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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!
    V3ry - £555.59
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    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 6th Oct 17, 9:13 PM
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    My mam was 61 and wasn't able to get a bus pass nm.
    • shanks77
    • By shanks77 6th Oct 17, 9:18 PM
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    Just popping in to say hi.
    Welcome to Babs hope you can get yourself on track with some of the great suggestions here. Sometimes it helps just to know your not alone.
    Monna was going to make some jam this weekend but your tale has made me tnink again lol
    Fuddle sorry to hear your unwell again but good on your doc for being on the ball. Hope the AB's kick in soon and you feel better.
    Am going to London next week for a few days so looking forward to a change of scenery.
    Hope everyone else is well xx
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 6th Oct 17, 9:19 PM
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    Welcome Babs! I started a reply at 4pm..... then my dad asked me to go for a walk with him. He's in poor health and getting a bit confused, and we live a long way apart (visiting parents for a week) so I have to make the most of these visits. We went for a short walk that took ages
    Then..... mum asked me to walk to the doctors to collect a prescription and then to the local shop for a bottle of wine () . I came back but had been logged off and couldn't log in for a while due to duff internet. Then.... they wanted tea so I prepped that. Then....we sat nattering for a while, which was nice

    Anyway, what I wanted to suggest, if you don't mind Babs, is the following:
    Might it be worth it to get someone to put shelves up, as a surprise for your DH, so he can display his favourite collectibles? That may get you brownie points towards the time when you want to relocate / donate some Stuff, to help make the flat become your home, where you feel comfortable?

    I totally agree with the 15 minute bursts- even when I have been on my feet all day (home help), I can still manage a quick 15 mins of clearing up and it always amazes me how much of a difference it makes, and because I know it is a short burst I tackle the important things

    Bus passes - I saw a cousin last week who I haven't seen for ages and was horrified to hear he has just got his bus pass. My cousin, who in my head is still only in his mid 20's, cos I am only a youngster and he's only 6 years older than me. Ha, ha, ha. I am in my early 50's!!
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • manchestermargo
    • By manchestermargo 6th Oct 17, 9:22 PM
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    I think the rules changed when the state pension age changed for woman. Such bad news for those people who have to wait until they are 66 before they can claim their pension. Having free travel makes such a difference when you don't drive and relyon public transport doesn't it?
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 6th Oct 17, 10:34 PM
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    It's a wonder to me that the buses are still running. On the Island it is rare to see anyone pass over actual money. Of course, I mostly only travel when all the other wrinklies are on the move.

    Babs, I have given up with meal planning as I never know whether I am going to be in the mood for cooking or happy with a sandwich. I just get stock items in my monthly shop so I always have the makings of a meal.

    I'm getting my monthly lift to T*sc*s tomorrow so will get enough stock items for the next 4 weeks.

    Today's pleasant thought.

    A friend is one who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 7th Oct 17, 5:16 AM
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    A friend is one who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart.
    Originally posted by monnagran
    Silent tears streaming down my face at this early hour. It touched me considering. x
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 7th Oct 17, 6:15 AM
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    Don't cry sweetheart. Put all your energy into getting better. We need your down to earth take on the world.

    x
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 7th Oct 17, 8:15 AM
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    Babs I get an online delivery from Sainsbugs most weeks, because they deliver it for £3 - if I get it later then it's £1.50. That's far cheaper than it would cost us in diesel to go and get it. We can't take a bus, there's only one an hour and it's a bit of a walk to the bus stop.
    • FairyPrincessk
    • By FairyPrincessk 7th Oct 17, 9:37 AM
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    Morning all,

    It has been a long week. Chores and shops today and then I hope to have tomorrow to myself. OH is going to see his mum and dad but as I'm still getting over a cold I won't go with him. FIL just started an new level of chemo and will be susceptible and I don't want to risk it. I've line up some sewing projects for myself as a bit of a relaxing treat. Next week is going to be even busier so I want some rest time first.

    We're treating ourselves to a few things from the local butchers--one of their pies for tea and some sausages for a casserole for tomorrow's tea. Things are busy now and so our means and methods of stretching the pennies have changed and I imagine will change again. We have some lovely allotment spuds from a dear friend who came for lunch last weekend so those will go with the sausages tomorrow. She brought a selection of treats that I'm slowly doling out.

    It is properly autumnal here and we've just had a chat about when to put the heating on. We both worry this house will be damp so will put it on a few hours this weekend as we're keeping most of the windows open so it is very chilly.

    Babs--I hope you feel properly welcome now. I'm not sure if you have a portable 'device' laptop, tablet or smartphone--but I like to find BBC radio player programmes--many of the serials are in 15 minute increments. It can help make the chores more enjoyable.

    Hugs to all who need them and get well soon Fuddle.x
    • maryb
    • By maryb 7th Oct 17, 2:18 PM
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    Re bus passes, the national arrangement is that you get it at the youngest age anyone can get their state pension, so men used to get it at 60. But local authorities can make more generous arrangements. Here in London, thanks to Boris when he was Mayor, we get the equivalent of the old Freedom Pass at 60 which covers bus Tube tram and London Overground trains any time and National Rail within London Zones 1-6 after 9.30. Once I turn 65 and a half I will get the National bus pass bit added on so I can go on any bus anywhere. My Dh already has this - you can tell by the rose symbol on the card.

    It makes such a difference having one. I'm sure I get more exercise because of it because I walk one way into town several times a week and get the bus back.

    If you get on a bus round here after rush hour you will see a pecking order of decrepitude being established - bus comes along fairly empty, wrinkly gets on and sits near the front. Bus stops further along, slightly older wrinkly gets on, first wrinkly gets up and moves further back ad infinitum. Quite amusing to watch
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 7th Oct 17, 7:32 PM
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    Ah, maryb, we wrinklies are very civilised and know how to look after each other. You will probably also have noticed that when two wrinklies have to share a seat they are bosom pals by the time they get to their destination.

    I have had a good day. DS2 took me for my monthly visit to the supermarket and I managed to snaffle a YS chicken, a tray of sausages (Mr T's finest) and a pack of back bacon, all YS. Next week's meals will be variations on a theme.

    I got back home and discovered that the estate agents had left a message that they have arranged another viewing for a week on Monday. Fingers crossed.

    Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

    TODAY'S PLEASANT THOUGHT.

    Bitterness, unforgiveness and holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • maryb
    • By maryb 7th Oct 17, 8:00 PM
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    LOL yes those buses are pretty chatty places. Oh and BTW I'm pretty wrinkly meself!
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • nursemaggie
    • By nursemaggie 7th Oct 17, 8:46 PM
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    monna Your shopping sounds just like Ds's

    He went for crates of real ale for himself, according to the leaflets at work Aldi is supposed to have boxes of beer. I give him a short list, washing up liquid ( don't buy the cheap stuff it's awful) yes he did, Cheese he forgot and wrong shampoo. but he also bought 2lbs of bacon (I have 2 KG in the fridge) and sausages. I have gone off chips and I am sick of his fry ups.

    I still can't hardly walk but the pain is a lot better. I may make it to Mr M tomorrow because I could have done with your chicken. I shall have to get up early buy a chicken for dinner because I have appointments until Friday before I can go to market. A chicken will last a few days. I hope my trip to the Christie won't upset my joints again.

    DS did not get his beer he has tried 2 other shops. I think they have next weeks leaflets.

    Not noticed people moving once they get on the bus in this area. The bus is already pretty full of wrinkles when I get on. maryb
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 7th Oct 17, 9:01 PM
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    On the subject of bus passes we are entitled in Wales to get one at 60, however we cannot use them in England .
    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 7th Oct 17, 9:12 PM
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    I will be entitled to the elusive bus pass at the age of 68, in line with state pension age - hope I make it.... I will sit on a bus all day (within permitted hours) packed lunch and thermos in hand Why - because I can.....
    Last edited by Islandmaid; 07-10-2017 at 9:23 PM.
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    DECEMBER GC - not a bloomin clue - opting out of December as itís my 50th and i think once a half century itís okay not to mind - back in the saddle January
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 7th Oct 17, 9:49 PM
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    We can travel free anywhere in Scotland at 60, but once over the border we would have to pay full fare
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 7th Oct 17, 10:32 PM
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    I will be entitled to the elusive bus pass at the age of 68, in line with state pension age - hope I make it.... I will sit on a bus all day (within permitted hours) packed lunch and thermos in hand Why - because I can.....
    Originally posted by Islandmaid
    Ah! The famous islanders terror of journeys. Travel 10 miles and you not only have to take a packed lunch and thermos but add in a blanket, torch, small cask of brandy in the absence of St Bernards,and possibly a couple of distress flares.

    nm, shall I send a bit of chicken up to you? I could tie it onto the leg of a carrier pigeon.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • nursemaggie
    • By nursemaggie 8th Oct 17, 12:13 AM
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    I would not recommend all day on a bus islandmaid I had to do it last month because the station was closed. I had to do 2 1/2 hours on one bus each way two days running. plus 1 hour each way on another bus plus 2 lots of 20 mins. All I got was another nursemaggie said I have ordered your blood count because you felt dizzy. I'm not surprised it was the buses, they vibrate a lot especially when they are stopped at bus stops.

    This nurse takes my blood every time I go to the Christy and she really is called Margaret. I do think you can take an inordinate time to go even a couple of miles on ordinary buses. If there are rivers or railways to cross you can end up going 10 miles to get 2. I did read of a couple who started to see if they could visit every large town and city in England Wales and Scotland. I bet they never managed it, or they are still trying as it was about 5 or 6 years ago.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 8th Oct 17, 8:15 AM
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    Sitting in the bus station in Edinburgh last week, I was watching the posh comfy looking long distance buses. I even went onto the London bus and had a wee look (didn't realise it was full of people all waiting for the driver to appear and they all lQQked back at me)!
    You go up some stairs in the middle of the side, the seats are all up high and the space underneath is two huge luggage hatches with an automatic door that opens and closes itself. The seats were like the ones you get on a plane or a ferry, the windows were deeply tinted and it had blue lights. I could sleep on that! Only problem woud be what the hell to do when I got to London lol - I'd probably get something to eat then come right back home again!
    I've seen buses for Belfast, Leeds, Wrexham (wherever that is, I got it muddled with Hexham lol) as well as the Scottish destinations like Aberdeen and Inverness. It doesn't half give you wanderlust, sitting in a bus station bored..
    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 8th Oct 17, 8:19 AM
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    I have a bus pass but most of the time I still pay the fare as I am still working. I will use it more when I retire.
    Chin up, Titus out.
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