Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

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

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Postby earthmaiden » May 24th, 2019, 11:40 am

Morning all! I slept through all the excitement. Not surprised at the news, think she should have thrown in the towel sooner - but dreading to hear who they pick instead. I suspect that anyone leading 'the exit' would have fallen on thorny ground but it has seemed that it could have been handled differently and without the appearance of neglecting social issues in the meantime. I hope she gets a nice break with her long suffering OH now, her resiliance was amazing.

Nice to see the Wildie home has popped up again .. :). If anyone's won the lottery they've kept very quiet.

The porch sounds exciting zosh. Do you have a rough 'project finished' date in mind?

I've got a couple of free days ahead now. I earmarked today for sleep in the morning and some more garden tidying this afternoon. I hadn't looked at the forecast though and the sky is getting darker by the moment so I might be doing something else instead. I put a chicken in the slow cooker when I got in this morning - it is starting to smell nice.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby Ratatouille » May 24th, 2019, 12:06 pm

This morning we got a huge package of election material for Sundays French election. By law they must all arrive together. There are 17 parties :scared: :scared: and each one is expected to send a leaflet and a summary of their, manifesto. We have everything from the Neo Nazis to the Communitsts with every shade in between. I suppose if we were really dedicated we would sit and read them all through - life's too short.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby aero280 » May 24th, 2019, 12:39 pm

The worrying thing about the Conservative party leadership election is that the final choice is made by the party membership. This means that the leader of a country of 60,000,000 people will be in the hands of around 100,000 people - about 0.17% of the population. The average age of these 100,000 is so high that the number of voters will be substantially less by the time of the vote in around six weeks time.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby Ratatouille » May 24th, 2019, 12:48 pm

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby earthmaiden » May 24th, 2019, 12:49 pm

I think most of us here would feel a degree of envy at having so much information delivered to the house rather than the detective work we have to employ to get any information about our candidates these days! It's interesting to get some perspective on what everyone passionately believes in. The biggest surprise to me since the Brexit thing has been the revelation that people I know and like have far more diverse political opinion than I imagined and not always for reasons which seem valid.

aero - an interesting thought there! That said, it's how it works. Our 'democratic' system returned the Conservatives at the last election and so the PM is whoever they elect as leader. Seems fair to me until we get decent electoral reform. I am surprised there isn't greater demand for reform, the current system does not deliver a fair result at all. It would be interesting to see the result if all of the 60,000,000 bothered to vote too.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby StokeySue » May 24th, 2019, 4:11 pm

Ratatouille asked me to post a picture of the French election package taken by M

M. Ratatouille wrote:I stopped counting at the 16th party up for election. It includes Frexit, Communists and of course Gilets Jaunes !


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Postby earthmaiden » May 24th, 2019, 4:50 pm

Amazing! How are the leaflets funded?
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Postby Suelle » May 24th, 2019, 5:55 pm

I had a huge amount of election material from The Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats. The Brexit party stuff seemed to come every other day, in the post, and actually addressed to me by name at this address - not just a matter of the postman putting a leaflet through each door - it had to go through the sorting office. No-one knows who funds the Brexit party (although C4 news seems to have a few suggestions! :lol: )
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Postby StokeySue » May 24th, 2019, 6:24 pm

I got Brexit Party (individually addressed), Lib Dem and Labour. But surprisingly given where I live, no Green iirc
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby suffolk » May 24th, 2019, 6:24 pm

We are back from a lovely afternoon in
Cromer ... beer and pop on the pier watching a little red plane doing amazing acrobatics over the sea
and admiring ‘proper dogs’, then a very late fish & chip lunch at No. 1 and a stroll, followed by a detour to Chinch Towers for a cuppa and to inspect the new kitchen and offload some of our rhubarb mountain. Plans are being hatched for a Wildie Picnic ... probably in August :bounce:

By the way . I bought a Euro Millions lottery ticket ... that Wildie Home for the dissolute and vaguely befuddled may be on ... :cocktail: :cocktail:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby Ratatouille » May 24th, 2019, 6:28 pm

Sue we both say thanks for posting ! We, they are funded by the government.with a finite amount of money We do know that every single commune has to have 38 boards avaialble to post any election communications. Our friend Paul up in the next department said they could scarcely see last weeks market for the boards.

Our family were in awe of what we got. As we now know that our papers didn't arrive in Newcastle we can sally forth on Sunday and take our pick!!
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby Grasshopper » May 24th, 2019, 8:09 pm

suffolk wrote:Wildie Home for the dissolute and vaguely befuddled


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Had an interesting few days. End of term shindig at 'W' on Weds. Teams of peeps doing challenges & sports such as badminton. A sort of pat-on-the-back-and-thanks-for-all-the-hard-work, sort of thing. There was loads of free food too. I had a rather large afternoon tea (which was delish! :chops: ), and I fared better than those who queued for pizzas & stuff - they had a 40 min wait! :lol:

Saw a Wood Pigeon in the garden yesterday.

Got a B-day card from various peeps @ 'W' today - wasn't expecting it, but a nice thing to do.

I broke with tradition and DIDN'T go and vote yesterday. We won't be in Europe for much longer anyway. Altho I feel sorry for poor Mrs M - driven out by bullies IMVHO!!!! :x

We now have a brand new (and professionally built), greenhouse! Mum has been happily pottering, putting tomatos & peppers in - WOE BETIDE any gastropod I catch in there!!!! : :whip2:

We are near a birth too - wonder if I will be able to do it - as It's my B-day soon *hint* *hint* ;)

Oh, and can somebode sign my holiday slip plez? I'm off 'W' for a week.

Rather a lot of cake will be eaten over the next week ;) :chops:

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby suffolk » May 24th, 2019, 8:29 pm

Consider it signed Grassy :tu:

I’m getting an early night ... sweet dreams all ...
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby earthmaiden » May 24th, 2019, 8:55 pm

When's your birthday Grassy?
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby Grasshopper » May 24th, 2019, 9:00 pm

Weds is The Day Itself, But I intend to celebrate for more than just one day ;)
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Time for me to hop off now - my bed is calling. ;)

Nit nit :hug:

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby Zosherooney » May 24th, 2019, 9:25 pm

Hear, hear Sea..... :tu: I had a lump in my throat for her...... :cry: tumultuous times.....
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby suffolk » May 25th, 2019, 5:27 am

Good morning all :D :mug:
I think I’m going to have to make my own coffee ... :shock:
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Postby Zosherooney » May 25th, 2019, 5:32 am

Misty murky one here.... Glad I finished my table outside yesterday, as my kitchen chap says it will make the kitchen 'pop'.

We did some emptying of my kitchen yesterday into my make shift kitchen in the snug. I have to say, there were some surprises, a couple of blown tins at the back of the cupboard :oops: 10 different (opened) packets of grits/semolina/polenta/ground maize :oops: :oops: The whole process was quite therapeutic if a tad embarrassing!!!! Not so many duplications as I had thought.

After all that work, we treated ourselves to surf and turf and special quaffing to go with it. The surf was canadian lobster tail (quite small) the 2 were £4, on a bed of beetroot leaves with cuc. & toms and a nice HM dressing. Mr. Z. cooked the thinnish rump in the George Foreman with some baby pots. We had Champers with the surf and Pillastro with the turf. :chops: :chops:

If the weather is good tomorrow Mr. Z. will be working with Eric so I shall make use of his muscles to move more heavy stuff today.

House is having its wash down on Monday and Eric will be chopping the bank. Still lots to do !
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby suffolk » May 25th, 2019, 5:42 am

Coffee made ... a quick stroll around the garden while the kettle was boiling. I topped up the birdbath ... the hedgehogs almost emptied their water bowl last night ... it’s very dry out there for wildlife. People are worrying about the reduction in the numbers of swallows and housemartins we see ... neither species can build their nests without mud. When I was a child I’d see them taking mud from muddy puddles in the farmyard ... when’s the last time you saw a muddy puddle?
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 25th, 2019, 6:02 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, lovely morning here, last nights strong breeze blew away the cloud cover.
The bird bath gets refilled every other day, it takes 2x 6litre watering can. We think that swallows pick up the mud from the edge of the reservoir
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby earthmaiden » May 25th, 2019, 6:45 am

Morning all! :wave:

What a lovely day you had yesterday Suffs!

It's a good thing that there isn't a huge amount of storage space in my kitchen or I could probably outdo zosh with culinary museum pieces :lol:. That reminds me, I keep meaning to cook and freeze some of the lurking rice so that it's there when very quick meals are required.

Up bright and early today. Intend finishing tidying up the garden. Need to put more paint/stain stuff on garden woodwork too but maybe not today.

Yes, it's worryingly dry.
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Postby Zosherooney » May 25th, 2019, 7:08 am

Although I water pots and stuff outside, the fluffs still come inside to drink rainwater. I do put rain water in the bird bath but it does annoy me that the pigeons poo in it. Our two sets of blackbirds are using our water feature to drink out of now that they have become used to the 'spoons' cascading down to the succeeding ones below.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby icelesley » May 25th, 2019, 7:15 am

Good morning wild ones. The Sun is out again, but we did have rain during the night. Breakfast is done, shower had, hair dried and I am just finishing my herbal tea, then I am ready for whatever the day throws at me :D I think the beasts might be in for a bath later, Kai stinks I hate to think what he has been rolling in :sprout: :lol:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby StokeySue » May 25th, 2019, 7:20 am

Good morning
Having spring cleaned the bedroom yesterday, need to do the kitchen floor today, not that it hasn’t been cleaned this week but I want to give it an extra thorough going over.

After a warm sunny day yesterday, we had a really heavy downpour about 9 o’clock and although we’ve had a bit of sun it looks as if we might have more rain

Have a good day everyone
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby PatsyMFagan » May 25th, 2019, 8:54 am

Did the guy solve the problem with tweetie pie yesterday ?
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby Ratatouille » May 25th, 2019, 9:20 am

Morning everyone :wave:

it is very dark outside and we are on orange alert for storms with hail. This will do dreadful things to the cherry harvest, not to mention the apricots. I picked the first lot of cherries last evening but there are not nearly as many as usual.

Mr R said the market this morning was rendered even more hazardous than usual because there were so many party workers waylaying passers by to canvas their votes. The Frexit party were trying to block the bridge in order to hand out their leaflets. I doubt that will win them many votes. :lol:

I hope there will be rain for those who need it and nice weather for those with jolly outdoor plans. It isn't a bank holiday here this Monday - but it is on Thursday for Assencion so the shops will be closed and many people will do le pont ie take Friday off as well.
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Postby StokeySue » May 25th, 2019, 9:46 am

PatsyMFagan wrote:Did the guy solve the problem with tweetie pie yesterday ?

No J was really here to fit the kitchenette next door, so he ran out of time. So during the week or if he doesn’t get to it then I’ll get Brian back to it.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby earthmaiden » May 25th, 2019, 10:04 am

It doesn't want to go does it? :).

I have cooked rice to freeze and made soup. Neither was really on today's agenda but feeling quite pleased I have done it. It's a lovely day so out into the garden with no more hesitation (after :mug:).

Rats the ongoing town centre disruption sounds dreadful, I hope it's all worth it.

After watching Brexit, I doubt anyone would want to follow suit!
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby suffolk » May 25th, 2019, 11:41 am

Two sausage and egg pies in the oven ... one for us and I’m sure add will be able to find a use for the other one ;)
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Postby Ratatouille » May 25th, 2019, 12:26 pm

em the extrodinary thing is that Apt is a well documented Roman town on a main route from Italy to Spain. They decided to improve the roads and pavements in the centre and - gess what - they find Roman remains. Lots of Roman remains. It would hardly take Mary Beard to work that one out so why did the powers that be not plan and put contingency measures in place and not just dig up the lot at once.
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Postby Luca » May 25th, 2019, 1:15 pm

suffolk wrote:Two sausage and egg pies in the oven ... one for us and I’m sure add will be able to find a use for the other one ;)


Absolutely. Send it to me please! 8-)
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 25th, 2019, 1:29 pm

Ratatouille wrote:they find Roman remains. Lots of Roman remains
It is like that here, the area behind the Fish & Chip shop in Erimi is known as Pithari. a large quantity of large Greco Roman jars were found there. Deb used to work for some property developers in Paphos, they were thinking of developing a site near Mandria, the village is built around the site of the ancient Temple of Aphrodite so a test bore was put in to check for archaeology, they found some so no building.

The weather here has returned to its proper pattern, about 23- 25C with a brisk breeze and clear skies, we used to go holiday to Greece or Turkey at this time of year, this was the type of weather we expected.

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Postby StokeySue » May 25th, 2019, 1:38 pm

I have scrubbed the kitchen. It needed it. Just got to put a few things back into place

Now need to scrub myself, off to my chum’s for supper, will stay over night

If Jonny doesn’t get to it, I definitely will get Brian back, I need someone to fit a new loo seat and new door knobs on the China cupboard. Both of which I could easily do except I doubt I can get the old ones off. At least without doing damage
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Postby earthmaiden » May 25th, 2019, 2:07 pm

Oh dear Rats, you couldn't really make it up could you?

Luca - hello :hug:

Cor, those pies sound nice Suffs!

I have done a lot of weeding and pulling up bluebells and grape hyacinths and came in for a drink. I suppose I'd better go out again and finish that bed.
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Postby suffolk » May 25th, 2019, 2:21 pm

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Here you are Luca ... they’ve got a bit of homemade homegrown tomato & chilli relish inside them too. Jacket potatoes or new potatoes and a green salad ok? ;)
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Postby Gruney » May 25th, 2019, 5:16 pm

Having a tough time at the moment. I've mentioned my oldest collie has dementia - she's 16, and it'll be any day now. Although I don't like the idea, I'm prepared for it. What has really knocked the stuffing out of me, is the middle one has just had to have surgery, to investigate an intestinal lump - he's not been able to eat for too long for it to be just something he's picked. up. The lump has been sent off for a biopsy - results in over a week's time. The word "worried" doesn't even come close.
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Postby Chinchilla_lady » May 25th, 2019, 5:38 pm

So sorry to hear this Gruney, sending love to you and your beautiful friends :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:
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Postby Ratatouille » May 25th, 2019, 6:19 pm

How upsetting Gruney. Look after yourself too won't you?

Those pies look fab Suffs.

The storm we were expecting happened, but over the plateau and La Garde. All we had was no power no radio or TV signal and 3 claps of thunder.

Off to watch The Favourite as soon as Mr R has done the washing up. So see you tomorrow.
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Postby Luca » May 25th, 2019, 6:48 pm

suffolk wrote:
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Here you are Luca ... they’ve got a bit of homemade homegrown tomato & chilli relish inside them too. Jacket potatoes or new potatoes and a green salad ok? ;)


Thank you kindly. Looks delicious! New pots please plus green salad!

Hi EM, :hug:

Gruney, Thinking of you and sending all the best wishes to you and your gorgeous much loved dogs. Big hug.
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Postby earthmaiden » May 25th, 2019, 7:51 pm

Oh Gruney, what a worry and what a long time to be on tenterhooks. At least we know that your dogs have the best love and care they could possibly have. :hug: :hug:

I think I might invite myself for lunch again soon Suffs :lol: :hungry:.
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Postby slimpersoninside » May 25th, 2019, 8:28 pm

Sorry about your dogs Gruney. Fingers tightly crossed.
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Postby suffolk » May 25th, 2019, 8:58 pm

Gruney :hug: :hug: :hug: thinking of you and yours, and hoping for the best possible outcome.

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Postby Busybee » May 25th, 2019, 9:05 pm

Gruney, :hug: I do hope that you get some good news.

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Postby Gruney » May 25th, 2019, 10:18 pm

Thanks for the comforting words everyone. Tranmere (my team) were promoted to Division One, today - I've got a pal staying over - he went to Wembley, so I've got a bit of company. Can we all keep our fingers crossed for Finn?
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Postby Rainbow » May 25th, 2019, 11:07 pm

Fingers and toes crossed over here in Queensland, Gruney. Really hope you get good news and glad you have some company/support at the moment :hug: :hug: :hug:
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Postby suffolk » May 26th, 2019, 5:35 am

Good morning all :D :tu:

Hoping for brighter days ahead for Gruney. :hug:

DD is coming over to spend a day helping me in the garden doing things that I’m not allowed to do on
My own (clamber up the Shady Bank to tie in Clematis etc) and stuff that my shoulder makes painful (pulling up chard, woman handling bags of compost and planting up big pots). She had planned to come earlier but a fool ran her off the road and she bent a rear wheel strut. Her lovely garage owner has repaired it for the cost of the part and the promise of one of her chocolate cakes. :chef: :tu:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby Zosherooney » May 26th, 2019, 6:00 am

:wave: :wave: Gruney :hug: :hug: some of these for you and your doggie pals. Had a scare last night, thought I'd killed Sally Anne. :cry: I went to get a sheet out of the drawer in the bed and she dashed under it, I tried to get her out and she got her head trapped, a lot of squealing and a very clawed hand and a very startled kitten who was watched very closely for the rest of the evening. She seems back to her normal self today but I had a few tears - in the words of Sting, how fragile we are....

Scrumptious looking pies Suff. I have some cooked sausages in the fridge, I put them in the George Foreman while the sun was out yesterday, I shall add some Turkish pepper sauce and some cooked chick peas to them for a supper tomorrow. Might even add 2 HB eggs as well.

I do miss the French markets Rats, the one at Saumur was a lovely experience and ambience.

2 loads of washing done and put away yesterday, Mr. Z. cut the grass, I cleared and cleaned my undersink cupboard and a late lunch on the patio of corn dogs, slaw and a nice merlot....Some spotify music to cover up the noise of the screaming army brats :rolleyes:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby cyprusmoira » May 26th, 2019, 6:23 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, I hope that things will improve, Gruney

We had Shakshuka last night, I have only been aware of it as a dish for about 10 years and was surprised to find a recipe for it in Nigel Slater's Real Fast Food, published 1992, he also gives some recipes using quinoa.

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby icelesley » May 26th, 2019, 6:53 am

Good morning wild ones. Grundy :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: It's so hard when pets are poorly, fingers crossed it will be ok in the end.
We have drizzle at the moment the beasts are curled up on the sofa asleep and refusing to go out :lol: not a lot to do today, well it is the day of rest ;)
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXV - Van

Postby suffolk » May 26th, 2019, 7:04 am

Went to bed last night listening to Billy Ocean and pals rocking the park across the river ... brilliant! 8-)

They only have a few events there each year and they’re usually not very loud over here ... think they may have turned the sound up for the last ‘When the going gets tough’ ... it was great! ... it finished at 10:30 so I don’t think anyone will complain.

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/thousands- ... -1-6071427

Looks like there’ll be more to listen to today ... if they turn the amps ‘up to 11’ 8-)
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