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Posted: 04/11/2014 at 13:04

My teddy consists of just his head !!

He went everywhere with me & his body literally got cuddled away. Mum did attempt to restuff him & reattach his body using an old tie of my dad's but nothing was a match for my cuddles.

50+ years later the tie is still there & the head is there but with no fur, no ears and the eyes long since replaced with buttons - I don't even remember him having arms and legs LOL - and, if I'm honest, he does have a vaguely mushroomy smell about him. But I don't care - I love him to bits    


Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 08:07
That's good news Mike. You can still use your XP computer if you prefer it for certain offline tasks (eg photo editing / word processing) or if some software doesnt work on Windows 7 - just ensure you disable the computer's ability to access the internet.

If, however, the XP computer is playing up it is probably best to swap completely to your new PC.


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 07:58
Not so sad Mike - rather touching actually


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 14:39

Thanks for the get well wishes guys - have passed them on to Harry (the cat) who is skulking around with his belly so low to the floor it's dragging. Took over an hour to get him out from under the bed. He enthusiastically ate a full breakfast (after a lot of persuading to come downstairs) so I think he's feeling ok - but now won't budge from beside the boiler. 

That might be because the floor is nice & warm there (if he's a bit off colour) or (more likely) because he can monitor the cat flap from a safe distance. Have put his bed there & plugged a Feliway diffuser in to help him relax. I might even go out in the rain to pick some nepeta to get him a bit high & chilled.

I don't let him stay out overnight Dove - so I don't think he was partying round your bins this morning. He was quiet when he came in at about 10pm so maybe he met his new neighbours last evening or was badly frightened by the fireworks. Lots of cuddles this afternoon I think.

I'd love a dog (miles of country footpaths round here) but it wouldn't go down well with either the cat or my OH 

birdbaths in sale ?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:42
I inherited one from my father which is shaped like a giant scallop shell - seems to suit birds from wrens to blackbirds for bathing & the pigeons & larger ones use it for drinking.

Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:10
Mike - above advice is sound you MUST hang up on these people - they could corrupt your computer or data or steal security info.
Re the probs you are having with said computer -
1) Do you have important data backed up to a second portable hard drive? If not - you should do it asap - then if the software goes kaput you don't lose everything. It is good practice to do this reguarly.
2) Windows XP is no longer 'supported' by Microsoft so they have issued no security updates since April 2014. You are therefore at risk of virus / malware attack if you continue to use XP to access the internet.
3) I think you will have to bite the bullet & look at buying a new operating system - I'm not sure which Windows number we're up to now (I'm an Apple geek) but it might be worth paying someone to do a backup / check for viruses etc / and nice clean install. I don't use PC world often but I think they might be able to help - especially if you're buying new software.

Failing that, a techie friend / grandchild might be able to help but I do think you need to upgrade your software asap


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:39
Morning all - in bed with a bucket of tea at the moment - looks a bit wet & windy outside. Have a nice day at the museum Clari. My OH was a miner many moons ago so I've done a few coal based days out including the excellent Big Pit in Sth Wales. I'd like to know how good the National is.
For some reason my poor puddy tat seems terrified of me this morning & is not himself at all - think 'something' must have happened last night - maybe the fireworks - maybe the new cats who've moved in next door but one. Hope I get to the bottom of it soon.


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 19:52

Lots of whizz-bangs going off around here in spite of the fireman's strike & their request to delay bonfire parties till next week and also in spite of the fact that this is very much horsey country - hope they're not too frightened 

Better get the cat in although I think he quite likes watching them...

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 19:40

I love a good hand weeding / tidying up session - especially the first proper one of the year when the sun is just starting to feel warm for the first time in ages. The results make the garden look tidy & good, there is the satisfaction of having been out in the fresh air getting some exercise and the knowledge that the weeds take longer to start growing again at that time of year.

Once I get my head down & my bum up (sorry ) I would be there for hours except the still-early nights stop me doing too much at once. 

And that first al fresco cup of tea sat on the bench with no coat on & the sun warming my face is something to cherish!!

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 14:16
You're a star!!

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