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    • Glad
    • By Glad 1st Jan 18, 12:59 AM
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    The Compers Inn (part 48)
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    • 1st Jan 18, 12:59 AM
    The Compers Inn (part 48) 1st Jan 18 at 12:59 AM
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    previous thread here
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    • rosemac
    • By rosemac 4th Jan 18, 3:56 PM
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    sorry mummy have not tried animal research but will do. Thankyou
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 5th Jan 18, 8:05 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    Wishing you all a very happy Twelfth Night/Epiphany Eve.
    Yesterday I brought all the empty boxes downstairs in
    readiness for putting all the decorations away for another
    year. I'm fairly superstitious about sticking to the dates.

    Also going to pack up my very sad/very ancient Christmas
    tree and send him on his way (to the tip ). In with the
    new, out with the old etc! Will look out for a replacement
    come November'ish.

    Puddy cat joined in, bouncing off all the boxes having the
    time of her life!

    Yay! It's slowly staying lighter for longer every day -
    love it - thoroughly dislike the shorter days of Winter. Roll
    on Spring!

    Your life in the countryside sounded absolutely idyllic
    mummy2threeboys - surrounded by nature. I'd not heard
    of a Teddy Guinea Pig - just googled - they are sooooo
    sweet! I think are
    wonderful. Hope you managed to get a good sleep last

    It sounds as if the Guinea Pig is doing really well rose - think
    your GD would be perfect as a new owner if no one claims him/

    Hope the rain has eased off a bit up your way sheils - the wind
    kicked off again here yesterday afternoon/eve - also had rain
    which will be easing this morning leading apparently to
    a bit of sunshine - fingers crossed!

    Did the engineer manage to sort out your DD1s heating
    yesterday leanfun? It's a dreadful time of year to have no
    warmth in the house - hope it's all sorted. xx

    Thinking of you as always fire**fly.

    Have a lucky day all and please take care whatever your

    Alfie xxx
    • leanfun30
    • By leanfun30 5th Jan 18, 1:57 PM
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    Hope you had a better night mummytothreeboys. Here yesterday was very windy.

    Rose now if someone claims the guinea pig GD will be disappointed. At least she will look after it well.

    Alfie DH was at DD1s and then she phoned from work to say engineer had phoned her to say no one was at her house. She lives in the South East and discovered the engineer was outside a house in Weston Super Mare! LO the company say they can't send someone to her address until Monday. Stupid thing is someone phoned here on Tuesday to say they didn't have a phone number for DD1. This is a London number and they said they had been told we needed half an hour warning to be at DD1s! How was DH supposed to be in the West Country in half an hour. no apology yet.

    Another funny thing. Yesterday I won some John West Light meals. They said they would be delivered today. This morning I told DH I was expecting a delivery but not what. Yesterday he was having problems hearing, so I didn't bother to explain. He answered the door and said Tesco were trying to deliver cat food for someone else and turned the man away saying we don't have a cat. A few minutes later man came back and they were the Light meals in packaging that looks like cat fresh food.

    Well I won a small prize and have laughed a lot today.

    Here tree taking down time too. Firefly thanks for link about real tree no more pine needles came off but think they might when we move it. Think ill stick with the artificial tree next year but have to say grandchildren enjoyed decorating it. Hence most of the decorations are lo down.

    Very sunny here now. Yahoo mail not working here.

    Hope everyone has a good weekend and keep warm. Good luck.
    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 5th Jan 18, 8:01 PM
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    hiya all just a quick pop in to say thanks for
    thinking of me & all the messages xx ((hugs))
    still busy sorting stuff out but nearly there thankfully,
    sorry had no time to pop in before but have
    a couple of hours tonight hopefully before I drop to
    sleep to read back & see
    what's new on forum though doubt i'll have time to
    enter/do comps!
    take care all x

    Alfie xxx
    Originally posted by AlfieBlue

    thanks Alfie, I needed one so very much appreciated
    Please be a responsible pet owner & spay/neuter
    your pets,
    so many unwanted pets & not enough homes for them all sadly.

    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 6th Jan 18, 7:37 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    Hope you're all well - so lovely to 'see' you yesterday evening
    fire**fly (((hugs))). Thinking of you as always, please take

    What a carry on re fixing your DD1s heating leanfun! Total
    fail! Just can't believe it and to not get an apology - well that
    really takes the biscuit! Do hope they manage to
    arrive at the 'correct' address Monday and complete the
    job - they appear to be so incompetent!

    Lol! Very well done on your prize of John West Light
    meals! Very tasty win! I laughed out loud when your lovely
    DH turned the delivery man away thinking it was cat food!
    Luckily the chap came back!

    So pleased your Grandchildren enjoyed dressing the Xmas
    tree - it's such an exciting time for the little ones. xx

    Well - had best get on and play a quick comp catch up
    before I do anything else!

    Have a wonderful weekend all and please take care
    whatever your plans.

    Alfie xxx
    • sheils6
    • By sheils6 6th Jan 18, 9:18 AM
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    Morning everyone,

    We are away at N Shields for a few nights. Had a lovely time yesterday.
    Weather has been good enough for a January break and looking ok.

    Hospital managed to squeeze my dad's operation in on Thursday which was good but one of my sisters is away in Amsterdam and I had this break booked. He is getting on fine though and I am not much further from Carlisle hospital here than I am at home. Sister will be home on Sunday and I will be back Monday. Other sis is at home and grandchildren helping with lifts as Carlisle 60 miles away and mum wouldn't drive there.

    Trying to keep up to date with everyone.

    sheils x
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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 6th Jan 18, 9:25 AM
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    Sheils Great to read that your Dad finally had his operation and is recovering well. Enjoy the rest of your short break.

    fire**fly Great to 'hear' from you - big

    Hope that everyone is well and enjoys the weekend whatever they are up to.
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    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 6th Jan 18, 4:51 PM
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    afternoon all
    thanks for the hugs all am taking each day bit by bit x

    lovely of you to rescue the GP rose
    sounds like your GD will be the perfect new mum for it x

    well done on John West win leanfun
    lol @ DH good it all worked out at the end.
    hope they sort out DD1's heating soon for them all.

    good news they've sorted your dads op sheils &
    hope all's going well x

    lol @ puddy joining in the putting 'decs' away Alfie
    I agree also 'roll on spring'
    Please be a responsible pet owner & spay/neuter
    your pets,
    so many unwanted pets & not enough homes for them all sadly.

    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 7th Jan 18, 8:34 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    Hope you're all well - it's absolutely freezing here this morning!
    No visit from Jack Frost, just feeling raw. Thankfully not nearly
    so cold as the States! Brrrrr!

    It's 'Distaff Day' today

    Distaff Day, also called Roc Day, is 7 January, the day after the
    feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff's Day, one
    of the many unofficial holidays in Catholic nations.

    Many St. Distaff's Day gatherings are held, large and small,
    throughout local fiber community. The distaff, or rock, used in
    spinning was the medieval symbol of women's work.

    In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their
    household work after the twelve days of Christmas. Women of all
    classes would spend their evenings spinning on the wheel. During
    the day, they would carry a drop spindle with them.

    Spinning was the only means of turning raw wool, cotton or flax
    into thread, which could then be woven into cloth.

    Men have their own way of celebrating this occasion; this is done
    through Plough Monday. It is the first Monday after Epiphany
    where men are supposed to get back to work.

    Every few years, Distaff Day and Plough Monday falls on the same
    day. Often the men and women would play pranks on each other
    during this celebration, as was written by Robert Herrick in his
    poem "Saint Distaffs day, or the Morrow After Twelfth Day" which
    appears in his Hesperides.

    Some modern craft groups have taken up the celebration of Distaff
    day as part of their new year celebrations.

    St. Distaff's Day; Or, the Morrow after Twelfth-day

    Partly work and partly play
    You must on St. Distaffs Day:
    From the plough soon free your team;
    Then cane home and fother them:
    If the maids a-spinning go,
    Burn the flax and fire the tow.
    Bring in pails of water then,
    Let the maids bewash the men.
    Give St. Distaff' all the right:
    Then bid Christmas sport good night,
    And next morrow every one
    To his own vocation.

    Robert Herrick

    If anyone has a yearning to get involved in the craft of
    Hand Spinning etc here's your chance to give it a go ....

    Great to hear that your Dad had his operation on Thursday
    sheils & that he's getting on fine. xx Have a brilliant stay in
    N Shields. My older brother spent a couple years in S Shields
    (many moons ago) studying at a Maritime College. He was
    fairly young at the time and had received a bursary via Shell
    (he's the brainy one esp in maths, I'm the arty one ). I think
    the college was in Tyneside? I do recall every time he came back
    home he was developing a very strong northern accent!

    So lovely to 'see' you yesterday fire**fly. Please take
    care. (((Hugs))) I'm most definitely looking forward to Spring -
    the garden will be calling and I can't wait to get out there again
    and get stuck in ..... far too chilly today! Although they do
    forecast sunshine down my way so ... may wrap myself up and
    have a little wander to see if anything needs doing!

    I'll bid you all farewell at the mo cos I have a bowl of steaming
    hot porridge to devour.

    Have a peaceful Sunday all.

    Alfie xxx
    • rosemac
    • By rosemac 7th Jan 18, 10:28 AM
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    Morning peeps. Hope you are all well. Annual big family dinner today. Sis came through last night so at least she has some time off and is not on call at hospital. DIL has bought the rib of beef I have made the pates for later potatoes partly boiled so can be roasted with beef. Ham is boiled. Goodness I sound busy lol. I just like cooking. Soup was made yesterday from ham stock. So we are going to stuff ourselves silly. It is frosty here alfie and really cold sky is bright blue, no clouds. Sunday papers are sitting on the couch but goodness knows when I am going to get time to read them. Off to make a cuppa so that I can have the time to enjoy it. Take care peeps.
    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 7th Jan 18, 2:23 PM
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    good afternoon all
    was freezing this morning here as well but now
    the sun is out,

    never heard of 'Distaff Day' Alfie lol,
    something new I've learnt today thanks & love the
    pics/info on it all

    sounds like you've been very busy rose
    & hope you all have a lovely annual family dinner x

    hi to everyone else reading through & hope everyone's
    keeping well,
    have a lovely rest of the day & evening all x
    Please be a responsible pet owner & spay/neuter
    your pets,
    so many unwanted pets & not enough homes for them all sadly.

    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 8th Jan 18, 7:39 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    Hope you're all well - it's yet another chilly start to the day
    here - brrrrrrr!

    My goodness you've been mega busy with cooking rose - hope
    your annual big family dinner was a huge success yesterday.

    never heard of 'Distaff Day' Alfie lol,
    something new I've learnt today thanks & love the
    pics/info on it all
    Originally posted by fire**fly
    Your most welcome fire**fly. Today is Plough Monday which
    follows on/has links to Distaff Day.

    Plough Monday is the name given to the first Monday after January
    6th, and it marked the resumption of agricultural work after the
    Christmas festivities.

    In some areas of England it was common for the farm labourers to
    tour the villages with their plough in a money-raising trip, perhaps
    with singing, mumming plays and dancing or even parading a
    Straw Bear; the participants commonly disguised themselves with
    costumes or by blacking their faces with soot, perhaps so that they
    could not be identified if they ploughed up the gardens of
    householders unwilling to make contributions.

    The areas in which the celebrations were most common were in
    the east midlands and East Anglia and it is in this area today that
    most of the revivals are carried out, often on a weekend in early to
    mid January. It was also common for church ceremonies involving
    blessing the plough to take place either on Plough Monday or the
    Sunday immediately before and some of these have also been

    I love reading/hearing about the revival of customs/traditions in
    our country - so very interesting.

    Have a lovely and lucky day all and please take care whatever
    your plans.


    Alfie xxx
    • leanfun30
    • By leanfun30 8th Jan 18, 10:28 AM
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    Alfie great to read your postings very interesting. I am going to pass the links on to the sister of my exDIL in America she has a number of looms and lives out in the sticks in America she will be most interested.

    Firefly great to hear from you. Big hugs for this week.

    Rose hope you enjoyed your family meal. Sounded delicious.

    Shells so pleased to hear your father has had his operation. I was worried about his waiting time after last week when they announced cancelling operations. Do hope he recovers well and sees a big improvement in his health. Hope you enjoyed your days away. Sure you are relieved.

    We went to North Hampshire for my nieces wedding at the weekend. She looked beautiful and it was a great day. Freezing cold but blue sky and
    sunny. We stayed at Fleet Premier Inn on Saturday night and I would highly recommend it. Brilliant breakfast. DD1 booked two rooms and the breakfast for all was less than 100.

    Well its back to normal today. DH has to go to DD! again today and hopefully boiler will be repaired.

    Take care everyone and keep warm.
    • rosemac
    • By rosemac 8th Jan 18, 11:17 AM
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    Morning everyone. Frosty and really cold here. Had a fab dinner we all stuffed ourselves silly. Need to get back to normal now. Hope everybody is keeping warm. Wrap up well if you need to go out.
    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 8th Jan 18, 6:21 PM
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    good evening all
    was a very frosty morning here but sun popped out this
    afternoon now it's that's drizzly icy rain just started,

    thanks Alfie, loving again the pics/links/info today
    always good to hear of customs & traditions
    leanfun, your nieces wedding sounds lovely & glad you
    all had a great time
    hope DD's boiler is fixed now x

    not very good news our end unfortunately as having to
    wait on coroners report before we can do anything else.

    have a lovely evening all & as rose says keep warm x
    Please be a responsible pet owner & spay/neuter
    your pets,
    so many unwanted pets & not enough homes for them all sadly.

    • sheils6
    • By sheils6 8th Jan 18, 7:28 PM
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    hi everyone,

    Have had a lovely break. If anyone watched "Vera" last night they saw most of where we were! Did loads of walking and fair bit of shopping too.

    Alfie, we have been to South Shields several times - DH's favourite Indian is there and the beaches are wonderful. Think you maybe meant Tynmouth rather than Tyneside which is a large area in the North east. We walked to Tynmouth while we were in North Shields.

    Sorry you aren't getting things sorted out FF.

    Meal sounds great rose.

    Glad you had lovely time at the wedding leanfun.

    I saw my dad this afternoon and he is looking very well considering. Unfortunately things have not gone as well as we had hoped. He has to return in a few weeks to have a stent replaced as one is leaking. That will involve another operation of about 2hrs and another few days stay at Carlisle hospital. Obviously he is upset about this.
    On the bright side IHG hotels have a sale on on their App for members so finding a few more bargains. DS3 will be coming down on Sunday so we might book 2 nights up there and collect him on the way back
    There was a nice mug from PG Tips waiting on us when we got back. It had DS's initials on it. Must have put his on incase it came before Xmas.
    He is really pleased anyway. Off to watch Corrie now.

    sheils x
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    • rosemac
    • By rosemac 9th Jan 18, 7:44 AM
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    Morning peeps. Cannot believe how cold it is out there this morning. Was supposed to be a bit milder today but it is certainly not here. Pavements are thick with frost and ice and pretty dangerous as they have not been gritted since weekend. I am staying at home today unless some emergency comes up. Hope everyone is warm and well.
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 9th Jan 18, 8:41 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    Hope you're all ok - it's another chilly start to the day here
    too rose but thankfully no frost - just feeling raw. Brrrr!

    Hi sheils! Lovely to see you again! Sounds as if you had
    a wonderful break and yes - I watched 'Vera' t'other
    evening! Very well done on your PG Tips mug win!

    So sorry to hear that your Dad has to have another
    operation - hope all goes well. xx

    Hope your DD1s boiler was repaired yesterday leanfun -
    did you ever receive an apology from the firm after
    their shameful performance?

    Your nieces wedding sounds absolutely wonderful.
    Staying at the Fleet Premier Inn sounds ideal - excellent
    price too!

    Many thanks for passing on my links - I really love customs/
    traditions and find this site an absolute treasure trove -
    packed to the brim with info:

    Sorry to hear that you have to wait for the Coroners
    Report fire**fly. (((Hugs))) Thinking of you as
    always. xx

    Well I must play comp catch up today because I'm
    really falling way behind now!

    Have a lovely and lucky day all and please take care
    whatever your plans.

    Alfie xxx
    • sheils6
    • By sheils6 9th Jan 18, 8:56 AM
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    Good Morning,

    Heavy frost here too rose. DD and her bf are in Glasgow for a couple of nights (29 Premier Inn sale) and couldn't believe how cold it was the other night - they went back from pubs early as they were so cold in them! Then they found out they couldn't get their bedroom hot enough either. On the plus side they went to Loch Lomond and the scenery looked amazing.

    Thanks Alfie, poor dad not happy and goodness knows how long it will be before he can drive again, which isn't good at 84.
    I haven't manged many comps at all either.

    I gave in to temptation and have booked a night at Stirling and one at Glenrothes at weekend so we can pick DS3 up and bring him back for our late Xmas celebrations! We haven't swapped presents yet as he wanted to wait until he was here. These 2 bookings were nice and cheap in the sale and will earn me loads of bonus points that I can use for stays at more expensive places in the summer so win win situation!
    Always seem to find myself in Stirling and Edinburgh in January as they are expensive most of the time. Going to Edinburgh on 24th to see Miss Saigon which I am really looking forward to - used Ticketmaster win for it.
    Hope everyone has a lucky day.

    sheils x
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 9th Jan 18, 9:10 AM
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    Hello, just popping in to subscribe, nothing to report on the comps front, though have some free bits to review. Hope you are all well, and warm. Frozen puddles here last night, and my trike skated home from shopping. How grateful I was for his safe wheels, and that I didn't have to risk a fall on ice. He was a competition prize, others have been more valuable, but 'Rossa' was the best ever. Ever.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
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