Shrinking Violet

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

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 19:17

I haven't peeked at others' selections, so here are my top three (in no particular order) . . . . . . . .

hmmmmmmmmm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3.  A Red Poinsettia

2.  A Red Poinsettia

1.  A Red Poinsettia

I can't think of anything that says "Christmas" better than this.  (note:  a pink one, a white one or a sort-of-variegated-pink one just won't cut the mustard imo)

Last edited: 07 December 2016 19:19:27

Christmas decorations

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 21:29

aym - I'm not sure that I do miss the buzz of London tbh.  It's not the same city that it used to be.  Yes, it's more cosmopolitan, but I have got out of the habit of crowds and hop-skipping-and-jumping around all those tourists (often with huge back packs that they swing round!) who stand gawping at their surroundings and generally getting in the way. 

I was working there as the new Covent garden was being redeveloped.  That was quite exciting and, of course, the exorbitant prices charged these days for a cup of coffee just because it is Covent Garden, hadn't been invented at that time!

Berwick Street Market was in Soho - not as fashionable as now, and still a bit risqué.  But a dynamic street market that catered for Londoners rather than tourists.  I wonder what it would be like today?

And then there were all those little streets and backways that had survived the Blitz, and were fabulous if you knew your way round.  You could buy all sorts of bits and bobs at reasonable prices - I bet it would be a different story today.

And I certainly don't miss the commute on the underground - never a seat, packed in like sardines and sharing your personal space with all sorts!  I think I prefer to rusticate down here in Devon.

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 crazyšŸ˜µ

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.

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