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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby suffolk » October 10th, 2017, 7:49 am

Good morning all :D :mug: I've slept really late :shock:
Electrician due this afternoon to fix extractor in bathroom ... I may mow the grass this morning - it looks pretty dry out there - but first I need more :mug:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby cyprusmoira » October 10th, 2017, 8:18 am

Back from our splendid local supermarket, new seasons mandarins are in but are still a bit unripe as their skin is green. They now stock pomegranate molasses, great progress. We have noticed that the local growers have been planting pomegranate orchards, there is obviously a demand. My attempts at pomegranate molasses from our trees was spectacularly unsuccesful :(

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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby StokeySue » October 10th, 2017, 8:53 am

Good morning
Good to here both Sian and Smitch are making progress :wave:
Weak sun here, the forecast is proper Indian summer weather for the weekend, or for traditional Brits we are on track for St Luke's Little Summer at least in the SE. St Luke's day is 18 October, I just checked

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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby icelesley » October 10th, 2017, 8:59 am

It's raining :(
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby smitch » October 10th, 2017, 9:28 am

Think it has stopper raining here but it looks very grey outside.

The rats really wanted to come out, so I put them on the sofa with me. Big mistake, had to share my breakfast and my cup of tea :lol: They are surprisingly strong and they're both so excited I'm at home. They normally go to sleep when we go to work so they're ready for us coming home :luv: I hope they like the treats I've ordered for them.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby cyprusmoira » October 10th, 2017, 9:33 am

smitch wrote:The rats really wanted to come out, so I put them on the sofa with me. Big mistake, had to share my breakfast and my cup of tea They are surprisingly strong and they're both so excited I'm at home. They normally go to sleep when we go to work so they're ready for us coming home I hope they like the treats I've ordered for them.

Smitch: it sounds as if your rats lead an exciting life. My youngest niece used to keep rats, they stayed at the local pet shop when she was on holiday

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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby smitch » October 10th, 2017, 9:38 am

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smitch wrote:The rats really wanted to come out, so I put them on the sofa with me. Big mistake, had to share my breakfast and my cup of tea They are surprisingly strong and they're both so excited I'm at home. They normally go to sleep when we go to work so they're ready for us coming home I hope they like the treats I've ordered for them.

Smitch: it sounds as if your rats lead an exciting life. My youngest niece used to keep rats, they stayed at the local pet shop when she was on holiday

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They're certainly very spoilt :lol: they helped themselves to my glass of dandelion and burdock last night, they loved it. The younger one is also fond of beer :shock: Once they've grabbed something, there is no chance of getting it back.

They stay with my parents when we go away, they definitely are indulged by their grandparents :lol:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby suffolk » October 10th, 2017, 10:11 am

Right ... that's the grass cut front and back ... it was damper than I thought so it was more silage making than grass cutting, but at least I won't have to put long boots on to take the peelings to the compost bin :lol: It's harder going when the grass is wet ... I need a sit down and a :mug:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby Gruney » October 10th, 2017, 10:30 am

Daughter's dogs go back this evening - it's been great, in many ways - especially on the Common, where they caught the eye for a number of reasons - but it's a lot of dogs to trip over, and with an extremely painful ankle ( I have no effective ligaments, through being daft when I was younger) it will be a bit of a relief. We'll all meet up again on Saturday, when we shoot off to the Hebrides for a fortnight. I know the island I'm visiting attracted a needlessly discouraging comment, but I intend having a good time, nevertheless.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby PurpleLuv » October 10th, 2017, 11:18 am

I'm sure you will have a lovely time Gruney, not sure what comment it was, we all like different things though, give me a window overlooking the sea & some walking boot & I'm happy, a crate of wine & a box of food & its perfect :D
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby suffolk » October 10th, 2017, 11:47 am

Have a super time Gruney :D

The electrician has arrived :tu:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby icelesley » October 10th, 2017, 11:55 am

I am back. Have a good time Gruney where abouts in the Hebrides are you going ? Are you taking the dogs? they will love it. In fact can I carry your bags and bring my beasts too oh an OH :D What was the discouraging comment, tut tut. who cares.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby Gruney » October 10th, 2017, 12:03 pm

Thanks. I'm going to Lewis - it's a 540 mile drive to Ullapool, for the ferry - then a drive at the other end - quite enough driving for one day.

Yes, I'll be taking all the dogs - they'll love it! I shall also be taking 2 cases of wine plus a litre of whisky and a bottle of Crabbies - that should keep me going for a bit.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby icelesley » October 10th, 2017, 12:06 pm

Enjoy Gruney I am envious :mrgreen: Its been a while since we were up North with the beasts.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby cooksalot » October 10th, 2017, 12:19 pm

Last time I was in Lewis was in the seventies. Hitchhiked there with some American friends. Despite staying in quite an isolated cottage we were told off for making too much noise on the Sabbath! :shock:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby patpoyntz » October 10th, 2017, 12:58 pm

Gruney wrote:Daughter's dogs go back this evening - it's been great, in many ways - especially on the Common, where they caught the eye for a number of reasons - but it's a lot of dogs to trip over, and with an extremely painful ankle ( I have no effective ligaments, through being daft when I was younger) it will be a bit of a relief. We'll all meet up again on Saturday, when we shoot off to the Hebrides for a fortnight. I know the island I'm visiting attracted a needlessly discouraging comment, but I intend having a good time, nevertheless.


I think it was I who made the comment, for which I am truly sorry...I think I said something like it wasn't the most attractive place. I know all the Hebridean islands well, my son lived on Lewis for many years and of course we visited him a lot. I literally meant that of all the islands from Tiree to top of Lewis, in my opinion, there are prettier islands. Of course there are some wonderful beaches and lovely places. I personally like mountains, and it is quite flat compared to Harris for example.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby suffolk » October 10th, 2017, 12:59 pm

Just had a very noisy few minutes ... a couple of RAF Typhoons carrying out various manoeuvres above the house ... figure eights and spirals etc ... they're incredibly agile but very noisy! A couple of years ago there were complaints and an apology when three of them carried out some pretty low level stuff over the city ... today's performance was quite high up.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby cyprusmoira » October 10th, 2017, 1:39 pm

suffolk wrote:Just had a very noisy few minutes ... a couple of RAF Typhoons carrying out various manoeuvres above the house ... figure eights and spirals etc ... they're incredibly agile but very noisy! A couple of years ago there were complaints and an apology when three of them carried out some pretty low level stuff over the city ... today's performance was quite high up

A friend of mine was birding down on the marshes by RAF Akrotiri, a couple of Typhoons scrambled at low level straight out of Akrotiri, June says the noise was frightening. It was caused by the Turks trying it on over Cypriot air space.
WE used to get the Red Arrows rehearsing and auditioning pilots. Sometimes because of our height here some of their low level manoeuvres were below us.

On a more mundane level we shall have Chicken Fajitas for supper, I make my own spice mixture, the commercial varieties contain too much sugar.

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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby icelesley » October 10th, 2017, 2:48 pm

I have left savoury mince defrosting. So it will be either chilli con carne, spag bol or cottage pie tonight. My guess is when I ask OH it will be chilli con carne. :rolleyes:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby icelesley » October 10th, 2017, 3:07 pm

Time for me to start packing up again. Have a lovely evening everyone, see you all tomorrow :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby liketocook » October 10th, 2017, 4:05 pm

Good afternoon everyone,
It's wet & miserable outside and my back is still playing up so it's been a duvet day. I'm hoping it's settled by tomorrow as I have an appointment with the balance specialist and they fair like to move you about which could be difficult :shock: I'll be glad when it's over :)
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby Seatallan » October 10th, 2017, 4:48 pm

Gurney, we're up that way this weekend. We're 'baby sitting' my poorly friend (who is in the midst of chemotherapy) whilst her husband is down south at a wedding. We'll be in Wester Ross on the shore of Little Loch Broom so we'll give you a wave. :wave:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby StokeySue » October 10th, 2017, 4:49 pm

Lovely early autumn evening here, though grey and drizzly for a while
I've had to water some of my pots
Must do some autumn planting
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby TeresaFoodie » October 10th, 2017, 9:05 pm

I hope you are all having a good evening. I am hooked on these Alaska programmes, a country i have always wanted to visit. I just had for some reason a flash back of cuddling my grey long haired cat Thomas Mouse Bear. My neighbours know someone with a kitten litter. I will be seeing them in a few days. If I can't have one here my Sister has told me she will 'surrogate' alongside hers until I can adopt. I need a bear. I wonder if they will match up to Tombola and bruv Noah and Sis Tiger-lily. We'll happily see.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby cyprusmoira » October 11th, 2017, 4:59 am

Good Morning Wild Ones. We had TV problems last night, we lost most of Bake Off, later on there was a screen note stating that it was caused a power failure at the server. This means that GBBO was not recorded, we will have to wait until Sunday for the repeat.

I have various errands this morning.

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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby patpoyntz » October 11th, 2017, 7:36 am

Seatallan wrote:Gurney, we're up that way this weekend. We're 'baby sitting' my poorly friend (who is in the midst of chemotherapy) whilst her husband is down south at a wedding. We'll be in Wester Ross on the shore of Little Loch Broom so we'll give you a wave. :wave:

So lovely of you to look after your friend Seat.
I know you know Ullapool well....did you know that the lovely Kirsty at The Seafod Shack won the BBC food award for best take-away?
We had lunch there just recently and it was super...giant langoustines! We feel very lucky that we live so near to such a great place, Ullapool I mean.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby earthmaiden » October 11th, 2017, 7:36 am

Morning all!
What a shame you had to miss GBBO Moira. I hope you can avoid mention of the events until then.

Mini car service and a hair cut this morning for me. The weather forecast suggests that it is going to hit 23 degrees at the weekend. I hope people haven't put their lighter clothes away for winter! :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby smitch » October 11th, 2017, 7:40 am

Morning all! Up early this morning- managed my first shower since my op so I'm really pleased. Going for lunch at a local pub with my parents then going to the hospital for the stitch removal. Fingers crossed my pain gets better then.

Still haven't watched the bake off. I started watching episode 1, then oh decided he wanted to see it after all and we've not got around to catching up yet :rolleyes:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby suffolk » October 11th, 2017, 7:52 am

Good morning all :D :mug:
Tennis this morning ... back's a bit sore after heavy duty lawn mowing yesterday, but I'm sure a bit of gentle exercise will ease it.
Moira ... how annoying :rolleyes: Hope it can be sorted quickly.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby suffolk » October 11th, 2017, 7:52 am

Smitch ... Hope all goes well :)
EM ... Didn't put them away last winter ... ;)
Pat ... Scottish langoustines :luv:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby cyprusmoira » October 11th, 2017, 9:08 am

suffolk wrote:Pat ... Scottish langoustines

Deep Envy :drool:

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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby icelesley » October 11th, 2017, 9:54 am

Good Morning Wild Ones. Late on parade due to yet another crisis unforseen by management :rolleyes:
Scottish langoustines :drool: :drool: :drool: :mrgreen: very deep envy ;)
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby icelesley » October 11th, 2017, 12:18 pm

Have you all gone off up to Scotland to get some langoustines and left me behind <stampingfootsmiley> :lol:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby Seatallan » October 11th, 2017, 12:22 pm

patpoyntz wrote:I know you know Ullapool well....did you know that the lovely Kirsty at The Seafod Shack won the BBC food award for best take-away?


No I didn't Pat, but I'm not surprised. Fantastic news (and fantastic fish! :chops: :chops: )

Mr S and I may have a poke around Ullapool on Sun afternoon whilst friend is having a wee nap and if so I shall be visiting the Shack (also looking forward to a quick go in the bookshop at the Celidh Place and a swift half in the Ferryboat :) ).
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby nursemimi » October 11th, 2017, 12:34 pm

Good morning everyone. Chilly here this morning long pants and long sleeves needed at least
for the morning. Housework on today's agenda. Those langoustines sound lovely.

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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby icelesley » October 11th, 2017, 12:43 pm

:wave: :wave: :wave: Hi Mimi. Its quite cilly here too and it has just started raining again. :(
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby Gruney » October 11th, 2017, 12:46 pm

Seatallan wrote:Mr S and I may have a poke around Ullapool


I stayed at the Youth Hostel there in 1961 - I went for a bike ride. It's still there - at least it was a couple of years ago.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby nursemimi » October 11th, 2017, 12:55 pm

Hi Ice no rain here today bright and shiny

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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby suffolk » October 11th, 2017, 12:55 pm

Back from tennis (just one 5 game match again) ... back still complaining so I've taken some Paracetamol ... I don't like this getting older lark ... just a few weeks of inactivity this summer with my broken foot and now the rest of my body seems to ache after the slightest bit of physical work ... it seems like only yesterday that I used to be able to pitch bales ... :rolleyes:

Anyhoo, I have given the bird feeders a good scrubbing and a rinse and now they're in the little greenhouse drying off. They should be ok to refill tomorrow.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby Gruney » October 11th, 2017, 2:07 pm

I've just seen a brilliant exercise in futility. It's blowing really hard here - in our Morrison's car park there was a maintenance lad trying to tidy the place up with one of those hand held leaf blowing machines :lol:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby Chinchilla_lady » October 11th, 2017, 2:11 pm

An exercise in hope over expectation Gruney :lol:

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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby cyprusmoira » October 11th, 2017, 2:35 pm

Chinch, I thought of you earlier this afternoon. I was in the Artemis Taverna, Pissouri, Anna, the daughter was making Christening invitations. She had a very large pot of gold glitter. I wonder if the glitter will get into the souvlaki? :lol:

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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby Chinchilla_lady » October 11th, 2017, 2:43 pm

:lol: :lol: I expect so, it seems to get everywhere else :o :o
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby smitch » October 11th, 2017, 2:46 pm

Am back from the hospital minus the ovarian suspension stitch. Feels much better now it is gone :tu: Don't think I'm ready to go back to work on Friday so will visit the gp for a sick note tomorrow.

Called in at a cake factory shop on our way back, they make stuff for M&S. Got quite a few treats for very little money, some of it can go to work for OH to share with his colleagues.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby suffolk » October 11th, 2017, 2:51 pm

Glad it's feeling easier Smitch ... but it's so sensible not to rush things :tu:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby icelesley » October 11th, 2017, 3:03 pm

Time to start packing up and hit the road. Have a good evening everyone. See you all tomorrow :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby earthmaiden » October 11th, 2017, 3:39 pm

Gruney wrote:I've just seen a brilliant exercise in futility. It's blowing really hard here - in our Morrison's car park there was a maintenance lad trying to tidy the place up with one of those hand held leaf blowing machines :lol:


:lol: :lol: :lol: to be honest, I always think they are a bit futile anyway unless the leaves are immediately picked up afterwards. When I used to stay with friends in the USA the local authority would come round in autumn and pick up any large piles of leaves that residents left at the side of the road. All the male residents were out every day with their macho machines blowing leaves into piles which would disperse the following day in the wind. The exercise went on every day until the leaf collectors came round again :rolleyes: :rolleyes: .

Smitch - cake sounds a suitable reward for your day. I hope you'll be a bit more comfortable now. Can't believe they even suggest you might be well enough to go to work in Friday - far more important to rest and heal.

Suffs - do you think you might have adopted a different posture whilst you had your foot done up? Sometimes it's worth a visit to an osteopath to make sure everything is in the right place and to do any useful exercises they suggest.

I spent quite a nice morning first of all reading a newspaper and drinking some very good coffee at the garage whilst the car was being seen to (and they cleaned it!!), then reading trashy magazines with more coffee and one of those gorgeous caramel flavoured biscuits at the hairdresser. Had the day's entertainment in Iceland (they had new tills today and the people in front of me had such an old loyalty card that only one older member of staff had ever seen one like it and the new till certainly hadn't - the customer wanted to use the bonus on it - :rolleyes: :? :evil: ). Probably not surprising I have been feeling totally lethargic all afternoon and have resorted to turning on the heating when my thickest winter jumper didn't warm me up. I have laid out my bikini for the weekend heatwave (don't worry, that was just a joke, I haven't been seen in one since circa 1974 :lol: ). There is a pile of things waiting to be read on the table, I think that will be my entertainment for the rest of the day, it doesn't require much energy.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby smitch » October 11th, 2017, 3:49 pm

I wasn't given a sicknote so have had to self cert. I'm pretty bruised and am still bloated from the gas from surgery so my clothes are a bit tight :oops: I'm also finding sitting for a long time uncomfortable so definitely need a sicknote.

We got chocolate mini rolls, millionaires shortbread, Tiffin, Christmas cake and Portuguese custard tarts. Plus a caterpillar cake :lol: you can get a 2-3 kilo bag of the bite size stuff for £2, it's the same as the plastic tubs from M&S, so we're well stocked up :lol:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby patpoyntz » October 11th, 2017, 4:14 pm

Seatallan wrote:
patpoyntz wrote:I know you know Ullapool well....did you know that the lovely Kirsty at The Seafod Shack won the BBC food award for best take-away?


No I didn't Pat, but I'm not surprised. Fantastic news (and fantastic fish! :chops: :chops: )

Mr S and I may have a poke around Ullapool on Sun afternoon whilst friend is having a wee nap and if so I shall be visiting the Shack (also looking forward to a quick go in the bookshop at the Celidh Place and a swift half in the Ferryboat :) ).

Sounds like a great plan...I'd join you but we are in Alp d'Huez...and exhausted after tackling the 21 hairpin bends to the top....and that was in our camper not on our bikes, though plenty of folk were cycling up. The sense of relief when we reached the top made us wonder how those 'tour' boys do it day after day!
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Re: Chatterbox LXXVIII Olivia

Postby northleedsbhoy » October 11th, 2017, 4:21 pm

The general rule is that the first week of any period of sickness has to be covered by a self-cert and one from a GP or hospital from the 8th day. There are exceptions depending if 2 or more periods are only a short distance apart.

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