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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 20:46

Fred Dibnah is from Bolton and there's a world of difference between there and Cheshire where some people have a Liverpool twang, others a Manchester twang and some a Cheshire accent while others are as posh as Sloanes.

I learned my English in Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire and have Geordie grand-parents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc we visited regularly when I was growing up so have a mutable English accent and now I speak a lot of French but I can't roll an R to save my life in either language or when I try my Flemish which is more guttural than Dutch but fundamentally the same language.   I know French speakers here who think Flemish is an affliction of the throat.

Lots of Flemish/Dutch/Danish influence in Geordie speak.   I have been here 25 years and still can't pronounce the French for frog comme il faut.   Possum has me in stitches when she tries my northern expressions - eg Put wood in thole - because she speaks a mixture of BBC and Disney English.   

Labrador rescues

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 18:16

I know about people looking after and training puppies that become guide dogs but never knew they were retired and needed homes.   Something to consider one day but not yet.  Our two keep us very busy and entertained and so does the abandoned cat we adopted.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 17:47

It would depend on whether they were honest or liars wouldn't it and pointless in the end as even so-called conviction politicians usually end up lying to themselves or the electorate.

According to a pundit on This Week, Gove hugely admired Blair for being a great political strategist.  That's OK then if you can forget all his lies too.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:47

Ooh!   Didn't know about Derbyshire drains.  

At the risk of stretching things a bit, once could say threat the recent Brexit and Remain campaigns were full of sophistry.

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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:24

Maybe just a free slice Pansy.  Not a whole cake.  

Good idea with the word games.   They baffled my scientists when I showed them a list like that.  Even sew and sow were difficult and OH said he hadn't heard of sough.

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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:14

Said that already.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 15:34

For décor on the cheap DD just needs to go to the local brocantes and vide greniers to pick up crockery, tablecloths and so on.

For names, both French and English speakers love puns so maybe something like "Taste Tea" or "Gout Thé", "Curiositea" or "Infinithé".  Sorry, but it's a start for others to bounce off.

I have a very good recipe for chocolate chip biscuits that the local Belgians consume with gusto and can offer cake recipes they love too.   Savoury muffins go down well too.

My new favourite Clematis is 'Belle of Woking'. What Clematis makes you happy?

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:36

I wouldn't have expected Belle of W to be considered rare.  My favourite Clematis Man here stocks it.

I just like clems and have had about 50 in the garden but not all have coped with severe winters so down to about 30 now.   Alpinas, montanas and macropetalas can't cope with our cold springs either as they want to be flowering when there are still nasty frosts about.

I love Betty Corning for colour, flower shape and perfume, Princess Diana for colour, form and vigour, Chrystal Fountain, Niobe, I Am Red Robin because it's such a good doer and has great flowers and seed heads, Red Ballon because it's climbed up a tree with no bother, alba luxurians and caerulea luxurians, Omoshiro, Huldine, Little Nell, Etoile Violette, Blue Angel, Nelly M and Ravarahinne and loads more.  

My recent purchases are of the smaller flowered kinds with perfume and I bought seeds for 4 kinds of koreana at Chelsea.   Watch this space.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:24

That must be such a relief DD.  Onwards and upwards indeed.


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 10:05

I think some of you ladies have missed a trick on the ironing front.  When OH and I first got together over 30 years ago we both worked long hours (software development) so, since he was already used to ironing his own shirts for work I said that if he wanted to hog the TV watching sport he had to do the ironing at the same time.   He still does it - very useful habit now there's so much golf/football/rubgy/cricket/whatever on TV.   I think the only sport he doesn't watch is synchronised swimming.

Now he's retired he also does most of the vacuum cleaning because he chose the bloody Dyson!

Loved the ghost soldier tribute and yes, it does put into perspective the recent behaviour of both citizens and politicians.   Don't think it'll change much though.   Short memories.  Short vision.

I now have bright sunshine and blue bits to the front of the house and a whopping great black thing at the back.   

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