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    • COOLTRIKERCHICK
    • By COOLTRIKERCHICK 4th Oct 14, 10:37 AM
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    Daydream fund challenge part 4
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    • 4th Oct 14, 10:37 AM
    Daydream fund challenge part 4 4th Oct 14 at 10:37 AM
    back in march 2009. this thread started, as I had daydreamed of having a smallholding for far too many years than I can remember.. since then, we are now on our 4th new thread.. and have a nice bunch of mse'rs who are at various stages of their dream... even if you ream is to have a plot of land, or a house with a nice garden.. join in, all are welcome..


    here are the links to the other 3 threads
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=1544047&highlight=daydream
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    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4651793&highlight=daydream
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    • choille
    • By choille 14th Sep 18, 3:17 PM
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    choille
    Dave - you are amazingly active & busy.

    I know what you mean about visitors We had some to come this w/e but they aren't now as they got a soaking on one of the isles and their tent ripped in two so they've slunk back over the border.

    I started to prepare for them but was a bit grumpy as it meant moving tons of stuff so they could camp out on the kitchen floor & they have two dogs. I love them all dearly but it would be better when we have upstairs finished & we are both in better health. So quite relieved but guiltily so.
    Been hacking down trees - little ones that are out front & trying to grab back the view. Loads of sprag to die back & burn. It's everywhere but will stack it for a bon fire soon - or later on.

    Varnished some stools I got out of B&Q - been dithering about stools & not that enamoured with what's on offer - all these chrome & faux leather ones everywhere, so got three plain wooden ones & have given them three coats of satin varnish & they do look good - even if I say so myself.

    I have skirting boards to paint before they go on - easier to do them off, but it's making space upstairs to do so.

    Must walk Collie wobble as he's becoming angsty. Windy here with heavy showers but bright btw times.

    Neighbour is liking the care home so I think she will stay. It is making things easier for me as I felt she couldn't be left on her own. They offered no home care - It was a revelation how cut back everything has become.
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 14th Sep 18, 10:42 PM
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    well vet result on mini Shetland ... not brilliant "
    he is aprox 7/8 yrs old and has always had a teeny tiny bow to his front leg. he has obviously hurt his knee somehow and the swelling has caused the knee to bow more as he hasn't been weight bearing ,, very complicated but gist is its not curable only manageable. so he cant be on very hard ground or if he keeps jarring it , it will keep swelling ! he is ok confined ie not racing about ... so come winter and softer ground should be better . just have to sort him on soft ground next year ??
    poor old nelly [another mini ] had her teeth sorted today ... vet gave her a sedative and put her head on a big chin rest thing so he can see in ... it was so funny to see her , legs splayed and just about holding herself up whilst I swear she had a smile on her face !!
    if only the vet wasn't THE most handsomest of vets ... id probably be wealthier


    ive volunteered to be a home checker for the saving saints charity [st bernards] got my first one tomorrow !!
    I WILL get my own saint B when I am able ... always been my dream dog !


    think that's all !
    sorry to hear you cant don ladies clothes and makeup dave
    but then if you have offered to store them at your place ??


    glad your neighbour seems happy and settled and looked after well , choille


    have a good weekend peeps
    • choille
    • By choille 15th Sep 18, 12:10 AM
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    St Bernards are lovely but a bit dim sometimes. I worked for a farmer who went to buy one but it had jumped through a patio door - it was okay but the farmer decided against it as it was laid flat out on a three seater settee & looked like it would be hard to shift.

    Dave will miss all that cross dressing but as you say Alfie he's gonna have a shed filled with ladies clothes so that'll keep him busy.

    Shame that the panto is folding - you put a lot into it Dave - shouldn't take the mickey really.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 15th Sep 18, 7:34 AM
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    Shame that the panto is folding - you put a lot into it Dave - shouldn't take the mickey really.
    Originally posted by choille


    I didn't put as much in as others involved in production, costumes and scenery. They're the real stars.

    However, there was a kind of perfect storm over the past two years, with many of the above leaving the village, devoting themselves to something else, or just getting older and needing a break. For those at the sharp end, normal life was disrupted for 4 months each year, and some, who'd seen 15-20 years of the same nonsense, probably didn't find it fun any more. Me, I'd just turn up and act.

    Village dynamics might change again in a year or two. The current crew are mostly getting a bit long in the tooth...says he, pushing 70!
    A garden is never so good as it will be next year....
    • lucielle
    • By lucielle 15th Sep 18, 8:28 AM
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    Wow you've all been really busy, I feel like a real lazy mare in comparison!


    Currently having a new kitchen fitted so everywhere is in chaos. Should be finished on Wednesday then the dreaded painting starts.


    Went to a lawnmower dealer meeting last week and got another one this week. A couple of freebies to cheer us up.


    After we were subjected to mandate fraud I contacted the Guardian Paper, they've been in touch but weren't hopeful we'd get the dosh back. Sigh!


    Went to walk Scafell Pike but the weather didn't play ball so took my friend out instead.


    Got invited to a hunt ball tonight, so frantically trying to sort out something to wear.
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 15th Sep 18, 9:30 AM
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    After we were subjected to mandate fraud I contacted the Guardian Paper, they've been in touch but weren't hopeful we'd get the dosh back. Sigh!
    Originally posted by lucielle
    T'was only yesterday I blasted A*a*zon for asking me how something I hadn't consciously bought had turned out. Spent half an hour double checking accounts, then realised it might be that I bought a CD about 5 years ago that 'enrolled' me. Still don't know.

    A couple of months back, someone set up a Netflix account on DW's card, which had never been used for any on-line transactions, only one over the 'phone to a well-known company and otherwise had hardly been used. I scan every monthly statement properly now.

    Mind you, we got a refund from the bank and Netflix, so we made a profit!
    A garden is never so good as it will be next year....
    • lucielle
    • By lucielle 15th Sep 18, 2:26 PM
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    I wish ours would get paid back but I think we're whistling in the wind
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    • choille
    • By choille 15th Sep 18, 2:37 PM
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    Lucielle - That is bad with the fraud thing. Really sorry to hear that.

    I had a phone call today from a with held No - foriegn sounding saying they'd heard I'd been in an accident - put the phone down when OH asked them to repeat what they'd said.

    Thing is I'm ex directory so I don't know if they just random dial but they did have my name.

    Man coming to look at a tup I have for sale. Raining & dull - midgied so not doing much outdoors today.

    My backs bad just now so I walk like a hunchy back.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 20th Sep 18, 1:14 AM
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    Visitors are here now from USA and jet-lagged, so normal life will cease for a few days as we pretend our life here is normal....if you see what I mean!

    At the weekend, we finally managed to sow half of 'Afghanistan' with grass and some nice, steady rain has been watering it in since.

    Apart from shopping for a month on Monday, I've entered the marathon of sorting the nursery plants to overwinter and kill the blooming vine weevil grubs. Loads of seeds coming up and trying to get lots of shrub cuttings in too.

    Otherwise, trying to cut grass which now won't acknowledge that it's autumn, but the trees seem to be turning early.....
    A garden is never so good as it will be next year....
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 20th Sep 18, 1:28 AM
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    Ah, I'm not the only one up late. Just trundling on here, not much progress on the house, as there's too much to do on the land and with the animals. The size of the place means that the more we get done, the more time it takes to keep it done, just doing the routine stuff. There's precious little time left for real improving jobs. But, progress is being made, albeit slowly.

    At least the animals are looking content, the hedges are getting better, despite the drought, and some of the fields are getting good grazing and flower margins. The rest, we don't mention.

    Ribs are getting better, just don't poke me in the side, or I shriek... I haven't broken a bit of myself for over a month now... overdue, I'd say.

    I always have been a clumsy ####
    • choille
    • By choille 20th Sep 18, 1:47 AM
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    Well, we are all at it - stay up laters!

    Been horrendous weather here today - torrential rain & storms. Split a willow tree I'd planted a few years back. Hacked off the ripped limbs but most of the tree is still okay & being a willow it will not do it any harm.

    Got a lovely phone call from Alfie - so that was really nice.

    Made apple jelly which is rather good. The upstairs is making progress with some electrics getting done & a coat of paint in the L/R. Doors hung but Howden's sent the wrong bits & bobs so that is annoying when you live in the middle of nowhere - still they did offer a good reduction to mollify us.

    The sheep are looking good & hopefully I will have sold a tup on friday but may have him until November as the chappie is short on fields. It's just a matter of catching him so he can give him a good looking at - teeth & billocks - all present & correct but if he wants to look he can help catch him!

    Glad the visitors have arrived dave & you sound always busy bee.

    Dafty hope you aren't over doing it but sounds like you are & are busy bee too.
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 20th Sep 18, 7:20 AM
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    Given I'm up and have done the animals, I probably am overdoing it. But I do that for a week, then turn into a slug for the next week. Always been thus.
    C. Sorry your weather was carp; all we had was beautiful high winds and blue skies with the occasional fluffy cloud. Stunning.

    Toast! Coffee!! Then I can think...
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 20th Sep 18, 9:20 AM
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    Glad the visitors have arrived dave & you sound always busy bee.
    Originally posted by choille
    There's always plenty to occupy me, but my lack of speed is annoying and I can't believe how little I've achieved so far this year. The plants took up far too much time.



    Now, with much more rain forecast, I might get to squeeze a bit of fishing in....10 days left!


    We've booked the best local builder to do our main en-suite, so there's a good chance that'll be done, maybe. He was due to contact us 2 days ago......
    A garden is never so good as it will be next year....
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 21st Sep 18, 5:46 PM
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    well it appears to have rained every where but here !!
    we have had the wild wind but only the odd shower....
    desperately need it for the fields and garden..


    had the farrier yesterday to do some trims and I managed to catch RUBY !! I patted myself on the back and the farrier just laughed ...


    been picking up fallen apples for a local guy that makes cider .. he has just come back from cornwall and said the weather was dreadfull most of the time..


    I intended to do the pre winter de lousing treatment of all the horses tomorrow but that's when rain IS forecast !?
    I have to don decorators / forensic white suit and hood and face mask and then try and cover grumpy horses !
    friends granddaughter [8] wants to help me so ive got the smallest overall I can find but she will still be gathered up in binder twine to enable her to even move !
    ive never had/seen any lice but years ago I had one pony covered and it nearly killed it from anemia so I take no chances now..


    seems strange not doing my regular visits to pops mum has developed a flu'ey type cold which I think is where she has got run down and everything has culminated so am keeping an eye on her [much to her annoyance of course ]


    have a friend of my sons whos had her young children taken of to a eastern country by her husband and now finds out hes cashed in business and accounts and doesn't intend to return !! poor girl is beside herself. can only console her and help when asked ...


    right I had better get my aaarse in gear, feed the animogs and myself ..
    hope you all have a good weekend whatever the we'ver
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 21st Sep 18, 7:12 PM
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    Weather here has been mixed and windy, but the rain's mainly come at night, so we were able to get about with our guests yesterday and today. Did South Molton's market day and then walked in the forest for a couple of hours. River still low, but deluge promised for tomorrow. Our guests are off to Cornwall on the train then!

    Hens may be pedigree, but they're daft. They go in too late and can't get up on the perches. Then, when they lay, they pull our rubber egg out of the nest box onto the floor, make a nest in the shavings and lay alongside it!




    Still no word from builder.....
    A garden is never so good as it will be next year....
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 21st Sep 18, 7:20 PM
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    My builder has gone awol too Dave. Might need to find another one.
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 22nd Sep 18, 8:13 PM
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    I have just twigged maybe WHY our bathroom radiator towel rails have not been working !!
    not sure if I said but had a plumber [female one ] out a while back... she drained the system, replaced the control thingies and then said they still didn't work !!?? I DID say at the beginning that the pipe work was easier to get to via my bathrooms floor [previously lifted an area for another job] but NO not until defeat did she look there and declared it was on a separate system !
    away she went and left a 300 bill !
    recently when the hot water went off another plumber came and said there was 2 pumps on the emmersion tank and h got one working but
    one wasn't working so will be back to fix / replace this ...great .
    laying in the bath tonight it occurred to me that the towel rads are worked by pump no2 ??
    so what a waste of 300 !!! if im right


    we have RAIN ... since about 11am and hasn't stopped albeit not heavy ..
    didn't get to de louse the hoss's obviously
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 23rd Sep 18, 11:15 AM
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    Rain's due to end any time now, so someone had better tell it! We have a waterfall and stream again, so that means the water's into the soil properly and the river will stay good for a while.

    Our guests have left, moving on to relatives near the Outlaws, so DW's taking them there and then plans to spend a few days with her folks. Her Dad's memory problems are worse, allegedly, so she wants to know more.

    Discovered why I had the message from Amazon....Daft kids bought us music unlimited for a year with Alexa, but failed to say, so we didn't know or use it. What a bu99er!

    Our potential builder can't go awol, greenbee, as he's resident in the village. I expect it's just the Devon thing again; one Monday or Tuesday to visit 'dreckly' being as good as any other.....

    Two heating pumps? That's the sort of problem you get in a big, posh house, alfie!
    A garden is never so good as it will be next year....
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 23rd Sep 18, 12:05 PM
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    dave.... it was two houses knocked into one [years ago] so the system has to get round the equivelant of two !


    just light spitting in the wind today but done the power of good for the fields / garden etc .


    im having a slob day hence im wandering around with my red fluffy dressing gown on still !! fed the birds and even they stayed away till I left.... must have looked like a big post box coming at them
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 23rd Sep 18, 12:57 PM
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    Well, the first attempt at releasing FIL back into the wild failed, due to the stairs at his sister's house being too steep and, despite his outright lies, they insisted upon seeing his flat/midden. He couldn't open the door downstairs, the lift was broken and when OH (who had turned up, despite FIL claiming he couldn't come along for 'legal reasons') let the staff in, they were very clear that it wasn't safe for FIL or the people providing the six weeks' of care visits they fund.

    Extra bannisters are being fitted to the house stairs and they're aiming for Wednesday this week now.

    Himself is coming back for a gig the day after he's discharged and then returning to support his auntie and his sister.

    Which is completely understandable. Unlike his mother's logic, which is 'I'm going on holiday for six weeks in a fortnight. You have to leave by then because I won't be there'.

    I fail to see the logic when she's paranoid about burglars of leaving the cottage completely empty. Although he's also not allowed to switch the heating on despite getting absolutely soaked over the last couple of days, so she's probably thinking he might use some electricity or gas,and would rather come back (after spending THOUSANDS on this holiday) to find it damp, mouldy, freezing cold and quite possibly broken into, as long as she doesn't have to spend about thirty quid on him switching the lights on and not freezing to death.

    He's been offered the spare room at his sister's as a result.



    Oh, yes, and his sister has just mentioned to him that she owns a flat just over the Tamar and her tenants are due to leave in the summer. Might we be interested, she says?

    Silly question. It's a pretty village by the river, it has public transport (and a boat service in summer) and it avoids having to worry about credit checks and lettings agents. Plus, I expect to have a redundancy payment by then.


    Maybe not a permanent place (the hill is going to be an absolute pig if I'm ill, we'll need a car and we'll both have to work - I refuse to be the one waiting for a bus in winter whilst he stays indoors), but it would be a start for getting work, etc. And Himself is, other than not being with me/the cats/the circumstances, loving being back, making friends, reconnecting with people and doesn't really want to come back here; he's only doing it because I'm here.

    Scary thought. But if it happens, this could be my last year in the City.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
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