My evening last night - if I didn't laugh I'd have cried!

Popped to lottie to check all ok, discovered all £120 worth of replacement greenhouse glass smashed in high winds! that's half our greenhouse glass gone which I now have to re-buy!  it was an old second hand greenhouse and this glass was to replace missing or damaged panes!

Stomped over the brick path on way out of lotti site in a strop and slipped on the wet muddy bricks, took my temper out on the 5 bar farmers gate by slamming it shut to vent my anger on that rather than hubby by resisiting the temptation to say "I told you so" with regards to how he stacked the said glass.  Upon slamming gate I pulled a muscle in my shoulder.

Lit fire before we went to lottie to have a bit of home comfort when we got back - fire went out!

Ran bath to get warm as I was cold, soaked and throughly peeved off, put my hair up in a hairgrip - hairgrip broke!

Forgot about my cuppa which then went cold!

Ran out of soap so rather than getting off my fat bum and standing like any sensible girl would do to reach for a nice fresh bar from the bathroom cabinet - oh no not I, I decided to wriggle to the end of the bath and play at stretching to reach the said new bar of soap - big toe got caught around the plug chain and bath soon started to empty!

I dairned have washed my hair last night - I'd hate to think what would have happened if I tried!

Went downstairs to the news a friend popped in with her new boyfriend to introduce him to us, havent seen my friend for ages but cus I was getting in the bath, hubby turned her away! arrrrrgh, I wouldn't have minded chucking my clothes back on and having a cuppa with her and her new fella esp as they brought cake with them!

Settled on the sofa - dinner almost cooked in the ovan - and just when i thought things couldn't get worse - the power went off, hubby rang the info line - apparantely it was going to be a major outage and would be off for hours!

Thought I know Ill listen to the radio for a few hrs - make a nice change to the telly - no radio batteries!

Thought I know Ill surf the net - no internet connection due to the power cut (don't ask me why - I thought internet connections came through the air like mobile signals - hubby who is an IT engineer boffin person tried to explain but I kinda switched off from the techi stuff)!

So I decided to read my Kindle - no power!


Out came the candles, the bottle of gin and bed!

I hope this evening will be a lot more better and much more productive than last night!

I still feel really annoyed with the weather - this is more like October gales than spring!  and in this day n age - should we really be having power cuts - really??? I'd have thought the technology was out there to prevent such things happening but I supose that's far to much to ask from the electricity board!  By the way mr & mrs weatherman - your forecasts are generally incorrect so why do you bother forcasting the weather - it's more like pot luck - two days you predicted rain but it never came - just as I went to water the lottie the other day it chucked it down - how can they get it so terribly wrong all the time! (these are rhytorical questions I hasten to add)!  As someone once said - I dont need the weatherman to tell me the weather - when I stick my head out the door if its raining Ill take a brolly, if its hot n sunny Ill wear shorts etc.....

Yep - I totally blame hubby and the weatherforcasters for my rubbish evening last night (and mother nature), its all your fault!  If the wind hadn't been so bad, if hubby had stacked the glass properly, if the forecasters had been a tiny bit more accurate the knock-on effect for my evening wouldn't have happened!


Phew, thats better - gripe over and feeling much calmer, in 1/2hrs time Ill ring the glass company, caugh up another £120 and get more glass delivered - when its dryier, sunnier and windfree!


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Veggie-I think today you need to do as your name suggests....veg.image

    I sympathise totally-you sometimes get the feeling there's a target painted on your back don't you..

    Eat cake ...that's the answer. I'll make you one today. I'm sitting in the kitchen keeping an eye on the washing as I have one of the'exploding indesits' shown on Watchdog. I'm terrified it goes before the engineer comes on Wed!image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Mmmm maybe Verd.....depends how good you've been this week image

  • Ohh veggie- today must be better image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    Poor veggieimage it sounds like the evening from hell, you definitely need cake; stem ginger, clementine, chocolate, or are you more of a courgette or carrot cake person?

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,916

    Veggiepatch, there was one good thing - the powercut didn't start when you were in the bath with the water draining away! Hope today is better.

  • Val40Val40 Posts: 1,378

    Well, that's made me realise that I had an excellent day yesterday.image  Do hope you are recovered today Veggie.  Look on the bright side, it can't really get much worse. image

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    What a terrible day you had!

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,139

    "oops" what a day this has been, they should write a song about it.
    As for the comment "things cannot get worse" that is asking for it.
    Sorry Veggie, hopefully it is a once in a lifetime day, it certainly makes us appreciate the good days.

    This government needs to wake up fast or else electric out takes will be a common event. They are closing down all the coal fired generating stations with nothing in place to take over, Germany are building coal fired ones??
    Wind power is slow not very effective and has a footprint bigger than a Yeti, they all say wind is free although the fabrication of the unit, the oil in that large gear box and as an engineer I know how often high speed gear boxes fail, pure madness.

    Cheers Veggie day day is a fresh start Frank.

  • poor you!when things like this happen,me and my sister say"the planets must be out"im not sure what we mean by this,but in general,the fates were against you and there was nothing you could have my sympathies!

    Last year the wind whipped up my new (o.k.plastic)greenhouse up into the skies and brought it down with all my lovely veg in a big heap on the floor.I was hoping for better weather this year,and like you,dont bother with the weather forecasters!

    I fear we are in for another rubbish summer,and have to start planning our gardens accordingly.not so many bedding plants for me;meditteranean plants and tender plants are a no no,choosing plants my grandfather used to.and also,no buying summer clothes its not worth it!!

    sympathies again!!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    It can only get better now Veg. Take the day off, bottle of wine tonite, all better tomorrow.

  • Oh my life I love coffee and walnut cake.  I have just devoured a chocolate bar - we have a tin for charity and colleagues bring in bars of chocolate when they are on offer i.e. 5 bars for a quid.  home-made cake sounds megga yummy I love making cakes too, in fact any form of baking sweet or savoury.

    I intend to get the house cleaned this evening, then totally flop with a good film. 

    I think its called Sods Law, never heard the saying "the planets must be out" but I get the meaning though- its a good one and sums up the evening perfectly.

    Im sure my evening tonight will be a lot better, enjoy the rest of your day.





  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    VP- love coffee and walnut cake too!

    Relax tonight-and wish you well.  There's an old Scottish phrase  which is: 'lang may yer lum reek', which basically  means good luck/health and live long.

    In view of your power cut prob it's maybe quite apt- lum being chimney!image

  • I have to agree with Frank, unless someone high up makes some difficult decisions, power outages will become commonplace.  Have been looking at some big generators, that will run on biodiesel, so if everything does go pear-shaped, at least we'll have a little bit of power.

    Some days you're the statue, other days you're the pidgeon.  I think yesterday was very much a statue day for you, VP.

    Have you thought about putting polycarbonate in the greenhouse?  Less likely to break when new, but does suffer in the sun and evenutally becomes brittle and will break like glass.  Might be something to think about, short term as it should be cheaper than glass.

    Sounds like this allotment business can be expensive!

  • Hope you had a better day today, with cake, Veggie! image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    Veggie, is everything better today?image

  • Veggie!..........speak to us.............veg..............let us know you're OK...........what the......can we do? Phone Terry Wogan, someone.............this is awful..........all that broken glass and cake...............for heaven's sake knock three times, Veg, we're all on hold!

  • LOL! yes Im fine, I didn't over eat cake and explode like a balloon!  Thank you for asking after meimage

    Had a busy weekend, potted on loads of veggies: summer cabbage, cauliflowers etc... they should be in the ground by now but I was busy hardening them off when the gales hit and I had to zip up the greenhouse - they didn't like the heat so now starting the hardening off process again, also potted on my tomatoes, put out loads of slug traps with home-made beer that went terribly wrong -hopefully the slugs will love it.image

    Earthed up the spuds - earlies and mains doing really well, sowed parsnip seeds outside and more leek seeds as well as planting out our leek seedlings.  Cleared a lot of weeds from the strawberry bed and dug over one of the raised beds and raked  to a fine tilth for the sowing of the said seeds.  I also potted on our runner beans and these are being hardened off for planting next weekend.

    Ive also created some wigwams and planted out some of our pea plants.

    Currently we are harvesting lettuce and rhubarb, our carrots which we sowed in a "hot" bed under glass in very early spring i.e. February are now pencil thin and looking really healthy with healthy growth on top, another month and we will be harvesting those.  Also harvesting raddish and pea shoots for salads. image 

    Ive ordered more greenhouse glass and managed to get a 5% discount when I explained my sorry story about the 1st orde, we looked into polycarbonate sheeting but it works out far more expensive than glass (in our area of the country).

    Things to do now include:

    Finish creating more beds on the fruit plot (we have a double allotment plot), I have a small raised bed I need to weed and one small veg raised bed which needs a light fork - already weeded.

    Cumfry is ready for its second harvest - ill pop the leaves on the compost heap to use as an activator.  The first harvest of leaves I'd put in the bottom of the runner bean trench - they love the stuff along with some home-made compost and nettles (without roots).image

    Our allotment site has just let 14 plots to new plotholders so its great to see these plots starting to be attacked with new enthusasam - I just hope these newbies don't run out of steam before they really get going, clearing an allotment plot from scratch when its covered in Dock and every other type of weed imaginable.





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