Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby earthmaiden » February 7th, 2020, 12:24 pm

Mention of Bangladesh has reminded me that I had meant to ask if anyone had been watching the series called 'A Very British History'? I caught part of one so got a series link and have been gradually watching each one. It covers communities of immigrants who came to make their home in Britain from the second half of the 20th century and I think is very well done, interesting and very much part of contemporary history. I find myself totally immersed.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby StokeySue » February 7th, 2020, 3:14 pm

Good afternoon
Good luck to both lads on their travels, I hope they have all their injections etc up to date (it's usually business travellers who forget apparently)
I was supposed to go to Senegal some years back, but unfortunately that was the trip that was cancelled
Need to remember to get some prawns out of the freezer to make pad Thai tonight :chops:
Have a good afternoon everyone
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby cyprusmoira » February 7th, 2020, 3:24 pm

Wet, windy and cold here In Cyprus, the rubbish bin has just blown over and I can see another wall of rain coming across the valley, Beef casserole with Dumplings for supper.
I have never made Pad Thai, I must try it some time

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby scullion » February 7th, 2020, 9:23 pm

StokeySue wrote:Good luck to both lads on their travels, I hope they have all their injections etc up to date (it's usually business travellers who forget apparently)
I was supposed to go to Senegal some years back, but unfortunately that was the trip that was cancelled

he phoned the surgery to check which ones he'd already had before having all the other 'tropical' ones.
i am wishing his trip could be cancelled. i am going to be biting my fingers for the whole week - the trouble in mozambique has been ramping up lately, there are some horrific things that have been happening that i'm trying not to think about.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby StokeySue » February 7th, 2020, 9:43 pm

Everything crossed for him scully :hug:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby cyprusmoira » February 8th, 2020, 6:41 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, very blowy here but I think that the UK will be worse than us by this evening. We are going out to for breakfast :D

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby earthmaiden » February 8th, 2020, 8:11 am

Morning all! :wave:. Good wishes to the travelling boys. It's horrid being left behind with only a vivid imagination as company :( :hug: .

It seems colder this morning than the last few when there was frost :rolleyes:. I decided on the spur of the moment last night to go to the family history show in Bristol today, it's in a place easy to get to by car. I went to an interesting and useful talk at U3A earlier in the week by a professional conservator, funnily enough on the same day as the programme about the V&A on TV. I keep meaning to take action to store old photos and things in a better way and want to look at materials in the flesh rather than just online.

The worst of the weather is due here tomorrow.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby icelesley » February 8th, 2020, 8:16 am

Good morning wild ones. It's very calm here this morning but a tad chilly. The local paper is advising no travel tomorrow unless absolutely necessary with the story r m Ciara due to hit us. So anything that isn't tied down in the garden will have to be moved to the garage today in case they are right :rolleyes: best to be safe than sorry. :tu:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby suffolk » February 8th, 2020, 8:19 am

Good morning all :D :mug:

Goodness me I’ve slept late! :shock: :mug: :mug: :mug:

Bon voyage to the travellers ... hope all goes well and that they have a fascinating but not too exciting trip. 8-)

Plans for today include Pad Thai for supper ... we’ll blame SSue ;) ... OH says he’ll cycle to Waitrose for prawns and noodles. :D

I think I need another coffee before I’m properly awake ...
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby StokeySue » February 8th, 2020, 10:37 am

Good morning
Conservation seems to be in the air, as well as the V&A programme I’m going to a members’ talk at the British Museum on the 24th February on the science of conservation
Today nothing much planned for the day, will do some bits, stretch my legs then go to visit a friend
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby liketocook » February 8th, 2020, 10:50 am

Good morning everyone,
Good luck to your boy scully, I completely understand the mixed feelings you have about him going :hug:
The first storm, apparently the warm up act rather than the named one, is due to hit here this afternoon with Ciara following the early hours of tomorrow. At the moment it's dry but bitterly cold and quite windy. There was a request on the local FB page asking those whose gardens back onto the railway line firmly secure furniture etc. to try and avoid debris on the line, the chap who works at the railway station who put the request out is so well known in the area for being so helpful (he's had all sort of awards for customer service) that I'm sure folk will make the effort to do so.
I had a good heart-to-heart with my sister yesterday, my nephew is likely to be in hospital for another week at least and on Monday renovation work starts on her flat, they had planned to rent an Air B"n"B while it was happening but instead her and their cat are moving in here instead. With my younger son coming on Wednesday it's going to be a busy house for a bit so I'm making the most of the peace and quiet today while I can. ;)
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby Seatallan » February 8th, 2020, 10:59 am

Morning Wildies :wave:

It was the most beautiful day here yesterday. Typically, we had things on so couldn't go for a fell walk. We're hoping to get a walk in towards the end of next week/next weekend, by which time Ciara will hopefully have passed (though sounds like she'll hit worst further south). I think it'll be pretty wet and windy tomorrow so I shall have an interesting morning run though as I'm planning a swim too I suppose I may as well cut out the middle man! :D

Scully, hope all goes well for your son.

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby cyprusmoira » February 8th, 2020, 11:24 am

We had planned to go to the Limassol Four Seasons for posh breakfast, we got there to find that they had the builders in and seemed to be closed. We negotiated the road system to try the Mediterranean hotel, same problem. So we drove along the coast road and found a large hotel that was open. Breakfast was not as splendid as usual, no Eggs Benedict for Deb or Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg for me and definitely no fresh patisserie but I did have a good breakfast omelette. However they did have what they called a Cypriot Breakfast buffet including four types of marmalade plus preserved fruits and cheeses. Most importantly there was plenty of good coffee.

There is a lot of fresh snow on the mountains, we have a northerly gale, this means that there is a cold wind blowing off the Anatolian Plateau . 1o C is forecast for tonight, 0C in Nicosia :rolleyes:

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby icelesley » February 8th, 2020, 12:54 pm

Good Afternoon wild ones. The sun is out the sky is blue and the thermometer is reading 12C :shock: a lovely summers' day .... except it's not summer and it's not very warm. :rolleyes:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby earthmaiden » February 8th, 2020, 5:24 pm

The Family History show was really good. A lovely spacious venue at Bristol University, some interesting talks and not very crowded. I saw all the things I wanted to. No excuse not to start my 'conservation project' now (I.e. removing family photos and things from the very unsuitable places they are currently stored and sorting them out) .

Sue, your talk at the BM sounds interesting. I am in awe of conservators because even though they specialise in definite areas, the chemical make-up plus its relevance history of materials used for paper, inks, dyes, fabrics etc. requires so much knowledge even before the skills in handling the materials :kneel:.

Hatches being battened down now- I shall emerge on Monday :lol:.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby WWordsworth » February 8th, 2020, 11:33 pm

Just in from a 60th birthday celebration down the road.
It's fairly blustery out but no rain yet.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby earthmaiden » February 9th, 2020, 12:04 am

It's lashing down here!
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby cyprusmoira » February 9th, 2020, 7:00 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, very chilly here, there is a skim of ice on the bird bath. I check the ski slope web cam at this time of year, there was no one up there if the images are to be believed, no evidence of closed signs, I think that the police have closed some of the mountain roads.
How is the wind this morning?

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby icelesley » February 9th, 2020, 8:14 am

Good morning wild ones. All was quiet here until 5am then the wind started, next doors food bin is blowing around in the road, fortunately someone walking by has put it on the grass verge before it causes an accident. The plastic rubbish is blowing around his garden, he doesn't bother to put the lid on it :rolleyes: lazy s+d. I hope everyone is ok, we don't seem to get it too bad here, but everywhere else will no doubt be getting a battering.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby suffolk » February 9th, 2020, 8:37 am

Good morning all :D :mug:

The wind’s strong but doesn’t seem very out of the ordinary here at the moment, but apparently it’s been causing problems across Norfolk https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/storm-ciar ... -1-6505392
Perhaps we’re particularly sheltered just here. Mind you, it’s not a day I’d choose for gardening or walking in the woods ;)
Stay safe everyone :hug:

Edited to add: Oooh! that was a strong gust ... the house sort of ‘creaked’ !
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby earthmaiden » February 9th, 2020, 9:45 am

Morning all! :wave:. Stong wind has a habit of whistling down my chimney and it's been doing it since last night. We had a deluge of rain at one point, someone local has posted on FB showing a beautiful old Eucalyptus tree down in a parking area, I think it missed the cars but has trapped some in their spaces. I had to smile because comments ranged from those showing concern to those who wanted a bit of the tree! The worst is due early afternoon apparently, definitely a staying in day, no excuse not to get down to decluttering the 'study'. :rolleyes:.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby suffolk » February 9th, 2020, 10:08 am

I’ve just been out rescuing upturned plant pots and moving them to a (hopefully) more sheltered corner ... it’s a bit difficult to predict as although we know which direction the wind is coming from, because we’re at the bottom of what passes in Norfolk for a valley, it swirls around a bit.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby Gruney » February 9th, 2020, 10:22 am

I've got far bigger worries than flying plant pots - will I be able to go for a couple this afternoon?
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby icelesley » February 9th, 2020, 10:30 am

Gruney, I am sure you will fight your way through the wind and rain for a couple ;) :lol: its still blowing a hooly here and horizontal rain, but I have managed to fight my way down the garden to the bin.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby Busybee » February 9th, 2020, 10:37 am

It’s not too bad here, grey, raining and windy but not the predicted apocalypse.......yet.

I haven’t heard any/ many trains today, maybe they are cancelled? Certainly they were advising against rail travel but this is the main east coast line it will be difficult for travellers if all London Edinburgh services were cancelled.

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby Pepper Pig » February 9th, 2020, 10:53 am

My youngest is at Euston trying to get to Manchester for a Corporate event at the Man City match. He’s just texted to say the next two trains have been cancelled. (They hadn’t when he left home).
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby liketocook » February 9th, 2020, 11:01 am

Good morning everyone,
It's been pretty wild here since yesterday afternoon, though the horizontal rain has eased a bit though the wind hasn't. We have snow, sleet and hail predicted for later today through to Wednesday. My sis and her cat "move in" later and I've a grocery order booked for this afternoon. Braising steak has been defrosted to make a beef and mushroom casserole for dinner and a bunch of bacon ends were slow cooked overnight for stock to make lentil and bacon soup tomorrow.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby suffolk » February 9th, 2020, 11:05 am

Gruney ... surely you have a hard hat and some trousers with reinforced knees?! ;)
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby StokeySue » February 9th, 2020, 11:28 am

Good morning
Definitely windy here in London - my friend’s cats are staring at it out of the window

earthmaiden, eucalyptus are notorious for blowing over unless heavily pollarded, we learned this the hard way when my dad’s went over in a gale some years ago, and one in Kavey’s garden went over last year, she posted photos on line.

Don’t get blown away!
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby dennispc » February 9th, 2020, 11:39 am

All trains are being restricted to 50mph, that alone will play havoc with time tables.

Welsh rugby supporters have been told they may not get home today!
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby Gruney » February 9th, 2020, 11:40 am

suffolk wrote:some trousers with reinforced knees?!


They come in handy if I take the scenic route home :lol: I don't mind getting wet coming back, but don't like sitting there with soaking wet trousers all afternoon. It's a 20 minute walk.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby suffolk » February 9th, 2020, 11:56 am

It’s not raining here ... just VERY WINDY! I’m watching a tall (uncoppiced) eucalyptus five houses away bending quite alarmingly :shock:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby WWordsworth » February 9th, 2020, 12:13 pm

The village bus station (both bays) is out of use, a large tree is across it.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby Pepper Pig » February 9th, 2020, 12:19 pm

The Man City match has been cancelled. Thank goodness he’d only got as far as Euston!
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby suffolk » February 9th, 2020, 12:41 pm

The rain has arrived here but it’s not stopped the goldfinches emptying the feeders. I’ve put our casserole in the oven on a low heat just in case the power goes off later ... it’ll be cooked early but I can reheat it on the gas hob if need be.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby smitch » February 9th, 2020, 12:45 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:The Man City match has been cancelled. Thank goodness he’d only got as far as Euston!


Not surprised, it has been horrendous here. Torrential rain, hail and ridiculous wind. Calm at the moment but the sky is really dark and ominous looking. Definitely staying indoors today.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby cyprusmoira » February 9th, 2020, 1:18 pm

StokeySue wrote: eucalyptus are notorious for blowing over unless heavily pollarded
the one by our front gate is forever dropping branches, earlier this morning I noticed that one was about to detach itself, probably due to yesterday's gale.
Mentioning yesterday's gale, I went down to the beach, it has changed shape! I wonder how long that will last?

The last apartment that my parents lived in Torquay had a large picture window overlooking Torbay. I remember being there during a gale, I am convinced that the window glass bent slightly under wind pressure

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby Busybee » February 9th, 2020, 1:43 pm

I think I spoke too soon! Biblical rain and wind. Definitely a dearth of trains running and the one I did hear was running much slower than usual, we are on the high speed but but it crawled through. It’s supposed to calm down this afternoon but if anything it’s getting stronger.

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby scullion » February 9th, 2020, 1:52 pm

cyprusmoira wrote: I am convinced that the window glass bent slightly under wind pressure

our double glazing glass regularly flexes in the wind!
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby Pepper Pig » February 9th, 2020, 1:54 pm

dennispc wrote:All trains are being restricted to 50mph, that alone will play havoc with time tables.

Welsh rugby supporters have been told they may not get home today!


Apparently the next hurricane we get will be Hurricane Dennis. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby liketocook » February 9th, 2020, 1:56 pm

This just across from my sister's new flat - it's the calm end of the shore taken about an hour ago during a lull in the weather. The other end has been closed off by the police as the waves are breaking over the wall.
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ETA even at high tide the water is usually about 6 foot lower than this.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby WWordsworth » February 9th, 2020, 2:07 pm

There's now a house on fire in the village, following a lightning strike.
I understand everyone is OK.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby earthmaiden » February 9th, 2020, 2:16 pm

Oh no! Hope everyone's ok and that they can save it.

Those seas look dramatic - the links scully posted are on another thread I think. Fascinating how they vary. We've had some very blowey moments this morning and continual rain. The strongest winds are due between now and 4pm. Trees seem to be blowing over everywhere, not just the eucalyptus. Glad your DS didn't have to travel, PP.

I see they've been having similar weather around Sydney. Railway landslides, power outages and cars submerged with people going round on surfboards outside my old school. Such a shame they couldn't have had some of that a few weeks ago :evil:.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby dennispc » February 9th, 2020, 2:17 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:
Apparently the next hurricane we get will be Hurricane Dennis. :lol: :lol: :lol:


:lol: Story of my life PP, causing havoc!
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby scullion » February 9th, 2020, 2:23 pm

my son has just arrived at his hotel - the plane had to have two attempts at landing.
he sent a photo of the road from the airport - well, you can't see the road for the water - and it's overcast and raining there.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby earthmaiden » February 9th, 2020, 3:12 pm

Crikey - it seems to be worldwide! Glad he's arrived safely scully :hug:.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby suffolk » February 9th, 2020, 3:15 pm

earthmaiden wrote:Crikey - it seems to be worldwide! Glad he's arrived safely scully :hug:.


Ditto :hug:
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby StokeySue » February 9th, 2020, 4:54 pm

Glad to hear he’s arrived scullion

I’ve experienced a couple of days of monsoon in Kerala, the locals simply seem to ignore it, probably the same in Africa
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby Grasshopper » February 9th, 2020, 8:18 pm

Horrendous weather last nite and most of today! We are talking BIBLICAL here! I had to get down to our local newsagent for the Sunday paper this morning, luckily only 2 blocks away, but I got pretty wet. Slow-cooked belly pork, with a mixed vegetable (BN squash, spuds, carrots & red pepper), steamed curly cabbage and the most delectable gravy for dinner today.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXVIII Ygraine

Postby Rainbow » February 9th, 2020, 10:19 pm

StokeySue wrote:earthmaiden, eucalyptus are notorious for blowing over unless heavily pollarded, we learned this the hard way when my dad’s went over in a gale some years ago, and one in Kavey’s garden went over last year, she posted photos on line.

Eucalypts certainly have a reputation for dropping heavy branches - especially in summer over here, when they are water-stressed. A sort of 'self-pruning' but has resulted in some deaths - hence their nickname Widow Makers ;)
Sometimes campers think it would be good to put their tent in the shade of the gum tree with disastrous results!

earthmaiden wrote:I see they've been having similar weather around Sydney. Railway landslides, power outages and cars submerged with people going round on surfboards outside my old school. Such a shame they couldn't have had some of that a few weeks ago .

Yes, in Sydney they are asking people to stay home and work and lots of schools are closed. But I believe the rain has put out some bushfires that have been burning for weeks, so that's a positive :D

You seem to be having terrible weather over there - in some places, anyway.
Stay safe everyone :hug: :hug:
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