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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.


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 

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