Latest posts by Topbird

So sad

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 17:35

Loved her writing and the characters she created - a real loss.


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 17:06



Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:49

No sympathy for Novak here either... 

No ironing either. Just a bit of cat cuddling and tea drinking. Spicy tomato sauce for chilli eggs made during lunchtime rain break, strawberries and raspberries prepped during the latest one. Hopefully OH will step up if they're playing when I should be putting it all together at dinner time.

Sad news about Caroline Aherne - loved her characters / writing.


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:58

Came in from the garden to watch tennis - but just a nice picture of the covers 

At least 20 of the Gove slaps are from me. Pathetic really - but I sat there saying that's for you, and one for luck, that's for Boris, and one for luck that's for Farage, and one for luck, that's for Corbyn....

Felt surprisingly better afterwards. I have had 8 days now of feeling permanently angry - really furious at times. Have never, ever felt like this for so long before. The only good thing is that at least some people who might usually say "Oh I hate politics - I don't bother with voting - it's a waste of time etc etc" have been engaged by this.

Watched some of the Punk Brittania last night - quite enjoyed it. I wasn't into punk at the time but I enjoy the best bits.

Shower & lunch now - maybe tennis in a bit - fingers crossed. Skies very threatening .... 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:45

So pleased to hear that you have such a good plan in place DD 

The house sounds as if it is in the perfect location where you and Charlie will be able to keep and develop the friendships and support networks you have built over the last few years. Also nice that you already have some little jobs to provide a small income while you make your business plans.

If you can keep it civil (even friendly) between you and OH it will be so much easier.

Do you think OH will also stay in the area? That would be nice for Charlie wouldn't it?

Very, very best wishes to you all. Hope to come and enjoy a slice of cake when you're up and running 


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.

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