now he's making most of laying on the bed. (It'd be very cute but he's snoring like a diesel generator).

Well I've had my four days off so if I'm not better now I'll never be (you know, ignoring the roll call of chronic conditions that make themselves home in my broken bits). Time to go and see what chaos has been caused in my absence. Or whether any of the issues have been addressed  place your bets!


Posted: 27/10/2015 at 21:17

Oh bless her 4kg! That's like my dogs head! (At almost 30kg he's a complete runt for either of the two breeds he's a cocktail of and we met a lovely lady dog whose the same mix and she's pushing 45kg: I'm sure I could have used her as a donkey!)



Posted: 27/10/2015 at 20:42

Morning Pat! Isn't it awful when you get a song in your head, I normally end up with only half the song that wont go away until I get on the internet to find the rest of it to try and sooth my ear worm. But not before I've whistled it enough to bug several other people. 

Congratulations on managing to get HRH to sleep through the night! I think we've almost broken Reggie of his habit of rattling on the gate to be let out at silly o'clock. I wouldn't mind but I'm convinced he does it sometimes before he's bored. Loving the idea of her having her bespoke made jackets: that said don't we all settle better with something we know is just for us to cuddle up too? (I write this wrapped in my fleece old thomas the tank engine blanket that I know my partner has been trying to get the dog to eat as he doesn't like it).


Posted: 27/10/2015 at 19:56

Never mind Librarian it is so frustrating when you try to do something but because the question isn't clear you end up wasting your time being a good person. Fortunately for society we know that you are too good a person to just ignore the next person who asks for help: no matter how easily their question can be confused.


As for profile pictures as with all things on this site you will struggle using a mobile phone / tablet (it isn't at all mobile friendly: but the designers I am sure are working on this).

1. Use an appropriate computer (there isn't away around this)

2. Go to your profile page (top right of the website)

 3. Click "MY SETTINGS"

4. Click on your current profile picture. It'll pop up saying edit. At this point any person moderately competent at using a computer should be able to complete the task in hand 


 5. Remember that a thank you doesn't go a miss.


Posted: 27/10/2015 at 18:10

PunkDoc I didn't see your post: how horrid. We have a room dedicated to the Mountain Rescue local team, I found it so educational listening to them as they set it up (also quite scary when they provided statistics of how many rescues they attended and of what variety). Isn't it wonderful that there are people out there who when the storms are raging are pulling on their waterproofs, leaving their dinners uneaten, their families at home, prepared to help complete strangers when so many of us would be hiding behind our blankets?

In a small way to cheer you up I want to tell you the story of one rescue the team told me. It went like this.


"A gentleman had decided to take his HEAVILY PREGNANT wife out for a romantic walk, chance to be alone for one final time before the IMPENDING bouncing baby. 

So did he take her around a nice GENTLE lake with good SOLID FOOTING? Or a country park with a good coffee shop that she might rest her swelling ankles? A National Trust house with a GOOD PHONE SIGNAL not to mention clean toilets for those who have their bladders constantly being squashed? The local hospital car park though not terribly romantic at least when things get real you can get assistance really very quickly? 


He decided that they were to walk up a rather large, rather steep, rather slippery, rather far away from your chosen midwife, mountain.

Because when your wife is HEAVILY PREGNANT why wouldn't you want to get yourselves as far away as possible from any hot water and towels?


You can guess what happened can't you.

That's right: they had to call mountain rescue who rushed to their assistance (as you expect they would: I mean HEAVILY PREGNANT wife tends to give forth a sense of urgency)

What did the call come through as? The wife informing the 999 operator that her husband had fallen off the side of the mountain and broken both arms and legs.

I like to think he was pushed 

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