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Posted: 01/01/2018 at 23:47

Glad you had a good evening Joyce - big fans of cranachan here 

Chey - tell you what. I’ll look for your passport and you look for my nice black gloves - last seen before Christmas. Great fit, very warm and waterproof and officially lost. Anyone else ever tried asking shops to turn out their lost property boxes 4 days before Christmas? They were suprisingly good about doing it. Just hope they’ve gone to a good home

Off to bed - are we getting back to normal tomorrow?

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New Year's Day Flower Count 2018

Posted: 01/01/2018 at 17:31

My list is so much shorter than last year. The snow and hard frosts of recent weeks compared to last year’s mild weather has seen to that!

I can only manage:

Viburnum tinus

Viburnum bodnantense ”Dawn”

Pyracantha (just one little blossom)

Winter flowering honeysuckle


Primula vulgaris


The crab apples are still looking great - “Evereste” x 2 and “Red Cardinal” x2 - despite the constant attention of the resident squirrels and pigeons

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Posted: 01/01/2018 at 11:02

Thanks for the reminder about the concert Rubee. Have just put it on iPlayer so I can restart it from the beginning (just love technology when it works like that!  )

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Posted: 01/01/2018 at 09:14

Morning - Happy New Year everyone - hope 2018 proves to be a good one for us all

Went to  bed about 11.30 and sat chatting with OH until midnight. Some very loud fireworks at the Big House in the village but all quiet after that.

Next door‘s cat is sound asleep downstairs. He was on the log store when we got up and his mum’s curtains are still shut - so I think he was a dirty little stop out last night. I’ll kick him out when the curtains open but it’s nice to have a feline friend to nuzzle

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Posted: 31/12/2017 at 17:09

Never heard of throwing the rubbish out on New Year's Eve. 

I've been entertaining myself dealing with Income Tax today. First sorted out OH's tax affairs (dead impressed that HMRC were in the office today - quickest I've ever got through on the phone - imagine it's a 'quiet day' for them!) and then I filed my own tax return. 

Always a relief to get those jobs done.

Next I tried to log in to a national savings account to check whether or not I actually still have any premium bonds (have certificates but think I may have cashed them in years ago). Has so far taken over 4 weeks to jump through their hoops to find out this information. Temporary password arrived yesterday but I'm still going round in circles trying to log in.

Have given up and will ring them on Tuesday.

You never know - there might be a million pounds sat unclaimed just waiting for me (they certainly didn't have my current address). That would be a bonny start to the new year.

We're not doing anything tonight other than a slightly nicer dinner of crab risotto.

Really dislike Betwixtmas (or whatever they call it now) and then the whole New Year thing. Have never bothered to celebrate it - bah humbug!

I do, however, realise that this is another difficult date for some of our friends - so I send them very best wishes and I hope all those who've had a difficult 2017 will have a happier and peaceful 2018.

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Posted: 31/12/2017 at 10:27
Muddle-Up says:

....We are all Time Lords of our own understairs cupboards...

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That is nearly quite deep MU!!

Glad you've come to terms with your mattress. We bought a really expensive one some years ago - made to order and all that sort of guff - and when it first arrived it was a disaster.Felt like I was sinking in treacle every time I tried to turn over and didn't sleep at all for about a week. Was in floods of tears every morning because we couldn't afford an expensive mistake.

Then one night I just slept straight through - never looked back. 12 years on it's the most comfortable (soft but very, very supportive) mattress I've ever slept on - spoils us for sleeping anywhere else. Really helps with my back problems too.

Hope your mattress is good for you from now on.

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Posted: 31/12/2017 at 09:46

... - know what you mean Joyce - it's only got properly light here in the last half hour - grey, wet and windy - and that's just my OH

Edit: - oops manners - Morning everyone

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Posted: 30/12/2017 at 14:59

Great passport photo Pansy - wish I looked half as fresh and pretty in my new one

Eight days LB - wow that is quick. I'll be interested to see how many working days mine takes. Automated receipt on the same day (26th), old passport returned for cancelling on 27th and electronic receipt to say they'd received it yesterday (29th).

As far as I can tell the most likely sticking point is the acceptance of the photo. You can do your own at home now using a digital camera, tablet or phone - but the guidelines for taking the photo are very stringent - neutral background - correct distance from the wall - correct distance photographer to subject - as well as all the usual stuff about no - headwear, non-essential glasses, reflections, shadows etc etc etc - and God forbid there should be even a hint of a smile or raised eyebrow!! As long as it's accepted it will still have been quicker than going into town to the photographer though.

We'll see - not planning on using it for a while.

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Posted: 30/12/2017 at 13:37

Thanks for the gt auntie congrats - looking forward to meeting the new arrival in the summer.

I think our lives are running in tandem LB. Did you apply for a renewal passport online? I filled out the forms on Boxing Day (sad but true!) and I've already had various texts and emails to say they received my application and now they have my old passport. Fairly impressed so far with the new service.

If you don't mind me asking - how long did the whole process actually take?

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Posted: 30/12/2017 at 12:23

Morning everyone - sunny but very breezy here. That low winter sun is showing up every layer of dust and cobweb and dirty windows. I have vowed to do 90 minutes of unmentionables for the next 4 days...

I have also started taking down the odd seasonal item. Cards yesterday, dessicated greenery tomorrow etc etc. The only thing I leave up to the end is my tree - which is actually a pre-lit 'snowy twig' -  small, not in the way, doesn't make any mess and looks pretty.

Chey - sorry you're having problems getting your PPC. If you do decide to cash any of your prescriptions before it arrives you will have to pay for them - but you can claim a refund when the certificate turns up. However, you MUST ask for a Refund Form FP57 when you pay for the prescription (you can't ask for it later). 

I'm sure you know all that - but I'd hate you to find out that you can't get a refund the hard way

Congratulations on being a great-auntie-to-be again LB. I've just found out the same news - but mine is a first time experience

Hope all  people are feeling a bit better today!

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