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Title: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Dave Administrator on February 22, 2016, 07:52:21 PM
Hello everyone!

Starting up a new thread, for general chit chat - pop in, have a little chat, for those days when we fancy a general chat about our day, what we're doing or watching etc. Just jump on in and start a conversation :-)

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Post by: Pauline Mc on February 22, 2016, 11:13:59 PM
Hi Dave
Like the new look
 ;D
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Post by: Jude M on February 22, 2016, 11:19:58 PM
Hi Dave, very posh here
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Dave Administrator on February 23, 2016, 03:46:39 PM
Yep with this the way it is now Norma I don't think their will be any confusion of just where the right place to post will be and make modding the site a breeze compared to the other forum.
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Norma on February 23, 2016, 03:52:32 PM
So is it to replace the main site then ?  Its nowhere near as complicated to get around is it so that can only be good
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Dave Administrator on February 23, 2016, 03:56:37 PM
Well if it works out better for everyone then yes it can only improve BUK, because most people use phones and pad to browse here so they will like it more this size and more manageable. x
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Jude M on February 23, 2016, 07:00:33 PM
Least this site is running faster than last night now   :D
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Jude M on February 23, 2016, 07:02:22 PM
Oh great, now I am waiting to be checked by a  moderator   ;D ;D ;D
Wonder how long it will  be lol
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Norma on February 23, 2016, 07:02:36 PM
Hey jude trying to find way round it lol
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Post by: Jude M on February 23, 2016, 07:07:08 PM
Hurry up and find the key then lol
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Norma on February 23, 2016, 07:14:30 PM
You must be okay because youve replied to my new topic
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Jude M on February 23, 2016, 07:16:32 PM
Looks like it Norma.
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Norma on February 23, 2016, 07:19:55 PM
What do you think jude
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 24, 2016, 09:49:22 PM
Hello!  :) xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Norma on February 24, 2016, 09:53:21 PM
Hiya Emz
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Norma on February 24, 2016, 09:54:12 PM
Think you have to do a couple more hun
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 24, 2016, 09:57:15 PM
Yeay! Im approved :-D Hi norma :-) xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 24, 2016, 10:01:19 PM
And for once I cant think of a single thing to type! Lol
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Post by: Norma on February 24, 2016, 10:03:38 PM
What Emz lost for words lol xxx
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 24, 2016, 10:04:43 PM
I know! I'm just as surprised!  :-\
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Post by: Norma on February 24, 2016, 10:08:43 PM
Sent you a private messge can you see it hun xx
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Post by: Norma on February 24, 2016, 11:21:03 PM
Hopefully im back
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Post by: Norma on February 25, 2016, 09:08:48 AM
Good morning all you lovelies, the suns shining up here in sheffield but bet its cold. Xxx
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 25, 2016, 09:27:20 AM
Good morning Norma. Its sunny but rather chilly here xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 25, 2016, 11:19:43 AM
Loving the profile pic norma :-) xx
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Post by: Norma on February 25, 2016, 04:22:40 PM
Thought it fitted me to a T lol xxx
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Post by: Karena on February 25, 2016, 07:07:48 PM
Hello apologies for late arrival been having a bad week . awaiting approval hope no one gave Norma the key or I could be waiting a while (lol)
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Norma on February 25, 2016, 08:14:58 PM
I found thebkey hun, think you gotbto do two more lol xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Dave Administrator on February 25, 2016, 08:34:36 PM
Hello apologies for late arrival been having a bad week . awaiting approval hope no one gave Norma the key or I could be waiting a while (lol)

Karena just make another 3 blah blah blah posts so we get that out of the way, and you can start learning the mod ropes here,,looks easy enough at the moment.

When we have mastered this between us and sussed how it works, we will delete all these testing posts before we make this live for a trail run.  :D
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on February 25, 2016, 08:39:42 PM
Hiya, I'll set up another test post for splitting and moving practice :-)
Am sat here with ice on my leg in agony at the mo, my dog decided to run full speed round the garden and just ran boney head first into my shin  :o xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Karena on February 25, 2016, 10:14:41 PM
Ouch don't you just love mad dogs
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Post by: Norma on February 25, 2016, 10:20:42 PM
One more hun xxx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on February 26, 2016, 07:36:13 PM
I'll add an ouch and mad dog to this thread! My insane animal decided to run around the garden at top speed last night, then run full speed, boney head first into my shin.  Was in agony!! Had to ice it then have heat on it, have been liberally applying arnica gel but it's so tender even jeans touching against it hurts a bit! Have a lovely big bruise now, and sure I'll have my own version of sunsets on my shin as it goes through stages lol!
Xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Dave Administrator on February 26, 2016, 10:05:42 PM
Ouch! well at least it's not broken just pretty by the sound of it.  :o

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Post by: Emz2014 on February 27, 2016, 08:03:33 AM
I can still walk,so am taking that as a good sign! :-)
Should keep a register of injuries, on me and him!! He's one clumsy dog!!  Xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on February 29, 2016, 03:07:58 PM
May I just say I'm not liking Mondays right now!  Think we should ban them!  Have had a productive day so far, but work doesnt finish until 4:30 today and I've lost my motivation now!!

We should have 3 day weekends as standard, would be a much fairer split of the week! Lol xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 29, 2016, 09:23:27 PM
Argh! Got a new injury!  Now have a bruised colourful funger from playing tug with Raz. Doh!! Lol xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on March 11, 2016, 10:35:18 PM
Hello, is there anybody out there?

Just thought I'd drop by and say a hello to anyone around. After a really hectic week am having a restful eve.  Little bit enforced, as every time I feel a bit stressed/wound up I feel dizzy/heady - so think my body is telling me to slow down!

Had a huge box arrive in the post, decided to order myself a dressmaker dummy to help with some t-shirt adjusting I have in mind.  It was a great price, have always wanted one but now pondering where on earth it's going to live lol! And without scaring me if I come across it in the dark!! Xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Norma on March 11, 2016, 10:50:03 PM
Hey what you like Emz xxx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on March 13, 2016, 09:31:31 AM
It's Sunday, the sun is out and I've just had a lovely coffee.  A reasonable start to the day!

Kettles on for next visitor  :coffeetoast: xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Dave Administrator on March 15, 2016, 05:20:32 PM
I think the time has come now for the  update to the old board so fingers crossed but we have this forum to fall back on which takes the pressure off now. :coffeetoast:
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Norma on March 15, 2016, 06:28:11 PM
Good Luck Dave xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 15, 2016, 06:58:21 PM
Just went to check old board and it's down, so good luck Dave!  Yeay for new board!

How is everyone? Xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Karena on March 16, 2016, 08:40:12 PM
Checking in from za where believe it or not it is raining torrentially.but at least its warm rain,back in Jo'burg now Kruger was amazing and 36 degrees.and amazingly I went with the notion of photographing bush babies extremely cute and notoriously shy so I didn't expect it was actually going to happen but on the last night it did,there were three as good as posing in the tree above my tent.
Bandwidths is bad here so I will wait until I get back to post them.
Hope everyone is OK especially you emz with your crazy dog.
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 16, 2016, 09:46:39 PM
Fab to hear from you Karena! :-) looking forward to seeing the photos.
Raz is as crazy as ever, got a great funny photo the other day, will have to see if I can upload it.  Take care and have fun xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Karena on March 19, 2016, 07:48:16 PM
Yay sun was out today and I finally look slightly less pallid shame I only have 2 days left.Discovered my daughter officially has THE mother in law from hell.I heard the rumours of course,I met her at their wedding and also saw what a manipulating cow she can be,but today took the biscuit.thankfully she lives in Korea most of the time,otherwise there may be another accidental shooting through the bathroom door trial in Pretoria,but I,m not an athlete and have two legs so might not get off quite so easily.
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on March 19, 2016, 08:31:13 PM
Glad you are having some sun :-) , it's cold and dreary here. One of the weather forecasts even described it as dreary!
We popped out for some lunch, then have been relaxing at home.  Quiet time and did my nails :-) xx
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Post by: Karena on March 20, 2016, 09:22:38 PM
Not happy to hear I will be returning to dreary,although not entirely unexpected.not sure what's happening back there but from scrolling through fb it seems political panic has Brocken out.
Off to visit the cradle of mankind tomorow,then its off to the airport and the start of what's going to be a particularly long return trip.most of Tuesday will be spent at schipol,though I,m considering breaking the mould and being a bit daring maybe skip off into Amsterdam for a bonus jaunt before the final leg back to drearyness.
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Post by: missfrier on March 21, 2016, 08:57:31 AM
hi every one  hope  every is ok    im sorry nto been on  bradley poorly  so not  had  much time 
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on March 21, 2016, 05:08:13 PM
Hope Bradley is better soon, there seems to be so many bugs about!
Today's weather was more promising, with sunshine but I had to travel to London for a meeting and it was dreary/grey there! Typical I missed the sunshine lol! Xx
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Post by: Jude M on March 21, 2016, 07:53:12 PM
The sunshine  by passed Shropshire, it has been a cloudy, cold day. No fun when you are doing the dog  walk and feel the cold before you leave the house  :sad:
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Post by: Karena on March 23, 2016, 08:16:58 PM
Back home back to work it doesn't get much drearier than that.was stuck in the airport for 8 hours with all the security and some of the poor people who would have been going from Brussels being diverted it wasn't much fun.I had intended a jaunt into Amsterdam but the trains were cancelled.I,m not complaining given the circumstances but it makes you think yet again how precarious all our lives are. :sad:
Ben was happy to see me back.He was perfectly well looked after but he has changed.Used to be when we came back he would sulk for a couple of days to punish us but since Keith died he doesn't bother pretending just turns into a soppy tail wagging heap of fuss.perhaps I am crediting a dogs mind too highly but I wonder if it is that he remembers Keith not coming back.Either way I always feel guilty leaving him.

Hope bradly is feeling better
Spring is just around the corner and I,m sure we will be feeling warmer less dreary and more able to shake off the lurgys,but today I was cold,very cold.Got some sleep to catch up on too.
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on March 23, 2016, 09:38:13 PM
Aw karena, this weather and work pretty rubbish after your lovely break! At least almost a long bank hol wkend!
Aww bless, i bet Ben loved seeing you.  Makes me smile with Raz, I only have to pop out 2 mins and I always get a big, wiggly bum, tail wagging greeting. Dogs certainly brighten up life, bless them.

How is Bradley now Lisa?
Juse, hope you're staying warm on those dog walks
Bet Norma is up to some mischief :-)

Ive had a good day.  Finally shaken off the weird dizziness I've been suffering from for about a week, my friend had her first baby and all went well.  Worked my socks off today, cleared loads of intense work and updated my projections which are all looking good.  Cooked a chilli whilst listening/singing along to a Richard Hawley cd, which was really tasty followed by a glass of red.  First time in quite a while have felt like this :-) so making the most of it

Hugs to all xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Jude M on March 23, 2016, 11:59:09 PM
Today I drove with Pip my dog to Llandudno as it would have been my husbands birthday today. Left Telford with cloud which lasted all the way to Llandudno. After  being there about an hour, the sun was trying to poke it way through the clouds, then suddenly the clouds disappeared had blue sky and wall to wall sunshine.
I did make a friend on the beach, will put a photo up tomorrow as it is so funny  :azn:
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on March 26, 2016, 10:16:50 AM
Llandudno seems popular this weekend, a friend of mine has been there too this weekend :-)

Was so lovely to see sunshine and blue skies yesterday, makes such a difference to our moods.  Started yesterday with some ball play with Raz in the garden then had a nice trip to Chepstow for a stroll and explore. Had a lovely tapas lunch when we got home, selection of meats, fried halloumi, gluten free tomato+garlic flatbread, hummus, olives and feta. (Think the theme for this weekend will be food lol!) In the afternoon spent time sorting out the shed and utility room, with lots of time in the garden, refilling bird feeders and cleaning birdbath.  Raz loved it, wandering around with his ball and he was so tired by the eve :-)  can't wait for more sunshine filled days

How is everyone today?  What are you all up to?

Sending a hug to anyone who needs one xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Norma on March 26, 2016, 10:42:26 AM
Hi, finally arrived home from a few days away, was stuck on M1 for 50 minutes not moving then 10 minutes at 5 mile an hour, there had been an accident so M1 north bound was closed  for an hour and an half, i just hope there were no fatalities or serious injury. Anyway im  doing nothing today my granddaughter has  walked my little legs  off for the past 3 days, oh to have the energy of a 22 year old again lol. Hope everyone has a Nice relaxing easter, but can soon pop the kettle on if anyone needs a chat or is at a loose end. 

(((Hugs))) to everyone
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 26, 2016, 11:07:40 AM
Pop those legs up norma and indulge in a film with some Popcorn or nibbles  :hug:  glad you've had good time xx
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Post by: Karena on March 26, 2016, 05:59:07 PM
Just wondering what was tasty Emz the food or Richard Hawley . :laugh:
Norma I wish I had the legs of a 22 year old too but while I,m making the request I would like them longer as well.
Llandudno is a lovely place wish I lived in wales,that was our big plan,work a few more years and go live in a caravan,obviously not to be,but as the caravan park we were going too is no more we might have been in a bit of a mess.
I took my couch surfer shopping for stuff for his place.I don't think black wallpaper in the bathroom was ever going to work especially as it was not even the waterproof type paper.I talked him into tiles.
Another couple of weeks and I will have my house back.in some ways nice but I will miss having someone for a natter and a cup of tea.no doubt I will get used to it again.
Boys are coming for lunch tomorrow so got to hide easter eggs round the house for egg hunt.best do it in the morning or I will forget where I hid them.
Otherwise its garden or house diy for the rest of the weekend.hoping for garden weather as I,m moving a pond.the froggys were busy yesterday and filled the old one with frogspawn which means I have to sort the new one before it hatches or wait for winter.
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Post by: Jude M on March 26, 2016, 06:51:07 PM
I had been told that a murmuration ( flock of starlings ) was not far from me. So Pip ( my dog )  and myself  decided that  yesterday afternoon we  would   go and see it.
Had a lovely walk around the nature reserve but when it was time for the murmuration the the birds were at the far end of the mere, so didn't really have a good close up of them   :sad:
And you can bet, if I was at the far end they would have been at the other end of the mere :grin:
Always this December/January to see it again.
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Norma on March 26, 2016, 07:03:54 PM
Wow Jude arent you the clever one know the correct term for a flock of starlings id never heard of it, but bad luck chuck, that would be me, only two ends but guarantee stand at the wrong end lol. Xxxx :angry:
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Post by: Jude M on March 26, 2016, 09:57:21 PM
The only trouble with the other end, not sure if you are allowed to go there. Plus think you would have been better watching from another advantage point . Just need to find out where it would be, Running out of time as the end of March it finishes.
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 27, 2016, 09:17:55 AM
Lol karena, the dinner was tasty but Richard Hawley aint bad himself! When I saw him at Colston Hall thought he had quite a 50s rocker look :-)

Such a shame you didnt get up close Jude, fingers crossed you find them again, I imagine it would be really impressive to watch.  I love it when i see little groups and they are flying and swooping together

Is anyone being naughty eating chocolate for breakfast? Lol xx
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Post by: Jude M on March 27, 2016, 05:21:10 PM
Its getting too late to see them again as they start to migrate February/ March  back to their breeding ground.
Thinking I will have to be better prepared to see them December/January  :azn:or I go to Aberystwth and know it will be a good show there.
I was given an egg off my friend but will it to my young, trying to give up treats, not even opened a packet of chocolate biscuits, they have been in the cupboard for the last week   :smiley:
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Post by: Karena on March 27, 2016, 06:15:00 PM
Jude I watched a murmuration last year,it was definitely worth the efforts to see and lasted a couple of hours (dress warmly) got one of my best shots as they flew right past a footpaths sign in the direction it was pointing in.but its worth it even more just for the experience.
All is quiet in the house now just having a rest before I tackle the washing up.After the easter egg hunt we attempted to go for a walk in the woods,the instant we did it started raining so it was a very short walk.Got home covered fire guard with wet coats and watched Bambi,(fast forwarding the sad bit) then the sun came out and so did the kites. We got to the field and the heavens opened and it started hailing.the wind got up and kites began twisting.This time complete changes of clothes were needed along with baths and hot chocolate.The house is now strewn with dripping clothes and wellies and 3 kites.The baby one is fine the  two small power kites will have to be re strung they twisted so much.Not a fun job.
Thank goodness I decided against the big one,we would be flying over the north sea somewhere by now.
I did think about selling that one on, it needs two people to take it out really, but the boys all love kiting and another couple of years the eldest will be able to handle it so I will keep it and see if they are still interested.It would be nice to still be flying with them for a while yet.
So that's my day.tomorrow will be somewhat quieter then its bank holiday over.Hope everyone else is OK.I,m off to put the kettle on (and yes Emz I imagine you are the only one who had chocolate for breakfast even I couldn't manage that and I,m an expert chocolate eater.)
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on March 27, 2016, 08:30:26 PM
I have a kite which my mum and her husband bought me, but I've never flown it, read the instructions and they scared me lol!! (Warnings about the strings when flying)

I was a good girl, no chocolate for my breakfast, I had a slice of toast and a banana :-)  went to favourite cafe for an awesome roast dinner, followed by a strawberry sundae.  Was sleepy after so came home, chucked on a blanket and watched Brides of Dracula.  Did some study this eve and now watching 'into the woods' and eating my lindt chocolate  bunny from my mum :-) xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Jude M on March 27, 2016, 10:39:02 PM
Jude I watched a murmuration last year,it was definitely worth the efforts to see and lasted a couple of hours (dress warmly) got one of my best shots as they flew right past a footpaths sign in the direction it was pointing in.but its worth it even more just for the experience.

I sort of saw one about 2 years ago and at the time I was driving, plus it was in the distance and really didn't pay that much attention to it until I got home . Then thought  what !!!!! I missed something special .
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Post by: Karena on March 29, 2016, 08:06:29 AM
Its definitely something special.So is Aberystwyth so a combination of the two has to be worthwhile.
And this the holiday over back to the grindstone today.(yuk)

Hope you enjoyed your Lindt Emz.What kind of kite did you get,I think the power ones are only dangerous if you fly them in the wrong conditions and don't have the weight to stay on the ground  or  crash them onto an innocent bystander or have them pulling a board ski/grass/surf which could also do some damage,but the kites themselves are very lightweight.You should have a go, any kind of kite is fun at any level but power kites are also a reminder that nature is stronger than humans.The baby kite is just a bog standard old style kite but so stable the little ones can easily fly it so we don't end up with tears.
Yesterday was a write off for gardening,it was just too cold,so I cleaned out the big aquarium and re arranged the stones and plants it took ages, the fish seemed bored but now is busy trying to undo my artistry.
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on March 29, 2016, 07:16:12 PM
I know nothing about kites - here's s pic of it.  I read the instructions, got scared I'd do a Mary Poppins and its never been out of its bag! :-o xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 29, 2016, 07:25:46 PM
Your list of things to worry about worried me lol!  I guess its not being 100% sure I'll be in control of it which worried me.  The safety rules included 'tight lines cut through each other and are razor sharp' scared me and I worried for my fingers!

Hows your day been? Mine was ok, went quite fast.  A bit uninspired in general, but no disasters which is good!  Am off tomorrow, is my mums birthday so taking her out to lunch xx
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Post by: Jude M on March 29, 2016, 10:02:05 PM
We brought a kite for our sons, didn't take it for a test flight ( which we should have ) Took it all the way to France, on our second day there went to the filed with this kite only to watch it go up, come down with a thud and find that a piece was missing  :laugh:. The only problem was we were going to be in France for 5 weeks and couldn't  repair it to fly .
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Post by: Karena on March 29, 2016, 11:05:41 PM
Can't see a size Emz but generally speaking you would need a 3 metre one to lift you off the ground a 2 metre one would but only in extreme conditions or if you wanted it too and might drag you a bit rather than lift you.I have never heard of anyone getting cut by the strings on them as long as they're strung properly and you hold the handles I don't see how it could happen.In Afghanistan they have serious competitions and use special strings to cut the strings off competitors kites but I doubt yours comes equipped with those.If you look on you tube there's plenty of videos on flying them you might find one for your model.The main thing to watch is wind speeds your instructions will give you the minimum and maximum recomendations .
Get your other half to go with you its easier with two as launching them yourself is an art form. you need a decent size open space with no overhead power lines.

Oh dear Jude hope your lads went too disappointed.I once took the boys for a picnic with the promise of a dinghy on the river,dragged it plus picnic all the way there blew it up with a footpump then discovered the bung was missing from the valve.Popular I was not.
It snowed quite a lot this morning and the hills are still white so I guess winter is still not behind us yet.
Been quiet at work a few people missing as there is a stomach bug going round deep joy.I am hoping the way my own is churning is down to being hungry or  psychological.sympathy rumbling.

Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on March 30, 2016, 09:13:40 AM
Im going to put flying my kite on my list of things to do this year I think :-)

Hope you haven't picked up the bug, there's lots going around. My niece was in hospital for a week before easter with pnemonia, their whole little family have taken it in turns with a sickness bug :-/

Ive woken up quite dopey, remember lots of dreaming.  Going to have a coffee to wake up slowly!  How is everyone today? Xx
Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Dave Administrator on March 30, 2016, 10:03:44 AM
I know nothing about kites - here's s pic of it.  I read the instructions, got scared I'd do a Mary Poppins and its never been out of its bag! :-o xx

Bring it to Bristol Emz and pray for big wind. I can get a great shot of Norma doing a Mary Poppins over the river Severn  :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Norma on March 30, 2016, 10:28:08 AM
No need to pick on me just because im the smallest and being the  oldest should be showing some respect,  but the kite would need strong ropes to get my weight of the ground, you know those similar to what hold the severn bridge up lol 

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Title: Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
Post by: Emz2014 on March 30, 2016, 03:59:26 PM
Naughty Dave!! Lol
Im not tying my buddy to a kite and letting her fly off

My day is going well, after being dopey first thing, did some more nail art (sponging this time, and quite pleased with the effect).  Took my mum out for a bday lunch, and popped to a couple of shops.  Dropped her home afterwards, both quite sleepy from a big lunch.  Little bit of sun out so sat on the bench whilst Raz has his bone.  Time for a little bit of study now.  I love non working days!

How is everyone? Xx
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Post by: Karena on March 30, 2016, 04:28:40 PM
working  (lol) allegedly.

Dave i am shocked that you would pick on poor Norma like that. hopefully she will give you a kick on the shins (all she can reach) by way of a greeting.
Being so tall myself i might punch your knee caps on her behalf. :laugh:
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Post by: Norma on March 30, 2016, 05:01:51 PM
Do you know ive been working all day from home doing accounts and Year end stuff, ive had my head down minding my own business, and i felt my ears burning, so thought its got to be my lovely friends on buk saying lovely things about me. Im glad some of my friends respect my great age and my diminishing size i was taller  but walked myself into the ground. Its a good job my back is broad and  i love you all to bits otherwise id be getting inferiority complex. Xxx

 :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 30, 2016, 07:11:15 PM
 The joys of financial year end!  I submitted my year end accruals yesterday so hoping all is accepted and ok, guess I will find out when I'm back to work tomorrow  :shocked: :undecided:

Xx
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Post by: Karena on March 31, 2016, 09:52:44 PM
Norma if we didn't love you we would be polite and demure. :hug:
What's with all this accountancy stuff sounds way too serious you both need a drink.

Spent my day  at the behest of my boss who is a trustee, so official work, but entirely unrelated to my job, editing application letters for funding the local festival and my goodness did they need editing.It won't have escaped the notice of anyone here that I can waffle on a bit ( well a lot really) but one of the letters was so jumbled, flowery and overstated I have reduced it by half and its still long enough to compete with war and peace.Mind you rather that than doing figures I don't do numbers I have number dyslexia.
I am getting new neighbours  i met them this morning It is going to be a second home, but she spent the morning putting notes on peoples cars parked outside and has commissioned my artist friend to write no parking notices for the windows.They don't actually have parking rights though.(how to win friends)

Meanwhile he seemed much more friendly as he informed me the lack of gutter on my coal shed is creating damp in theirs.(my coal shed is over 200 Years old and has never had guttering)and could I move the wheely bins from in front of it as they look untidy. I wonder where he would like me to move them too,I could come up with some suggestions about places the sun don't shine (but being polite and demure refrained from doing so).
Goodnight all.
(Exits whistling there may be trouble ahead under breath.)


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Post by: Jude M on March 31, 2016, 10:35:08 PM
Had my last walk of the month up my local hill today, I try 3 -4 times per month walk up it. I know nearly every little dirt track going, prefer going that way than the main walking route. Trying to avoid people or dogs and missing out on the wild life, so far I have seen a Tree creeper, wild deer, Buzzards flying low over head and listening to the birds singing.
Also getting fit in the process too, my poor dog has never done so much walking in the countryside  :laugh:
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Post by: Rosaleen on April 01, 2016, 07:36:01 AM
Karena re your new neighbours, oh dear..........
Its brought up the fact that I'll be getting new neighbours soon too. I live  in the bottom flat of a four  storey Victorian house. Immediately above me was a tenant, who's just moved out and yesterday an estate agent come round with two prospective buyers for it.  The house has a lovely large back garden belonging to said  first floor but which I've always looked after for the past 15 years. I have no rights to it though.The previous owner who is/was the freeholder was happy with this arrangement. Found I couldn't sleep last night thinking about what will happen. Hoping for a total disinterest on the part of any new buyer so that I can carry on as before but then read  your tale! As I said oh dear............
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Post by: Dave Administrator on April 01, 2016, 10:55:58 AM
Just a little tip for our newbies regarding these long threads that you don't want to go back to the beginning of if you've read all the old posts. Just click on the orange icon (NEW) that appears on any new posts and it takes you straight to them  :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Rosaleen on April 01, 2016, 03:53:39 PM
Hi Dave I think I'm going blind or something but can't see an orange icon
And while you're here/there.............. I was also trying and failing to find info for the Bristol meet
Thanks
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Post by: Rosaleen on April 01, 2016, 03:55:51 PM
Ah .. Do you mean the one with new on it???
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Post by: Rosaleen on April 01, 2016, 06:04:36 PM
Sorry just reread your post... Got it.
I really should pay more attention
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Post by: Norma on April 01, 2016, 06:09:19 PM
Hi Rosaleen please see the new thread about buk meet ups xxxx
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Post by: Dave Administrator on April 02, 2016, 12:37:09 AM
Sorry just reread your post... Got it.
I really should pay more attention

No problem you had me going for a minute there Rosaleen lol.
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 04, 2016, 09:33:44 PM
Hi all, how is everyone?

Compared to 4 day bank hol weekends normal 2 day ones are way too short! :-o. Anyone else counting down til Friday?!  Xx
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Post by: Norma on April 04, 2016, 10:03:52 PM
Im certainly counting down to bristol, but i have retired from my volunteer cook for the lunch club, hard to admit but was getting to much for me. So from this wednesday im a paying customer yeah how goid is that lol xxx
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Post by: Karena on April 05, 2016, 01:27:03 PM
good Norma (except for the paying bit)
I agree Emz bring back the 3 day week -with full pay this time though. And while we are at it lets Ban group meetings especially on a monday,I worry about my own psychology after one of those -because while i am apparently taking copious amounts of notes and drawing story boards in reality i,m just doodling and yesterday i doodled lots of 3D boxes with little stick men inside pushing the walls with their little stick hands, trying to get out. :shocked: And that was in between watching one of the programmers trying to not fall asleep -such an amusing morning.
So today I,m suposed to be magiking up a new Ad, not sure exactly what its suposed to say, and i have no ideas whatsoever (except stick men in boxes) Perhaps i should "think outside the box" and have the strapline "think inside the box"and a product shot of a manual,inside the box, except we dont have them any more because its all electronic now.
This luddite is lacking inspiration  :wchair: perhaps i need a few days off. :grin:
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 05, 2016, 01:43:33 PM
Good to have some balance and rest Norma :-)
Im sure you will do something fab karena - just a matter of getting that inspiration going. I dont have any tips for that, I can however tell everyone with confidence that there is such a thing as too much halloumi!!  (That'll teach me for being greedy  :undecided: ) xx
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Post by: Karena on April 05, 2016, 07:04:20 PM
Oh dear Emz,but it is yummy.When I was a kid I nicked a whole packet of custard creams from the kitchen cupboard for me and my friend to have on a bike ride.We had to finish them because a half empty packet would raise more questions than one my mum thought she put there but must have forgotten had already been eaten.To this day even the smell of custard creams makes me feel sick and from years later southern comfort does too.  :laugh:
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Post by: Janka on April 12, 2016, 08:56:42 PM
Dave,

thank you for this thread!It put a smile on my face and others,too.Im sure!

Janka


:smiley: :smiley: :smiley:
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 12, 2016, 09:44:42 PM
Welcome Janka :-)  thats the idea of this thread, general chit chat which can be just daily small talk or can get quite daft - welcome for all to join in :-D lovely to hear it has shared a smile xx
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Post by: Karena on April 13, 2016, 03:06:29 PM
Hi Jenka -i dont know what Emz means there is no daftness here  :whistle:
Having an odd day -i,m sure there was something i was suposed to do ?phone? email? -whatever  -  i cant for the life of me think what it was.

speaking of daft (which we wernt) did anyone see the bbc programme on keeping young -there was an excercie on it used to calculate body -rather than year age, the test is to stand with your legs crossed then sit down without overbalancing or using your hands -then get up again - same rules. Does anyone here want to guess which batty old woman went and tried it -  :wchair: not to be repeated i think. :rofl:
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Post by: Norma on April 13, 2016, 07:00:16 PM
Karena i cant believe you finished up on your back, ive just tried  that 'simples'  exercise i did it perfect, although how i crossed my legs is probably not how i was meant to do it lol, daftness never definately no daftness here perfectly sensible chit chat. Xxxx
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Post by: Karena on April 13, 2016, 07:31:57 PM
Sorry I didn't make it clear sit down on the floor .But well done if you did that Maybe its just me i just tried again I can get close but my knees lock then I,m stranded and have to do a kind of roll backwards then end up in a heap.there isn't a hope I can stand back up again in the same position.getting up  require an undignified crawl to the sofa then kind of climbing up it.mind you the whole thing probably works on the premise that you didn't crash motorbikes when you were younger. :rofl:
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Post by: Norma on April 13, 2016, 07:41:24 PM
 :rofl:omg Karena you have just described exactly me getting up off the floor, although that is an action i avoid at all costs anything that needs to be done lower than a slight bend of the knee is a nono these days lol, thought i must have got it wrong xxx

 :yahoo:
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 13, 2016, 07:54:54 PM
Lol, I'm definitely not trying that, think it will be guaranteed to end in injury for me lol!  Ive torn the ligaments in both of my ankles over the years (one motorbike accident, the other a twisted ankle on way to school!) so think I'd do myself a mischief or end up with my legs tied in knots!  Will leave that to the whippersnappers! :-D

Have had a lovely day, started with bagel with cream cheese and salmon for brekkie, did some study then at lunchtime headed over to visit my friend (whilst also dropping my mum off to see my sister)  met my friends new little baby, then also had time to see my sister, nephew, niece and mum afterwards :-)

Pie and chips in the oven now xx
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Post by: Karena on April 13, 2016, 08:09:51 PM
 :rofl:what a trio we make.problem is this was Angela rippon and she ain't no spring chicken.
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Post by: Norma on April 13, 2016, 08:21:24 PM
Yeah but shes got long legs and morecomb and wise learnt her to dance xx

 :rofl:
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Post by: Dave Administrator on April 13, 2016, 09:46:10 PM
Dave,

thank you for this thread!It put a smile on my face and others,too.Im sure!

Janka


:smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

Thank you Janka,, love hearing things like that.

I do believe we have our Emz to thank starting a thread like this in our old forum and it got sooooo big we had to start it all over again there. So to carry on here now and see it so liked is a real buzz for us all.  :grin:
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Post by: Karena on April 14, 2016, 12:42:41 AM
Yes Norma I concluded long legs is the key to this its further to the floor but maybe its in the crossing longer must make a more wide cross so is more stable whereas for us little legs it takes our entire legs and the base is still too narrow.  :rofl:
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Post by: Norma on April 14, 2016, 01:40:03 AM
Sorry Karena agree with the little legs but cant agree that the base is too narrow not in my case anyway my base is rather large and as in the words of the song 'its all about the base' xxx

 :yahoo:
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Post by: Karena on April 14, 2016, 12:55:47 PM
 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: no treble.
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 14, 2016, 08:32:36 PM
You two have really made me laugh, and that song is in my head now too :-) xx
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Post by: Karena on April 15, 2016, 12:49:37 PM
why do daft  songs do that - :yahoo: not only that why with all the music out there why do us dafties hone in on them, while most of the rest fades into a cacophony of noise ( omg. i sound like my mum ) :rofl:

ITS FRIDAY  :coffeetoast: plan for the weekend -more pond construction, steal next doors ladder and clear a gutter, cook a peanut butter, broccoli and chilli dish i just found the recipe for.Any more sugestions anyone ?
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 15, 2016, 01:04:20 PM
Hooray for Friday!!!  Im having a bit of a focus on personal development today at work, so enjoying it. 

Im debating whether to suggest popping out for a curry tonight (we have an amazing local Indian restaurant).  Going to do some study tomorrow morning and in the eve a friend and I are going to see our friends 80's band. Think I'll also spend some more time doing some nail art xx
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Post by: Karena on April 15, 2016, 07:53:22 PM
Nearest I ever came to nail art was using nail varnish to paint an old enamel lamp   :rofl: 
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 17, 2016, 09:36:19 AM
Lol Karena!
Well, yesterday pretty much went as planned.  Did some study, did daisies on my nails, watched a film in the afternoon then my friend and I went to see the band in the eve. Had a fun time and a few ciders :-)
Sky is clear blue this morning so definitely need to do some outdoor stuff!

What has everyone got planned for today? Xx
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Post by: Karena on April 17, 2016, 01:02:42 PM
Well the pond is about dug so going to line it with old carpet then order a new pond liner.re using the old one is going to be too tricky so will use that later to make a bog area.Need to move climbing frame and slide and set up raised beds maybe not today its very cold,meanwhile watching. Documentary on animal rescue in za.
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 17, 2016, 06:44:39 PM
Well done with the pond :-) I've not been quite as productive but I have managed to go through my jumble of scarves,  sorted them out and now have them tidily hanging from a scarf hanger, within my wardrobe. And had a sort through my shoes, have one pair to rehome (I can't kid myself any longer I'll ever be able to walk in them or have anywhere to wear them!)
Had nice play in the sunshine with Raz.  Now starving and wanting some dinner!
Hope everyone is getting some sunshine and blue skies xx
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Post by: Karena on April 17, 2016, 07:57:23 PM
I have a pair of red and white platforms from the 70,s chances are I won't ever wear them again or be able to walk in them but they do stand out in the row of trainers and flip flops that take up the rest of my shoe space if only to remind me there was once a time I was young  :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 20, 2016, 11:12:49 PM
Wear them to the Bristol meet Karena!! :-D

Well, over half way through the working week now, phew!  Today's funny story, working from home and think that I'll sit on the bench outside for a while during lunch, make the most of the sunshine whilst also giving my dog chance for a wander round.  Within a couple of minutes my dog decides to run over to pee on the side of the bench (despite my protests) and I had to jump up quick before he peed on me!! Cheeky monkey peed across the side on to the seat!  So was short lived sunshine for me after rinsing the bench!

Was feeling a bit flat earlier so popped to the shops to pick up some more hot choc, (I'm almost out and its fab hot chocolate, from lakeland) and ended up coming home with a couple small packets of thorntons chocolates, big box of yogurt sachets for my easiyo, and a tub of honey roasted seeds!!  Oops!  Oh well, could be worse I guess!

Hope the day has been kind to everyone, and nobody was peed on lol! Xx
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Post by: Karena on April 20, 2016, 11:52:18 PM
No I can safely say I havnt been peed on,but my dog is sulking with me cos I got the vet to come and microchip him yesterday.I think the sulking is more a case of let's pretend to sulk and see what treats she comes out with.
Also feeling flat today can't blame the weather  though its been sunny and quite warm for a change,should have got chocolate too.Got a new kindle book so I think a bit of escapism is in order.
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 21, 2016, 07:53:03 AM
How are you feeling today karena?  :hearts: xx
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Post by: Norma on April 21, 2016, 07:58:08 AM
Hi you lovely peeps, im off out for the day today, im going to say hello to some friends we made last year on our Birmingham meet, yes you've got it the owls, hope the weather today is as kind as it was to us last year when we were there. Xxxx

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Post by: Sparky on April 21, 2016, 09:39:13 AM
Hi All,
Obviously you will have missed me been very busy unfortunately the passed two Friday's pm been to two friend's mother's funerals - so emotions have been all over the place!  Busy in work and a lot on with my father in law and his care at the moment.  On-Line in work so not on long do get in and seen lots going on.  I am looking forward to the BUK Meet up in Bristol and meeting all those who I met in Liverpool in December and also new friends.  Emma great post about Sleep will take on board some of the tips - thanx - Norma have a lovely day today.  Take it one day at a time you lovely people and look after YOU!
John xx
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Post by: Karena on April 21, 2016, 12:32:06 PM
I,m in plotting mode today Emz -need a distraction from boredom  :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 21, 2016, 01:31:55 PM
Have a great trip Norma. 
Hi there sparky!!  :hug: sorry to hear challenging times
Ooo karena, what have you plotted so far?! :-) xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 21, 2016, 07:02:19 PM
Truly gutted to learn the legend Prince has died.  Gutted. So many years of memories associated with his music.  Sad times, so many legends lost in a short timescale :-( :-( xx
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Post by: Karena on April 21, 2016, 08:59:13 PM
No hadn't heard that.This really is turning into a bad few months in the entertainment world,although being older I was more into Bowie's music than prince although prince was very talented too.

Plot isn't complete .all I can tell you is it might involve travel.

Meanwhile pond liner arrived and today was the last dry day forecast for a while and it needs rainwater in the pond so I spent this evening laying it.5x4 metres of pond liner in the wind on your own is fun.But I managed it and its now weighted down with stones and temporary fencing shoved up,because I know if it isn't full of water Ben will leave me a present in there,and it won't be the kind of present you want to find among your waterlillies.  :rofl:

Tonight  there is a bonfire up the hill for queens birthday,there is a tradition round here of lighting the old beacons when there is stuff like this,but I would be stuck looking at the beacon from the village I should be in  but had to leave and of course I should have been standing at that beacon with Keith,which makes me sad so I,m playing ostrich.
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 21, 2016, 11:13:00 PM
Sending a hug karena  :hug: xx
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Post by: Norma on April 22, 2016, 10:20:15 AM
Ohhhh Karena the plot is getting very intriguing, i cant wait for the next episode eeks, ive got fingers and toes crossed here in anticipation lol. Good luck with the pond.

So dissapointed yesterday the owls have gone, and all that square isblocked off. Dont know what improvements are being made but certainly need to go back when the work and s completed, its not even a year ago yet that we were there but so much regeneration work has already taken place.

Lovely to hear from you Sparky but sorry to hear youve been having a rough time, Bristol is promising to be a really good meet up though.

Its Friday Emz so what lovely stuff you got planned for this weekend ??

Im going to Sheffield City Hall  tomorrow night, Roy Orbison 80th birthday tribute concert, rare outing with brother and sister in law.

Sunday ill be packing my 5p Asda carrier bag of clothes for 5 days in Llandudno, im taking 17 oldies from the lunch club for a holiday, whoops sorry i keep forgetting im an oldie as well. Ive already had to juggle coach seating around to split some of them up lol. Oh dear what have i let myself in for. Xx

 :rofl: :wchair: :yahoo:
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Post by: Karena on April 22, 2016, 12:09:11 PM
 :rofl: sounds more like a school trip Norma.
You arnt an oldie, youre way too young at heart to describe yourself that way.
My mind was blank yesterday when you said owls -now i get it - (wake up ) I got the impression they were part of a temporary exhibition there will probably be a new theme later in the year,thinking about it part of it was a section of the councils chelsea show garden entry, so maybe after thats over.

Now thats an event i would like to go too, bet their pond building skills are much better honed than mine though. :rofl:


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Post by: Emz2014 on April 22, 2016, 08:50:14 PM
You're not an oldie norma  :hearts:
Ive had a lovely day. Morning in the office, had a nice chat with a colleague and this afternoon my friend and I had the afternoon off to go and visit another friend who has recently had her baby.  Lots of cwtches, yummy food (which we took over with us) and chat.  A good afternoon
Have just had pizza and time to chill now.  Hellllloooo weekend and freedom! :-)

Sending hugs to all  :hug: xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 29, 2016, 09:07:21 PM
Have had an interesting insight today.  Been feeling on edge, a low level anxiety. Could not shake the unsettled feeling but couldn't put my finger on it either.  Came to around dinner time and suddenly realised how hungry I was. As I was eating dinner I felt myself relaxing.   Realised that I haven't eaten regularly today, meals where all over the place, so think it was down to lack of regular food.   Perhaps a little reminder that eating regularly /healthily helps alot of things. 
Next time I'm anxious I'll have a think to the last time I ate and  if it's been a while try a healthy snack

Dinner was great, grilled monkfish with garlic, lemon and herbs with chips :-) xx
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Post by: Karena on April 29, 2016, 10:53:49 PM
Yummy I envy your dinner nothing so lush for me,I had lentil soup wasn't even home made so tasted pretty indifferent.
Started off the day a bit of an emotional wreck one of those blip days, we have the radio on in the office and it seemed every song was specially selected to make me feel like crying.This afternoon i couldnt get up enthsiasm for anything i had pretty much decided just to shut the door and spend the entire weekend under a duvet,but cheered up a bit when I got home and found a box of plants in the porch.forgotten I ordered them as it was a while ago so  a surprise.(or was it divine intervention)
So anyway I have a rush,a grass some phlox. and a new variety of a red lupin currently sitting in the washing up bowl getting a good soak,and this means I have to go to a garden centre tomorrow because I need a pond basket and aquatic compost for the rush,and while I,m there I might have to buy my tomato and cucumber plants as its too late to grow them from seed.
Not that they will be going outside yet can't believe how much snow there was this morning. :rolleyes:
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 30, 2016, 08:33:17 AM
Big hugs karena  :hug:  :hug: xx
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Post by: Karena on April 30, 2016, 08:53:23 AM
Thanks Emz I have decided I,m going to look for a special anniversary plant today too and tomorrow I will plant it regardless of the weather.plus I,m going to prep a decent meal and buy a mini bottle of  wine chocolates and bubble bath to indulge in afterwards.No work Monday so no worries about the wine.
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 30, 2016, 08:58:30 AM
That sounds like a really good plan  :hug: xx
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Post by: Karena on April 30, 2016, 06:38:06 PM
Oops might have gone Ott withe the indulging couldn't decide between a tin of g&t and tin of black current Pimms so bought both. :rofl:
Might have bought too much chocolate too (if there is such a thing) but I have shifted 8 paving slabs two sacks of gravel plus 2 compost so I guess I earned some calories back.did I mention the cream meruinge . hmm thought not oops.So tomorrow I,m going to finish the pond edges,and do the planting.

What has everyone else been up too.
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Post by: Jude M on May 01, 2016, 11:32:24 PM
Can I throw in that now instead of going to the local park to use the outdoor gym, I have brought myself a cross trainer.
The joys of watching a film on the laptop and  working out in comfort   :laugh:
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Post by: Karena on May 03, 2016, 11:15:29 PM
Well done Jude although for me fresh air is the motive for exercise,
Not that I will be doing any of that for a few days.Lifting gravel it turns out wasn't the best idea in the world.seem to have done some damage as I can barely walk and am on a codeine and ibuprofen diet.both cans of alcohol are in the cupboard :embarrassed:

The two littlys are on their first holiday .they're on the east coast nowhere exotic but I got a lovely phone call tonight.keian finally got to see a beach and was so excited he has been obsessing about going beach for a long time,I,m really glad he isn't disappointed,and Paul said granma for the first time,so I,m chuffed too.its the little things that keep me going. :coffeetoast:

Hope everyone else had a decent bank holiday. :hug:
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Post by: Emz2014 on May 06, 2016, 08:08:13 PM
I used to use my stepper whilst watching tv, keep forgetting to do it now though.  Need to get back into a routine again

I had a lovely bank holiday, had a few days down in Brixham, was a bit cold at the end of last week but in the main we were lucky and it did warm up. Went to an otter sanctuary and caught feeding time so managed to get some great photos. Great break but am also always pleased to get back to my own bed!

Today was beautiful weather, even managed to wear a summery dress. On leave all week so went out and about, did lots of walking, felt good to be outdoors but am acheing a bit from all the walking now though :-) xx
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Post by: Karena on May 07, 2016, 09:08:11 PM
Welcome to the world of ache. :hug:
Eldest grandson stayed over last night he is getting so grown up now but bless him he has carried some of the gravel through,a half bucket at a time and set the solar fountain up,it was going to be a waterfall but he wanted to see it working today .then he made a kind of plant island round it and it looks really good so that's how its staying He then anounces that now the rugby season is over he will be able to come up more on Sundays to help me,cos I,m getting too old.  :wchair: cheeky little monkey. :whistle:
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Post by: Emz2014 on May 22, 2016, 08:41:34 AM
What a wonderful meet/weekend in Bristol, met a bunch of fabulous people.  There's been lots of chat, laughter and even singing.  Have had a lovely time and hoping the remaining peeps today have a good final day and end the weekend on a high note.  Miss you all already!  :hearts:

Im off to prep myself for a party full of 5 year olds now!! :-)

Xx
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Post by: Norma on May 23, 2016, 08:09:13 AM
Oh my what a brilliant weekend it was, fab people, good food and drink Bristol is a lovely place although it poured it down with rain on Saturday but nothing dampened our spirit we never even noticed the rain lol, much too busy sightseeing, chatting, laughing and as Emz said even the odd song lol xxxx
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Post by: Emz2014 on June 08, 2016, 10:54:21 PM
Hi, how is everyone this week? Xx
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Post by: Karena on June 09, 2016, 01:01:41 AM
Hi Emz
still struggling a bit,but I enjoyed meeting others at Sheffield and tonight took myself for a walk there is a beautiful orange crescent moon which I attempted to photograph and the honeysuckle on my porch smells lovely at night.When I came back the fish who is getting bigger by the day had managed to get stuck between the filter and a light so had to shuffle everything around.Someone offered me a love bird.she had a love partner who died and she is lonely the owner is working long hours so not able to fill the gap.I almost caved,But I have a bit of a thing about birds flapping around in cages.Mind you there's a pair of turtle doves in my garden who are so thick they would be better off in a cage.Fred and Freda have built a nest high in a tree they arnt the most graceful birds when it comes to take off and landing but the nest is so high in the tree they'd trying to do it on the most bendy branches and keep falling out of the tree.It is quite funny but I,m worried the little fredlings might have inherited the genes or might think this is normal flying techniques.

Started a new futurelearn course this week.this one might be the culmination of all the others all the skills I have got from them.The project could become a real world project not just an academic exercise and it is something close to my heart.So I,m quite excited about it,will tell more if it comes off.
How is everyone else doing.?
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Post by: Emz2014 on June 09, 2016, 08:22:28 AM
Love the turtle doves! Fingers crossed for the fredlings!!  I have a couple of doves that visit and they do make me laugh. A while ago one was trying to work out how to get on the feeder seed bowl, and he really struggled/so clumsy!!

I did a nutrition course on futurelearn recently, the 'food as medicine ' one.  Was really interesting.  Ooo look forward to hearing more! Xx
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Post by: Norma on June 13, 2016, 08:17:35 PM
Hi how is everyone, ive had a  bit of a busy weekend but very enjoyable, thouroughly enjoyed Billy Elliot, although totally different music to the film, ive waited years to see it and wasnt disappointed,  Finished off with a day at the races today, another first,  after picking out the winning horse in the first race, which i chose purely for its name, i got excited when i saw it romping to the finish line, so can understand how people can get addicted, howevrr that was my only win, so i obviously wasnt  cheering loud enough. 

 :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Emz2014 on June 24, 2016, 06:49:00 PM
Hello all
How is everyone doing today?
I have been on leave this week, which has been fantastic.  So lovely to have a break.  Mostly been at home, which has also been nice.  Went out for the day to Cotswold Wildlife park today, which apart from the rainstorms was really lovely.  Started off with a cappuchino and a slice of very tasty chocolate cake.  Saw a pair of ducks with incredibly cute ducklings in the lemur enclosure lol
xx
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Post by: Karena on June 24, 2016, 08:25:26 PM
House exchange Lemurs in the duck pond  :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on June 27, 2016, 12:35:42 PM
Feeling a bit flat with the return to work routine so decided to have a 'treat' for lunch to cheer myself up a bit, so have treated myself to a chicken and bacon toastie and red berry smoothie. Certainly tasty and has helped, at least temporarily!

So, got me thinking, what do you all do to cheer yourselves up? Are there favourite snacks, meals or things that work for you? Xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on June 27, 2016, 08:16:42 PM
Here's the cute ducklings in the lemur enclosure :-) xx
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Post by: Karena on June 28, 2016, 01:52:48 PM
gardening - its one place i can forget i,m on my own and yet be on my own -which makes no sense,  :rofl:
but in the house i,m acutely aware of it, and going out even more so because the more people there are, yes you can walk in nature but there is always the chance some group of chatting walkers will come through or some loved up couple but the garden is my own space. gardening can completely absorb me and you arnt ever  on your own there because theres always life out there just going about its own business.You can just watch.It has no intentions towards you,it isnt thinking sad loner,it doesnt care what you wear,it doesnt think you should pull yourself together,and you dont have to behave in any way to appease it, but it has its own story. I reminds you that no matter how brocken you get you can revive and you can survive.
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 20, 2016, 06:44:29 PM
Hi all
How is everyone getting on?  Its so hot at the moment, am hiding with the fan on in the lounge!
Am having to control my anxiety/panic at the moment, Raz (lurcher) managed to swallow a mini-milk lolly stick whole yesterday, and have been pretty terrified of complications since. I called the vet, and as advised have given him plenty of bulky food to try and help 'move' things along and hopefully should be ok.  Just terrified it might get stuck.  So keeping a close eye on him, no signs as of yet so trying to stay calm xx
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Post by: Norma on July 21, 2016, 03:29:44 PM
Hi everyone, sorry to hear about Raz, i hope it manages to get through without much difficulty lol. Im dog sitting for two weeks at the moment, my sons springer spaniel, oh dear what have i let myself in for. Day one never slept a wink all night it was so hot he would not settle, walking round the bedroom panting, so put the fan on great he laid down, then i couldnt get to sleep for the noise, turn it off Alfie starts wandering again, finally gave up at 5.30 came downstairs and tracked my sons plane as it departed from Manchester and arrived at dubrovnik 2 and a half hours later, (how sad is that lol) irony of it all is if you could see Alfie now, laid out on settee on his back paws up in the air snoring for england, mind you i did tire him out, i bought a bubble tornado he didnt like it at first but hes been chasing round the garden like a mad man trying to catch them. I also bought a water pistol, ive been firing that at him lol. Xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 21, 2016, 05:24:06 PM
well, so far so good - Raz is still eating ok and going to the toilet ok, so we appear to have avoided any obstructions - just hope it has passed through and all is ok now.  Will be keeping an eye on him
Ooo - sounds like fun at your house with the bubble machine and water pistol :-)   :yahoo: xx
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Post by: Norma on July 22, 2016, 11:16:27 AM
Day two, much better night, had a solid 6 hours, but unfortunately seems Alfies body  clock is still set to Neils getting up time. 5.45 grhhhh. But weathers still nice and it was lovely to sit in the garden in my pj's and a cuppa with only the sound of the birds singing, so i think as long as weather is nice ill accept his getting up time lol.

Hows Raz Emz any movement yet ? Xxx

I hope you havent got lost in your garden Karena, although doesnt sound too bad a prospect, but come back we need you lol xxx

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Post by: Emz2014 on July 22, 2016, 09:52:19 PM
Nice to find the nice part of an early awakening! :-) 
Everything is still 'moving' ok with raz, so am hoping all is ok and hoping the worry has passed now.  Going to keep an eye on him though
Im having a nice peaceful eve watching films.  Hope everyone is doing ok xx
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Post by: Karena on July 22, 2016, 10:14:53 PM
Hope Raz is going to be OK Emz.
Norma it  sounds to me like Alfie won't want to go home he,s having so much fun.I also have spent nights tracking my daughters flights so perhaps not so sad after all.

I am just getting over a nasty lurgy that wiped me out completely last week and most of this one.I,m hoping I've seen the back of it now.
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Post by: Norma on July 23, 2016, 11:46:34 AM
Here i am day 2, another early morning but whose complaining, probably the foxes who must have only just got back into their den when Alfie started trying to get over the wall at the bottom of my garden to get to them lol.

Granddaughter coming to take him out for  the day today so ive just sprayed him with his doggy perfume and given him a good brush down, well i cant have him going out smelly can i.

Sorry to hear youve not been well Karena, bet it took it out of you, hope youre okay hun.  Im also tracking my sons  cruise, (nearest ill get now lol) they set sail from Dubrovnik Thursday evening spent yesterday at Sea, today theyve  docked in Malta.

Emz how is the handsome Raz, hope hes still doing okay.

Going to have a welcome   :coffeetoast: now

See you all later  xxx

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Post by: Karena on July 23, 2016, 06:25:36 PM
Is there really such a thing as doggy perfume ?
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 23, 2016, 06:35:43 PM
I do believe there is karena, I saw a programme on tele, following a dog hotel in america which launched a perfume range! I had turned over the channel and they were auditioning dogs to be on their promotion posters!! His and hers!!  :rofl:
I do have a spray for Raz as he is quite stinky sometimes, although he seems to have improved his preference recently, his usual favourite is fox poo but today after chasing him with the hose he then went and rolled in the container growing my mint lol!  Some of it is a bit crushed/squashed now but there was a lovely minty fragrance on the breeze for a bit afterwards lol!
So far he is still not showing any bad signs since he ate the lolly stick so am hoping we're all safe and clear now
Hope Alfie has behaved today Norma
Hope you feel better soon Karena, this hot weather doesnt help when feeling poorly :-o. Keep hydrated xx
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Post by: Norma on July 23, 2016, 07:40:56 PM
Sorry i was joking when i said doggy perfume its actually a dry shampoo spray will be same as what you mentioned Emz,

Theyve brought him back hes shattered, been round the Dam, i actually missed him lol

Xxx
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Post by: Karena on July 25, 2016, 08:03:32 PM
Mint is very good at recovering,as is lavender which I used to plant next to the kids den in the hope of calming them down. :rofl:
Ben wouldn't go near a bath but he would come up and lie next too it,so I would quietly drop bubble bath on him .
Saw a blue staffie puppy today,it was beautiful,and my daughter has started fostering dogs,but I,m holding out and resisting temptation to get another.Think its making me even more reclusive though,going for a walk seems pointless now,so maybe I might consider fostering in time.

The old campervan passed her MOT today,bit of sill welding new wipers and an oil spray and hopefully another year ahead.
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 25, 2016, 10:57:15 PM
I was being serious about the dog perfume Norma, there really was a programme where they were auditioning dogs for the promotion poster! :-o. And if you google 'dog perfume' or 'dog cologne' several come up in Google! Lol :-)   I just have a spray for Raz which has a fresh apple scent :-)

If you do feel up to fostering some time karena just remember you'd be sharing the love with dogs who havent hadnt had that love and I'm sure Ben would watch down and approve.  :hearts:

Xx

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Post by: Emz2014 on July 30, 2016, 08:50:38 AM
So, what's everyone up to today?  What's your weather like? I have blue skies and sun at the moment :-) xx
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Post by: Julie Magson on July 30, 2016, 12:09:36 PM
Chilly here in Yorkshire- the sun keeps trying to shine but there black clouds too. Waiting for my daughter to visit at 1.
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Post by: Norma on July 30, 2016, 03:05:12 PM
Hi everyone, hope youre all doing okay, and got lots of fun things planned for this weekend.   ive still got my sons dog Alfie, hes becoming part of the furniture and hes certainly made my home his,weather over the past few days ( im in south yorkshire Julie) has been a bit  dismal, but this morning woke up to clear blue skies, but as the day has wore on the dark clouds are slowly appearing, Alfie goes home on Thursday, yeah ill miss him sort of got used to having him around, but im already planning a full day out on Friday yay  freedom lol. Xxx

 :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 30, 2016, 06:42:08 PM
Hope the sun broke through the clouds for you Julie.  Hope you had a lovely afternoon with your daughter  :hearts:

What have you planned for Friday Norma? And you'll have a whole sofa to yourself!

Ive had a nice day, I had a couple of friends over and I made us an afternoon tea.  Decorated up my summershed (its a cross between a shed and summerhouse lol) and was really nice.  Nice breeze and view of garden.  Time to relax a bit now then take Raz out for a run and play

Hope everyone is doing ok.  If you're having a bad day treat yourself to something nice xx

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Post by: Julie Magson on July 30, 2016, 06:50:11 PM
Thanks Em it is peeking through now and hasn't actually rained. It was lovely to see my daughter and her family, and her hubby mowed the lawn for me without me having to ask. I had an old fish tank in the lean-to and my granddaughter saw it and reminded her Mum and Dad that she'd always wanted goldfish- so they left with tank and accessories cursing me!
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 30, 2016, 09:48:32 PM
Sounds like a good afternoon :-) and hooray for the weather!

I hear it's supposed to be rainy tomorrow.  I have no set plans for tomorrow so will have to think on what to do, likely mostly indoors

Whats everyone up to tomorrow? Xx
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Post by: Norma on July 31, 2016, 07:46:22 AM
Good morning peeps its 7.20 on a lovely sunny sunday morning here in Sheffield, i hope it lasts, Alfie is certainly keeping me active, hes very playful, but does my head in at times, like last night dont know what but something was unsettling him, he was trying to sit on my shoulders and get behind my head lol, this being a heavyweight springer lol. I know he doesnt like thunder or fireworks but i couldn't hear either, he wouldnt go out for his last toilet stop, just stood at the door quivering, maybe some experienced dog owners on here can advice me, anyway not long now, i had my sewing machine out yesterday, made a few alterations to holiday clothes, quite enjoyed it, I used to make some of my own clothes when i was a lot younger, but only use it now for alterations me being a tad on the small side lol. 
I hope its not raining for you Emz, not good having to spend our weekends indoors,  but youreca very resourceful young lady and im sure youll find something very interesting to do.
Are  you still holding out on the fostering Karena, mmmmm i bet youre finding it hard to resist, i hope you can make Leeds Karena itll be good to have a catch up.
Hi Julie lovely to have another member join in with this general everyday chat. Oh dear very popular lady with granddaughter not so popular with your daughter lol, but you always knew the fishtank would be needed again lol.
I see youre in yorkshire Julie would you consider meeting up in Leeds for the day  ?
It really is worth it.

Right time for mine and Alfies breakfast,    :coffeetoast:

Have a nice day everyone  xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 31, 2016, 09:38:04 AM
Hi Norma  :hug:
Sounds like something spooked Alfie. Raz has done that on occasions,  sometimes he's been asleep on his chair or his upstairs bed, then he's woken up and run full speed to sit on my lap for a cuddle, and theres been some occasions he's decided he's scared of his bed and totally refuses to go back in it. (I can only guess a moth or something has spooked him when he's been asleep)   
Only solution I've found is cuddles and let him sleep in a different location.  Dogs are funny aren't they!  And I'm 100% sure they think they are little chihuahuas and don't see the issue of a 30kg dog pretending to be a parrot!! Lol  :rofl:

So far have sunny blue skies outside! I best get some ideas going before it runs away!!

What are you all up to? Xx
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Post by: Julie Magson on July 31, 2016, 06:20:12 PM
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I see youre in yorkshire Julie would you consider meeting up in Leeds for the day  ?
It really is worth it.


It's not something I feel up to tackling yet Norma- but it's not till October is it so who knows!  Your dogs sound such fun - was having a bad day and then my sister invited me for tea so that made all the difference. Going out somewhere with her tomorrow too. Managed to clean out the budgie cage, she's moulting at the moment and I know they say if you see a white feather then you've been visited by an angel but I don't think my hubby has quite worked it out yet- I got up to what looked like a massacre in the bird cage, floor covered in downy white feathers!
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Post by: Thoughtful on August 01, 2016, 03:49:20 PM
Hi Dave and all,

I've been away for a while and tried to login with my old details from the old forum , but couldn't so here I am, sort of starting over.

I lost my daughter, Evelyn, nearly ten years ago now. For many years your forum was a great help and here I am, approaching the tenth anniversary and feeling the need to touch base again.

Thanks for being here ... although I am a little lower than usual, BUK has helped me though so much and it is good to be dipping in again. Always so sad to learn of new losses, but heart warming to know that there is such a great deal of kindness and empathy out there,

Janice





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Post by: Norma on August 01, 2016, 05:31:06 PM
Welcome back Janice, sorry youre feeling low, dont think grief ever leaves us completely xx

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Post by: Karena on August 01, 2016, 08:48:52 PM
Welcome back Janice  :hug: sorry you are feeling low just now but not suprising.I think there will always be times like that no matter how long ago we lost loved ones.

Janice October is some time away and you will know us better by then too through being here.

Norma springers are bonkers  :rofl: but dogs can hear a lot more than us so it could have been thunder or fireworks some distance away.I,m still holding out ....just,but latest fosterdog has been adopted by my daughter afte pleading by eldest grandson and his suposed to be forever family changed their minds about having him.He is an 8 month old whippet I keep wanting to call him Rudolph,realised today its because he looks like Santa's little helper off the Simpsons.

My weekend away turned into a bit of a nightmare van wise,
I,m sure it was divine intervention the airscoop came off when I arrived at the site which was one of Keith's favourites if it hadn't I wouldn't have seen the rust or that the radiator which rests on it had dropped,lucky there were friends to help out there. So we managed to cable tie it on.what convinces me even more was On the way home I was really stressing out having to drive really slowly and stopping at every layby.After the first few miles there was a smell I couldn't place thought it might be coolant spewing out but no sign of it when I stopped.Then my grandson who was with me realised it was an old dolphin air freshner .one that Keith bought and hadn't had any scent for years but I couldn't bring myself to part with that had suddenly magically decided to work again.
What shocked me was it passed MOT 4  days earlier ,you imagine it makes them safe but rust through was under the air scoop and they don't have to look under things.So now got to track down a new one and find someone who can weld it on and re bleed the whole system. :rolleyes:

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Post by: Emz2014 on August 06, 2016, 10:15:19 PM
How is everyone today?
I was feeling down this afternoon so when I got home I was wondering what to do about it. Took my dog in the garden, spent time trimming the dead rose heads, topped up the bird peanuts, cleaned the birdbath then sat in the garden in the sun blowing bubbles (had a pot of bubbles in the hallway cupboard), spending time in the sun, under the blue sky and then watching the bubbles - seeing the sun bouncing off them, colours shining and seeing how high they floated really cheered me up.  Proves to me that nature does help.  Maybe worth a try now and again when down  :hearts: xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on August 14, 2016, 11:41:32 AM
Hi everyone
How are you all today?
Kettles on, coffee brewing. Who has the biscuits?  :coffeetoast:
Xx
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Post by: Rosaleen on August 14, 2016, 05:04:45 PM
Hi emz
Been feeling generally low for about three weeks, different from the emotional waves of before. Just started on natural  anti depressant St Johns wort because of it.
  Luckily now the Olympics are on, George and myself were keen cyclists(I'm trying to keep it up) so obviously the cycling is top of the tv watching list. It's cheering me up no end, the British team men and women doing SO well. Looking forward to tonight with an all British sprint final, and then Cavendish in the omnium.
Mo Farah winning the 10,000 metre was a real bonus.
So that's me, glued to the box
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Post by: Julie Magson on August 14, 2016, 06:43:34 PM
Well I've really rocked it today- I've changed the bedding, washed the old ones. Sorted some stuff out, hoovered up after the budgie for the 3rd time today, made poached eggs on toast for my tea, had a shower so here I am!
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Post by: Emz2014 on August 14, 2016, 08:12:33 PM
Sending a hug Rosaleen  :hug:  glad the Olympics are helping
Mmm poached eggs, I had some of those for breakfast :-)
Ive had a good tidy round, had a bath, now time to watch a film xx
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Post by: Karena on August 14, 2016, 08:29:19 PM
Well done Julie poached eggs are yummy.I had beans on toast for my tea.I,m stranded with no vehicle at the moment and the local spa is very sparese so I,m using the opportunity to use up what's kicking round.

Rosaleen I wish I liked sport I,m having to put up with adverts to avoid the Olympics at one point last night they were on three BBC channels.Not sure how many old episodes of midsummer murders I,he got through but it feels like a lot I think I,he already seen the one that's on just now.Just flicked through and found the second hobbit film not yet seen,so that's my night sorted.. :rofl:

Spent the day re rebuilding my pond its deeper now so hopefully less algae prone.It involved removing and replacing all the edge stones with replacing being done from in the water.Had a tete a tete with a frog who was not happy at being disturbed initially but got more curious as the day went on.He has been hiding out under a stone for weeks so now I,be built him a des red cave overlooking the pond but safe from predators and snug in winter.Literally lined with mud straw and leaves. I,m not mad honest. :rolleyes: :whistle:

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Post by: Rosaleen on August 20, 2016, 09:25:41 AM
Hi Karena,
 sorry to hear  you're  not into sports. As I said or tried to say the cycling helped to distract me. More importantly it  also became a good focal point for me to talk with George, conversations,  jokes and comments about different riders and their performances, something we always did when he was alive.
I read one of your posts from a longish while ago (on the old site?) how you still talk to your husband every day, five years after he passed away. That post really helped me take on a new perspective and gradually led me to talking with George every day. So thanks. I really appreciate it.
 
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Post by: Emz2014 on November 04, 2016, 06:52:04 PM
Hello everyone

How has your week been?  Xx
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Post by: Julie Magson on November 04, 2016, 06:55:01 PM
Upsy Downy for me Emz, quite low at times but felt capable of pulling myself up a bit at times. Went to see The Trolls yesterday, enjoyed it for it's simplicity and happiness till they played a certain tune and I had tears rolling down my face! I bet I was the only person crying at the Trolls!
Signed my will today so I can cross that off the list- phew!
Hope you had some good times?
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Post by: Emz2014 on November 04, 2016, 10:16:49 PM
Sending a hug Julie  :hug:   glad you enjoyed the Trolls, music is sneeky like that isnt it, really catches us off guard. At least cinemas are dark! I find music really powerful, I have several playlists on my mp3 based on moods, so different songs for if I'm sad, tired, happy etc

My weeks been a bit stressful, so am glad its the weekend. Have plans to keep myself busy planning the cake I'm making for my nieces birthday for next weekend.  Will do a trial cake this weekend for practice xx
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Post by: Karena on November 05, 2016, 06:48:57 PM
Slightly unusual day today,I want to include some proper autumn leaves on my costume,so collected leaves and have been trying to fix them with hairspray and PVA,to see which if either works hoping its the hairspray as its quicker,but either is fiddly.
Tonight I will mostly be sewing,but waiting for the fireworks to finish.I used to stay in for the dog but I am as jittery as he was with them,I,already stuck a screwdriver into my hand as a result of a loud bang. :rofl:
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Post by: Niftysixty7 on November 06, 2016, 10:33:22 AM

Really down, had a duvet day yesterday, can't see a reason for this life, why bother, no joy, can't seem to work up any enthusiasm for anything, feed up with apologising to people when they ask how I am and I dont feel any better, if I'm honest I feel worse than when he died, l want some peace in my soul, l know and accept tat this is it, but I hate it. Think it's easier to draw the blinds and sit, it's 10.30 OK what shall l do now. Everyone else is living their lives is it too much to want mine back. The only "good" thing about being a widow is l shall NEVER go through it again. Reading this it's so wallowy? But that's just how l feel. This is not a life it's an existence to what end?
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Post by: Brian71 on November 06, 2016, 07:03:15 PM
Sorry to hear how low you are feeling Niftysixty7,    but I do know exactly how you feel as I still have those sort of days too.
The reality of existing after they are gone of course is totally something else,  I know only too well how depressingly low some days can be,  but we have to try and carry on the best we can, and I know it's not easy...

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Post by: Julie Magson on November 06, 2016, 07:07:44 PM
Hello Nifty- how long ago did you lose your someone? What you are describing is so familiar to us all X
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Post by: Hubby on November 06, 2016, 08:58:05 PM
I'm so sorry to hear you are having a bad time st present nifty

 :hug:
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Post by: Emz2014 on December 01, 2016, 09:15:28 PM
What a mixed day  :undecided: 

How do we reconcile work and our minds?!?.  bad few days at work xx
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Post by: Hubby on December 02, 2016, 12:52:11 AM
That's the nature of the beast emz. Managers constantly want more for less. It makes them look good.

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Post by: Karena on December 03, 2016, 09:45:42 PM
It makes them think they look good most of the time it actually makes them look desperate to validate their positions,and a lot of the time theyre frightened we are better at the job than them so putting us down is their defence.
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Post by: Emz2014 on December 20, 2016, 06:34:40 AM
Oh marvelous, have woken extra early with a streaming cold. Now look like rudolph with a streaming nose and a dry cough which doesn't seem to be achieving much :-( what timing!

I was already off for several days twice in Nov with a cold (tried to go back too soon and fell ill again), so going to work from home. Feel awkward calling in sick again so soon :-(  work does not suit being human does it!

How is everyone else getting on? Xx
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Post by: Julie Magson on December 20, 2016, 04:31:12 PM
Oh dear just what you don't need Em, is your medicine box stocked! It's good you can work from home though because it is embarrassing to have to keep taking time off isn't it? :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Julie Magson on December 21, 2016, 04:06:03 PM
Well I've treated myself to a bottle of port and some chocolates. Alan used to love to buy me port and it's only something I drink at Christmas.
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Post by: Emz2014 on December 21, 2016, 09:25:52 PM
Ooo i like port. I'll have to get some in soon. 
I like port or red wine along with some chocolate - maltesers go really well with red wine :-)
My nose has stopped streaming, but bunged up now.  Went to the cinema to see Fantastic beasts and where to find them, was really good apart from a couple of coughing fits i couldnt suppress :-o. Xx
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Post by: Karena on December 23, 2016, 08:17:18 PM
Quick call in from stormy Jo'burg.Hope your cold is better Emz.
For those of you struggling with Xmas,I send big hugs,it will soon be over.

Xmas here is very different and not just because of the weather,but very low key,which is a good thing as it would be obscene for it to be otherwise,when the supermarket car park guards are asking customers not for tips but bags of mealie maize to feed their famillys things arnt good,last years drought has upped the price of even this basic staple to an alarming premium.

My wilderness trip consisted mainly of huge thunderstorms,terror of heights,sore feet,Mozzie bites,and an a fall into a stream that made me look embarrassingly like a rigged sheep.Thankfully if there were snakes I was too knackered to see them.We didn't see a leopard but there was one around which was a bit scary if one needed a nighttime ablution.suffice to say pride went out the window,that wonderful long drop toilet was a good walk away through the trees,I decided a closer to shelter bush was preferable.On the last night everyone abandoned tents and moved into the hut as the thunderstorm was too much even for the hardy.Definitely not a sunbeds and pool type holiday,and I was by far the eldest person there.Speaking of pools though,our natural bath/shower was pretty lush if a little chilly.

Hope everyone has as decent Xmas as possible.will be sending virtual hugs on the day,and will be  back in 2017.
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Post by: Emz2014 on December 23, 2016, 09:55:12 PM
Im at the congested stage, continually blow my nose and still bunged up. Quite tiring so I'll be off to bed soon.  But i did manage a nice afternoon with my mum, after morning at work we went to the book barn (huge place with lovely cafe and hundreds of books for 1 each), took flowers to my nan & gramps grave which is in a pretty little churchyard in the middle of a field.  Then we had a nice lunch at a local pub

Sending hugs to everyone too

Take care karena and have a lovely time xx
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Post by: Julie Magson on December 24, 2016, 12:05:04 PM
Goodness Karena- you sure know how to party!
Are you sat there with a tissue up your nostril Em?
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Post by: Emz2014 on December 24, 2016, 02:03:20 PM
I feel like I have a whole toilet roll up my nostrils Julie :-D I'm at the stage where you can't hear properly and feel like your head is in a bucket  :huh:
Hope everyone else is well xx
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Post by: pennyking on December 24, 2016, 08:27:33 PM
Hope your feeling better soon Emz.  I felt like that last week.  Still not got rid of it completely. 
Wishing everyone all the best for tomorrow.  It's not an easy time, but have to to get through the best we can for our loved ones.

Hugs and love to you all.

 :hug:
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Post by: Karena on December 28, 2016, 08:27:47 PM
Well that's another one survived.Xmas is fairly low key here which suits me fine,although there is something a bit surreal about seeing people in shorts and t shirts next to a Xmas tree.
Had a surreal moment myself today.Went to pick and pay and halfway through the checkout my daughter realised she had forgotten something in another shop and took off leaving me to finish.When the stuff had gone through the girl asked for my picknpay card.I don't have one but I watched my daughter put it in the machine when we started so I told her this.She looked at me oddly,then said but madam you came here alone.No I didn't I said,my daughter was here,she was carrying a baby.So she consulted the girl doing the packing and being not particularly fluent in Zulu I didn't quite catch what was said,but I think the gesture for not right in the head is international.No madam,she said you are here alone no one is with you.By now there was a queue of interested on lookers so I decided further argument was futile established the card was just a loyalty card so not essential to make payment and went through.Next was the cigarette kiosk,where the till apparently wasn't working,but then suddenly sprung into life,then on the way out the security gate thing buzzed.The security guy looked at my receipt then waved vaguely at the trolley and said something here is buzzing.then waved me through anyway.
When I got outside my daughter wasn't there,and just for that split second I wondered if they were right I HD lost the plot.But I hadn't she turned up we checked the till roll and she had put the loyalty card through.But guess what.The thing that was buzzing,a security tag in a top I bought,which contains red ink that splats if you break it.So tomorrow I,m going to have to go back and get them to take the tag off.If someone knows the Zulu for "remember the nutcase yesterday who was hallucinating she had a daughter,well she is back hallucinating she paid for this top and you forgot to remove the security tag".please let me know ASAP. :rofl:
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Post by: Julie Magson on December 29, 2016, 12:44:59 PM
Oh my! And the best of luck with all that!  :rofl:
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Post by: Hubby on December 29, 2016, 10:17:51 PM
I think marching into the shop,pointing at the tag and shaking your fist with an angry scowl would break the language barrier Karena.  :whistle:
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Post by: Deb63 on December 31, 2016, 01:18:54 PM
Good Afternoon everyone :)
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Post by: Emz2014 on December 31, 2016, 01:30:44 PM
Hi Deb, how are you doing? Xx
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Post by: Deb63 on December 31, 2016, 01:34:26 PM
Im ok thank you Emz, nursing a cold atm 😐 x
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Post by: Emz2014 on December 31, 2016, 07:32:36 PM
Me too, I seem to be in the last stages of my cold.  Started the Monday before Christmas, now I have a rough cough and sometimes a bit of a snuffly/runny nose.  Hope you feel better soon  :hug: xx
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Post by: Deb63 on December 31, 2016, 07:35:49 PM
Had mine 3 days 😐..good to know yours is almost gone 🙂
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Post by: Deb63 on December 31, 2016, 07:36:50 PM
Hopefully mine is  on its way out lol  :hug:
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Post by: Julie Magson on December 31, 2016, 07:39:27 PM
Well don't sneeze on us you two!  :rolleyes:
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Post by: Deb63 on December 31, 2016, 07:41:03 PM
Ill try not to 😆..hope youre all having a nice evening 🙂
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Post by: Julie Magson on December 31, 2016, 07:56:04 PM
Well I'm on my own, but prefer it like that this year as it's my first without Alan- what are you doing?
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Post by: Deb63 on December 31, 2016, 08:35:22 PM
I have my son hes 18 here , but ..you know teenagers and Ps4 s lol
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Post by: Emz2014 on December 31, 2016, 10:11:54 PM
I promise no sneezing :-)
Im sat watching Captain America: Civil War in my PJ's, with a cuppa and my dog cuddling me because fireworks have started xx
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Post by: Deb63 on January 01, 2017, 09:57:34 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR ! 😊🤗 :hearts:
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Post by: Julie Magson on January 02, 2017, 01:55:42 PM
And the same to you Debs- hope we can gain a springboard to better moments X
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Post by: Hubby on January 02, 2017, 02:53:49 PM
All the best
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Post by: Deb63 on January 02, 2017, 03:05:05 PM
Thank you both
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Post by: Norma on January 02, 2017, 10:24:41 PM
I know its a bit late but id like to wish all you lovely peeps a happy new year and hope it brings you all good health and contentment. (((Hugs)))

 :hug:
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Post by: Deb63 on January 02, 2017, 10:44:00 PM
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Post by: Hubby on January 02, 2017, 10:46:04 PM
And you Norma.  :hug:

I hope you got a big umbrella for Christmas.
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Post by: Brian71 on January 03, 2017, 12:56:33 AM
Thank you Norma,  I hope you too have a good 2017 full of contentment, and that applies to everyone on here,  we can only hope that 2017 brings a little relieve to those still grieving,  in truth I doubt we will ever stop grieving for our loved ones inside but maybe with time it becomes that little more bearable.  :hug:
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 05, 2017, 07:56:20 AM
A few days in, likely back to work now,  how are you all doing?

I'm still waking up in the morning feeling coldy, bit sniffly during the day but at least the hacking cough has passed now. Just need to get rid of this last bit. Back to work Tues, which wasn't too bad - although felt odd trying to sit still concentrating for that length of time, I had become too used to moving about & variety when I was off!

My non working day yesterday and had such a lovely day. A slow start, avocado + spinach on toast for a relaxing/not rushed breakfast. My mum came up for lunch then spent some time talking me through/showing me how to use my new sewing machine. :-) 
back to reality again today, but at least working from home today. 

My friend gave me a colouring diary for Xmas, I've decided to use it as a gratitude diary - each day I'm going to write a positive item I'm grateful for. It is scientifically proven this helps (gets our minds to focus on, and find, more positives)  we had a section on the old forum of writing down 5 positives a day, and it helped then too

Xx

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Post by: Karena on January 05, 2017, 06:11:20 PM
 :hug: wishing you a peaceful new year Norma (but not too peaceful we need your lively personality)
Also back at work,still feeling a bit jetlagged and the cold is driving me mad,Keep forgetting its only January so perfectly normal.I started a walking and healthy diet campaign while I was away,but walking through flower meadows under bluegum trees is infinitely more desirable than walking in the dark and cold and  I have no opportunity to get food in until Saturday so its back to baked beans until then,but I,m being good and havnt unpacked the chocolates from my suitcase yet.Your breakfast sounds lovely Emz .

Still thinking about dog fostering which would force me to walk in all conditions,but it still feels a bit too soon after Ben,So I,m focussing my energy's on the house for now,thinking scandi/Nordic look for the kitchen.Something I can live with but can be neutral enough for future viewers.Watched a design programme last night and made a "mood board"  I also got drawing and writing books for Xmas so am thinking of new ways to fill them.I like your idea Emz.
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Post by: Hubby on January 05, 2017, 10:50:39 PM
I'm back at work and getting over Christmas quite well.

I had to rush to take the decorations down tonight. I've just finished and the house looks really bare without the trees, lights and tinsel. It also looks like somebody has thrown a glitter grenade in. The vacuum is going to be doing overtime for weeks. Even the dog twinkles.
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 06, 2017, 07:34:22 AM
I like the bare look after the decorations come down, always looks alot tidier :-) love that the dog is twinkling  :rofl: xx
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Post by: Julie Magson on January 06, 2017, 01:58:54 PM
A twinkly dog! How glorious!  :rofl:   
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Post by: Karena on January 06, 2017, 05:42:01 PM
Wonder how the dog will feel about being hoovered. :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 06, 2017, 08:16:54 PM
That's a fab photo Julie!

How's everyone's day been?  We successfully completed another work week! Kettles on, everyone grab a biccie  :coffeetoast: :-) xx
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Post by: Karena on January 07, 2017, 07:55:44 PM
Been busy in the house,furniture moved but all drawers etc in a pile ready to be sorted through.samples of vinyl / laminate arrived for the kitchen,think I have decided on design but now to decide vinyl or laminate.I have fitted vinyl in the past but this would be a huge piece to handle and needs 35 cm cutting off all the way down the length.Typically smaller width is too small and there is no where to hide a join thats not a heavy wear area.
laminate is more manageable size but not sure how to cut and fit the edges,So sat on sofa with a hot water bottle to ease my aching back watching new BBC talent programme and prevaricating.
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Post by: Hubby on January 12, 2017, 10:48:36 PM
I think they fit the laminate a bit rough to allow for expansion and hide the edges with a lengths of beading.
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Post by: Karena on January 13, 2017, 05:59:35 PM
Yes I think you're right.
My garden now looks like my house piles of debris everywhere after the wind the other night.I,m thinking of entering the lot into a London art exhibition and calling the piece " reflections of my life" If Tracy Emin can do it so can I.  :rofl:
Nice dusting of snow covering it now so apart from rescuing the bird feeders that's how it will stay for now while I focus on the inside.My grandson rang and asked if I had any earthquake aftermath photos for a school project,I was very tempted to take one. :rofl:
But anyway its Friday night treat night so I have a satay and chilli stirfry, bar of fruit,some logs for the fire and a choice of green tea health drink or G& T cans to drink from,everything else can wait until tomorow.


PS G&T threw itself out of the cupboard so that's settled then. :whistle:.
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Post by: Norma on January 16, 2017, 06:42:29 PM
Well new year project for me was to have a go at dressmaking  again, after at least 30 years, started by finding out the old machine, stripping it down and giving it a good overhaul, great 1st job done.

Next job buy a pattern and material, easier said than done, had to scour sheffield to find a shop that sold patterns, but success eventually, picked an easy pattern that said can be made up in 2 hours, brilliant how many sundresses do i need for my holiday lol.

But what the pattern didnt say is you need a masters degree in sorting out the pattern, been studying it for 2 days now, phew i give up.

 :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 16, 2017, 06:56:06 PM
Patterns do seem to be written in a different language! I think I'm finally getting to grips with mine. Haven't taken it out of the packet yet though, and still need to find some material! Xx
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Post by: Karena on January 16, 2017, 08:24:07 PM
Both very brave.My one and only attempt to make a dress with a pattern was in the dreaded school needlework class (dreaded because if you made a mistake the old bat held it up in front of the whole class and took the Micky )
I did manage a couple of sundresses in later life Sheering elastic and straps. :rofl:
Meanwhile in the skills world I am revamping an old cabinet.I stripped it in summer then got disillusioned the wood underneath years of cak was awful, so now its going to be repainted and on trend.Primed it yesterday or most of it but I can't find the shelves.Love it when a plan comes together ....not.
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Post by: Hubby on January 16, 2017, 10:32:22 PM
There used to be a program on telly about someone who did stuff up like that. She would hang around s tip and take things off people who were dumping it. Then she'd go off and give it to some people she knew along with hundreds of quids to fettle it and than take it off to a gallery in London and flog it for ridiculous amounts of money before taking the profit to the person who was dumping the stuff in the first place.

It was so contrived I found it hilarious.
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 17, 2017, 09:34:08 PM
Hope you find your shelves Karena! :-)

So, i feel its time for some TV chat - is anyone here watching the latest Sherlock series?  xx
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Post by: Didi63 on January 18, 2017, 10:44:02 AM
No I'm not into Sherlock. It's just the usual Corrie, Emmerdale. I do love a good Catherine Cookson on Sunday's.
Super vet is brilliant, as are all the animal programmes.
Also been watching 'Still open all hours,' love all the old classics. Suppose it depends on what mood I'm in  :laugh: . Big ships is one of my many favourites.
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Post by: Julie Magson on January 18, 2017, 02:05:55 PM
No didn't watch Sherlock but feel I may have missed out on something good there. I enjoy the dancing programmes, animal programmes, Eastenders etc. Can't concentrate on anything heavy or complicated- got to be light and fluffy for me at the moment, entertainment wise.
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 18, 2017, 03:26:53 PM
Oh I do like Open all hours, havent seen Still open all hours yet.  There's something comforting in some of the old programmes/sitcoms :-)

What's everyones favourite old tv shows?  I had a soft spot for only fools and horses xx
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Post by: Karena on January 18, 2017, 07:01:29 PM
I watched sherlock but missed the first one.The last one however had me literally sitting on the edge of my seat.
You do wonder though what sort of mind you must have to dream up that scenario. :rofl:

Also liked fools and horses,but the problem with a lot of sitcoms is they are so dated so not always as funny because they are out of context in the modern world.However An fab, vicar of dibley and if were going really old the good life and citizen smith.

Sunday nights should be lighter though really downtown,poldark,type stuff.
I do follow the. Soaps now but in the early days dropped them as the storylines can be too close to home,

My favourite though is wildlife documentary's.especially African ones.
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Post by: Julie Magson on January 18, 2017, 07:15:23 PM
I liked The Good Life too, and Fawlty Towers.
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 18, 2017, 10:02:42 PM
It was a good episode wasnt it karena, kept you guessing

I do love animal documentaries, have to be narrated by david Attenborough though, a legend!

I liked those too Julie.  Know what you mean Karena, not sure I could watch some of the old ones all the way through the series but the odd episode is certainly reassuring :-) Cant remember the name now, which is the one with Mrs Bucket  (liked to be called Bouquet).  That one reminds me of my nan enjoying it and makes me smile. Xx

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Post by: Julie Magson on January 19, 2017, 09:29:34 AM
Keeping Up Appearances-   :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Karena on January 19, 2017, 08:36:09 PM
Yes that was funny I can't hear the word ratatouie without thinking of it ( I can't spell it either )  :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 19, 2017, 08:39:05 PM
Well, today was the first day I felt I had a bit of energy back.  I don't know whether it is because I decided to try out a few new little things - when I woke I let myself stretch in bed for a moment before flinging myself out of it, and then did a Tai Chi move for a minute before I even put the light on  (I've had a Tai chi book for years and never quite got in the hang of actually trying/doing it).  But I certainly did seem to feel a bit more energetic, and I can't put it down to any more sleep as I, as usual, went to bed much too late.

Interestingly, I kept the energy levels through the morning and at lunch, having decided there was nowhere in the office I wanted to eat the soup I brought in, I found a bench outside in a little bit of sunshine, ate my soup then did a lap of the green in the sun.  I did get the typical energy slump after lunch and the lack of motivation kicked in, but do have a slightly optimistic feeling that I might be finding a bit more energy again

Will try the 'routine' again in the morning and see how it goes.  Maybe a little extra gentle movement is what is needed in these winter months?

How has everyones day been? xx
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Post by: Hubby on January 19, 2017, 10:25:45 PM
I've been a bit ' more of the same' again today.

Did a lot of 'half jobs' in work where I started doing things with the best intentions but got bored half way through and went off in search of more interesting hints to do only to repeat the process. It's a good job all the bosses were tied up in a meeting.
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Post by: Didi63 on January 20, 2017, 03:29:44 PM
Emz I've always fancied trying Tai chi but never got round to it. Think I shall take myself into town tomorrow and look in the charity shops for a good Tai chi book.
My eldest son bought me a nice pair of Nordic walking poles last year, shall have to get back into walking again.
I did have the intentions of trying bike Joring with my beagle. It's a bit like sledding with huskies but on a bike/scooter with a single or two plus dogs pulling whilst human pedals.  :shocked:
Just need all the elbow and knee pads now   :rofl: .
Wouldn't mind but not really into speed and I have visions of my beagle seeing a rabbit or something and taking off after it. Flipping heck, when I have an idea, it's something huge or stupid  :rofl: .
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Post by: Julie Magson on January 20, 2017, 04:20:31 PM
Well you don't do things by halves do you!  :shocked:
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 20, 2017, 04:32:35 PM
I darent do that with my lurcher, I'd be flying at the speed of light lol!!

After having some success with the tai chi book I ordered myself a dvd of tai chi from Amazon last night - bargain price of 2.44. Looking forward to trying/learning more (and seeing if I'm doing it correctly) xx
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Post by: Karena on January 20, 2017, 11:03:13 PM
 :rofl:funnilly enough my mind went straight to your bonkers dog too Emz.never tried tai chi I did yoga and enjoyed it and found I wasn't in agony next day,but no classes round here and I can never get motivated with DVD,s.
Tonight I started top coating the cabinet but discovered I must have picked up the wrong tin,thought I had grey shadow but turns out to be pebble,which currently looks more dirty white.Maybe it will look better in daylight.

Baby sitting tomorrow night ,when I say baby he is 8,So need to hide paint brushes and paint he has been known to decide to paint things in the past,and get something in for tea. I might let him make tea I,m thinking poormans shepherds pie (baked beans instead of mince , and cheese on top) It used to be a favourite with my girls.popcorn and TV talent show later we have our own marking system,he is very critical he is autistic so doesnt hold back ,makes simon cowell look like the nice guy.
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 21, 2017, 09:12:54 AM
Haha, it would be carnage with Raz wouldnt it Karena!  :rofl:

Maybe a layered look will work well with the pebble paint, give it depth?

That sounds like a nice time planned. Like the sound of the poor mans shepherds pie :-)  xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 24, 2017, 11:42:03 AM
Good morning all

Well, I've continued my brief stretching before getting up, (just simple stretches/moves and just concentrating on how the muscles are feeling) and about a minute of doing tai chi movements as soon as I stand up out of bed and it does seem to be making a difference. I have been feeling a bit more energetic, bit more focused and positive, which has been lasting longer into the day.  So I'm going to continue giving that a try!

Ive also tried to make a point of being more mindful - so instead of going through several thoughts/memories when walking I've tried to focus on the environment around me, even if it is only for a few minutes at a time.  Is interesting, I've worked in the centre for many years and during a walk to a shop which i do sometimes I was focussing on details the other day and looked up and noticed a weathervane which had a ship at the top.  I dont recall seeing that before!  Does help to 'rest' your brain and just 'be', and sometimes learn something new :-)

How is everyones week going?   :coffeetoast: xx
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Post by: Karena on January 24, 2017, 06:27:16 PM
Wish I was that organised in a morning I went back to sleep this morning so the stretches involved in leaping up and running round  to get to work were far from gentle.On less rushed days I have done the mindfulness thing,of looking around rather than just in front,I got so used too it I once spotted an injured blackbird flapping around on the floor there were loads of people milling around some looking in the shop window but no one else had seen it right at their feet,until I started trying to stop it going back into the road.Don't know if its mindfulness or just that I,m geared up to wildlife where others more to humans,as we become more disassociated from the natural world.

If I,m honest I have become quite depressed again this week,I know why but not how to shake it off.Keith's kids want to scatter his ashes somewhere completely alien to my life with him, They havnt been in touch for years so i knew there was a reason .We have agreed to split them and I will keep half , so its not really that in itself but the fact that they have moved on new lives new relationships/careers etc etc which is as it should be, but I,m still stuck . Oh well  its been brewing awat for a few days but I,have said it now so maybe that will help clear the fog.
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 29, 2017, 10:16:00 PM
How are you feeling now Karena? Sending a big hug  :hug:

I'm really appreciating technology today. Looking through an old photo album and found one of the photos was missing. One of me and my sister. I vaguely remember using the original in my scrapbook years ago obviously meaning to get a replacement printed but never did. This eve,  after locating the negative (which was the hardest part lol), it took me 20 minutes to scan in the negative, adjust the colours a bit in paintshop then print on my little photo printer.  Hey presto. I have replacement photo for my album,  and a spare (as it's one of my favourite :-))   so today I'm thankful for technology

Hope everyone is OK. I'm acheing after doing hours of walking yesterday, spent the day in London exploring. Was fabulous seeing all the Chinese new year decorations, and even managed to see a couple of lion dances which made my day xx
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Post by: Karena on January 30, 2017, 07:12:44 PM
I am grateful for technology every day Emz.we could not be here without it and if I had to wait for the za post services to hear from my daughter I would be climbing the walls.
I would not be doing my job without it either ,but maybe that's less of a blessing.maybe I would have been a painter instead,or maybe done something more useful. :rofl:

Thankyou for the hug.
I am feeling better,I,m finally getting the kitchen sorted,and I have help.My neighbour ( the nice one) is between jobs and bored ,I had ordered some sample flooring and he took the parcel for me,so I asked his opinion about which one,which lead to a conversation about the whole kitchen problem.He can't fix the Rayburn but he,s putting the floor down and painting the walls and ceiling and his mate is a decorator so he is going to refurb the cupboards at mates rates,he also got paint and floor at trade price.I took it with a pinch of salt at first but then he came back round said its all organised clear the stuff and wash everything down over the weekend and I,all start monday,today is Monday and he has done loads while I have been at work.All a bit sudden but just the kick up the backside I needed.I think he's been watching DIY sos. :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 30, 2017, 09:22:40 PM
Glad you're feeling better  :hug:

Aww that's really lovely about the kitchen :-)  always lovely when someone offers some help :-)  hope it all goes well 

Ive started a new future learn course on nutrition, have had some time to catch up with it this eve, finding it really interesting xx
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Post by: Karena on January 31, 2017, 08:14:14 PM
I,m trying to do two at the moment they're like buses you wait ages then two come along at once.One is about smart technology  mostly for work it might help to understand the gist of what they bang on about at staff meetings.the other is about climate change and agriculture that's to add to my ever increasing collection of permaculture related subjects.

Actually nutrition would slot into that too,but I think two is enough for now,there is another work related one coming up as soon as the first one finishes about the internet of things. I,m starting to feel too old for all this technology :wchair: and now I sound like my granny but she was referring to video players. :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on January 31, 2017, 11:01:39 PM
Sign up to it anyway so its in your course list, then do it later once you've done others :-D. Wont have the active comments, but can still read them :-D xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 02, 2017, 06:37:09 PM
Very quiet on here the last few days, how is everyone doing?

Xx
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Post by: pennyking on February 02, 2017, 08:43:03 PM
Having a few difficult few days, Birthday and Anniversary.  Hope your doing ok Emz? x
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Post by: Hubby on February 02, 2017, 09:56:03 PM
I'm not doing too bad emz. I know I've got a few rough ones coming up but I'm in a bit of a lull at the moment.
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Post by: Didi63 on February 05, 2017, 10:16:54 AM
 :hug: to those that may need them.
I've been forcing myself to get out, mainly in town, community lunch and even to a crafty group.
At the crafty group, anything goes and I ended up playing Ludo, which I don't think I've ever played before!
Quite enjoyed it 😀.
Today is a down day, though I'm sure the weather doesn't help.
I'm sat here picking at my breakfast, porridge oats with a yogurt. Don't know about anyone else but I get fed up of having the same cereal breakfast.
Also in a bit of a food rut really. Does anyone else seem to buy the same foods each week/month?
I need to start eating healthier, especially now my new job is on the horizon, start 13th February and need to get into good feeding habits.
Been buying new blouses for job too. Going round the charity shops and been lucky to pick up a couple of blouses for 1 each and they look brand new!
What has everyone else been up to lately?
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Post by: Karena on February 05, 2017, 05:47:25 PM
 :hug: for everyone.just back from the weekend away/babysitting wedding thingy.got some rest when the boys were at the wedding but little darlings seemed to be under the impression 5am is an acceptable time to get up when on holiday.so i,m abit tire.got staff meeting tomorow with no prep done so i will be winging it. Just got home and found kitchen cupboards all finished and floor laid,looking very impressive.I saw a picture on fb of our Norma next to a police van with a burly officer either side.So I guess Birmingham meet went well. :rofl:
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Post by: Hubby on February 05, 2017, 09:05:52 PM
Birmingham was great Karena.
It had got me thinking that there should be a licence for buying Jaegerbombs though.

... and I should not have one.  :whistle:
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 05, 2017, 10:35:23 PM
After asking how everyone was I went into a bit of a busy period and never managed to reply
Yeay for the kitchen Karena! :-D
Hope you're coping ok Penny  :hug:
Heehee for the jagerbombs hubby!  I havent had them often but they do certainly add some energy! :-)
Sounds like some great finds there Didi! :-)  I have a few favourites I've found in charity shops :-) the crafty group sounds a fantastic idea. What do you like to craft? Ive always found crafting enjoyable and relaxing, and being with people is good for us too.  I keep meaning to look into organising a games night - whether some of my friends would be interested or to find new people to create a new grouo, try to put more focus on a game and interacting instead of TV.  Not sure where to start though.

In answer to your food question, I do tend to fall into a routine with food sometimes just because its simple.  For example i know if I cook a certain meal it will be tasty and will also provide a couple of lunches too, so is efficient.  I am experimenting at the moment with soup though - trying to make a new flavour soup each week. Which is going well so far.  I do like to look through cook books, which I have lots of, but whether i try new recipes depends on how busy life is
This eve I have come to realise I may be trying to cram too much in (supported by a dear friends concern)  i dont have much planned this week so may specifically plan some 'downtime'
Hope everyone has a good night sleep.  What have you all got planned for this week? Xx
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Post by: Hubby on February 07, 2017, 10:47:09 PM
I can't wait for my new boiler to be up and running. I'm absolutely freezing. Lol.
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Post by: Rosaleen on February 08, 2017, 08:28:17 AM
Hi
 Been off the grid for a little while, initially swamped by an email out of the blue of a new freeholder.
 I have a leasehold  on a flat, it's one of four in a Victorian house. He's planning on major repairs and maintenance, so big bill. I need a lease extension using up all and more of my savings  to then qualify for a life time mortgage to pay for everything now and then have access to money to top up my my limited monthly income
 overwhelmed,  stressed  panic anxiety, all the time,  gradually calmed down, and breathing again thinking how George would respond to this type of thing. "It's only money" "you just get on with it"
Taking on his mindset.
 This has really helped and I started to accept what's happening and put things into perspective. Yes money IS important but now I recognise I'm fortunate to have options even tho'  they're not of my choosing. And of course nothing, nothing, can ever be as bad as losing George

Now busy ploughing through it all,  but in a better frame of mind.
meeting up with three people I can now call  friends  who I met through group support sessions
. So looking forward to that ....
.
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 08, 2017, 09:00:07 AM
Hope your boiler work hurries up hubby, not the time to have no heating  :undecided:  :shocked:

Oh Rosaleen, that sounds alot of stress.  Really well done for taking control and managing your mindset - its amazing how powerful our brains can be, and the power of different perspectives. Its often overlooked how powerful breathing techniques are in managing panic and anxiety.  Sending a hug  :hearts: don't forget some TLC for yourself

Thats fab about your new friends  :heart:

Today is my non working day, and I'm having a very restful day with no pressure on myself. Hope everyones day is kind to them xx
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Post by: Rosaleen on February 08, 2017, 06:56:10 PM
Thanks for the compliment  about taking control,  but I really feel it's George at my shoulder somehow passing on/welding his acceptance view of life to me.  His mindset not mine, but becoming  mine. I find myself thinking of  it as one of his many gifts to me.
 I do use breathing techniques I picked up in yoga years ago.

Hubby,  what a time to have boiler problems!
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Post by: Karena on February 08, 2017, 07:37:12 PM
Rosaleen  :hug:I know what you mean about thinking how they would do,I do it myself its so easy to get into a panic when there is no one to sound off or ask what they think is best,but give yourself credit too love because you are the one tackling the paperwork etc and that's not easy either.

Hubby hope you are not sitting in the cold tonight its freezing already.If only you had that yaegerbomb license you could probably start a lovely bonfire with that stuff,(or alternatively drink it until you don't feel cold anymore.

Emz I recommend you don't start a games night with monopoly,it might end up with violence,but speaking of violence how about cluedo everyone could dress as one of the characters which might make it a good way to break the ice.

Speaking of crafting I have a huge piece of wood if anyone wants to try carving.I have the wood due to not understanding inches and ordering away too much. :rofl:

I am sitting on the sofa surrounded by stuff.kitchen and hall contents are all piled up here,and its starting to look like one of the houses you see on LCD cleaners,unfortunately not theirs but the ones they visit.I,m hoping new tap and lights will arrive soon.also hoping I ordered the right sizes .Apparently tap won't work without half a bar of water pressure,not sure how I would go about finding that out but its a nice looking tap if it doesn't work I can carry water in a bucket from utility room and pretend I,m posh. :rofl:
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Post by: Hubby on February 08, 2017, 10:48:19 PM
Hooray. The heatings done and the blokes have gone  :yahoo:
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 09, 2017, 07:29:29 AM
 :yahoo: :-) xx
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Post by: Karena on February 09, 2017, 08:11:37 PM
 :yahoo:just in time to see off the Siberian weather were looking forward too this weekend.
I,m up for an early night tonight,my eyes are tired,sadly my brain isn't,so what are the chances I actually do go early. :rolleyes:
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Post by: Hubby on February 10, 2017, 10:21:35 PM
Celebrations may be premature. The heating is great ... when I can work it. It's got a Hive controller that they advertise on telly. I didn't want it but it was free.

Last night I thought I put the heating on but after an hour the radiators were still cold. I figured it out and at bedtime I turned it off. This morning I woke up and the entire house was scorching. I might have to read the manual to find where I'm going wrong.
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Post by: Karena on February 11, 2017, 08:54:50 PM
Typical bloke.why is it men don't bother with instructions until the very last resort. :rofl:

Well today is the first time in about 4 years I havnt had to carry hot water into the kitchen in a bucket to do the washing up.I now have a working tap. :yahoo: hope I didn't speak too soon as well,that would be embarrassing.

Allegedly we are getting snow tomorrow so hopefully white is the new grey.if it is even though there are a trillion things I should be doing at home,I might go out with my camera for a while.
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Post by: longedge on February 11, 2017, 10:20:42 PM
men don't bother with instructions

That's because we don't need to generally. It's only in the case of poorly designed items that it becomes necessary  :coffeetoast:  :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 11, 2017, 10:53:25 PM
We had some snow this morning but it only pitched briefly on the grass, then after a few hours all gone and just back to damp xx
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Post by: Karena on February 12, 2017, 07:55:26 PM
Longedge nice try but I,m not convinced. :rofl:
Emz it has been snowing on and off all day here but not settling its also a very cold wind.I braved it to the shop and back and that was enough.

Today I have been putting stuff back in the kitchen but have refrained from shoving everything back in the cupboards and shutting the doors,I spent ages artfully arranging pots on the open shelves and even lined the glasses up in the glass front cupboard.I had a 1960,s tea set plain yellow tpot for 1 milk jug sugar bowl.the bowl and t pot  lid have a picture of a willow tree on.I,be always liked them so now they have taken pride of place on an open shelf along with a cup and saucer that I think were a christening present.the cup has a picture of a child on a tree swing.Totally impractical I should have put more utility stuff there but you never know one day I might get all posh and use them. :coffeetoast:.I can stick my pinky out along with the best of em. :rofl:


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Post by: Hubby on February 12, 2017, 10:37:09 PM
I didn't need the instructions. I've figured out hat if I turn the knob right up it comes on and if I turn it right down it goes off. That's about as close to the on off switch I had in the old system as you can get without having an on off switch.  :yahoo:

I've only seen about five snowflakes. That's probably what they call a blizzard down south.

I like the sound of your kitchen Karena. Mine looks like a bombs hit it, much like the rest of the house.
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Post by: Karena on February 13, 2017, 08:22:57 PM
My lounge looks like a hoarders house all the stuff from kitchen and hall piled up in here that's why it would be tempting to just throw everything back in.Got a table and chairs today  thirty quid off sale or swap site.a saving which means new fridge freezer is a step closer.Mine is ancient and has been painted several times to cover the rust,but the seal is on its last legs . So today I was looking online and discovered the " smart fridge" apparently I could get one of those with an app,and the app will tell me if I ran out of something.
I can only think this is dependant on you putting designated objects in designated places which it then has sensors to calculate its gone,or it has a camera through which it examines the contents of its own stomach.
I think its a technological advance I can live without.Cos I,m a smart owner and I know if I look in the fridge and something isn't there I have run out. :rofl:
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Post by: longedge on February 13, 2017, 08:40:53 PM
I didn't need the instructions.

I rest my case  :wink:
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Post by: Hubby on February 13, 2017, 10:16:30 PM
I don't like the idea of a smart fridge. There's things in the dark corners of mine that I don't want to know are there.
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 14, 2017, 07:45:27 AM
Me too!   I'd rather have a stupid fridge! It can't complain then! Xx
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Post by: Karena on February 14, 2017, 07:49:59 PM
 :rofl:glad I,m not the only one.my boss and colleagues,with one exception think I,m a ludite because I don't appreciate the potential of these things.I think I will be the one laughing when the internet goes down in winter,and it does,every time there is a power cut here,so twice today,when they could potentially be locked out,unable to put the heating or lights on.I,all be the one laughing when I,m the only one with a candle. :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 15, 2017, 09:14:59 AM
I have heard that there is a washing machine which is connected to WiFi and it can order your washing powder/liquid for you.  Mmmm.  I'd rather have the control and choice in my house thanks!

I know that life is busier than ever, with technology driving the pace, but moving towards computerised things doing things like that for us doesn't feel like the right answer (makes me think of the animation film wall-e! Where the humans are lazy and just sat around having robots do everything for them)  I think more focus needs to be put on enabling people to have more work life balance so people dont feel burnt out and they have time to order their fridge contents! Xx
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Post by: Rosaleen on February 15, 2017, 09:24:10 AM
Totally agree
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Post by: Karena on February 15, 2017, 07:23:51 PM
I think there a danger that we will stop thinking for ourselves and doing for ourselves,already we have cars that we can't fix,so we end up relying on the big corporates for everything and having to buy new stuff every time it breaks down.I saw light fittings when I was looking for the kitchen that come with the bulbs integrated so you can't change the bulb you have to change the whole fitting,and technically if you're being legal get an electrician to do it.
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Post by: Hubby on February 16, 2017, 11:00:36 PM
I spent hours today in work with a major power failure. All the networked stuff went offline as the network equipment didn't have an alternative supply and the entire job went to pot. I couldn't help thinking about how Karena Would have been standing there with her candle laughing at everyone running around like headless chickens.  Lol
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Post by: Karena on February 17, 2017, 08:29:59 PM
 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:we used to have back up battery's but one by one they went flat and were not replaced.I don't have candles at work but the campervan is parked outside and I have torches,camping stove and kettle .But the only person getting  :coffeetoast:will be the one who doesn't think I,m a Luddite.
The rest will have to have virtual tea in their virtual world.
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Post by: Hubby on February 18, 2017, 10:50:42 PM
We've got massive banks of backup supplies but, strangely, nobody thought to connect the main networking cupboard up to one. As a result all the main stuff was working but absolutely useless. :rofl:
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Post by: Karena on February 19, 2017, 08:42:29 PM
 :rofl:love it when management plans come together.
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 02, 2017, 01:39:02 PM
How is everyone doing today?  I'm at a cringeworthy work event, where teams have stalls and we have enforced networking to get to know each other. I'm at the point when I'm looking for an escape route!!!

Hope everyone is doing OK today xx
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Post by: longedge on March 02, 2017, 02:03:59 PM
I'm at a cringeworthy work event, where teams have stalls and we have enforced networking to get to know each other.

Life is full of golden opportunities - this might just be one of them in disguise Emz  :smiley:
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 02, 2017, 04:41:14 PM
I like your positivity!   Has been an odd day - the team of directors did a (very bad) rap on stage.   But on the plus side I did manage to chat to a couple of colleagues I havent seen in a long time, and as we finished early managed to zip to wilko's afterwards to stock up on bird food.  (my sparrows, blackbirds and doves have been guilt tripping me with their looks since I ran out earlier in the week!)

Looking forward to a quiet evening xx



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Post by: Norma on March 02, 2017, 06:08:13 PM
Feet up reflecting on the days events trying my best to keep calm and relaxed, xxx

 :hug:
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Post by: Bertie on March 02, 2017, 06:54:21 PM
Just managed to log in, like the purple !
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Post by: longedge on March 02, 2017, 07:09:38 PM
(my sparrows, blackbirds and doves have been guilt tripping me with their looks since I ran out earlier in the week!)

I went and stocked up last weekend at The Range. Spent nearly 30 but I do like watching them. I draw the line at squirrels and wood pigeons coming and scoffing the lot though :evil: .

I've got ar least 3 different Robins that come and they spend a lot of time squaring up to one another. I also get a wren now and again, blue tits, coal tits long tailed tits, goldfinches, starlings, mistle and song thrushes and very occasionally a nuthatch. My favourites are the robins though.

I've got a bird box with a wireless camera in it but so far it's not been nested in. Last autumn a blue tit spent several weeks roosting in it overnight but that's all. I'm hoping that it might be taken into use this year. I've got a webcam link on my website to it for the family if it does get used.
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 02, 2017, 08:29:01 PM
I love watching my birds when I'm home, feels good to help them :-)  I gained a robin recently, he's so brave, he landed down by my knee recently whilst I was crouched filling the peanut feeders :-) xx
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Post by: Karena on March 02, 2017, 08:38:05 PM
I had a blutit nest in a very old nesting box at the top of a very old bird table,completely ignoring new nest boxes.The wood legs are rotten and I had propped it up with a view to remodelling it but it was very precarious so I had to wait until the parents were off foraging and keep nipping out to try and make it more secure.It wouldn't have taken much for the wind or a child to topple it.They didn't seem to mind me hovering and the babies fledged safely.

Its way too cold and wet for outdoors recently,which is probably a good thing as I,m plodding away with inside stuff.but I,m keeping an eye out for frogspawn.I usually put it in a bucket indoors if its likely to freeze,then put it back in the pond later in spring.
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Post by: longedge on March 02, 2017, 08:51:59 PM
When choosing where to nest they do the funniest things.

I no longer hang washing out, it's tumble dryer all year round for me but one of Chris' old peg bags is still hanging by the washing line. I saw one of the Robins recently go into the bag obviously checking it out as a potential nest site  :smiley:
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Post by: Hubby on March 05, 2017, 12:05:53 AM
I'm banned from feeding the birds in work but I did put up a nest box for robins on a tree this week.

I've got no idea when nesting season is though.
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Post by: longedge on March 05, 2017, 09:11:29 AM
I'm banned from feeding the birds in work

That's a shame. When I was still working, I was always the first one in the office(always got the best parking space) so I had half an hour or so in the mornings to do all the things that I had been banned from doing  :grin:
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Post by: Karena on March 05, 2017, 09:34:18 PM
Usually sometime in March in the north depending on the weather,so keep feeding them but try not to go too near the nest box.They will have three or even four broods,the females do the sitting the males keep feeding them for about 3 weeks after they fledge while she hatches the next lot.Poor things must be exhausted by the autumn.

Long edge I can't help wondering what you might have been up too that was banned.but I like the way you think. :rofl:

My eldest had her appendix removed this morning,She's fine and I know my son in law will look after her,but its times like this I hate being on the other side of the world.
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Post by: Norma on March 11, 2017, 10:07:09 AM
Longedge your comnent certainly  made me giggle to myself , had a mental picture of you skulking around in a morning feeding the birds while looking over your shoulder all the time lol. Xx

Karena i hope your daughter goes on okay, can feel for you not being there with her xx

Im dog sitting for a week, our Alfie hes a crazy springer spaniel, but love him to bits, and its so nice coming home to that doggy fuss being made of me,  but no Karena before you say anything im not going to have my own dog lol. Xx

Massive.  :hug: sent to you all xx


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Post by: Karena on March 11, 2017, 08:26:22 PM
I,m still holding out Norma,just,but I seem to have become unofficial foster mother to three part time dogs now.One thinks its funny to sit in the pond.So now I need fencing before he comes back as the frogs have been very busy today.Actually tomorrow at some point I,m going to have to get my wellies on and shift frogspawn into the deep end or it will freeze.Looks like a sago pudding on steroids in there. :rofl:
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Post by: Sazzylou on March 25, 2017, 01:34:18 AM
Hello.
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Post by: Norma on March 25, 2017, 10:56:46 AM
Hi Sazzylou welcome sending you a hug   :hug:

If you need any help finding your way around the site we are here to support you

Xx
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Post by: longedge on March 25, 2017, 11:28:27 AM
Hi Sazzylou - you've brought some sunshine with you (at least in my neck of the woods)  :yahoo:
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Post by: Norma on March 25, 2017, 11:35:34 AM
Plenty of sunshine where i am as well, certainly makes you feel different when tbe sun shines xx

 :cool:
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Post by: longedge on March 25, 2017, 11:43:36 AM
It certainly lifts my spirits together with the lengthening days. I've even started getting out of bed at a decent hour in the mornings just lately!  :laugh:
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Post by: Norma on March 25, 2017, 03:02:52 PM
Ive caught up with loads of jobs today, just making a cuppa then sit in the sun with my kindle, summer is on its way so any recommendation of  light hearted books to read, easy concentration is needed im afraid x

 :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Rosaleen on March 26, 2017, 06:18:23 PM
Hi Norma, not sure if it'll be your cup of tea but I remember I found Stephen Fry s Paperweight really funny some years ago.
I know there are others I liked,  all in the one  vein,   comics  and comedians
Some of Ben Elton's novels , autobiographies  Johnny Vegas  and. Paul Merton  (but for me not Victoria Wood's  unfortunately)
There are others, but can't think what they are..........
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Post by: Rosaleen on March 26, 2017, 06:21:36 PM
Oh yes Peter Kay's autobiography
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Post by: longedge on March 26, 2017, 08:25:22 PM
I've enjoyed several books written by Alan Titchmarsh although I don't read, I only do listening  :smiley: and he does his own narration very well. Another 'Yorkshireman' whose books I've found to be worth a listen is an ex school inspector called Gervase Phinn who wrote a series of books about his professional life inspecting Dales Schools, they are full of glimpses of the past and moments of gentle humnour.
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Post by: Norma on March 26, 2017, 09:30:13 PM
Being a born and bred yorkshire lass i might look out for them Longedge, and yes Rosaleen i will read peter kays autobiography, thanks to you both forbyour suggestions s

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Post by: Norma on March 28, 2017, 06:22:26 PM
Just found an amazing book. Called 'Black Diamond'. Its the story of the Fitzwilliam family, whose home and estate  was Wentworth Woodhouse, Barnsley,  it had when build in the 17th century and still has today the longest facade of any stately home in europe, yet its not well known.

Back to my book x

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Post by: Karena on April 23, 2017, 06:17:43 PM
I just read a parliament of rooks,which is set in Haworth but one of those that jumps between eras,so modern person buys house haunted by Bronte era ghost.It was really good lots of research on the historical facts but made into fiction.I seem to be going for this lately,so as a complete opposite feel good book,I finished a book called this morning called " the keeper of things "which was a real pleasure to read.I need something new for tonight now,but the Durells new series is back on ,so after that.
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Post by: Emz2014 on May 25, 2017, 10:34:47 PM
How's everyone doing this eve?  Are you all melting from the sudden onset of summer too? Lol

I'm feeling a little bit sorry for myself this eve. After 2 weeks of oiling went to Drs for my ear to be syringed, went quite well but she wasn't able to fully clear it so another 2 weeks of oiling then back again  :undecided:.  That's not so bad that I have to go back but now it feels partially blocked and a bit weird, probably from all the swooshing water and it freaks me out potentially losing hearing for a while :-(  I know its minor in the scheme of things, but my mind doesnt seem to have registered that fact,  just dont know why it freaks me out so much. I guess being one of our main senses we really notice changes to it.   Fingers crossed its ok overnight

Hugs to all xx
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Post by: Karena on May 29, 2017, 06:24:05 PM
Hope it sorts itself out Emz.
Just got back from a weekend camping with my grandson.We arrived late due to having to find an alternative route due to an accident.which was fun with no satnav or phone signal to get maps up.note to self get old fashioned printed road atlas.But quite impressed myself and him by negotiating country lanes based on sun direction and crossed fingers.Pretty sure the three cars that followed me might have been impressed too if they knew they were following someone who had no idea where she was going. :rofl:

Saturday we had massive thunderstorms.yesterday was beautiful wall to wall sunshine we walked up the hill behind the site and found a lovely grove of wild flowers and peregrines nesting on the cliffs.Also played swingball,badminton,football,cricket,threw balls for someone's dogs and divebombed a blow up sofa to bounce a row of kids off it.( at their request I have to add) Today everything ached and I had to pack away wet so everything is piled up in the kitchen waiting for a dry day.For my tea I,m having coldbag left overseas.crisps,cheese slices and potato salad.perhaps not the healthiest tea ,but it needs eating. :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Karena on June 20, 2017, 09:32:07 PM
I was asked on Sunday if I would take in an injured collared dove,so I agreed and set up a cage and pen..When he ariived the collared dove turned out to be a feral pigeon that had been clipped by a car and rescued by a h big issue seller who saw it happen.,(now named Tink after the guy).
There were no obvious injury's and tink seemed pretty lively but lacked flying ability.I put him in the cage but he was pacing up and down and attacking the bars,which could have caused injury so I threw a blanket over the cage and he settled down.
Given the hot weather though it wasn't going to be the best idea to leave him like that all day today,so I got up at dawn and secured the pen checking there were no gaps and let him out of the cage before going to work.came home at lunchtime and he was strutting around hapilly,came home tonight and no sign of him,so I figured he would be in the bushes at the back of the pen,went in to get some feed mixed up,came back out and Tink is sitting on the patio.watching me.
He wasn't about to be reconfined either,and ran down the garden then across the shallow end of the pond and sat on the other side watching me.I was worried if I chased him further he would panic and go in the deep end so walked off and pretended to ignore him while I checked the pen to see where he could have got out,no gaps.

Meanwhile Tink has crossed the pond again but one of the resident collared doves attacked him,so I chased that off and chased Pedro back up to the pen.Within inches of the gate he decides he can fly a little bit after all Which explains how he got out of the pen.He is now under the bushes at the far side of the pond where I can't reach him.
I have shoved his food as close as I can get and concluded he is rejecting the hospitality of a nice safe warm  cage for the night.Fingers crossed theirs no cats around and he has the sense to stay out of sight of the gangster dove.
All this worry over a flipping pigeon,I must be bonkers. :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on June 21, 2017, 08:16:22 AM
Awww its lovely to care, I guess tinks not quite understanding some caring lol  :rofl:   mind you, I don't suppose he's used to people being nice. Always believe in helping animals xx
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Post by: longedge on June 21, 2017, 08:30:17 AM
I've got very mixed feelings about Pigeons on a par with Squirrels. They hoover my bird feeders clean as a whistle and have me jumping up and down and banging on the window on a regular basis  :angry: :rolleyes:
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Post by: Karena on June 21, 2017, 01:36:59 PM
 :rofl: thats good exercise you should be grateful to the pigeons much cheaper than gym fees. -I know what you mean though they are greedy beggars.I got a separate bird table for them as they prefer to eat from a platform also theyre good at disposing of food scraps  - but i noticed one crafty beggar on sunday trying to raid a seed feeder - it overbalanced and fell off the branch.shouldnt laugh but  :rofl:

I was always the kid who picked the sadest scruffiest donkey at the seaside -still a sucker for the underdog,but i do quite like them despite the greed.
Also in their favour the collared doves are soooo loved up most of the time theyre sweet but also funny -theyre i supose the UK equivalent of the hadeda -so clumsy and not very good at flying considering they are birds. They chose to build a nest in a tree they cant get into without a top down crash through the branches cartoon style -i guess- to hide it from predators -but not the easiest landing approach.

Another plus point the velux windows the not very nice new neighbours put in their not very nice extension to look over my garden are covered in guano and if they leave them open possibly the kitchen worktop will have a similar coating. :whistle:

So anyway I thought Tink had flown the garden this morning after careful searching through the bushes -then it started to rain heavilly so i went and stood under the gazebo (another achievement getting that up on my own this year) After a few minutes i noticed an odd shadow on one of the corners and realised i was looking at a wing shape - guess who.Either he is really brainy gradually making his way up to a high point for flying practice - or - really thick sitting out there in heavy rain.



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Post by: Emz2014 on June 21, 2017, 03:49:38 PM
Reading that I have come to realise my dog probably has the brain/intelligence level of a pigeon!!  Had to pick him up a day early as he was really struggling with this heat and as a side effect being a real handful (pushed through her baby gate which keeps dog contained to half the house, pacing, whining from 5:30 and only sleeping about 5 hours).  Got him home and he's panting loads so got his paddling pool out, but after he had a bit of a paddle he decided to run around in the sun at top speed - getting even hotter!!  :huh: :undecided:
Finally have convinced him to lye on lounge floor in front of the fan and he's finally cool and asleep! Xx
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Post by: Karena on June 21, 2017, 07:35:17 PM
Ben was like that.would lie next too the fire and singe if I didn't shift him,same with sun ,,I,d build him a shade put his bed there turn round and he would be sat back in full sun.I used to send him inside when it was scorching.
I think its going to thunder I have a headache which is always a sign.
Just seen the bridge over troubled water fundraiser for Grenfell tower. tears are  flowing again. :cray:
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 03, 2017, 07:17:26 AM
Hows everyone doing? It appears a lurgie is trying to get me :-( had a sore throat yesterday, which I thought was due to a cough I'd developed, but this morning I have woken up with more of a coldy feeling and have a sneezy,  slightly runny nose to accompany the (slightly worse) cough and sore throat  :shocked:

Typical that it coincides with a booked day out! On my way to Kidderminster to the West Midlands Safari park so I'm going to try and ignore these symptoms and have a good day!!

Had a very active weekend, have started painting fence panels. Oh my they take forever!! And I have still got loads left to do, but do feel a sense of achievement with the ones completed so far :-)   

Sending everyone a hug xx
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Post by: WOODY on July 03, 2017, 10:36:00 AM
Hi Emz,
Sorry to hear that you are feeling rough, have a good day at the Safari park.

 Have you thought about getting a spray gun and spray your fence panels, will be much quicker, but not on a windy day  :smiley:
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 03, 2017, 04:22:46 PM
My nose and throat behaved reasonably well through today. On way home now and nose is streaming  :undecided: looking forward to getting back home so I can have a nap!
Wish I'd thought of that before I bought all the tins of paint! Ah well. Good exercise I suppose! Lol :-) xx
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Post by: WOODY on July 03, 2017, 05:37:12 PM
Hi Emz,
Pleased you had a good day, although suffering again now.
But, just think what you have got to look forward to................... All them fence panels to paint
Have fun
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 03, 2017, 07:33:14 PM
Argh, (wo)man down, (wo)man down!  Cold lurgie has gone full force now!  :embarrassed:  my nose is streaming since my nap and I'm all out of season doing a reindeer impression :-(   Have had to delay all my items on my eve to do list, going to be an eve of lying on the sofa with tv instead!

At least no more fence panels until the weekend! :-)Xx
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Post by: WOODY on July 03, 2017, 07:37:54 PM
Hi Emz,
Really sorry that you are feeling so rough, but as you say, laying on the sofa watching tv, sounds a very good remedy for your symptoms.

Hope you feel better soon  :cray:
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 03, 2017, 07:39:55 PM
Thanks Woody  :hearts: xx
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Post by: Karena on July 03, 2017, 08:39:42 PM
Hope you feel better soon Emz,are you sure its not hay fever.
Despite your illness Emz I have been chuckling away at the last few posts.At the old house we had a long fence and I was painting away when some passing walker stopped to tell me all about the new wonderful spray guns for fences,We had brambles and nettles and all sorts on the grass verge side and this very garrolous friendly helpful chap even stepped back to show me how far back I would be able to stand to save my legs.I really didn't have the heart to mention it was a paling fence with large gaps between,and the likelihood of hitting the fence and not having a stripy lawn beyond it were fairly slim. :rofl:
Staff meeting day today (yawn) So I,be got my list of jobs and deadlines,and the company calendar this year is to be local events throughout the year.I,m so going to struggle to find 12 local events that don't involve jam and scones,and as my act of deviance in the work place is to always have a subtle reference to Johannesburg in this "local" calendar I can only hope someone did the lion king for  their village pantomime.All other suggestions welcome.
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Post by: longedge on July 03, 2017, 11:03:52 PM
Summer colds - yuchhh... - it's a good job you can't catch them by coming in here  :smiley:
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 04, 2017, 02:41:49 PM
Am pretty certain it's a cold, have been going through various symptoms - started with a sore throat and cough, which then developed into a really funny nose,  now I'm delightfully enjoying the bunged up head phase - nose blowing and head bunged up like it has cotton wool in there  :cray: I blame our office, people insist on going in ill and with all the rules of holding the hand rail spread their bugs around :-(

With your fence story you've just reminded me that it's going to be interesting when I get to painting the 6ft trellis between me and next door  :huh:

How's everyones week going so far? Xx
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Post by: Karena on July 04, 2017, 06:55:04 PM
That is going to be interesting.If it detaches relatively easily taking it down might be easier and safer.than a stepladder.

I know like me you're nearly six foot tall but even so. :rofl:

I,m tired and fed up of the pain in my shoulder,I had two wonderful weeks without and now its back to default state.

But on the plus side of life I saw my pigeon this morning.I knew it was him as he has a distinctive white mark on his wing.He seems to have decide country is better than town and found himself a country friend, but my goodness the resident thrush makes such a fuss when they appear I think because it chose to nest near the bird feeders the food is part of the territory.I am currently spending more on bird food than my own.
But it is getting to harvest time and this morning I treated myself too fresh raspberries and black current mash in Greek yogurt for breakfast.


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Post by: Emz2014 on July 04, 2017, 07:20:35 PM
Maybe I could try stilts?!! Unfortunately for me the trellis panels are securely attached to stop my dog escaping.  Ah well, I'm always up for a challenge  :huh:

Hope your shoulder eases soon, ongoing pain like that can really get you down.  I know from my bunged up head/ringing ears I'm very grouchy (I have a little photo printer which chose today to mess me around - I threatened to throw it against the wall at one point but dont think it understood me lol!)

Aww thats cute about your pigeon!  Im sure my birds are calling me all sorts of names as I've run out of peanuts.  Only have the suet pellets left which I throw out in the morning whilst the kettle is boiling.
Enjoy your harvest! :-)  I may have some cherry tomatoes this year, other than that will just be mint and cooking apples for me.  After dad died alot of my plants died, including my blackcurrant bush which came from ribena and my raspberries.  I must replant some more.  This year I focussed on the bees - my cornflowers have been stunning :-) and my wild flowers in pots did pretty good too xx
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Post by: longedge on July 04, 2017, 07:32:16 PM
Pain in the shoulder, fence painting, spending more on bird food than my own - this is my life going on in parallel somewhere else....  :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on July 04, 2017, 09:16:49 PM
 :rofl: :-) xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on August 14, 2017, 10:48:10 PM
How's everyone doing this eve?

Was just reading the earlier posts about the harvests - my tomatoes are coming along well, have two plants totally covered in little green tomatoes :-) no idea how long it will take for them to turn red though. Looking forward to picking the apples too.  Xx
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Post by: longedge on August 15, 2017, 07:54:13 AM
I've started saying the same as I do every year - "I'm not growing anything next year - everything is going to waste!" I think the family are avoiding coming here at the moment because they are fed up of cucumbers and courgettes. I did stick to my guns this year though and resisted the urge to plant tomatoes (although I did find a self-set in my bean row yesterday with small fruit on it).

Doesn't it make a world of difference if the sun is shining when you wake up? If others are like me, it's the only thing that makes me want to get out of bed  :smiley:.
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Post by: Emz2014 on August 15, 2017, 12:51:58 PM
I said that last year as all my efforts were eaten by the slugs.  I gained the tomato plants, they were plonked onto my doorstep so thought I had better plant them. Surprised at how well they are doing!

It does make such a difference having the sun out, I have been finding the rain/greyness has been dragging my mood down xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on August 19, 2017, 06:58:12 PM
Does anyone know anything about tomatoes?  When are they likely to turn red?

Harvested some cooking apples and blackberries today and have stewed them ready for a crumble.  Unfortunately found my butter was a month out of date so have to wait until I pop and get some tomorrow before making a crumble! Xx
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Post by: Karena on August 19, 2017, 08:00:03 PM
Tomatoes need sunlight to ripen but this year mine have got no further than flowering,I don't think there's is any hope for mine,but there is time for yours to go red yet.Last year I was still picking them in October.Everything is late here,plums still not ripe,courgettes still flowering,squashes not formed,beans only just starting to fill,purple broccoli not flowered.the only thing romping away is spinach,which I,m probably going to be eating by the ton for the next week,before it bolts.Today has been awful,been running in and outvto tie the gazebo down,finally gave up and collapsed it right down.rained more than not rained,and I have only just resisted lighting the stove.Duvet is back on the bed,I don't imagine its going to suddenly get warm again.
Enjoy your crumble tomorrow,my favourite pudding.
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Post by: Emz2014 on August 21, 2017, 09:56:28 PM
Fingers crossed for my tomatoes!  There's about 20 on each plant!

I was thankful for simple dinners this eve, had a jacket potato with cheese & beans as I was fending for myself and wanted to get on with some study. Frozen jacket potatoes rule! 5 mins in the microwave and all ready  :-) xx
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Post by: Karena on August 22, 2017, 10:21:50 AM
i agree Emz although in the early days they were awful, they seem to have got better.Plus it makes no sense to me heat an entire oven for 1 potatoe.
I,m sure there is hope for your tomatoes, the plants sustain them even after it starts to look dead.
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Post by: longedge on August 22, 2017, 10:38:50 AM
Re the tomatoes, a little later on in the season you can remove green ones and put them on a sunny window sill. In the meantime it's best to stop (remove growing tip) the plants to force them to concentrate on the existing fruit and it's also good to remove lower leaves and let the light get at the fruit. I've always known the theory but I could never grow them succesfully myself  :rolleyes: :smiley:.

As far as simple meals go, I occasionally treat myself to my childhood favourite, open a tin of beans, fold a couple of pieces of dry bread and then sit and eat the beans out of the tin with an occasional bite of bread. I only buy tins with ring pull tops so I don't think it could get any simpler and after the feast -  :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Emz2014 on August 22, 2017, 01:21:01 PM
Will check the tomatoes themselves are in the sun (when the sun does appear lol!) 

Im glad I'm not the only one who likes cold beans from the can - although it has been quite a while since I did that :-) xx
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Post by: Karena on August 22, 2017, 09:32:27 PM
Ripening on the windowsill works I,he done that before,but they're better off on the plant for as long as possible.I think this year lack of sun has a part to play,yet my cucumbers in the same place did fine so it is an odd one.
I have been known to eat beans from the tin,but also rice pudding.For me its either homemade,which I havnt done for a long time,or cold tinned.
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Post by: longedge on August 22, 2017, 09:42:41 PM
My rice pudding used to come out of tins but now it comes out of the slow cooker  :yahoo:
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Post by: Emz2014 on August 22, 2017, 09:58:14 PM
I love homemade rice pudding, always reminds me of my nan.  Back then we'd all compete for the 'skin', now I get it all to myself  :yahoo: xx
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Post by: Karena on August 23, 2017, 09:44:22 AM
me too,so you would have to share if i was there Emz.
Longedege i dont imagine you get skin with a slow cooker do you ?
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Post by: longedge on August 23, 2017, 10:51:56 AM
Yes quite a good skin but nowhere as good as the one my grandma's rice pudding used to have when it had been in the side oven of her living room fire.
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Post by: Karena on August 23, 2017, 07:15:40 PM
Nothing can beat those old style ovens.We had a Rayburn,in fact it still exists but doesn't work.Bottom oven was used for slow cooking,perfect meruinges,and occasionally warming tiny orphan lambs.
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Post by: Emz2014 on August 29, 2017, 08:26:04 PM
Woohoo!! My tomatoes are starting to change colour!!  :yahoo: xx
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Post by: Karena on August 29, 2017, 08:31:48 PM
Yay you see patience pays off.mine have just started to form.All three of them. :rofl:They will be lovely for Xmas dinner.
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Post by: Emz2014 on September 10, 2017, 08:34:04 PM
Here we are, another Sunday evening. How is everyone doing?

I've been feeling a bit down/stressed recently but have had an ok day today.  DIY type jobs can have quite a meditative effect sometimes. Spent some time this morning filling nail holes on the cladding on the inside of my summerhouse, the repetitive task was quite relaxing!  Spent a few hours emptying the bedroom in preparation for decorating starting tomorrow and then went out for lunch as a reward

My tomato plants are loaded with tomatoes. Picked a red one recently, which has gone into tonight's chilli, which is currently bubbling away.  Just harvested another one this eve, a little larger.  A large green one fell off earlier when the pot was blown over so have put on the windowcill to hope it ripens.  Does anyone know how long I should wait on the other green tomatoes on the plants?!   I'm considering looking up/learning how to do green tomato chutney!

Hugs to all xx
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Post by: longedge on September 11, 2017, 07:35:11 PM
Monday evening - the only day in the week that has got any structure in it for me as it's the day my cleaning lady comes. I have to get out of bed at a decent time instead of just lying in listening to my audiobook.

I've got myself into a real rut to be honest and I'm beginning to understand how people can become agoraphobic. I just don't go out unless it's for a specific reason which is usually to shop for food. When I'm out, I take no pleasure in anything and just do what I have to and then come home and lock myself in. I'm sure that being able to do virtually everything online can be a bad thing  :rolleyes: :smiley: . I hurt my back last winter and had to do my food shopping online but after a couple of times I kicked it into touch because I realised that if I kept it up I would simply never go out. Ho-hum.....
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Post by: Karena on September 11, 2017, 08:31:12 PM
Emz give the toms a bit longer yet,unless the plants are actually dead.I don't mean just yellow silty leaves but stalks drying and snapping.Sorry you've been a bit down odd how repetitive things requiring little thought can be therapeutic..
Long edge .Its natural to want to take refuge at home,and be out but on autopilot.One thing you could try is to seek out one positive thing you see when you're out.Whether its a baby smiling a helpful shop assistant a flower a bird singing,anything at all that lifts your heart just for a second.Walk slower look more and don't go home until you find one.Then write it down.The more you do it the more positive things you see and write down the more you look for that brighter side of things.Even if its blowing a gale or tipping it down,if you can't see something use other senses.odd things you overhear half a conversation that's funny because you only hear half.The smell of coffee,the feel of the wind.

So tonight I was sat outside with my camera having just put the bird food out.I noticed a little mouse peeping out from behind a log.Then scruffy came down then another blackbird tried to muscle in.So they had a tiff and while they were distracted the mouse shot out grabbed some food and shot off again.This must have happened 3 or 4 times,before the pigeon swooped down and took over.Wished I had video mode.It was like an episode of a TV soap.
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Post by: longedge on September 11, 2017, 09:06:12 PM
The visitors seem to have forsaken my birdtable at the moment. I'm guessing that it's partly because there is a glut of other goodies available naturally and they'll be back when the weather gets colder. I did have a sad moment last week when I went down the garden and found one of 'my' robins lying dead on the path. No obvious signs of an attack so I think that it was just that his time had come. I was sitting with a cup of coffee a couple of weeks back when a Starling that was on the birdtable suddenly dived off the table and flew off across the garden closely followed by a streak of grey, a Sparrow Hawk I think. I'm going to re-site the table under one of my small trees to give more cover even though I won't have as good a view - perhaps it will give the birds some confidence back if that is what's keeping them away.

Karena, I have an old back injury that has left me with permanent sciatica and walking is a nightmare for me. I go everywhere by car, unfortunately they haven't invented drive through toilets yet  :laugh: . I think that the reason I so dislike being out on my own is that no matter where I go I end up thinking about "when we used to come here together". It's the downside to the fact that we were hardly ever apart for more than a few minutes after I retired from work some years ago. Perhaps it's just that I'm going through a bad patch - I don't know.
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Post by: Emz2014 on September 11, 2017, 10:34:48 PM
It's so easy to slip into not going out, I know I have fallen into that a little when working from home for a couple of days before. When I have gone out initially it has felt very odd/strange and off putting.  It's easy to see how that can spread.  Also, when going through a rough patch it's quite natural to do, I know karena has described it like an animal and a cave before, which is a good analogy. But is good for us to ensure it doesn't endure for too long or develop into agoraphobia.

Is there somewhere not too far you could try which is new to you? Might help initially to get used to it.

Sorry to hear about your Robin. There seemed to be a reduction in birds in my garden too, my group of sparrows seemed to be absent but I gained a gang of young doves. I was pleased to see a bit of an increase in sparrows and other little brown birds over the weekend.  Love the story about scruffy and the mouse!

Thanks karena, I'll keep an eye on the tomatoes and hope for at least enough sun to colour them. So funny being so pleased about some tomatoes! Harvested some more apples today, will stew them tomorrow.

Xx
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Post by: Karena on September 12, 2017, 08:51:39 PM
That would make it more difficult to get around  :and of course you cant be looking at the scenery when driving.I know what you mean about going back too places .I was the same at first,but a!so the more i did it,the easier it got.One particular place,the place we went too every year as often as we could in Wales,and the place we had the mad plan to move too i didnt go back the first year.The second year i did but wasnt over happy,disapointed somehow because i thought he would be there in some way,but after that,once that expectation had gone i have felt really close too him there.hug: and hug for the robin too.

I think because of the late spring,the insects the birds normally eat didn't hatch.There have been a lot of comments at the hardware shop about the amount of bird seed they have sold this summer whereas normally it hardly shifts until winter.I agree it could be the position of the bird table,I had to move all my feeders the opposite way,out into the open and away from shrubs etc,after spotting a stoat in the garden.Which adds too my theory of something odd going on in the natural world,they normally are seen rarely in the fields,not bold as brass on the patio.

Emz I walked past a house with a greenhouse proper set up,and even his tomatoes are still very green.( nosy me )
Feeling frustrated had big plans to crochet a shawl,found the one on you tube at work,but for some reason you tube keeps returning to homepage and not playing anything.Have a feeling this tablet is breaking down one programme at a time.
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Post by: Emz2014 on October 04, 2017, 08:50:12 PM
I realised today that my new summerhouse (which replaced my garage) is going to be perfect as a bird hide lol!  I was in there painting the walls today, on my way in I had thrown out the usual food for my birds and whilst in there I could see through the window and saw loads of birds :-)  It always surprises me to find how uplifting it is to see and watch the birds, and know I'm doing some good with the food :-) 

Ive gained another 2 red tomatoes and have 4 more on the windowsill starting to redden.  Think the rest may be beyond now given the damp windy weather. But think I managed to make it to double digits of tomatoes!  (Not bad for someone with no idea how to grow them and hadnt planned on having/didnt want any plants either!)

Hope everyone is doing ok xx
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Post by: Karena on October 05, 2017, 11:54:16 AM
well done with the Toms Emz.
I agree watching the birds is fascinating and soothing, you will start to see characters and relationships the more you watch.
My poor scruffy blackbird got a shock this morning. I have rufus dog for two weeks,so this morning i checked before letting him out and scruffy was right outsie the door -so i knocked on it to warn her but she came towards the door instead of away from it -just as he dashed past me. Luckilly no harm done, the dog was too intent on having  pee to bother and scruffy hopped onto the bird feeder then continued to seek breakfast from her safe perch.
It was so lovely last night having a dog to cuddle up with,my resolve to not let him sleep upstairs dissolved in seconds with a look from big brown eyes when i tried to leave him so as long as he understands that it only happens at my house we,re good. If not i,m going to be in big trouble when he goes home  :rofl:
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Post by: longedge on October 05, 2017, 12:29:12 PM
The practice run is over then Emz - next year you'll have perfect toms., that's what I told myself for years but I finally had to admit that somehow me and tomatoes just didn't get on - now cucumbers and runner beans are a different matter  :smiley: .

My birds still haven't come back for some reason, only my Robin keeps flitting down to pick up a mealworm or two. I've cleared the garden now and saved half a dozen of the best Sunflower heads, I dry them out well and then hang them out upside down near the birdtable. They usually attract spome visitors to get the seeds.
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Post by: Karena on October 05, 2017, 06:42:21 PM
Strange thing is where I used to live across the valley,it was higher up and colder but I had no problem with runner beans.courgettes coming out of my ears and tomato's thriving outside,but here runner beans are pathetic,The same breed of courgettes produce two if I,m lucky but this year rotted at the base,Even peas are not happy Not a chance of outdoor tomato's and I wouldn't have done cucumbers outside at either place.Leeks herbs spuds lettuce and spinach are the only guarantees.Butternut squash which i had high hopes for earlier are also now looking pathetic Rasberrys black currents rhubarb and plums do great but again not Strawberry's.

I can only conclude that the gods of nature know I don't have to produce as much food now and said gods also know that Strawberry's can only be eaten with cream ...by law,so are trying to preserve my sylph like figure.  :rofl:
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Post by: longedge on October 05, 2017, 07:36:59 PM
According to my brother-in-law cream should be eaten with everything in fact his ideal pudding would be a dish of cream with cream on it  :smiley:
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Post by: Emz2014 on October 05, 2017, 08:53:29 PM
I love hearing your Scruffy updates :-) lovely that you Rufus for a while.  It is lovely to have a dog around, especially after we've lost our own.  Have you considered something like borrowmydoggy for a regular visitor?   If you closer you could borrow Raz - he stinks this eve, like he's rotting from the inside  :shocked:

I failed with cucumbers last year.  They started off well, they were unusual round yellow ones. Just as they started getting somewhere the snails/slugs ate them all overnight :-(
 Hope your birds come back soon George!  Glad your robin still there.  They say a robin represents a loved one visiting ua.  I gained a robin, he's the first down for the suet pellets recently :-)

Ooo butternut squash. I made a butternut squash the other day, but the squash was so small it was only half the weight it should have been for the recipe.  Well, i adjusted the carrots etc, then forgot and put in the full volume of turmeric and black pepper.  So hot/spicy it blows your head off!  I later added some mashed sweet potato, but still a bit harsh on the back of the throat.  Need to think what else i can do to save it tomorrow!  I did however succeed with toasting the seeds, and they were ridiculously tasty!  Roasted them with a little olive oil, turmeric, black pepper and dash of salt - so yummy!  Will be doing those again!

All that talk of cream have me thinking of puddings now!!  Ok, so whats everyones favourite pudding? Xx
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Post by: longedge on October 05, 2017, 10:42:56 PM
"favourite pudding" - Bread and Butter pudding, but it would have to be made by my grandma in her old side oven closely followed by a rice pudding made in the same way and either with a good dollop of cream  :yahoo:
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Post by: Emz2014 on October 06, 2017, 11:56:46 AM
I think mine has to be raspberry pavlova :-)  closely followed by homemade rice pudding :-)   although I quite like apple crumble and custard too!
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Post by: Karena on October 06, 2017, 02:27:19 PM
There are too many puddings in the world to pick a favourite one.But strawberry or blackcurrent crumble and meruingue based ones are up there on the list. Rice pudding would have to be done in the rayburn oven by my gran and would have to have a brown crust - but i,m not above eating it cold straight from the tin.Bread and butter pudiing i know can be very nice but just the name reminds me of school dinners -and it wasnt nice at all there.
When we used to go to camping meets with a jacobs join involved we used to stop and pick up a huge lime cheesecake from a shop in Cumbria on the way -i was always just a bit glad when there was some left,it never got left in the marque overnight like other food did. :rofl:

My work colleague, who is as thin as a rake watches bake off avidly and makes the stuff on it ,-i watched bake off once a couple of weeks ago just to see what all the fuss is about, and put weight on just thinking about it.

I never thought of roasting the butternut seeds Emz -will have to give that a go.

Scruffy should really have a name change -most of her feathers are back,its only when she turns her head you can still see a bit of bald neck,if it wasnt for the behaviour now i might not recognise her at all.I nipped home at lunchtime to let Rufus out and noticed the Autumn rasberrys are ripening -wouldnt mind betting the birds have noticed too and short of picking them in the dark tonight by the time i get too them they will be gone.never mind -its good to share. :whistle:
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Post by: Emz2014 on October 06, 2017, 04:04:50 PM
Ive never tried a strawberry crumble, I shall have to add that to my 'food to try' list!  Do like apple & blackberry, or apple & rhubarb too :-)
Haha re bake off!!  :rofl:
I had never thought to roast the butternut squash seeds before.  Ive roasted pumpkin seeds, which were alot harder to remove & clean.  Removing the butternut squash seeds was a doddle.  They didnt last long, as they were really tasty and moreish!
Mmmm i do love raspberries.  I have some shop bought ones in the fridge, which go really nice with a fromage frais for a quick/small pudding :-) xx
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Post by: Fleur on October 07, 2017, 09:30:27 AM
My favourite pudding is Eton Mess, made with fromage frais to keep the calories and fat content down and with strawberries or raspberries...or both!
 :whistle:
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Post by: Emz2014 on October 07, 2017, 02:50:13 PM
Ooo I'll have to try fromage frais as a substitute :-) xx
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Post by: Fleur on October 08, 2017, 10:54:03 AM
Oops! That should have been creme fraiche, sorry!  :whistle:
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Post by: Karena on October 08, 2017, 06:24:39 PM
What is the difference,I always get them confused. :whistle:
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Post by: Fleur on October 08, 2017, 07:47:38 PM
Me too!
Its my understanding that creme fraiche is cream based and is lighter than fromage frais which is cheese based. I'm sure it would make a lot of difference to a tasty Eton Mess.  :whistle:
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Post by: Karena on October 09, 2017, 06:20:35 PM
Hmm cheese and merangue sound wrong until you think of cheesecake but I won't think of it or I might have to go out and get some. :rofl:
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Post by: Maria66 on October 12, 2017, 05:14:48 AM
well done with the Toms Emz.
I agree watching the birds is fascinating and soothing, you will start to see characters and relationships the more you watch.
My poor scruffy blackbird got a shock this morning. I have rufus dog for two weeks,so this morning i checked before letting him out and scruffy was right outsie the door -so i knocked on it to warn her but she came towards the door instead of away from it -just as he dashed past me. Luckilly no harm done, the dog was too intent on having  pee to bother and scruffy hopped onto the bird feeder then continued to seek breakfast from her safe perch.
It was so lovely last night having a dog to cuddle up with,my resolve to not let him sleep upstairs dissolved in seconds with a look from big brown eyes when i tried to leave him so as long as he understands that it only happens at my house we,re good. If not i,m going to be in big trouble when he goes home  :rofl:

My Lucy JR is my life saver. She has been with me as a pup since i got MS and always sleeps by my side she is 11 now.  My husbands favorite thing was sitting in the conservatory watching his beloved wild birds he always kept his bird book by his side just in case one of those rare visitors came along.   We have chickens well bantams, and every day several of the favored would pop in and sit on his lap lol and have a long discussion about life.  Its amazing what makes you feel good.  My girls as i call them all different breeds keep me sane.   

Ha your naughty letting the dog on the bed but I doubt it well tell its master it was spoilt  :laugh:
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Post by: Karena on October 12, 2017, 06:17:54 PM
I had a dog until last year.Sadly he died,,but he was such a comfort when my husband died but also missed him a great deal.Rufus is my daughters dog,also a rescue dog,is young and leggy so takes more energy to handle than poor old Ben did.Lucky you having bantams though.I don't think I will get another dog.I really miss it but its a big commitment,
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Post by: Maria66 on October 13, 2017, 05:37:38 AM
Morning Karena  yes dogs are a commitment that is for sure, but she is my life saver.  I had a dog called Ben a JR i got Lucy for him to be honest at first as he was going deaf and a bit blind towards the end and i thought a puppy would give him a new lease of life. He loved her to bits and they had two years together. He was 18 when he passed. My daughter did a painting of him which is amazing and he looks down on us all the time. He was such an amazing dog.   My bantams are nuts lol.   I have dutch ones which are about 7inches high full of attitude and they scare the big ones and chase them when they are in a bad mood, talk about napolean complex.   
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Post by: Fleur on October 14, 2017, 04:30:58 PM
Hi Everyone. Here we are in a weekend again which is usually a lonely time for me but this weekend will be different because I have been invited out for Sunday lunch and I am so looking forward to it.
You will all be in my thoughts and I hope this weekend brings a little happiness to you all.
 :hug:
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Post by: Emz2014 on October 14, 2017, 06:02:29 PM
Hi Fleur
Sunday lunch out sounds nice  :smiley:  are you going somewhere you've been before or somewhere new?
What is everyone up to today?  I popped to ikea to get a rug. Had a summerhouse installed recently and have finally finished the painting inside and electric/lights now installed so rug was the final step.  It's insulated so looking forward to using it as extra space xx
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Post by: Fleur on October 14, 2017, 06:27:46 PM
Hi Fleur
Sunday lunch out sounds nice  :smiley:  are you going somewhere you've been before or somewhere new?
What is everyone up to today?  I popped to ikea to get a rug. Had a summerhouse installed recently and have finally finished the painting inside and electric/lights now installed so rug was the final step.  It's insulated so looking forward to using it as extra space xx

I'm going to a friends home for lunch, I feel she is being very kind and I'm very grateful to her and her family.
Your summerhouse sounds idyllic, I hope you really enjoy it.
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Post by: longedge on October 14, 2017, 06:55:49 PM
Your summerhouse sounds idyllic,
I bet it's for use as a changing room - next to the hot tub. Will it have a fridge to store the lightly chilled chardonnay as well  :smiley:
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Post by: Karena on October 14, 2017, 10:00:34 PM
 :rofl:Bet the thought never occurred eh Emz.?
I have been on a secret mission.My daughter is away ( hence the dog being here ) and she has had real mobility problems recently so I went down too the house,re organised the kitchen so easier to reach cupboards have most common used things etc.Changed the beds,got storage boxes for the kids toys and organised them, installed new shower curtain and bathroom flooring.Her house is so damp she needs to move ASAP .the slugs/snails have been having a disco on the living room carpet so threw salt all over it.Dont know if it will work but cant put pellets down because of the dog.Will go back and finish it and get milk,bread etc in the fridge for when they get back.Then it will be back too me,two fish and the wild birds. :cray: But I,m going camping next weekend.Normally on this meet everyone walks a couple of miles too the beer festival on the Saturday,but have decided I,m having a rest.Its a really special campsiite to me anyway so happy just to have a sit in the stone circle and a walk through Autumn leaves on my own is just what i need.Just taking the basics.No awning,easy food, stove, kettle a couple of cans of G&T sleeping bag and a decent novel.

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Post by: longedge on October 14, 2017, 10:20:53 PM
I'm just trying very hard to be frivolous. 2 years coming up very soon and what would have been our 49th anniversary Chris died 3 days before our 47th  :cray:
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Post by: Emz2014 on October 14, 2017, 11:54:12 PM
No fridge but now got me thinking about a wine rack! ....... (Only no fridge as I drink red  :grin: ) 

That sounds lovely Fleur  :azn:

You've been productive Karena! Hope you have a lovely camping weekend - I love Autumn leaves, and sometimes some peaceful time in nature helps so much

Sending a big hug George  :hug: a difficult time but we are here for you

I'm off to bed now, I've been sneezing a bit and feeling a bit ugh, so am hoping a cold lurgie isn't winning xx
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Post by: Karena on October 15, 2017, 07:19:35 PM
 :hug:Anniversary's are hard.Don't worry about being frivolous though,there is nothing wrong with creating a smile for others and yourself,because its important to smile too.

I am now wondering,given the weather forecast country file have just suggested for next weekend whether the notion of balmy sunshine and beautiful Autumn leaves fluttering down might have been a bit rose tinted,because the other feature of this campsite is the wind.The trees are flat topped and grow on a lean.There is no compromise it is either glorious sunsets and warm days,or an absolute howler.Have hookup,might add heater too my travel light list. :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on October 15, 2017, 09:32:07 PM
Maybe need to ensure you take some ropes too karena, so no risk of you flying away and doing a mary poppins!

Being frivolous and a bit silly can certainly help sometimes, and we definitely have the capacity to be silly :-)   :hug:

I'm feeling the Sunday eve blues, so have decided on a glass of wine.  Unusually for me its a rose, but only because my neighbour gave me a bottle of rose after looking after her cat and it would be rude not to drink it! (Although I do like a rose now and again)

How was your lunch fleur?  What did you have?  I made a chilli tonight xx
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Post by: Karena on October 16, 2017, 10:50:27 AM
 :rofl:I,m not entirely sure what i would tie the rope too if the trees are going to fly away maybe there are some loops for dog leads on the toilet block -iwill check it out.
Its very weird out this morning though first thing i noticed a swallow flying north -poor things will be scattered all over i guess. Then the sun turned red before completely disapearing and i got so dark it was like night came early -(which would have been ok =fast day at work.)
Hope you enjoyed the rose Emz.
I made courgette and brie soup it tastes ok but the brie didnt melt properly so looks a bit odd -i took the white outsides off so cant work out why
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Post by: longedge on October 16, 2017, 11:20:08 AM
i took the white outsides off
Am I the only one who eats the rind? My family throw their hands up in horror at me especially when I put a thin coating of jam on my bread before adding the Brie, nice thick wedges preferably well matured and a bit runny. Not made any soups yet this year but I'm going shopping later, think I'll get a selection of veges and make some of my favourite "Bet you don't know what's in this" soup.
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Post by: Emz2014 on October 16, 2017, 07:25:28 PM
Is brie rind like camembert rind?  I eat camembert rind :-)
Not that experienced with brie, have had it in sandwiches before but I've not usually prepared them

What a day - spent the entire day on a job application  :shocked:  there are so many things have to refer to, the wording in the advert, particular 'buzz words' they expect and each capability has around 8 points you also have to fulfil with your answer.  Its truly draining! Whilst everyone seems to have their own opinion too!

Hope Monday has been kind to everyone.  We had very yellow/orange heavy skies today, which was rather eerie and caused quite a few discussions at work today xx
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Post by: longedge on October 16, 2017, 07:45:40 PM
Is brie rind like camembert rind?  I eat camembert rind

I tell everybody it's the best bit  :smiley:. The only rinds I don't eat are waxed e.g. Gouda and Edam (and though they don't taste good they won't hurt you  :smiley: )
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Post by: Emz2014 on October 16, 2017, 10:50:41 PM
And definitely don't eat the rind of babybel!  :rofl:  :hearts: xx
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Post by: Karena on October 17, 2017, 04:23:00 PM
only took the rind off because i thought it wouldnt melt down i do normally eat it.
also had the red sun and amber sky yesterday it did feel strange but then the day started with a swallow flying north so i knew something was odd. Then wind last night which is just dying down now. Opened the door this morning and the porch was full of leaves -which then blew through the open door behind me -guess i,m cleaning up tonight  :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on October 22, 2017, 08:27:58 PM
Hiya, how is everyone this eve?

I popped out for lunch today and decided to be brave, to order something I've not had before.  Went for a brie, smoked bacon and cranberry sauce toasted sandwich - and it was absolutely delicious!!  I shall be having that again!  :-) 

Have had a nice relaxing day, when I went out first thing to put the food out for the birds a robin was my first visitor. Love to see them fly down, makes a much more positive start to the day

Didnt see much of the effects of the storm everyone had been warning about, although have noticed it is suddenly alot colder now xx
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Post by: Karena on October 23, 2017, 07:32:07 PM
Evening.your toastie sounds good.I havnt seen scruffy for a couple of days but seem to have gained a robin.
I don't think the storm was a bad as predicted certainly not as bad as some of the more hysterical papers were saying,but the weekend wouldn't have been much fun if I had gone,from what I,be seen they were having to get towed off on Sunday,and the entire weekend took place in the pub,luxury for some but not really my thing,there,s only so long I can make a diet coke last. :rofl:
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Post by: longedge on November 02, 2017, 01:10:11 PM
Good morning all,

The birds are back in force and this morning I've had Blackbirds, Robins, Blue Tits, Coal Tit (I think - got a very distinct orangey tinge to it's side and chest) and flocks of squabbling Sparrows. I'm beginning to think it's going to cost me as much to feed them as I spend on my own food  :smiley:.

I've now put the garden to bed and I'm hoping that I won't have to cut the lawns again this year - I think that should be "hoping against hope", I suspect the mower will have at least one more outing yet. When I was clearing my bean row I found some new plants that had grown from seed that had fallen out of overlooked pods. I didn't have the heart to pull them out but they've got no chance really.

Seond anniversary came and went recently and although I tell everyone "it's just another day", it did dredge up some very sad memories. I forced myself to push them out of my mind by deliberately thinking about and remembering our happy times.

p.s. forgot to mention also had a Nuthatch. I hope it sticks around.
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Post by: Karena on November 02, 2017, 08:11:27 PM
You have been busy.I suspect I already spend more on bird food than my own,but they're worth it.I havnt had the weather for putting the garden to bed.There is only the weekends when I am here in daylight.Maybe this weekend.Raised beds need sorting but spinach has found its second wind in one of them.The other has butternut squash but it was so late doing anything and already had frost a few times.I might try insulating them but like you with the beans have little hope.
 :hug: I know we tell ourselves its just another day,but it never really is.

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Post by: Emz2014 on November 02, 2017, 10:08:45 PM
I ran out of peanuts the other day so made a trip out to get more, ended up buying a big bag of fat balls too.  But do enjoy seeing the birds - i look forward to popping out in the morning to throw a handful of suet pellets. Something positive to start the day off :-)

Sending a hug, 2nd anniversaries are tough.  Hold those good memories close xx
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Post by: longedge on November 02, 2017, 10:48:05 PM
I've found that my local "The Range" outlet is good for 'fat balls' I bought a large tub of them last year but they've all gone. Perhaps a reason to get out of the house tomorrow to get some more :smiley:
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Post by: Emz2014 on November 03, 2017, 12:15:31 PM
I'm also not sure if I'm training the birds to come to my garden for food or if they are training me to keep bringing more food out. Often, if I'm at home during the day I then see doves turn up, lined up on the fence, which makes me go out to put more food out for them.  Or the sparrows guilt me too, if I'm out there with the dog later in the day they sometimes start flying over to the fence/flying to sit near where I am and giving me a look as if to say 'awww all this mornings food has gone.....'  lol! Xx
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Post by: Karena on November 03, 2017, 08:39:43 PM
Oh I am pretty sure they know exactly what they are doing.I get guilt trips about going away now.I will spend a fortune in extra food  and fat balls to hang in multiple units all over the garden hoping they will ration them out ( and knowing they probably won't.Someone should invent a bird feeder with a daily release mechanism like they have for fish tanks.
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Post by: Emz2014 on November 05, 2017, 08:20:22 AM
Yep, I'm pretty sure mine dont get the 'please ration your food, I cant top it up for a while' message either :-) (also known as putting out as much as I can!) :-)

This year I'd like to have a go at the Christmas bird feeder idea you do. Unfortunately world war 3 kicked off between my partner and my sister & her partner a few months ago so another blow to Christmas (Christmas used to be focused around dad and were the best ever, since then we've tried to keep it going at my sisters).  Looks like we'll be having separate Christmases now, so am trying to think of new things to introduce so we can feel it is different to a normal day but not totally Christmassy.  Have abandoned the present idea, and have jointly bought some board games for over that time instead. A friend and her mum are going to come over at some point to play a game too

Anyway - sorry for raising the C word :-o

It's chilly here but skies are quite clear and sun is out, so looks like it will be a nice crisp Autumn day.  Need to plant the hedging roses I bought (they turned up yesterday) and replant my rose in my little dog memorial garden into a bigger pot. (Decorative section with pebbles, slate, gravel etc - which has all the bunnies, hamsters from over the years and my dogs)
hope everyone is doing ok? Xx
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Post by: Karena on November 05, 2017, 07:28:12 PM
Oh no,family fall outs are awful.but even more so when Xmas is involved.
it has been really cold here the last few days as in frost that didn't quite melt in the sun.I gave the grass a last Strim this afternoon but there is quite a bit more I should have done ,I came in,finally gave in and lit the stove.then made a pan of ministrone ish soup.Yesterday I started packing,but having spoken too my eldest tonight,where we are staying there are lots of little artisan shops,crafts art but also local made clothes.So I,m reckoning on a large half empty suitcase outwards which will be full on return.

This morning scruffy appeared first thing but a male blackbird has cottoned on too our relationship and muscled in.He isn't quite as tame as her,so he would chase her under the chair grab some of her food then disappear as soon as I stepped off the doorstep which gave her chance to get some.As soon as I stepped back he re appeared.So I thought I will throw some down separate for him.But he wasn't falling for that.Out witted by a blackbird I then spent quite a lot of time stepping on and off the doorstep as they took it in turns.Brings a whole new meaning too step aerobics. :rofl:
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Post by: longedge on November 05, 2017, 07:59:00 PM
There were a number of thefts from parked cars in our area a while ago and I've gone way o.t.t. and fitted p.i.r. lights all around the house and security cameras. My new hobby in the mornings now is going through the previous nights videos. Up to now I've found out that there are 2 x cats that wander about my driveway on and off all night, Hedgehogs can run quite fast, I also have a Fox that hunts in my front garden, Blackbirds are early risers and our local Spar shop has a delivery at about 4:30am  :smiley:
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Post by: Emz2014 on November 05, 2017, 09:33:59 PM
Your step aerobics made me laugh karena!  That is so something I would do!!  :rofl:

Ooo, I've only seen a hedgehog run once - they are so fast!  Years ago went to let my old dog out and she refused, I looked closer and found a little hedgehog in the porch (which used to be open at the back).  He/she ran off at quite a speed when they saw me
I've had foxes living at the end of my garden, one year they had made their home in next doors garden and would bring their cubs to play on the mound at the end of my garden.  I love wildlife :-)

Was feeling the sunday blues trying to settle in, so did my nails this eve.  I now have autumn nails, covered in sparkly leaves  xx
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Post by: Karena on November 06, 2017, 06:41:04 PM
I think having CCTV would scare me more than not ,but i dont have to worry about my camper,it cant be started withoiut keys because it wont shift out of park unless its got the key in the ignition,and and its parked at work overnight so thieves are not likely to associate it with the house and break in for the keys.(plus a 22 year old rust heap is probably not high on the blags hit list ) but hadn't thought of using it for wildlife.I do own  a camera trap but it lives in za .There is a lovely video it caught of a porcupine,that can move fast too like their smaller cousins..I might retrieve it this trip and put it near a birds nest.
I envy you the fox though,most of my life in rural areas I have only caught the odd glimpse of one.

Emz your nails sound fantastic you put me to shame,mine are more the  chipped pink look.

Have been looking for shoes for this za wedding online.I,m not really a shoe person,but found a pair I was almost drooling over.decided if I use my old walking sandals for just one more year I can justify the price,then read in the reviews they are all narrow sizes.Oh well that's me out then,I will return to looking for what will probably be more boring ones tomorrow,my heart isn't in it now.
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Post by: Emz2014 on November 06, 2017, 09:11:18 PM
Camera for wildlife sounds fab!

Awww sending a hug for your shoe disappointment  :hug:  that sucks.  theres a pair of awesome shoes stalking me - keep seeing them everywhere, but am holding back as I have plenty already and rarely wear heels now xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on November 08, 2017, 07:27:23 PM
How has the day been for everyone?
It's turned alot colder today, I had to pop up to the drs first thing and hadnt expected ice on the windscreen so i was almost late.  Was my non working day so I hid in the warmth of the house, after filling up all my bird feeders.  Had a list of things to do but have been feeling a bit overwhelmed so decided to relax a bit more instead, with a couple episodes of a series I'm watching and a film between a few short tasks. Do feel a bit better for doing that xx
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Post by: Karena on November 09, 2017, 08:46:30 PM
 :hug: I never wear heels that's part of the problem normally I could just dig out something else which will "do".But the dress deserves better than that and its a bit on the long side but doesnt lend itself to being taken up,hence the need for at least a small heel.Might get chance to go too a shoe shop on Sunday otherwise amazon prime is my friend.
I think sometimes Emz we should actually take a day off  do relaxing things and ignore lists of things we should be doing instead.Hope you are feeling less out of sorts now.
It is cold and the s word was mentioned on the weather forecast for the weekend,admittedly referring to Scotland but its only a few hills away.
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Post by: Karena on November 11, 2017, 07:12:29 PM
I have a colleagues dog for the weekend.He is lovely and no trouble but 3 times I have tried to take him for a walk,in 3 different directions,but a few yards in he refuses to go any further.The first couple of times he just sat down.The third time it was dark and he slipped the lead and ran hell for leather back too the house. Thankfully mine not his own or i would have had a long run.
I knew he wasn't keen on walks in the dark so wasn't over surprised about that one but I have had him before and walked him before.He is perfectly happy mooching round the house and garden so its not that he is unhappy being left with me.
Before they got him he was going to be a gun dog but he wasn't cut out for it so was sold off cheap as a pet.It is shooting season so maybe he is hearing shots I am not.I know the nighttime walking paranoia started with fireworks a couple of years ago.
My only other theory is he thinks if he leaves the house his owners won't know where he is.Maybe a bit far fetched that one though.
So that's been my day mostly.I pruned the plum tree and tied up some raspberry canes that are still fruiting. it was lovely and sunny s but it got cold very quickly at 3pm so I came in and finished crocheting a shawl.Was going to fringe it but the tutorial for fancy fringing was YouTube and for some reason it won't let me in.Don't fancy computer frustration tonight so that's that idea out of the window.Time for TV and  :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Emz2014 on November 11, 2017, 11:25:29 PM
My dog can be random with walks sometimes - sometimes I let him choose which was he wants to go and now and again we end up only circling the house.  Maybe its the continuous fireworks - they always last weeks now so might unsettle them, so they expect it to happen

Its been raining all day here.  Zipped out for a bit earlier then have been home. Played a game then had a random spurt of energy and inspiration and finally cleared the study floor (one half of the room was gathering piles and boxes stacked) Feels good to have cleared it
This eve I finished another course I've been doing then decided to do my nails - I now have unicorns on my thumb nails and rainbows on another finger nail.

Sending hugs to everyone xx
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Post by: Karena on November 12, 2017, 07:31:21 PM
I think its the guns,I got him to go out in the garden and play ball today,but I heard gunshots and he just looked at me and ran back in again.something obviously freaked him out in his past life.Anyway he is back home now,and I have a thank you cake sitting in the fridge.So much for dieting,I might cut it up and freeze the portions.to avoid temptation.
I am also being creative,I have a parka coat that has been in the "should really throw out " pile because the pockets are all frayed and it has a hole in it.But it would be perfect for za as its lightweight but windproof so I am sewing ribbon on the pocket edges and some left over Autumn leaves from last years steampunk costume.One to go over the hole the rest will just scatter.Might not work but have lost nothing if it doesn't.
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Post by: Charm87 on November 16, 2017, 11:08:46 AM
Hi I don't know where to begin.. I lost my boyfriend 17 years ago and I'm still crying over him I can't stop I thought I've moved on but I haven't. I feel like I'm wearing a mask but deep inside I'm hurting. Any advice please
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Post by: Emz2014 on November 16, 2017, 03:46:38 PM
Hi charm, sending you a welcome hug  :hug:
When you're ready tell us a little more, you might find it helps to talk it through

Have you considered seeing your dr for some counselling too? Xc
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Post by: longedge on November 21, 2017, 09:05:05 PM
Went out to fill up the bird feeders this morning and there was a sparrow fast asleep in one. At first I thought it had expired but then I could see it was just asleep with it's head under it's wing.

As soon as I touched it it shook it's feathers and flew away like a rocket


(http://uppertown.org/SLEEPY_SPARROW.jpg)
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Post by: Emz2014 on November 21, 2017, 10:06:13 PM
Awww thats sooo cute :-)  he/she must have felt quite safe there - or ate so many seeds couldn't fly away without a nap  :rofl:
I do love the birds.  I need to remember to go out to stock up my birds early tomorrow, have some work being done in the garden which starts tomorrow, so may not have easy access out there for a few days at least
How is everyones week going? Xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on December 23, 2017, 08:49:09 AM
Finally had the last day of work before Christmas and looking forward to having a break until returning in January

Still finding feeding my wild birds rewarding - last few days my robin has been the first for food each day when I throw some out. I even managed to identify a few birds during the week, recognised a great tit at the feeder the other day. (Usually I'm assuming they're all sparrows!)   And had to laugh when a group of sparrows appeared to come and bully me at the dining room window - making a racket until I went outside where they all gathered in the apple tree with extra birds expecting more food! (Which I of course took out!) :-)

Finished at lunchtime and had a lovely trip out yesterday, went to a book barn for a cuppa and cake with my mum before meeting up with my sister, nephew and niece.  Barn completely full of books, all mainly for 1 each! Had a lovely pub lunch then took flowers and wreaths to my nan and gramps grave. Such a beautiful little church in the countryside
Had a weird experience which made me think though. At the book barn I had a sudden intense pain in my chest, and more than anything I just worried it would worry my mum so I took a Rennie and hoped it would pass quickly.  I just worried about it worrying my mum.  So it made me think, when people say their loved ones passed when they had left the room/weren't there and it really upsets them, it is so likely they have waited until people have left the room as their loved ones are trying to protect them

Christmas will be different again this year following a family fall out, which is going to be strange/hard. I'm concentrating on making it different - already lost Christmas with my dad so am going to recreate it totally with new meaning this year.

Sending out big hugs to everyone - it's a tough time but you're not alone and it does get easier xx
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Post by: Karena on December 23, 2017, 07:25:33 PM
 :hug:Hope your chest pain has subsided now.Perhaps it is all the stress you have been going through so try and fit some relaxation and me time into the Xmas break.You are right though I think my mum sent me home pretty much knowing the end was close.I am also reticent to mention any health scares too the girls.

I am still feeling the cold of returning to the UK and a dose of food poisening kicking off on the first flight plus delays at Schipol didn't help.I,m still being careful with food and zero alcohol which made for a dull work Xmas party.Also started taking vitamin D by the gallon  in an attempt to ward off the SAD
My robin is also first down and scruffy is no longer scruffy at all but still recognizable by her behaviour.

So this years holiday achievement was body boarding.Spent years wanting to have a go but always worried about the beached whale effect of a wetsuit.Once in the water I didn't even think about that.
The penguins were very cute .They mate for life and there were a few solicitous dads who seemed to be protecting the females from the wind with outstretched wings.Perhaps that was my imagination but that's how it felt.
The sad part was seeing the volume of plastic in the sea,we removed a lot from the beaches.The Capetown aquarium has a turtle that someone found.It had swallowed a huge amount but vets had saved it,and it will be released after Xmas.I found myself sitting eye to eye with it and felt like it was telling me something,like it was communicating a great sadness ( OK I know I,m weird) but in silent communication I found myself apologising for human behaviour and promising to try and do my part to stop it .So that's my mission for 2018 sorted then. :rofl:
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Post by: longedge on December 23, 2017, 08:05:51 PM
Emz - what you said about people 'waiting' is just what my Mum did. She was comatose and receiving no liquid for days. We kept being told that there were only hours left and there was someone with her all the time. Finally after nearly a week, I was the one staying with her and I went out of the room to stretch my legs and get some fresh air. When I got back, she had gone and I new absolutely that she had waited to be on her own before 'letting go'.

Had to smile about a lot of birds being classified as Sparrows. I get a lot of Dunnocks and several different types of tit. There's plenty of useful info online to help distinguishing between them if you're interested. I didn't used to be allowed to have feeders near the house "because of the mess" but that's one of the things that I now get away with :smiley:. The family of Starlings that have been coming since they fledged earlier in the year are still the local bully boys and when they descend en masse the feed gets scattered all over the place.
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Post by: Emz2014 on December 23, 2017, 10:07:26 PM
Seems to be better now Karena, hasn't happened since, which is a relief. I have very little planned now, having a quiet Christmas so am looking forward to the rest. Have my partners friend staying over this eve then no further plans

Sorry to hear you've been ill, hope you feel fighting fit again soon.  :hearts: Ive taken to taking Sambucol every day - its based on elderberries. After being really ill with a cold last Christmas I was determined to stay healthy this year and so far it's working. I've even managed to avoid colds caught by people around me and young nephew + niece

That is so sad about the plastic - I know the Blue Planet highlighted it recently, but i couldn't watch that part as it was too distressing. Its so sad what humanity is doing to the planet  :cry:

I have a little book which has different birds in it, I've never been very good at matching the birds to the book but I guess it takes practice.  Will have to try and watch them a bit more. (One excuse to 'stretch' your eyes/have a break from a computer screen!) xx
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Post by: Scout72 on December 24, 2017, 01:15:58 AM
Hi, Im scott
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Post by: Emz2014 on December 24, 2017, 09:22:58 AM
Hi Scott. How are you? xx
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Post by: Karena on December 24, 2017, 04:52:44 PM
Hi Scott welcome.

Emz I might give that stuff a go,In this case though I think unwashed salad is to blame and even then not necessarily the restaurant as they have a serious water shortage with rationing so potentially went able to use running water.Luckily the family only had it for a couple of days,its just me that is prolonged.
I was aware of the plastic issues from the dolphin watching but because of the global flow of water there are concentrated areas.The one nearest the UK is quite far offshore so we see less of it,although we do contribute too it. Of course but what we see is often on its way out to sea rather than washed in.There is one closer to shore there.Its not all from land.Cargo falls off ships at quite a surprising rate.But a great deal of it is down too individual carelessness there too.
Long edge I often see Dunocks alongside the sparrows so it makes them easier to identify.I have noticed starlings hanging round this year more than ever before too.
My campervan is packed ready to leave in the morning for my daughters house and rather than the sofa or a bleak drive back again  tomorrow night I have been invited to stay on a friends barge which will be a novelty.I will be home boxing day though fully intending too rest.
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 11, 2018, 02:58:38 PM
How is everyone doing today?  Have blue skies and sun here, although it is also really cold does feel a bit more promising that spring is finally on its way
Just got back from taking my dog for a walk and have possibly done a good deed. As walking back found a huge bumblebee on the path,  unable to fly and looking distressed.  So put the bag of dog treats in my pocket and used the empty fabric bag to gently pop the bumblebee in. Carried her home and made a makeshift home from an egg carton, weighed down in a sheltered part of the garden. Did some honey mix as recommended by a bumblebee website re grounded bees. Could be Queen who has come out too early and now too cold to fly.  I put some scrunched up kitchen roll in the carton and it did seem she was seeking warmth as she crawled into it straight away.
No idea how to check how long shes there for now though!! If I move the tissue in a day or so will disturb her or may be tending an empty egg carton lol! Xx
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Post by: Karena on February 11, 2018, 05:42:48 PM
Well done with the bee even if you do end up tending an empty carton.
I braved the cold and went out to put the temporary dog fence round the pond as I am playing dog sitter again next week.while I was there I decided it is a good opportunity to clear some weed and debris before the frogs get busy and then I can't do it again until the tadpoles leave in summer so while I was there I did some cutting back and then while I was there I cut up the straw like stuff and stuffed it in a box for bird nesting mateial.At some point I also took a cup of tea out not because I had an urge for tea but an excuse to use the mug as a hand warmer.Gardening in the snow is madness but its feels like a long  time since i got a good dose of fresh air  I think I may have spent  too long out there as one little job lead too another and I think I am going to regret that as the cold wind has given me earache.
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Post by: Gingey on February 11, 2018, 05:57:14 PM
Hi
That was indeed a good thing Emz with the bee. My husband kept honeybees for a couple of years before he became ill ans was really keen to help save the dwindling honey bees in this country.
Karena you put me to shame, I should have done something too in garden but I have had a down day, cant seem to shake of the lonlieness...I tend to overthink my situation and future.
We have had numerous snow showers here today, west of scotland, and it is bitterly cold out with more snow forecast. I hope this isnt the case as I hate and panic driving in snow!
Hope others having a better day :hug:
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 11, 2018, 06:47:35 PM
I do hope the bee is ok, I do love to see the bees around. I planted various wildflowers in the summer, along with cornflowers and was lovely to see them flying around, i purposefully leave the clover for them too.  I guess I'd rather tend an empty egg carton than find that she's perished in there. So fingers crossed! (Although now I'm pondering how should I maintain/service the egg carton?!?) 
I have been thinking for a while about getting or making one of those bee 'hotels' you can put in the garden. Not sure where to start though.   I did consider a hedgehog home too, but think you need to clean those at intervals and not sure I want to extend my housework to the garden!  I know hedgehogs have visited my garden before but dont know if I have any now. I leave a big patch at the end overgrown/natural for wildlife - I know I have slowworms :-)

Well done on the garden work karena! I played chase with Raz in the garden but then have hidden indoors again for the rest of the day, I cannot wait for the warmer weather!

Sending a hug Gingey  :hug: our minds are fantastic things but they do like to try and predict the future and make us worry, often about things that never actually happen in the end.  Do your best to try and bring your mind back to the present moment when its beginning to fret about the future.  :hearts:  Are there any changes you can make to help with the loneliness? Perhaps if you have a particular hobby you like find out if there's a group you could join? Many have online groups who also meet up locally too  xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 12, 2018, 01:44:46 PM
Home from work earlier than usual, and as it seems warmer decided to check on my bee, and can report that the bee is not there so I'm hoping that means good news, that she recovered ok and was able to set off on her way again.  That cheered up my day :-) xx
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Post by: Karena on February 12, 2018, 02:56:16 PM
Gingey i spent saturday indoors being completely energyless -and i think the weather does play a part too though as saturday was grey dark and miserable where as sunday was cold but bright.

Emz  i dont see how your bee can have disapered unless it was feeling better.
There are problems with bee hotels
Many of the commercial bee hotels have fixed tubes which means they cant be taken out to clean -which can be more harmful than good for the bees
Open tubes act as wind tunnels so unless they are against a wall the bees wont like it.
Bee hotels are not always deep enough and they become bird feeding stations but at the same time they are more difficult to clean if deep.
They also attract parasitic wasps and only takes a couple of bees with mites to create a nest of mites so increasing the danger not only too those bees in the hotel but too other bees as well as they spread.
Plastic or glass tubed ones allow you to see if there are mites or wasps in there but also create condensation -also not good for bees.
Different species like different hotels -solitary.leafcutter.bumble.Red mason.-so you would need different hotels of to know which are most dominant.

Solitary bees in the natural world will find a space but that isnt usually next too more bees.
I think the habitat problem for bees comes with tidy immaculate gardens, increased hard surface covering for patios car parkin etc and solid chemical soaked fencing with no cracks  -but bee hotels are not turning out to be the solution so far. Many solitary bees will happilly burrow into loose ground and you could for example build a mini dry stone wall they may crawl into the gaps which is where mine seem to go. Also any hollow stemmed plants you have, leave the upright stems over winter rather than cutting it all down in Autumn.

Hedgehog houses that are well made are fine but again some have created problems -by not having any venting -and being very difficult to clean -again a log pile or compost heap and plenty of leaves left in an undistrubed part of the garden is probably the best option for now Countryfile are currently doing a survey of hedgehog houses to try and determine which ones if any work best. Hedgehogs have been known to eat slowworms though so you might want to facilitate their passing through for an easier meal and drink- rather than actively encouraging them to move in.
feeding (never give them milk -they cant digest it ) You can get specialised food for them -or you can give them dog/cat food (non fish flavours) both moist and a few dry biscuits they also love mealworms  The dogs will also be attracted straight too dog food so maybe you could fence a corner off to keep them out. I used to dig a burrow with a tunnel from ground level so the hedgehog could go down but not a cat (or dog) -then a lid  Piece of flat heavy wood across the top that i could just lift  off to add a plate of food. Later  i used the wire top of a bird groundfeeder instead of the wood-again with the tunnel down and the feeder pegged down, but so i could see it was mrs tiggywinkle and not mr ratty that was eating the food.
They also need water so a dish of water is a help.
I am putting together a hedgehog emergency pack -heat pad carrier rehydration fluid so i,m not running round the next time some-one finds one and thinks i know what to do. :rofl:

The other thing i have found quite good habitat for all sorts of wildlife is a pallett stuffed with leaves,straw,etc with a piece of pond liner over the top -i have one near the pond with one end open too the shallow end which frogs  in particular like to sit in , It doubles as a person feet dabbling platform in summer too -or you can stand plants on them or even use the same methods as roof gardens to make them look more attractive.Just try and go for non creosoted or painted ones.

I has been snowing again on and off all morning but the last lot was very wet and it all seems to be thawing now.
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 12, 2018, 04:21:08 PM
I did wonder on the tubes and the types of bees - and whether other insects would move in. Think I will stick to sharing my garden with nature, rather than planning specialist builds :-)   I have a corner at the end of the garden which is kind of overgrown/a mix of nettles and brambles, with some twigs/cuttings in there too - I leave that for nature and it attracts a lot of butterflies.  I know foxes have lived in it before, so perhaps there may be space for a hedgehog - I shall just let them have the option. 
I also leave my hedges really wide so the garden isnt mown to within an inch of its life :-)  xx
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Post by: longedge on February 12, 2018, 06:35:39 PM
I went out this morning and gave the birds a good talking to -  I told them that they're having no more mealworms until they eat everything else up !! :grin:
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on February 12, 2018, 09:16:28 PM
George I ran out of bird food last week and couldn't get to the shops so i boiled some white rice and put that out for the birds......I have never seen so many sparrows in my life!  they loved it so did the LTT's I checked first online to make sure it was ok and RSPB said it was fine to use cooked rice so worth keeping some in the store cupboard for emergencies.
Ain't nature great!
Brian
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Post by: longedge on February 12, 2018, 10:08:23 PM
 :smiley: I'm a soft touch really Brian, I'll be out there again in the morning with the mealworms  :smiley:. I only wish that I had the range of wildlife here that you are privileged with! When I get down to the last half kilo I order again.
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on February 12, 2018, 11:38:14 PM
Same here George  the critters know I am a soft touch too and they try and stare into the window to let me know when they are running low of food, the Pheasants are the funniest as I watch them walking up the field at the same time everyday and if there is no meal worms or peanuts they stand on the wall opposite my armchair to get my attention lol  I wish we had more Hedgehogs and rabbits here the rabbits are pretty close (just over our top fields) but we have only ever had one baby in the garden (plenty of Hares) the Hedgehogs are pretty rare here and think there's maybe one or two in the garden but hard to spot...I have a stealth camera and will set that up to see who visits in the dark. There are quite a few animals/birds that we don't get up here and some that are quite common like Magpies are very rare (nearest i have seen on was around 50 miles away).
Recently I have spotted a Murmuration of Starlings across the fields which is lovely to watch and in November last year we had a load of Herons in the lower field with approx 25+ Birds and Egrets are on the increase so it great news for wildlife and doesn't it make ya feel great on gloomy days watching them?
Take care
Brian
ps Do you get Squirrels near you? 
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Post by: longedge on February 13, 2018, 10:22:23 AM
Yes there are lots of squirrels around, not my favourites at all because they snaffle all the food if they can. I've tried to protect against them with 'chicken wire'. I've had to re-think my defences though as I found a hedgehog that had got itself trapped a couple of mornings ago. Suppose it's easy to simply hang everything out of reach but I do like to cater for the ground feeders as well. I was surprised to see one out and about this early. In the past my security camera has caught foxes, badgers, squirrels, hedgehogs as well as 2 cats that regularly go out on the tiles together - I think it's a normal urban mix of fauna really. We moved into this house about 45 years ago when Chris aunt and uncle moved away. If they came back they would hardly recognise the village from the amount of buildings that have gone up since then. We had open fields on two sides originally but now it's all houses. Amazing how the wild animals adapt.
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on February 13, 2018, 03:14:24 PM
Squirrels are very crafty critters and like a challenge to nick all the food lol. Poor Hedgehog if only they knew people were trying to look after them they could be safe and fed with no worries but nope they risk everything and play on the roads etc. Your security camera sounds a good one? the sensor on my outdoor lights only just notice me creeping around, I bought my Stealth camera off Ebay and was described as broken.....it wasn't all it needed was a memory card lol bargain at 12.00 including postage. I set it up to catch footage of deer etc so far caught badgers/foxes/Wild Boar and a local driving instructor taking a leak lol (tempted to post the footage on Youtube as he was trespassing in my woodland)
One of the things i wanted when we bought this place was no neighbours and that's what we have but some of the small villages have had quite a few new houses built, its a shame they don't make them build them like the traditional Galloway houses so they blend in but they make them look like car showrooms and spoil the villages.
You will always find animals adapt to built up areas and they probably see more foxes in the cities than we see.
I took a load of stuff to a local charity shop today and ended up buying a lovely solid tripod 8-) real bargain (Benbo super Trekker) not bad for 20?  looks like its hardly been used so i will use it for my flower macros in the garden)
Spent today filling in documents one lot was 25 pages long just for changing details on home insurance  docs. I have ordered a filling cabinet for my office to keep everything in order which should help me be more efficient 8-).
Right off for a cuppa
Cheers
Brian
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Post by: Karena on February 13, 2018, 03:50:26 PM
O got one of those camera traps for a trip to Kruger park -ooh i hear you say did you get leopards lions -no i got a grainy video of a porcupine and a shadow which could have been a leopard or could have been imagination -meanwhile the bushbabys i really wanted to capture were sitting in a tree behind the camera but between me and it so i couldnt get it.
Although to be fair the experience of actually seeing  them was worth a million photos.

I was laughing quietly too myself in the summer -we had a hedgehog in the work car park that was sitting in the sun (wow we had sun one day)  and not moving or curling up on being approached  -i decided it needed water, shade, and maybe a bit too eat rather than that it had been run over or anything -so put it in a cardboard box positioned on its side so it could get out if it wanted too, under a tree with a dish of water -but the only thing i had at home suitable for it to eat was the birds mealworms so nipped up and got them  -considering everyone lives in this rural area you could certainly tell from the horror a bag of dried mealworms brought too my colleagues faces  that they arent really rural people.  :rofl:Glad to say on this occasion the hedgehog had a rest and a drink, ate the lot, then trundled off on its route across a nearby field.

I think a mumuration is an amzing sight we had one a couple of years ago completely mesmerising.I couldnt believe when people started whining about the one down south somewhere the same year -the birds were too noisy and messy apparently  :evil: :evil: :evil:
 
Today i have finished working through the new software beginner guide for work and i can now draw a schematic using flow chart designer to create a timed array of different coloured LED display ligths on an arduino board - unfortunately where i shall ever use this new found skill in the real world remains a complete mystery. :rofl:
but never mind i shall now move on to finishing my course work on digital design for better user experience before going back to learning adobe after effects (which to be fair i may use in the real world at some point) have a peaceful evening everyone.  :hug:
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 13, 2018, 08:15:56 PM
Wildlife certainly does lift the mood :-)
There's squirrels here, just a couple of streets away there is a little woods area which has a path alongside and often see squirrels there. Love to see them bouncing around.  I did see a greater spotted woodpecker in my garden years ago, only managed to take a rubbish distant photo though.
I remember a few years ago my garden was full with a flock of birds, they looked a bit like huge/giant robins and were all feeding on the windfall apples - at the time we managed to work out it was a type of bird who were migrating to the UK, just passing through my garden for a snack.  Cant remember what the name was now though :-(  was so lovely to see/watch xx
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on February 13, 2018, 09:09:29 PM
Here's one of I prepared earlier Emz  :smiley:  they eat all the fat balls and peanuts and also added a picture of a garden Gem who needs diamonds when you can critters like this?
We tend to see more wildlife in winter but just after big storms we get some rarer species sheltering.

Wildlife is the best thing to light a gloomy day

Brian
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 25, 2018, 07:29:20 PM
Just found I hadnt replied to your photos!  I have a bad habit of replying in my head and forgetting to type it out lol!

I was feeling really down and agitated as the day crept into evening, and as I find cooking/baking calming I thought I'd multi task - has been 2 hours in the kitchen but I have made a chilli, a soup for the week, bircher for tomorrow morning and tomorrows lunch!  Do feel bit more relaxed now.  Time to put feet up and eat now!

How is everyone doing today? Xx
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Post by: Karena on February 26, 2018, 10:49:32 AM
Freeeeezing. but invigorated after a trip too a budhist centre in cumbria - had lunch there with a friend, her daughter and grandson  which was lovely -everything -even a few crisps on the salad was home made.There are huge trees there in the woodlands which go down too a pebble beach. On the beach is a single crab apple tree -i thought it was special before when i went there because it is just so random. How does it pollinate -and how does the blossom survive in a wind which is almost constant even on a normal day and yet it had apples last time i came and is in bud now.
Then achieved a first on the way home yesterday -as the train i was suposed to catch didnt exist i ended up with an hour and a half to kill at Carnforth not a lot to do on a cold Sunday there -but there is a little museum at the station and a cafe - (the one they filmed brief encounter at) so having walked round the museum and then ventured onto the cold platform i was driven into the cafe sat in there and had coffee and cake -on my own - in a cafe.
(it seems i have eaten rather a lot of cake over the weekend as a whole  :rofl:) 
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 26, 2018, 09:12:23 PM
Its gone soooo cold.  Walking to work from the car park this morning my knees were freezing!!
The buddhist centre sounds fabulous
Well done on the cafe!  :hug:  The first time I ever ate alone when out it felt like such an achievement, have done it a few times since and it has felt quite exhilarating each subsequent time (after the first!).  When I was on my own studying in York I actually grew to look forward to dinner in the restaurant,  including pudding.  :-)   my next challenge is the cinema on my own xx
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Post by: Karena on February 27, 2018, 10:20:01 AM
oooo lots of lovely snow today -only three of us made it into work so i might be manning the phones -hope no-one wants any technical answers or i will have to do my cleaner act -nah mate i,m just the cleaner -nah mate no one ere you,ll have to ring tomorow -its cos of the snow innit.
so far though the phone hasnt rung and the lads and i have been using the shed as snowball target practice -while the cats away and all that.

It was so cold last night though - i ended up going to bed early just to try and get warm  even though the stove was lit. problem is they draw cold air into the bottom to feed the flames and it seemed to be finding a lot of cold air last night that passes me on the way all not helped by me getting a cold so feeling shivery anyway.

made me think in that cafe -because its the one they filmed  brief encounter its all set up 1940,s style -but she must have gone too a cafe on her own back then, so it was ok to do that so at what point did it become a problem for me anyway.
Its a strange place divided into three the old original area which would have been the steam era -then on one side the west coast trains flying through with all the hurry of modernity -then the other side the local slow trains rambling off along the coast seems like a meeting place of such different lives -obviousely i had too much time to spare and started philosophising.(is that even a word  :rofl:)

oooh more snow coming down thick and fast -we already have a good 5 inches. best get a  :coffeetoast: before the electric goes.
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 27, 2018, 06:11:20 PM
That's a good point, when did it start for it to feel we couldn't do certain things alone. I know my sister wants to get out walking more and feels self conscious about doing it alone. (I shared the camera tip with her)  I still need to tackle a cinema alone

I went to the theatre on my own a while back, was scared initially but loved it. And was quite liberating that after the show I was able to leg it out of the theatre before the crowds as it was easier scooting through the crowd alone. Was interesting as I mentioned it to a friend afterwards, that I'd really wanted to see the show, wasnt sure if anyone would fancy it so went alone (I've previously missed seeing a band as whilst waiting to see who wanted to go the tickets had sold out) and she was shocked and said 'aww if you want to go again let me know first!!'   Once I'd settled into the show I loved it - most of the time it's dark and everyone is concentrating on the show and not you.  (My second show I even braved getting up for a dance as it turned out to be a blues brothers band not a show)

I like the word philosophising - and maybe its good for us to have those times for our brains to wander and ponder! :-)

We seemed to get away with no snow, then looked out at 4:30 to a blanket of white! 

Keep warm everyone xx
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Post by: Karena on February 28, 2018, 10:59:29 AM
plenty of snow here -it managed to put down a few inches more last night - and there are some quite big drifts around - i also made he interesting discovery this morning that snow on boots and wooden floors are a lethal combination.Lucky nothing brocken as getting airlifted to A&E isnt my idea of fun -Helicopters terrify me.
I would probably go too a show in a big annonymous theatre -but after going too a local one on my own a few years ago and feeling very much like Billy no mates i wouldnt repeat that -i guess if people know you and still dont speak too you because you dont fit in their clik its worse than total strangers ignoring you. :rolleyes:
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Post by: Emz2014 on February 28, 2018, 12:41:41 PM
Hope you're ok karena  :hearts: take care out there

I agree, being ignored by people you know is worse than being around strangers, as thats more intentional. In a way I'm lucky as the only theatre near me is large, so plenty of strangers xx
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Post by: Karena on March 01, 2018, 10:07:13 AM
Nothing brocken Emz.  :hug:
Its crazy day today drifting everywhere and still snowing hard on top of the ice from yesterdays snow - -We are currently cut off in all directions but at least we still have electric for now anyway.  There are still only the three of us at work -i think they should give us an extra week off to make up for it. :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 01, 2018, 12:57:19 PM
I've just received an email that my office is shutting at 1pm and will remain closed tomorrow.  Thankfully I'm working from home today. Although has made me laugh - they've also told us that our remote connectivity is now almost at capacity so only log on if you're on incident - yet the advice to everyone is work from home?!?  Not entirely sure what to do now given majority of my work is online so needs connection! Lol

Its stopped snowing at moment but is supposed to be coming back in and getting worse.  Am now wondering if my food shop will arrive tomorrow lol! Xx
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Post by: Karena on March 02, 2018, 03:44:03 PM
seems like they have got their messages muddled a bit Emz
My grandson is not impressed as he thought he had a "snow day" -a snow week almost - now for me -and my children that meant a day off -to go out sledge make snow angels etc -but the school has contacted parents and told them to tell the kids to log in too their school accounts as they have set extra homework.Not only that but when he completed one lot and e-mailed it in thinking that now freed him for the rest of the day - the teacher sent him more. - yep he definitely is not impressed. :rofl:
Today is more reasonable last night was dreadful walking home i was sliding all over but the wind was taking my breath away not just strong but cold. The local shop is empty and the road still closed but  at some point in my life i turned into my grandma, and make sure i have always got emergency food rations and candles,i even keep a calor gas camping cooker under the stairs -so i,m not worried. :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 02, 2018, 07:35:42 PM
My food shop was cancelled so wrapped up warm and walked down to asda with backpacks whilst it was still light. Food levels were reasonable but we were on our last loo roll lol, so had to be done. Had such a tasty snack when got home, just a packet of crisps, chunks of cheese and red grapes but tasted so good after the snow walk :-)

Have a curry bubbling away on the cooker now and going to watch the film thor ragnorok (is that how you spell it?!) film. Hope everyone is staying warm this eve  :hug: xx
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Post by: Karena on March 04, 2018, 07:13:27 PM
I have no idea how you say or spell it but hope you enjoyed it anyway.

Been an odd weekend. Done the usual house work then cleaned the fishtank out yesterday and when I had filled it back up suddenly realized the water heater had packed up.No chance of getting out of the snowdrift behind my campervan yet to get another. So I took the one out of the goldfish tank as they have more chance of surviving without one.Came down a few times in the night and at 5 am  poor Pushkin was not looking good at all sat on the bottom barely moving.I started siphoning water and replacing with warm water from the tap  but that was going to be a thankless task but then going through the cupboard looking for a thermometer found an old heater that was part of a filter that broke years ago.Sometimes I think Keith's hoarding of brocken down equipment has rubbed off on me for good reason. as luckily the heater part was still operational I shoved  that in his tank and gave the little one back too the goldfish who by now was wearing his little bobble hat and mittens.tapping on the glass and saying oy.( I made that bit up it doesn't have mittens)

Bizarley at some point this afternoon  the original heater kicked back in and started working again.I am monitoring it though and at least now I know I have a spare.( All this fuss for a flipping fish).Early night calls tonight. :rofl:
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Post by: Graecc on March 16, 2018, 11:39:24 AM
Hi everyone, I'm new here and honestly just didn't know where to go. Ive lost both grandparents within 4 weeks and I'm not coping to say the least. I'm a nurse so I don't have much of a social life and friends just seem to be collegues. I'm 26 and married but everyone seems to say the same thing 'Move on'.
I've had Heath problems for the last 11 years and am diagnosed with depression, but I had been handling it well. I currently can't get out of bed, eat, drink or sleep much. The pain I'm surreal. I've lost my best friends and don't know how to carry on as normal. I know it's hard to give advice but honestly I just felt like I needed to write it down.
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 16, 2018, 05:33:10 PM
Sending you a welcome hug  :hug:
Its hard losing people, often those who have not lost anyone dont fully comprehend and then say stuff like 'move on' which is not helpful

Dont worry about putting things in the wrong place, the admins can help you with that and can move things if needed. When you go into the different sections you have option at the top to start a new topic, which will give you a 'thread' of your own, you can also reply to others on threads. Everyone here understands loss so its a friendly place

It really helps to talk with others, especially if they understand.  Talking helps us heal. Xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 18, 2018, 07:18:35 AM
Argh!! We're back to snow here. Has come down quite evenly overnight and everything is white again. Thankfully no snow drifts blocking me in the house this time!
How is everyone today? Are you also surrounded by snow?
Stay warm peeps xx
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Post by: longedge on March 18, 2018, 11:04:51 AM
For my part I don't need to worry about the snow, I don't have to go out until it's gone  :smiley:.  I just turn the thermostat up a degree - now if I lost my internet connection that would be an emergency!!

I was lying in bed listening to my latest audiobook earlier and I heard an odd noise outside. When I looked out my drive was clear. My neighbour has been round and cleared it completely. He's really kind and helpful so I'll thank him and tell him how much I appreciate it, which I do (the thought behind it) and I'll go back into my online shop for next Wed. and add a bottle of 'Johnnie Walker'.
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on March 18, 2018, 11:31:14 AM
Hate to say this but we haven't got sod all snow and just been out in the sun...8-) BUT we have icy cold gales at the moment so not perfect.
George let me know when you want your path cleared again.....I'm anyone's for a bottle of Johnny Walker (he's on Radio 2 at 3pm today) fancy having a bottle of Whisky named after ya.....mine would be Village Idiot Cider lol
Cheers and stay warm down South!
Brian
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Post by: Karena on March 18, 2018, 04:57:14 PM
Brrrrr snowed in again.Actually I am guessing based on no tire tracks outside since yesterday.Decided to eat leftovers and stay inside today..Have not been idle though.Done some stencilling and am quite impressed by my first attempt..Only about 3quarters of the wall to do now. :rofl: It's backbreaking work and I was getting tired so thought better quit  or I will turn it into disaster.Cheap way of creating wallpaper from a plain painted wall though .If I am being honest  it doesn't actually fit the neutral theme I am supposed to be going for but never mind it's only a utility room and I am sick of neutral.Its bright and sunny now. :whistle:
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 18, 2018, 07:43:02 PM
What a lovely neighbour George :-)
Enjoy your sun Brian :-) no sign of sun here today.  Walked to shops, was weird to see branches of a tree covered in blossom and snow
Sounds good Karena :-)  I've been 'crafty' today too. I had a go at piping icing with russian nozzles which make flowers - and I'm actually really pleased with how it went, my first success at piping cupcakes! Xx
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on March 18, 2018, 07:50:26 PM
Emz  you do realise your asking for trouble using Russian Nozzles!  :rofl:  your house will be surrounded and they will wrap you with cling film  :rofl: Did you get them from Putin?

Brian :smiley:
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 18, 2018, 10:22:59 PM
 :rofl:  :rofl: hadn't thought of it that way lol! Xx
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Post by: Karena on March 19, 2018, 12:29:56 PM
ssssshhhh you two -stop typing the R word on here -or we will all be wrapped in clingfilm -which totally messes up my plastic free year target (and isnt my best look either.)
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on March 19, 2018, 12:40:25 PM
вы бы хорошо выглядели, обернутые в пленку  Tovarishch!  :rofl: :smiley:
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Post by: Karena on March 19, 2018, 01:23:27 PM
You do know i work with some-one from the R country -who can tell me if that is from the R language -and more too the point what it says. :rofl:
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on March 19, 2018, 02:10:14 PM
Oh dear oooooooooopps  :embarrassed: not to worry I was probably right  :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 19, 2018, 06:33:57 PM
Sorry, I cant seem to hear you both, my ears seem to be muffled - think it might be this cling film which has appeared  :rofl:
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on March 19, 2018, 06:42:13 PM
You cannot get out of it that easy Emz  :laugh:  I have given a full statement to MI5 anyone caught buying Russian equipment can get into serious trouble, We could get Karen to hide a hacksaw in a cake so you can escape  :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 19, 2018, 07:27:59 PM
But those (whispers 'R'..) nozzles make such pretty icing!!  Look!  (I am still soooo proud of my first cake icing attempt  :yahoo: )
xx
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on March 19, 2018, 07:47:10 PM
They look great  :smiley:  but still wouldn't eat one in case its got some of the chemical weapon doodah filling, does it glow in the dark? :smiley:
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Post by: Emz2014 on March 19, 2018, 09:56:33 PM
The flowers are totally normal, natural colour for buttercream.......  :whistle:

 :rofl: xx
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Post by: Karena on March 20, 2018, 01:57:08 PM
hmm blue butter -thats a new one on me - they are very pretty though -i might buy some of those nozzles myself -before the sanctions prevent such a shocking scheme. :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 13, 2018, 06:19:25 PM
How is everyone doing?  Anyone else wondering what has happened to Spring and whether it's ever going to start?!

Big Friday hug to all  :hug: xx
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Post by: longedge on April 13, 2018, 08:56:41 PM
It's a big "Roll on Spring" from me too.

I finally got fed up of my leaky kettle recently and started looking round online for a replacement. I came across one I liked the look of but I can't afford it at Currys price though - 8,888.88  :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 13, 2018, 11:03:50 PM
 :shocked:  :huh:  does that kettle do all your housework too?! Lol xx
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on April 13, 2018, 11:11:19 PM
For all that money I would want 4 Swedish Au Pairs  :rofl:  ya can't hurry a curry George  mind you some curries do make ya hurry  :laugh:

Hope your all as well as can be and enjoying the glorious Spring weather?  :whistle:
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 14, 2018, 07:45:35 AM
I'm well, just waiting for spring to finally show itself! I'm getting bored of drizzly grey now!  Feel I need to be outside a bit more, and around more nature again.
I have some good news though, has been confirmed I still have a job! In a new role, and it is going OK so far.  Xx
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on April 14, 2018, 09:50:38 PM
The way the weathers going Emz you will have a long wait  :sad:  I think we need to invest in new wellies and raincoats for our springs and summer as the climate certainly has changed up our way and I would guess the Gulfstream that has always given us a mild climate compared to other parts of Scotland has moved North, my sister lives in the South of France and she used to get lovely weather but for the last few years they get terrible storms and if the golfball sized hailstones don't get ya the flooding or mini twisters will  :smiley:  I'm not that bothered myself as I'm not into sunbathing on beaches but feel sorry for the gardeners who put loads of work into growing stuff only to have them wrecked.

If your feeling down the best thing ya can do is go out for a stroll (if its wet wear a coat lol) I cannot walk much at the moment (don't ask just me being a dozy sod again) but I try and get out and about most days even if its only sat on the patio....it clears your head and you will be surprised what critters are about even in cities.......last year we saw a group of 5 weasels running along the pavement in the middle of Dumfries where all the shoppers were too lol  and many years ago I was doing a craft fair in Holmfirth and one of the guys indoors caught a Kingfisher that had flown in from the river not far away but something you don't expect to see in a town centre. Cameras are a great excuse to get out and about ya don't need anything fancy even mobile phones are fine and keeps your mind ticking over......I have been trying to keep busy since Ruth died and its helping me to get through the days (the nights are still bad and if i am lucky i sleep 2 hrs a night so need to work on that, the quacks just want to give you more tablets but that doesn't solve the problem)
Well done on the job Emz 8-)
I have attached a photo of a smashing soup bowl I bought for my homemade soup....smashing indeed, I bought two (one for a spare) lol and that's how it arrived hmmmmmm.
Cheers
Brian
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 14, 2018, 10:42:08 PM
Breaking news! Blue sky and a weird bright shiny thing appeared after lunch today!  Had some time sat in the garden with a cuppa whilst my dog had a picnic :-)

Mmm that bowl doesnt look like it's going to hold much soup!
Hope you are ok and regain your mobility soon xx
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Post by: Karena on April 16, 2018, 12:11:56 PM
Great news on the job front Emz. :yahoo:

On saturday that weird blue sky and shiny thing in the sky also appeared here -and even though it wasnt exactly sweltering it was warm enough to be outside without a coat.It even reappeared on sunday morning.

In a mad moment of longing for spring a few weeks ago - and i indulged in some on-line plant shopping -a bargain is never enough to fulfill an order -and when the contents of my basket of "bargains" (not forgetting the 40 free gladioli bulbs) reached 70 quid - I thought maybe thats a bit  (lot) much to spend on bargain plants -(not as expensive as a kettle though  :rofl:) I will be sensible and pause before i commit too this  (it was snowing at this point afterall so no rush)
Then i discovered another bargain from another retailer and figured out that by splitting the bargain, draw you into their trap items, between the two retailers i could now reduce that by half again. (i wasnt married too a yorkshireman for nothing  :rofl:)

Of course these plants arrived before i expected and the 72 lavendar plants that were going to make a Lavendar hedge to hide the raised beds (oh how beautiful vison of a lavendar lined potager had been) were actually so tiny they would in reality get trodden on long before anything even vaguely hedge like emerged - so I  had to pot them all indoors "with tweezers into tiny little cells" last weekend. final destination still to be decided  :whistle:

I also got a cherry tree -which was the opposite -much bigger than i expected for something that calls itself a "Dwarf cherry ideal for patio pots" -(some people must have very large patios but unfortunately i dont live at chatsworth house ) -so  it is now in a large pot under the plum tree -final location to be decided (if only i didnt need the centre of the bottom lawn to be left available for swingball - pesky kids - well actually  i have been known to play swingball by myself its cheaper than going to the gym but blaming the kids is a national pastime  :rofl:)

The red stemmed dogwood -that was going to "create a colourful focal point in winter"  I hadnt quite thought through -where the focal point was going to be - and how the position of it in relation to sunlight available (ever the optimist)  didnt quite match the plants requirements so they have kind of been planted elswhere (not somewhere i want an actual focal point) so could face being relocated shortly.

Gladioli bulbs -(oh yes i still got my free bulbs) - planted a handful, then they kind of got re-dug up a bit when i relocated another plant too that area having forgotten about them. - Now on the to do list along with the "blue selection" of bulbs i forgot to plant last year.

Which leaves two ferns, quite large ferns -fortunately they arrived in pots so are not as urgent -just as well as the "fernery"  :whistle:  is still to tackle.

So by this weekend the only thing left too arrive is the 36 strawberry plants (which thankfully were delayed due to bad weather.) Naturally i have a cunning plan for these -I,m going to make a vertical planter from a pallet -(that,ll teach those pesky slugs) - and being a genius i figured watering would be more efficient if i included a soaker hose (additional cost)  - at this point i hadnt reckoned on the pallet having a dividing strip down the middle preventing this cunning plan -  but i,m sure the hose will be a useful addition to the veg garden.(like it ever stops raining long enough for it to be an issue there ).
I have it all planned how to do this - how hard can it be ?  i watched it on you tube it took no time at all ! -heavy duty staple gun bought(additional cost but  i needed one anyway  :whistle:) liner,(additioal cost) gravel and compost (additional costs) -check.
Saturday sunshine -brilliant -

Painting a pallett -takes about 3 hours because there is more too a pallet than just the 8 borads on the front, and painting it then moving it into situ - before its properly dry, isnt the best idea in the world. (price of new top to add to previous "additional costs") 
Gravel a good idea, helps drainage and prevents compost coming out of the bottom - but not if its pea gravel which then pours back out of the bottom slot as you pour it in. - bottom slot now has twigs stuffed in to prevent re-occurance.(hoping weight of compost on top will prevent gravel shift after twigs rot)

Luckilly at this point i did actually engage brain and realised the best way to actually plant it up would be to wait for the plants too arrive then layer them pushing roots through the slats filling compost too the next level then repeating -so went off and did some more jobs -returned back into the house in the evening when exhaustion took over for a well deserved bath and  :coffeetoast: -(by this point i was bent over and shuffling like a 100 year old) -and guess what delivery note through the front door - urgent -live plants. -how urgent ?-saturday night urgent -?
( put the lot, box and all, in the sink, add water, cross fingers, leave overnight urgent as it turned out)

I,m pleased to report i now have a fully planted home made (bargain) vertical planter and the rain timed it just right -and it does soak right through - so no soaker hose required.
The "fernery" -an even  bigger vertical pallet planter to make the neighbours wall less unsightly is next on the list.(note to self - wear already ruined top while painting said planter)

Now the desired "focal point"  I,m -going to have to find a "bargain" plant that actually loves shade -or a "bargain" non organic statue/feature that isnt also tacky
But there is a large (half a tree) next door (he might not miss it) and a chainsaw in the shed at work -chainsaw carving - new hobby ????  :coffeetoast: :rofl:

-and i still have the problem of hiding the raised beds and creating the "potager" illusion. -Willow weaving ( safer new hobby)  :rofl:

How i love my gardening.
   




 
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 16, 2018, 08:46:41 PM
 :rofl: love it!  That is so my style when combining planning and gardening - but oh so much fun when you get it all to work !  :hearts: xx
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on April 16, 2018, 10:33:14 PM
Blimey Karen you have tired me out just reading about your gardening  :rofl: all i can say is if you have all that energy to garden you must be sleeping at work  :yahoo: :rofl:
It will be interesting to here how ya pallet projects go, we once grew loads of strawberries in a large Oak barrel (you could smell the whisky when you walked past it lol) and I bought a cheapo pagoda doodah thingy that fit inside and fitted 2x  14 inch hanging baskets into the frame (with another layer of strawberries growing in the barrel)  they worked great and you basically watered the top ones and it ran down to the others...best strawberries we grew and best of all Ruth sent a picture of it to a magazine and won letter of the month and got 100  :smiley:....I will try and find the photos as we did alsorts of strange stuff.
Emz  this weeks "Soup of the Week" was a disaster I followed the recipe but tasted ****!  :huh:  and it ended up same place as my smashing bowl  :rofl:
I am going to try out my Wok next  (Wok could possibly go wong?) never done any Chinese food so first of all i will make some Oak Chopsticks lol they will probably end up like broom handles  :laugh:.
As for your sunny weather....... we have got rain and gales at the moment and I'm supposed to be going down to the woods in my car tonight to critter watch but they will be hiding away  :sad:  I'm putting some Owl boxes down there and another on my workshop roof soon once I have stopped throwing myself on the floor  :rofl:
Cheers :coffeetoast:
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 17, 2018, 07:17:24 AM
Good luck with your next soup!   I love cooking in a wok,  I do most of my cooking in one now, it has much better space for making chilli, curry, bolognese and all sorts :-D only occasionally I make anything Chinese in it  :cheesy:

Like the sound of the owl boxes :-)

Ooo weather forecast said that mysterious shiny thing is going to return, and will be warming up - looks like all in good time for my week off next week! Looking forward to a week at home relaxing! Xx
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Post by: Karena on April 17, 2018, 11:27:37 AM
Brian you are a genius -i have just been wondering whether irrigation isnt going to be a problem with the pallet planter (i know i have plenty of water but i,m always looking to transfer ideas too African projects so its a problem there. Being against a wall means there is some rainshadow too, but a vessel of some kind through which more rainwater could collect then drip could create shade above (important there) but not from the front where sun is needed to ripen them but still potentially reduce soil drying out.I was seriousely thinking should i drill holes in the gutter and add rain chains - but your idea is better because the vessel above is more growing space. In this case perhaps a trough rather than a basket -definitely food for thought.

I used to have a wok come to think of it i probably still have -but my electric oven rings take so long to heat up and it seems so wasteful  i started using a plug-in induction hob (that i bought for camping then discovered might blow the 12v hook up facility and take everyone elses out too so didnt ever dare try  :rofl:) -but the wok wasnt made from material that works on those -but perhaps it might be worth looking to see if i can get one that will -afterall with this alleged heatwave round the corner  :rofl: I might want to diversify from soup.

Emz a timely reminder -I made chilli last week in the slow cooker and froze half -which i was going to have for tea tonight -but i forgot to take it out of the freezer. :evil:

I dont know where my mind is these days -I,m designing a T shirt/CD cover for someone for a festival thats coming up - and he asked yesterday if it is nearly finished -luckilly it is so disaster averrted but it had gone completely out of my head. :embarrassed:
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Post by: Tony07 on April 18, 2018, 02:23:19 PM
Managed to log in and touch base, although its been 6 years since Carolyn died I still feel the need sometimes to pop in as this place saved my bacon, when I was at my lowest it kept me going and I will always be grateful without the love and support from you nice people I would have gone under so big thanks. I am getting on with my life now and lots of the time enjoying it once again I never forget my Carolyn but life goes on. I am teamed up with a lovely lady who thinks the world of me and me of her, it's not a betrayal as nobody will replace Carolyn but I am just trying to receive and bring happiness to another soul along my way.  What happend to the chat room?
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on April 18, 2018, 09:51:24 PM
Brian you are a genius!  now that is something ya don't hear often!  :rofl:
Here's a picture of the Strawberry planter and also my Wok Lid Bird Table  :whistle:

Have fun
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Post by: Karena on April 19, 2018, 12:23:21 PM
very nice - and the wok lid =genius -i have a very large heavy glass (style lampshade) that i kept thinking -something garden-ish -more food for thought. :rofl:
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on April 19, 2018, 11:37:05 PM
Glad ya like em Karen  :smiley:  That's a good idea for the lampshade......very posh bird table indeed, need to make some more nesting boxes this year but I have already got Bluetits going in the one opposite my armchair so I can keep an eye on them while using the computer....I made one a few years ago with a mini double glazed window (frosted) and a small camera in which was successful BUT the crows nicked my camera lol they pulled it off the box  :smiley:.
cheers
Brian
ps Emz  I still haven't seen much of that shiny thing in the sky? are you sure it wasn't a lamppost ?  :wink:  later this month they reckon the shooting stars will be whizzing past again so worth keeping an eye out for :smiley:
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Post by: Karena on April 20, 2018, 11:38:54 AM
Double glazing for bluetits -you spoil them Brian.Crows are very clever - i got a ground feeder a few years back with a steel grid top  so the bigger birds couldnt get in and steal all the food. It was quite heavy and pegged down -then i watched on morning as one pulled out the pegs and he and his mates lifted on side until it toppled over.
In the end keith came up with something they didnt like -a round plastic tray on a broom handle pole -when they landed on it the movement and the noise it made frightened them. :rofl:
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 20, 2018, 05:08:27 PM
Ooo Brian, the shiny warm thing has appeared again! I'll do my best to send some your way!  :cool: xx
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Post by: Karena on April 23, 2018, 11:24:48 AM
I got some of that  glowy thing on saturday -and half the plasterboards went up (but he miscalculated how many were needed so the job wasnt finished) Now that that dumping room has been cleared though i was pleasantly suprised tht the view over the garden is very nice -i can definitely see a good argument for 2nd kitchen area -with a breakfast bar at that end.
 I did get some stuff done in the garden and a bit carried away with optamism that spring is finally here.

Sunday was a right fiasco of a day -had to retrieve the plants i had put out to haden off -it was so cold, (see former optamism) Power kept going off, and everytime it did i had to reset the hub.At one point it was off for so long i was wondering how long before the fish tank went cold  ( i could tell the fish was thinking the same thing) and at what point to add hot water too the tank -knowing that once i had, the cistern would then add cold water into the hot water tank,so the hot water available would diminish rapidly.
Despite having a quorn chilli (one i made earlier in the month) defrosting, that i was going to have with Nachos,i ended up with just the nachos for tea as i couldnt heat the chilli. (Typically i had in an organised moment returned the portable gas stove too the campervan as winter, therefore powercuts, is over (haha) and i couldnt be bothered to walk to where its parked to retrieve it)
Washing machine meanwhile was so confused it decided to disco dance across the floor when the electric came back on at what must have been mid spin cycle. :yahoo:

To top it all off i had an epic nightmare about being kidnapped by russian terrorists who said (in Russian that i apparently understand and speak fluently ) they would let me go if i got 2 thousand pounds out of the cash machine (as if  :rofl:)  then shot by police as  the terrorist ran off and left me holding her gun -  (dont ask)
I seem to have woken up today with a stinking cold -thats been lurking for weeks -but has now decided to come out properly. :cray:
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on April 23, 2018, 07:09:18 PM
Tradesmen are pretty good at miscalculating Karen, having said that when we bought this place I ordered some new alloy ladders...what could go wrong? well they delivered my order all 4ft of it!  I ordered 2x 20ft and bearing in mind my home is a bungalow... :rofl:  all was not lost because I cut them down to size with the angle grinder so now have 4 10ft ones :rofl:.
I am glad I'm not the only daft sod on the forum.
Don't you start accusing the Russians, so they said to you  " Дайце нам 2000 і мы выпусцім вас" and you replied " Атрымаць пудзілы вам руская Git"  :rofl:
Byeeeeeeeee
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Post by: Karena on April 24, 2018, 11:18:02 AM
wow Brian there is no end too your talent -multilingual now too. :rofl:

Actually a 10 foot ladder sounds brilliant - i bought a folding ladder, thinking it would do for getting in the loft and cleaning gutters etc -its an absolute nightmare because of the space you need to unfold it in -accessing the loft on it from my tiny landing without help is impossible -and because in reality my fear of heights isnt going to let me get anywhere near the gutters.
my daughter  borrowed it a long time ago and i havnt asked for it back. :rofl:
When i think i used to be able to haul myself up into the lofts from a chair,without a ladder it certainly reminds me of my age -i wouldnt attempt it now. :rofl: so tall step ladder might be the best solution - when i get round too it. :coffeetoast:

My cold is still drivig me mad -seems to have affected one eye which has got very sore - so i,m sat squinting at the screen like a pirate that lost his patch. :rofl:
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on April 24, 2018, 06:16:29 PM
Aye Karen sometimes I even surprise myself with my skills  :rofl:  one thing I'm not very good at though is ducking......I once opened a loft door and got decked by the folding ladder  :rofl: and all Ruth could do was roll about on the floor laughing at me  :rofl:.

"When i think i used to be able to haul myself up into the lofts from a chair,without a ladder it certainly reminds me of my age"  I wouldn't know about that Karen as I'm still way off that age :wink:.
Make sure you get something for that cold...... and for the squint  Shiver Me Timbers   :whistle:.
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 24, 2018, 07:51:37 PM
Get well soon karena  :hug:
A sneaky cough has snuck up on me but I seem to be keeping any other bugs at bay at the moment xx
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Post by: Karena on April 25, 2018, 11:38:11 AM
fingers and toes crossed xx
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Post by: Emz2014 on April 25, 2018, 08:14:48 PM
How are you feeling now karena?
I had a lovely daytrip to Stratford upon avon today. Started with a cream tea at a 40's themed cafe, and enjoyed a boat trip, first time I've been on a boat in a working lock
Hope everyone's day has been ok xx
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Post by: Karena on April 26, 2018, 10:39:04 AM
I,m ok -ish thanks Emz  still eyes watering and sniffly -weather isnt helping
That shiny thing in the sky seems to have disapeared again -although last night the other shiny thing looked stunning with clouds scurrying acros it -very wuthering heights - if i was a wolf i might have taken to howling at it - as i,m not a wolf i dont have a fur coat - so it was too cold to howl at it for very long anyway. :rofl:
I have now retreievd my winter coat from upstairs and brought back in the plants i over optamistically put out to harden off -i dont think theyre hard enough for frost yet.Even the strawberrys have a special blanket to help them through the night -i do spoil them. :rofl:

I have a guest at the moment Misty -springer spaniel -she is very obedient and very comical, but gave me a few nasty moments this morning when i was about ready to leave for work and i couldnt find her  and wondered if she had sneaked past me through the front door - I found her under the table, i think she was hoping i wouldnt notice -as her treats and the fish food (which she was too interested in to leave where it was in the living room) are on there, and she doesnt get to stay in the kitchen without supervision, I discovered last time she is very good at emptying bins. :rofl:

Stratford on Avon sounds like a nice day out - i went there many years ago -saw Anne hathaways cottage and a midsummer nights dream -i was only about 10 so dont remeber much else about it. And i think i was more interested in how the walls were still up - i think they were wattle and daub. Be assured my interest wasnt in the study of historical archtecture -but whether i could line the den we were building with a wet mud version of it. :rofl:

I imagine the lock was interesting -i think i might be a bit nervous  -although i guess the drivers know what they are doing. I would certainly be even more nervous if i had to operate one myself.  :whistle:

Brian -i would have laughed too  :rofl: especially as you, being so young, should have been much quicker to dodge  :whistle:


 




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Post by: Emz2014 on May 10, 2018, 11:04:17 PM
How's everyone doing?  Big hugs all round  :hug:

I'm still being bullied/harassed/trained by the birds in my garden.  Lol. Whenever I go out to sit on the decking they all fly down onto the fence next to me and fill the tree, looking cute, staring at me and singing loudly until I throw more food pellets out for them!  (Do like to watch them though! And it is lovely to sit and hear them whilst out there)
I'm a bit puzzled to see they dont seem to be feeding on the 2 peanut feeders though, I cant be sure but dont think they've been touched atall this week, but they usually clear them in a week or week and half...??  :shocked:

Foz cubs are venturing out now, discovered they are living in next doors garden and was able to watch 5 or 6 of them playing the other day.  So cute and looking pretty healthy.  My dog is not as convinced, and as he can smell/hear them he gives them a good bark in the eve which im sure the neighbours love!  Cheeky buggers did run off with the old washing up brush which I use to clean the birdbath though!! I'd left it in the sun to dry and forgotten to bring it in, now its gone  (They must play in our garden at night as they've also knocked over my solar light panel too!)  xx
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Post by: Karena on May 11, 2018, 11:32:19 AM
maybe the foxes have taken over from the cleaning fairies, who i,m convinced must be on strike,judging by the layer of dust that i spotted in the lounge last night. :whistle:
How lovely to have foxes though.

Peanut feeders possibly less popular now that there is an alternative of worms and bugs, but also a lot of them are feeding babys now, so need something more easy to collect several pieces of in their beak in one go. peanuts are difficult because they have to peck and collect at the same time. Peanuts can choke the babys,so taking them out of the feeders isnt an option either,You might have to just dump the ones in there now or they will go mouldy also bad for them.
On the plus side the ones with small enough holes you can refill with the suet and fruit/mealworm pellets so they dont have to be redundant over the summer.

Scruffy and partner have a nest of babies in next doors garage -so its a quick hop over the roof when they hear the back door open -and they have no issues whatsoe- ever with continuous begging.
Overall the garden is looking quite good now - I,m halfway through planting up my second vertical pallet planter.The strawberry one is romping away very happilly. This one has the sole purpose
of further disguising the controversial neighbours wall, and is in a very shaded area so quite restricted in plant choice.- My genius idea was to use ferns - until i saw the price of ferns.I did buy 3 online, but theyre ridculousely small - so i have moved on to idea number 2 which is to mix them with  hostas -considerably cheaper - especially if it all goes wrong. I had two sitting in pots that have already gone in, They do look pretty good, so this weekend could be cheap hosta hunting on the cards. :rofl:

Meanwhile back in the house, ceiling is boarded -just needs plaster to skim over them and smooth walls into something mildly resembling flat then onto phase 2.The floor has huge yorkshire stone slabs, but its not looking like i,m going to be able to restore them too any decent standards, - so regrettfully they will probably have to be covered up again. I wont make them worse by sticking anything down though. perhaps in the future some-one with more money and skill might be able to sort them out.
Its so easy to ignore the house when there is the garden though -perhaps i really will get one of those eco camping cabins and then just buy a garden to move it into. :rofl:

 
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Post by: Tracey on May 26, 2018, 09:37:57 AM
I would just like to say hello to you all  :hearts:
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Post by: Emz2014 on May 26, 2018, 04:29:47 PM
Hi Tracey  :hug:  how is your day going?

My weekend has started ok, I'm mostly over my chest infection and enjoying being able to breathe again! Although felt a little breathless earlier, mainly ok now. Popped to town for a wander, few shops and a bag of chips today.  Weather is a bit disappointing, had to stay out of the recent glorious weather due to the antibiotics, and now its grey and damp lol!

What's everyone up to?  I'm considering getting started on making some blinds for the 'lodge', but am pretty new to sewing and keep finding myself putting it off lol! Xx
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on May 26, 2018, 04:48:47 PM
Hello Tracey from sunny Scotland and Emz glad you infection is clearing up it takes it time to start feeling ready to go jogging lol, What am I up to  well its World Superbikes on TV so there's a clue.....me and Rory have our treats ready mine are popcorn and Minstrels Rory has mini Markies so were all set for a weekend of noise and speed (a bit like Karen doing the hoovering lol) its still roasting here but forecast light showers but not worried as long as it doesn't rain at Donnington for the racing. Can't help ya with the sewing as its witchcraft to eejits like me and don't mention knitting that's the devils work!
Bye off for a cuppa
Brian
ps Karen you can pitch your wigwam up here if you don't mind the smell from the cow muck they are spreading phew!
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Post by: longedge on May 27, 2018, 05:00:29 PM
Did you enjoy the WSB Brian? It puts the willies up me watching them when the bikes are squirming into the corners. Anybody who has ridden will understand that those blokes are superhuman in the way they have control of their machines  :smiley:.

I was looking over the garden the other day and noticed a Lilac that I planted about 25 years ago which is now quite large has suddenly thrown a sport ( a genetic mutation ) I thought it was unusual until I googled it and found that it's commonplace - so much for my claim to fame  :rolleyes:

Emz - I used to be a dabhand at putting up the Roman Blinds which Chris made in fact I renewed the cords on my bathroom blind not long ago. If you've got a good haberdashers nearby, you can get everything you need to make them. Much better than buying ready made 'coz you have the satisfaction of being able to stand back and admire your handywork  :yahoo:
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Post by: Emz2014 on May 27, 2018, 05:32:20 PM
On the topic of gardens, I'm loving mine at the moment, just saw a damselfly (or dragonfly - I'm not entirely sure how to identify but think its the former), so pretty and electric blue.  Was trimming some of the garden at the edge to ensure my new roses are getting enough sun and it came across flying in front of me

And was so excited the other day, turns out the container I had thought was full of weeds actually has 3 large foxgloves :-D I had forgotten I had planted them last year - love having bees in the garden so am really pleased at the amount of flowers on them for the bees  :cheesy:

Time for a sit down and a cuppa.   :coffeetoast: kettles still warm if you want to grab one too :-) xx
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Post by: Karena on May 27, 2018, 07:41:21 PM
Scruffy backbird stole my sandwich today.I literally put the plate down walked back inside to get a glass of water came back out and there she is with my sandwich on the ground.It was cheese and marmite.I don't think she liked the marmite  noticed a lot of beak cleaning going on later.I am suffering from my usual frozen shoulder and twisted hip.I was supposed to go away this weekend camping.Neve mind I got a few jobs done slowly.  :rofl:
What happened to Sunday night to.No cheesy series I am watching a festival don't know which one but Paloma faith is supposed to be coming on.I quite like her.
Brian you are a cheeky monkey.Hope you enjoyed the motorbikes.
Emz hope you get back on form soon.Take your time with the blinds my lodge isn't built yet. :whistle:
Longedge I have two lilacs.One of them is a complete mutantPuts all it's energy into throwing up branches an spreading rather than flowers.The other has been amazing this year covered in flowers.
Hi Tracey.Welcome too the chat thread. :hug:
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on May 28, 2018, 09:24:37 AM
Hi George,
Yes I never miss the Bike racing on TV (I used to go to them when i lived in England including the TT Races never missed a year) and your 100% correct they are brilliant riders, I have done track days at Donnington and Cadwell and know how difficult it is to go round fast there but these guys add another 100mph to my top speed there.....I have done 200mph + many times at Santa Pod drag racing and you feel safe (when you get to 150mph anything above doesn't seem to make any difference) as Drag Racing is only in a straight line its easier for me but I'm too big for going round bends at that sort of speed. It was nice to see the weather holding up well for the races as its been a bit stormy down there in the last few days?.
That's a lovely tree photo, we have a flowering cherry tree at the back of the house and its the first year its been covered with flowers....its sad to see really as Ruth hasn't had the chance to see it for herself so i have cut some pieces and placed then next to her casket hopefully she will pay me a visit one day.....nearest so far was on Thursday morning when she appeared on my laptop screen wishing me a happy 21st wedding anniversary  :smiley: (she recorded the messages last November using some free software from Computeractive magazine) it was lovely to hear and see her smiling at me until she couldn't resist by ending with "Now get some sodding work done!"  :rofl: typical of here strange sense of humour which she needed to have to marry me :smiley:.

Cheers
ps had to google Roman Blinds and all that fiddly string etc would drive me mad and probably get lots of knots lol  I made a carved wooden string puppet a few years ago of a Dragon and once finished I had to get Ruth to sort the strings out as it wouldn't walk very well thanks to the odd lengths of the string :whistle: I would actually like to make more puppets as i loved them when i was a kid (at 21 lol)
Cheers
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on May 28, 2018, 09:33:50 AM
Emz  that sounds like a Damselfly to me, they are beautiful and like flying gemstones. Over the years I have found Dragonflies are very nosy and fly up to you to see what you are...once in a forest in Argyll one flew upto me and sat on my tripod it seemed to be checking me out......Ruth had one on her head years ago lol. Karen me cheeky? surely not lol  only you could get mugged by a scruffy Crow lol I bet he had a surprise when he got to the Marmite 8-)
Bye and hope everyone one else are well? I know its a daft thing to say considering the reason we are all on this forum but try and get out in the sun or if not put ya raincoat on as the fresh air will do you good.
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Post by: Karena on May 29, 2018, 10:27:38 AM
Damsel or dragon flys are something we rarely see here - i once saw a damsel fly hovering over my pond and that was the one and only time.Lots of cranefly though  -much more Yorkshire - dull and grim looking. :rofl:

Scruffy is a blackbird not a crow - i,m sure she would be mightly offended at being called a crow. :rofl:She started hanging round last year and had clearly had an encounter with a predator -as she had a bald neck - hence the name scruffy - so of course she got extra attention -and she has taken full advantage of that - got a handsome partner - despite not being the most attractive lady in the area,and he soon realised he was onto a good thing and became as tame as her. Her looks have improved considerably now her feathers are back - so double bonus for him. last night i was sat out, and he literally was a foot away head on one side singing (it appeared) just too me. It went something along the lines of

Mar mate ate marmite and it ruins the cheese
Next time you make a butty can you leave it off please.
Dont bother with the letttuce,Dont bother with a plate
just wholemeal bread and cheese will do, for me and mar mate.

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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on May 29, 2018, 11:13:20 AM
I have found over the years that with the blue Damselflys they never fly higher than 2ft and once you spot the shade of electric blue you suddenly spot them much easier, on my small tablet i usually take on holidays i have loads of apps for identifying critters/trees/rocks/bird song etc so if i spot something unusual it can quickly identify it (a bit like your kindle full of books.....mine has mainly pictures....wonder why :whistle:  :rofl:) I have a long list of critters i want to see in Scotland and managed to see a couple of Beaver's last time in Argyll, didn't get any decent photos but did watch them for a while and got an idea of how they move and how to spot them in future so hopefully I will go back one day and get some good photos.
Sorry for insulting Scruffy the Blackbird lol  I love Blackbirds especially when they are singing on an evening when its very quiet, your comment about her having an attractive partner made me smile as if Ruth was still here and reading it I would have said to her "That sounds like us two?"  :rofl:  and then waited for a slap.....we used to always be taking the mickey out of each other. Do you have a name for Scruffy's new bloke?
And you have revealed another of your hidden talents.......this time as a songwriter the Carol King of Yorkshire Dales......I was trying to remember if there was a song with Marmite in but nearest i could find was Men At Works song Down Under but they called it Vegemite which i think is similar?
Right must go and finish my Hare's
Bye
ps Did anyone on here get the storms over the last few days?  hate to say this but they missed us but I couldn't believe my eyes when i saw them in England....plus all the lightning! not my cup of tea at all but this is  :coffeetoast:  :whistle: 
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Post by: longedge on May 29, 2018, 12:36:14 PM
I'm off birds at the moment, well to be exact Starlings. Early in spring I saw some workmen at a neighbours house 'foaming' a hole at the top of the soil stack where it goes through his roof tiles. We moved to this house about 45 years ago and the gap has always been there and Starlings always nested in there. I've watched their comings and goings with interest. Seen Magpies reaching in and taking the nestlings etc. Anyway, I jokingly shouted across to my neighbour about him evicting long term tenants.

The little b*****s have now found a gap at the bottom edge of my tiles into the roof space above my 'Sunroom' where I sit when I'm looking out over the garden. I've got french windows in there and the gap they are using is right above the windows which I am having to wash every day. They seem to have perfected a flight path into their 'entrance' the last part of which involves dropping a 'white bomb'  :rolleyes:. Come winter the bottom row of tiles will have to come up and some finger guard strip will be going in  :smiley:.
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Post by: longedge on June 02, 2018, 10:21:58 PM
Just watched "Nothing like a Dame" on BBC 2 and it's made me feel tremendously sad - I don't know why - anybody else see it?
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on June 02, 2018, 10:56:07 PM
Didn't see it George........is it about Christopher Biggins?  he usually plays Dames in Panto's.
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Post by: longedge on June 03, 2018, 07:39:06 AM
Morning Brian - No, real Dames  :smiley: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright. I think that now I'm more used to being alone and spending most of my time sort of living in the past, mentally that is, it was sad to see the ravages of time particularly on Judi Dench (who I always found very attractive  :grin: ). For the same reason I hate seeing video/photos of myself except those taken when I was in my late teens/early 20's. The calendar says I'm 71 but my brain tells me I'm 19  :rofl:.
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Post by: Emz2014 on June 03, 2018, 07:55:57 AM
I am feeling a bit of your starling problem with the foxes. At first very sweet and cute to watch them but now they are being so naughty. On different nights they have bitten through the wire for my solar lights, knocked over the dog poo bag bin and scattered them all over the garden, splitting one on the decking leaving a mess and have also poo'd on my decking - which has stained  :angry:

Grrrr!!!  Xx
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Post by: Karena on June 03, 2018, 07:27:32 PM
 :rofl: Sorry I shouldn't laugh but the idaa of the starlings coming in and releasing Whit bombs made me laugh.Do you think they employ a stool pigeon to watch for when you go and sit down so they can go in and take aim just to let you know they have the upper hand. :rofl:

As it's my 21st birthday again today i am relling myself that while the ravages of time is something that come too us all . But while shiny and new has it's merits we should never under estimate the value of an antique. :whistle:
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Post by: longedge on June 11, 2018, 12:02:33 PM
I had to give in and put a handful of mealworms out this morning after receiving a withering look from my Robin. It's currently got a couple of fledgelings following it around begging to be fed -
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Post by: Karena on June 11, 2018, 12:47:55 PM
 :rofl: nice cartoon -I also got mobbed this morning by mr and mrs blackbird - the Starlings seem to have moved on though - i havnt sen them for a week or so.
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Post by: Emz2014 on June 12, 2018, 08:29:06 PM
 :shocked: just realised think I missed your 21st bday karena! So sorry!  Hope you had a nice day and ate loads of cake!  Sending a belated birthday hug

Lol, love the cartoon and the robin! :-)   i pretty much get mugged every time I step outside now, have some little sparrows that line up on the fence then fly at me! :-)
Still having fox issues, they've dug up the corner of the gravel rose garden twice now and then dug into/flung soil from a pot on to my decking (likely scattering all the poppy seeds I had planted, now all over the decking/patio)  :undecided:  they are cute, I just wish they would stop trashing my garden now, has become tedious quickly :-( xx
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on June 12, 2018, 10:03:48 PM
Hi Emz,
You can buy some Fox deterrent to spray around areas they keep trashing on Ebay and Amazon they are not poisonous so won't harm any critters but they dhttp://bereavementuk.co.uk/newforum/Smileys/default/whistling.gifon't like the chilli peppers etc in the mix (you could probably make your own if you do a bit of googling for the recipes?) they don't wreck anything here but if they did they would get a telling off (i talk to all my wild pets lol)
Have fun
Brian
Ps Karen's certainly looking well she doesn't look a day over 20  (unlike me who's just a 30 something but not weathered as well :whistle:)  :laugh:
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Post by: Emz2014 on June 12, 2018, 10:20:01 PM
Thanks Brian, I'll look into that.  Feels like I'm going through the teenage years with them acting up! Lol xx
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on June 12, 2018, 10:25:58 PM
aye I forgot your still a teen Emz.....what ya doing mixing with us oldies then? lol........why don't ya make them some outfits?  I can just see ya talking to the Fox asking what colour Bandanna he wants lol
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Post by: Emz2014 on June 13, 2018, 09:10:31 AM
Haha  :rofl: i meant the foxes are going through their teen years :-)
They dug up the corner of the gravel rose area again last night, grrrr! I need to have words with them, they're grounded!! Lol xx
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Post by: Karena on June 13, 2018, 01:17:43 PM
grounding teenagers - ooo risky - the shouting and slamming of doors, then muttered but audible sarcasm,and surly resentment -isnt fun -  and then you find you,ve grounded yourself because if you go out, theyre going to ask all their mates round for a party - because theyre "not breaking the grounding rules" - and the mates arnt grounded. just get a tazer. :rofl:
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on June 13, 2018, 02:35:01 PM
Shame on you Karen!  I can't believe you recommended a Taser ,, wait until all the wild piggies turn looking for truffles (I tipped them off lol)  I can just see you and Emz presenting Springwatch  armed with tasers and pepper spray lol.
I had a nasty surprise today not far from my home 2 Grey Squirrels bad news for the Reds....its a shame because i love grey squirrels but they carry a disease that's not good for the Reds. I might get some on one of the trail cameras......if they have got this far in Southern Scotland its not good news for the Reds in the Trossachs/Highlands etc.
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Post by: Karena on June 14, 2018, 11:11:03 AM
I wasnt serious - ask my girls i didnt taser them (there were times when a cattle prod might have been useful though. :rofl:

According to the Trossachs national park site they are trying to create a grey squirel free buffer zone up there.Its a difficult dilemma i like the greys too -and its not as though theyre deliberately murdering the reds - but as increasingly wildlife habitat is vanishing everything is under pressure - i read a piece on FB last night about five mammals likely to become extinct -i worry about peoples comprehension levels when it came to the comments though.
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on June 15, 2018, 10:29:06 PM
Oh well I might forgive you :whistle:  but have no worry I have been down to the forest tonight and had a word with my Red Friends and we are prepared to take on any Greys that try to invade!  do you want proof?  thought you might so I took a photo as evidence. You can keep your Greys down South  :rofl:
Ps  do ya think i have too much time on my hands?  :smiley:
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Post by: Emz2014 on June 16, 2018, 08:37:47 AM
 :rofl: :-) xx
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on June 22, 2018, 11:16:25 PM
Glad you liked Rambo Emz lol  Just been out Bat spotting but its shocking tonight with Midges attacking ya.......over last few nights I have been watching the Barn Owls hunting around 15ft from my armchair 8-) they then fly down to the woodland and then back up here again much more entertaining than TV. I find its the nights when ya realise how quiet the house is so i stick some rock music on lol Rory's favourite is Gary Moore for some reason he sits staring at the stereo when he's on and when it finishes he lays down again  strange little fella?
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on June 23, 2018, 05:05:00 PM
Here's one i have just finished Emz  :smiley:  this one won't dig your garden for ya and neither will Karens Taser work on him  :rofl:
Cheers
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Post by: Emz2014 on June 24, 2018, 09:50:26 AM
That's beautiful! Love it!
I had a new camera for my birthday and I managed to get a lovely photo of one of the foxes,  I'll have to add it later (just need to adjust the size first) xx
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Post by: The Laird Of Galloway, Scotland on June 24, 2018, 10:58:26 AM
Cheers Emz and look forward to seeing your Fox photo, last night was a good Bat night with loads flying pretty close to the house but way too fast to get a photo, I might try setting my camcorder on constant record with nightvision on and leave to film.....if i get them fly close then i might be able to freeze images as stills. I got a really good old photography book on Amazon about watching and photographing wildlife at night and although its about film cameras they actual tips on making camera traps will adapt for digital use. There is a nice idea for a pressure plate you set up near some bait for Badgers and when they step on it it fires off a few shots so will definitely be making one of those. I have a few Trail cameras with work in the dark and detect movement and body heat but they are so sensitive they keep triggering when any grass moves grrrr.
Photography and just wildlife watching does you good and even if its just for 30mins just the break from upsetting thoughts will help you. Another thing about photography is it makes you want to eave the house to take pictures and you don't need expensive fancy cameras as lots of people have a camera on their phones which take lovely shots ok you won't be able to get far off shots of Eagles but even with gert big lenses they don't guarantee you will get a decent picture (I take loads but only a few are keepers)
Have fun.