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    • FairyPrincessk
    • By FairyPrincessk 21st Jun 13, 5:23 PM
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    FairyPrincessk
    Where I grew up the Tally Man was somebody who sold stuff on the never-never and came round to collect the money on a Fri night. Sometimes also called the Tick Man !
    Originally posted by mardatha
    That is what the inlaws said! They're native to the NW, so perhaps it was just a Liverpool thing.

    I think the pancakes will be lovely.

    It takes me a very, very long time to make close friends. I have one now in the UK. It was tough for a long time, and I think it will be tough again when she eventually moves on, as she has no long term plans to stay in the UK.
    • Bigjenny
    • By Bigjenny 21st Jun 13, 5:28 PM
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    Here is Donkey stone explained on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H4ehofV4E

    and a newspaper article http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/the-donkey-stone-is-still-in-step-1137378
    Last edited by Bigjenny; 21-06-2013 at 5:30 PM.
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    • tattycath
    • By tattycath 21st Jun 13, 5:30 PM
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    fairyprincess the pancakes sound lovely. that's good news about your neighbour.

    tattycath i was thinking the same thing just today - i have lots of acquaintances but no friends. I had a really good friend (or so i thought - maybe she wasn't!) who moved away. I always seemed to be the one who kept in touch, remembered her boys' birthdays, etc. he has MS which I understand is hard but a phone call or email would have been nice. eventually I gave up which is a shame especially as she is my ds2's godmother. She even defriended me on facebook I had another friend who I met via MsE and she also defriended me on facebook and dumped me as friend. Oh dear that doesn't make me sound very good does it. I am a nice person...honestly.
    Originally posted by bunbun2
    I'm sure you are a lovely person.
    I have friends from where I grew up but I hardly ever see them as they live so far away etc. I occasionally speak to them on the phone but I often feel I am the one making all the effort-apart from one friend who has been to see me since I moved.
    With the kids not needing to be taken to school etc anymore there doesn't seem to be a social opportunity to meet people.
    It would be nice to just meet up for coffee with a friend occasionally though.
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    • Nymphadora
    • By Nymphadora 21st Jun 13, 5:33 PM
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    Nymphadora
    Hello everyone

    Hope you don't mind me joining in.

    I am a long time lurker who has decided to join MSE to help me get sorted.

    I am married with 2 kids. Currently living in rented accommodation due to moving to a new area and wanted to wait till we were sure this is where we wanted to live before buying again.

    I gave up work a year ago as I couldn't cope with my fibro and working and keeping the house. So we have dipped into our savings a bit and need to top them back up if we are going to buy a house.

    My Grandmother (who sadly passed away 2 years ago) was very much a make do and mend kinda gal she was a fantastic baker who taught me everything she knew and I even if I do say so myself I am very good at it. What she never was able to teach me was sewing and knitting. When she passed her handwritten receipe book, sewing and knitting kit came to me. I also have her 60year old sewing machine that I haven't attempted to use in the 2 years I have had it.

    So I really want to get into the oldstyle type of life in part to keep the memory of my Granny alive and also to help us save money.

    The good news is I have got a new job very part time (2 days) and not stressful.

    So I hope I can join you all to seek/give advice and support when I can.
    • Popperwell
    • By Popperwell 21st Jun 13, 5:35 PM
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    I had another friend who I met via MsE
    Originally posted by bunbun2
    My friends are here and my new ones in Real Life were made via MSE. I talk to people and doing so often get a good response back, its a two way thing and rarely does it backfire.

    am a nice person...honestly.
    Originally posted by bunbun2


    I'm old enough to remember coal being delivered, rent men, insurance men calling for a weekly payment, delievery vans bringing meat and fruit and veg etc...
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    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 21st Jun 13, 5:35 PM
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    Glad your neighbour seems to be OK FPK. Some people have unconventional habits.

    A few days ago somebody was pounding on my door wanting to know when Mr X next door was going to be back? I mean, what am I, his mother?! Anyway, I always used to know him only by his first name so didn't recognise his surname but SuperGran did.

    His caller will have a long wait, Mr X was evicted months ago. I suspect he owes people money, it's often the reason when people aren't to be found where they're expected to be.

    Ooh, hello and welcome Nymphadora. Glad to have you aboard.
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  • Mrs Chip
    Yay. new thread!

    And a lot of nice new friends to play with!

    Are we going to name the three biddies in the picture?

    Now got six strawberry plants hanging on a pole... la la la la la!

    On a freecycle roll - just been offered a couple of barrows of well rotted compost from the local bowls club, and Sunday we pick up a old fridge from across the county to use as an overflow - I never seem to have enough space in the three we already have . To be fair, a lot of our stuff has to be kept chilled (even though most stuff would be fine) because they are for the business, so not all me!

    We will need to borrow Mr Next Door's car and Mr Over-The-Roads trailer so taking Mr &Mrs Next-Door for a Chinese lunch before we collect. We will also pop into two very nice farm shops, at one in particular I am hoping to be able to raid their plastic mushroom tray mountain - they are so useful for pots in the garden.

    Have a lovely evening everyone!
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    • tattycath
    • By tattycath 21st Jun 13, 5:41 PM
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    Does anyone use a yoghurt maker pls? I've just bought one today and am in the process of making some yoghurt-thoughts as opinions welcome.
    TIA
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    • Popperwell
    • By Popperwell 21st Jun 13, 5:47 PM
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    Popperwell
    I'd give it a go but as the local SM seems to reduce yogurt every week and I am single that seems the easy option. Me eating yogurt

    I should be in the sunshine but am resting listening to easy music on the radio...and thinking of foodstill have approx 300 calories to play with...
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  • Sweet Pea Cottage
    Hello and welcome to Sweet Pea Cottage, newly emerged on the end of the last thread. So pleased that you have a lottie now and so close - mine is 1.25 miles away. Just a teeny tiny bit envious of that. And how lovely to have rescued a pooch as well. What flavour is s/he?

    We have talking lurchers on here (well typing lurchers, terrible spelling tho) and other dogs have been known to contribute as well.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    She is a Podengo (rescued from Portugal) crossbreed. Eats anything (very OS) and likes to sleep a lot
  • Mrs Chip
    Does anyone use a yoghurt maker pls? I've just bought one today and am in the process of making some yoghurt-thoughts as opinions welcome.
    TIA
    Originally posted by tattycath
    I have one - the round flat type with little pots, I love it, HM yoghurt is lovely!
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    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 21st Jun 13, 5:54 PM
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    fuddle
    I've heard of scrubbing the step but not donkey stone. We had an orange paint on our door step when I was little. I don't know whether thy was the cardinal a few of you speak of but it chipped like crazy.

    I've never tried a yoghurt maker but have made Hugh Fernley wotshisface recipe for radiator yoghurt. It's just plain but scrummy over fruit and a drizzle of honey.

    Welcome all our new friends!

    Edit: has anyone heard if HFW is making any new homely type TV series? Some kind soul told us on another thread - SHTF I think - that war time farm makers are doing a Tudor series for the autumn, so looking forward to that
    Last edited by fuddle; 21-06-2013 at 5:57 PM.
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    Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf.
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    • tattycath
    • By tattycath 21st Jun 13, 5:59 PM
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    tattycath
    I have one - the round flat type with little pots, I love it, HM yoghurt is lovely!
    Originally posted by Mrs Chip
    Thanks.
    I bought my yoghurt maker today (new to me-only cost 4 and it was still boxed with instructions) and it has 6 little pots in it.
    I like plain yoghurt with cereal.
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    • Pollybear
    • By Pollybear 21st Jun 13, 6:08 PM
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    Pollybear
    Hello A new thread seems a good time for me to post. I am a long time lurker on this and a couple of other threads but don't really have anything to contribute. I'm 60, married for 40 years, three grown up children (and my first grandchild due in September). Not as MSE as I should be but I like to read about it, and all your lives.

    Anyway, off to wash up now and then watch Miss Marple from last weekend. Back later
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 21st Jun 13, 6:17 PM
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    JackieO
    I was brought up in the east end of London where it was almost mandatory to whiten your doorstep and God help any children who marked it.My Mum would put the boiler on first thing Monday morning for the washing, then go out and do her step, after having the family at home over the weekend she wanted to make sure that no one in the street could say her step wasn't the whitest Down would come the net curtains as well and they were dumped in a big tin bath of cold water to get the dirt out first. She would hand wash these in Lux soap flakes then starch them with Robin starch and they would be back up at the windows by teatime.To her a clean doorstep and spotless nets meant a clean house.She was a stickler for cleanliness and scoured everything in sight, including the odd child if you got in her way when she was busy
    Monday morning was always washday, and then as the range was lit for the water she would bake afterwards, cakes for the week.To come home from school on a Monday afternoon the smell of clean washing and rock cakes cooking take me back over 60 years.She scrubbed almost anything that could be scrubbed and the lino was washed and dried with the big mop that came in a round tin from the Kleen-ezze-man.The tally man did visit our street but my mum would never buy anything that she didn't have the cash for in her purse.Lots of folk down our street did though and nine times out of ten it would end up in the 'pop' shop (the pawnbrokers) as it often went backwards and forwards for most of the time that folk owned it.One neighbour of ours Auntie Floss had a piano that was regularly trundled down to 'uncles' to be pawned along with at times her OHs best suit.The best suit was only used for weddings and funerals anyway and rarely worn.She wasn't a real Auntie but everyone called her that and she would help bring babies into the world and for half a crown lay you out if you were departing from it
    No one had much money and doors were rarely locked as so few folk had anything worth stealing
    Kids were always looked after though and it didn't matter much if you fell over someone if not your mum someone elses would pick you up and give you a cuddle and if your lucky a biscuit and you'd carry on playing Only one car in our street and that belonged to a very quiet man who I think was in the civil service.His wife and children kept to themselves and my Mum thought she was no better than the rest of us .It proved true when the woman took off with the two kids and an insurance man who came round to collect weekly payments.The Husband went to the local pub and got roaring drunk and sat on his doorstep after being chucked out of the pub crying his eyes out,I had never seen a grown man cry before and found it rather intriguing .My mum bless her, made him a cuppa and took him into our house for a chat
    We kids were very interested, but wern't allowed to hear what she said, but he did go home eventually and seemed to get over his wife pushing off after awhile Life was lived in full in our street and there were very few secrets from your neighbours.
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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 21st Jun 13, 6:23 PM
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    Hello all! Lost the plot quite some time ago with the old thread; I did try to catch up several times but never made it all the way through to the end! So will try to keep up a bit better with this one. Busy though, working towards a big Event next month & generally flying about like crazy, but I'm pleased to say I have carved out enough time for a spot of foraging, preserving & home-brewing lately. Hopefully a bit of jam-making over the weekend, too - after visiting the jumble sale!
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    • EstherH
    • By EstherH 21st Jun 13, 6:23 PM
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    Mrs Fuddle! I am shocked, shocked. I thought it was a northern thing, but mebbe it was NW not NE.

    I was told about this by pals who are expatriate Lancastrians who are about 60-ish. It was already a bit old-fashioned in their childhood, sort of rubbing the donkeystone over the front step titivate it.

    Here's a Wiki

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_stone


    There, never let it be said that I have not delved deeply into the Trivia Mines to fetch nuggets of randomness to the surface to share with y'all.
    Originally posted by GreyQueen
    It's definitely something that happened in the North West, don't know about anywhere else. The pictures great. Looks like my mum and gran and they donkey stoned the step. Esther x
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    • nan2many
    • By nan2many 21st Jun 13, 6:30 PM
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    I too have lurked for a very long time, I had a breakdown 3 years ago and you lot brought me back to me. I have cried, laughed and worried with you all, but you are a lifeline and a tonic to so many so keep up the good work. Bless you all. I too wish I could send Fuddle some elderflowers, our trees here are literally dripping with them'
    • Possession
    • By Possession 21st Jun 13, 6:30 PM
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    Possession
    Welcome Nymphadora Nan2many and Pollybear!
    Tattykath when I was a child my parents always had a pot of yoghurt on the go (in a flask, don't think yoghurt makers had been invented), just as they always saved the cooking fat for roast potatoes, etc etc. It's only now I realise how OS they were, but when they first started out they weren't at all well off so had to make do and mend along with lots of others I guess.
    Last week I made cauliflower cheese as a meal not a side, with a slice of bread to go with it as I remember having as a child. When I think back, most of our meals were made very cheaply. We sometimes had cheesy cabbage too. My DCs enjoyed it so if you can get a good deal on cheese (or use a packet I guess) it's a cheap meal to do.
    Last edited by Possession; 21-06-2013 at 6:33 PM.

    • Popperwell
    • By Popperwell 21st Jun 13, 6:33 PM
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    Thanks.
    I bought my yoghurt maker today (new to me-only cost 4 and it was still boxed with instructions) and it has 6 little pots in it.
    I like plain yoghurt with cereal.
    Originally posted by tattycath
    At that price I don't blame you...I think I would've. I tend to eat my yogurts like you and at breakfast time either with fruit or cereal etc...
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