Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 08:40

Hope all goes well DD!


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 21:19

Hosta that muppet you "insulted" : I reported his post for spam so you weren't alone in your "attack" ;)


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 07:37

Morning all! I started the couch to 5k programme last night. Look what it did to the hound!

He ran up the stairs after dinner as his tradition to surf his bed and never made it back down. I came up to find him fast asleep and snoring!

Off to work shortly; I'm filming a CPR demonstration  this afternoon for an event called Sheffield DocFest.

I hope everyone affected by the flooding is okay; I must have left Sheffield just in time last night because when I put the news on I found roads closed everywhere due to the manholes lifting. They've even had another sink hole!

We don't seem to have had much rain here at all. My poor pots still look like they could do with more.


Posted: 10/06/2016 at 06:56

DD: good lord DD I'm happy if I can get 13,000 steps! (I'm 31 should anyone be comparing it to Pats step count). My target is 10,000 a day at present building it up gradually so give me a few months I might be catching you up. I find ifs it a paperwork day I struggle.

I use an app on my phone. Brought my brother a fit bit for his birthday so might see if he's liking it and treat myself. I have a jar for treats like that; when you loose a lb you put £10 in the jar... it's very empty!

As for clothes fitting; I can't even claim that victory! Everywhere protrudes as much as it ever has. I might get the tape measure out if I can find it.

Hosta; this sticky hot weather must be the worst time to learn to sleep! Both my partner and I struggled last night and he sleeps like the dead. I hope you reach something positive from today's session.

Waterfall Help!

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 06:43

Why not find a glue gun and stick a few rocks together to create a feature that stays put and covers the bald patches?


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 22:38

Gosh DD please do look after yourself you sound so busy!

Since giving up chocolate, alcohol, and those treats you really shouldn't have, and pushing myself to walk more and more in an effort (I'm even learning to run; no mean feat considering a disability I have) to loose the wobbly bits I can proudly say that I have...

... gained several kg.

Bum!! :(


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 11:53

Roast parsnips glazed in honey! Wonderful!

Kitty: lots of cups of tea, multi vitamins, and falling asleep at 21:00  We only had a 2 mile walk this morning as we found another dog to play with and I took advantage of that wearing him out! I have a step counter on my phone: you'd be amazed how quickly miles rack up.

But since I weighed myself this morning (agh) I obviously need to pound the streets some more. I seem to have acquired a little too much excess!

blue strawberry

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 11:48

Seeds are, interesting a bit of a vague topic for customs when importing from China if a quick hunt around their website is to believe.

What would be sensible should you care about the local ecology enough to want to take active steps to avoid bringing in a potential threat is to ask for a Phytosanitary Certificate. These are used to ensure that plants are free from pest and disease and do cover seeds as well.

Unfortunately I think most ebayers are there for cheap deals (and fairy tale plants if what we are seeing is true) and suppliers will be making the most of this opportunity so certificates might not always be easy to access (or even legitimate if one is produced).


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 10:33

Morning all. SNeaking in quickly to give my brain a rest. Collating lists for children centres / primary schools / nurseries ... and gosh this brain was not built for such struggles!


Posted: 08/06/2016 at 13:00
chicky says:

...meant to ask Clari - how were the Grand Design creators?  Lots of teeth sucking noises at the audacity of your plans?  OH likes to guess the price quote, based on the number of sharp intakes of breath performed at the initial visit - he believes they have an exponential relationship 🤔🤔🤔)

See original post

Builder one was keen, ready to start, and gave no hint to shoot down any of our ideas (floor levelling compound, special plaster board to sound insulate the adjoining wall) nor any worry about the wall he was going to knock down being structural.

Builder two was pessimistic at best, seems to be keen to put lintel support structures everywhere (swear he must have one under his mug of tea), wrote off our idea of levelling compound (not needed) and plaster board (doesn't work), and was keen for us to do as much of the preparation work as possible (agh more knocking off plaster!!)

Builder three hasn't returned the call to even come round for a quote. Which is a good sign.

I'll let you know prices when they're in. I think you can guess which is going to be the more expensive one!

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