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    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
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    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
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 6th Jul 18, 1:39 PM
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    https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/984857/itv-this-morning-pig-england-team-news-world-cup-sweden-amanda-holden-rylan


    That'll do pig, that'll do .........






    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
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    WASPI

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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 6th Jul 18, 2:04 PM
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    Do you like the shoes?
    Originally posted by Sleazy


    I want my mummy!
    Originally posted by Pyxis





    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 6th Jul 18, 2:21 PM
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    Pyxis


    A porcine prophet!
    A psychic swine!
    The grunter with the hunch!
    The precognisant hog!
    The boar with foresight!

    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: 'WIMPS ANONYMOUS' and 'VICTIMS of the RANDOM HEDGEHOG'
    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 6th Jul 18, 2:47 PM
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    A porcine prophet!
    A psychic swine!
    The grunter with the hunch!
    The precognisant hog!
    The boar with foresight!

    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Brilliant!







    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 6th Jul 18, 4:07 PM
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    And if England wins, he'll be a corker of a porker!




    I just thought I could hear distant rumblings of thunder.

    Not sure though. It may just have been some humans doing something rumbly.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: 'WIMPS ANONYMOUS' and 'VICTIMS of the RANDOM HEDGEHOG'
    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • Flick216
    • By Flick216 6th Jul 18, 5:21 PM
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    And if England wins, he'll be a corker of a porker!




    I just thought I could hear distant rumblings of thunder.

    Not sure though. It may just have been some humans doing something rumbly.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Oh I want a thunderstorm so badly! I love storms!
    ENFP - Assertive
    Officially in a clique of idiots

    Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 6th Jul 18, 5:26 PM
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    Oh I want a thunderstorm so badly! I love storms!
    Originally posted by Flick216
    Well, it didn't come to anything, so perhaps it was just human rumblings.

    There aren't any forecast.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: 'WIMPS ANONYMOUS' and 'VICTIMS of the RANDOM HEDGEHOG'
    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • Flick216
    • By Flick216 6th Jul 18, 5:32 PM
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    Well, it didn't come to anything, so perhaps it was just human rumblings.

    There aren't any forecast.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Now I has a sad
    ENFP - Assertive
    Officially in a clique of idiots

    Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 6th Jul 18, 6:03 PM
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    Now I has a sad
    Originally posted by Flick216
    Me too.

    The only good thing is that the jungle that is my garden is dying.

    Except the bindweed.
    Only Armageddon will kill bindweed.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: 'WIMPS ANONYMOUS' and 'VICTIMS of the RANDOM HEDGEHOG'
    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 6th Jul 18, 6:18 PM
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    Well, it didn't come to anything, so perhaps it was just human rumblings.

    There aren't any forecast.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Now I has a sad
    Originally posted by Flick216
    Me too.

    The only good thing is that the jungle that is my garden is dying.

    Except the bindweed.
    Only Armageddon will kill bindweed.
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Me three.


    I'm desperate for a thunderstorm & a decent amount of
    rain. It's unbearably hot here at the moment.





    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 6th Jul 18, 6:29 PM
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    At least tomorrow afternoon, when I am in the beautifully peaceful shopping mall place, if it's too hot, I have a choice of supermarkets with deliciously cold chiller cabinets to go and stand next to.

    I can go on a chiller-cabinet crawl!!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: 'WIMPS ANONYMOUS' and 'VICTIMS of the RANDOM HEDGEHOG'
    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • Chieveley
    • By Chieveley 6th Jul 18, 8:11 PM
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    Me three.


    I'm desperate for a thunderstorm & a decent amount of
    rain. It's unbearably hot here at the moment.





    Alfie xxx
    Originally posted by AlfieBlue
    Me Four
    And Pxsis
    Nag Nag, Naggedy Nag - Nag Nag, Naggedy Nag - Nag Nag, Naggedy Nag
    Must admit I tried a 5.2 week lost a couple of pounds but DH will eat in front of me!
    • Flick216
    • By Flick216 6th Jul 18, 8:14 PM
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    Me Four
    And Pxsis
    Nag Nag, Naggedy Nag - Nag Nag, Naggedy Nag - Nag Nag, Naggedy Nag
    Must admit I tried a 5.2 week lost a couple of pounds but DH will eat in front of me!
    Originally posted by Chieveley
    My diet today has consisted of...

    Two Twix biscuit bars (ie, I guess, one Twix)
    Two slices of toast
    Two mini dark choc bars (70% Aldi thingies)
    One and a half bottles of white wine.....

    I'm guessing this should not be something I should be bragging about.....
    ENFP - Assertive
    Officially in a clique of idiots

    Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 6th Jul 18, 8:20 PM
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    Pyxis
    My diet today has consisted of...

    Two Twix biscuit bars (ie, I guess, one Twix)
    Two slices of toast
    Two mini dark choc bars (70% Aldi thingies)
    One and a half bottles of white wine.....

    I'm guessing this should not be something I should be bragging about.....
    Originally posted by Flick216
    It makes me feel positively holy!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: 'WIMPS ANONYMOUS' and 'VICTIMS of the RANDOM HEDGEHOG'
    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 6th Jul 18, 8:30 PM
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    There are holes in my diet too.
    Five bags of crisps. Cider. Red wine. Beer. Chips. Cheese & onion pasty. As well As the usual meals ....,

    Ultimus Romanorum
    Descendit Sed Ex
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 7th Jul 18, 6:16 AM
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    Part 1 of 2





    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well and raring to go on this thoughtful,
    scrumdiddlyumptious & most glorious of days!



    National Meadows Day



    National Meadows Day is an annual event taking place on or
    around the first Saturday of July. Our vision is for people to
    celebrate National Meadows Day in their own city, village, parish,
    wildlife reserve, allotment or farm all over the UK.

    In 2017, more than 125 events took place on or around National
    Meadows Day, celebrating wildflower grasslands with guided walks,
    wildlife hunts, arts & crafts, training workshops and more. Click
    here to see some great photos and other results from these events
    on Plantlife's blog. >>>

    Click here to see all the fantastic events taking place to celebrate
    the 4th National Meadows Day on Saturday 7th July 2018! >>>



    http://www.magnificentmeadows.org.uk/celebrating-meadows/national-meadows-day

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    World Chocolate Day



    World Chocolate Day: 10 weird chocolate facts

    Did you know that a chocolate river once existed? Ten weird and
    wonderful facts about cocoa bean products in honour of World
    Chocolate Day >>>



    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/11722935/World-Chocolate-Day-10-weird-chocolate-facts.html

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    Pride in London Parade 2018

    The Pride in London Parade takes place on Saturday 7 July from
    12pm.

    So get ready, and make the most of our most diverse Pride in
    London Parade yet…

    · Get your Pride Matters merchandise from our Soho pop-up –
    from face paints to flags, it’s a one-stop shop!

    · Plan your route – the closest stations will be busy, so consider
    using alternative stations and walking. Plan your travel here.

    · Consider yours and your friends’ accessibility – if you have any
    concerns about how to access the Parade find out more here, or
    contact access@prideinlondon.org.

    · Remember to stay hydrated – we can only allow sealed bottles
    into Trafalgar Square, but bring plenty along for the whole day,
    and you can refill empty bottles at certain points.

    · Download the app – use the map on the day and follow all the
    action in the Parade and on the stages to make sure you don’t
    miss a thing! Download on iOS or Android.

    · Book a Grandstand seat – the Parade this year is the busiest yet,
    and you can make sure that you don't miss any of the action by
    watching from the Grandstand.



    The parade route

    The parade sets off from Portland Place at 12pm (midday), moving
    down Oxford Circus, along Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus,
    Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and then passing Trafalgar Square
    before finishing on Whitehall. We recommend that spectators avoid
    busy locations such as Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus and
    the parade will fill the whole afternoon until around 5pm.

    Along the Parade route keep an eye out for the podiums - where
    you'll be welcomed by our lovely array of parade hosts! They'll be
    there to let you know who is who and what is what during the
    Parade, making sure you don't miss a thing - they are super fun
    and friendly, so be sure to give them a wave!

    Use the map below to help you find your way around >>>


    https://prideinlondon.org/parade/



    https://www.thewaltdisneycompany.eu/disney-store-launches-rainbow-mickey-collection-as-part-of-pride-2018-celebrations/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info





    Holsworthy Pretty Maids Charity & St Peter’s Fair



    Where: Holsworthy, Devon at Great Tree (Proclamation) & the
    Church of St Peter& St Paul (Pretty Maid Ceremony)

    The Pretty Maids Charity was founded in the mid nineteenth
    century in Holsworthy, North Devon, by the brother of the local
    vicar Rev. Thomas Meyrick.

    The annual interest from the bequest is used to fund a donation to
    a young single woman who must fulfil certain criteria, being under
    30 years old, handsome, deserving and devout.

    The name of the lucky maid is announced when she leaves the
    church by the belfry door at noon on Fair Day to open the funfair.



    The fair proclamation is read at 8am on Fair Day by the Town Crier
    at the Old Great Tree in Holsworthy and there is a funfair as well
    as other entertainment.

    The Tuesday night before Fair day sees the meeting of the Court
    Leet at 7.30 at the Memorial Hall followed by ceremonial ale
    tasting at hostelries around town.

    Helpful Hints

    Setting the date for the fair can be complicated for the organisers
    as they need to fit in with other local events, so double check if
    you’re planning to attend.

    In 2018 the fair runs from 7th to [14th] 15th July
    with Fair Day on Wednesday 11th and the Court Leet on Tuesday
    10th. A detailed breakdown of the programme is on the Events
    section of their Facebook page (see link below).

    Facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Holsworthy-St-Peters-Fair-Week/450151935019805

    http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/pretty-maids-charity/

    http://www.holsworthybenefice.org.uk/pretty-maid/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info





    Uffington Scouring the White Horse



    Where: Uffington, Berks at the White Horse hill figure - meet at
    the carpark
    When: Formerly Spring Bank Holiday Sunday & Monday but now a
    weekend in July
    Time: 10am-4pm

    Uffington White Horse is an ancient and enigmatic chalk hill figure
    on the downland of Berkshire.

    Now in the guardianship of the National Trust, it has dominated the
    landscape for centuries.



    In earlier times it used to be “Scoured” every seven years amidst
    great festivities – hill figures need regular maintenance if they’re
    to stay white and pristine into the future.



    While the old custom has disappeared over time, a new one has
    arisen in its place and on summer weekends volunteers make a
    contribution to posterity by helping to keep the horse clean and in
    good order. This involves beating new fresh chalk into the surface
    and I have it on good authority that this is hard work but
    worthwhile!



    Helpful Hints

    Volunteers for the Scouring should book in advance via the
    National Trust website but in practice all are welcome even if they
    turn up unannounced on the day. Scourers work in half-hour slots.
    The event formerly took place in May but moved from 2016 in the
    hope of more clement weather conditions!

    In 2018 it will be on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July- see link
    for full details.

    Click here for the National Trust website:
    http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/white-horse-hill/

    and here for more on the history of the event:
    http://traditionalcustomsandceremonies.wordpress.com/?s=scouring



    http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/uffington-scouring-the-white-horse/



    “The Old White Horse wants setting to rights, And the Squire has
    promised good cheer; So we’ll give him a scrape to keep him in
    shape, And he’ll last for many a year.”

    https://traditionalcustomsandceremonies.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/custom-demised-midsummer-scouring-the-white-horse-of-uffington/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info





    Have a Field Day



    Have a Field Day is a national celebration of our parks and green
    spaces, taking place on the first Saturday of July each year. For
    2018, Have a Field Day will be Saturday 7th July when thousands
    of people across the UK will come together on their parks and
    green spaces to celebrate why they are so special to their local
    communities.

    Have a Field Day is all about having fun at your local park with
    friends, family and the community. Other than that, what your
    event looks like is completely up to you! Perhaps you'll have a
    party in the park, a sports day, a village fete, or maybe you'll join
    others across the country enjoying a Have a Field Day picnic!

    Green spaces are good, do good and need to be protected for
    good. They are not pleasant nice-to-haves to be taken for granted
    - they are the green hearts of our communities.



    Green Spaces for Good

    Parks and green spaces are proven to help people stay physically
    and mentally well; places where we can all move, breathe, run and
    play. They are an important tool to drive social cohesion, combat
    loneliness and build community spirit.

    These parks and green spaces are under threat from financial and
    development pressures and it is up to all of us to stem this cycle of
    disappearance and decline.

    Fields in Trust works in partnership with landowners including local
    authorities, voluntary organisations and private landowners to
    protect land through a Deed of Dedication (or Minute of Agreement
    in Scotland) – a binding legal commitment with the landowner –
    which allows it to be protected in perpetuity for current and future
    generations to enjoy.

    It is in the landowner’s power to protect their parks and green
    spaces and our team of Development Managers work closely with
    them throughout the process to achieve this. We also work with
    residential and commercial developers to embed legally protected
    parks and green spaces into new housing and retail schemes.

    Our Green Spaces for Good programme can protect any publicly
    accessible park, playing field or nature reserve.

    In addition to our Green Spaces for Good programme, we also
    have specific time-limited projects to protect particular types of
    sites >>>



    http://www.fieldsintrust.org/protect

    http://www.fieldsintrust.org/have-a-field-day

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info





    Cont'd ....
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 7th Jul 18, 6:18 AM
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    AlfieBlue
    Part 2 of 2





    Entrance and ride tickets will be available to purchase on the day.

    Now celebrating its 12th year and held over 2 days in July The
    Supercar Event has something for the whole family, including
    Supercar passenger rides around the famous Oval Circuit at
    Rockingham!

    What’s more by coming along you will be supporting The Children’s
    Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with a brain injury.

    Join us Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July 2018 for what promises to
    be a great weekend of Supercar fun!

    Open from 10am to 5pm each day.

    As well as offering passenger rides in Supercars around we also
    have a whole host of other rides and attractions to keep visitors
    young and old occupied, including:

    Caterham Seven rides
    Sporting Bears Dream Car Rides
    Helicopter Rides
    Fun area for small children
    Fire engine rides
    Land Hovercrafts
    Simulators
    Stay Safe Driving School for children aged 14+
    Crazy Golf
    Water Zorbs
    Bungee Trampolines
    Mini Monster Truck Mania
    Refuel at one of our food stalls
    Shop at our selection of stands & stalls

    Plus much more!!! Rides and attractions added throughout the
    year

    Accelerate your way over to our The Supercar Event website
    for more information and to get you revved up for this great
    event! >>>



    https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/the-supercar-event

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    Paisley Sma’ Shot Day



    Where: Paisley, Renfrewshire starting at the Brodie Park, and
    burning at Abbey Close
    When: 1st Saturday in July
    Time: 12 noon until 1pm Parade, 1.30 pm approx burning

    Sma’ Shot was the name given to the thread used by the makers
    of Paisley shawls to bind the colourful weft threads together and
    was the cause of an industrial dispute when the factory owners
    and overseers refused to pay for it.



    The shawl weavers could ill afford to pay for the thread themselves
    and after a prolonged dispute they won their case over the “corks”
    as the manufacturers’ overseers were know locally.

    The first Saturday in July was an established weavers holiday and
    in 1856 it was renamed Sma’ Shot Day to commemorate the
    victory of the workers.



    Today the large parade follows a route from Brodie Park around
    the streets of the town to Abbey Close to the beat of the
    Charleston Drum, the traditional accompaniment used to summon
    the weavers in troubled times, with a giant effigy of a Cork in the
    procession and many performers, dancers and musicians.

    Street theatre, food & drink and entertainments follow and the
    Cork is ceremonially burned!

    Helpful Hints

    In 2018 it will be on Saturday July 7th.

    Click here for more: http://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on

    and here: http://www.paisley.org.uk/events/sma-shot-day/

    and here for programme: http://www.paisley2021.co.uk

    http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/paisley-sma-shot-day/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info





    Northampton Battle Weekend



    Where: Northampton, at Delapre Abbey
    When: Weekend near July 10th
    Time: 11 am to 5 pm

    The first major engagement in the Wars of the Roses was the 1460
    battle at Northampton on July 10th, and the Northampton
    Battlefields Society host a commemorative event on the weekend
    near the anniversary.

    The forces of King Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou clashed with
    those of the future Edward IV and Warwick the Kingmaker, ending
    in a Yorkist victory and the capture of Henry VI.



    Expect living history, demonstrations of arms, archery, battlefield
    walks, wreath laying at the Eleanor Cross, re-enactments of parts
    of the battle and more.

    The re-enactors are usually from the local Harrington Companye,
    an award winning group who specialise in warfare of the period.

    Helpful Hints

    In 2018 it will be on Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th.

    Click here for the Society website:
    https://northamptonbattlefieldssociety.wordpress.com

    and here for the Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Northampton1460/

    and here for the Harrington Companye:
    https://harringtoncompanye.wordpress.com



    http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/northampton-battle-weekend/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info







    Stockwell Festival, the annual south London community
    celebration, returns to Larkhall Park this Saturday, with the event
    including a popular Dog Show.

    Hosted by the London Animal Hospital, an independent general
    practice and 24 hour emergency centre based in Camberwell, the
    Dog Show is free to enter and open to all dog owners, with fun
    classes to cater for every kind of pooch.

    Registration for the Dog Show opens at 2pm at The London Animal
    Hospital tent, with the activities starting at 3pm.

    The classes are:

    – Waggiest Tail
    – Best Child Handler
    – Best Rescue
    – Best Sit and Stay
    – Most Like its Owner
    – Best Fetch and Return

    More info: London Animal Hospital >>>



    Stockwell Festival 2018 at Larkhall Park, Sat 7th July – full details >>>

    Stockwell festival runs from 12pm – 6pm in Larkhall Park, SW8
    2PX and offers dance and music, street food and drink, local craft
    stalls, sports, rides, games and loads of activities for the kids.
    Admission is free.

    http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2018/07/stockwell-festival-dog-show-at-larkhall-park-7th-july/

    http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2018/05/stockwell-festival-2018-at-larkhall-park-sat-7th-july-full-details/



    http://www.thelondonanimalhospital.com/

    ^^ 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
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 7th Jul 18, 6:27 AM
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    Sleazy
    Good morning all!
    Thank you Alfie - I remember meadows ... where I am, they've largely gone now. Curse of the builders.

    Hot and sticky night .....

    Ultimus Romanorum
    Descendit Sed Ex
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 7th Jul 18, 7:16 AM
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    Pyxis
    They mentioned meadows on the news.

    I was surprised, as I thought that loads of farmers were leaving strips at the perimeters of fields for wild flowers to grow in? And encouraged to do so with grants and stuff?

    Over the country, that's a lot of acreage.


    Not far from me there are two places where the council has sown wildflower seeds on large verges, and they are absolutely glorious in the spring. Th first year I saw them, I could hardly keep my eyes on the road! (I was driving).

    Plus some roundabouts have been turned over to wild flowers.

    One year a while back when some bird seed sprouted in my garden, and I let the stuff grow, one plant turned out to be ragwort, which is the food of choice for the cinnabar moth caterpillar, and suddenly there were these myriads of black-and-yellow-striped caterpillars denuding the plants, and then I was rewarded with the beautiful bright red cinnabar moths.

    I had never ever seen either before.

    I couldn't understand why, when all these caterpillars were crowding in full view on the plants, they weren't picked off by birds, so I looked them up. Of course, their bright colours indicated that they were poisonous, so the birds left them alone.

    Ragwort is very poisonous, but the caterpillars eat it with no ill effects, but become poisonous themselves.

    That was exciting!

    (Alfie, I know ragwort is poisonous to horses, but my garden is miles from any horses, and anyway, there are no feral horses roaming my street! )

    Edit.... here they are. It's a day-flying moth, hence the bright colour.....the moths are poisonous as well.

    Last edited by Pyxis; 07-07-2018 at 7:21 AM.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
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    • By Sleazy 7th Jul 18, 8:13 AM
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    Looks like another hot one today!
    I've come out early for breakfast then to do some fruit & veg shopping.

    Last night was SO hot. Had a shower before bed and woke up with several layers of dried perspiration. Not pleasant. Mme. stayed in the lounge, fell asleep and came to bed sometime in the early hours ... I dreamt a lot, but not unpleasant ....

    Diet yesterday was horrible, and I feel ashamed. Drink isn't the issue - a bottle of wine less a glass for Mme. with her meat based dinner, does me all evening. When Her Ladyship is visiting parents, a bottle has been rumoured to last me up to three days.

    I haven't said to Mme. but yesterday in Sainsbury's they had some McGuigan's Brut on sale at £4.69 a bottle. Two bottles left which I hoovered up and have stashed away "Just in case" football comes home. Unlikely, but best be prepared ....

    Today, I have some low alcohol (2%) lager in the fridge which I find pleasantly refreshing. Football this afternoon? I'd like to say that I'll watch England but depends on how tired I am I suppose. For info, apparently NO French blood running through my veins - last year we did one of these DNA things, and I seem to be a right mix, but French ancestry wasn't mentioned. Scandinavian, Balkan, Southern European including Corsica, parts of Italy, were all there. And German I think. But no French. Je ne sais quoi! Je suis un citroen de La Republique.

    My jokes about the French Foreign Legion team are a mix of humour and truth! The skills of players like Mbappe and Umtiti are not being questioned, but the fact remains that although born in France and therefore 'French', their parents weren't. I actually quite like them, especially the accent n'est pas?

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