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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 14:58

BL - I think it's a reference to 100 years / battle of Verdun etc etc - but maybe I'm wrong.

Thanks for explaining 'turnip snagging' Frank. My father was evacuated to Retford during the war and I think he spent time helping with potato harvest etc. It's several years since he died but I don't remember him speaking too fondly about helping with agricultural chores

Sounds as though you had some fun on that troopship! 

I don't get the thing about taking lots of clothes on a cruise either. I think I've worn the same dress to the last 3 weddings I've been to. Hate shopping for clothes and would happily live in scruffy comfortable gear all the time if I could get away with it. I do wash it more than once a year though.

Reported that list of what appear to be Spam links....

Last edited: 22 February 2017 15:00:19

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 13:37

Ooops - meant to say "Congratulations" to Chicklet. 

You'll miss her Chicky - but it will be a wonderful experience for her.

My niece managed to land herself a job in Sydney at the end of last year which came as a huge surprise to us all. Initially a 6 month contract but she has a 2 year Visa.

She now has to decide whether to use her sensible head and start building a managerial career with this international company. Alternatively she can use her 'life's too short head' which will involve lots of travelling in that beautiful country, picking up casual & agricultural work where she can.

I think the second option may win...

Hope Dove's enjoying her day at the seaside - it's persisting down here

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 13:09

"Master and Commander" ?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 12:58

Lovely memories Frank  - what is Turnip Snagging please?

Most cruises are not for us either. Being held 'prisoner' on a huge boat with several hundred strangers - many of whom are hell bent on eating and drinking as much as they can - no thanks

At least that seems to be the type of cruise my SIL goes on.

Have considered one of those much, much smaller more intimate affairs with interesting lectures and excursions (history, gardening, wildlife etc - ie interesting for us - but probably not to those who just want to "See the Sights" and buy souvenirs). But they are horribly expensive and still seem to involve dressing for dinner and communal dining. 

Nah! - a cottage in Torridon featuring seafood and single malts - or a tour in our little motorhome is much more our cup of tea!

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 20:16
Ladybird4 says:

Whose spelling? It is not right anyway.

See original post

 Americans I reckon LB.

It's a book by John Steakley - military sci-fi 

I was getting desperate

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 18:54


(Their spelling not mine!)

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 16:26

"The Centurian Way"

"The Roman Soldier's Manual"

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 15:36

She's tittering again girls - I can hear her

"Up Pompeii" 

I know it's not - but I just like saying it

Titter ye not LB....

Last edited: 21 February 2017 15:36:43

Snowdrop Walk - Anglesey Abbey

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 15:32

C'mon Dove - you know it's par for the course.

We organise an outing and the met office issue a severe weather warning... I think it's happened every trip I've been on  - even the one to East Ruston in July (severe thunderstorms forecast for that day!).

Maybe I should just stay home wrapped in a woolly blanket...

Seriously though. Maybe we should either cancel or reschedule.

You're going to have quite a long drive if you're going to Ickworth via Wonky's and that won't be nice if it's very windy with debris and lorries blowing around. 

Also, last time there were very high winds (& the amber gale warning boundary is very close) Ickworth park was closed at very short notice for safety reasons. It then remained shut for a day or so while they made sure all the trees were safe to walk under.

Bearing in mind the snowdrop walk is through woodland....

A Puzzle to help you over the winter

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 14:54






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