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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby suffolk » October 3rd, 2019, 5:51 am

No ... not raining ... a very pink sky ...
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby icelesley » October 3rd, 2019, 7:19 am

Good morning wild ones. We have the first frost of the year this morning, the garage roof is white. Jumper time me thinks :rolleyes: yesterday the damp surveyor arrived on time :D Good news is we do not have rising damp :hi5: so she said it would be cheaper to get a good plastered to take off the damp plaster treat the brick with special paint and re plaster. It's just a patch three foot wide and two foot high. She said it's not excessively damp and could be due to the area once being a fireplace. nice to see a company not ripping people off, she could have told us anything. The other company, the one who didn't turn up for the last appointment, surprise surprise didn't turn up again :evil: so he is not getting a good review on check a trade which is where we found him. We have another company coming on Friday.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby suffolk » October 3rd, 2019, 7:38 am

Sounds positive Icey :tu:

It’s a lovely morning ... the pink sky has faded and a hot air balloon has just drifted over our bedroom ...
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby earthmaiden » October 3rd, 2019, 7:42 am

Morning all! :wave:. Good luck icey. Weird patches of damp can be a pain to get rid of. I had walls stripped and damp proofed to about a third of the way up and one little patch peeps over the top of the proofed area and waves at me :evil:. To remedy it for good would mean such a structural upheaval it doesn't bear thinking about.

Very grey out there, people in the neighbourhood posted pix of a very beautiful red sky early this morning before I was awake. We all know what red sky in the morning means ... :rolleyes:. It is cold too, I was out last night with friends and when we came out of our host's lovely warm house were hit by a very chilly and autumnal feeling night indeed. I think I may need to seek out a jumper or cardigan soon.

Lots of housework and washing to catch up on today. DD is staying tomorrow night.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby cyprusmoira » October 3rd, 2019, 9:01 am

Earlier this morning there was a lot of sawing and banging coming from next door. When I went outside there was Andreas up in a carob tree, taking it to bits, he was standing in the branches sawing away. His friend was in our garden retrieving the fallen branches, he had not asked if he could come in but I am sure that he would if he had seen us. Eventually friends truck was moved to our side gate for ease of branch disposal.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby StokeySue » October 3rd, 2019, 9:09 am

Good morning
Was clear and cold earlier but clouding now, though, allegedly we aren’t expecting rain

Heating definitely on now

Think I’ll have to go to the supermarket I have one of those lists of boring basics that fills nearly a whole side of a page of a notebook. Bother. I also ought to go and get a bag of potting compost so I can get my pots ready for winter next week, Lorenzo and other weather systems permitting

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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby earthmaiden » October 3rd, 2019, 10:31 am

Not doing very well with the housework. Had almost finished morning pottering when DS phoned and we had a long chat putting the world to rights. I think it might be time for elevenses :mug:. I shall strip the bed and get the washing going first.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby StokeySue » October 3rd, 2019, 11:27 am

My bedlinen is going round and round, will have to empty the lines before it finishes
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby Seatallan » October 3rd, 2019, 12:37 pm

Glad to hear there's hopefully an easy solution Icey. When we were in the previous (Victorian) house we had a 'tame' builder who specialised in older properties and he was of the opinion that rising damp is a myth unless a building is actually standing in water. He maintained there's always a cause and once the cause is identified and eradicated so is the damp issue. In our case, the two damp patches were respectively the result of (a) a leaky sash window and (b) a blocked gutter. Problem never did recur once we sorted those issues out. Our survey at the time had stated we needed a full modern damp-proof course which tame builder said not only wouldn't have helped but isn't compatible with older properties and can cause all sorts of other problems.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby Seatallan » October 3rd, 2019, 12:38 pm

PS- frost here this morning too. Deffo autumn... :D
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby Ratatouille » October 3rd, 2019, 12:43 pm

Afternoon everyone :wave:

I wore a cardi for the first time since April this morning. It was not really cold but there was a very strong Mistral. So there were the locals in sweaters and even scarves and the late tourists in shorts and sandals.

Exciting athletics last night! That lass will go far and what's more very clever and beautiful.. I wonder if KJT will be equally triumphant in the heptathalon today.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby liketocook » October 3rd, 2019, 12:48 pm

Good afternoon everyone,
I seem to have missed posting yesterday!
It's been a cold couple of days here, yesterday it was only 1c first thing with a thickish frost on the roofs. It soon melted and we had lovely sunny though chilly day. It wasn't as cold this morning but there was still a little frost on the roofs, however no sun and it was baltic when I was in town earlier. It's now clouding over and it's due to rain later.
A friend who I hadn't seen for a few months visited yesterday and we had a lovely catch up over lots of :mug: :mug: and simple salady lunch. Definitely not salad weather though!
I've some legal papers to go through re the sale of my Dad's flat before a call with the lawyer late afternoon. Hopefully everything will be quite straightfoward.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby earthmaiden » October 3rd, 2019, 1:25 pm

The bedroom where DD will sleep is gleaming with new curtains up. Hope it doesn't take as long to do everything else! I am enjoying a cup of tea. I was given a pretty set of cups with a packet of 'Earl Grey' for my birthday and have just started to use it. It is from a company called T2. There doesn't seem to be any hint of bergamot and it tastes of raspberries but it's quite nice.

I know exactly what causes the damp patch on my wall. To rectify it properly would mean major structural upheaval which isn't going to happen!
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby cyprusmoira » October 3rd, 2019, 1:30 pm

We have a strong breeze here, not a hurricane remnant, so there is the almost inevitable wild fire. The fire fighting helicopters are flying straight over us to the dam, the water levels are high thanks to all that rain last winter. Deb has been to the hairdresser, Valentina says that fire is at Ypsonas, to the east of us. I think that she may have heard that on the radio. Is it compulsory for hairdressers to have the radio turned on at all times?

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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby StokeySue » October 3rd, 2019, 2:10 pm

I had a nasty damp patch in my hall
Turned out that someone had rendered the wall just above (no idea why, it doesn't show unless you clamber on to the flat roof) and hadn't mixed any waterproofer into the render. Easily remedied with a couple of coats of Aquaseal
The damp patch in the kitchen corner was coming in from next door, now that has been rebuilt it will be made good in November
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby Busybee » October 3rd, 2019, 3:28 pm

We have just had a damp proof course put in on the walls where we had rising damp, (we knew about it when we bought the house) the actual process wasn’t quite as bad as I had imagined, but we still had to have all the plaster under 1m high taken off before the walls were treated.

Then they rendered and replastered, we are currently about half way through the drying process. Decorator starts first week in November.

I say it wasn’t as bad as imagined, I took myself off for a week and left OH to supervise............I’m not good at upheaval at home.

Definitely autumn here, last two morning DS has needed de-icer on his windscreen. It’s cool today, we have had builders/roofers doing some odd jobs and they were constantly in and out, hence the kitchen and downstairs feels quite cool.

OH is off sailing again tomorrow, taking yachts back to their base in Corfu for the winter. They were supposed to be sailing direct from Manchester to Kefalonia with Thomas Cook, their route now involves a 5.30am bus from Manchester to Heathrow, a flight to Athens, three hour layover then an internal flight to Kefalonia plus another bus at the other end. Almost 20 hours of travel if it all goes to plan.

I have been baking this afternoon, they are true Brits abroad they take tea, bacon, black pudding and scones with them! Their first port of call will be provisioning up with gin. They are usually the oldest sailors in the flotilla, their average age is well into the 70’s! But they are usually also some of the most experienced sailors in the group with lots of experience with one professional ex sailor amongst them. I just hope that the weather is kind to them.

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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby cyprusmoira » October 4th, 2019, 5:13 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, I wonder which trees will be cut down or pruned today?

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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby icelesley » October 4th, 2019, 6:59 am

Good morning wild ones. It's raining :rolleyes: at least it means no frost and it's a couple of degrees warmer. We have the last damp surveyor coming this morning at 9am....if he turns up :rolleyes: anyway, we have spoken to a plasterer who has done external work for us before, we told him about the first survey, he said no problem he has dealt with the problem before but could we get the chimney pots capped as they are not needed anymore and could be part of the problem too. So our roofer is coming to do that then we are good to go. :D
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby earthmaiden » October 4th, 2019, 7:08 am

Morning all! :wave:. It's dampish out there. I washed some blackout curtains last night taken down in order to put the new ones up. They are a bit odd and contain rubber so need to go on the line, I don't think it will be much good today :(.

Today's highlights are dropping off some old towels for a cat rescue and going shopping. I don't think that the weather will be great for walking. Out again tonight and DD will be here quite late.

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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby suffolk » October 4th, 2019, 7:48 am

Good morning all :D :mug:
A damp start has given way to sunshine ... hope it lasts until I get back from a weekend shop at W’rose.
Wasn’t the Athletics great .., fantastic result for KJT ... I’ve been following her since way before 2012 and it’s been fantastic to watch her mature and develop as an athlete :D
Now for Laura Muir to make it 3 :bounce:
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby Pepper Pig » October 4th, 2019, 8:12 am

Wasn't KJT wonderful? And Dina. Fingers crossed for Laura tomorrow. Gutted for the gorgeous Adam Gemili though. Hope he at least gets a medal in the relay. One of my sons-in-law is a dead ringer for Adam and just as nice. (And also half Iranian).
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Postby StokeySue » October 4th, 2019, 8:59 am

Good morning take 2, thought I’d posted but must have hit the wrong button

It was sunny earlier but is cloudy now and gearing up to rain just as I go out. Double whammy, hygienists and dentist, then it will be done for 6 months

KJT was great, I missed Adam as I was watching the other Adam on the programme on Eugenics while I waited for KJT, I knew the science background, or most of it, but the social history was jaw dropping.

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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby scullion » October 4th, 2019, 9:11 am

i have recorded that one. i haven't watched it yet but i read rather a lot on galton while doing my dissertation (i'm presuming he's quite prominent in the programmes) - glad we know better now.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby liketocook » October 4th, 2019, 9:23 am

Good morning everyone,
The Eugenics programme is on my "to watch" list for over the weekend.
Chilly again this morning though not quite as baltic, it looks as though it's going to be one of those days that just kind of "hangs there" looking grey & damp.
A day of chores and admin for me - boring but needs doing. Homemade pizza for dinner using a naan bread as a base, I find these are just the right size for me. As it's Friday a :cocktail: will be had with it. :)
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby Ratatouille » October 4th, 2019, 9:25 am

Morning everyone :wave:

I slept like a log it must have been watching the 800m last night so late but I couldn't miss that. It was brilliant.

There's a fruit cake in the oven and I've made smoked mackerel pate for Sunday so I'm feeling virtuous.

The sun is shining brightly but the nights are getting chillier.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby suffolk » October 4th, 2019, 1:41 pm

Just came back from doing a W’rose Shop .... a trolley full all rung up at the checkout and I realised I’d left my handbag and purse at home. The staff held onto the loaded trolley while I dashed home, got them, parked and went back to pay for them.

When I got back to the car and loaded it all into the boot there was a big Saab parked at an angle close up to the driver’s side of my car ... there was no way I stood a chance of squeezing into my car ... even using my stick to help me hop sideways it just wasn’t going to happen ... a member of Waitrose staff who was collecting trolleys saw my predicament and took the Saab’s reg number and made an announcement over their tannoy. He came back to check I was ok and measured the gap between the cars and said it was just under 30cm

Eventually a lady about my age with a stick because of her gammy knee arrived to move her car ... she said she’d had to park close to my car so that she could open her door wide to get out because of her knee.

I explained i’d parked where there were no other cars so that I had plenty of space because of my own gammy knee ... and then she’d parked up tight to my car :rolleyes:

You couldn’t make it up could you ... :rolleyes:

Adam Gemili's time will come ... he just needs to believe in himself, just as KJT learned to ... maybe at the Olympics next year .... :bounce:
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby Pepper Pig » October 4th, 2019, 2:46 pm

suffolk wrote:Adam Gemili's time will come ... he just needs to believe in himself, just as KJT learned to ... maybe at the Olympics next year .... :bounce:


I hope you'reright. He's getting bit old for a sprinter.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby StokeySue » October 4th, 2019, 7:31 pm

Well Rats

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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby suffolk » October 4th, 2019, 7:54 pm

StokeySue wrote:Well Rats

Stephen Gardiner :hi5: :hi5: :hi5:

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Postby cyprusmoira » October 5th, 2019, 5:32 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, Suffs you do not want to know about \Cypriot parking. Three weeks ago a man in a wheelchair was killed, he was on the road and was struck by a passing vehicle, he was on the road because Cypriots will park on the pavement. There was the usual fuss in the local media but nothing will happen because the police do not enforce the existing laws.

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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby suffolk » October 5th, 2019, 7:05 am

Good morning all :D :mug:

Dull and overcast here in Norfolk. OH is working over the weekend ... I think it’ll be an indoor day ... I made the filling for a couple of S&K pies yesterday so I’ll make the pastry today ... I’ll freeze half the pastry and half the filling and make a pie for supper with the rest. I may also make a Blackberry & Apple cake ... then this afternoon I’ll finish sewing up the last knitting project and get on with the next one ... MIL has requested a nice warm cardi for Christmas ( she saw the one I was knitting for DD’s MIL after she'd had her nasty fall).
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Postby icelesley » October 5th, 2019, 7:27 am

Good morning wild ones. We are just laughing at the beasts, her ladyship has curled up in Kai's corner of the sofa, he is doing his best to get her off but she will not budge :lol: :lol: so he has just sat on top of her :lol: :lol: she will give in shortly :rolleyes: well, the weather has turned again, it wasn't too bad yesterday, this morning is overcast and grey and quite chilly hence the beasts wanting to curl up on th he sofa :rolleyes: I might take a leaf from your book Suffs and do some baking :tu:
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Postby liketocook » October 5th, 2019, 9:45 am

Good morning everyone,
We are forecast for some very wet weather over the next 24 hours, it's dry at the moment so I'll be getting bin run etc. out of the way before it starts tipping it down.
My sis appeared yesterday evening bearing a lovely bunch of hydrangea blooms for me as wee thank you for helping her out with some complex paperwork/admin recently. They smell gorgeous. :luv:
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby Ratatouille » October 5th, 2019, 9:49 am

Morning everyone :wave:

It was so cool this morning that Mr R was observed wearing a gillet :o
I too am having a cooking day in preparation for tomorrow's lunch party. i've make smoked mackerel rillettes, and the choux pastry for the profiteroles, I'll tackle the osso bucco this afternoon and finish off the allouettes sans tetes for supper. This leaves me to make the risotto and the creme pat to do tomorrow.

Now the sun has come up it is warm again and the bees are humming among the ivy flowers on our wall.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby cyprusmoira » October 5th, 2019, 12:28 pm

The caterpillars have reappeared on the parsley, I was about to cut some parsley for an Asian style salad when I spotted five swallow tail caterpillars chomping their way across the trough of parsley. Even worse I cut what I thought were pest free leaves, was about to chop them when I found a sixth on the chopping board :o The silly thing is that I could easily dispose of them but the butterflies are so pretty :rolleyes:

I am just about to put some lamb shanks (frozen NZ) in the oven to braise, the are too big for our little two person slow cooker.

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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby scullion » October 5th, 2019, 2:21 pm

Ratatouille wrote:finish off the allouettes sans tetes for supper

i had to look that up just to make sure that you weren't really cooking larks! (not that i thought you would!).
cyprusmoira wrote:I could easily dispose of them but the butterflies are so pretty

i agree, i don't mind if cabbage whites eat my brassicas - i can always go and buy them, the butterflies can't. i would grow even more parsley if i thought we'd get swallowtails.
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Postby earthmaiden » October 5th, 2019, 3:44 pm

Hello! A bit late today. DD stayed overnight. We had a lazy morning then went out to lunch and to a park with DS and GD. I feel tired now, having done very little!

Les alouettes sans tête looks rather nice. I don't think I want much else today, I chose plaice and chips from the fairly limited menu at the cafe we went to. It was very good but they served stupidly large portions and even the heartiest men were leaving some. I'm sure I saw something the other day about restaurants trying to serve smaller but reasonable portions to cut food waste and save money, the message clearly hasn't reached the backwaters of Wiltshire.

I've been to politically based talks over the past two nights, one an all party one (well, most parties) on the 'new green deal' and one with our prospective Labour MP leading a discussion on whether or not we were a proper democracy. I have to say that neither felt like political people spouting their mouths off and both encouraged proper debate and discussion, it was very refreshing and interesting, especially as if there was an election tomorrow I am not sure who would get my vote. I felt a small glimmer of hope.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby aero280 » October 5th, 2019, 5:09 pm

The latest thoughts on the political issues is that reality is the main obstacle to achieving Brexit...

But, to resurrect an old chestnut, finding a caterpillar in your food is not a problem, it's finding half a caterpillar ;)
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby cyprusmoira » October 6th, 2019, 5:52 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, a bit breezy here, the temperature is dropping to 26 C, very comfortable.
There was a lot of meat left over from last nights lamb shanks, I thought that I might try something that I have never made before, rissoles :!:

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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby earthmaiden » October 6th, 2019, 6:40 am

Morning all! :wave:. Need the heating on here to bring it up to 18C :evil:. What a horrible damp autumn it's been so far.

I would love the recipe for the rissoles that Birds Eye used to do in the 60's, I think they contained pulses as well as meat but there was an ingredient which made them taste really nice and I have never worked out what it was.

Out at a sort of conference thing today, Need to get myself moving soon. I think less or no rain is forecast today, it poured during the night.
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby suffolk » October 6th, 2019, 6:40 am

Good morning all :D :mug:

Got to love rissoles :chops: maybe a bit of ground cumin?

Today’s promised deluge has arrived ... I shall offer to drive OH to work later ... it’s not cycling weather ... it is reading a book, knitting, and roasting a chicken and parsnips sort of weather :D

Edited to add a comma ... otherwise the roast chicken would’ve been purl and plain :rolleyes: :lol:
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby icelesley » October 6th, 2019, 6:58 am

Good morning wild ones. It's raining and cold here :rolleyes: roast beef and Yorkshire pud for us tonight :chops:

edited to say it has stopped raining so OH and the beasts have gone out for their walk. :D I can now get the hoover out without it being attacked by Kai. :rolleyes:
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby StokeySue » October 6th, 2019, 8:52 am

Good morning
Had such a good sleep I can’t wake up
Hackney Council organises a lot of walking based activity for older persons so I went on a history walk of Homerton, which was interesting but not strenuous, but by the time I’d walked back to the bus route via the shops I’d had a fair bit of exercise
Got a nice French Connection sweater in TK Maxx en route

Will go back to that general area to the big Lidl in the next few days as last year they had good bedding plants, anyone seen any this season?

Have a good day everyone
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Postby cyprusmoira » October 6th, 2019, 9:09 am

I am waiting for the car horns to start. There is obviously a wedding starting from a house just down the road. I had noticed the wedding ribbons on a car when I went down for the papers, when I returned someone had a large roll of white net, he was decorating the fence and front gate.

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Postby StokeySue » October 6th, 2019, 10:10 am

I checked, it is indeed plant week at Well Street Lidl, so that’s tomorrow’s outing sorted

I also checked the travel to get there, it always seems a ridiculous trek by bus or on foot, hadn’t appreciated quite how near to the Overground station it is, hidden behind a couple of terraces. London’s transport is so complicated even quite local journeys can have alternative twists that you’d never think of without a prompt such as the City Mapper app. Might try to find the mythical church candle shop while I’m there and maybe lunch at Green Papaya
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby liketocook » October 6th, 2019, 10:10 am

Good morning everyone,
Lol re the "knitted" chook suffs :lol:
The weather was absolutely foul during the night and it's still absolutely tipping it down. I've no intention of venturing out in it.
Bacon and eggs for lunch today and I'm just off to pop a lamb, veg & barley stew in the slowcooker. I think the weather calls for some herby dumplings with it. :chops:
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby suffolk » October 6th, 2019, 10:18 am

I had intended to make a sage and onion stuffing for the chicken ... although the sage patch is no more than 6’ from the back doorstep I’m not going out there ... I suggested to OH that if he wanted to eat stuffing with his roast he could go out and pick the sage ... he declined :lol:
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby liketocook » October 6th, 2019, 10:20 am

suffolk wrote:I had intended to make a sage and onion stuffing for the chicken ... although the sage patch is no more than 6’ from the back doorstep I’m not going out there ... I suggested to OH that if he wanted to eat stuffing with his roast he could go out and pick the sage ... he declined :lol:

Snap it's dried herbs all the way for me today ;)
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Re: CHATTERBOX LXXXVII Xander

Postby scullion » October 6th, 2019, 10:40 am

this is our weather at the moment (well, a couple of miles down the coast at godrevy - but it's just about the same)
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Postby scullion » October 6th, 2019, 10:50 am

this is our weather at the moment (well, a couple of miles down the coast at godrevy - but it's just about the same)
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