philippa smith2

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Posted: 27/12/2017 at 16:04

Each to their own I think.  Plenty of us don't celebrate Xmas as such and whilst some like to look back on The Good Old Days, there seems little point in doing so if it only makes you feel unhappy.

Mike's post is the usual mix of loneliness and random comments so nothing different there  - some posters like his ramblings and most are aware of his propensity for setting cats amongst pigeons and then apologising profusely when things get a bit heated.

Don't see the point in continually picking him up on what he posts ( unless he is discussing garden related matters and you happen to disagree ) - otherwise, let him get on with it and enjoy your family, friends, Xmas or WHY.

 I'm not a fan but Mr. Allen is here to stay whether you like it or not and at least he isn't trying to flog roofing materials, jungle roasted rabbit, etc.

What are you hoping Santa will bring you?

Posted: 26/12/2017 at 16:52

Not a spur of the moment gift then ?

Enjoy him

Slippery decking

Posted: 26/12/2017 at 16:36

The latter I think judging by the other posts.  A case of someone not getting their ideal Xmas present and nowt better to do

Free coffee and Mince Pies

Posted: 26/12/2017 at 16:04

That's sad about your Maire BL - does his replacement not bother or is it, as normal these days, simply down to money or the lack of it ?

Most of our forest tracks were public rights of way - dog walkers, hikers, horse or bike riders, truffle hunters, boar hunters and the like.  We managed between us to keep them in reasonable condition - didn't mind doing it either as it was a pleasure to live in such an out of the way place. We were the only English people - the rest were French - mostly farmers who had lived there for donkeys years.

New Solar Year

Posted: 26/12/2017 at 15:37

Well, I'll try and remember that Paul

I used to have a telescope in my bedroom many years ago - maybe I'll treat myself to a new one and spend the dark mornings trying to pinpoint exactly where I need to place either a fat person or a thin one.  Or maybe I'll just do what I usually do and sit quietly with my book and cup of tea until I can see out of the window

Insanity is just another frame of mind..........I'm sure someone will have said that at some point.

What are you hoping Santa will bring you?

Posted: 26/12/2017 at 15:13

Probably a bit late to be asking Santa for something but a dry day would be nice for a change

Free coffee and Mince Pies

Posted: 26/12/2017 at 15:11

Our first house in France was situated in the middle of a large Oak forest. Once off the village road, the roads to the various farms, etc. were just narrow tracks.

At various points, heaps of gravel/ballast WHY were dumped for the residents to repair the tracks as and when needed.

Worked extremely well but that was back in the late 80's so perhaps even that has changed by now.

The farm I mentioned at the beginning of this thread does try to fill in the potholes but the necessary use of farm machinery up and down means any temporary repairs don't last too long.  It is a private road so no one can really complain - we all just drive slowly and carefully

New Solar Year

Posted: 26/12/2017 at 14:57

Paul - axial tilt - do we therefore need more fat people or more thin people at this end of the world to tip the balance ?

Or do I just have to wait a bit longer ?

The rain continues to fall steadily here in Somerset

Last Job for 2017

Posted: 26/12/2017 at 14:52

Fortunately,  "until next year" covers a multitude of sins.  With the more or less endless rain this last week, my list for next year is getting ever longer.

New Solar Year

Posted: 25/12/2017 at 16:54

Perhaps it's just me but it is still awfully dark in the morning and not much better now.  I look forward to getting the shortest day over but the cloud and rain make me wonder if I've got the date wrong

I still have Calendula, Lavender and a couple of fuschias out - the winter honeysuckle and Jasmine too so I suppose I shouldn't complain 

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