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Posted: 20/06/2016 at 00:07

It's gone midnight & I have a craving for lemon meringue pie... 

Liking the hair & button hole Panda 


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 23:06

Ride on a train, ride on a carousel, pub then another pub - nice roses for good measure - sounds like a good day BL   


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 12:43

"... an alien wailing..." 


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 12:30

PP - re smoke detectors.

Our mains detector also has a battery in it for when there is a power cut. This should be replaced about every 18 months but I only remember when it starts to give an intermittent chirrup - once about every 10mins usually starting at 2.15am. 10 mins is just long enough to get back to sleep before the next chirrup...

Failing that dust or tiny spiders / insects can set the alarm off so vacuuming them once a week is recommended. I usually do mine at regular 18 month intervals at 2.15am ....

Camera Talk

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 11:08

Absolutely beautiful Fairy - very envious of your location at the moment. The weather sounds pretty good too 


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 10:09

Quick pop in to say Good Morning / Afternoon  

Looks as though it's going to be a nicer day today so a quick tidy up round the house and then out to tend the jungle masquerading as my garden. Every year around this time I feel a rising sense of panic as I look at the borders. Spring stuff gone over smothering summer plants coming through - bedraggled roses after the rain - plants at funny angles because (YET AGAIN!) I haven't staked them properly..., nursery bed with stuff to plant out but no spaces etc etc

Need to be calm and get in there with the secateurs and restore some order. Will all look better if the grass is cut and edged. Best get on....

Have a good day all.

Nice pic Fairy - I need to see some hills.....


Posted: 18/06/2016 at 21:43

Runny - Your sentiments echo my own. 

Flippin' freezin' here tonight. When I was out at about 4pm car thermometer said 12C. Have just been out to shut the shed & could see my breath. Jumper on & have just flicked the heating on as well 

Think it's forecast to improve from tomorrow ....

Last edited: 18 June 2016 21:44:06

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 18:56

Truly sorry to hear your news DD - but not wholly surprised.

I do hope you can stay in touch via the forum - if only because it's a safe place for when you need to offload - as Fidget says you can always use a new name.

You have won the respect of many people on here because we know how very hard you've worked to build a life in France, a business and a family home and lovely garden. 

Feel free to vent whenever you need to and, if you're ever passing through Suffolk, please get in touch and pop in for a coffee. I would love to meet you in real life.

Very best wishes. x

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Posted: 18/06/2016 at 17:51

Not long back from SM. Some disgusting man turned his head to sneeze - all over me. Didn't apologise or anything 

Why do men do that? - have they never heard of using a tissue, a handkerchief, at least a hand to stop germs spreading around.???

If I catch anything I'm going back to find him armed with snippers to make some new Xmas tree decorations 

Shall be gargling with gin soon (just to prevent any infection taking hold you understand) - & I might have ice cream to follow - belt and braces 


Posted: 18/06/2016 at 11:31


Neighbouring village has Open Gardens today and it's grey and mizzly. After all the challenges of keeping a summer garden looking good through the torrential downpours of the last week I think they at least deserved wall to wall sunshine for today 

Bit more hwk & perhaps SM for me. Might have to go via the GC though - I opened my last bag of compost yesterday & if I don't get it now I'll forget & run out when I'm in the middle of a big potting on session. Wonder if I'll encounter any sticky plants?

Sorry to hear so many of you are suffering with this virusey thing. Sounds so much like what I had last year - one sided sore throat & a cough that went on for weeks. Just got over it and then had a second dose. Took 6 months to get right again which is just ridiculous for a cough. (Yes I did get it checked out - nothing sinister - just b irritating).

Think there might be a coffee downstairs with my name on it - best go check - SYL

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