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Hello Forkers December

Posted: Today at 11:42

My friend was a Girl Guide and they went camping regularly. The most popular site was in the grounds of a large estate in Norfolk (not sure where).

Everybody knew that the 'lord of the manor' was a dirty old man who liked to stick his hand down the girls' sleeping bags and have a rummage around.

All the girls knew it and all the guiders (including my friend's mother) knew it. It never (as far as anyone knew...) went any further than a rudimentary fumble and the advice given to all the girls (aged 11 - 15) was not to be alone with him and to tell him "Clear Off" very loudly if he tried anything - presumably to alert people to what was happening.

Things were so different then (late 60's early 70's). People did talk about it - but quietly - and somehow it just seemed to be accepted as part of the trials and tribulations of life. Unless it became more serious abuse of course.

With hindsight it beggars belief that the adults didn't report it but just tried to manage it. Presumably they didn't want to lose the use of this campsite - but what a price to pay. My friend (like me) just laughed things like this off. Relatively non serious but inappropriate behaviour like this wasn't uncommon.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: Today at 10:23

Some ugly stories coming out now Hosta.  I suspect lots of people turning blind eyes in the past - now wishing they hadn't.

Glad the washing machine is up & running Dove. Could you do some bedding and OH's work shirts for me? - and if you could run an iron over them too that would be good

Commiserations to all those with roadworks / building work nearby. They've just started building a new development on farmland behind our old house. The land was inherited by someone with history of selling to developers which was one of the reasons we moved out. A three storey house right behind our old property plus 2 others looking straight into the garden. Garden was a funny shape and not long enough to do any effective screening from properties that close. 

Pet supplies and SM today then I must do my cards - no more procastination. I'll make a start after more tea.....

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 11:57

Not too fond of Ipswich myself GWRS (sorry  Dove and Wonky and anyone else who did / does live there) - but there are some very pretty places / countryside round and about if you have a car.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 09:31

Can you do my Christmas puds while you're steaming the kittens Obelixx? 

Just trying to imagine my cat allowing me to steam him - I don't think that would work somehow.

Waiting for W'rose delivery later this morning - and for OH to come home in the middle of his 5 days away

Are you a tractor boy or a canary Dove? I was always a Man Utd supporter. One of my relatives was  club secretary & was killed in the Munich air disaster so it's a bit of a family memorial thing for him.

Have a good one folks

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 13:25

It was bad enough when I was a teenager and had to go into a small shop and had to ask the (male) assistant for some Dr White's or Tampax (can't remember which). He then shouted to his wife to get some from out the back.

So the whole of the shop knew about my menstrual cycle. At about 14 that was very embarrassing.

But that was in a corner shop over 40 years ago. Very, very wrong that a young lad trying to 'do the right thing' was made to feel silly, embarrassed and, quite possibly, ashamed in a medical facility in this day and age. 

I'm afraid I would consider reporting the receptionist for her insensitive, inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour. It might at least make her think twice before she treats somebody else in the same way.

Last edited: 06 December 2016 13:25:58

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 09:39

Morning all Cold & foggy here but the sun is making an effort to break through.

Today I need to have a good clear up, then sort the freezer to try to make some space, then ironing then light the fire & write C cards with some dreadful Channel 5 Xmas film on in the background.

However, writing cards may prove difficult as I will have fingers crossed on both hands.

One for Clari - hope the job situation works out - intrigued as to what it might be

The other for DD. Well done for keeping your nerve re the price. Have no idea how French conveyancing works but I really hope it works out for you

Fairy - nice to see you. Hope the wrist starts to improve soon - we miss you 

Must get on SYL

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 06:49


Early start for OH & I'm in the office this morning so, for once, I'm up at this ungodly hour.

Cold here again last night - down to -3C in the potting shed in the wee hours. Kills the bugs & breaks up the clay so no complaints.

Hope Hosta got home ok & Pat & Glenis keep cool & the rest of you stay warm.


Acer's fallen leaf mulch

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 21:51

Got your PM but I prefer to deal with this on the forum.

Really up to you whether you want to collect the leaves or not but I don't think bluebells & lily of the valley would be harmed if you just left them. I leave them on my woodland border and they slowly rot down.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 10:02

OH has a b'day on the 21st so I usually do the tree just before that. Nice to see the twinkly lights but I get bored with the other decs after about 10 days. Don't like not being able to dust properly without moving everything.

Today I shall be ordering all the bulky stuff (cat food, tonic water, washing liquid, loo rolls etc) for delivery this week. Then another big delivery for about 2 weeks time. Makes the real life SM shops much easier to manage. There is a 3 week period starting around the 15th Dec when I really try to keep SM visits to the bare minimum as there is always a queue just to get in the car park let alone the shop itself.

Acer's fallen leaf mulch

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 09:12

Depends where the leaves are Rob. 

If they've fallen on grass I would mow them up and add them to the compost / leaf mould bin.

If they've fallen on a border which is woodland / more natural in style you could probably get away with leaving them.

If they've fallen on a border full of precious ornamentals or the leaves have fallen on the crowns of dormant perennials I would clear them to prevent rot / slug damage.

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