Latest posts by Clarington

Early flowering bulbs sat around for months - still good?

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 13:06


Yes I did indeed mean NOT soft and mouldy!! This brain of mine; it thinks too fast for my fingers to keep up.

Early flowering bulbs sat around for months - still good?

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 12:23

Get them in the soil Ben. As long as the bulbs are soft and mouldy they'll sort themselves out.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 12:09

That's another family whose grandparents have left the comforts of a nice warm house to be dragged out to a closed museum. I've checked our website I promise I have! Look there is is clear as muck:

The sad thing is that last week on one of the days we were open we barely had anyone through the doors (wouldn't have covered the electricity bill that's for sure) and now we're closed everyone wants to see me.

*twiddles thumbs*

I've taken to sighing melodramatically to pass the time. It doesn't seem to be helping! I've already eaten lunch!!

Potatoes in bags

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 12:04

Prow: what have you done with the compost after harvesting the potatoes? I would be concerned about the compost being host and if sprinkled back into the garden could cause problems.

Is it common scab or powdery scab? I don't think there is a chemical cure.

I think (I'm no expert) common scab is often caused by drought (powdery I think becoming worse under overly wet conditions) and is worsened by alkaline compost so you could test the compost (and chuck a handful or two of lime into it when preparing as required).

Aside from that all I can think of is when you plant next year take a really good look and discard any looking like they might be displaying signs of scab.

So.....Re-booted Three

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 11:10

Muddle I love that tree! Somehow it looks so much more festive than the... well garish decorations some of the neighbours have (I don't need to turn my own lights on any more: I can see well enough just by opening the curtains)

Runny careful with that mop and bucket. Sounds a little too much like house w*rk to me and everyone knows that is contagious.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 11:07

On the door are our opening hours showing that we're closed.

The door is also closed (a good indicator that we are in fact very much anti-socially closed).

So in a family struggle (when the two doors are closed they open on to each other creating a nice space for the unsuspecting to get trapped behind) and stand there while I desperately try to finish my phone call as quickly as possible.


This wouldn't have been appropriate. So I politely explained our opening hours and out they struggled back into the cold grey day. Looking less than impressed (since I am home alone I couldn't have let them look around if I had wanted too).

Usually I keep the door locked but I have been getting fed up of people trying to pull the handle off the door frame (plus I've ordered a few Christmas gifts to get delivered here!)

*twiddles thumbs*

I've had a count up of students already booked in to the museum for next year (January - July). Already we have more booked in than visited during an entire year before I took over which is a nice thing to notice.

*twiddles thumbs*

Dove: I've settled for Radio Sheffield. Its nice to have the company in the back ground. I am tempted to go on iplayer and find a few of my favourite radio shows to listen too if it gets a little too... local? 

Pdoc: keep on bugg*ring on. Moods are such a vicious thing when they're off kilter. Have you anyone you can chat away too to let the pressure release safely? You know we're always here happy to listen to even the most random of waffling (just look at what I write for starters).

Bless The Beasts And Children

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 09:36


Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 09:36

The radio has been moved! Agh! I found a CD in its place with Festive tunes on it. I'm not sure I can handle a day alone with Christmas tunes so I am hoping that the powers of the internet will stay reliable enough for me to listen to the radio through that.

Emails done, kettle on, *twiddles thumbs*

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 06:57

Pat; stop your guilt! I haven't sent Christmas cards for years (except to my great aunt). All my friends know this. Instead I put the money saved on stamps and cards into a charity tub instead. This year I think it will be the RNLI after my h2 0nly challenge earlier.

The dog has started waking up at 03:00 wanting to use the garden. It's not his IBS flaring (thank goodness) but sometimes he'll want to pee most times he looks like he just wants to check where he left his toys.

At least the birds are singing so I have something to listen too as I stand there waiting.

I'm home alone at the museum today: cue cranking the radio up loud and if my emails aren't exciting enough whizzing around with the vacuum cleaner to get my step count up.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 21:50

SSweet dreams all!

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