Shrinking Violet


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Christmas decorations

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 20:53

aym - many thanks.  I've looked at the YouTube link (and there are lots more - why are they all American???)  Any way - I already take glucosamine,  fish oil supplements, and will add magnesium and Vit B5.  Plus - out with the rolling pin, and exercise each day, plus the stretching etc as recommended.  I so hope that it works - I'm fed up with not being able to exercise regularly, and need to be able to walk without pain.  So fingers (and toes?) crossed. 


Re St Martin's lane:  my office was on the 12th floor, so I looked out across Trafalgar Square which, at this time of year, would have the huge Christmas tree donated by the Norwegian people. It was lit with plain white lights.  Who needed anything else?  It was a decoration to marvel at (and regret when it was later removed after the festive season). 

Christmas decorations

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 17:40

aym - point me in the direction of the exercises for Plantar Fasciitis pleeeeease!  I am suffering constantly.  Nothing thus far has had any impact.  All advice gratefully received!

Christmas decorations

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 17:37

Those Wedgewood baubles are superb!  I've never seen them before, and am in awe of such a lovely "tree" and the subtle blue and white theme.


This year I have opted for silver and white.  I have had white lights since the early 1970s (before it became fashionable, and before they were easily available).  I had seen them in Austria on an early Ski-ing holiday, and was much taken with the simplicity of plain white lights;  My first set was bought in Berwick Street Market, since I was working in Upper St Martin's Lane in the centre of London at the time, and you couldn't buy them generally.  I was very proud of them, and they lasted for years!  I had a silver and white artificial tree, and my mother and I scoured the local shops for red baubles (at a time when everything was automatically multi-coloured).  The effect was lovely, and brought many local compliments - the tree stood in the bay window at the front of the house.  Such a colour scheme is almost taken for granted these days.


The clear glass baubles also take me back to Austria:  Salzburg Christkindlmarkt was a joy of classy tree decorations, the like of which had rarely been seen in the UK.  I acquired a few (for the second tree at home) and they were much prized, but oh, so fragile!


Today OH and I went to a large GC near Exeter;  the range of Christmas decorations, themed by colour, is breath-taking, and we felt obliged to purchase a few more white clip-on flowers and some clear icicles for the tree! 


Next year may be a gold theme - who knows?  But I just love the preparation and anticipation of Christmas!

Crikey! I thought "I" was crazy😵

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 17:25

Are we to believe that all vegetarians are so precious that they cannot even touch something derived from an animal, no matter how insignificant the actual animal "contaminant" is?


Sorry - I just don't buy into this non story.  If it was a matter of eating a product - that would be an entirely different matter.  But one doesn't eat a £5 note, plastic or otherwise. (normally)


If such sensitivity must be taken into account on behalf of what is probably a "ready-to-be-offended" minority, then we must all of us stop wearing wool (in case we accidently brush up against someone) or leather (in case we accidently kick their shins or brush a handbag against bare flesh) perfume (which odour may offend because of its constituent chemicals) or using any other product which may contaminate just such a person,


Nope,  Not going to go there.  I appreciate and respect others' beliefs, religious or not.  I will not seek to offend them or put them in distress.  I expect the same courtesy in response, which means they we should all get a life and keep a sensible perspective.

Last edited: 03 December 2016 17:27:23

A Place To Call Home

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 20:33

Thanks aym - I'll make sure to watch it all.  I missed some episodes, I think, but I'll try not to make the same mistake again.

A Place To Call Home

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 20:12

Is this the series set in Australia, with a dysfunctional family (aren't they always?) with the matriarch from hell?  If so, I shall make sure to watch it again - it was extremely good the first time I saw it. It was set shortly after the second world war, if I remember correctly, and there were some good plot lines. And there was a promise of a further series, I think.

Christmas decorations

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 16:16

DoghouseRiley - that took me back to the 1950s when we had those ornamental lights:  a Santa, a Parrot (yes, really!) a Snowman amongst others.  They didn't last long, though, so plain lights were then the order of the day.


Our set of lights (which my brother still has, with some of the original bulbs) was bought by my father in 1953 for celebrating the Coronation.  The price on the Pifco box says 17/6 and there are 12 lamps in a loop arrangement.


When you think of the average wage in those days (perhaps about £10 per week?  I'm guessing here) the investment in one set of decorative lamps was huge.  But they have lasted, and lasted, and lasted and . . . .

Christmas decorations

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 23:15

Pansy I love your local tradition of local carols.  Here in the West country, there are many local carols, too, but the main focus is on "Old" Christmas: 6th January:  Wassail (Christmas with pagan overtones - but good fun, nevertheless).  Songs for a good apple harvest, toast dipped in cider to placate the spirits of the apple tree, and firing of shotguns (or a large noise of drums) to drive out those evil spirits!  Oh, and copious amounts of mulled cider all round.

Christmas decorations

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 22:09

Sunday 27th November was Advent Sunday.  Therefore, the coming of Christmas has already started.  We lit our first Advent candle on Sunday, and will then light the second next Sunday and so on  up until the fourth Sunday of Advent, this year on 18th December.  It's very early this year because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday.  But we wont put our main decorations up until Mid-December.

Beans and Sweetcorn combo?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 20:39

I think this sytem is called the "Three sisters" - sweetcorn, beans and squash.  I tried it a couple of times, and found it really didn't work.  That may be because our climate isn't quite right.  Or I may have been over-ambitious.  But I don't think I would sacrifice garden space for it again.

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