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Pennine Petal
Hello, sorry I'm late, been out with the girls this evening. Went to a nice Italian restaurant, but I think they had forgotten to put the heating on.

Missed all the comps today, my guesses were wrong anyway.

Inka, sorry to hear your sad news, it's hard when friends are terminally ill.


Well, my friend Zona is a tough old bird--she was told she probably had pancreatic cancer, but was going to have to wait for tests--she drove herself to the hospital emergency ward[after taking the ferry to Victoria]--and sat there all day waiting for a cat scan. Turns out she doesn't have cancer at all--a blocked bile duct! So she has been admitted, and is waiting for surgery!!!!!!Wonderful news!!!Well, better than a death sentence!


Oh Inka - that is brilliant news  

Pam LL x

Gary Hobson

Morning festive forkers,

It's still dark here this morning, so have not yet fed the birds, nor been outside.

Some interesting programs on telly last night. I watched the Engineering program, which turned out to include a section about growing tomatoes. They showed the 'Salad Bowl of Europe', a great complex of huge greenhouses in Spain...

The plants are grown hydroponically, and the medium the roots are in is loft insulation (I think that's what they said)...

 And these huge greenhouses cover a huge area. This is the view from the sky...

25% of all that produce goes to the UK.

Then I watched the program about cyclists. Noted one cyclist who thought he was Batman, and then said 'then I realised I was human'.

Also picked up a new acronym 'MAMILS', which means 'Middle-Aged-Men-In-Lycra-from-Southampton'.



Morning kids

Have entered the site's competition-more tickets to Harrogate-is that oop North??-will I need a visa and passport if I win?

The weather forecast seems to have gone to the top again-if the Christmas smileys don't appear today will give Daniel a gentle reminder later.

Today's advent calender choc clue is-"is it snowing darling?"

Woke up in a daze this morning in a panic-thought it was Friday and had forgotten to go out last night-wot is that all about??

There seems to be a heavy frost-have to walk to the end of the garden in a minute-if I don't come back it means I tripped over a huge vegetable and got knocked out-never fear I will be found later -frozen to the marrow

Pennine Petal
Morning, just having a cuppa before I go to work, wind screen clearing required.

Geoff, Harrogate is a lovely town and the RHS garden is there too. It's a good show too. You should come up north for a visit. You'll have to learn the lingo first though.

Inkadog, what a great Christmas present.
Jean Genie

Morning forkers. just a quick good morning.  Off on travels again shortly.

Inka , Glad to hear about your friend, Thats great news .

Jo, Happy belated Birthday and hope you are feeling a little more positive today.

No snow here yet  Odd frost though - all car roofs full of frost but all windows clear .


Jean Genie

Oh forgot about choc. Reindeer

Pennine Petal

Beautiful sunrise over the hills driving in, could see for miles and orange sky reflected in the reservoir. Lovely!

Geoff, hear a bit of Yorkshire on the way in, so lesson one just in case you win.

Ar' y'aw rate lad?

Choc - is snowman too obvious?



Bloody hell-I might be a MAMILS-is that a good or a bad thing??

Bonnie looks swell

Hi Jeannie The Ice Queen

Just done the swimming run-the car said minus 2C outside

Chickens running around trying to get warm I suppose

Thanks Glyn/Holly-is that asking if I am a boy rat?

All answers noted

Jean Genie

I'm still here  Bloke at daughters having a look at what needs doing in house. He says he does a lot of work for buyers so methinks it's a landlord that's bought the property.

Buyer said it was for her daughter. Porky, I think. Why don't these people tell the truth ? It wouldn't have mattered anyway.

It might to the neighbours though . depending on who moves in.

Jean Genie

 Just read that back to myself, Haha. don't think their daughter will be called Porky .

But you never know.



Have defrosted the bird bath and put some food out

Does anybody know of anything you can safely put in water to stop it freezing-the drinking cups in the chicken run freeze up at night-in the back of my mind is glycerin or something



Gary Hobson

80% proof vodka freezes at -26.95C or -16.51F.

I assume that it's harmless to chickens, and temps shouldn't drop more than that.


Brilliant news Inka!

Frozen to the marrow hahahahaha.  MAMILS :- D :- D :- D

Choccy guess - umbrella

Greetings Forkers All, hope your days turn out well.



Jean Genie

Geoff, I float a pingpong ball in the birds drinking water . That works for us . same principle as a garden pond .

Another odd question. Does anyone know if I can re-cycle the water out of hot water bottles ?

I am going to be a nosy Mum and just turn up.


Morning all forkers.

Geoff,  Harrogate in the spring is really beautiful and very select.It's got lovely hotels, good shops and of course Betty's famous tea rooms. You would feel right at home. Let's hope you win the vouchers then you can see for yourself, I'm sure Mrs Geoff would love it.

Got a dental appointment this morning, so have to venture into town. Christmas Market starts this afters, so it will be chaos. Hope to finish Christmas shopping, well that's the plan, how far I get is another matter.

Inka~~~~~ So pleased your friend has a lesser problem, though it won't be pleasant at her age to have anything done. She sounds a fiesty old bird( meant in the nicest possible way ) Best wishes to her anyway

Must away and get ready for trip, not only unpleasant, but costly

Geoff, don't know of anything for the bird water that wouldn't harm them. soz.