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White Powder

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 09:37


If you want to test whether it's alkaline you could add some vinegar to a small amount. If it fizzes and the released gas doesn't have a smell (you are sensible enough to do this outside & not take a lungful!) - then it is probably alkaline & possibly the lime based product others have spoken of.

With the number '3' visible I'm actually wondering if it's 3-in-1 plant food or something similar.

The safest thing to do is obviously to bin it but I have no idea of the regulations concerning safe disposal of unknown chemicals in France. I would have to pay to have it safely disposed of here - in the same way I have to pay to have old tins of paint etc treated & dealt with.

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 16:42

With you all the way Bookertoo - they have also been making a right mess of my lawn stashing cobnuts, walnuts etc. Would love to have red squirrels though - I would actively feed them - does that make me a squirrel racist?

Ref the suggestion to hang the bird feeders from a clothes line or similar. I watched a programme devoted to seeing just how clever & inventive grey squirrels could be when accessing food (VERY!) & they filmed a squirrel 'climbing' upside down SAS style along a horizontal wire - all to the Mission Impossible theme tune. Made me laugh out loud.

Gotta hate 'em - gotta admire 'em

Book Lovers and Library Users

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 14:45
staffsmags wrote 

As for charity shops: I wonder where    gets books for 10p?  The charity shop where I volunteer charges £1.49 per paperback!   Anyway, you can't request specific titles in a charity shop.    Mags 

That is another good point Mags - our charity shops have many books usually £1 - 2, but I don't often see titles I want to read. I enjoy browsing shelves of books & sometimes coming across an unknown gem. But I really like being able to reserve books by certain authors or new (to me) books which sounded interesting in reviews etc.

I use the reservation system all the time (free in Suffolk)

I also like being able to just pick up a book & give it a go. I wouldn't buy a book which I thought there was a chance I wouldn't enjoy but I often borrow them from the library on the off chance it might stretch my brain a bit 

Book Lovers and Library Users

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 10:33
Artjak - you are too kind

Book Lovers and Library Users

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 10:32
I've already posted abt my usage of the library service (regular & relatively heavy user) but reading some of these posts has made me realise that the libraries maybe need to do a little more to advertise what they offer now. Here are a few of the things on offer from Suffolk libraries:
Wide selection of reference (incl both new & old gardening & cooking) & local interest books & full series of OS maps. Full range of food and travel guides.
Wide selection of fiction incl latest releases (have just reserved a new book reviewed in Saturdays paper)
Can borrow up to 10 books pp
Wide selection of music
Wide selection of DVDs
Lots of used books for sale (charity shop prices)
At home access to online reference - incl OED, encyclopaedias, full historic newspaper collections
Online access to 100's of free e-books
Free access to internet in libraries
Free & full access to genealogy sites in libraries (Ancestry, Find My Past)
Easy to search, reserve, & renew books, dvd's etc online
Free weekly social groups for older users, for mums & toddlers
Free story telling & activities for kids during school holidays
At least 2 late night opening pw & all libraries open on Sundays

Hope you can see why we wouldn't want to lose this service - its an important & valuable community resource.

Book Lovers and Library Users

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 19:25
I live in the sticks in Suffolk & we still have a really good library service with regular purchases of new books etc
I live 9 miles from a major library open 7 days a week & 3 miles from a branch library open 5 days. No real bus service here so have to use the car to get to both. We also have a mobile library which visits once a fortnight.
We take out lots of books - OH & I usually have (between us) about 10 - 12 books out all the time. We would strongly support paying (addition to rates!) for our service.
I think a 2 tier payment system would work best - small charge per item for occasional users or an annual sub for heavy users like us. I would pay between 25 & 50 pounds pa per person & still think it good value. I do not think there should be any charge for children & students.
We are trying to support our local branch & make heavy use of the internet to renew books & reserve books & always arrange to collect reservations & make returns to our branch.
We are both in our mid 50's
I have tried d/loading e-books from the library to my ipad but I just dont like reading books like that & it is impossible for refernce books - long live the good old fasioned library book!


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 

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