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Posted: 17/08/2015 at 14:16

Nice morning in the office. Still sunny here so out in the garden after lunch.

You'd like my bike Dove - it has hub gears so I just have to twist the handle backwards or forwards to go up and down a gear - really smooth. Couldn't get on with the derailleur gearing on my old bike - always seemed really jerky when I changed big cogs - which was usually when the gear change needed to be the smoothest - ie going up hill. Nearly threw me off once or twice  That one had about 30 gears - this one has 8 - that's plenty - have never used the 3 lowest gears - even when cycling in the Dales.

Unpleasant siting in town - noticed the first lot of "Festive Menus 2015" in a couple of pubs. (was only passing you understand - not visiting ) Must mean we're about to start our summer hols ..

Also concerned I have a message for Mr ???? on my mobile voicemail asking him to ring the Dr's surgery urgently and to make an urgent appointment to discuss his test results. Can't make out the patient's name or the doctor's name and I can find at least 3 surgeries with the same surgery name - all down in Essex & London. Feeling guilty that I can't let anyone know that this chap hasn't got his message (no caller phone number) when he obviously needs to be getting in touch pronto. 

Will let OH listen to it when he gets home to see if he can make out any of the names.



Posted: 17/08/2015 at 08:06
Morning all.
Sunny day here - if a tad chill - down to 5C last night - my poor old outdoor tomatoes don't know whether they're coming or going.
Hope you enjoy today WW.
Office day for me today but hope to get out in the garden for an hour or two later on. Best get dressed then....


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 18:05

The house was in the perfect location for midges Fairy - next to the water, surrounded by trees  and in the lea of a hill so sheltered from the wind  We did see some men working in the trees up near Mallaig - they all had the hoods on - must be quite uncomfortable to wear.


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 17:47

Wonky - hope all goes well tomorrow & your arm is not too sore - oil & fat burns are particularly nasty.

I had bacon rolls for lunch too - but not as posh as Hosta's and definitely not as posh as serrano ham and eggies which sounds absolutely delish ...

I thought Oxo & hot water was  enough but Oxo and milk  - that has freaked me out a bit!

FAIRY - we were going to move to beautiful Scotland when OH retired and made sure we did plenty of holidays through the darkest winter months as well as spring and lovely autumn to see what we would be letting ourselves in for weather wise. All fine. Then we realised we had never been in the height of summer. Rented a cottage on the Ardnamurchan peninsular at the beginning of July and could hardly venture outside for the midges. It was truly dreadful - certainly no sitting outside with a drink to enjoy the spectacular view. Poor OH got bitten to death in spite of various lotions and potions. It really put us off the whole idea - will just have to come and visit instead.

Didn't buy anything at Wyevale. I would not have taken any of the sale plants even if they were giving them away - dreadful condition and very very boring selection.

Have just put the sprinkler on the woodland border. Everything is wilting again - we got about 20 mins of light ain when everybody else had the deluge. Very tedious 

Off out to water the nursery bed and dead head the cosmos and roses.


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 12:41

Lovely veg by the way - wished mine looked like that 

Photos from ipad

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 12:39

Mmm - dunno Runny - probably - but great news - yours photos on Forkers are the right way up so doesn't matter anyways.... 


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 12:36

RUNNY -  - Woohoo - Happy days 


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 12:04


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 11:53

RUNNY - You do make me laugh - I'm not sure you can say that about Carol K - but it cheered me up no end. 

Dad's do funny things don't they? - I suspect the Oxo thing was a hang over from time in the forces. Sort of thing you'd get in a yomping rations pack.

Bit of info for you in the iPad thread - hope it helps 


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 09:50
Morning all.
Chicky's post made laugh out loud
Can't decide whose breakfast I fancy the most - love scotch pancakes but could quite fancy a croissant - especially if ther's a chocolate one lurking somewhere,,,

Definitely not Marmite though - reminds me of my Dad dissolving an oxo cube in hot water to drink - yuckity yuck yuck. I think it was something people often did in the 40's & 50's but he kept right on doing it till the bitter end.

Trip to the SM a bit later (25% off wine so time for mini stock up) and might pop in to Wyevale on the way. My least favourite GC but they might have something in the sale.
Enjoy your Sunday everybody.

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