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    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 28th Oct 09, 9:14 AM
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    5 OS Pleasures in your Day Today part 2
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    • 28th Oct 09, 9:14 AM
    5 OS Pleasures in your Day Today part 2 28th Oct 09 at 9:14 AM
    Time for a shiny new thread The old one had got to 4500 odd posts which amounts to 22,500 OS pleasures (at least) It's so good to know that the OS life can be so rewarding.

    I'll kick off the new thread.

    1) Homemade bread and marmalade for breakfast.

    2) A walk over the Malvern Hills to blow away the cobwebs.

    3) Drying the washing outside- still, in October.

    4) Watching mydaughter making a game out of sweeping the leaves with her friends.

    5) The prospect of collecting a big order of meat from the butcher this morning and having my freezer full for less.
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    • Purple kitten
    • By Purple kitten 14th Jul 17, 7:38 PM
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    Purple kitten
    Skint, a puppy, I missed that post congrats..

    1 Worked at home, catching up, a pleasure not to do the motorway on a Friday and claw 3 plus hours back. Also in my ultra-organised way, I worked last night to complete a deliverable.

    2 Lunch was the leftover chicken wrap of yesterday!!!8217;s lunch that I didn!!!8217;t get a chance to eat, it was tasty, and read 4 pages of a book.

    3 A few more loads of washing done, though I have used the tumble dryer for 1 load as the line and indoor areas are full.

    4 I have just gone through the rather full freezer to list out and meal plan, as we are eating less I had lost track of what we have in, I scribbled down and on the front of the freezer now. Tonight!!!8217;s food was be pesto spaghetti with ham, grated carrot and peas, a pleasure to be organised.

    5 So many flutterbyes and bumbles in the garden, so far tonight I!!!8217;ve dead headed 32 pots of plants. And started weeding the small patch that is away from the animals and so far that is a whole wheelbarrow brimming over, and various stings, so it isn!!!8217;t finished. DH has strimmed the whole garden, and now has the mower in pieces to discover the broken part is prohibitively expensive, sadly he/we have an £1200 dental bill that takes priority over the lawn.
    Last edited by Purple kitten; 14-07-2017 at 7:43 PM.
    • mhagster
    • By mhagster 14th Jul 17, 8:44 PM
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    Quick question

    Making mince pies today in advance of our Christmassy morning tea next week.

    Make,bake, freeze or make, freeze, bake next week?

    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 14th Jul 17, 9:27 PM
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    make freeze bake according to these two
    Auntie Beeb

    and Good Housekeeping

    although it may depend on how may pie pans you have, as the pasty can't cook and hold its shape...

    Happy extra Christmas!
    • Frith
    • By Frith 14th Jul 17, 9:30 PM
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    Make, bake, eat.

    Make some more just before then don't eat those!

    Pleasures for today (Friday, and not a moment too soon).

    1) Not a bad sleep.

    2) Smaller son had a reasonable day at school.

    3) Did some work on the allotment, tidying and weeding. Hens well.

    4) Made courgette, chard and cheese omelettes for lunch.

    5) Went for a drive after lunch (bigger son and me) but could not get any hen bedding. (We order it from the British Hen Welfare Trust but something has gone wrong with their deliveries this week).

    Anyway, finally stopped in Art Deco cinema town (VJsmum) and popped into the big farming store. Nothing there but they had had 2 trial sacks of chopped hay, dropped off by a rep - and they gave us one for nothing!!

    6) Cleaned the hens out and put new hay in their sleeping run.

    7) Bigger son is at work. Smaller son and I have just come back from his football practice. Smaller son is going to need more physiotherapy. He had some years ago as the muscles in the back of his legs are too tight. Same has happened again so he can't sit on the grass with the other players as he can't get back up again! He couldn't run for the last 20 minutes as his legs hurt so much tonight.

    8) Popped into Sainsburys for post football food and got a globe artichoke reduced to 10p and 2 very vigorous oregano plants, each at 15p.

    9) In bed with a cup of tea ready to watch the Last Leg.
    Odd fact: the inventor of nominative determinism was called Trevor Nominative - Determinism. :-)
    • house elf
    • By house elf 14th Jul 17, 10:17 PM
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    house elf

    More recent pleasures......

    School production was very good. So much typecasting! A triumph!

    Getting somewhere with my list of 'stuff' to finish before the end of term. May even be finished before the end of term!

    Making progress with last assignment of my Uni work.

    Trip to IKEA to get some furniture for school. It was in stock this time Then struggled to fit DS2 and furniture into back of the car. Had to get him a milkshake from McDonalds as a bribe to sit with 3 boxes on his head! (DH and I had ice creams to keep him company ).

    Craft class was usual mix of lively chit chat and people watching. Decorating a straw bag with flamingoes for the beach.

    Money off coupons in W and T. (Small victories).

    Someone has bid on the trampoline on eBay.

    Synchro Mums - 'Changing the world one sequin at a time' Lady GaGa
    'We have more in common than that which divides us.' Jo Cox
    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 15th Jul 17, 9:33 AM
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    Had a great holiday, relaxing and recharged the batteries.
    Drive to work on Monday and my back went into spasm so have been off work and on painkillers.

    1. Feeling in much less pain and reduced painkillers I'm on. Thank goodness for being seen quickly in A and E.

    2. Managed to eat ok as had frozen enough fish pies, shepherd's pie etc to last the week.

    3. Managed to get mending done as doesn't take much concentration.

    4. Picked some flowers from the garden so are cheerful.

    5. Some nice texts from friends.

    Found some not bad as i thought as most of the week was a blur.
    Last edited by villagelife; 15-07-2017 at 9:52 AM.
    • Kittikins
    • By Kittikins 15th Jul 17, 9:47 AM
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    OMG Frith, what a horrible, cruel, evil b1tch that teacher was!! My blood is boiling at reading what she said to your DS.

    1. Have had a blissful 4 soirees chez Chap, my own mini-break, despite both of us working each day.

    2. DD came back last night from her first ever foreign school trip. She texted me all the way through telling me she was missing me like mad, which worried me a bit as I hoped she wasn't terribly homesick, but turns out she had an AMAZING time but did miss her mummy cuddles

    3. Had some great early morning swims.

    4. This week of school flew by with the meet your new class morning (yay, they seem rather cute), final rehearsals and evening performances of the play. The children were fabulous, especially when they coped brilliantly with the computer deciding to shut itself down half way through, meaning no music or sound effects for about 10 minutes!

    5. Chap was given some scrumptious courgettes from a friend of his.

    6. We took advantage of a special Thai curry deal to have an amazing dinner, nomnom.

    7. Went to see the flat I was desperate to buy - location and room sizes were perfect; the damp and rotten door weren't....and the seller's glib comments of how he's been trying to get the housing association to fix both for over 6 months to no success, but if I get a letter from them confirming that they'll do the work, and everything will be hunky dory just didn't quite cut it with me! The search continues.....

    8. Chap was the talk of the classroom after he earned all the credits for them to ensure they could have their end of year party! He came in on one of the play nights and did some furniture shifting and other bits - so earned a credit for moving furniture, another for emptying out the rubbish from it before hand, etc etc. He also drew Garfield's canine friend on the whiteboard, and is apparently a "really good drawer" He has been paid in thank you messages on the board and a couple of lovely letters. How cute!!
    • Purple kitten
    • By Purple kitten 15th Jul 17, 8:01 PM
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    Purple kitten
    1 The animals helped me clear up the grass cuttings by running through them.
    2 Dinner was hot chicken wraps with turmeric rice.
    3 Popped to lidl for small shop, turkey mince for lasagne, milk and banana’s.
    4 I tried to clean out the pond a little but with literally verging on 100’s of baby newts I left it alone.
    5 I just meal planned, and then re meal planned to make it more appetising.

    I’ve a few things on my mind and this thread is helping, I am worried about DH, he is in more and more pain, I am getting him to the docs next week, hoping we can get to the bottom of it.
    • Frith
    • By Frith 15th Jul 17, 11:50 PM
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    Chap sounding like a good, er...chap, Kittikins!

    Pleasures for today (Saturday)

    1) Not a bad sleep.

    2) Toast and hm damson and blackberry jam for breakfast.

    3) My brother and his dog popped in.

    4) Cleaning - bathroom, turtle tank, kitchen, 3 loads of washing...

    5) Hens OK.

    6) Did some work towards an interview I have on Wednesday...

    7) Made soup for tea plus plenty for the freezer.

    8) Bigger son has just phoned from work (local pub kitchen) which ended abruptly this evening as it was a little bit on fire

    A pan caught on the stove and somehow this set fire to something behind the stove and the flames were then sucked up by the extractor fan! One lady burned her hand (slightly) dealing with it, it was put out with a fire extinguisher then they evacuated due to the smoke.
    Odd fact: the inventor of nominative determinism was called Trevor Nominative - Determinism. :-)
    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 16th Jul 17, 7:40 AM
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    Good day yesterday. Virtually no painkillers.

    1. Managed to dry washing on the line.

    2. Put together some more of flat pack furniture. A bookcase with drawers. Only doing small amounts at a time as I hate building flatpack furniture.

    3. Enjoyed being in the garden. Flowers are looking good and veg is growing well. Courgettes are starting to produce lots.

    4. Listening to the church bells. There must have been a wedding at both of the churches i can hear the bells for about half an hour apart.

    5. Managed to do some gardening without to much of a detrimental effect on my back. Weeding where I knelt bending forward was a great position for my back and sort of how I've been sitting all week.

    6. Saw 42nd Street which was excellent. Tickets had been booked a while ago and I has thought earlier in the week that I wouldn't be able to go.
    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 16th Jul 17, 8:19 AM
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    Glad you got to see your show VL

    Some recent pleasures,

    Finished book (Nocturnal Animals) can't say it made me want to see the film, suspect too violent.

    Good haul in local CS for more reading material, bedside table replenished.

    Cycled into village for jelly as had hankering and hit local store just as YS bargains went out, good job bike has a big basket!

    Lovely day out at the races with Capt S and youngest hollow-legged SS, Gentlemans Day at the July meeting, my favourite meet we managed a good few winners between us including the lovely Roly Poly and came home up on the day.

    Stood at kitchen sink when a sparrow hawk hit the bird table after the young birds, the table is against the hedge so they scrambled to safety, the hawk sat on our lawn for a few seconds then took off, beautiful but deadly.
    • house elf
    • By house elf 16th Jul 17, 10:22 AM
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    house elf


    1. Trip to town for holiday shorts for DS2. Primark had lots of choice.
    2. Got 2 Xmas presents in House of Fraser sale. Also, a cardigan and jumper greatly reduced.
    3. Used coupon in JL for free tea and cake. DH and I shared the cake and had extra pot of water, so free for both of us!!!!!
    4. Trip to Waities with coupons got £38 shop down to £17.
    5. HM burgers for tea, used up half empty packets from the freezer etc. Making space! Yummy tea.
    6. Finished up cycling straw bag into holiday beach bag. Decorated with flamingoes.
    7. Face time with DD.
    8. DH tried on a linen jacket in JL........ Found it on EBay for 1/4 of the price. BNWT! Bought it. ( Why can't I be that lucky?).

    Happy that I have managed more than 5 for a change.
    Last edited by house elf; 16-07-2017 at 1:48 PM.
    Synchro Mums - 'Changing the world one sequin at a time' Lady GaGa
    'We have more in common than that which divides us.' Jo Cox
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 16th Jul 17, 1:21 PM
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    1) Found my new 'approach shoes' for the holiday in Cotswold Camping this morning, same style as I have (and have had for the past 4 years) now and they're indestructible and very comfortable.

    2) Lovely coffee out at a garden centre on the way home.

    3) Found a really comfortable top for the cooler months in the clothing bit of the garden centre, size 12 perfect fit.....25% off!

    4) Visited the food hall and found some bargains in the butchery, no meat just some samosas and onion bhagees.

    5) The figs are ripening on my garden tree, we unpotted him last autumn and this is the first crop I've had to ripen in 3 years, got two lovely just ready ones to pick tomorrow for He Who Knows to take one each to the girls, though I think the Zebra child might get that one, he loves them!
    Last edited by MrsLurcherwalker; 16-07-2017 at 2:33 PM.
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • Kittikins
    • By Kittikins 16th Jul 17, 1:30 PM
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    1. Lovely end of term night out, with Chap Wore a new to me top last night and felt lovely in it. Sat outside at the do and enjoyed the riverside views and lots of lovely chats.

    2. Cheap end of term night out! Way under budget, possibly because I was a numpty and forgot to add Chap on to my car insurance in time so drank water and diet coke all night....

    3. Got some YS goodies in MrT's this morning on the way home, bought the dog's Christmas present, lol. (The dog of the day tends to get a book as they are usually on a specialist diet and woe betide anyone who tries to go off piste with treats!!)

    4. Have scored some prescription medicine that my dad has just been taken off but which I still take Rather than take it to the pharmacy to be destroyed, it's come upstairs with me to save me a prescription fee!!

    5. Had a sweet time at the school fete yesterday, saw most of my class but also found out that another one is leaving for a new school Thankfully, it's DD's school, so I'll probably still see her at drop off and pick up times!
    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 16th Jul 17, 2:28 PM
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    Blackbeard of Perranporth
    Put on a decent show ...
    5 Ran up norff yesterday, to Steels Corner House. Three courses. Demolished. Prawn in filo pastry and salad. Jumbo haddock and chips. Strawberry jelly and ice cream. Tum well rubbed. Tea was also drunk.

    4 Went to BoPsie reunion thing. Class of 83. Good crop, but I got the cream!

    3 Drove back and Raffles was mega, his throat has been cut and there was only crumbs in his bowl.

    2 Day. Made steak mince pie and two rhubarb crumbles. Lumpy custard will be served.

    More to do again!
    Commemorate Celebrate Inspire
    #RAF100 A century of service!
    • Skint yet Again
    • By Skint yet Again 16th Jul 17, 6:02 PM
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    Skint yet Again
    Villiagelife I hope your back pain eases soon

    Frith - another close escape for bigger son after school bus fire !

    Friday / Saturday / sunday pleasures

    1. managed to wash and then lay the purple slate onto my border. Membrane was already laid by DP's. Looks nice but very messy job washing it off on the patio before use !

    2. went to church fete and got a brand new black handbag for £1 just like the ones I was looking at buying in Matalan for £10
    Also won some banana beer on the tombola - not sure what to do with that as DS and I don't like beer.

    3. had an evening out with friends and came home with change from a tenner ! Lovely to catch up with friends and have a laugh

    4. lovely lie in this morning till 9am and bacon sarnie for breakfast

    5. a lazy afternoon laid in front of the tv - resting my back ! I used an old beach bucket and spade to move the slate was as much as I could manage to lift !
    Balance 0% credit card to pay £768.73. £600 649.37
    • Frith
    • By Frith 16th Jul 17, 9:07 PM
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    Pleasures for today (Sunday)

    1) A lie in!

    2) Listened to the Archers whilst hoovering then steaming the floors downstairs.

    3) Hens well.

    4) Made Jack Monroe's falafels.

    5) Watched bits of Wimbledon plus the introduction of the next Dr Who.
    Odd fact: the inventor of nominative determinism was called Trevor Nominative - Determinism. :-)
    • ampersand
    • By ampersand 16th Jul 17, 9:28 PM
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    It all just disappeared from a seafront bench in Ostend.
    One more try:-)

    1. & is in and out of Belgium and France every day.

    2. & is in and out of sea lapping Belgium and France every day.

    3. Mamselle Meriva will tell you. & is overloading her with trouvailles. So many vide-greniers, so many fêtes du villages, so many bals dansants, so many simple happinesses, cameo moments of family lives and small sandy accidents and silly fun and summer music. The juillet 14 spectacle du soir, very homespun and hastily put together, was a case in point, but it worked too, for all ages. Wonderful to be all singing vintage chansons under the fading light, then wandering in a few imperceptible thousands down to the beach to await the 1st sky rocket, whoosh! and up and bursting Aaaah!s over the sea.......
    This was all at Bray-Dunes. & was beside a family of 5 (3 young rugby sons). Maman and Papa both coach and 3 of their Lille Club women currently rep. France! - twins + 1. Papa trained them from 8years old. Très fières, tous deux and Maman aussi svelte, belle et chic, bien sûr :-)

    4. Deliberately re-reading Martin Walker's "Black Diamond", which somehow fits.

    5. The Spookymen's recording of In My Room, done in &'s frequent St C + J, has reached & in Belge:-))). Families promenading late. Might head back to read some more, I think. New arrival at far end of bench is a Lithuanian papa using mob., doing face2face duck noises with v. small daughter and much love and laughter pouring both ways in their voices.
    &has another bird with broken wings sharing room... No, won't let self become over-involved. Have just listened and voiced some simple obviousnesses. Flamand français, identical but had forgotten 'septante', au lieu de 'soixante-dix'

    Bop - lovely bopsie truth from you, not that we didn't know:-)
    Hit Send &, stop faffing.
    Bonne nuit, as it beautifully is here, waves soft shlooshing just out there.
    Last edited by ampersand; 17-07-2017 at 2:26 AM. Reason: Wretched auto-INcorrect AND it's after 2230h here, not wot Mse says
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    • Frith
    • By Frith 16th Jul 17, 10:07 PM
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    Belgian French?

    I had a chat on a ferry (in German) with a lady whose first language I never quite worked out. Something spoken in the Far East of Germany, sounded like "Norse" when she named it.
    Odd fact: the inventor of nominative determinism was called Trevor Nominative - Determinism. :-)
    • ampersand
    • By ampersand 17th Jul 17, 2:25 AM
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    Français flamand plutôt, Frith - and broken wings young mum of 3 has just left, with all possessions. It's a bit past 3 bells here. Her OH has promised not to sleep with, stay with, be with a.n.other (who also has children.
    Met in a boîte de nuit depuis 3mois) etc.etc....

    I hope and pray for her.... for them all.
    So, now wide awake@0324h.....
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    'It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere' François-Marie AROUET

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