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Posted: 01/07/2016 at 19:00

No cooking here either - OH on way with chish & fips 

Punk Doc - Heads up for you - BBC 4 tonight 9pm - Punk Brittania - part 1 of 3 

Food is here - yum!

Name that geranium!

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 16:36

I have it too...

Have always assumed it was a form of g. endressii or g. pratense - maybe a cross of the two.

It certainly seeds around and is quite floppy once it gets above 2' high. I find it has limited use in the garden - it is too tooth achingly candy-shrimp in colour.

It had been allowed to go mad in this garden when we moved in. Most of it ended up in the bin but I have allowed a couple of bits to stay where not much else grows. Looks quite nice growing up through a mahonia (which also supports it).

Try not to let it go to seed though... 


Posted: 01/07/2016 at 14:51

That actually did make me feel slightly better... 

Thanks Hosta 


Posted: 01/07/2016 at 14:15

Meat raffles - now then - that was another new one on me 30 years ago  - and I'm pretty sure there are a few places in W Yorkshire where you can still buy a ticket 


Posted: 01/07/2016 at 12:54

For our first 'proper' date my OH (him from ee-bah-gum W Yorkshire, me from oooh-arrh Norfolk) took me to a long organised works do.

It was a miners' social at Cawood Caravan Park (oh the glamour!). The buffet featured unknown delicacies such as sliced cucumber & onion in malt vinegar (have had it many times since but only in Yorkshire) and the cabaret featured a comedy duo called 'Neat & Tidy'

Suffice to say he had to translate nearly every punch line...

After nearly 30 years OH can still come out with the occasional funny little Yorkshireism I've not heard before.


Posted: 01/07/2016 at 11:06

Enjoy your lunch Lizzie and a safe journey home.

Morning everybody else. 

Going to do a bit of cutting back in the front garden today - borders at the back are too wet to walk on but the big trees at the front keep the large woodland border relatively dry.

That said - it looks rather grey out there so guess we might have some more showers.

I used to work in the DSS in Lowestoft and some of our regulars were Scottish trawler men who had been kicked off the Scottish fishing boats and dumped in Lowestoft because they were alcoholics and a liability on board. Interpreting broad Glaswegian (with expletives) is manageable with a bit of effort - but throw in the effects of 4 litres of cider and it's pretty impossible...

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Posted: 30/06/2016 at 17:47

Get well soon Clari and Runny 

Thought it was my imagination that the pages looked a little different - but have just seen a posting from Nora to say they have changed the typeface for the forum. It looks better to me - hope it works for those who were having problems reading posts 


Posted: 30/06/2016 at 15:38

That doesn't surprise me at all P'Doc...

Am completely bemused & not a little frightened by the political turmoil of the last week. Also spitting nails at anybody I hear saying "I only voted "OUT" because I wanted to teach 'them' a lesson - I never thought 'they'd' win - I didn't think all 'this' would happen - wish I could change my mind". Some people need to pass an IQ test before they are allowed on the Electoral Roll...

That said I know people who voted OUT and are glad they did. Fair do's - it's a different view to mine - but differing, reasoned points of view are the basis of a democracy.

On a brighter note. The electricity has been restored quicker than they said it would so I can put the camping stove away 

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Posted: 30/06/2016 at 08:18

Morning - very quick check in before the power goes off for the day while men shin up poles and do things with cables. Joys of living in the sticks.....

So sad about BL's horse - our pets really do occupy such a special place in our hearts.

Really enjoyed the Willis / Federer match. Somebody suggested it was like a Davis Cup match. I thought it was like one of those Veterans' Doubles. Very good natured, highly enjoyable and very entertaining. You'd have thought he'd won the championship when he took his first game!

Right need to make myself a cuppa & turn all the sensitive electricals off now. 

Have a good day all - SYL 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 20:22

BL - hugs for you - our pets and animals hold such a special place in our hearts that they make a huge hole when they leave. Good that somebody who knew what to do was there.

DD - I have no experience of what you are going through so cannot give you any legal advice. You are the only one to judge how reliable / honest / trustworthy / decent / kind your partner is to know whether an amicable / minimal legal intevention separation is possible. I hope it is, but if he doesn't want it to happen the outlook is not good.

However, like you, I'm not sure that going in all guns blazing from the outset is necessarily the best tactic. I would have thought the friendlier you can keep it - the better for everybody.

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