Shrinking Violet


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If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 20:16

Oh, aym - my post was but a joke!  It wasn't meant to be taken seriously.  But I congratulate you on starting an interesting thread.  And perhaps we need a Get-,me-out-of-the-January-Blues thread of what we would like/will aim to acquire in the year ahead!

RIP George Michael

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 20:12

This year has seen many famous people depart this world, and the end of the year seems to follow the pattern.


That said, I have to confess that, when a commentator on the radio said that everyone would know this chap, I really, hand on heart, wouldn't have recognised him if he had walked through the door.  And I find it really, really hard to think of a duo as a "band".


OK - I'm old, grumpy and I'll get me coat .  .  .  .  . 

Cat vandalism!

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 20:07

Son is with us over Christmas and New Year.  His cat is with us, too.  Love him (and son) but I have to confess to being less than enthusiastic about his using my newly-created raised flower bed as a giant litter tray (usual indoor variety being provided and ignored). 

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 20:03

Yay!  Poinsettas = top of the list!  Mine is lovely:  red and Christmassy. 


Now, for 2017 - that's another question.  Hmmmm - thinking long and hard about what I would like, in an ideal situation, and what would be a compromise of what is practical.  

Strictly is back!

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 20:57

I have wanted Ore to win from the outset.  The "Singin' in the Rain" number confirmed it for me - absolutely brilliant.  I voted for him this evening.  Thrilled that he won.  Louise and Danny were also fantastic, but I had to pick one - and that was Ore. 


What a fabulous final.  My Saturdays will be empty now.

A Place To Call Home

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 20:57

I remember those twists and turns of the plot, too.  But please let's not give the game away to those who have just found the series!  It develops at its own pace, and if some of the plot lines are a bit far-fetched - well, it's a drama not a documentary on post-war Australia!


I found it interesting how the back stories of some of the characters are slowly brought out.  I had forgotten the bit about Regina having been in Jerusalem at the time of the insurgency and her having lost friends in the hotel bombing - which gives some explanation to her attitude towards Sarah.

Urgently Looking for a Doll for indoor game!

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 23:01

Isn't there a museum of childhood in East London?  Bethnal Green, I think - an offshoot of the V & A if my memory serves.  They may be able to help.

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 19:14

I have to bow down to the experience that has been offered regarding India;  my only (vicarious) experience was of the "Marigold Hotel" variety.  I have never wanted to visit what I thought of as a hot, dusty and crowded place.


Vishu - you have made me think again.  Thank you.

Christmas decorations

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 19:08

DHR - I just love it.  The lights really do make Christmas extra special.


We have a "village" of David Winter cottages which we have lit with LED lights that also work on a timer.  With a snow effect and the little lights, it really does look quite festive.


I also have some Ladro figurines (inherited from MiL) and light those - an angel with a crib, figures like a shepherd, another with a little pig in her arms.  Not a full-blown nativity, but a nod to the meaning of Christmas, and I just love it. 


Unfortunately, I can't get the camera to take a decent pic of either - you'll just have to take my word for it

Christmas decorations

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 17:07

Just a quick update - and thanks for all advice re the dreaded Plantar Fasciitis:  I haven't tried the cold bottle yet - but even the rolling pin is showing some signs of improving the condition.  Fingers crossed it's not a false dawn (but I shall persist).

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