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Posted: 10/01/2016 at 09:09

Morning. We got the torrential rain too Clari

Guess which silly moo missed a tread coming down the stairs (no sherberts consumed) and ended up in a heap with a seriously painful ankle.  No swelling, and toes can be wiggled, but can't bear any weight.  OH has just found me an umbrella to use as an improvised walking stick.  Today's mission is to take Chicklet back to Nottingham - I am in the passenger seat, so the ankle will get an enforced day of rest.  What a clumsy muppet


Posted: 09/01/2016 at 15:09

I've got one of those floors too.  Stones tiles of indeterminate colour.  Gets a mop swish once a week, but the rest is building up a fine patina, that I'm sure interior designers would kill for

Quick cuppa, then the deccy packing begins - can't see our table at the moment

Panda - hope your new fitbit (other brands are available) isn't doing more harm than good


Posted: 09/01/2016 at 10:50
Liri - surreal indeed

So pleased to hear from you Hosta - sounds like fun being had - you don't need ((hugs)) ..... but they are there just in case (no sell by date )

Sat in a coffee shop whilst littlest Chicklet has a trial run/interview to work at a different coffee shop in town (i was banished from that one just in case i put her off). Hope she gets it - waitressing skills are always so useful as a back up ! Bit like bar work.

Then off to Guildford to return some of her unwanted purchases .... Then back home for a bit before evening taxi duties begin. Hope she appreciates me deep down


Posted: 08/01/2016 at 19:25

Sorry - didn't mean to alarm anyone either.  I would imagine the internet will be in meltdown for a while, so don't expect he will be able to communicate for a while.  Thinking of you muchly.


Posted: 08/01/2016 at 19:16

Oh my goodness.....just watching the news.  Hosta, please let us know you are both safe if you get the chance.


Posted: 08/01/2016 at 06:34

Morning all

Real change in the weather here - can't see out the window yet, but expecting frost - cars had iced over already when I ventured out about 10pm last night.  Will be good to get some proper winter temperatures - particularly if they come with some blue skies

Wonky - hope you get that tooth sorted soon - as others have said, other problems will be easier to cope with if you can get rid of the nagging pain.  DD - your OH comments made me smile too.  SA's are known for their directness, so maybe they wouldn't have noticed anything out of the ordinary!

Had a lovely day out with Chicklet yesterday.  Work beckons today ....but its nearly the weekend folks.

Help needed for a gardener wannabe!

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 08:55

Hi Liz - I'd second the advice of waiting to really find out what you've got there before making any decisions.  I'd also spend the next year peering over your neighbours walls (in the nicest possible way) to see what grows well for them.  You don't have to ape their style, but can use the plants that are good doers in your area in your own way.  Good luck - and let us know how you get on - we love a before/after story 


Posted: 07/01/2016 at 08:28

Morning all Porridge here too (sorry Yvie !) - no honey, but a sprinkling of flax seeds and raisins

Got a day off today - taking Chicklet for a girlie shopping trip, before she returns to Uni at the weekend.  Its been so lovely having her around again - going to have to get used to missing her all over again So a day of coffee, cake and chatter, with a few shops thrown in, seems a good way to make the most of the last days of her hols

Ask Joe Swift a garden design question

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 23:48

I've got quite a steep bank I'm not sure what to do with ......about 12foot high and sloping sharply.  Would love some ideas. Thanks


Posted: 06/01/2016 at 07:58

Morning all

Decs down for me today. Going out to the theatre tonight, so I won't have to look at the emptiness of it all

Glad your op has made a difference Flowers, and fingers crossed mini-Yvie manages to get her house move back on track.

It was me that said the evenings are lighter - not getting dark til about 4.45 here now - baby steps.  i know it happens every year, with scientific regularity, but it still comes as a pleasant surprise for me. Little things

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