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    • scottishminnie
    • By scottishminnie 23rd Jan 12, 9:52 PM
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    No T Words mentioned at all - a fresh start
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    • 23rd Jan 12, 9:52 PM
    No T Words mentioned at all - a fresh start 23rd Jan 12 at 9:52 PM
    I'm very aware that the old "Not Mentioning the T word" thread has kind of come to a halt. Some of our regulars had sad news and difficult situations recently and I thought maybe it was time for a fresh start? I don't want to offend anyone so if you think I'm out of order just say and I'll ask one of the board mods to merge this with the old thread (which is here if anyone wants to view it)

    Anyway -

    I like to think we will all be gardening soon - it's a sign spring is around the corner. Maybe quite a bit round the corner but on the way nevertheless.
    My mum bought me a gardeners journal as part of my Christmas so I will be poring over that in a week or two. I suspect I planted quite a few things too late last year so I will follow the calendar in the journal and see how it goes.

    Not much to report from my end. I'm trying to empty all the cupboards of tins and packets and start afresh. Maybe I won't quite empty them but I do need to get right to the back of the tin stash to see what curious items I have lurking there.

    I ordered my cream charger so am awaiting that and I will be able to whip cream for Britain as soon as it arrives.
    I bought a spare box of Kirkland belgian chocolate biscuits just in case I needed an emergency gift at Christmas - I didn't and now they are calling me every day. I must find a place to hide them where I can't hear their cries!
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 1st Jul 17, 5:57 PM
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    We're just back to Nells house after a wonderful performance last evening, the hotel was super comfortable and very quiet so we both slept very well and have enjoyed a day of retail therapy in a much bigger city than I'm used to. We did very well too and found some real bargains in the sales, Nell got 2 x dresses, 1 fab swimsuit and 2 pairs of summer shoes and I got a lovely padded gilet for the autumn at half price. We had brunch in 'Giraffe', an afternoon cuppa in Waterstones and have bought a cooked chicken and some lovely salad for supper tonight and lunch tomorrow. Pushycat was VERY pleased to see us back and we've had a lovely cup of tea so all's right with our world and we're relaxed and just a bit sleepy, Happy July xxx.
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future!
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 2nd Jul 17, 1:20 PM
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    Hi all . I've skimmed through the pages I missed and forgot most of it .
    I did see the kitchen Fuds and it's very much to my taste . It's timeless and perfectly planned to maximise the space .

    I'm wondering if Candlelight and Himself are on their annual hols . Haven't seen any mention of it but she doesn't seem to have posted recently . Hope all is well x

    Well DD was at the hospital on Wednesday crack of dawn . A necessary but very painful procedure as they had to talk to her throughout and couldn't use a general anaesthetic only a local .
    She has a very high pain threshold but struggled this time although only I could tell by looking at her eyes . The doctor was amazed but i heard the reality afterwards .

    The calcification was much worse than previous xrays and us scans had shown so she will need more barbotage in a few weeks .
    Meanwhile she's still in pain and not sleeping much . Hopefully when the second treatment is done and she is able to have physio it will prove worthwhile .

    Thanks again for your support . I know you can't see this at the moment Monna but I told her you were storming heaven's gates on her behalf on it cheered her up and made her smile . Hope you're back online soon . Still sending the bungalow vibes but will add your name this time as maybe they went to your son instead !!!

    Take care everyone . Sunny , cold and very windy here today . Perfect drying weather so need to summon up the energy to bring the washing in and hang out more .
    polly x
    • Floss
    • By Floss 2nd Jul 17, 1:48 PM
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    Polly sending your DD a gentle hug, hope things improve for her soon xx
    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 2nd Jul 17, 4:20 PM
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    Thinking of you and your DD Polly what a tough procedure for her to go through
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 2nd Jul 17, 8:49 PM
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    Thank you Floss and Lainey . Hope you have good night . I just need to catch up on the Fence and I'm up to date !
    That wont be tonight as nearly Poldark time .
    polly xx
    • Nargleblast
    • By Nargleblast 2nd Jul 17, 10:13 PM
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    Ah, Poldark! Compulsive viewing, a rattling good yarn, one of the few things I like to watch on TV.
    Debt free date.....3 August 2015
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    August NSDs. 05 of 15
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 3rd Jul 17, 4:05 PM
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    Good afternoon all, I'm just back home and having a nice cup of tea which is very pleasant. Last week with Ruthie and the boys and this weekend with Nell have been the best of family times but now I'm looking forward to having a quieter 'normal' time where it's routine and slower paced. The train was a 'proper' train this with 3 carriages and padded seats so much comfier than the last two times I've come home from Nell. We have nothing specific planned for this week, it will be nice to get back to domesticity and processing of produce and just being us.

    POLLY I hope by now your daughters discomfort will be less, poor girl, poor you having to just watch and wait and be able to do nothing about it, I hope she's less sore and battered by now.

    LAINEY I hope your heart has accepted the decision by the lady to sell the prospective new horse to someone else, unkind and very sad BUT I think there is always a reason for these things happening and in the fullness of time you'll be able to look back from a better place and see that reason and understand. I think dear old Bill has someone better in mind for you and in the not so distant future you'll find each other, as I've being saying to Fuddle for years some things are meant to be and I think she's actually beginning to believe me now!!! xxx.
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

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    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 5th Jul 17, 11:04 AM
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    Quick hello from me on a lovely sunny day . Hope all are well and have some sunshine too .
    Thank you for your kind words Lyn . You've been so busy I imagine getting back to normal day to day routine is quite relaxing .
    DD is in a little less pain now and finally getting some sleep . She was fortunate that at her doctors appt a few days prior to the Barbotage she had pointed out a spot on her wrist which is always an indication her Psoriasis is about to flare which in turn flares both the Arthritis and Fibro , Dr wrote a 5 day prescription for a strong oral steroid course which she began that day , she finished them the day before the hospital trip and I think that prompt action plus the steroids injected during the treatment held of the flare .
    She had some amazing bruising which is now starting to fade , I wish they didn't have to do the whole thing again in the next few weeks but am grateful such treatment exists .
    I think you're right about BillyE biding his time and choosing the moment . I hope you have managed to move forward with the counselling by now Lainey , it can be a long wait but worth it .
    Take care all .
    polly xx
    • scottishminnie
    • By scottishminnie 5th Jul 17, 11:09 AM
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    Hi

    Sorry all, I've been reading on and off but in the midst of a very difficult situation at work which has life changing implications for a couple of people so I feel like I can't focus on anything much else.

    Hoe everyone is well and I can get back to being a bit more active on the thread soon.
    NO FARMS = NO FOOD
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 9th Jul 17, 11:53 AM
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    Hello everyone.

    I've been MIA for a while too but nothing much just pottering and end of term parental involvement for school fund raising events.

    I've spoken to the leader of our allotment committee and it seems the council are now getting heavy for allotment holders who don't tend their plots. They have till September to show a marked improvement and if not they will lose their plot resulting on the next person on the list acquiring it... that's me 2 are working on them (the letters were sent a month ago) 1 has got a digger in and is clearing it and one has made noises it's time for him to go and has not done a thing yet. I'm hopeful as he hasn't even started working on it yet.

    In preparation, I'm planning. DH is beginning to accumulate wood at work again. I'm saving things to pot in, bottles for cloches that sort of thing and I'm educating myself on chicken keeping. I've sorted through my seed stash and rid of out date ones and know what I need should it be all systems go.

    We're growing perennial herbs for topping up the rabbits food. Thankfully she devours mint which is flying in the pot atop the hutch. I'm using the old hook that I left in ceiling during the kitchen redo for air drying herbs for the winter. The race is on to try to get glass jars from anyone who will give them.

    I have apple seeds from 3 varieties in wet kitchen paper in the fridge. I'm hoping they will germinate but I'm a realist and know it's highly unlikely a novice can get going with this sort of thing... but I'm gunna try any way

    The slugs have found the hosta in the yard (it's a full time job keeping the rabbit away - she's partial to hosta too!) I had a collection of small change that belonged to mam that I have kept in drawer. I've glued the copper coins to a wooden stake and popped it in the hosta pot. Apparently slugs don't like copper so that and the ever growing broken up eggshells in there might just save it.

    My front garden has been dug over, has the weed membrane down and is 1/3 covered with bark. I've saved some of the shrubs that were there but bought baby ones from a nursery for a cheaper price. I did want the front garden to work and be edible but I just want a pretty area that I can potter about in. One of the shrubs is a Magnolia Susan. I love magnolias (I still mourn the loss of my stellata from the house I lost) so a magnolia in there was a must. Susan? That was mam's name. Felt right.

    I have lost my hips! It's a combination of not being addicted to bread anymore, not eating processed items, loving salad season and an improvement in my fitness levels due to the hill. I think always being on the go and 'pottering' is having positive effects too.

    Youngest DD swerved the fidget spinner craze but she's into the JoJo bow craze. I'll give her that one but am I 'eck paying £10 for a bow. No. I have a glue gun and now, thanks to ebay I have crocodile clips and ribbon. I help her make her own - when she's asked what brand her bow is she feels good about saying she made it herself - thank goodness! Long may that continue!

    Finally DH and I had a couple of Lidl alcoholic drinks last night (he lager, me cider) and I now have 4 glass bottles ready for the cold busting elderberry syrup. Cork stoppers are on the need list.

    I have stewed apple and raisins in the SC so best sign off. I need to get them out and put a tin of condensed milk in for SC caramel to have it with the apples after tea. Tea will be mince and onions and dumplings with gifted allotment cauli and frozen brussels cooked then fried with the bit of streaky bacon that's left.

    So as you can see I'm ok plodding on like a pig in muck using and making. Love to all x
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 9th Jul 17, 12:07 PM
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    Hiya FUDDLEY ONE, what a busy bee you are, fabulous news on the allotment front too, everything crossed that one comes free in early September for you, the best possible time to start clearing and digging the plot over for next year. Are you allowed sheds? if so your Oh So Clever Dearly Beloved could feasibly build you one from scrap wood if he could lay his hands on enough pallets to store your gardening equipment in, a reclaimed door on the front and Robert is your Mothers Brother as they say! If you do find you can keep chickens I've a couple of books on 'how to' on my self sufficiency shelf one of which will wing its way to you if you'd like it??? I think, reading your last few posts, that my girlie has found real 'home' and real 'homey satisfaction' in all you do and have.....it's been a while coming hasn't it love? but Oh My Word doesn't it make me HAPPY for you, you've earned every single molecule of it sweetie, the hard way in some cases and the doggedly determined way in all the rest, what a wonderful thing to be able to feel and say, blessings!!!
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future!
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 9th Jul 17, 1:31 PM
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    I can have chickens, I asked the committee boss man yesterday There is a self made greenhouse and a shed on that plot. Apparently the holder has commented that he'll take his poly tunnels but leave the others. It's all a waiting game isn't it!? But yes, DH is I'm accumulation mode with regard to the pallets he gets when new kit is delivered. They bigger than normal pallets because of the size of the kit he buys in so they will be ideal. DH has been looking through my Pinterest for ideas on how to build coops and sheds.

    I do have a home. I'm going nowhere. I'm near where I grew up but I have chosen where I actually want to live and been savvy enough to make something work for us rather than spend money on the right house. Ok so I have a yard and a bus stop out the front but I look at them as positives for my life. I look out my kitchen window and the fab hilly views are skewed by the allotments but it's those allotments that make up my kitchen garden Positivity gets me through. What others poo poo I thrive on making stuff work to the point where I just appreciate. It's a cool way to live.
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 9th Jul 17, 2:32 PM
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    GO that Fuddle!!!
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future!
    • candlelight 2013
    • By candlelight 2013 11th Jul 17, 3:30 PM
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    Hello all,

    I haven't been able to read back, but I hope you are all well.

    We had a lovely holiday, but then came back to no internet. Numerous phone calls to broadband provider and then telephone company. It appears whilst we were away we were changed to someone else's number and presumably they had ours.

    Result lost all emails and many passwords.

    Will be back soon, take care all

    Candlelightx
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 11th Jul 17, 6:32 PM
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    Beggars belief when things like that just 'happen' hope it's on its way to being permanently sorted by now and that you have your internet access back.

    Ruthie et. al went to visit Nell for the day, Orley can now roll over both ways (happened last night and he then spent 2 hours rolling because he could!) and Ezra now has a new favourite fruit which is POMEGRAN, isn't it funny how at 3 they never catch all of new word? anyway apparently he liked it so much that he had 3 bowls of the salad it was in for his lunch! One of Nells colleagues who had Theodore (Teddy) a week later than Ru had Orley came for lunch too and the babies chatted to each other and Ezra was super with both of them, I feel a lovely day way had all round.

    It's been raining here for most of the day and the garden is looking much refreshed, particularly the fig tree which really doesn't like the dry weather and needs copious watering in the evenings. We also have greening up on the lawn and even the humans are feeling refreshed by the coolness of the evening, hope we all sleep a little better tonight as a result, that would be very nice too!

    I had a success this morning, we went to one of the outdoor shops as I need some walking trousers for Iceland and I found a pair in the sale reduced to £16.99 down from £55 which are a perfect fit and they're a size 12!!! finally made it, woohoo!
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future!
    • scottishminnie
    • By scottishminnie 11th Jul 17, 10:07 PM
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    MrsLW (and anyone else who is suffering in the heat) - you are welcome to come visit me as you will not be troubled by warmth. It was a whole 13 degrees here today

    My tomatoes plants have many fruit however they are shiny green and absolutely no signs of turning yet, there simply isn't enough sunshine for them. We had to net the Brussel sprouts at the weekend to stop Harry the hare having them for breakfast sometime soon. Hubby has constructed pointy mesh hats for them which were carefully affixed to the containers. I did actually look at them and thought that if he made a bigger one next year I could grow sweet peas inside it. Well, that would be if I could get the sweet peas to germinate - never managed it yet!

    I have plans for the weekend, dry weather or not. I have cream carpets throughout almost the entire house (maybe not a great idea for a house in the country but I'm the queen of neutral) and I really need to shampoo the hallway. Our house is all on one level so the hallway gets a lot of traffic. Even with no shoes worn inside you can still see where the footfall is. I bought a VAX a few years back so I'm planning to get using it. Well, now I've told everyone here I feel obliged to make sure I do it so that should help keep me focused.

    I'm off to bed reasonably early tonight. I have a cold and my lovely hubby pointed out earlier that my nose is "scabby and peeling". He's brutally honest but I wouldn't have him any other way. I think a large dollop of heavy duty moisturiser round the offending area is called for. I need to look at least a bit presentable as I'm in the office for the next few days.

    Enjoy the heat my friends - from your envious, shivering chum in the frozen North
    NO FARMS = NO FOOD
    • scottishminnie
    • By scottishminnie 17th Jul 17, 7:04 PM
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    Just popped in to say I shampooed the hall carpet. Looking much better and I had a day off today when it was warm and sunny for a change so all the doors and windows could be opened. I think I may have to tackle the bedrooms soon though, they look a bit grubby compared to the hallway. I knew this would snowball

    Exciting news Fuddle, what's the estimated timescale for the arrival of the chickens?
    NO FARMS = NO FOOD
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 17th Jul 17, 8:14 PM
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    Quick hello from me . Not functioning too well in never ending heat and humidity , total alien weather here I want my wet and windy norm back . Irish , Scandi genes , pale skin etc were not made for this . We are sort of promised thunderstorms on Wednesday but having looked forward to them twice over the last few weeks and been sorely disappointed I'll believe it when I see see it .

    SM I feel the pain re light and neutral carpets and furnishings , the whole oh the next room looks dingy now when you've steamed or otherwise freshened up one room is why I now only have carpet on the stairs and in the bedrooms . I have very good quality heavy linen/cotton jacquard sofa and chair covers downstairs which weigh a ton especially when wet . I've always machine washed and hung them outdoors twice a year but since the whole rotator cuff and ongoing problems almost a year ago I look at them and think not right now . Thankfully that's where throws are such a joy . I know the covers aren't dirty but I always like to give them a good wash and blow .
    I hope the situation at work is rather less worrying and you can have all the sun you want if I can just aim it north of the border .

    I haven't caught up by any means but did note allotments and hens and a lot of other topics so will hopefully catch up at some point .
    I may never get back to the Fence as I seem to have missed countless posts . I worked out earlier my not being on the threads much stemmed from the Manchester Arena bombing which came a bit too close to home followed by other situations which needed attention .
    I don't intend to leave the thread ( unless like the snowman I melt in the heat )
    Sending the vibes to Candlelight lots of empathy on that after my protracted battle with both landline and internet provider , hope you're back online soon . One positive to come out of my experience was moving to another provider for email which at a stroke wiped away all the many firms I'd dealt with online even if once only who ignored my tick in the box and emailed me over and over . Even now they may be sending their wondrous offers into the ether but they aren't landing in my inbox anymore .

    Anyway enough waffle , sending virtual hugs to any in need whether posters or readers . All the sun they can handle ditto . Someone wave a magic wand and swap your cold , wet or even a bit damp weather my way as I am sort of heading towards the brain of the sleepless which never goes well .

    Take care all I'm off to stand in the garage which is the only bearable place at the moment .
    Much love
    polly xx
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 18th Jul 17, 8:10 PM
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    Evening all, just an idea but a couple of long running threads have been auto deleted of late as you're likely aware, this one has been running since 2012 and has 5,000+ posts, might it be an idea to set a Mk2 version running just in case? I don't know how to, I'm guessing one of you will?
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future!
    • scottishminnie
    • By scottishminnie 18th Jul 17, 9:22 PM
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    Evening all, just an idea but a couple of long running threads have been auto deleted of late as you're likely aware, this one has been running since 2012 and has 5,000+ posts, might it be an idea to set a Mk2 version running just in case? I don't know how to, I'm guessing one of you will?
    Originally posted by MrsLurcherwalker

    Good idea - I've hopefully created a new one right here

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?p=72856557#post72856557
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