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Posted: 14/12/2015 at 09:27

Morning all.

Having a lazy day today, it must be lazy because although I've done all of the ironing, sorted all of my work emails, I'm still in my night attire. This must be the longest I've been out of either work wear or jeans for... years! It feels strangely liberating. Drafty though. The main purpose of todays lazy day however is that his lordship has asked that the dog have a restful day as he's had a busy weekend and is now behaving like a cranky toddler. If he's not careful I'll drive him around in the car until he falls asleep properly!

Well yesterday I togged up in my thermals, then put another layer of thermals on, then climbed into my (very thin) Santa costume and pushed my friends on a vintage ambulance stretcher for a mile with the British Heart Foundation Santa "Chase The Pud" while they clung on for dear life performing CPR.

It was hard work: but the amount of attention we got from it with people coming up for photographs and discussing CPR made it all worth it. I hope that many people walked away either wanting to learn CPR or at least being willing to discuss it with each other so that if anything happened they'd know what to do.

Of course any daft day out can't be passed by without a photograph so here you go....


Now, anyone for a cup of tea?

What they really mean

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 09:18

"I'm not being funny or anything but" ... I'm about to say something that could be amazingly offensive if you're not thinking the same as I am about a particular person / thing but I don't want to come across as a bad person so I'm going to pretend I'm acting out of concern. 


"Built to our exacting standards" ... In just the same way everything else is built but doesn't it sound like we really care?


"Are you ready for Christmas yet?" I am. I have been since October. But gosh can't I wait to watch you start getting stressed before I rub it in.


Posted: 12/12/2015 at 08:59

Morning all! 


Posted: 11/12/2015 at 08:52

Pat, curious as to wallabys I've just been looking on the internet: Joeys start coming out of the pouch around eight months and is too big by ten months to go back in.

But what I can't find is whether wallabys have a season so you might be able to guess how far along your Joey is to work out when you can do the expectant father pacing with your camera!

Right: anyone for tea?

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 08:46

Verdun. Without Christmas, a proper Christmas not just an excuse to go crazy in the shops, we'd have nothing to do in the dark winter nights.

Do you not realise how many babies this could generate?? Seriously guys we need excuses to be

too tired

too full of food

too busy hiding presents

too upset and angry that you -brought-me-an-ironing-board-when-I-loudly-hinted-at-that-expensive-jewellery

too aww just let me watch this movie its my favourite

too drunk in a I might puke way

to have any even inclination to take off our sixteen thermal vests and cuddle under a blanket.


Yes for some there is a huge religious reason behind Christmas and let them enjoy it because in a few months they have to explain to children all about Zombie Jesus (it was a very traumatic Sunday School the year I first learnt about Zombies I'll tell you).


For the rest of us it is an excuse to stop worrying about what we eat, about projects at work, rest, enjoy just sitting on the sofa "because we can", fill our worlds with colour, and despite the fact that we moan the rest of the year hope desperately for snow just so that we can get out there and be silly. Oh, and not forgetting that once Christmas is over the spring bulb catalogues appear!  

Just a thought .............

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 08:38

You'll get us all in trouble Verdun! 

I do enjoy seeing little bees in the garden: I'm sure anything that looks so busy must be doing something useful. I wonder how they convince the snails to move out (I rarely see snail shells in the garden that are empty: I've tried talking to the frogs about this but they deny all knowledge).


Posted: 11/12/2015 at 07:49

Morning all!  Yesterday (funeral) was absolutely lovely,  it was so nice to see the love from the MANY voluntary groups he worked with. I'd have loved to have walked around and asked for their memories I think we could have filled a book. Not a particularly PC book mark you and it might bring back bad memories for the people who were in the open top bus when he tested the pressure on the fire engine...

The new garage has been measured up: eats into the lawn, two trees need to go (a well established ornamental cherry and a "thing" that was so badly pruned it doesn't seem to know what it's doing so not a huge loss) and is going to have quite a lot of wall which I'm thinking of using to grow trained dwarf fruits trees on depending on how the soil is after the concrete base has been laid. Otherwise I'm thinking an area for pot plants for herbs and delicates that need winter protection. We'll see. Looking at what needs to be done the garden is going to get quite a lot of being hacked around and abuse over the next six months so I'll not plan too much just yet.

Bad weather predicted for the weekend: hope your gardens are all ready! 

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 08:25

No Christmas tree here yet. The dogs stocking is hanging above the MDF sheet that covers the hole where the log fire should be and my advent stockings have been put up by my other half... but HE'S NOT FILLED THEM!! Maybe it's a good job we cancelled getting married next year...

Christmas presents for Gardeners

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 08:20


Posted: 10/12/2015 at 08:16

Morning all. 

Tried to cut the lawn yesterday (it wont stop growing and in tufts is starting to fall over!) But couldn't get the mower to work. Today I really must try and get the petrol smell out of the kitchen; apparently a full strip down and rebuild leaves quite a lingering smell. Even our curry couldn't over power it. Oops! It's rained now so can't cut it but it really needs doing soon.

Last night we looked at our budgetting for the remodeling of the HOUSE. There is so much we need to do, plastering the entire house (once we've chipped this awful crumbling plaster off), a log fire instead of a hole in the wall, a usable kitchen, carpets, and more. We think we can afford £15, 000 ...

... His lordship has decided that the very first thing we need to do is remove the GARAGE and build a new one. At a cost of at least £12, 000. 

It's a good job he's having water and electric in the garage because he'll be spending a lot of time in there.

Times like this I miss having the kinds of friends nearby that would willingly pull up their sleeves and in return for alcohol and meat feasts on the BBQ help me work on the house. 

Dove, its so stressful worrying about neighbours you don't talk too sometimes. I'm glad that things seem to be running as normal this morning for him.

Lilly; I thought I saw Bushman posting but now I'm not sure. Do we have many members that have been affected? It's been awful watching it on the news and the chatter on the emergency services grape vine.

Friends funeral is today. Still doesn't feel real. If you're in the Barnsley area and see a Green Goddess go by do give Stuart a shout. 


Right. More tea anyone?

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