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Posted: 26/10/2015 at 17:18

Well the good news is I've been allowed to put the water back on. Bad news it sounds like the noise is an echo of a leak and could be from anywhere along the line of FOUR houses! The stop cock on the road is so old and... delicate looking the first job they have is to replace that before they can move on as he didn't dare try it!

I'm hoping its well away from the foundations but all we can do now is wait. 

rainbow roses

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 11:46

Wait: Are people actually buying "rainbow rose seeds" (presumably a nice white rose with little colour as so to best absorb the inks) and expecting them to grow into these multi-coloured roses straight out the ground?

Oh bless but we did this experiment in science at school! Admittedly it was terribly interesting but I'd be very wary of purchasing any plant from the internet that I either

a) haven't seen growing in my local garden centre

b) haven't seen on the RHS website 


I can't imagine how long it takes for a rose to grow from seed. Long enough I fear for the first flowers to be several years after the seller has long gone! I do feel sad for these people. What a disappointment and waste of money!


Posted: 26/10/2015 at 11:05

Busy Lizzie: I can't claim the idea as my own, we did it for my parents cat when she got a little leaky in her old age. The blanket is still nice and soft for her but the waterproof backing did make things rather more manageable for us! Another idea would be puppy training pads on top of their bed that you can just throw away quickly (very useful if you or your partner get a little squeamish about cleaning up OR of course if you need to concentrate on cleaning up the dog!). I think I'm right in thinking they're soft so would still be comfortable to sleep on.

If he gets much worse have you considered doggy nappies? It does sound weird but apparently they can be very useful (even if just for when you're in the car?) if you can still cope with cleaning up.

I hope you all have a good day.

Talking about leaks: I've turned off the water at the stop cock outside and have been told the water board will be here before 16:00 to assess this "emergency call" as they seem almost overwhelmed with emergencies today. Have we had our first frost?

It is a little concerning that I can't see any evidence of water coming out of anything which means the leak must be either on my neighbours property or underneath the house. Either way: not good! (Especially since I'm having to flush the loo with water butt water so if its not a quick fix I'd best hope for rain!)

Stay Gaze: enjoy your cuddles!


Posted: 26/10/2015 at 07:35

Morning all! 

BL was it you that mentioned your poorly dog? When you get your new bed for him can you secure a picnic blanket to it? Once with a water proof liner on the side facing the bed to help prolong its life? (My waterproof blanket goes in the washing machine all the time after its been hosed down in the garden).

Day three of trying to recover from being ill and it looks like I'll be spending it waiting for the water board because I can hear running water!


Posted: 25/10/2015 at 15:35

DD: I think it was clear for them to see that I wasn't going to taking their pishing around for much longer. We'll see what happens. In the mean time it gives me longer to sort out something new. I do at least have a contract with the museum now! Something that has been lacking since February: but I am concerned that I have lost all of my holiday allowance for this year because it was running February to February but I've been too busy to take it so had it all saved for December and Christmas... )

I'll see what they say when I'm back in on Wednesday.

The hound and I have had a lovely stroll around Sherwood Forest: shame there was a marathon on so the roads were very busy and we ended up at the visitors centre (£3 parking!!) Had it been a pound I've had gone twice a week being quite local, but at £3 I'll do what all the other locals do and park on the road! I'm not sure who they use to measure the walks as the three hour walk only took us an hour. We must have long legs! Still we managed over five miles including having to stop every 10 yards to sniff and the dog is now fast asleep on the sofa while I cuddle next to him under a blanket. I wouldn't mind but I have the heating on and I'm still cold.


Dove there was a cracking display of mushrooms in the forest: you'd have had great fun adding them to the casserole! I'm sure /some/ of them would have been okay!


Posted: 25/10/2015 at 08:25

5'c here and after words at work on Friday (very nearly left) I'm enjoying four days off to properly recover from my recent illnesses. Loaded up with vitamins and what not. I have learnt not to take my peppermint capsules at the same time as a cod liver oil tablet: hiccups taste awful!



Posted: 23/10/2015 at 07:58

Thank you Dove. I'm feeling very bruised and knotted but I'm much better than yesterday and of course much better than some poor devils. I'm going into work today to clean *everything* in my classroom with a good dosing of bleach and disinfectant. Not even my pen pot will survive uncleaned. Hopefully we can nip any bugs before any other poor devil catches it! (Especially as today is messy play day for toddlers).

Fairy: WW must be very posh to shower in tea, I juat use water and soap.


Posted: 23/10/2015 at 07:43

Morning all. No we're here Dove: but its so dark out I think many of us are preferring to stay in bed.

Silly question of the day!

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 16:49

Hello Little Owl! Do go and join the Hello Forkers thread: it is rather hard to keep up but if you hang on long enough people come round with cups of tea and cake.

Mel: I used to have a blackbird that guarded the garden whose tail looked like he had been picked up and dipped in a paint pot. He would have been given a beautiful name... but he was an absolute arse hole and got "arsehole" as a name instead. 

I want to know. Since dogs have to sniff *everything* and pee on *anything* else: would they recognise a dog they'd never met through its pee stains?

Raised beds

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 15:53

Since you might be loath to enjoy that area of the garden: can you turn it into a wild life friendly area?

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