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    • Knit Witch
    • By Knit Witch 18th Jul 17, 8:29 PM
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    The Garden Fence - proper Old Style support and chat!
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    • 18th Jul 17, 8:29 PM
    The Garden Fence - proper Old Style support and chat! 18th Jul 17 at 8:29 PM
    As threads are going walkabout I thought I would start the next stage of this off - I will try and do the links later!
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    • cbsexec
    • By cbsexec 8th Sep 17, 1:57 PM
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    Thank you all for making me giggle!! Ps I am at work so am doing it as quietly as I can.
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 8th Sep 17, 2:39 PM
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    Bum - keyboard sprayed again!
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 8th Sep 17, 5:15 PM
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    We took little nephew to an adventure playground and all of us had a great time, clambering about, hiding in tunnels and walking tight ropes.
    He told his granny that we had been to an adventurous playground. I think I prefer his version , so appropriate.

    Enjoyed a lovely walk in kielder - enough sun, a few sprinkles of rain and beautiful views on the way back to our temp base.
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 9th Sep 17, 8:06 AM
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    Morning all. Golly, its chilly out there today, I really must start thinking about winter clothes. I will put it off as long as possible. It seems as though it was only last week I got out my summer things.

    I'm a bit worried about my old dog lodger today. She was sick after her dinner on Thursday and since then she hasn't eaten or drunk anything and just lies in her bed. I don't worry about the not eating, she will often go a day without food, but the not drinking is something new, I have put her bowl of water by her bed but it hasn't been touched. In a bit I'll ring her mum and get her to come down and take responsibility.
    On the other hand, she did get up and bark yesterday evening when she heard a dog bark further up in the village so perhaps I shouldn't be so worried. We'll see.

    Apart from that, I don't have any plans for today. If it doesn't warm up soon it will be a wrap up warm and knit sort of day. I will NOT put on any form of heating in September.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 9th Sep 17, 8:55 AM
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    Monnagram, my abiding memory of childhood and of University digs is of being cold so nowadays I will put the heating on to prevent shivering! I don't have the house hot, but I will just take the chill off in daytime if necessary (not nec today) and have it warm in the evening. Happy to put on an extra layer first though! Just not prepared to wear a hat and gloves indoors!!
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 9th Sep 17, 5:50 PM
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    MMF007, I didn't have too much trouble as a student. Having been brought up in a badly insulated bungalow in the forties when coal was rationed and nobody had even heard of central heating, blankets were scarce and there was no rubber for hot water bottles, and we all huddled round whatever fire we could manage, with our shins scorching and our backs freezing, anything else seemed like paradise.

    That was until I started teaching when I rented a bedsit on the top floor of a large house. Brown lino, a strip of coconut matting, a bed with one thin blanket and a one bar electric fire for heating. Then I really discovered what cold was. I have told before how the bottle of ink on my windowsill froze.
    Since then I have tried very hard not to live in a cold house. .Not always successfully as my ex was only interested in his own comfort and used to turn all the heating off before he went out.
    Anyway, at the moment I'm living on my own in this beautiful but much too large house, with a budget so tight I can hear it squeak, so I will be heating one room and donning coat and snowboots before making lightning dashes to bathroom and kitchen.

    Old dog Millie was having me on. After I'd alerted DS2 and DIL and worried them, Millie pranced downstairs with a gleam in her eye. I put down a small dish of chicken which disappeared in one slurp. So.........end of drama. The fraud!

    I've just read an article about what I should be looking for in my autumn wardrobe.
    I don't know about you, but my Autumn wardrobe is basically my summer wardrobe give or take a cardi or two.

    Hope everyone is having a good weekend.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 9th Sep 17, 7:55 PM
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    Yes, and your mum shouting, "Shut the door!" whenever you left the room!
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 9th Sep 17, 8:04 PM
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    MMF007 that one is engraved on our kids' brains!
    I can still remember a coal fire and floors covered in linoleum, and windows that let in a force 10 from the north pole. And chilblains.
    • elona
    • By elona 9th Sep 17, 8:12 PM
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    mardatha

    I remember having blue mottled legs from being scorched by the fire - not a good look!

    I think my gp's referral to a specialist might have been overruled so set for a (polite) fight next week. Might have to suggest it as me wanting a second opinion and willing to pay for it.
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 9th Sep 17, 8:32 PM
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    I can remember my dad saying "put the wood in the hole" and as a junior school child in 1973-5 drying my hair after Sunday bathtime in front of the coal fire being told to move away from the hearth as I was taking all the heat
    • Floss
    • By Floss 9th Sep 17, 8:36 PM
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    We have draughty original 1930's wooden floors, doors and open fireplace paired with 21st century double glazing and a gas fire... cue cold feet and me curled up on the sofa away from the chimney
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 9th Sep 17, 8:49 PM
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    I'm so glad to hear Millie's feeling better, monnagran
    • burtha
    • By burtha 9th Sep 17, 8:53 PM
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    Hi, hope everyone's weekend is going to plan ....
    The 3 minute wonder , has been 3 times this week ... kids have started to call him that ... did try and say maybes he busy ... but stopped myself when they just laughed ...kids
    School ok so far ..,
    Not enough hours in the day for work,kids,dogs,runs,life .... Shattered but hanging in there ...
    Bills not paid , but spoken to , work on going this coming week , so home/ house on the market soon ... sooner it's gone the better , can then move on ....
    I don't know if I'm normal , but oddly carm now about most of it ... think he's a joke , but not my problem ....
    Still looking dignified , in shape and in control , kids so much better now the shock has gone ,.... just hope / believe karma will some day kick in ....
    On a practical note , had a wobble because Ive broken the saw I use for the wood , but hopefully it's just a fuse .? ... diy job tomorrow , in between dogs ,run,and football match .... ( please let them win this week) ....
    So tonight fire on( last of wood) and large wine in hand.....
    Hugs to anyone who wants one
    X
    • nursemaggie
    • By nursemaggie 9th Sep 17, 8:59 PM
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    Better look for your liberty bodice monna. We have bought our thermal vests. DS has to take his off when he finishes work as he works in the chiller at -5 degrees.

    I was always asked if I was born in a barn. Mum and Dads house always felt like an open field never mind a barn right up until they went in sheltered housing.

    I think I had better buy some really warm slippers as all the houses DS likes have wooden floors.

    I always had chilblains when I was a kid. I can still feel pain and them itching.
    • Sayschezza
    • By Sayschezza 9th Sep 17, 9:28 PM
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    But the ice on the insides of the windows was very pretty.
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 9th Sep 17, 9:36 PM
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    Oh nursemaggie, chilblains were horrible, weren't they? I don't think anyone has them now, do they? I don't know if you have a Sh*e Zone near you, but I bought a great pair of furry lined slippers there. I think they were supposed to be snow boots but I don't think they were stout enough for those. They were very cheap, about £6 or £7 as I recall and I lived in them for 2 winters. They had the added advantage that you didn't have to change out of them if you had to pop outside. Sadly Dora ate one of mine this year so I must try to get another pair.

    burtha - The Three Minute Wonder - I like it! Looks as though the kids have his measure and now regard him as a figure of fun. Good.
    As for you, lady, you are sounding more like burtha again. Calm is good, it means that you are beginning to detach yourself from him. It isn't the end of pain and hurt but the calm moments will become more and more frequent until they start joining up and you get more calm than anguish. Takes a while and times of howling with grief will happen sometimes, but less frequently and every time you come out of one of those awful sessions you will be a little bit stronger. It may not feel like it but you will.

    Enjoy the fire and the wine. You are lovely.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • Floss
    • By Floss 9th Sep 17, 9:58 PM
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    Burtha why not get the 3-minute wonder to fix the wood saw? He has a responsibility to ensure his family are warm, at least until the financial settlement is agreed
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 9th Sep 17, 10:23 PM
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    I don't think you do get chilblains now. What causes them? And the other awful thing I can remember was loads of bairns with gentian violet dabbed on their faces, on sores around their mouths. Can't remember what that was now.
    • nursemaggie
    • By nursemaggie 9th Sep 17, 10:32 PM
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    mar that's impetigo. We have better treatment now. They have to stay off school with it so you rarely see it. I once saw a woman in a crowd who had it and I told he to see a Doctor immediately.
    • Softstuff
    • By Softstuff 9th Sep 17, 11:44 PM
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    Catching up via speed reading here, so forgive me if I miss anything. Hubby is occupied elsewhere so I've snuck on. Between his pc gaming and work (sometimes from 7am-7.30pm), there's precious little opportunity. We're considering PC shopping for me though, so there's hope.

    So... Pickle is reorganising a school, Burthas ex is behaving in an expectedly halfassed fashion, there's a school somewhere that boils elephants for lunch, Fuddle is about to need the troops to put a GPs receptionists head on a pike as a warning to all others not to mess with her and Monna is hunting out her chastity belt to avoid getting impetigo.... I may have confused some issues somewhere there

    Burtha, you're best off rid of numbnuts. His brain seems to have migrated south for the winter. Sending hugs, I hope it is just a fuse on your saw. Sometimes the smallest of things can seem like the last straw, so I hope your small things go smoothly.

    I recall being so cold at uni, when the boiler in the rental got condemned by the gas board, that three of us girls huddled in one bed under every blanket we had! I've heard tales of three in a bed at uni, but never for that reason

    Mens underkeks can be a curious thing. I find that even the men who care nothing for the rest of their clothing can be curiously demanding of their undergarments. My best friends husband will only wear a particular style of a particular brand. Problem is they've discontinued them. I have a feeling he'll be wearing the current ones until they could be used as replacement fishing nets, then after that, who knows.

    MMF007, I'm with you in the non-knitting camp. I've always had a bit of trouble with yarn crafts. After a few years and many attempts at learning, I'm finally getting to grips with crochet though, so who knows, maybe one day.

    Thank you to all those mentioning vintage cookery books for reminding me I want an old BeRo. And a couple of others, but that one is key. I don't know when we got out of recipe books where anyone could achieve a decent result and got into ones that look more like chemistry experiments.

    I'm suffering right now from a burnt finger (chicken casserole - yes I am clumsy NurseMaggie ) and a few pulled muscles (built a garden shed on Thursday). But feel as though that's another bit of progress. Am intending to begin painting another room tomorrow.

    Love to you all, see you next catch up! xx
    Softstuff- Officially better than 007
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