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Hi All from Wales!

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:15

Hi Jay! Welcome to the mad(green)house!


Posted: 16/07/2014 at 07:56

Morning all! Today is interview day and of course that toe is so swollen I'm not sure I'm going to be able to get smart shoes on! Oh well - flip flops would be a conversation starter... 

I spent five hours hand sewing a friends wedding gift yesterday. I'm only half way through and am starting to see why people just buy ice cream makers now! It's only a simple design and had I used the machine I'd be done by now but that would have been far too sensible. Still; at least non of my other friends are marrying so I don't need to start a trend!

Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 13:59

You need to stop driving into women Verd. It's just not polite to rear end a lady!


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 11:31

Today we learn: don't sneeze while holding a very hot iron in  your weak arm.

Your nail will break.

Your skin will smell of bacon.

It will hurt.

Growing basil and other herbs

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 10:59

I pot up basil we've brought at the supermarket. They last for a couple of years although they're not as good towards the end. I just freeze the leafs when it gets too big so I've a constant supply. Much easier than growing basil from seeds and so lovely to see green plants in the winter.


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 09:32

Remember the first day of the school holidays?  You could hear all the other kids out playing but you had been presented with a "to do list" by your mother tbat I swear verged on child slavery. There would be no fun until the wardrobes had been emptied and all clothes tidied up, cupboards tipped out onto the floor for sorting even though you never go in there, skirting boards dusted despite grandparents not coming so you knew you'd have to do them again next week... and all the while your friends have been given a paddling pool to mark the summer holidays and they're going to the zoo tomorrow...

It feels a lot like that today!

Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 09:26

Fishy - funny you mention dusting. My partner is in charge of the vacuum cleaner as I *hate* using it as it pulks my back. He's wonderful and does a great job but give him a duster and only the table top gets any attention! 

Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 09:24

I have only ever worked in male orientated jobs and I have to say nothing beats cracking up on site at 02:00 to attend a break down that the on site engineers couldn't repair to be positively scoffed at as you roll up the legs and arms of your overalls as they're much too long.

To be asked "when is the real engineer turning up?" And "what do they expect you to do with it?" By 6ft many inches of belly and pie.

To smile sweetly and ask if he'd be a real sweetie and carry my tool bag as it's much too heavy for me and watch him (as we walk what feels like miles through a hot and dusty factory) turn into a purple sweaty mess struggling with this tool bag even though you know you only need three or four tools from it.

To tell him he's such a strong chap and you're sooooo grateful as he mutters and slinks off for a cold drink.

To repair the unit within two hours and waltz past his office same tool kit in hand swinging it like a pint of milk waving as you go past.

It took them three months to find the two bricks left by the unit that I kept in my toolbox when it was in the van to stop it sliding back and forth and generally rattling around.

Not bad since they assured me the unit was oilled weekly!


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 07:47

Morning all!  Another bright and sunny day with my to do list spiralling out of control. Determined to get the house completely straightened out this week so that partner is all inspired to build that chicken run. 

Well you never know it might work 

First job interview is tomorrow - nothing exciting and not compatible with that dream job I keep trying to chase but money is money!

Have a lovely day everyone - drink plenty of tonic with your gin!


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 07:22

Morning all.

What a funny sensation to be waking up with only moderate crippling stomach cramps - stress & IBS have a lot to answer for! Plenty of jobs lined up alongside job hunting including going to collect some bikes for a friend who is doing a charity ride to raise money after a family member had heart surgery st Sheffield Children's Hospital. Trouble is... he didn't have a suitable bike til now!

Glorious sunny day outside again.

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