Chatterbox LXXXI - Rodney

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

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Postby liketocook » May 11th, 2018, 9:52 am

Good morning everyone,
:hug: :hug: Zosh how upsetting
Glad you made it back home EM, there is nothing like your own bed after a long journey.
Patsy, Lucy is gorgeous. :luv: I'm sure you'll both get used to each others ways. Old dogs are so loving but not without their problems. Hopefully not a problem for Lucy but could be worth checking that she doesn't dribble small amounts of urine when she's snoozing. Both my dogs developed this when elderly and the vet confirmed there were no underlying issues causing it. I bought cot protectors and popped these under a throw on my sofas. I felt the pooches were too old to understand if they were banned from the sofa so this was a good solution for everyone. :)

It is very windy and chilly this morning with rain forecast for late afternoon. I'm just going to finish my :mug: and head to the garden while it still dry. I need to get some salad stuff planted and do some more sweeping/tidying up.
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Postby Zosherooney » May 11th, 2018, 1:56 pm

Yep, a sad day, they had such individual personalities..... I just feel for the sheer terror they must have gone through. :cry:

I have kept busy trying to occupy my mind.... Mr. Z has text, he will be home in ten. Unlike last night when it was nearly 9pm ! I have just ordered the ceramics for the Hobbit room and for phase II, asked for discount then rounded it down....to the next tenner ! Cheeky Tart !
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 11th, 2018, 2:41 pm

cyprusmoira wrote:There are several organization that rehomes Cypriot rescue dogs, most go to the UK, a few to Germany.

There is a request on local social media for an escort for dogs going to France, free return ticket to CDG, cabin baggage only.

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Postby TeresaFoodie » May 11th, 2018, 2:57 pm

Sorry to hear of your findings with the chickens this morning Zosh. :hug:

I'm back from a trip out with my mum for a bit of shopping and lunch, and I put my Columbo hat on and went in search of car parking evidence to back up my friend's appeal against her parking fine. It seems McDonald's and the company known as MET parking have made national news before about their not-very-obvious parking restrictions and quickness to issue fines. Most receiving a parking penalty do not appeal. My friend is never going to be one of those people! It seems that, and beware folks, whilst a whole retail park may have very relaxed parking rules, McDonald's and MET limit your stay but are not always putting up clear signage to this effect. At this particular MD the parking sign was far away from the disabled bays. I am hoping that the appeal will be successful anyway.

I am in for the day now thank goodness as it looks like the heavens are going to open any minute now!
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Postby suffolk » May 11th, 2018, 3:50 pm

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Postby Zosherooney » May 11th, 2018, 6:19 pm

For what it's worth...... Some years back Mr. Z. met a colleague at a hotel in Swindon for a meeting, he was there for a couple of hours. A couple of weeks later he received a very official looking parking 'fine'. He was suspicious and googled it. It was not legal, he ignored it, at the suggestion of the comments that he read. We received a couple more 'demands' then nothing.... Never heard from them since !
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Postby TeresaFoodie » May 11th, 2018, 6:39 pm

suffolk wrote:Tezza take a look here ...

https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/sh ... ?t=3211616


Interesting. Thanks for this. I have forwarded the link to my friend. Cheeky wotsits!
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 12th, 2018, 6:05 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, quiet here today, no builders traffic :rolleyes:

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Postby suffolk » May 12th, 2018, 6:25 am

Good morning all :D :mug:
Blue sky, sun and birdsong here in Norfolk ... not a lot to do today other than pop to the shops for something for supper ...
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Postby PatsyMFagan » May 12th, 2018, 7:01 am

Zosherooney wrote:A sad start here....... B*stard fox killed my 3 ckx..... :cry: Did not even kill for food........ I shall not replace them...... It must have gone to great lengths to get in, up the wire sides and in over the top and the same way out again....... I hope it hurt itself.....


Oh no... so sorry to read this Zosh ... :hug: :hug: :hug:
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Postby icelesley » May 12th, 2018, 7:08 am

Good morning wild ones. The Sun is peeping through already, looks like we may have a nice day despite the rain forecast. Not a lot to do today :D so the garden beckons :D :D
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Postby TeresaFoodie » May 12th, 2018, 7:59 am

Morning all. We have one of those still days here today where you're left wondering if it will rain or be smoking hot, whether the sun will come out or not. I've got five hours of decorating to get on with and nothing much else planned, so TTFN and have a lovely day everyone!
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Postby earthmaiden » May 12th, 2018, 8:14 am

Morning all :wave:. Looks a bit overcast here. The last of the unpacking and laundry beckons and a lot to deal with having sorted 3 weeks worth of mail. I have had further good news re PPI so am happy to complete the paperwork. I probably should look at work emails before Monday too. :evil:

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Postby scullion » May 12th, 2018, 8:28 am

re the parking fine.
we were sent one by an old peoples home in perranporth six or seven years ago. we had turned round in their car park - the engine hadn't even been turned off as we'd seen their notice. we were sent a parking fine request for fifty or a hundred quid and our daughter (a law student then) told us not to bother with it. it was not something that could be legal enforced and they would have to pay more at the small claims court than they could hope to get back - and they wouldn't have a leg to stand on anyway. we ignored it. nothing happened.
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Postby liketocook » May 12th, 2018, 8:51 am

Good morning everyone,

After yesterday's stormy & wet weather the sun is shining this morning and it's supposed to get to 15C temperature wise. Yesterday it barely reached double figures.....
I'm hoping to get quite a bit done in the garden while it lasts. :)

Tonight I fancy baking some pollock in diced tomato & chorizo, I'll probably have that with baked baby spuds and either kale or spinach.
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 12th, 2018, 9:58 am

Thunder is muttering up in the mountains again. We had a brief ,1 minute, power cut, whether it has anything to do with the storm I do not know but of course the internet went off then had to reload.
Meanwhile I have lost my little book containing all my passwords, it has disappeared from its usual shelf. This means that I will have to invent a whole lot of new passwords :rolleyes:

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Postby mogatogs » May 12th, 2018, 10:40 am

Morning All,

Weather is looking pretty good, we have the BBMF Lancaster flying over the dams on Wednesday, so lots of barriers being put up to prevent parking so tourists can watch at a safe distance, yesterday the crew putting the barriers up got a bit carried away - they blocked our road off at both ends :rolleyes: :lol: now sorted :tu:

Anyone visiting, the flight is due at 12:05 there will be two fly pasts, can't wait love the sound of the engines.

Not doing much today, garden just about sorted, not up to visiting Chesterfield market this week, but going to try a little trip on my bike not far OH has said a maximum of 30 minutes he will be at home 'on call' to rescue me if I get too tired :hug:

Have a good day folks :hug:
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Postby Ratatouille » May 12th, 2018, 12:45 pm

Morning everyone :wave:

Such excitement this morning! Back from the market and about to start preparing for S-i-L's visit when we dicovered Mr R had locked jupes in the veranda overnight with the inevitable consequences :rolleyes: Just got that sorted when there came a huge squealing from the chimney. I young starling had somehow got in there and was at first floor level. We opened the woodburner glass and waited and sure enough a very sooty bird emerged and flew round the dining room. It finally settle in the veranda and was trapped with an old towel and ejected. I hate birds flying near me

We had just put away the shopping and done the flowers - an armful of white scented stocks this week - when Grisette one of the outside cats appeared with a present for Jules. A still live and kicking baby rabbit. Rabbit rescued, cats distracted and bunny placed in safety (?) right down by the river. We had to have a stiff drink.

At least thats the three things and hopefully we can look forward to a peaceful afternoon.
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Postby StokeySue » May 12th, 2018, 1:01 pm

Animal crackers Rats? :lol:
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Postby Ratatouille » May 12th, 2018, 1:13 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :tu:
I think it was the humans who were feeling that way by lunch time!
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 12th, 2018, 1:35 pm

There is a watering system in the garden, after a lot of internet searching last year Deb got it to work. This morning she tested the system. Imagine a bungalow in a rectangular plot with flexible hose around the garden walls as the watering system. The water supply enters via a meter in one corner of the garden, there is a timer attached to the meter. Each watering point had to be individually checked. I was in charge of turning the water on/off, unfortunately I could not hear Deb shout from the other side of the house. We ended up on the phone to each other so that I could follow instructions :rolleyes:

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Postby suffolk » May 12th, 2018, 2:07 pm

mogatogs wrote:.... we have the BBMF Lancaster flying over the dams on Wednesday ...


Give it a wave for me please Mogs .... Pa spent a lot of lonely scary missions as rear gunner in a Lancaster ...
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Postby Zosherooney » May 12th, 2018, 4:18 pm

My Dad might have been the Master Pilot Suffs :tu:

Have just used 5 aubergines to make this....https://www.mamtaskitchen.com/recipe_di ... p?id=10555 Mr. Z has sampled and pronounced 'Good'.

Now I have to layer the chargrilled red peppers in some sort of dressing and some other flavours.

We are off to listen to live music in the smaller pub I have ever been to......http://www.thewelcomestranger.co.uk/history/ Jon Walsh sang and played in our lounge for our Silver Wedding. Anniv. Celebs. 11 years ago....
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Postby liketocook » May 12th, 2018, 6:36 pm

Good evening everyone,
It turned into a glorious day here, over 22C on my deck mid afternoon, though cooling down rapidly now. I've spent most of it in the garden and for me got quite a lot done. Also had a nice sit in the sunshine on my rocking chair with my book, a naughty ice cream cone and a :mug: .
I'm glad I've planned an easy meal tonight as I really can't face standing for ages. Forecast looks promising tomorrow so I might start tackling the weeds in the front bed. I've found a long handled hoe and old pair of very long bbq tongs ideal for avoiding too much bending.
I think I mentioned that the beautiful begonia I had last year that had been carefully kept over the winter didn't seem to have survived, well it has and I swear the appearing shoot has doubled in size since this morning. :D
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Postby StokeySue » May 12th, 2018, 6:39 pm

liketocook wrote:It turned into a glorious day here, over 22C on my deck mid afternoon,


Your turn :hi5:
Pretty much constant deluge here this afternoon
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Postby TeresaFoodie » May 12th, 2018, 6:57 pm

Evening all!

It has been not stop rain here today. So gloomy that after my workout on the bedroom wall, I perched for a bit with my lunch and a coffee, started watching Tipping Point, then before I knew it my phone rang waking me up at 6pm. I'd been having a very vivid dream where I was on a skiing holiday! It was lovely, very picturesque, then I woke up and looked out of my window....

Almost time to snuggle down in front of Eurovision. :cocktail:
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Postby liketocook » May 12th, 2018, 7:45 pm

StokeySue wrote:
liketocook wrote:It turned into a glorious day here, over 22C on my deck mid afternoon,


Your turn :hi5:
Pretty much constant deluge here this afternoon

It's about time though a shame it's not UK wide, last night the heating was on and I was wearing a jumper, a cardi & my slipper boots...
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Postby earthmaiden » May 13th, 2018, 4:24 am

Good Morning! :wave: I thought I'd go and have a short nap yesterday at 3.30pm ... and woke up at 3.30am :rolleyes: :rolleyes:. Missed supper, Eurovision and possibly some rain! :lol:. If I feel in need of a nap today I will set the alarm.

Goodness Rats, what a day! The thought of a sooty bird flying round a clean room is not good.

Hooray for mobile phones Moira!

Hope the weather is good for the Lancasters.

The heating was on here yesterday afternoon, it only needed a boost of one degree but made all the difference. I spent most of my waking hours yesterday tackling laundry, a mound of paperwork and things resulting from the contents of the mail over the past 3 weeks and going through work emails. It seems endless and I am just an ordinary person with a mundane life .. I'd need a secretary if I was anything more! Now I'm off for a last blitz on the bits left from unpacking which don't yet have homes .. oh and some ironing. Then it'll be time for breakfast :chops: .
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 13th, 2018, 6:03 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, nice morning here. Good Heavens EM, you will need the full English after that lot

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Postby Zosherooney » May 13th, 2018, 6:21 am

A bright and sparkly one here! Music was great last night, glad we made the effort, I was flagging around 6pm but a snooze refreshed me for the gig. Bumped into a girl I worked with when I was a Saturday girl at Milwards shoes in Andover 45 years ago !!!! :o

Off to collect a FREE table from Freegle later, it will make a potting up bench or a table in the Cathcart Hotel for the fluffs to sit on off the ground in the evening sun.

I still have some planting to do so really must get that done today.
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Postby TeresaFoodie » May 13th, 2018, 7:15 am

Morning all,

Looks like a brighter day today. No rain yet! I ache all over and should be getting some decorating help today from family. I've enquired about a six rung step ladder on Freecycle but no reply so I guess it's gone. For a gentler day on my muscles I will probably give my rather sorry looking white wooden chest of drawers a coat of paint, just need to decide colour. White again or pale pink or pale blue. That's a nice sitting down with the TV job. I'm also in the throes of deciding whether to make peanut butter and banana bread for my visitors, but if there's a change of plan (highly likely!) then I'd have the chore of eating it all myself! In stages of course.... :oops:

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Postby icelesley » May 13th, 2018, 7:15 am

Good morning wild ones. The Sun is out and the sky is blue, looks like we are in for a nice day. :tu: I will be found in the garden :D
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Postby Ratatouille » May 13th, 2018, 9:45 am

Morning everyone :wave:

It is throwing it down again and we were due to have lunch on a sunny terrace. :rolleyes:

Guests coming tonight. I don't envy them driving down in an open-topped car(with no cover) in this weather. I foresee them having to bale it out en-route.

Must find a warm jacket to go out for lunch - May in Provence.
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Postby suffolk » May 13th, 2018, 9:54 am

Good morning all :D :mug:
A light shower and noisy hedgehogs overnight.
Just had my dippy egg and toasty soldiers ... now I'm going to try to bring some order to the sitting room ... weeds are springing up as I look in the garden, but it's still a bit damp out there to do any hoeing, but it must be done before we leave for Cornwall .......
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Postby Seatallan » May 13th, 2018, 11:37 am

Morning Wildies :wave: :luv:

EM- a belated Welcome Home from me! :D

Rats- hope the sun comes out before lunch.

Dippy egg sounds lovely Suffs. :hungry:

It's a sunny day here after a wet afternoon yesterday (more rain than was expected I think). Yesterday I accompanied close friend to try on a wedding dress at a shop in Tunbridge Wells. We had a lovely girlie day out though she didn't buy the dress. It was more a research trip than anything and I think she's now decided on getting a dress made. It won't be a 'traditional' wedding dress but if the ideas she has work out in practice, she'll look wonderful. I'm to be her bridesmaid. It'll be a small wedding as she's planning to get married abroad (Austria), but there'll be a 'bun fight' locally the following weekend.

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Postby liketocook » May 13th, 2018, 6:16 pm

Good evening everyone,
Late on parade today as it has been another cracking day so spent most of it in the garden. Not as warm as yesterday, cardi required, but lovely just the same. I didn't venture to the front as I'm not feeling very bendy today, I contented myself with jobs I could do while mainly seated and managed to get a fair bit done. :D
I skipped breakfast, had a banana mid morning and then a naughty but nice lunch of tattie scone, lorne, black pudding, egg and tomato. It was scrumptious. I've defrosted a lamb steak for tonight which I'll griddle and have with shallots, steamed baby spuds, broad beans & runner beans.
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Postby PatsyMFagan » May 13th, 2018, 6:39 pm

earthmaiden wrote:Hope the weather is good for the Lancasters.


I had to laugh when I read this ... as most of you already know, yesterday was my sister's 70th birthday BBQ ... She had worked so hard on a never ending supply of bbq'd meats cooked by her hubby on the patio while she endeavoured to keep the guests happy inside .... Their surname is Lancaster ! :lol: 8-)

Suddenly realised that not everyone had the deluge we had yesterday ... :td: :td: :td:
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 14th, 2018, 5:05 am

Good Morning Wild Ones
PatsyMFagan wrote:Suddenly realised that not everyone had the deluge we had yesterday ..
We managed a small deluge complete with thunder but no lightning.

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Postby suffolk » May 14th, 2018, 5:21 am

Good morning all :D :mug:
No deluge here ... sorry the BBQ was 'damp' but hope the celebrations were enjoyed by all even so :D
Blue sky and sunshine here in Norfolk ... only 3 more sleeps 'til we set off for the southwest ... :bounce:
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Postby Zosherooney » May 14th, 2018, 6:05 am

Brilliant sunshine here too. A lot of growth was planted yesterday and will be given a 2nd watering in soon. Now time for T !
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 14th, 2018, 6:31 am

I have lost my small note book containing all my pass words so am trying to change them all. Aaahhh :!: :!: :!: The trials of modern life :rolleyes:

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Postby icelesley » May 14th, 2018, 6:40 am

Good morning wild ones. No rain here yesterday, today the Sun is out again already. It will be a garden day again today ;) well a girl has to keep the tan topped up whilst the Sun shines, you just don't know how long it will last (the sunshine that is) :D
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Postby earthmaiden » May 14th, 2018, 7:11 am

Morning all :wave:. Back at work this morning ... thankfully it's quiet.

Suffs, I thought you were off today with all the shopping and charging going on last week :P


Looks a gorgeous day out there. Can't wait to retire :lol:.
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Postby TeresaFoodie » May 14th, 2018, 7:11 am

Morning all,

Hot and hazy here at 7am when I woke up. One big wall to paint today so a good excuse to hibernate indoors away from that pesky sun and no need to faff about doing my hair or make up, although I will get dressed as I will need to pop to the Co-op later. :grin: Plus I'd hate to get paint splashes on my lovely pyjamas! :lol:
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Postby liketocook » May 14th, 2018, 8:46 am

Good morning everyone,
Another lovely sunny morning here though cooler than it looks outside.
More gardening for me today plus no doubt a lot of sitting in the sunshine with my book and a :mug: . :D
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXI - Rodney

Postby Ratatouille » May 14th, 2018, 9:50 am

Morning everyone :wave:

Our guests very sensibly gave up on thier attempt to gey here in the Nash, It was just too wet and stormy. Not a lot better today and very very cold for the time of year.

I've spent the morning cooking and preparing so I can spend some time with them when they get here. I've planned a provencal style starter for tonight - ie lots of different dips and spreads, tapenade anchoiade and from a little further north cervelle de canut. I'm doing Phil Vickery's stir fried fillet of beef with asparagus and I've made a choux ring to fill with starwberries and cream.
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXI - Rodney

Postby cyprusmoira » May 14th, 2018, 1:59 pm

There is a Facebook group recording memories of Cyprus, they are called The Hallouminati :D

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXI - Rodney

Postby suffolk » May 14th, 2018, 8:35 pm

Goodness me ... where've we all been ? I'll own up ... I've been getting my legs waxed then cleaning out fridge, cooking and eating supper and dozing on the sofa ... now I'm snuggled under the duvet ... see you in the morning folks ...
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Re: Chatterbox LXXXI - Rodney

Postby cyprusmoira » May 15th, 2018, 5:09 am

Good Morning Wild Ones, I wonder if we shall have another storm this afternoon? Looking at the bird bath it was quite a down pour yesterday
We had a very exotic supper, fish fingers :o They are treat as they are so expensive here.

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Re: Chatterbox LXXXI - Rodney

Postby icelesley » May 15th, 2018, 6:47 am

Good morning wild ones. We have a mist this morning, hopefully it will burn off shortly. :D Then the garden beckons once again ;) I didn't realise how much I was missing by going to work :shock: .
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