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    • Knit Witch
    • By Knit Witch 18th Jul 17, 8:29 PM
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    The Garden Fence - proper Old Style support and chat!
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    • 18th Jul 17, 8:29 PM
    The Garden Fence - proper Old Style support and chat! 18th Jul 17 at 8:29 PM
    As threads are going walkabout I thought I would start the next stage of this off - I will try and do the links later!
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 9th Jul 18, 9:16 PM
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    NM, you are a patient person, how flipping frustrating waiting for that engineer all day and then he doesn`t arrive


    I don`t believe I am the only one holed up in an indoor cave during the heat of the day. Such a waste of time, so I have been looking up exterior doors for my new house, found the good safe door that I want and also an installer, at least that was a positive. Just looked at the forecast and better temperature tomorrow
    • Softstuff
    • By Softstuff 9th Jul 18, 10:44 PM
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    So now you have the post and a precis of the post. How did that happen? Not your lucky day after all.

    Pulls cover over cage and disappears.
    Originally posted by monnagran
    Given that I'm not feeling my.... brightest this morning, I read both and thought it was me One day Zumba will get easier... but not if my instructor has anything to do with it.

    Nursemaggie, you'd probably handle summer here better than me, I love autumn and spring here, but winter is fine too.

    Mardatha, I hope that trauma clinic can give some good advice. I love the sound of pink hair though.

    I'm glad I didn't go to a same sex school, I only had one female friend, the rest were boys!

    Pollyanna, I think it was you that mentioned my charity shop shirt.... unfortunately I now need to alter it smaller I'm out of the clothes I got a while ago, and into size 10 and "small" Other than my thighs, which resemble a miniature russian shot putters in musculature
    Softstuff- Officially better than 007
    • Helebore
    • By Helebore 9th Jul 18, 10:50 PM
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    NM I'm sure that you are entitled to compensation if your meter engineer did not turn up. In one place I lived last year I was changing from pre pay meters to dd ones. Three times they did not turn up. Three times I was paid 30 for each missed appointment. More fool them.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 9th Jul 18, 11:28 PM
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    It isn't bright pinky pink, it's very subtle pale baby pink. I can't sleep so got up to take yet more painkillers, bet I won't be able to find my own head in the morning.
    Which won't really make much difference anyway..
    • THIRZAH
    • By THIRZAH 10th Jul 18, 7:26 AM
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    DD has just received 30 compensation as an engineer failed to turn up. She now has to find a bank that's open when she's not working so she can pay in the cheque!
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 10th Jul 18, 8:24 AM
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    Morning all.

    Oh the relief, I can breathe today. If only summer could consist of days at this temperature . At least in the bubble I inhabit.

    I am writing this in ' Edit' and will probably continue to do so. It takes me so long to tap out a post one letter at a time, keep my eye on what mischief tablet is up to and think about what I am actually writing that when I finally get to press 'post' I am worn out. To then be greeted by that wretched little Dragon, or whatever it is, thumbing its nose and saying triumphantly, " You are offline," is enough to make a saint spit.

    Mar, I do hope that something happens soon to make things more comfortable for you.

    Nursemaggie, you get on to that business of claiming compensation If the tables were turned and they were waiting for you, and you didn't turn up, there would consequences, you bet.

    Softstuff, you may have had only one female friend at school, but you have a whole posse of them on here and you seem to be coping.

    A little light housework this morning and probably another effort to part with some of my precious books.

    THOUGHT FOR TODAY

    Start by doing what is necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
    Last edited by monnagran; 10-07-2018 at 8:49 AM.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • Cocketts
    • By Cocketts 10th Jul 18, 8:35 AM
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    Just poking my head around the fence to wish good luck to all the RAF peeps taking part in the 100th Anniversary parade today - including my son-in-law-in-training! Thank goodness the sky is cloudy.

    My DD went to an all-girls school - she is now a 'strong, independent woman'. My work here is done......

    Lilli
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 10th Jul 18, 8:45 AM
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    Lovely, not so hot this morning

    We have 3 girls' secondary schools locally, and 2 of them have male head teachers The Catholic one has a female Head.

    nm GGGRR at the engineer not turning up! Do ask for compensation!

    We had a water meter fitted last year but haven't asked for it to be turned on as yet, so the water company are meant to send out comparison letters at certain intervals to show how much we could be saving (or not) if the meter was turned on. We had one after 6 months, then we had a letter from them last week apologising that they haven't sent us another one yet as they have't been able to read the meter. Short of appropriate staff, I suppose.

    mar I hope you were able to get some sleep x

    Lilli I'm looking forward to watching the flypast! I hope the cloud won't be a problem.
    Last edited by ivyleaf; 10-07-2018 at 8:52 AM.
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 10th Jul 18, 8:46 AM
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    I have come to the conclusion that having an allotment is no good for a menu planning control freak. I mean I had to incorporate turnip last night, which was fine as I just roasted it with the veg but, my mind wasn't happy

    And breathe! The pollen is finally low thanks to cloud cover and dwindling grass pollen levels.

    My shopping budget is just not covering our needs now. I either have to apportion more to it or try to claw it back someway. I have decided to have a good look at our needs and try to make more in the way of changes. I am concerned I have to say but we are quite well off compared to a few years ago and we do have choice that isn't basic. I can make changes I just have some health limitations now that need different eating. I mean shoving a load of lentils in to eak out mince is nee good for a windy colon
    Please don't judge my story by the chapter that you walked in on.
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    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 10th Jul 18, 8:57 AM
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    fuddle Our neighbour made a lentil dahl for us, to save me having to cook when we'd just arrived home from holiday. I it was delicious, but......
    • Floss
    • By Floss 10th Jul 18, 9:19 AM
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    Fuddle is that because of increasing demand or different needs?
    • Softstuff
    • By Softstuff 10th Jul 18, 9:36 AM
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    Softstuff

    My shopping budget is just not covering our needs now. I either have to apportion more to it or try to claw it back someway. I have decided to have a good look at our needs and try to make more in the way of changes. I am concerned I have to say but we are quite well off compared to a few years ago and we do have choice that isn't basic. I can make changes I just have some health limitations now that need different eating. I mean shoving a load of lentils in to eak out mince is nee good for a windy colon
    Originally posted by fuddle
    We're the same Fuddle, the budget is quite a bit up on previous years . I am thinking as I get more familiar with this way of eating that I'll be able to make more savings and reduce our expenditure, but frankly as we are presently affording it and it's working for health, I'm not freaking out over it. I think when you make significant changes and effort in one area (health), sometimes other areas like budget have to slide a little.

    As for the lentils, that's why in Indian cooking you often see asofetida (hing) as a dhal ingredient, cuts the backdraft
    Softstuff- Officially better than 007
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 10th Jul 18, 9:53 AM
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    It's best to introduce pulses (and any new foods) gradually so that you develop the appropriate gut bacteria to deal with them. That tends to reduce the windiness and bloating.

    Lots of people are finding that their grocery budgets need increasing at the moment, not helped by the fact that there are shortages of salad crops due to the lack of rain.
    • FairyPrincessk
    • By FairyPrincessk 10th Jul 18, 10:00 AM
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    Morning all,

    Fuddle our budget has increased as well. We're eating more fish and relying far less on cheese and eggs for protein. I'm also trying to keep our carbs high quality, sometimes that is cheap, sometimes it isn't. We can presently afford it and although it is currently costing us the equivalent of 2 weeks house savings per year to increase the budget, we both think that is worth it. I'll be doing a few things this summer to help with that though--making homemade lentil burgers (probably not the best option for you ) grating big blocks of the low fat cheese, portioning it into two servings and freezing it (it doesn't last as long as normal cheese and this makes it easier to stick to portion control on a busy weeknight, buying chicken in bulk at the butchers and portioning and freezing it etc. It will still cost us more though. I'll also make a couple of recipes that take ages and make loads and freeze those in portions, OH will make and freeze pizza dough etc. It means we don't eat takeaways and are less likely to pick up something quick--good for health and budget. I've always thought a meal can be two of the following: cheap, healthy, tasty, easy/quick. Sometimes you find the rare recipe that is three but I don't think I've ever found all 4

    I've just come back from a jog and need to get cleaned up for town. Tuna on rye for lunch with chopped veggies and salmon on a buckwheat noodle Asian-style salad for tea tonight. I don't really know what I mean by Asian-style. I shred cabbage, cook some edamame, slice spring onions, carrots and herbs and add in vinegar, soya sauce, ginger and garlic to cold buckwheat noodles. It tastes good. Lemon grass would also probably be nice but I don't have any in.

    Monna That is exactly the sort of thing I'd do, although I've become much more serious about my gardening. I even check spacing guidelines now. Marvelously I have discovered that following the directions yields superior results to the whimsical method. I have not yet bothered to note this down in my gardening journal and will therefore probably need to learn this again four or five times.
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 10th Jul 18, 10:07 AM
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    I think it is a combination of choosing nuts, seeds, muesli etc over biscuits, crisps, cheap sugary cereals. It's rolled out across the whole family. It's using spelt flour at 3a bag instead of basics flour that's well under a and and extra 0.5kg. Eldest DD who used to eat like a sparrow eats incredibly well now and is always hungry. It's me having different milk and yoghurt (used to be goats but now trying lactose free) to everyone else, at a higher price tag. It's buying 5% fat mince at double to price to the higher content but cheaper one I used to get. And ultimately its cutting out the refined carb fillers like crumpets and tea cakes for fruit and dried fruit and really expensive naked bars. This is on my to do list - learning how to make snack pieces that are low in refined carbs and sugar. The wartime books use a lot of cooking fat(which I presume is lard) and that's no good for my dodgy beating thing in my chest. Prices across the board have increased as well so an accumulation of many factors see me scratching my head. Dietary education has cost us a fortune

    Heck that all sounds like I'm negative and putting barriers up. I don't mean to be a moaning Mini. I will suss it all out... at the expense of the housework though, unfortunately.
    Please don't judge my story by the chapter that you walked in on.
    .
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 10th Jul 18, 10:30 AM
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    Oops. I'd forgotten that it is the 100th celebration of the RAF.
    My darling FIL was a Group Captain during the war and being a fluent French speaker was drafted into SOE. He flew Lysanders and dropped agents behind enemy lines. My stepMIL was one of those agents.
    I was incredibly close to them both and am so proud of them.

    That's my morning then.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • Floss
    • By Floss 10th Jul 18, 10:52 AM
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    Fuddle the increased cost is worth it for a healthier household all round, I'm sure
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 10th Jul 18, 11:28 AM
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    It's not Floss. I only have a certain amount I can spend on shopping. If that goes up then other areas suffer. It's spiralling and I have to claw something back.

    Supermarket shopping is a problem. I need to buy in bulk I think, starting with the flour. Right head down again.
    Please don't judge my story by the chapter that you walked in on.
    .
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 10th Jul 18, 11:37 AM
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    Fuddle - not sure if it would be any help but I sometimes use bran to bulk out mince and some of my home baking. It doesn't seem to create wind but it does make for for quicker 'transition' though
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • Floss
    • By Floss 10th Jul 18, 11:40 AM
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    Floss
    Have a look at Shipton Mill & Am@zon...
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