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Posted: 24/11/2014 at 07:22

Happy memories of good singsongs around the fire in the local pub Pansyface - even if it was in Suffolk. 

Growing up on a farm, there was always work to be done and stock to be fed, even on Christmas Day - so big presents didn't get opened until after Pa had been out and fed and watered the animals and come back in for a cooked breakfast.  Christmas Day was the one day that unless they were very mucky the pigs didn't get cleaned out, but just had a layer of fresh straw on the old (making cleaning out doubly hard on Boxing Day of course).

I remember one Christmas morning very clearly - Pa had been out and fed the pigs and come back in and we were all eating breakfast prior to opening the big presents, when the phone rang! 

It was the Misses Bs in the thatched house across the way - please would Pa come and retrieve his pigs - they were all over their  garden and rampaging through the veg patch!!! 

In Pa's hurry to get back indoors that morning he must've not shut one of the yard gates properly, and a dozen half-grown porkers had made it their business to leave the farmyard, run across the road, through the hedge and into the Misses Bs' garden - we all (even we children) pulled on our welly boots and coats, hats and gloves and went out to herd the pigs back. 

They were having a lovely time and weren't that keen on returning home.  Fortunately Mr F, who worked for Pa but had Christmas Day off, had heard what was happening from his house up the road and he came and joined in the pig-herding and eventually they were all safely back where they belonged. 

Ma made everyone mugs of hot cocoa and Pa arranged with Mr F that he'd go over to the thatched house later in the week and put the garden to rights - fortunately there wasn't too much damage, but lots of piggy footprints in the soft soil! 

That Christmas we didn't open our presents until after our Christmas lunch!!!


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 07:05

I'm very sorry that you have Lyme disease Carol, it's a horrid condition.  A  regular poster suffered from it for quite some time and it had a huge effect on his young life, but thankfully he has been able to move forward and forge a career for himself in horticulture.

However, while of course we don't know everything and there is still research to be done, much of what you say is hooey and the stuff of conspiracy theorists.  For example, "Before the 2 world war very few had cancer."  Of course they did - 7 out of 8 of my gt grandfather's siblings died of it = my generation has regular checks to get it early.  The  difference between now and then is that we're better at keeping records now. 

I'm sorry that you're feeling so awful, but I really think you need to put what energy you have into getting well in the fresh outdoor air, gardening and walking on the beach etc, rather than spending your time in front of computers researching half-baked conspiracy theories.  Sorry if that seems harsh but I'm sure it will do you more good.

Wishing you all the best for a good recovery very soon.


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 06:52

Good morning all

There's a sharp frost out in the front garden this morning with ice on the puddles and the car windscreen (at least I don't have to clear it to go to work - thinking of those who do and sending warm gloves )

The temp in the back garden only dropped to 1.7C, still pretty chilly but nothing's frozen 'out back'.


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Posted: 24/11/2014 at 06:45

BL - so glad to hear the good news

Positive thoughts for everyone with cares and worries this week.

Verdun, I find that when opening the door to cold callers, be they promulgating their religion or trying to sell double glazing, telling them I'm off work with Norovirus works a treat - you hear the gravel crunching as they run up the drive  - well it worked the time I did have Norovirus, so why not use it again

Help Please.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 06:31

You also need to check your Forum Settings and make sure you've ticked on Advanced Edit.

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Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:36

I was  ... but the joke was so visual - it was about a woman in a see-through nightie looking as if she was advertising scatter cushions - the image I saw in my head was so clear that I laughed through my tears - the second glass of wine probably helped. 

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Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:30

I've a very soft spot for Ken Dodd - he was on tv the evening of the day my marriage had ended - and he told a joke that made me laugh

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Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:14

Pansyface , I mentioned one of your posts to my OH this morning - he roared with laughter - he'd misheard me and thought I'd called you Pantyface


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:05

I went outside a little while ago and squelched across the lawn to the cold frame, the pond is full to the brim and the herb garden is virtually knee deep in water .... and the rain is still battering on the windows

Think I'll put my feet up, get a glass of something and watch Sue Perkins on the Mekong .... see you in the morning folks .... sweet dreams everyone

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Posted: 23/11/2014 at 19:26
Topbird wrote (see)
..........  It can be quite good fun working out whether a poster is male or female........

I've been called Dave several times


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