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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 19:58
Dovefromabove says:

Topbird - I remember you saying that your OH is planning a loooooooooooooong cycle ride when he retires next year.  

You and Wonky need to get together and introduce him to her friend who cycled right around the globe (arriving back last month).  At the very least he could pass on a few tips about saddle sores! 

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 Chamois Butter is the magic potion Dove - but best applied in private...

Glad to hear Wonky's friend has come home safe and sound - was he raising funds for charity?

Hope Mr F is nearly home xx

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 18:46

Best wishes to you and your OH Fidget. Hope he arrives home safely before too long and has no lasting injuries. Something like that can really shake both of you up but thank goodness he was in a tank.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 09:07

You don't have to wait for jobs to be advertised Clari.

You could try some letters to other museums or other places of employment which really interest you. You have transferrable skills in marketing, event coordination / hosting and in training. Sing your own praises. Highlight the increase in museum visitor numbers. Stress how much outreach work you've done & the successful varied programme of events you now offer at museum. It's a good time to do it when you've just received official recognition for your hard work. (make a lot of the commendation).

Employers really like proactive people - especially for events / marketing / fund raising posts. Even if they don't have vacancies right now they will remember that you were interested enough to contact them. Has to be worth a few hours of your time.

Glaucous rose

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 23:50

Nice plant B3 - one of my favourites.

If it's a mature specimen I would do the usual removal of dead, diseased, crossing branches plus remove a couple (few?  - depends how many there are) of the oldest stems down to ground level in late winter. A good mulch & feed and it should be stimulated to throw up some new productive stems.

The RHS recommend removal of a few old stems each year to prevent congestion in the centre of the shrub and promote new growth. I cut an old neglected glauca back completely (over three seasons) & was quickly rewarded with lots of new healthy and productive growth.


HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 15:26

Afternoon all

Congratulations to Clari and team on the commendation/award - will make sure I visit if I'm in Sheffield.

Commiserations to Doc on the loss of the plants - hope your stream goes back to gently meandering soon.

We have had a frustrating day. Decided to collect my lawnmower from the dealers in Ipswich where it has been serviced - thinking to also hit John Lewis and Waitrose and then a go home via a depot near Woodbridge to collect salt blocks for the water softener.

Didn't even think to look at the travel / local news and hit stationary traffic on the A14 about 10 miles out. It was then that we learned of the Orwell Bridge closure... We never did get to Ipswich. Managed to get to Woodbridge via country lanes but A LOT of HGVs were also attempting detours around Ipswich so it wasn't an easy journey. Journeys via Ipswich that normally take 20mins were taking 2 - 3 hours.

For those that know the area - 2 HGV's met travelling in opposite directions in the middle of Coddenham -  no idea how they've sorted that one out - fortunately we had just decided to turn round and go the other way so we didn't get stuck but they might still be there

On the bright side, however, we came home via the farm shop which is always a pleasure to visit. They were doing a very brisk trade which was good to see.

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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 11:02

Snakes, spiders, creepy crawlies - no problem - bring 'em on.

Mice - in the bedroom - I'd probably be sleeping in the car.... - and don't get me started on the thought of rats in the house (cue quivering smilie)

Morning all - damp and breezy out there - fingers crossed it doesn't get any worse.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 18:31

My garden is in desperate need of a tidy up but I'm not allowed to walk on the turf. However, nobody told the moles they weren't allowed to burrow underneath it. The cat was going positively bananas out there this morning - I think somebody was burrowing right under his - ahem - tail.

I think I enjoyed the tennis - Andy does like to put us through it doesn't he?

Keep warm & dry tonight everyone - looks as though it's going to be a rough ride for those in the south. Hope Hosta gets off ok

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 15:01

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 14:41
Dovefromabove says:
 Sorry Topbird - change of plan - we will be  having Braised Pheasant breasts with juniper berries and Savoy cabbage, from Darina Allen's Forgotten Skills of Cooking (fabulous book). 

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 Still sounds yummy and bread sauce would still go with it.... IMO bread sauce goes with nearly everything except chocolate pudding or fish fingers 

Memories of the past

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 11:03

We always had indoor plumbing but I remember having central heating installed (Baxi-burn-your-legs-boiler). It was only ever used to take the chill off the bathroom & sitting room - never used in the hall and bedrooms so it was still a draughty house. (No loft or wall insulation either of course).

There was great excitement when we had a phone installed. It was a party line with our neighbours (because there was a shortage of phone lines) and we children received tuition in phone etiquette. I also remember getting our first fridge and a modern style of cooker.

This modernisation all seemed to happen in the mid to late 60's - the real start of the great consumer age.

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