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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 15:14

They didn't walk out GWRS.  They were all sacked in October because the minster people wanted to change the safety system.  https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/19/how-york-minster-campanologists-sacking-blew-the-lid-off-bitter-dispute

It seems the Minster had a problem with the ringers' leader and alleged child abuse but have thrown out the baby with the bath water.  Seems a kack-handed way to go about treating those who weren't implicated in any wrong-doing.   

pet companions

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 14:32

Clarice - a fine collection of contented looking cats and dogs.

Busy - Bonzo is the bottom one.  Rasta is the Wheaten terrier type who adores kittens (and their food) and likes to mother them.   When we rescued her she had a 3" thick mat of felted hair under a crinkly top layer and had to be shaved.

Skin and bone underneath at 10 kilos.

She soon blossomed tho and has been a steady 17 kilos for the last 8 years.  The hairdresser likes dogs with moustaches but Rasta's had to go cos she's a digger and was always filthy.

Last edited: 16 December 2016 14:35:44

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 14:15

I usually start my morning listening to the Today programme and then progress to coffee downstairs with BBC News but, like Dove, I'm having to ration it.   Too depressing.  Why are politicians and zealots everywhere so filled with their own hubris, or so naive, that they don't learn the lessons of history?   

Quite amused by the latest on the York Minster bell ringers this lunch time though.

Wonky - flu is nasty so take the time to heal and rest and no heroics.  You do not want post viral complication, believe me.  Let the family do the cooking and cleaning and colleagues do the gardening.  It'll all still be there when you're better.  

You too FG with your recovery.

Liri - a recent TV prog highlighted that branded, over the counter medicines for aches, pains, inflammation, colds, menstrual pain all had exactly the same formula of Ibuprofen - but different prices and all more expensive than the generic.

I'm off to potter in the sunshine after a miserable, foggy day and night yesterday.

Have a good afternoon all and a great weekend.

pet companions

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 13:07

His coat is short and gingery and sheds.  His origins are unknown.  We adopted him after he was rescued by our dog trainer - been living indoors all his lif with never a walk or even house training and was thought to be between 2.5 and 3 yrs old.  She and the vet think Labrador.  

He's a big baby, even now after 4 and half years with us but loves his walks and long runs off the lead and playing with Rasta and cuddles and games with us.  Just not sure about kittens yet.

Kalettes ????

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 22:33

Kalette is a horrible word.   I bought them in Belgium last winter as Flower Sprouts and we loved them.  I hate sprouts but love cabbage and kale in nearly all their other forms.   I have bought seeds to grow my own but have to wait till we get our new veggie plot sorted.

pet companions

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 22:21

No.  Close.  He's a Labrador.   Rescue dog with issues but very loving and playful with us.  Just doesn't like anything or anyone new till he's got used to them and finds kittens worrying.  He'll get over it.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 14:03

As long as people allow themselves to be fanatical about religion or communism or fascism or anything else there will be conflict and not reason.   As long as people make vast fortunes from the arms trade there will be the incentive to "fuel" conflict.  

I think the Arabs and Muslims everywhere have to work this one out between themselves but they won't as long as vested interests can use them as pawns and playing fields.  

Very grey day here with cloud at ground level so visibility is poor and it feels cold and unwelcoming.   Pity because last night was clear as a bell with a fabulous, bright moon.  I have been out to do a grocery shop but feel like hibernating this pm.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 10:37

Oops!   Where, when and how?   I trust you are OK.


Posted: 15/12/2016 at 10:36

I'd have thought they should be cut between November and end Feb when they are less active and before the sap starts rising actively - easier to cut and less sap loss from wounds.   Certainly do it outside the March to August nesting period for birds.

pet companions

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 23:29

She's gorgeous.

Here are our two dogs watching Cosmos kitten having a wash on the stairs.  

Minstrel kitten is a bit older and a bit wiser and a bit more cautious.   She likes to watch the birds out of the window - can't go out till they've had their jabs.

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