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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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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Aug 18, 10:26 AM
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    ...
    Is the drive thing a 'permanent' arrangement?
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Is my answer. No way Hosea!

    They have a Classic car that they keep in storage and this nice weather they brought it out of storage although they haven't used it much anyway. They asked if they could park their other car on our driveway and I agreed. They're going away again in a couple of weeks, so it'll be gone by then anyway at the latest.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 10:45 AM
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    Oh that's fair enough!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 11:18 AM
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    I must have glanced at that while it was in its blink-out mode, because I though it said "It's Friday!" and my next thought was a huge worry in case I'd got the day wrong and was going doo-lally!
    And the thought after that was a huge worry in case Alfie had got it wrong and was going doo-lally!

    So much huge worry in just a micro-second!

    I'm exhausted now!

    This thread should have a government health warning!






    Talking of Colin and his bears, I wonder what has become of Bear?
    (I just lurve spiders! )
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Aug 18, 11:25 AM
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    I was thinking that it was Friday too!
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 11:37 AM
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    In my veg etc. delivery that I got today, they put in a newssheet each week about one of their suppliers, which is always very interesting.

    The one this week will interest you, Alfie, as it was about their organic herb suppliers, which is in the New Forest!

    When I googled it, it turns out it's part of a farm complex which includes the herb farm, a B&B hotel, a fishing lakes business, and a carpenter/joinery/building business! Quite a mixture, but I guess that's the way a lot of farms have kept going these days, by diversifying as much as posssible.


    I know nothing about farming whatsoever, other than it involves tractors, combine harvesters, smelly silage, and possibly lots of sheep and cows!

    Mind you, when I've been to a big country show, I've enjoyed watching the horse-ploughing etc. competitions, and I do like things like One Man and his Dog. They remind me of my mutts, although my mutts weren't that clever. I once tried the dog IQ test on my last one, and she only came out as average. (Not sure how scientific it was, though!)
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 9th Aug 18, 4:30 PM
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    Hellooeee all


    Had a wonderful time shopping this morning & thoroughly
    enjoyed prancing in the rain! It's stopped now but hopefully
    there'll be more due tonight and tomorrow.


    You've reminded me Alfie - I need to get some cat food too!
    Thanks in advance from Bobby!
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    You're most welcome Sleazy. My cat's on a James
    Wellbeloved 'light' turkey dried food sort of diet, which
    thankfully she loves. Being a house cat (through her own
    choosing), she was becoming quite porky! She's been
    eating this particular brand of food for a couple of years
    and has now got her fluffy figure back.


    Alfie! I do that thing with the matches, too! Don't bin them until they're well and truly soaked, and even then, I crumble the end black bit off!
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Snap!


    Going back yonks in the Betty thread when you said about
    buying a 2019 calendar. I also prefer the narrow
    calendars with a month per page and room to write things
    down. I have the calendar on top of my worktop by the
    kettle. Much easier to see & pencil stuff in (instead of having
    it hanging on the notice board). May sound a bit weird -
    but that's me all over!


    For quite a few years I bought the 'Historic New Forest'
    calendar with a different pic every month of local places,
    taken in the 1800's early 1900's. Sadly I couldn't find any
    last year so treated myself to a Winnie the Pooh one. It's
    got lovely sketches of the bear on each page. I'm such a
    kid at heart!


    While I was scrolling back thousands of pages looking for
    your calendar post .... I happened to see that young Colin
    was vacating the country this very day - 9th August! Has
    he gone yet?


    Not sure where our Bear is.





    Forgot to say when I was out gardening yesterday, a dear little
    wasp landed on one of the birdie baths and had a tiny drink.


    I'm not overly keen on wasps but do know that they're very
    important in the way of things - eating all sorts of pests etc.


    Also, have I missed flying ant day? I know they usually take
    off in the summer and can remember the kerfuffle they
    caused at Wimbledon this year .... but not seen any down my
    way.


    Fascinated by your veg delivery news sheet Pyxis re. their
    organic suppliers and the farm complex. You made me think
    of my Scottish Grandad (Mum's side) when you mentioned horse-
    ploughing. That's what he did - the farm used shires to
    pull the plough & Grandad would walk behind them. No
    tractors back in those days!

    I know where my 'naughty' streak comes from! When Mum
    was a youngster, she was told many times NOT to stroke
    one of the shire horses because he could be rather bad tempered.
    Anyway, always up for a challenge Mum went up and patted the
    horse & it promptly bit her on the neck! Just one of
    many naughty moments throughout her lifetime!
    She came from a very large family & they were all very
    mischievous!

    Still miss Mum & Dad.


    Well, must get on, have prattled on enough for now!


    Have a lovely evening all, will catch up later.


    Alfie xxx
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    • Chieveley
    • By Chieveley 9th Aug 18, 4:53 PM
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    [QUOTE=AlfieBlue;74638931]


    Hellooeee all

    rain, send some up please Alfie. Had a few drops last evening that make the car look messy, garden still dry as a bone, and I have not been watering the stuff in the garden and may have lost 3 conifers. Surprised we don't have rain as guide leader daughter camping with the girls & it normally chucks it down. Take care everyone
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 5:10 PM
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    Hallo, Chievely!





    Yes, Colin was off today. Don't suppose we'll hear from him until he's settled somewhere! I expect we'll get lots of nice pics at some stage!


    Yes, wasps are useful, for eating pests, plus they themselves are food for other creatures.
    Plus I believe they do play a big part in pollination.


    I haven't seen any flying ants yet, either. Apparently they come out after rain during a hot spell. I assume the previous torrential day was just too torrential, so they may have all got washed away.

    Either that, or they will come out after this recent rain. More rain due tomorrow, according to the forecast.
    However, there is cloud forecast for Saturday night, and broken cloud for Sunday night, so it does not bode well for the Perseid meteors. As per bloomin' usual!
    No cloud tomorrow night, so I don't know if it's worth peeking out. Trouble is, it's midnight and after, that's best to see them, and I'm hopeless at staying awake. Especially if it's just on the off chance.


    Not sure where my naughty streak is from. Most of my relatives were quite staid and normal.
    Must be a throwback!
    Maybe there's a pirate somewhere in the family tree!
    Or a Bohemian poet!
    Maybe I'm related to that naughty Byron!


    Do you have siblings, Alfie, and if so, where in the running order do you come?
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Aug 18, 5:56 PM
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    I don't have a naughty streak. Do I?

    Where's Colin gone? Canada?
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Aug 18, 6:24 PM
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    Just gave Bobby a treat and five minutes later he's brought me prey into the house .... a little bird .

    Bobby still here, I placed bird outside. I don't think it was dead, more in shock. I've given it the best chance I can. I'll check later and if it is dead, I'll pop it through the neighbour's letter box.

    Edit - Just checked and 'The Bird Has Flown' .
    I'm so glad that it has escaped the jaws of death for now
    Last edited by Sleazy; 09-08-2018 at 6:29 PM. Reason: Update
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 9th Aug 18, 6:49 PM
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    rain, send some up please Alfie. Had a few drops last evening that make the car look messy, garden still dry as a bone, and I have not been watering the stuff in the garden and may have lost 3 conifers. Surprised we don't have rain as guide leader daughter camping with the girls & it normally chucks it down. Take care everyone
    Originally posted by Chieveley

    Hi Chieveley


    Sending some lush rain your way.






    Do you have siblings, Alfie, and if so, where in the running order do you come?
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Yes, I have an older brother and he's as naughty as me!

    Apparently the day I was born, he swiftly went outside the front
    of the house - asking if anyone would like a baby girl!

    He also used to bash me up and then looked as if butter
    wouldn't melt when Mum came up to see what all the noise was
    about!


    We still have such a laugh together, even after all these years.


    Just gave Bobby a treat and five minutes later he's brought me prey into the house .... a little bird .

    Bobby still here, I placed bird outside. I don't think it was dead, more in shock. I've given it the best chance I can. I'll check later and if it is dead, I'll pop it through the neighbour's letter box.

    Edit - Just checked and 'The Bird Has Flown' .
    I'm so glad that it has escaped the jaws of death for now
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    So pleased the birdie has flown Sleazy.

    In answer to your previous question ..... I think you may have
    a weeny naughty streak!


    Alfie xxx
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Aug 18, 7:11 PM
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    I feel like a glass of wine, but don't feel like going out to fetch any ... so Sleazy will stick to the fizzy water for another evening.

    Must be the weather - wanted to watch something on TV, but some at least of the Freeview channels are showing 'No Signal'. BBC was ok, so England hasn't fallen ...
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 7:15 PM
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    Sleazy? A naughty streak? Nah! Pure as the driven snow, is oor Sleazy!

    Talking of birds, I think your Bobby's been visiting me!
    I popped out the front earlier, and on the gravel path were a load of black, grey and white flight feathers.

    Probably a pigeon.
    And they were right by a large pot that something had been digging in!
    Luckily, though, they hadn't dug the plants up. Weird.

    I did hear a fox barking in the wee small hours, so it might have been that, and not Bobby, I suppose.
    Plus, I don't think he'd take on a pigeon, by the sounds of things.


    I do occasionally see fluffy feathers, but not this many flight feathers.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Aug 18, 7:35 PM
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    I was (pleasantly) surprised that the little bird I placed outside (rain has stopped), carefully placed on wheelie bin in a thick kitchen towel recovered. It was too soon for another predator to have found him.

    I know it's Bobby's nature as a predator, but I don't like to see it and if the creature looks 'whole', try to rescue them. I might have to bar him from the bedroom however, just in case he brings me an early morning present (that's Mrs. Sleazy's fear). Sorry Bobby ....
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 7:42 PM
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    I was (pleasantly) surprised that the little bird I placed outside (rain has stopped), carefully placed on wheelie bin in a thick kitchen towel recovered. It was too soon for another predator to have found him.

    I know it's Bobby's nature as a predator, but I don't like to see it and if the creature looks 'whole', try to rescue them. I might have to bar him from the bedroom however, just in case he brings me an early morning present (that's Mrs. Sleazy's fear). Sorry Bobby ....
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Can you keep him in at night, so that he can't go and catch things?
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Aug 18, 8:00 PM
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    Can you keep him in at night, so that he can't go and catch things?
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Yes, could lock the cat door, but I like him to be 'free'. That's why (apart from the expense) that I don't like putting him in a cattery unless we have to. He gets stressed even in the nicest one we've found which is family run and they're all nice and give the cats cuddles etc.

    So I could lock him either in or out, but I'd rather not do either ...

    He has a comfortable kennel in the garden btw, so even if he was out, he wouldn't have to be at the mercy of the elements.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Aug 18, 8:34 PM
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    Yes, could lock the cat door, but I like him to be 'free'. That's why (apart from the expense) that I don't like putting him in a cattery unless we have to. He gets stressed even in the nicest one we've found which is family run and they're all nice and give the cats cuddles etc.

    So I could lock him either in or out, but I'd rather not do either ...

    He has a comfortable kennel in the garden btw, so even if he was out, he wouldn't have to be at the mercy of the elements.
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    If he has a kennel, he obviously thinks he's a guard cat, and needs to protect you against marauding fierce beasts like ickle meeses and boidies.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Aug 18, 10:01 PM
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    He was pestering me a while back but has gone out now.
    I'm preparing for z's and have shut bedroom door so will expect him to miaow and get me up in the morning.

    Diet was not good today. Not crisps, but had a couple of doughnuts and 2 left for tomorrow. Too many carbs, absence of fruit & veg for some reason.

    Will try a bit harder tomorrow, might take a pill to help me sleep because brain is working overtime.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th Aug 18, 4:40 AM
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    Another broken night. Woke up for good at about 3.30 this time.

    Maybe I should put my light duvet back on. Have been just using a duvet cover with no duvet as was too hot, but the temperatures have dropped, so maybe I'm waking because I'm cold? Don't feel particularly cold, though.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 10th Aug 18, 5:46 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys
    I hope you're all well & roaring to go on this thoughtful
    and glorious day!




    Guarding our temples, adorning our flags, decorating our coins and
    capturing our hearts, the lion is beyond doubt the world’s most
    iconic species. On almost every continent, and in thousands of
    cultures, the lion can be found demonstrating man’s fascination
    with this magnificent beast.

    Despite the lions’ symbolic importance throughout the ages, today
    they are suffering from a silent extinction across Africa and India.
    Knowledge of the King of Beasts’ plight is little known.

    World Lion Day is the first global campaign to celebrate the
    importance of the lion worldwide. Since the dawn of man the lion
    has played an integral role in our lives: symbolically, religiously,
    culturally, economically and biologically. To lose the lion from our
    world would be to lose part of our global heritage.

    Wherever you may be, join us on August 10th to celebrate the
    lion, create much needed conservation awareness and help us
    save the King of Beasts and his kingdom.



    http://www.worldlionday.com/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    Queensferry Burry Man



    Where: Queensferry, Lothian - starting & ending at The Stags
    Head on the High Street
    When: 2nd Friday in August
    Time: From 8.45 - all day

    There is no-one else like the Burry Man – a man encased
    completely in a costume composed of thousands of burdock heads,
    wearing a flowery bowler hat. He has two attendants who help him
    through the long day, and uses staves to support his arms and
    stop them sticking to his body. He walks the streets of the town for
    hours, covering about 7 miles in what is believed to be a luck-
    bringing custom. Whisky is regularly offered to him on his rounds
    (also for luck) and because his face is also covered with burrs
    attached to a knitted balaclava, he drinks it through a straw.



    The Burry man is associated with the local Ferry Fair which takes
    place the following day with parades, concerts, fancy dress, bands
    and the crowning of the Ferry Queen. When we attended in 2011
    we only had time for a flying visit due to family commitments, but
    I hope to return and do the full day another year. 2011 was a late
    summer and apparently it was challenging finding enough burrs –
    luckily sufficient were found to preserve the Burry Man’s modesty!

    In 2018 the Burry Man will be out on Friday 10th August.



    http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/queensferry-burry-man/



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAM98AqK0Vw





    Staithes Nightgown Parade



    Where: Staithes, North Yorkshire in the High Street
    When: Friday evening in mid August
    Time: 7.30 pm

    The opening event of the annual Staithes and Runswick Bay
    Lifeboat Weekend is always the Friday evening’s Nightgown
    Parade. The event is organised by the local RNLI and you can
    expect a procession led by a jazz band, followed by a plethora of
    nightie and pyjama-wearing participants which will include
    fabulous costumes, heavy disguise and much cross-dressing!

    Traditionally white nightgowns are the order of the day but
    anything goes today: expect a large crowd and a light-hearted
    atmosphere. The parade is only one event in a weekend of
    activities organised by the RNLI which include demonstrations of
    the abilities of the lifeboat crews, fireworks and a duck race. The
    RNLI is a very important organisation in coastal communities like
    Staithes and the weekend is a way of raising awareness and of
    raising funds to help them to continue their work.

    Helpful Hints

    In 2018 it will be on Friday 10th August. The full programme for
    the weekend will appear on the Facebook page.

    The Parade begins by the Harbour and goes up the High Street,
    past the carpark and up to the sports club. There’s a large pay &
    display carpark in the village- don’t drive down the hill as you
    won’t be able to park there.

    Click here for the Facebook page for the local RNLI :

    https://www.facebook.com/Staithes-Runswick-RNLI-143206792464297/

    and here for the RNLI: http://rnli.org/



    http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/staithes-nightgown-parade/

    ^^ 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
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    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
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