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Posted: 31/12/2015 at 13:00

Thanks for the hugs and best wishes guys - much appreciated.

Are you also sporting nice new highlights in your hair Pauline? 

Happy New Year Pat!!!  


Posted: 31/12/2015 at 11:58

Edit - Forgot you're 11 hours ahead Pat - not 12. So Happy New Year in an hour! 


Posted: 31/12/2015 at 11:57

Happy hols Hosta  (try saying that 6 times quickly after a couple of brandies

I have dreams like Busy Lizzie more often than I care to think about - usually when I'm trying to plan / organise half a dozen different things all at the same time. 

Am spending today getting the house back to pre-festive normality - am fed up with things being in the wrong place.

We don't 'do' New Years Eve - never have - never will - don't get it at all. OH is away for work so will probably go to bed & watch a bit of Jools Holland (assume he's on) & SKYPE OH at midnight - then go to sleep. He comes home tomorrow afternoon so will be making a rather nice fish pie (with shellfish as well as white and smoked fish) for dinner.

Feeling a bit low today an aunt (very elderly but a mainstay of my childhood) died before Christmas and I've just heard that a (much younger) friend died yesterday (cancer). Always get down in January - but 2 funerals will make it seem darker.

Enough already - need to get on and do something.

Happy New Year Pat in 3 minutes 


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 11:05

How about one of these Panda?



Posted: 30/12/2015 at 09:10
Morning all. Bit wild out there - but not as bad as some of you will be struggling with. Hope it doesn't ruin your hair do Hosta

Horrible scenes from Tadcaster last night & it looks as though our old house in York will definitely have been flooded - unprecedented. So far all family & friends up north seem to have stayed safe & dry - but I think it's been a little too close for comfort for some of them.

Respect to your hubby and his colleagues Pat. Idiots and their fags ... grrrr

Hubby went back to work at 4am this morning - urrgh! I am off to see my brother & family in Norwich & he is cooking lunch. Will be nice to be waited on after the last week



Posted: 29/12/2015 at 17:59
Hollow legs Jo


Posted: 29/12/2015 at 17:18

Good for the soul isn't it Fairy? 

Hope Hosta is well enough to fly - sounds like he's had a bad dose of the lurgy.

Ah well! he'll be able to share it with everyone on his flight - all that lovely recirculated air and germs (hope OH isn't on it - don't need him bringing that home!!) 


Posted: 29/12/2015 at 16:52

Thoughts are with all of you with 'difficult' family situations. We have a similar thing but I've more or less stopped thinking about it. Only rears it's ugly head at Christmas and when there is a problem in the family and we have to remember who is talking to who and who is grown up enough to put their own feelings to one side and muck in for the good of others.

Some people, however, refuse to act their shoe size (let alone their age) and I just try to have as little to do with them as possible - not nice - but, then, neither is what they are doing...

On a cheerier note - lovely to see a dipper P'doc - never see them around here. Yesterday we had a barn owl on our garden fence - hear them most nights but had  never seen one before at this property. Makes me more determined to ask our neighbour if we can put an owl box up in one of the very large / mature trees on her land at the back of our garden. Beautiful creatures.

Now feel as though I have been chained to the kitchen stove for the last week. First getting ready for visitors, then entertaining them and now dealing with the leftovers.

Have just made nearly 4 litres of turkey & veg broth (that's 6 of those supermarket fresh soup containers), about 10 portions of turkey curry and bacon & mushroom in herby tomato sauce to have with pasta tonight.

OH goes back to work tomorrow & will be away for a couple of nights. I shall be dining on grapes, celery, cheese and Celebrations for the duration - and maybe some turkey broth... 

Definitely no cooking.... 


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 18:01

Look after yourself propely DD - you sound as though you might have a dose of 'flu rather than just a cold.

We all know how hard working and active you usually are - so you wouldn't normally be floored like this by a bad dose of the sniffles (unless it's also a culmination of all the stress you've been through in recent weeks)

Proper 'flu is quite a serious illness - so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to recover. Take care. x

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Posted: 28/12/2015 at 17:50

So sorry to read your news Lily P - my thoughts are with you and your family.

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