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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 21:24

Thanks for the moth ID Aunty Rach.  Found it on one of my kitchen cupboards so took a pic before ushering it outside.    Lots of moths and butterflies on my mint pots but they don't sit still long enough to ID or take pics.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 20:28

Floods can be devastating.   I hope everyone gets out safely.  The same storms are passing thru Brittany and causing lots of bovver with fires from lightning as well as local floods and power cuts.   They're on orange alert.   We're on yellow for tonight and tomorrow morning.

Chicky - well done for changing banks.  Hope it works well.  No justification for charging that much for a simple piece of data for the overnight run.

Boat trip sounds lovely Busy.   Love messing about in boats.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 18:57

OH is at the BBQ again.  More lamb kebabs.   Seems to think you have to hover over it while it comes up to heat.   Just imagine doing that every time you turn on the oven to bake or roast something.   

Meanwhile neighbour Luc is rushing around madly to bring in all the wheat and straw before the storms come.   Got quite sticky this pm but feelig fresh again now so I suspect teh storms will sweep by without dumping.    Bums.

Lots of butterflies about so the kittens are getting good exercise.   Anyone know what this one is?

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 13:58

Flip flops are good for me because I can exercise the middle toes that have to work harder since I got my new feet and nothing is rubbing me and making blisters or achy bits.   No idea how dodgy thyroids impact on tendons and things but doesn't sound too good.  

Just watching Horizon's programme on driverless cars.   What will they do for boys and their toys?


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Posted: 18/07/2017 at 12:50

I find shoe shopping a nightmare Dove.  Very happy at the mo since I can wear flip flops all day.  I have the ordinary rubbery ones plus leather ones and sparkly ones and all blessedly flat.   I liked Flint too.   Get dragged to most films by OH and Possum but I draw the line at anything with Johnny Depp or Tom Cruise or Tom Hiddleston.   Horrible lot.

Dacha - I was always more commercial than scientific.   Flirted with Fortran for a while but COBOL just seemed very elegant and logical for business use.  Lost my way when things moved to C and Unix.  All Greek to me but by then my organising skills had been recognised so not a huge problem.   We now have 2 dogs aged 10 and 8 and 2 kitten cats.

There is a yellow warning out for storms here tonight and tomorrow.  Heard that one before!  Fingers crossed we actually get some rain this time.

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Posted: 18/07/2017 at 11:25

Interesting Dachalover.   I first got into computing after seeing a job advertised in the Philippines paying ludicrous money for a COBOL programmer so off I went and trained.  Then I worked for a software house but always in the UK.   Moved locks, stock, barrel and 5 cats to Belgium when OH was assigned to run a project for Swift.

It's hot here again but not sticky and there's a breeze but it's too strong for even the mad Brits to be out in the midday sun.  I have spent a couple of hours this morning gathering up all but the two biggest pots of roses and moving them to a new, shadier location after deadheading, weeding, top dressing, repotting and feeding as needed.    Can't get them out in their new home until we've laid the terrace stones and had lots and lots of rain so we can level and improve the soil for them to get their roots down deep.

Had a little tickle of some other pots and then retreated out of the sun.   OH has helped me move the bigger pots and then gone off to oil the planks we'll be using to make raised beds in the potager.   He's a good garden labourer but pretty clueless about plants so we divide the tasks as we both like to have healthy plants and fresh produce.

Possum has just got home from her second surfing lesson and is happy.   Good.   

Hosta - with you on Dr Who.   Gave up in the David Tennant years and left OH and Possum to watch it while I pottered in the kitchen.   Gave up on James Bond too till Daniel C came along.   Good choice.

Liri - hope you have a great trip to Ireland and no excitable seas this time.  

Busy - family gathering sounds good.   Glad you've had a good trip up.

Raisin - sounds like a good balance to me and I can see why your OH was giggly.  

I suppose I'd better see about some lunch.   OH is learning to drive the new BBQ...........

Enjoy your day everyone.

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Posted: 17/07/2017 at 22:18

 Pdoc - don't be such a delicate flower.  Just try and be fair wherever you are, whatever you're doing and whomever you are with.   Manners maketh both man and woman so yes to holding doors and not waiting to be asked to help around the house especially when both are tired or busy.

University Challenge was good tonight.   Close result.  Just been watching John Torode on Korea.  Lovely looking food and recipes but might have a bit of bovver finding bean curd here.  I foresee a raid on the Vietnamese shop in La Roche.

News on the extension of HS2 is interesting.  I know you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs but it seems to me they could be doing a lot more to inform and help the people in its path.  Basic PR to reduce backlash and protests let alone basic courtesy and common sense.

Lovely photo FG.   Never seen one of those in the flesh.   Thanks.

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Posted: 17/07/2017 at 17:42

Not sexist PD.  Just egalitarian.   In a world where men and women both work long hours to pay for and maintain a home and family there is absolutely no excuse for one partner, usually the woman but not always, carrying an unequal domestic load as well.   Since you're not working Punk, why are there any domestic tasks for your wife to do except maybe sorting out the washing as men don't do colours very well - in my experience.  OH does now that he's been trained and we have 3 laundry bins to make it easier for him.  

Clari - yes - a visible list of all domestic chores is good to tick off each week.  Try suggesting that you'll dust if he'll vac and then you'll have time to go and sit and share a beer/coffee/dinner and relax in peace together?   Your OH needs to understand that you too have need of downtime and him time.

Hope the ear clears up soon.   Not good.   You too Pat.

Dove - Bonzo is a Lab.  Suspicious of everyone but does eventually decide that most visitors are OK after all, especially the ones that tell him not to be so stupid when he's barking.

FG - glad you got your hill done.  Liri - congrats on the concerts.   I love choral singing unless they go very modern and atonal.   LP - enjoy your new gd.   Hope they like the pie.   Hugs for Joyce and NB.

We have been to the beach - Possum's first surfing lesson.   She enjoyed herself but will go by herself tomorrow as it's a 9am start.   Anyway, lovely long beach with one stretch marked off for kite and sand surfers, another for swimmers and paddlers with lifeguards and another unsupervised for surfers and surf school.   One café in the swimming part doing a brisk trade in salads and burgers and ices.  Lovely atmosphere.   Hot sand.  By the time she'd finished it was painfully hot.   Good beach for walking the dogs once the season is over and lovely clear views across to the Ile de Ré.

Cooling off now before a lovely fishy dinner.

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 11:18

Excellent DD and well done on lying boundaries for ex-OH.  Progress all round.   Very pleased for you.

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Posted: 16/07/2017 at 20:22

I think/hope/believe we are long past the point of males of any age, but especially the younger ones, expecting to get away with laziness in relationships on the grounds they're just boys and slow to grow up.   Clari is clearly an intelligent, hard working and active woman who is definitely not boring and deserves more give and less take.    It's abusive behaviour and not unlike DD's situation where she deserved not to be belittled and undermined at every turn.

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