Shrinking Violet

Latest posts by Shrinking Violet

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:31

Truly JC we all take our pleasures variously

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:28


It took me a while to work out what sweet sand crisps are!  OK, so I know I'm a bit dim, but the penny did drop (eventually).  Enjoy them anyway! 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:45

That sound quite an emotional experience JC.  Even though I know that the greys in this country truly are a pest, if one runs out onto the road in front of me, I automatically hit the brakes, and couldn't contemplate doing anything other than trying to avoid it.

The same could be said of pheasasnt, which are numerous at this time of year in rural areas where pheasant shoots take place during the winter.  They may be members of the peacock family, but they behave like the cartoon roadrunner - hurtling along the road in front of the car, trying to outrun it, and obviously failing on many occasions, given the corpses to be seen from previous traffic!

They are beautiful birds (well, the males are at least).  They used to visit my previous garden, one regular earning the name of Phillip the Pheasant!  When he didn't come any more I had to assume that the shoot had finally got him

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:38

Oh, dear:  I hesitate again to post on here!  When it seemed that perhaps some exchanges had the potential to get a little warmed up (ie not yet heated, but could have been) I tried to lighten the mood.  For some that was OK and there was a lively exchange of desires for twiglets etc when watching SCD.

It wasn't all in vain, I hope.  I think that we have to remember that the programme is entertainment first and foremost, with some wonderful dance choreography and costumes thrown in for good measusre.

People like Frank can comment with a degree of authority on the dancing;  others may be dazzled by the spectacle.  None of us is privy to professional dancers or celebrities' motivations in either taking part in the show or leaving prematurely.

That's all.  No need to go on the attack or be on the defensive.  We all have a right to our own opinion.  We have an obligation to think of others in life in general and especially when indulging in the blunt tool of the written word on a message board. ie nuances of body language and facial expression are absent.

On the big plus side, I can hardly wait for tonight's SCD.  I want to be entertained.  I want to be dazzled.  I want to enjoy the whole bloomin' experience!   And I will!

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:25

I haven't been bothered by squirrels up until now.  Trouble is, they are just so cute, it's hard to remember that they are rodents that cause enormous damage to trees in general, and saplings in particular, as well as transmitting squirrel pox which has proved fatal to the native reds.

But today at lunchtime, sitting down to watch the news on TV, we heard a repeated banging noise on the French windows.  I couldn't believe it:  a grey squirrel was repeatedly running at the glass, presumably thinking that it was  a clear passage to our dining room!  Like you, JC. I didn't have my camera!

Gardens and Parks with Autumn colours

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 22:15

Westonbirt Arboretum is hard to beat  but it's a bit out of the way from Sheffield Park to Gloucester!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:56

All this sweet stuff and choc does nothing for me:  now, a lovely cheese, some nutty nibbles and a glass of anything alcofrolic (tho' preferably red:  not port at this stage of the proceedings, though:  a bit heavy!) and I'm anyone's! (or so OH says . . . . )

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:40

Fight, fight, fight!!

Now, now ladies:  form an orderly queue, please, and don't be greedy:  leave something for those other unfortunates behind you!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:19

Ore doin' a Jive!  What's not to like? 

Legs!  Oh how I wished and wished that I had legs up to my armpits!  (They seem to have stopped at me knees, and the older I get, the less attractive the cellulite becomes!)

Oh, well - rejoice in those physically blessed.  Enjoy the dancing - and don't forget, long legs can sometimes be an ungainly disadvantage (or so I keep my spirits up by telling myself!)

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:05

Twiglets are little sticks coated in Marmite, I believe,  Not sure If I can afford them now that . . . . . . . . . Oh, hang on, Tesco/Unilever have reached an agreement so reckon that's all OK now.  So if they can do it - so can we all???

Crumbs!  Hot choc pouring sensuously over Frank as he watches tomorrow night.  Phwoooaarh!!!

(I'll have what he's having, thank you very much! )

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