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Orchid Lady

I just like it when we're all friends  Life's too short for s*** 

We are friends Orchid.  Can you lend me £ 20 please? 

Orchid Lady

Of course Verdun, you can give it me back next month with interest....just call it £40 

star gaze lily

Its fine Philippa, just sounded a bit harsh at first. As you say, don't always agree with all he says.

All forgotten, I agree OL, lifes too short.


Orchid Lady

No arguing from us Mike  Verdun's my friend, I've lent him £20 to buy more plug plants because he likes them now 


Triumphs Mike!!!

Disappointing. I thought you would have been a Norton (silver dream machine)or BSA, man.


Mike, Mike, Mike. What the hell are you doing trying to write a book about Gardening. You have me totally enthralled in that last text!!!


I am sure others will agree. I was right there with you on that (not literally but) I could not read it fast enough.

Riveting stuff, please don't stop.

HI Mike. Glad you're ok..I do miss your posts. I read your last one with the same interest I read them all. I do worry about you the same as I would worry about any of the others who I haven't seen on here for a while.

Bikerbabe. Welcome to the family......., I mean site .....Mike is a lovely man (and father figure to me), who is one of the regular contributors to this site.

Back on top form Mike 


Hello Mike, Yes I am a motorcycle enthusiast, however, I dont have a Triumph or a BSA!  I have Honda! Love my bike almost as much as my garden, so its tough sorting out my time between them. This weather is not good for either hobbies though, its only been 28 deg C here in Yorkshire and I am wilting!  Just finished feeding my tomatoes and checking all ok before the storms hit, hope everyone gets through it ok without too much damage to gardens etc., 

Orchid Lady

I have a pedal bike.....a Dawes, does that count  I was hoping to get out on it tomorrow but the forecast isn't good.  Don't do motorbikes I'm afraid, my youngest (13)  wants one, I've told him while he is living in my house he has no chance 

Good to see you back on form Mike, how's the book coming along? 


ohh motorbikes  interesting story you have there Mike. I also like my bikes i currently patrol the garden centers on my Triumph Daytona 675. I sure people look at me funny when i go to the GardenC on my bike. They must think what sort of a idiot comes to the GardenC on a motorbike.

But financially its a master plan , with it being a sports bike i can barely carry anything. So i basic i pick loads of goodies up but i cant take them home . So  only the special plants get a ride home on the Triumph.  Cant wait for spring though i can fill my rucksack full of bulbs/seeds 

Orchid lady - you sound just like my mum  she dislikes motorbikes aswell

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Best wishes



Mike - re your chapter four from your policing days. Please don't loose those chapters!  We at the National Emergency Services Museum are always wanting memories from those who have served to keep in our records and help preserve things to show visitors and school groups how things have changed!

(Can't ride a motorcycle myself - hell I can barely get my fathers off its stand!)


Hi Mike.

Its just accrued to me that you need to write a auto biography. Not what you want i know but sometimes its not what you want its what the people want and need? 

Strange world. Mike. Sorry.

Kind regards


 Mike........nothing to do with motor cycles but just a mentioned that the heat is really draining you during this hot weather. 

Why not make yourself some Gazpacho ?  It's not only delicious but also good for you and very, very cooling.  You can make enough to keep in the fridge for a few days and treat yourself to a drink  throughout the day 


I feel a recipe is in order Philippa.