Latest posts by Clarington

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 17:12

Can I come to yours for supper BL?

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 07:17

Fidget: I hope your other half isn't too troubled by the rolling. I've been on ferries in similar circumstances and am thankfully not affected but for my travel sick companions it was a night worse than hell.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 07:16

Pat: Reggie is starting to become quite the lap dog but at 30kg you can imagine it often feels a lot like your picture!

Chicky do keep safe on the roads. I am hoping some people will choose not to travel if they don't feel confident. Unfortunately like my not bring pressured in to taking my germs at work I don't think the common sense approach will be applied too heavily.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:09

Back home; hot water bottle, hot ribena, no intention on shifting my rump for an hour or so.

Tonight we're having chilli con carne with rice and garlic bread. I am feeling a little chuffed that I can claim to be so organised that when I'm ill I can raid the freezer to get healthy home made choices that his lordship only has to heat up... best hurry up and get better else it's frozen peas and sprouts on Saturday and this facade will be completely ruined. 

I need to get better by the weekend; I need to retrieve the compost bin.

Most unusual fruit/vegetable you've ever grown?

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:01

Chilly Willies.

Thry proved most educational.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 13:00

Two workshops done one to go. The teacher decided I wasn't too much of a health risk to her classes. I reek of anti bacterial gel and have changed the way I teach to be less cosy more spread out.

No sign of snow here, there's been a smattering on the rural areas but no threats of getting my sledge out yet.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 07:55

Morning all. It's certainly not the lurgy, just a normal cold made more dramatic by my medical issues.

Unfortunately the boss expected me to go into work with a bad chest infection so I can't see him wanting me to rest with a cold. Ideally of course I would stay well away but with no contract, no sick pay, and the knowledge that my school groups will be completely neglected without any explanation (if we ask them to cancel they'll then be lumped with bus fees but that still involves me going in to work to call them as I know no one else would), I will do what I always do.

Greet the school with a smile and let the teacher know I am feeling unwell so that they make the decision if they still want me to do the workshop. I think I've only ever had the one teacher tell me to forget the workshop and go rest. I don't think schools do infection control so much now. Certainly a teacher friend of mine is always commenting on how parents completely ignore the 48 hours rules. 

Museums are such unhealthy places to visit; all those school children (and school children who should be off sick but are sent because mummy paid for the trip / doesn't want them to miss out with teachers having to deal with the full brunt of it when the calpol wears off) bring in their germs to be met with other children clearly off sick (fresh itchy chicken pox is most common but cleaning up vomit on 116 year old wooden floors is a fine art) being brought by parents because they're bored at home.

Still; almost the weekend!!

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 19:54

I entirely blame the children Dove. Yesterday's lot looked like the school had only just recovered a bout of chicken pox (or scabies). 

If I didn't go to work I know the school groups would be completely abandoned. I honestly don't think they'd be even greeted off the bus. I have a throat numbing spray and plenty of anti bacterial gel to keep me quarantined. This week's schools are both local so I don't see them cancelling. 

Fidget: I hope husband isn't rolled around too much. It'd be daft to drive so late. Much better to sleep and wait for first light.

Other half has been sent to make pizza. I have frozen meals (many fish pie - which we had last night, and chilli but I don't think a streaming nose and chilli will suit) but I'm sure he can't mess up pizza.

Can he?

Bird flu

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 16:01


The best way that we can help is to ensure that any bird feeders we use are regularly disinfected (which is good practice at the best of times) and that any unwell / dead birds we discover are reported so that the government officials can track and monitor the diseases spread.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 15:34

Well the wind has been proving damaging: and not just to my compost bin that has relocated itself.

Waited an hour for my school to arrive (its not uncommon for them to be quite late when the weather is bad) to then call the school to see if they could let me know of their whereabouts.. oh they're safely tucked up in the classroom. Seems they cancelled and the message didn't get to me. Still for the best it really wasn't safe to be out in a big vehicle today.

Felt very sore and achy this morning. I thought it a mix of my spinal injury flaring due to the weather with a splash of ones lady bits so very clearly announcing that YOU'RE MOST DEFINITELY NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT PREGNANT. Made it til midday before calling quits and deciding to come and work from home as my head felt like it was in a vice. It is now rapidly turning into epic snot fest. I have 120 more children visiting this week, over 300 next week. There is no back up plan if I can't teach them.

Lemsip, many blankets, hot water bottle. Rest rest rest!

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