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Posted: 06/12/2015 at 11:05

Ooops - manners -  - Good Morning / Evening everybody 


Posted: 06/12/2015 at 11:04

Yvie - I think we decided last night that Bushman may be in a vulnerable area.

Hope you're not in any difficulties this time GWRS. 

Waiting for a big WR delivery of bulky items needed over the next few weeks (cat food, loo rolls, cleaning stuff - oh and lots of tonic water - bottles of gin bought in a deal last week  ) 

More h/wrk today but the end is in sight. Will drag the decorations out of the loft tomorrow and put them up sometime this week. Won't take long - we are rather minimalist compared to many but I do like fresh greenery, lots of candles & a few fairy lights 


Posted: 05/12/2015 at 19:56

Thoughts are with anyone and everyone caught up in the effects of this storm.


Posted: 05/12/2015 at 18:11

Another few jobs ticked off the list.. Getting bored now with all these things to do but at least from this time next week I shall be on my jollies for a week and doing nothing but things we enjoy and watching everyone else chasing around like blue a*sses. Will feel unbearably smug 

Does anybody know if any of our 'friends' are caught up with any of this dreadful flooding in the north? Our old property in York seems to be in real danger of flooding this weekend  Very glad that didn't happen when we lived there. The house is just upstream from the flood defences so I think the area where we lived cops it now to save the city. 

Anyway, if anybody is suffering - or is worried they might be affected - my heart goes out to you - a really horrible thing to experience.

Keep warm & safe one and all 

Gardening Vices ......

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 12:18

Ouch! - see what you mean Hollie 

Gardening Vices ......

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 11:19

Sorry to hear about your fencing Hollie H - can you put some form of bracing against the weakest bits to stop it being damaged any further?

Fairy - you're right - it usually is a matter of inches I end up moving stuff. I try to plant perennials in groups of 3's and 5's these days - and it's always when the 3rd or 5th one has gone in that I decide it's not quite right & the whole lot has to come out and be replanted.  

Why do they never look the same in the ground as they do when you lay the pots out  to try to get the right layout?

Gardening Vices ......

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 10:47

Planting things three times instead of just the once because 'it doesn't look quite right' - can spend a whole afternoon trying to plant just 3 shrubs - could never be a professional gardener.

Also find it really hard to throw away unwanted seedlings and cuttings. Much better now we have a village 'Jungle Drums' / email thing. One post that I have free plants and they are gone to a new home by lunchtime 


Posted: 05/12/2015 at 08:03
Morning all - early start today after OH's work phone went at 6.30am calling him into work. He is not a happy bunny - we were going to our annual cycle club photo competition this evening but he now won't be home till 10.30pm. Ridiculously long day...
On the plus side I got to share Dove's amazing sunrise - pink & purple then bright red fading through orange to gold and yellow with just the right amount of high cloud to set it off - stunning.
Today I shall continue to work through the Christmas preparation list. All presents now wrapped and cards written so now starting on the 'spring' clean of the house. Big SM delivery tomorrow bringing 4 weeks worth of heavy & bulky stuff like cat food, cleaning materials, loo rolls and (most important) booze.
Have had to queue twice this week to get into the SM car park (it's in the town centre) and it's only gonna get worse over the next couple of weeks - trips will now be planned with military precision ...


Posted: 03/12/2015 at 10:00

Morning all - grey but dry here. Not much to say other than to wish you all a happy day.

Just 3 presents left to wrap then it's time to start on the Christmas cards. But, first, a quick trip to the pharmacist to cash prescriptions and then the library. OH is doing dinner tonight (liver and bacon) and is also going to make an apple, pear, cranberry & nut strudel for Christmas Eve dinner. Better try to clear some space in the freezer...

Hope you get broadband soon Pat. We went from dial-up to broadband some years ago at our previous house. It made a noticeable difference even though it was really, really slow broadband compared to most addresses.

Much better where we are now and completely useable - but still well below the local target of 10Mbps - and no sign of anything improving anytime soon. There are many pluses and benefits to living in the sticks - but transport and communications are definitely not amongst them...


Posted: 02/12/2015 at 11:33

Morning all - lovely sunny day here - am going to give myself 2 hrs off from my 'to do list' to go and do some tidying outside - need some fresh air.

Best wishes to Mr & Mrs C for tomorrow - hope all goes well and hope the lesson goes ok too Wonky - hope the pre Christmas traffic isn't too bad. Had to queue to get into Waitrose car park yesterday - 1st December - more than 3 weeks till Christmas - not a market day - at lunchtime when it's usually quiet - what on earth is going on?

Re Clari's cough. I have had a dry tickly cough since - err - July.

Had a really horrible virusey thing then - a bit like a cold with really bad sore throat & a bit achey but no snotty nose. Really bad chesty cough for about 2 weeks which slowly dwindled to a dry tickly one. 

Then at the end of September (just as the cough was subsiding) I had exactly the same virus thing again and yet another touch of it a couple of weeks ago.

It's flipping exhausting cough cough cough all the time - and things like phone calls have to be carefully planned with a glass of water by my side.

I have been to the doctors and had the full spectrum of chest x-rays, blood tests etc (God bless the NHS - all done the day after my GP consultation) and there doesn't appear to be anything horrible going on.

I have bags of sucking sweets in every room and handbag, boxes of herbal teas, and honey and lemon and just keep trying to soothe & control it. It is slowly getting better but, meantime, it is very, very irritating.

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