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Posted: Yesterday at 22:31

Well, it's all over for another year...  Strictly, that is.  Wouldn't dream of spoiling things for those of you who've recorded it, so I'll just say I thought it was a cracking final. 

Panic Saturday, eh?  What will they think of next??  Happy to say I just bought cheese, and didn't notice myself panicking unduly. 

We're currently trying to help daughter and family sort out the logistics of moving house to Galway.  Most removals firms specify a 2-6 week gap between collecting the furniture etc, and delivering it to Ireland; anyone would think it was Australia!  They try to wait until they have a full load.  You can get it delivered at your convenience rather than theirs, but only by paying a hefty supplement (£2000, in one case!!).  Such a system isn't really family-friendly; try telling your toddler she has to live without Thomas the Tank Engine for a month...  Daughter now seems to have found an Irish firm who collect on a Friday and deliver the following Wednesday, which is just about bearable, particularly if they stay with friends or relations (maybe us!) for the intervening period, so they'll have such desirables as beds, a table and chairs for those 5 days.  No doubt it'll all work out eventually...  At least they have enthusiastic first-time buyers for their house in Warrington, though nothing's signed yet.

Night all!



Posted: 17/12/2014 at 08:00

Only truly invasive plant here so far is lily-of-the-valley, which keeps popping up in the lawn.  Lovely though...


Posted: 17/12/2014 at 07:57

Well said, Dove. 

Morning all!  OH still asleep, so unusually I have time to post here first thing.  Well, first-ish... 


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 23:17

That's really hard luck, Gg.  Others are right I think, try to keep your cool and be polite, and maybe your neighbour will get out of bed the right side tomorrow and apologise to you...  Don't let him intimidate you so you don't feel as if you can be on your drive any more.  He has no right to make you miserable!  (Hugs.)

Thanks folks for kind words and thoughts about my moggie.  She is now in a quiet spot in the garden where I can go and chat to her from time to time.  Her sister has started eating again so things are looking up. 

OH has gone to bed so I'd better hop it...  Night night all!


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 00:04

DD - I have moments feeling decidedly less than cheerful, but life goes on.  Tomorrow we'll be burying our beloved Gracie in the garden, and doubtless tears will be shed.  These animals get under your defences!  They repay kindness, patience and tender care so wonderfully.  We suspected we wouldn't have them long because they had an appalling start to life, but that doesn't make it any easier when the end comes.

Sleep calls...  Remaining cat has been allowed into bedroom (fatal move - can never get her out again!) because she was unhappy, so we'll be cosy tonight.   

Night night all...


Posted: 15/12/2014 at 17:30

Hmmm.  Afraid I can't add anything useful to the exploding fish discussion...  though I know without a doubt why Santa is not so fat as the pictures indicate:  my chimney isn't very wide... 

Anyway, hello again folks.  Back from a happy (tiring!) time on grandma duties to find the boiler has given up the unequal struggle, and that one of my lovely rescued moggies has had to be put down. 

But life goes on.  The boiler man came today and lashed the old boiler together, but I think we may have to bite the bullet and replace it pretty soon.  But for the moment OH and I, and remaining cat, are warm.    Hot water's a bit hit-or-miss, but it makes life more exciting, I suppose!

Right.  Let's see if there's enough hot water to do the washing up. 



Posted: 08/12/2014 at 11:31

Hi folks.  Just been out to fill the bird feeders and it Aint Arf Cold. 

Hmmm.  Think fussiness re Christmas tree dressing must be a female Forkers phenomenon (try saying that after one Xmas drink too many... ) - but though I'm laughed at for insisting everything on the tree looks "balanced", it hasn't been colour themed since my children were small, cos they loved making decorations out of salt dough and painting them.  Some still come out every year (not that I'm an old softie or anything...)  However, they do get very carefully arranged.  And the task is not made easier by our two cats, who think anything hanging from a thread is fair game for bashing about.  

Lesley, I call the patch of green in my garden a Lawn, because the proportion of grass in it is rather small...  mostly moss at this time of the year, but very pretty in spring with celandine, violets etc.  But "lawn" does sound a bit over-posh.  Anyone got a better suggestion?

Looks a bit like snow out.  Brrrrr!



Posted: 07/12/2014 at 22:46

Night BM! 

You Forkers who work full time AND have everything ready for Christmas really put me to shame...    Bought my cards on Friday but haven't written them yet.  (OH conducts choirs, and I sing in a few, so my excuse is that even without work to go to, this is our busiest time...  )  Tree and decorations are still in the loft.  Maybe when I get back from grandma duties (next Sunday night) I might start to get things done!  

Sleep required.    Night night all...


Posted: 05/12/2014 at 10:26

Morning all! 

Lovely and bright but no frost today.  Got shopping to do, which will be a pleasure in this weather. 

You're all making me feel very guilty for being so far behind with Christmas preparations...    Will buy cards this morning and make a start on the annual letter (yes, I know some people hate them, but I'd rather receive/send annual news than none at all!).  Yesterday I ordered lots of prezzies on tinternet so I feel a bit better - the 8-month baby is hard to buy for, since she's got all her big sister's cast-off clothes and toys already, but no doubt I'll find something eventually.  OH says he doesn't need anything - but yesterday he dropped his mobile getting in the car, and then ran over it, so I think I know what he'll be getting from Santa! 

Better get out before the sun goes in!

It's my birthday

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 11:14

Happy birthday Beaus Mum! 

Hope you have a good one! 

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