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Order yourself a latte, and a pastry (The virtual cinnamon buns are excellent today). And have a nice chat.

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Postby Zosherooney » May 5th, 2019, 6:18 am

Morning all! Sunny-ish out there.... I felt I needed crutches by the end of yesterday ! I had hoped to be out of the house by 9.30am but Mr. Z would not leave his pit so I busied myself with jobs until he woke up, we ate and collected some funds from the P.O. on the way out of the village - there where already lots of people milling around. We got to the outskirts of Downton at midday and the main village road was blocked off, parking was an issue but everyone was using a nearby industrial estate, then walking into the village. It was absolutely heaving! Found the people with rare breeds and dropped off the 2nd hand clean towels then started to browse the fair. We bought 18 french dwarf bean plants for £2.50, 2 large potted blueberry bushes (which I have wanted for some time, 3 pairs of reading glasses for a tenner, Mr. Z. had been using some of my old prescription ones and they were too small for his head and left lines along his face !!! We also bought a lovely (concrete) Green Man visage for the garden, I think we will hang it on the pergola so we can see it from the house. It's very life like and the eyes follow you around the room. We admired some nice jewellery and chatted to the owner of the stand and will be commissioning a pair of earrings in the near future.

They had Morris Dancers, a May pole, Thai Chi, all sorts of bands playing loads of different music. The whole event has at least doubled since we last attended which must have been over 15 years ago. It was still difficult to make progress, there were that many people there. After a couple of hours we were peopled out so Mr. Z. kindly went and fetched the car while I waited with the bags of stuff we had bought and we left. We stopped in T'co bought fuel and spent another pile of dosh on stuff that we can't get locally and arrived home to see the odd few still doing the Scarecrow trail. We unloaded the car put the growth in water and had deli counter buffet (all reduced) meal and relaxed and put our feet up and let Sally Banda tear around the house like a devil possessed ! Wuzzle hissed and spat at her but did come in for his supper then sulked up in the bedroom all evening. At 9pm Eric turned up with a HUGE trailer of lengths of wood, Mr Z refused to help, so I left him stirring the marinated beef skirt while I donned an old jumper and helped Eric stack it - it took us 20 mins but I reckon with a load from Patrick and one from Oakfrith, we will have enough for next winter.

Supper at 9.45pm - watched some rubbish TV then crashed out until my face was patted at 5.40 this morning. Sally has joined Gridge in the wardrobe after a terrific tear around my bed. She is besotted with the computer cable and will not leave it alone !!! God knows how but yesterday she managed to turn the music on on it 3 times !!! Even I don't know how to do that !!!

At 10am today I am at the tea and cake tent until 12 and Mr. Z is on car park duty at the same times. Must remember to take my Rhubarb N custard cake with cardamon and polenta, the smaller one I made for 'home' has already been eaten!!! :chops: Then the rest of the weekend is ours.......Hoorah! Not planning to do much - just some planting and maybe turn a bed over for the beans. Mr. Z. has some new beer to try, I am sure I will find myself something ?
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby cyprusmoira » May 5th, 2019, 6:32 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, you had a busy day yesterday, Zosh and the tea and cake tent today :!:

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Postby icelesley » May 5th, 2019, 6:54 am

Good morning wild ones. The Sun is out but the sky is grey :( I just realised I didn't buy any potatoes when I went shopping so will have to go and get some or no roasties I especially for dinner :terrified:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby suffolk » May 5th, 2019, 8:28 am

Good morning all :D :mug:
We opened the blinds to bright sunshine, black clouds and a rainbow ... and since then we’ve had every permutation of weather imaginable (except fog) with it changing every ten minutes.

I keep thinking of poor Tezza ... that poor lass has had some tough times, and yet she remains so cheery bless her. I do hope she’s making a rapid recovery and is back home very soon :hug: And all the other Wildies in the wars too :hug: :hug: :hug: usually it’s me falling base over apex and damaging myself ... I must be careful in case it’s catching ... ;)
Seriously tho ... you do all have my heartfelt commiserations... it’s totally rubbish being crook and needing help for the slightest thing. :rolleyes:
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Postby Amber » May 5th, 2019, 8:31 am

Bb, can you transport your hot drinks in a flask? We have some with straps to go round your neck.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby earthmaiden » May 5th, 2019, 10:20 am

Morning all! Goodness zosh, just enjoy a lazy day!
Weather pretty well the same as yesterday, brightish with dodgy clouds and not very warm. I've been watching Andrew Marr and now have a couple of odd jobs to do before deciding where to walk today. Yesterday I revisited a walk I used to do quite often some years ago. Part of it is along the Kennet and Avon canal towpath and close to the River Kennet. I used to enjoy it because there were so many water birds, ducklings etc. Yesterday there were just a few ducks, nothing else and no sign of growing families :( . I did enjoy leaning over a bridge on the river and watching the trout though.

I've got potatoes. I want to try Kavey's hash brown/rosti done in a waffle maker. The recipe popped up on my Facebook page a couple of days ago, not sure why as it turned out to be a few years old!
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby Seatallan » May 5th, 2019, 10:48 am

earthmaiden wrote: Yesterday there were just a few ducks, nothing else and no sign of growing families :( .


Plenty up this end of the canal EM- perhaps you were just unlucky yesterday?

Wind has dropped and it is much milder here today. Will head out in a bit and have a wee walk. If I see any ducklings EM I shall take a pic for you. :luv:
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Postby liketocook » May 5th, 2019, 10:51 am

Good morning everyone,
Hope you get a less exhausting day Zosh!
Dry here today so far but still cold. The bitter wind has died back so hopefully I'll get a bit more done outside today than I did yesterday.
Asparagus with bacon and poached egg on toasted sourdough for lunch :drool: and I've belly pork slices defrosted for dinner though I've yet to decide what to marinate them in before roasting.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby slimpersoninside » May 5th, 2019, 10:56 am

earthmaiden wrote:I've got potatoes. I want to try Kavey's hash brown/rosti done in a waffle maker. The recipe popped up on my Facebook page a couple of days ago, not sure why as it turned out to be a few years old!


Any chance you can direct me to this not via facebook (don't do fb) please? I'm always looking for new ways with spuds.

Thank you.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby earthmaiden » May 5th, 2019, 11:42 am

slimpersoninside: I may not necessarily use paprika for the whole batch but like the general idea. My potatoes have been grated!

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Postby slimpersoninside » May 5th, 2019, 12:11 pm

Thanks EM.

They do look nice, and pretty easy to make.

We have some Jersey royals for today so these will have to wait a bit.

Hope you enjoy them!
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Postby StokeySue » May 5th, 2019, 12:32 pm

Good day
I suppose you could make the waffles on a George (Forman) if you didn’t have a waffler, 100g Parmesan seems quite a lot to me. I see the date is 3 May 16, so that will be why it popped up on its anniversary. Looks good

I am for some reason quite tired today, I went out and did some walking and shopping in the morning, then had coffee and an early Vietnamese supper with a friend.

The big black cat keeps coming in for cuddles and to sleep in his favourite armchair, but he’s not begging so we think his humans have just gone away for a while, and though fed he is not enjoying his own company. He caught a fine fat mouse in one of the outbuildings yesterday, didn’t see the end of the story, but he killed it. We have established that he can easily get out through my old cat flap, but not in, so that’s ok

Plant sale on the common today, so I will have a look, doubt I’ll do as well as Zosh though.

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Postby earthmaiden » May 5th, 2019, 1:50 pm

The ideal cat! He sounds rather nice. It's great if they can get out. We have a little grey one who visits everyone, she's very sweet but creeps in if the back door is open and sleeps in an area under my spare bed which is hard to get to. My cat flap is locked. I am always worried I will go on holiday or something without realising she has come in. Perhaps I should see if I can make the flap work one way.

I made the potato waffles for lunch, half with paprika and half with onion but with grated cheddar and probably not such a large quantity. I have a waffle maker and happened to have it out from the back of the cupboard. The potato took quite a long time to go really brown and crispy though I had squeezed as much water as I could from them. They were quite a success really. My waffle maker doesn't have removable plates and I found it needed more cleaning than it does with traditional waffles which was a bit of a pain. I think dollops of mixture in a non stick pan might be equally successful. Made a nice change anyway.
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Postby StokeySue » May 5th, 2019, 2:47 pm

Not going to plant sale - checked as it seemed a bit quiet, and it’s next week :rolleyes:

Should probably do something but I feel very tired, think it might just be hay fever
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 5th, 2019, 3:26 pm

We just have visiting cats, luckily none seem to consider our garden their territory. But they do come in to check the kitchen.
I am temporally without parsley, the parsley trough has been emptied and replanted, I will have to wait about six weeks for the new plants to be cutable, but large bunches of parsley are available in most vegetable shops. Culinary basil has also been potted up, it does not do very well here, too hot, the small leaf basil does not have the same flavour.
It is bad year for hay fever sufferers here, all the rain has encouraged the grass and almost all the plants.

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Postby StokeySue » May 5th, 2019, 4:33 pm

We get huge bunches of Cyprus parsley, coriander, dill and mint. Also big bunches of basil, not sure where they come from, thought it was Cypriot too, but perhaps not, unless it’s grown u Dee shade netting

I grow mint and basil, I find I want just a sprig or two quite often
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Postby Ratatouille » May 5th, 2019, 4:49 pm

Hi at last everyone :wave:

What a day. We have the Mistral to beat all Mistrals - up to 100kms at times. Everything is rattling, tiles flying everywhere and several power cuts of about 20 minutes each. Great when one is trying to cook lunch of 8 in a semi subterranean kitchen with not much natural light.

I'm utterly shattered now after our guests left at about 5.45pm. Thanks to god and good fortune I cooked everything that needed an oven yesterday. but it is eally hard when, for eg you need to whip a large volume of cream and the power goes off. It is also cold so Mr Rlit the fire because it cheered the place up and provided a little comfort when the dreaded click and everything off came.

I do hope it drops, as promised this evening

Once everything is cleared we;;l settle to watch the final series of the season of Linr of \duty.
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Postby Zosherooney » May 5th, 2019, 11:32 pm

Busy times for Wildies everywhere!

I got to the T & cake tent slightly late, was aproned up, primed and let loose serving customers for a couple of hours. It seems they sold 70 cakes yesterday and was a bit of a record !!!! When I had done my slot, I met up with Mr. Z. and we had a swift half of (green) Spring ale, the village was heaving ! Visited the art exhibition, the standard was very high and over 160 pieces of art. Called in on a friend for a catch up and then headed home to put up my green man that we bought yesterday. In the end he was put up on the cherry tree where he can be viewed from all parts of the house, we are more than happy with our purchase. On looking at the weather decided to have a planting day tomorrow as we were both shattered. Lunch was another deli buffet and we slobbed out until Mr. Z. spotted Eric appearing from the side of the house with his missus and son in tow. They had taken us up on our offer of a 'close to the venue' parking space for the festival and Eric wanted to show her his ongoing garden projects for us.

After a brief social they left and I had a white russian and a bit of telly and had a late afternoon snooze ! Not surprising really after the busy days we have had recently.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby cyprusmoira » May 6th, 2019, 5:10 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, we get mysterious power cuts but no Mistral, thank goodness
StokeySue wrote:We get huge bunches of Cyprus parsley, coriander, dill and mint
I love the big bunches of herbs, they make me want to cook something :D
The temperature is supposed to spike up to 28 C today, very unseasonal. I won't mention the predicated British temperatures.

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Postby suffolk » May 6th, 2019, 5:20 am

Good morning all :D :mug:
A chilly morning 4C ... overcast but dry although they say we have rain on the way. We’ve still had any amount of real rain for ages and the water butts are nearly dry :(
Not sure what today holds other than OH is working ...
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Postby icelesley » May 6th, 2019, 6:48 am

Good morning wild ones. It's about to rain, maybe even be a monsoon looking at the sky :o This morning I will be in the greenhouse planting out veggies, they are getting quite large now. I have parsley in the greenhouse and it is growing like mad, I keep cutting back and freezing it. Then I have thyme and rosemary in pots outside and basil on the kitchen windowledge.
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Postby suffolk » May 6th, 2019, 7:13 am

Good morning Ice :wave:

Just after I posted the above a heron almost flew into our large bedroom window ... it was probably confused by the reflected sky ... it managed to land on the guttering just above the window before moving on to a neighbouring roof and then heading back towards the Broad at the UEA. OH woke just enough for me to tell him what happened then he went back to sleep. When he woke properly a while later he thought he must’ve dreamt it.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby Ratatouille » May 6th, 2019, 9:01 am

Morning everyone :wave:

I promise to be quiet as I know it's a bank holiday for mosst - our next is this Wednesday. Second of the third this month with 2 more to follow in June.

Thankfully the wind has died down, the air is gin clear and the sky bright blue but it is still chilly. There was a lot of damage done yesterday and a number of nasty accidents involving trees people and vehicles not to mention flying roof tiles. garden furniture and :cry: ences. The Sunday market at Isle sur la Sourgue was cancelled after a couple of the first set up stalls simply blew down.several communes where without electricity all day so we got off quite lightly.

Anyway, despite a late night to watch the final episode of Line of Duty the bed is changed and the sheeats etc are drying in the sun.

Have a good bank holiday if you are due one!
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Postby earthmaiden » May 6th, 2019, 9:08 am

Morning all! It's the start of our local spring/literary festival today. It always starts with a dawn gathering at 5.30am filled with quirky things along with bacon rolls and coffee. I have never managed to get to it and really did mean to today ... why does bed always seem a better option at 5am when the outside temp is 3C? ;). At least there is no Mistral, hope that's died down now.

I have only seen big bunches of herbs for sale in markets in faraway places on TV. I would love access to them. I wonder if any of our specialist shops tucked away in various corners of the town have them, they'd have to have a good turnover of stock.

Very slow getting going today, the sun's coming out. I have a plan for a walk and hope that the rest of the world hasn't had the same idea, you can never be sure on bank holidays.

PS - no spoilers re Line of Duty please! I have decided to binge watch it from the start but probably not in one day!
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Postby scullion » May 6th, 2019, 9:18 am

earthmaiden wrote:I have only seen big bunches of herbs for sale in markets in faraway places on TV. I would love access to them. I wonder if any of our specialist shops tucked away in various corners of the town have them

asian grocery shops are often the place to get big bunches of herbs. they are one of the things i buy and freeze when i have access to them.
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 6th, 2019, 10:08 am

Large bunches of herbs and salad greens are one of the joys of Cyprus, Horta describes whatever is in season, it is pea shoots now.
I have made an Asparagus Quiche using the asparagus that I froze a couple of weeks ago. The back door and sliding door are firmly closed against cats, when the quiche is cool it will be stored in the cold, cat proof oven.

Deb is back from her Monday group, they have decided to play at each others houses for various reasons including noisy bowls players. They will be here in two weeks time, the discussion is shall I go shopping whilst they are here or shall I issue interesting smells from the kitchen? I think that I can probably manage both ;)
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Postby earthmaiden » May 6th, 2019, 11:28 am

I shall have to venture into some of our smaller stores - we have quite a mix of small Asian, African, Caribbean and certain European shops dotted about in various parts of town. Silly I know but I am wary of going into some of them without any plans to buy anything or no clue what half of the stock is. Guess it's best to start of with the veg displayed outside and then gradually creep in!

You need what we used to call the 'fly cupboard' Moira! I think the proper name was a meat safe.
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Postby Ratatouille » May 6th, 2019, 1:44 pm

Stand by for Royal landings! If you are interested :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Pepper Pig » May 6th, 2019, 1:47 pm

It’s a boy!
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 6th, 2019, 1:52 pm

Stand by for Royal Baby nausea :rolleyes:
Weird weather here, very overcast but not going to rain. It is the sort of weather that if you are holiday in the Med you suddenly find that despite the lack of sun you have burnt shoulders.

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Postby WWordsworth » May 6th, 2019, 2:29 pm

I heard the news of Baby Sussex in a very traditional way.
It's the annual market here and the town crier announced it :tu:
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Postby scullion » May 6th, 2019, 2:35 pm

cyprusmoira wrote:Stand by for Royal Baby nausea


i, too, am disinterested.
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Postby earthmaiden » May 6th, 2019, 3:05 pm

I am delighted for them and look forward to learning the name and then hoping they are not hounded by the gutter press.

I am at the top of a hill covered in woodland in a place with lovely views and a gentle breeze. A tranquil place that I love. However, today it is not tranquil. Some boys are flying drones. They are going very fast around the footpath and making a horrible noise. Most walkers are stopping and taking an interest, I am trying to stop myself saying something very rude to them. I honestly think that if one of them hit someone's head that it would kill them.
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Postby liketocook » May 6th, 2019, 6:46 pm

Good evening everyone,
Late on paradeas I've spent today mainly at my Dad's which involved an awful lot of hanging around and managing twice to bump my head on a shelf in one of the rooms. Said shelf will need to come down before the flat goes on the market as it is real H&S risk as it far too close to the door! Unfortunately his furniture wasn't collected- longish story but in a nutshell the company (which is a small, local charity) had a data loss last week. I felt quite sorry for the chap I spoke to, who in fairness had probably spent a fair chunk of the day being shouted at! It's now booked for tomorrow. Of course in the interests of trying to make good use of my time I had arranged for other things to happen while I was there so couldn't just cut my losses and head home!
Thankfully I had packed plenty of tea bags, had my book and specs and made up a cheese salad roll for lunch. :D
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Postby Ratatouille » May 6th, 2019, 6:57 pm

I'm please for then too . I thought Harry was so genuinely a new dad who clearly thought he had invinted the whole thing was very touching!
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Postby Grasshopper » May 6th, 2019, 7:27 pm

A new Royal bub! I bet Meghan's relieved he has finally emerged! :lol:
It will give that ghastly half-sister of hers something else to snipe about :x
IYAM she's jealous!

How many great grandkids has HM got now? I've lost count :lol:

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Postby StokeySue » May 6th, 2019, 8:04 pm

They said 8 royal great grandchildren on the news

Good to hear it all went well, 37 is still fairly old for a first

Even her father seems to have made a dignified and appropriate statement
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Postby Grasshopper » May 6th, 2019, 8:30 pm

Time to hop offski now - W tomorrow!!!!!!!! :o :lol:

Nit nit :hug:

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Postby Zosherooney » May 7th, 2019, 5:23 am

Morning all, where are you Moira ?

2 hours of gardening yesterday and all new growth is in except for the dwarf beans, I am still a little worried about frost this week, it looks like temps are rising towards the end of the week. 2 blueberry bushes have been mulched in either side of a gooseberry bush that looses its flowers every year and we get nothing! Must do a little research and correct this situation. A hydrangea and 2 different coloured brooms have also been planted and an awful lot of geraniums removed, they have got a little out of hand.

Mr. Z. is threatening to cut the grass today before he goes to work tomorrow and Thursday. We have fiends around for sarnies and some kitten bothering on Friday lunchtime, I must think of some sarnie fillings?

We now have a date for the new front porch - 22nd May so only a couple of weeks away. Builders are back today some more finishings to be done. Eric and possibly Christoph tomorrow for french drains then we can get on with the side path and some more finishings off.

We hear that at Scarecrow that they ran out of cakes Sunday afternoon around 2.30ish, I wonder what they did yesterday? The village was still heaving at 4pm, I think records will have been broken again this year.
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 7th, 2019, 5:30 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, I was sorting the laundry, Zosh, specifically the colours from the whites. Normally I am not too concerned but I am worried that the colour might leach out my new navy cotton trousers. There will be a large pile of ironing later this morning that is after I have done a food shop.

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Postby Zosherooney » May 7th, 2019, 5:44 am

I have a pile of washing to do but need to check the weather first. It will also be the first time I will have used the washing machine now that it is back in the utility as of last Friday and as Mr. Z. plumbed it back in needs to be supervised, I hope it does not leak! There have been some accidents recently !!!!!
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Postby icelesley » May 7th, 2019, 7:00 am

Good morning wild ones. A warm welcome for baby Sussex, what a circus he is born into :rolleyes: It's a good job you can pick your friends because you're stuck with family and wow has he got a "strange" family :lol: :lol:
Anyway, yesterday I managed to plant out in the greenhouse, tomatoes, purple sprouting broccoli, spinach, bell peppers, cauliflower and lettuce. :D
Has anyone heard from Tezza ? I hope she is ok :hug:
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Postby Ratatouille » May 7th, 2019, 8:20 am

Morning everyone :wave:

Don't mention ironing. I have a pile to do as well. I went rather OTT with the wshing yesterday as it was such a good drying day.

Having had 4 family in various parts of Florida over the last week we hear that they are back safely on European soil. DD and OH nearly didn't make it because there was a huge thunderstorm which delayed their connecting flight. She said it was a horrible bumpy flight.

Today is the perultimate day of operation house clearance. Emmaus the French charity society are coming to cleect various items including an old sofa from out verandah which was second hand anyway so we can fit in the rather nice salon de jardin which was next door. They are also taking mountains of towels and bedding and some kitchen stuff.I hope someone will find them useful.

Did you hear about the French ravers who caught hypotherma when the temperature dropped to -3C in an unexpected snow storm? They had to be recued and some were hospitalised.
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Postby icelesley » May 7th, 2019, 8:22 am

Mmmm, I too have a stack of ironing to do :(
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Postby suffolk » May 7th, 2019, 8:44 am

Good morning all :D :mug:

I've been busy dealing with what I think is a scam email purporting to come from Barclays (see scam thread) and then putting my face on in order to go into the city and get my hair cut ... OH has to run an errand for work and he'll be in the city too so we'll meet up at The Lamb for a light lunch (see you there Gruney? ;) ).

The baby tomato and runner bean plants etc have been put out in the coldframe thingy for the day but the lid's almost shut as it's not very warm out there.

As for royal babies, it's lovely for them but it's of little interest to me, other than I do feel slightly encouraged by the widening of the gene pool in our royal family :D :tu:
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Postby earthmaiden » May 7th, 2019, 8:47 am

Morning all! I tend only to have piles of ironing in summer when the cotton or linen clothes finally get an airing. It's quite nice to do if you have time and a radio or TV programme to enjoy with it.

Rats, I keep forgetting to say how pleased you must be at GD's efforts in Florida, a good result!

zosh, hopefully some mad tray baking went on in various households on Sunday evening/Monday morning! Better to have a team who can run up something easy like that than to be left with too much at the end.

Same old cold with cloud and a bit of sun today. I believe it's rain tomorrow so had better make the most of this. Meeting GD from nursery later. Her last half term before school. Today they are going to have PE for the first time and practice getting changed so that they are good at it when they get to school. That should be fun :lol: .
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Postby Busybee » May 7th, 2019, 8:50 am

What a good idea re getting changed EM. You read about how many children are just not ready for school so it’s good to hear about a nursery that’s actively preparing them.

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Postby Ratatouille » May 7th, 2019, 9:07 am

GD's nursery sounds very very well run. When I first started teaching I had a reception class with 48 pupils and in those days no help in the classroom. I very rapidly learned that methods of matching 48 small people to small shoes, identical plimsoles and, on wet days wellie boots had been largely ommitted in teacher training. I knew about given every child a pictogram symbol as well as their name on drawers and coat hooks so I used the same pictures on spring clothes pegs tied to a long string on the coat hooks and on their PE bags.

They quickly cottoned on and after the first couple of weeks we rarely had to pair up child with clothing and footwear. The only problem was that about 10 of the children did not speak English and neither did their mums so getting my system through to them was a tad fraught until I found out that the deputy head, a lovely man spoke Polish.
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Postby earthmaiden » May 7th, 2019, 9:12 am

Yes, it gives them all more of an equal chance doesn't it. It sounds as though they will do a lot of that kind of thing this term and have a few school visits too. They have the advantage of being in a small country town. I sometimes worry at the lack of ethnic and social mix compared to the town schools that my children went to which meant they had a diverse mix of friends.
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Postby Zosherooney » May 7th, 2019, 9:30 am

Washing done out on line drying, weather is :tu: I am about to light my oven and cook some meals so that we can have ding dinners (if he is here). Oooh ! delivery van is in my drive with my flamed heart splash back - it's like Christmas*s !!!!
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