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    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
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    Upsidedown Bear
    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread
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    • 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread 29th Oct 15 at 2:22 PM
    Hello lovely alphabettys old and new and welcome to the new Alphabetty thread



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    Everyone is welcome whether or not you have previously posted
    We are very friendly so please say hello





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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Feb 18, 9:29 PM
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    Pyxis
    Day 11 crisp free

    Day 41 alcohol free

    And cracks are beginning to show
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Don't crack! You can do it!

    Hang on in there!


    It's just today;it'll be better tomorrow!

    Remember, cravings only last about 6 minutes so during that time, do something else......make a pot of tea, put some music on, get your stuff ready do tomorrow!

    You've done really well, so keep going!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 12th Feb 18, 6:32 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys
    I hope you're all well and raring to go on this thoughtful
    and glorious Monday!





    12-16 FEBRUARY 2018



    For Go Green Week 2018, People & Planet are supporting students
    across the UK to escalate the movement for climate justice.

    We’re demanding that banks stop financing fossil fuel extraction
    which drives the climate crisis and reproduces colonial injustices.
    Students are demanding that Barclays – the dirtiest UK high-street
    bank - ditch all fossil finance to kickstart a global shift away from
    the economy's reliance on fossil fuels.



    BUILDING POWER & SOLIDARITY

    Students campaigning for fossil fuel divestment have taken UK
    universities by storm and left the fossil fuel industry’s reputation at
    an all-time low. By December 2017 60 unis had made some kind
    of fossil free commitment. The fossil fuel industry is weak after
    we’ve severely damaged their social license to operate; now is our
    chance to take away what they need most: money.

    During Go Green Week 2018, together we can get educated
    through films screenings and workshops; imagine a world of fossil
    free finance through webinars and campaign planning; skill-up to
    escalate our campaigns so we can win; develop relationships of
    solidarity with the front-line communities through online
    discussions; and build popular support for a world of fossil free
    finance and climate justice by organising on our campuses and in
    our communities.

    GO GREEN WEEK TIMELINE >>>



    https://peopleandplanet.org/go-green-week-2018

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    Invasion: The Dawn of Viking York!

    Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe, the annual
    JORVIK Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s rich
    Norse heritage.



    Visit York in February 2018 for a week-long commemoration of a
    seminal moment in British history, the arrival and conquest of
    England by the Great Viking Army in AD 866.

    With an exciting programme of events that explore the impact of
    the Viking invasion on Anglo-Saxon England, including living
    history encampments, walks, talks, tours and of course, dramatic
    combat performances, there is something for everyone at JORVIK
    Viking Festival.

    Make sure to sign up the festival’s regular eNews online to be the
    first to know about the latest events information and follow the
    action on Social Media using #JVF18.



    Experience Past Festivals

    To whet your appetite for all things Viking be sure to check out our
    JORVIK Viking Festival video library and image galleries and
    discover the fun had at previous events.

    Don’t forget to sign up to our eNewsletter at the bottom of the
    page for all the latest news, offers and events.



    http://www.jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk/about/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    Collop Monday


    Children playing Nick Nack on Collop Monday

    History of Collop Monday

    Many people around the world have heard of Shrove Tuesday
    otherwise known as pancake day, mardi gras or fat Tuesday.
    However today, Collop Monday is much less known about, let alone
    observed.

    What is a Collop?

    Collops are slices of meat. Although there is some debate as to
    where the name originated many believe it to come from the
    Swedish word kallops, rather than from the French word escalope.
    In England by the Elizabethan era, the name collops referred
    specifically to slices of bacon.



    When is Collop Monday

    Collop Monday is a moveable date but is always the Monday before
    Shrove Tuesday and although it's not clear exactly when it came
    into being, it was probably devised by Christians during the
    Medieval period.

    Also known as Shrove Monday, it was traditionally the last day to
    cook and eat meat before Lent. It has to be remembered that
    there was no refrigeration, so it is likely that the only meat
    available at that time of year would be smoked or salted - usually
    bacon or ham.

    The tradition was established that on Collop Monday the bacon
    would be fried and served with eggs, usually for breakfast - much
    like today's traditional English Breakfast though the slices of bacon
    were probably thicker - then the fat remaining in the pan from the
    frying would then be used the next day - Shrove Tuesday - to
    make the pancakes.

    http://www.recipes4us.co.uk/History/Collop%20Monday.htm


    Nickanan the Demon

    http://wyrdkalendar.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/nickanan-night-on-collop-monday.html






    Have a brilliant and safe day all whatever you have planned. I will
    catch up later.

    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 12th Feb 18, 6:41 AM
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    Pyxis


    I thought that that pic looked like the devil was sitting on a commode, and I was puzzled and intrigued, so I clicked on your link,

    http://wyrdkalendar.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/nickanan-night-on-collop-monday.html

    and he is!

    The devil, Nickanan, is on the loo, and is constipated!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 12th Feb 18, 8:21 PM
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    Well, I'm actually quite proud of myself at the moment.

    I've had a bit of a health scare this week, which was rather depressing and anxiety-causing, and more than once I could have done with a drink. But I didn't succumb.

    Then today, I had the further tests required, and the 'problem' is a benign one.

    I felt even more like a drink after that, but I didn't succumb.

    And in fact, although I hadn't planned a fast day today, I hadn't eaten all day, through being so anxious, so when I got home, I thought I might as well make it a fast day, so only had some soup and a small bit of Emmental.

    And now I'm going to make a donation to a certain health charity as a 'thank you' for the reprieve!

    And tomorrow I shall eat the nice crusty bread that arrived today, with butter!
    Last edited by Pyxis; 12-02-2018 at 8:23 PM.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 12th Feb 18, 8:29 PM
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    Sleazy
    Well, I'm actually quite proud of myself at the moment.

    I've had a bit of a health scare this week, which was rather depressing and anxiety-causing, and more than once I could have done with a drink. But I didn't succumb.

    Then today, I had the further tests required, and the 'problem' is a benign one.

    I felt even more like a drink after that, but I didn't succumb.

    And in fact, although I hadn't planned a fast day today, I hadn't eaten all day, through being so anxious, so when I got home, I thought I might as well make it a fast day, so only had some soup and a small bit of Emmental.

    And now I'm going to make a donation to a certain health charity as a 'thank you' for the reprieve!

    And tomorrow I shall eat the nice crusty bread that arrived today, with butter!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Well Done .... I felt like a drink earlier after 40 minutes on the phone to BA Customer Services .... So, I decided to make myself a hot chocolate which I'm enjoying now. Only Day 14 alcohol free for me, but I'm still pleased with myself ...
    I (usually) do whatever the little voices in my wife's head tell me to
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 12th Feb 18, 8:55 PM
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    Pyxis
    Well Done .... I felt like a drink earlier after 40 minutes on the phone to BA Customer Services .... So, I decided to make myself a hot chocolate which I'm enjoying now. Only Day 14 alcohol free for me, but I'm still pleased with myself ...
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    .....and I should think so too!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 12th Feb 18, 9:28 PM
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    suki1964
    Don't crack! You can do it!

    Hang on in there!


    It's just today;it'll be better tomorrow!

    Remember, cravings only last about 6 minutes so during that time, do something else......make a pot of tea, put some music on, get your stuff ready do tomorrow!

    You've done really well, so keep going!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    I spent money instead, vast amounts of money

    So another day chalked up

    And well done to you as well, and you Sleazy

    You know lent starts Tuesday don't you?
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 12th Feb 18, 9:35 PM
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    Pyxis
    I spent money instead, vast amounts of money

    So another day chalked up

    And well done to you as well, and you Sleazy

    You know lent starts Tuesday don't you?
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Yeah! Well, Wednesday, anyway!

    What are we giving up?



    (There's a thread about it!)
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 13th Feb 18, 7:02 AM
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    AlfieBlue

    Good morning lovely Alphabettys
    I hope you're all well and raring to go on this thoughtful
    and scrumptious Tuesday!


    Glencoe Massacre Commemoration



    The Massacre at Glencoe took place on 13th February 1692, when
    members of Clan Macdonald were brutally murdered by guests to
    whom they had offered hospitality for weeks.

    The guests were government soldiers in the Earl of Argyle’s
    Regiment, and the reason given for the executions was that the
    Macdonalds had failed to pledge allegiance to the new monarchs,
    William and Mary.

    The village houses were set alight, and many of those who
    escaped the initial killing spree froze to death in the harsh winter
    conditions of the following days.



    The date is seen as a particularly black one in Scots history and is
    commemorated today by a special church service, followed by
    ceremonial wreath-laying.


    Vintage postcard dated 1911 of Macdonald's Monument, Glencoe

    The service takes place each year on the actual anniversary of the
    massacre.

    Clan Donald website: http://www.clandonald.org

    NTS Visitor Centre (open all year): http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Glencoe-and-Dalness/

    http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/glencoe-massacre-commemoration/





    Pancake Day



    Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before
    the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up
    to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove
    Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were
    “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call
    people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell”
    and is still rung today.


    Pancake bell taken from the church of St Crux when it was
    demolished in the mid 1800s (can now be seen in medieval
    guildhall of the Merchant Adventurers, York)

    Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the
    date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and
    March 9.

    Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats
    before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect
    way of using up these ingredients.

    The pancake has a very long history and featured in cookery books
    as far back as 1439. The tradition of tossing or flipping them is
    almost as old: “And every man and maide doe take their turne,
    And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.” (Pasquil’s Palin,
    1619).


    The Pancake Bakery - Pieter Aertsen, 1560

    The ingredients for pancakes can be seen to symbolise four points
    of significance at this time of year:

    Eggs ~ Creation
    Flour ~ The staff of life
    Salt ~ Wholesomeness
    Milk ~ Purity

    In the UK, pancake races form an important part of the Shrove
    Tuesday celebrations – an opportunity for large numbers of people,
    often in fancy dress, to race down streets tossing pancakes. The
    object of the race is to get to the finishing line first, carrying a
    frying pan with a cooked pancake in it and flipping the pancake as
    you run.



    The most famous pancake race takes place at Olney in
    Buckinghamshire. According to tradition, in 1445 a woman of
    Olney heard the shriving bell while she was making pancakes and
    ran to the church in her apron, still clutching her frying pan. The
    Olney pancake race is now world famous. Competitors have to be
    local housewives and they must wear an apron and a hat or scarf.



    Each contestant has a frying pan containing a hot pancake. She
    must toss it three times during the race. The first woman to
    complete the course and arrive at the church, serve her pancake
    to the bellringer and be kissed by him, is the winner.


    Westminster School. R.A. Bevan on winning
    The 'Greaze' in 1916

    At Westminster School in London, the annual Pancake Grease is
    held. A verger from Westminster Abbey leads a procession of boys
    into the playground where the school cook tosses a huge pancake
    over a five-metre high bar. The boys then race to grab a portion of
    the pancake and the one who ends up with the largest piece
    receives a cash bonus from the Dean.

    In Scarborough, Yorkshire, on Shrove Tuesday, everyone
    assembles on the promenade to skip. Long ropes are stretched
    across the road and there maybe be ten or more people skipping
    on one rope. The origins of this custom is not known but skipping
    was once a magical game, associated with the sowing and
    spouting of seeds which may have been played on barrows (burial
    mounds) during the Middle Ages.

    Many towns throughout England used to hold traditional Shrove
    Tuesday football (‘Mob Football’) games dating back as far back as
    the 12th century. The practice mostly died out with the passing of
    the 1835 Highways Act which banned the playing of football on
    public highways, but a number of towns have managed to
    maintain the tradition to the present day including Alnwick in
    Northumberland, Ashbourne in Derbyshire (called the Royal
    Shrovetide Football Match), Atherstone in Warwickshire, Sedgefield
    (called the Ball Game) in County Durham, and St Columb Major
    (called Hurling the Silver Ball) in Cornwall.


    Water play ... Ashbourne

    http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Pancake-Day/



    1957: The First Annual Disneyland Pancake Races! The Disneyland
    Pancake Races was featured by Aunt Jemima who, at the time, had
    a restaurant at the park.




    Fascinating facts:

    One of the earliest rules of Shrovetide Football was - Committing
    murder or manslaughter is prohibited. One of the latest is - Don't
    transport the ball in a car.

    http://ourashbourne.co.uk/event/ashbourne-royal-shrovetide-football-game




    http://olneypancakerace.org/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info





    Have a brilliant and safe day all whatever you have planned. I will
    catch up later.

    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Feb 18, 7:13 AM
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    Pyxis
    Whoever decided to have a sugar-free month in February was a sadist, what with Valentine's Day AND Shrove Tuesday!


    Ok, I won't be getting any Valentine's Day goodies, (and don't like chocolate anyway), but I do like pancakes!

    And a neighbouring town is having a special pancake event!

    Although I don't like them too sweet, pancakes with lemon juice do need a tiny bit of sugar.

    However, I think that having pancakes with just lemon juice on them isn't worth the effort of all that tossing!

    So I shall desist! I shall not waver! (Haven't got any eggs or milk in anyway!), and I shan't go to the event, lest I be tempted!

    I might get have some ready-made ones in March, if I remember!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 13th Feb 18, 8:43 AM
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    AlfieBlue
    GO THE SUGAR-SHAKERS

    & CALORIE COUNTING CREW!


    ALFIE's 'sugar free February' no-no chocolate blog.


    Day 12 - Monday February 12th

    12 down, 16 to go!




    And big congrats to all those who have resisted temptation
    including Pyxis (after health scare ), suki1964 (you
    can't beat a bit of retail therapy! ) & Sleazy (after spending 40
    long minutes on the phone to BA Customer Services. ).




    I have to admit that I'll be enjoying pancakes today with lemon
    and a weeny bit of sugar - no chocolate involved.





    ^^^ & they will NOT be crepe thin - I love my pancakes to be a
    tad thicker!



    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 13th Feb 18, 8:46 AM
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    joansgirl
    Whoever decided to have a sugar-free month in February was a sadist, what with Valentine's Day AND Shrove Tuesday!


    Ok, I won't be getting any Valentine's Day goodies, (and don't like chocolate anyway), but I do like pancakes!

    And a neighbouring town is having a special pancake event!

    Although I don't like them too sweet, pancakes with lemon juice do need a tiny bit of sugar.

    However, I think that having pancakes with just lemon juice on them isn't worth the effort of all that tossing!

    So I shall desist! I shall not waver! (Haven't got any eggs or milk in anyway!), and I shan't go to the event, lest I be tempted!

    I might get have some ready-made ones in March, if I remember!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    I don't have sugar on pancakes, just lemon and in the absence of lemon, vinegar.

    And although they would be fine for me as no sugar involved I won't be having any as too many calories!
    Some people only exist as examples of what to avoid...
    .


    Finito
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 13th Feb 18, 8:49 AM
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    I might get have some ready-made ones in March, if I remember!
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    I thought better of you Pyxis...

    Ready made pancakes are in no way in the same league as home made!!
    That's a bit like buying ready made yorkshire puddings

    ETA: I actually have a pan that I only ever use for pancakes. It has never been used for anything else.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • colinw
    • By colinw 13th Feb 18, 9:06 AM
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    I am still off the biscuits but that is just because my appetite has gone off somewhere, still good way to lose weight.....there has been three Belgian Chocolate Shortcake squares sitting here untouched since yesterday, even the thought of a Greggs Dohunt does not particularly appeal
    • colinw
    • By colinw 13th Feb 18, 9:19 AM
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    colinw
    I am still off the biscuits but that is just because my appetite has gone off somewhere, still good way to lose weight.....there has been three Belgian Chocolate Shortcake squares sitting here untouched since yesterday, even the thought of a Greggs Dohunt does not particularly appeal
    Originally posted by colinw
    Make that one Belgian Shortcake Squares as some greedy !!!!!! has ate two of them
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Feb 18, 9:27 AM
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    Pyxis

    I thought better of you Pyxis...

    Ready made pancakes are in no way in the same league as home made!!
    That's a bit like buying ready made yorkshire puddings

    ETA: I actually have a pan that I only ever use for pancakes. It has never been used for anything else.
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    Hahahahahaha! I do buy ready-made Yorkshires too! I know, sacrilege!

    I do usually make pancakes from scratch, but they take ages to make and then get scoffed in two seconds! So sometimes I just can't be bothered!
    Same with Yorkshires! The bought ones aren't too bad, actually.

    The main problem is that I don't drink milk, and don't like eggs much, so I never have that stuff in regularly, and any left over wouldn't get used, so sometimes it's just easier to buy them ready made.

    Most bought pancakes are horrid, mainly because they contain added sugar, but there is one supermarket that does unsweetened ones which are ok. Can't remember if it's Sainsbobs, Waitrose or M&S, but it says 'unsweetened' on the pack.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Feb 18, 9:28 AM
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    Make that one Belgian Shortcake Squares as some greedy !!!!!! has ate two of them
    Originally posted by colinw
    I hope you're not going down with something.
    Is your headache better?
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • colinw
    • By colinw 13th Feb 18, 9:37 AM
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    colinw
    I hope you're not going down with something.
    Is your headache better?
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    It is not as bad as it was, my appetite has been to shot for about a week now which on the one hand is good as I am at finally under 12 stone again! but on the other hand even chocolate does not seem appealing
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 13th Feb 18, 10:14 AM
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    Hahahahahaha! I do buy ready-made Yorkshires too! I know, sacrilege!

    ...
    Same with Yorkshires! The bought ones aren't too bad, actually.
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    They are nothing like decent yorkshire puddings!!!
    Although I like you very rarely have eggs in the house so have to buy them in especially. So when I do I make BIG toad in the holes
    And no you can't buy the big yorkshires and tell me they are anything remotely like the homemade version!

    You can always tell when you are going to get a yorkshire pud as the person mixing it can't tell you how much flour, milk, water etc to put in. I once tried to help my sister over the phone and it didn't go well. Add flour, add some milk and a bit of water until it feels right No idea to this day what the ratio / weights are.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Feb 18, 11:02 AM
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    Pyxis

    They are nothing like decent yorkshire puddings!!!
    Although I like you very rarely have eggs in the house so have to buy them in especially. So when I do I make BIG toad in the holes
    And no you can't buy the big yorkshires and tell me they are anything remotely like the homemade version!

    .
    Originally posted by indesisiv







    (Hell hath no fury like a Yorkshireman scorned of his puddings).
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
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