In case you were wondering…

This is what 30 pairs of balloons looks like.


Don’t worry… I will also be blowing up 30 more pairs of white ones.

We are going to be making a balloon arch… Unless it all goes wrong, in which case we will just be making a mess.

Anyway… Onward and upward! B-)


Washing Machine Blues

Ok… This is one is all on me. It appears I’m a bit of an idiot.

We don’t use fabric softeners… Or rather we don’t any more. We haven’t actually used them for a few years. But we did have a brief lapse when we first got the washing machine we have now. We used it once, maybe twice. Seriously we still have the near full bottle and it now resembles something akin to bad yoghurt. I didn’t even realise fabric softener had a BBE date.

For the past few days I have been wondering where the strange smell has been coming from in our kitchen. Had the cat thrown up? Had something fallen between the cupboards and gone off? No… And No.

I was putting a wash on and I got a whiff of the strange smell. When I opened up the draw I saw, and smelled, this. Ugh. B-(


Not nice. I also need to point out that I have no idea when the last time that draw was even opened. We use liquid detergent you put straight in the tub.
Normally when our machine starts it does a kind of a… Purge? It will blast some water through and then push it out. I though it was to clean the pipes and the bottom of the drum to remove any old water that had been left from last time… Great idea, no? So I naturally thought it would clear out the draw too…. Or something like that. Well, no.

So now I need to learn how to clean the draws of washing machines.

At least I now know where the smell was coming from!

Oh How I Love The Weather

So today has been a really warm day. Averaging 27 C here in Yorkshire… But that was to*day*…

Now to to*night* where it is HAMMERING it down with near constant flashes of lightning. No heavy crashing of thunderous might… Just a constant rolling thunder. I can feel the hairs on my arm tingle…

This wasn’t forecast, although with the amount of energy held up I’m not at all surprised there have been thunderstorms.

I wish I could take a photo of the sky, I really do… But my phone just can’t produce anything worthwhile. I did, however grab a REALLY crappy video after the rain had stopped but the thunder and lightning carried on.

And It Goes On… And On

I swear I should rename this account to ‘Shit that goes down at work’…

So… Today’s fiasco? Well…. Go grab a cup of tea, kids. Sit yourselves down and let Uncle Kal tell you the grand story of the latest shit-show. >.>

This Friday evening, and I go to my first shift of the week, check my email and find out that our department head, who we oh-so-rarely see, has forwarded us all an email from HR telling us that we need to take our holiday entitlement or we will lose them.

You see, we are currently on short, fixed term contracts as this is only a pilot scheme. Ok… Fair enough. But nobody mentioned that we need to have taken our holidays before each fixed term was done. So now we all have to take our holidays, although we can carry over a small amount at our managers discretion, which he has allowed. >.>

So now, for the next 3 weeks till the end of September, which is when this contract finishes, ALL the staff have to use up their holidays. So I am off next weekend… Whether I like it or not. *sigh*
So we have to fit in all those holidays, even though we are short staffed and can’t really afford to have people off…

The worse part? Yes, there is a worse part…

There is overtime available to cover the holidays.
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻




Oh dear…

Today we had a random visit from a couple of guys from the local council. In true council randomness they had been sent out to ‘Paint Garden Gates’… Not the fence or anything like that. Just the gates. Only the gates.

It’s not even as though they were given a list of houses that belonged to the council. No… They had to knock on all the doors and ask if the houses were council or not and then ask if they could paint the gates.

Yeah… Random. A bit of history for you. About 4 years ago we got a new gate because of the round of upgrades that were being done to renovate older houses. Fair enough. I can see that being a thing. They did our roof, kitchen and bathroom… Why not a new gate? So, today, they came around to paint it. Wonderful.

So already we have a fail. Then the workers left this… I shit you not I just had to sigh and shake my head. B-(


Yep… That has to stay on the floor until the paint dries.

I… Can’t… Even. >.>

I’m not even going to bother hiding this one behind a link. Here… I’m off for a cup of tea.


Set Up To Fail?

Warning… Wall of text.

At work me and the team I work with are getting strong vibes that the pilot scheme we are working on has been set up to fail.

Yeah, yeah… I know… Strong language. But hear me out.

When we were hired the advertisement was for a job only slightly resembling the job we are doing now. Now that isn’t such a shock to anyone that has ever done a pilot scheme. These things change as new things come to light. Fair enough.

The biggest problem is that the person who set this all up has, from what we were told, done this in a couple of other areas. So why the farcical start up? If he has done this before he should have known the most basic set up issues already and ironed those out in the planning phase. BUT YOU WOULD BE WRONG! O.O

From the get go we had problems.

  • The person who set up the whole scheme was let go immediately after our initial training/setup. More on this one later…
  • The garage we were going to be using was not suitable for us.
  • We were allocated more vehicles than we had spaces for in the garage.
  • We had no logistics trained people to oversee the stores/ordering system. Or even any ordering system in place!
  • No shift rota system was put together until AFTER we had started.
  • We had to change the rota because we were doing too many hours.
  • We are now STILL doing too many hours over the week but because we are doing a 5 out of 7 system it’s all good. (bollocks)
  • There was(lol, is) no official communication between us and the other departments.
  • Our original manager quit within the first month.

Fuck. >.>

From there it has not really gotten any better by the management making changes. WE have been doing that… Literally. And I don’t mean that our acting manager (ex part time weekend supervisor no less!) has been doing it either. It’s us lot on the bottom rung that has been spotting problems, fixing them and TELLING the management what we will be doing from now on…. And they have been ok with that! Holy shit!… I swear there is no oversight in this place.

The other important bit of information that you should probably know is that we are competing against another scheme. Oh yes. Also, that one was started long before ours, uses only temp agency staff and they were set up by professionals, from what we have been told. Rota, logistics, a well set up garage, the whole enchilada.
Not only that but the guy that set up our scheme left ours and then was immediately taken on by, and now highly praises, the other scheme. WTF???!!!

Not only that but we were taken on with a short, fixed term contract. Nothing strange with a pilot scheme. We then got an extension to that scheme… Now things are in the air. We have been given Chinese whispers that we have a 3rd extension, nothing official… But here is the problem. The place I work for, apparently, has a rule that you can’t give someone 3 short term contracts without taking them on full time. Oppsie?

I swear I couldn’t make this up.

So… What now? Well. It appears that whoever set us up to fail has failed… Or we overcame the odds… I’m not sure. Whatever… Moving on. The fact is that on paper we are scoring FAR better than the other scheme is. We have a lot higher vehicle to staff ratio, our vehicles are FAR cleaner, better prepared and we even go fetch vehicles from other stations when they are loaned out to get them cleaned. We even do our own Deep Cleans (imagine stripping your car down to the chassis and cleaning it and then putting it all back in, takes 5 hours) And that seems to have come as a surprise to someone.

So this week I haven’t been posting to my gardening channel, or even here, because I have been working extra hours at work. Mainly because since the scheme started 3 people have quit and not been replaced. We started with 10, we now have 7… And Management decided to send 2 of those, plus our one and only line of official communication, our supervisor, on a course for 2 weeks… YAY! So from 7 we now have 4… And one just went on sick. So 3.

3 people to do the job of 10, and one of those is a fucking wanker, and management see no problems here. *Sigh*
Oh… And a certain someone has pre-booked holidays next week so they are down to 2.


And people wonder why I, and others, think this scheme was set up to fail. >.>

It’s enough to drive a man to drink.

Ok…. This is weird

I was googling for an image to link into for one of my blogs. If you pay any attention to the text you will notice that I often link words to silly images.

Shame on you if you didn’t… Go back and read them again!


This pic makes no sense. I found it after Googling ‘Man with trolley’ for a reply to a comment on another vid…
I think the interwebs are trying to tell me something? O.o