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A Bit of Slap Stick

25 February 2012 21:09:33
Dactylorhiza maculata 'Kilmarnock'

Dactylorhiza maculata 'Kilmarnock'

It was a gloriously sunny day today and I had the greenhouse wide open for most of it. But I don't do gardening on the weekend so the plants were left to their own devices.

Must tell you about the thing that happened to me yesterday!...

I finished potting up my new plants just as it was getting dark. I was feeling pretty pleased with myself but was hurrying to tidy up a little while I could still see.  

I had several trugs full of water, where I had washed the various orchid potting ingredients, and I had just fished out all the grit, perlite etc from the trugs and put them back in their respective bags. The final trug had been used to wash bark and I lifted it up to empty the dirty water under a tree.

Unfortunately, just at that moment, the handle of the trug caught on my sleeve and, instead of tipping towards the tree, the trug somehow managed to turn back and empty itself completely down my cleavage! Argh!

The shock of it all and the freezing water was a deadly combination. And, worse still, the whole inside of my jumper was plastered with little bits of shredded bark and bark dust. Yuck!

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 February 2012 21:18:47

Cleavage? Am I supposed to have one?

Oh yea, it's there underneath all my layers.


Ha ha Rachel, I can just picture the shock on your face with that cold water going down your front. Brrr!!!! 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 25 February 2012 21:21:22

Well done! if you planned it you couldn't have done better - giving us all a giggle :-D

MartinB MartinB 25 February 2012 21:27:18

Gosh. Would have loved the photo. :-)

Conrad Conrad 25 February 2012 21:27:52

LOL, poor you Rachel!

fran m fran m 25 February 2012 21:34:33

Hope the trug is ok .....................


dublin6gardener dublin6gardener 25 February 2012 21:55:58

ha, sorry to hear that, but wud be funny to see

Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 February 2012 21:59:05

Lol Fran!

Keego Keego 25 February 2012 22:13:26

Nice one Rachel more haste less speed at least it was finishing up time !!

Hoeys Hoeys 25 February 2012 22:43:41

oh Rachel looks like you never stop gardening. well done with all the task done.. well task for today anyway.

CathCronin CathCronin 25 February 2012 22:52:36

I know the feeling...have you ever had the nozzle on your hose break off in your face? Do Specsavers do window wipers for glasses?

Moya Moya 25 February 2012 23:06:20

Good of you to share that with us Rachel! Would not like that at all. Poor you.

Rachel Rachel 25 February 2012 23:38:14

I thought that would give you all a laugh. I wasn't laughing at the time, I can tell you - more like screaming!

Cathcronin, I'll keep the hose nozzle trick for another day's entertainment :)

CathCronin CathCronin 25 February 2012 23:41:39

OK Rachel..you can call me Catherine without the Cronin if you want ;)

Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 February 2012 23:42:17


Rachel Rachel 25 February 2012 23:44:00

OK, Catherine :)

Mairin Mairin 26 February 2012 21:46:23



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