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Posted: 22/12/2015 at 16:38

Afternoon all

Back from our trip away. Took the caravan to Yorkshire and stayed about 3 miles outside York. Nice to be able to Park & Ride and actually enjoy the festive events whilst watching everyone else running around trying to be somewhere else half an hour ago 

We drove over to Keswick for a day to pick up some items from Honister slate mine. There were areas in and around which had clearly suffered severe flood damage and some sad skips full of furniture etc - but it was absolutely amazing how normally the town seemed to be functioning. Most businesses open, only one road closure (that we saw) and lots of festive hustle and bustle. Resilient and hardy folks 'up north' - proud to number many northerners amongst my family and friends  

Came home Sunday and it's now full steam ahead getting ready for the in-laws to spend a few days with us (OH is driving back to Yorkshire tomorrow to collect them). Have just done my Christmas Day cooking / timings list and my final shop list for tomorrow.

Just cannot function without lots of lists when I am busy - have to add absolutely everything to them so I can still cope if brain melts and / or I have one too many G&T's 

Looks as though you've all been busy too - a bit too much to catch up on just now so hope I haven't missed anything I ought to know about.

Nice to hear from P'doc - hope you start to feel a bit more like it now we're past the shortest day .

Also best wishes and thoughts with those of you who don't like this time of year for whatever reason. My OH has to work away over Christmas alternate years and then I find it really difficult not to be affected by the media / TV / family hyping up Christmas to the max.

We all know the reality is somewhat different but it still makes me feel somewhat excluded if I'm going to be on my own. It's my choice to be alone but it would be nice to have something 'normal' to watch / listen to / read between the 15th and 30th December - thank goodness for my trusty video recorder and books...

This year will be a nice family affair for me - but I won't forget how kind and supportive some of my Forum friends were last year when I was feeling rather low. I shall certainly be taking time out to pop into the forum on the day to say hello to anyone who wants a chat.


Christmas presents for Gardeners

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 10:38

Wow - they are beautiful Fidget - both natural and contemporary - amazing pieces of sculpture. Not surprised you're jumping up and down. 

Happy Christmas!!! 


Posted: 09/12/2015 at 22:52
In my family a trump is a fart... 'nuff said - I think you can guess what I think of him


Posted: 09/12/2015 at 12:27

That's a lovely photo BL - I do hope we'll see them both on GW 


Posted: 09/12/2015 at 10:22

Think Nigel is still around Pat - On MD's Twitter page there's a photo of Nigel in his bed with Nell laid on top of him - she obviously wanted a cuddle - very cute 

Morning all - got to get on - SYL


Posted: 08/12/2015 at 22:27
Mmm - nice cheeses Fidget and nice wine too - not surprised you're feeling a little mellow

Had a similar situation to DD when we rented a holiday villa in Spain. Can't remember what I was going to cook but it needed an oven. Put the oven on to heat up & went outside for a glass of something cool by the pool. Went back indoors to find the house full of blue greasy smoke. Never did cook in that oven and it took about 3 days to get rid of the smell


Posted: 08/12/2015 at 17:55
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Bats do wee on things.


Thanks for sharing that BL - I shall look forward to handling all the boxes and things tomorrow LOL 

Expect my SIL was caught up in the Norwich traffic chaos - she's a practice nurse at Eaton but lives almost in the city centre & will probably have been making her way home early afternoon.

Poor turkeys 



spare a thought

Posted: 08/12/2015 at 16:56

You lot are bonkers 

Christmas presents for Gardeners

Posted: 08/12/2015 at 16:55

It has been known Runny - it has been known ... 


Posted: 08/12/2015 at 16:53

Runny - yes John Lewis do have a standard 2 year warranty on all electrical items - but with exclusions - Christmas tree & fairy lights being in the list of exclusions.

might   have known that before I went in - but I thought a year would be reasonable warranty (or a year and 2 days in my case...). I'm pretty sure the assistant didn't know about the exclusion & I didn't enlighten her. Was that very naughty of me? - maybe - but I think I should be able to get more than three weeks usage out of such an item.

What happens to things in the loft anyway??? Put stuff up there that's working - comes down and it's not   No mice up there to blame either - maybe it's the bats  

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