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Posted: 01/07/2016 at 11:06

Enjoy your lunch Lizzie and a safe journey home.

Morning everybody else. 

Going to do a bit of cutting back in the front garden today - borders at the back are too wet to walk on but the big trees at the front keep the large woodland border relatively dry.

That said - it looks rather grey out there so guess we might have some more showers.

I used to work in the DSS in Lowestoft and some of our regulars were Scottish trawler men who had been kicked off the Scottish fishing boats and dumped in Lowestoft because they were alcoholics and a liability on board. Interpreting broad Glaswegian (with expletives) is manageable with a bit of effort - but throw in the effects of 4 litres of cider and it's pretty impossible...

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Posted: 30/06/2016 at 17:47

Get well soon Clari and Runny 

Thought it was my imagination that the pages looked a little different - but have just seen a posting from Nora to say they have changed the typeface for the forum. It looks better to me - hope it works for those who were having problems reading posts 


Posted: 30/06/2016 at 15:38

That doesn't surprise me at all P'Doc...

Am completely bemused & not a little frightened by the political turmoil of the last week. Also spitting nails at anybody I hear saying "I only voted "OUT" because I wanted to teach 'them' a lesson - I never thought 'they'd' win - I didn't think all 'this' would happen - wish I could change my mind". Some people need to pass an IQ test before they are allowed on the Electoral Roll...

That said I know people who voted OUT and are glad they did. Fair do's - it's a different view to mine - but differing, reasoned points of view are the basis of a democracy.

On a brighter note. The electricity has been restored quicker than they said it would so I can put the camping stove away 

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Posted: 30/06/2016 at 08:18

Morning - very quick check in before the power goes off for the day while men shin up poles and do things with cables. Joys of living in the sticks.....

So sad about BL's horse - our pets really do occupy such a special place in our hearts.

Really enjoyed the Willis / Federer match. Somebody suggested it was like a Davis Cup match. I thought it was like one of those Veterans' Doubles. Very good natured, highly enjoyable and very entertaining. You'd have thought he'd won the championship when he took his first game!

Right need to make myself a cuppa & turn all the sensitive electricals off now. 

Have a good day all - SYL 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 20:22

BL - hugs for you - our pets and animals hold such a special place in our hearts that they make a huge hole when they leave. Good that somebody who knew what to do was there.

DD - I have no experience of what you are going through so cannot give you any legal advice. You are the only one to judge how reliable / honest / trustworthy / decent / kind your partner is to know whether an amicable / minimal legal intevention separation is possible. I hope it is, but if he doesn't want it to happen the outlook is not good.

However, like you, I'm not sure that going in all guns blazing from the outset is necessarily the best tactic. I would have thought the friendlier you can keep it - the better for everybody.

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 10:18

Great photos P'Doc - I would love to do a safari holiday. 


Posted: 28/06/2016 at 09:19


Glorious day out there - have to continue with the big hack back in the jungle that is masquerading as my garden. Might manage a bit of Wimbers too

I have avoided posting on the EU thread. Why do some people feel the need to post nasty little messages on a forum like this one? Are they just full of hate?

Welcome back P'Doc - sounds like you had a good holiday - will look forward to some photos.

Best wishes to all those with chestikoffs / sore throats / sicky bugs - keep them to yourselves 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 14:37

Woah! everybody!

Nobody should be urging DD to talk to Charlie before she feels the time is right - she is the only one who knows her son and can gauge how mature he is to cope with information.

My suggestion was merely that she should try to have some sort of response ready if Charlie himself directly and unexpectedly asks if mummy and daddy are unhappy / splitting up. 

If he doesn't ask the question and DD doesn't feel the need to tell him just yet - then that is how it should be. Difficult situations take time to resolve and we all do it in our own way. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 09:51

Not bolshy at all DD - quietly determined is how you sound.

It will not be easy telling Charlie but I'm sure you will find the right time and way to do it.

I have no experience in these matters but I would have thought it was important to be truthful with him. If you don't need / want to tell him anything yet that's fine - but perhaps think about what you might say if he asks you outright if you and daddy are unhappy / splitting up etc.

Children don't necessarily need to know all the facts - but they will remember if you said everything was ok when it clearly wasn't. It would also be good if daddy was saying the same things - but that may be a little more difficult...

Good to hear you have allies close by. Best wishes x

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Posted: 26/06/2016 at 09:30


Still in bed

Plan for today was to get out & do some more in the garden - weather forecast was warmish, overcast and dry. Have just had another long, heavy downpour...   After all the rain last night everything will be wet through. Very unpleasant for the big cuttting back exercise and the soil was so wet yesterday I'm not sure it was a good idea to be walking on it. 

Might just do an hour or two this afternoon instead.

SGL - hope you feel a bit brighter soon

Hosta - have a good day at work

Dove - enjoy your trip - say Hi to Nut from me

Fairy - behave yourself - it sounds as though lone men are no longer safe in them there Scottish Hills  

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