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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 14:37


Love your barn dance story Runny - it all sounds very romantic. Can't remember where, when or who was my first kiss - and they say you never forget. Probably RH - and he was a right muppet!

Hope you enjoy your evening Lizzie - swing your partner by the hand etc etc

New house & garden sounds good Obelixx.

Watched the first bit of the rock moving video. Am I the only one who thought it all looked a bit dangerous? Didn't like it when the guy walked up the slope and stood in front of the boulder (need a squished smiley here). Hope you have more sense Hosta.

We're away again tomorrow so I've had to cut the grass and water the pots in the (rather heavy) drizzle. I'm sure the neighbours all think I'm bonkers - they could be right 

Must crack on - SYL 

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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 10:34

I know OH's shoulder is playing him up. He loves karting (I'm married to a 15 year old)  and he's just cancelled a racing meeting he was going to because it puts a lot of strain on the upper body.

Instead he will use the weekend to cycle to his parents - that's about 187 miles - which should help the condition enormously ... 

Men just don't get it sometimes do they??

Morning All BTW 

Last edited: 06 October 2016 10:34:17

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:30

Wow DD!

You really have a vision and very clear idea of what you want to achieve. I'm sure you could carry this on your enthusiasm alone but clearly extra pennies could help it along.

I think it's a brilliant idea to have a social side for the locals. Visitors might spend more pennies on a single visit but a regular and steady income would be invaluable. Perhaps you could consider hosting something like a regular book and / or sewing club as well.

Really hope it works out for you

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 16:12

Nice day but the breeze has really picked up now and it's a chilly one. Picked a bit of fruit and edged the grass and decided that was enough. Will need to do more tomorrow or Friday but I'll make sure I'm dressed a bit more warmly!

We've been affected by the Brexit vote because OH spends a lot of time in Europe and the poor exchange rate is quite noticeable on our credit card statement. I think it's the waiting and not knowing that is the real killer at the moment. Nobody is making any major decisions so things tend to stagnate - which is not good for business or much else.

I do, however, have confidence in Mrs May and her team who seem to be going about things quietly and sensibly. Not rushing headlong into silly decisions - but trying to get things in order and in place ready to invoke Article 50 next year.

She and her team seem to be determined to build bridges in Europe (but on our terms) and the rest of the world.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 08:51

Morning - lovely sunny day here. Lots of things to do in the house first but I hope to get an hour or two outside this afternoon. Will go and pick tomatoes, raspberries & apples at the very least. 

Fairy - one step up and three back is how I usually feel when trying to climb hills. You must be very fit from all the walking you do. Lovely pic from the other day BTW.

Hope the physio goes well Dove. OH had a couple of weeks off work with the same sort of thing just before our holiday. He's still struggling but I can't get him to do any proper exercises - typical bloke!

Safe journey to Bristol Chicky - Clifton is a very nice area to wander around - lots of chi-chi little shops.

Glad HRH is picking up Pat.

Must get on....

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 22:15

Good night DD - hope the sinusitis eases soon - it can be very painful and debilitating. Good luck with the builder's visit & your plans for C de G 

Nearly time for bed here - might need a hottie - feeling a bit chilly tonight. Night all zzzz

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 18:46

Thanks Fairy - will have a look to see if I can find Grand Tours - just love it 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 18:23

Hello Everybody - long time no see.

Nearly 3 weeks without t'interweb at home ( I just love BT Openreach ) then hols (very little internet) for a couple of weeks then lots to do etc etc.

But I missed all of you  Have popped in when cafe's and other hotspots have allowed so I know DD is settling into her new house / life & I think WW has got a new job and Obelixx is moving. So many congratulations to all of you.

I saw BL's sad news (our beloved pets leave such a void) so huge hugs for you.

I also see that Runny's made a few posts - hooray - we really missed you. All that Poldark talk was clearly too much to resist 

As for the rest of you - you all seem to have been busy and chatty as per. Have only been able to skim read back (6 weeks is an eternity on Forkers  ) so apologies for all the other major events I've missed.

We had a lovely couple of weeks in the Lakes, Northumberland and Durham. The weather was exceptionally good for the time of year - even had to do some washing because we'd taken lots of jumpers etc but really only needed T-shirts most of the time. Did lots of heritage and history stuff so really enjoyed it.

Everything has suddenly gone autumnal since we got home - everyone's planting bulbs and I have a cupboard full of jam and chutneys. Had to light the log burner on Sunday.

But I quite like this time of year - a feeling of stocking up, building the nest, getting ready to snuggle down for the winter and good excuses to start eating rich casseroles and proper puds. 

Time for a G&T now and then catching up with Victoria on the TV.

SYL folks.


Posted: 26/08/2016 at 15:24


Problems with broadband / phones ongoing. Seems there may be a problem with an underground cable 100m up the road. That means digging up the road - which is always good fun on our single track, dead end lane. Bu$$ers everybody up - 18 houses and nobody can get in or out....  

No idea when it will get sorted. BT and Openreach have to do the work and they are in my Top 10 of most useless companies. One positive is that our phone and broadband supplier are very good at keeping on top of problems like these. It's why we pay a little extra.

Hope you find the recipe for the relish Hosta - I understand it's very good. My tomato plants are producing lots of fruit now so I might be looking for ways to use them up before long. Unable to read back so hope everyone else is ok.

Getting lots done without t'internet to distract us - although there's a fair bit of holding down sun loungers going on too. Suffolk was the hottest place on Tuesday (34C) and it's been in the very high 20's every day. Leaves on lots of trees now yellow, brown and crispy.


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 08:18

Hello Fairy 

slow internet is the biggest killer of punchlines 

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