Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 18/08/2015 at 07:36

Good luck Panda!

Back to work here: I've got the feeling I'm going to get very wet on today's outreach event.

Reggie has been on a mission to chew his foot off all night we're so close to it healing!!

Confessions of the plantaholics

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 16:48

I managed to be all sensible and not buy three plants I wanted but didn't have space for.

Twenty-four hours I'm still having to resist the urge to sneak out of the house (I don't know why sneak: there's only the dog here and he's fast asleep) to go and get them.


Posted: 17/08/2015 at 16:41

Just returned from the vets with Reggie: stitches are still in (hurrah) and he lasted at least five minutes before trying to chew the new dressing off (agh).

Haven't tackled the wisteria yet: truth be told I'm not entirely sure where the day has gone. I went out to harvest the blackberries (about 1 kg) and decided against doing the bedsheets as it looked like it'd rain... you can almost guarantee it'll poor it down when I step out into the garden with those bed sheets I'm sure there's someone looking down on us sometimes! (And it can't just be the cannabis farm next door).

Puppy is now fast asleep so we'll have some quiet time before I try and decide what to do next.

I choose some Dahlia Dark Leaf (Happy Single Wink) for the garden when it finally gets done. Has anyone any words of advice? I've not brought them yet: foolishly decided to be *gasp* sensible and wait until I actually had space for them. 


Posted: 17/08/2015 at 09:34

Morning all. A wonderful day off and I've sorted out all my work emails and am trying very hard to not waste a rare precious day of peace and quiet as a chance to get everything for work caught up with (I wont get an office day at work for a good few weeks yet which of course doesn't bode well for getting ready for next term).

I need to prune the wisteria: its an absolutely beautiful plant: grows across the outside coal shed and outside loo (dead posh in Yorkshire) But his lordship isn't so keen (it makes a mess after flowering) and its growing right where he wants to put a conservatory. I'm sure the previous occupants said it was over 25 years old (mind you they also said the tree that is currently holding onto a beautiful crop of pears) was an apple tree. I'll summer prune it today but how far back can you prune a wisteria before its time to say your goodbyes?

Have a lovely day everyone.

Videos - no subtitles.

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 08:11

Subtitles would be fantastic.


Posted: 13/08/2015 at 08:10

Morning all. Reggie is still sulking: not helped that his lordship threw a ball at my face yesterday (good job he's not the sporting type his aim would put through windows) which Reggie went to catch but bit my face instead the poor thing got such a shock! No real damage done but my nose will be bruised for a while!

Another day on the road with the museum vehicles today visiting events: I've barely seen the place all summer holiday! 


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 15:22

The hound is home!!

He only tried to attack every female member of staff but was a little angel with the men: we're working on getting him a little more confident around females but its hard work when they're tugging at his sore foot or trying to get him to accept a thermometer up his what not.

He's now spark out on his bed with his fan blowing on him.

I've taste tested the tarte au lemony goodness: next time I'll tweak the recipe a little but its good enough for everyone else to consume... unfortunately. 


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 10:25

Our Aloe Vera has been kicked out of the house His Lordship wasn't too happy when you had to be careful closing the curtains as so not to catch its overhanging bits but now its filled the windowsill and has taken to attacking you when you come into the room (its over 110 cm across and over 80 cm tall including the pot).

It has a few pups that I will give chance to grow a little before I pot up so that it can carry on in its own little way but I am so upset not to be able to have it in the house (there's just no room!) It survived eight years of university with his lordship and best mate living above the cooker and quite often being covered in grease, muck, and dust. It was either drowning in foul smelling water or forgotten for six months.

Does anyone know if I stand even a tiny chance of having this as a greenhouse (unheated) plant over a Yorkshire winter?


Pat E. I hope things don't smell too bad there!


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 10:06

Morning all! A much welcome day off here: I've the washing done, the pastry base for a tart in the fridge chilling, some drawings done (for a Great Fire Of London display at work), and now I must rest before my spine throws a complete tantrum (even mild painkillers it seems set off my stomach problems so I'm trying to resist going to the doctor to get back on the harsh painkillers I used to take unless it gets much worse and hopefully I can force the subject of pain patches).

Its amazing how much you get done while pacing the house waiting for the vets to call Poor Reggie having cut his paw badly is now hopefully well onto the way to having an operation to de-bridle it and sew it up as he'd snapped the staples and didn't like the idea of "months and months" of resting (no walks!) if we let it heal naturally. He's not having a good time: his lordship wouldn't let me get him snipped while he was under as he didn't think that fair. Men! I was more concerned about the whole needing another general anaesthetic.


Right. I'd best get that kettle on: anyone need anything? I need to make a run to the shops for butter to make some biscuits so get your shopping lists in!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 15:55

Odd you mentioned the bees Marion: I was wondering whether all the ones in my garden (currently attacking the lavender) were hungry? Its harvest time up here so I guess their normal food sources are disappearing. Either way we've had more than a handful of bees falling off plants and looking almost drunk. I've cut a juicy plum in half and left it in the lavender and put some sugar water in there too to give them a helping hand.

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