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Posted: 30/12/2017 at 14:59

Great passport photo Pansy - wish I looked half as fresh and pretty in my new one

Eight days LB - wow that is quick. I'll be interested to see how many working days mine takes. Automated receipt on the same day (26th), old passport returned for cancelling on 27th and electronic receipt to say they'd received it yesterday (29th).

As far as I can tell the most likely sticking point is the acceptance of the photo. You can do your own at home now using a digital camera, tablet or phone - but the guidelines for taking the photo are very stringent - neutral background - correct distance from the wall - correct distance photographer to subject - as well as all the usual stuff about no - headwear, non-essential glasses, reflections, shadows etc etc etc - and God forbid there should be even a hint of a smile or raised eyebrow!! As long as it's accepted it will still have been quicker than going into town to the photographer though.

We'll see - not planning on using it for a while.

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Posted: 30/12/2017 at 13:37

Thanks for the gt auntie congrats - looking forward to meeting the new arrival in the summer.

I think our lives are running in tandem LB. Did you apply for a renewal passport online? I filled out the forms on Boxing Day (sad but true!) and I've already had various texts and emails to say they received my application and now they have my old passport. Fairly impressed so far with the new service.

If you don't mind me asking - how long did the whole process actually take?

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Posted: 30/12/2017 at 12:23

Morning everyone - sunny but very breezy here. That low winter sun is showing up every layer of dust and cobweb and dirty windows. I have vowed to do 90 minutes of unmentionables for the next 4 days...

I have also started taking down the odd seasonal item. Cards yesterday, dessicated greenery tomorrow etc etc. The only thing I leave up to the end is my tree - which is actually a pre-lit 'snowy twig' -  small, not in the way, doesn't make any mess and looks pretty.

Chey - sorry you're having problems getting your PPC. If you do decide to cash any of your prescriptions before it arrives you will have to pay for them - but you can claim a refund when the certificate turns up. However, you MUST ask for a Refund Form FP57 when you pay for the prescription (you can't ask for it later). 

I'm sure you know all that - but I'd hate you to find out that you can't get a refund the hard way

Congratulations on being a great-auntie-to-be again LB. I've just found out the same news - but mine is a first time experience

Hope all  people are feeling a bit better today!

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Posted: 27/12/2017 at 11:59

Morning  - just!

Filthy weather out there. Has been sleeting and now it's great fat snowflakes - but not lying because it's all a bit wet and not really cold enough. Is also very windy so actually feels really horrid. Felt like lighting the log burner and snuggling down for the day in a dressing gown. Instead the alarm went off at 7.15am because we had an appointment at the garage for 9am - blurrgggh

While we were out we went to Dunelm where they have some very nice bed sheets reduced in the sale (I stuck my foot through one a few weeks ago) and popped into Sainsbury's for milk and a couple of bits of fruit & veg. Both were delightfully quiet - I suspect most sensible people were still under their duvet.

Cup of tea just now - then making chicken and leek pie and chicken & veg broth (courtesy of Christmas dinner - the gift that keeps on giving!)

Edit to add: Sorry to hear your sad news MU - sounds as though you have many happy memories.

My snowdrops are only just starting to peek through - yours must be in a nice sheltered spot Joyce.

Last edited: 27 December 2017 12:01:58

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Posted: 26/12/2017 at 16:23

BL - I’d always choose 1 non-romantic present which I will actually use over 10 silly bits of nonsense.

My presents in the past have included compost bins and plant supports. My silver wedding anniversary present was a watering can - but it was one of those lovely metal Hawes ones. Far too expensive for me to justify buying for myself - but a lovely present I‘ve used most days for the last 5 years. 

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Posted: 26/12/2017 at 12:21

Morning - loving the seasonal cat pictures and Sunny's cushions.

I have just made a load of bubble & squeak patties - some for today and the rest for the freezer. That means that cooking for the rest of today will consist of heating a tin of sweet corn and shoving said patties in the oven to cook through - nice and easy

My Christmas presents included a pair of lovely, super-sharp Japanese garden shears. Monty Don was using a pair in the GW programme when he went to see the topiary chap and they did some cloud pruning together. Had been coveting them ever since. They are lovely and light and so well balanced - should make trimming the box hedge a much pleasanter task.

Another favourite present is a glass Christmas tree bauble. Main point of difference is that it's full of ginπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Should really go for a walk - maybe after another coffee.

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Posted: 25/12/2017 at 09:30

Morning - have a Very Happy Birthday LB - steady on the gin - best to pace yourself before 11am

Yuletide Felicitations to allπŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„but with extra special thoughts for all of our friends for whom today will be tinged with sadness.


A little Christmas joke to set you up for the day:

Q: How do snowmen get around?

A: By-icicle  

I'll get me coat...

Last edited: 25 December 2017 09:32:21

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Posted: 24/12/2017 at 10:28

Morning  - and a very sunny one it is too

Happy Birthday MU 🍰🍰🍸 - hope you have a lovely day! 

Sorry I've been AWOL again - we had a week in London (tiring but lovely) and a few days in Yorkshire to see the out laws, OH's birthday on Thursday - and the rest of the time I've been busy doing all the same seasonal stuff as the rest of you. 

I seem to have missed a whole Rezzers thread 😱 - so today I shall spend some time catching up with all your news - but first I need to make some giblet stock and bread sauce and a fish pie for tonight.. 

See you at coffee time

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Ideas for a Small White Themed Garden

Posted: 23/12/2017 at 12:13

I'd definitely have some snowdrops and white or cream crocus bulbs in there for an early show and perhaps a white hellebore as well. Hellebore flowers last for a long time and the leaves are there all year round.

If the soil is not too dry a hosta would provide good green - or grey -  or green and white - or green and yellow (depending on variety) foliage from spring to autumn. If you planted the bulbs where the hosta comes up you'd have bulbs in the winter and spring followed by hosta foliage to hide the tatty foliage / bare soil. Hosta flowers come in a variety of shades including white and palest lilac.

Other white plants in my harden - pulmonaria "Sissinghurst white" (good ground cover - nearly evergreen) - geranium nodosum 'Alba' (scrambles quite happily through lots of things - doesn't mind dryish soil) - Dicentra 'alba' - white penstemon and white foxgloves.

Chicky is right that foliage is very important in a 'white' garden and also introducing a few very pale colours to make it less monochrome. Palest yellow (primula vulgaris?) and palest lilac / very pale shell pink help to show up the whiteness.

Enjoy planning and planting!

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Posted: 05/12/2017 at 17:25

Evening - we’re now settled in for our little stay in London

Arrived early afternoon & just liggin’ about for the rest of the day. OH will be doing lots of photography related stuff during the daytimes so I can amuse myself. Tomorrow I’m off to the V&A - my favourite museum, Thursday is a day at the National Archives in Kew (family history research), Friday we’re going together to Borough Market (interesting foodie research) and Saturday I shall be ‘doing’ the Tower of London (never been in 27 years!)

Evenings will be spent together doing a little light shopping and eating out.

Looking forward to it

Will pop in again soon but until I do I hope Pauline is bearing up & maybe starting to feel a little better, hope MU finishes that rug, hope Lily doesn’t trash LB’s tree, hope Joyce feels brighter tomorrow and hope all those with heating, decorating, health & other woes or worries get sorted soon. 

Speak soon

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