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    • Knit Witch
    • By Knit Witch 18th Jul 17, 8:29 PM
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    Knit Witch
    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!
    Must use my stash up!
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    • Squiggly Diddly
    • By Squiggly Diddly 12th Aug 18, 8:28 PM
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    Squiggly Diddly
    Mmm, shrimps & bananas.... yum yum.

    I tried supermarket delivery in the past but got fed up with substitutes and also I am one of those strange people who like to wander and see what catches my eye (not that that is always a good thing, especially as I am trying to be more organised and less spendy at the moment).
    Mrs LW, I have started picking up things for the C word here & there when I spot them, it will be here before we know it

    Hope those who got soaking wet are now dried out. I am hoping tomorrow is dry rather than the predicted rain as I start the new job & don,t want to arrive looking like a drowned rat! Ouch to the sore toes as well.

    It has been a productive day, had a good sort out in my lounge and got rid of loads of paper/old post, plus made a beef casserole in my slow cooker and a sausage casserole in my lovely pink cast iron pot. 4 tubs of each in the freezer now. Eggs boiled - some for egg & salad cream sandwiches in my lunch and others in the fridge for the arriving home munchies! Trying to get back into slimming world too... Took my camper to the garage earlier and walked back home, took 35minutes at an amble. Hopefully it will pass it the MOT tomorrow. Oh and my dress pattern I ordered arrived, so looking forward to setting up my sewing machine next weekend.

    Have a good evening all.

    PS Ivyleaf - yes you are absolutely right, it leaves you on a definite high by the end!
    Last edited by Squiggly Diddly; 12-08-2018 at 8:31 PM. Reason: Punctuation!
    Live your life until love is found, or love's gonna get you down" (credit to Mika!)

    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 12th Aug 18, 8:31 PM
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    Oh wondercollie, your poor feet

    MMF If you're going to the Alps in the near future (sorry, I can't remember when it is), if you have a waterproof jacket that can be worn with a fleece underneath that would probably be better at this time of year. The nights will be chilly but the days may still be warm. Have a lovely time, anyway Take warm socks - I found I needed to wear mine in bed, that was in April.
    • Softstuff
    • By Softstuff 12th Aug 18, 10:22 PM
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    Ouchies Wondercollie, hope that heals well for you soon. And now I have an image of you as a ballerina.

    Floss, over here Kathmandu have fast drying undies too.... just sayin

    MrsLW, I reserve mention of the C word each year until I get back from England. I've no idea this year where we'll be on the big day... probably another family lunch, which will mean ham for us in Australia. Beef sounds absolutely wonderful!

    I had one supermarket delivery here once, must have been a good special or maybe we were ill, I don't remember. But where I'd ordered 100g of something, they sent 300-400g, but had only charged for the 100.... worked out good value. But the best before dates were terrible.
    Softstuff- Officially better than 007
    • Onebrokelady
    • By Onebrokelady 12th Aug 18, 10:33 PM
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    I really need to pop in more often,I just can't keep up with this thread
    I used to have my shopping delivered when my girls were both at home but now me and DD shop separately it's no worth it,my funniest experience was accidentally ordering 72 loo rolls one evening,I was dithering about ordering a big packet as I didn't have anywhere to keep them but decided in the end to go for it as they were cheap,I must have pressed the button too many times or didn't delete something properly because iI ended up with all this loo roll,the delivery man must have thought we had a bad case of the trots
    Just keep swimming
    Original Debt Owed Jan 18 = 17,630 Paid To Date = 1,677 Total Now Owed = 15,953
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    • Helebore
    • By Helebore 12th Aug 18, 11:22 PM
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    I think it may have been my first ever supermarket order, quite a few years ago, was still on dial up internet so was always fearful I would lose everything. I only wanted 4 bananas. I duly placed my order. I managed to see what I had bought. Phew! My 4 bananas had changed to 4 kg of bananas! Luckily as I had seen it I was able to phone them up and cancel them, stating to whoever that I was speaking to to guess what I wanted to change in my order! It caused much merriment at work once I had (stupidly!) told a few people! Well it was quite a novelty then, online food ordering!
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 13th Aug 18, 6:57 AM
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    Soggy pants. I can't think of anything worse when travelling. No amount of hot drinks would pacify me. If you kept your chipper up VJs you're a better woman than I!

    I'm about to have my porridge and then add some vinegar to the remaining oat milk and try my hand at lammas bread that way. DH has gone to work with part HM oat milk and part coo's milk in his porridge. He doesn't know it but he's being weaned.

    I'm child free this morning and loving it. I'm up and ready to just do stuff. This wet, colder, dull weather is appealing to my cosiness side. I think my what-used-to-be-coffee-but-now-herbal-tea breaks will be sat looking at pictures of hygge. I feel the motivation and excitement for homemaking swirl within me.
    Be like a tree.
    Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf.
    Bend before you break. Enjoy your natural beauty. Keep growing.
    • Emptynester
    • By Emptynester 13th Aug 18, 8:20 AM
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    Yes Mrs LW after a few relocations we found 'home' and have been happily nestled between Gloucester and Cheltenham for more than 25 years. It felt right the first day we looked at this house and we have never regretted it. You are coming to a lovely part of the country. Apart from Gloucester city centre which suffers from the same empty shops and some dubious 1960s buildings that a lot of towns and cities share.
    Mention of the C word did not raise my spirits this morning lol. I did remark to DH on Saturday that I feel as if the year has turned. Probably due to the return to more normal weather but all the same I admit I am beginning to think about autumn and winter and making plans. This will be my first winter since I needed to stop work and I know I need plans and some sort of routine to make the best I can of it.
    The highs and lows of waterproof trousers. Wonderful when they do the job and the times when the rain comes on so hard and fast that we can't get them on .

    Enjoy our changing weather folks. Lets get ready for our autumn adventures.
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 13th Aug 18, 8:44 AM
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    DD2 and her family are at Blackpool atm. I fear they're going to get a bit wet, and I don't mean in the sea!
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 13th Aug 18, 8:50 AM
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    Summer has really gone from here, cloudy and showery and looks like staying that way for a while. Seems quite fitting, we go back to school tomorrow!
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 13th Aug 18, 9:23 AM
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    Soggy pants. I can't think of anything worse when travelling. No amount of hot drinks would pacify me. If you kept your chipper up VJs you're a better woman than I!

    Originally posted by fuddle
    It's OK - my cagoule comes to just below my arris so that bit stayed dry my legs dried quickly as my trews are very light.

    Goodness, Camelot! Back to school already??? it's pleasant here but not boiling. Apparently hotter weather is returning, but there doesn't seem to be any sign of it here in the Midlands in the 14 day forecast..

    Today i am doing some marking, meeting a friend for lunch and a walk (we are going to a NT in between where we each live and i delight in saying "A walk at Calke" ). Just me for tea as OH and kids going to visit the MiL so i shall drag something from the freezer.

    I have decided i need to go back to meal planning. i used to do it all the time but have got out of the habit and i think that's why i get so fed up with the 'what shall we have for tea' question, as i have to think of it every day.. Also my freezers are in a bit of a state and i need to assess what we have - therefore this week's meal plans will revolve around reducing the freezer stocks so that i can see what's in there...

    OH put in his 'intention to retire in April' letter today

    Back to marking another exam question.. s'laters
    I wanna be in the room where it happens
    • csarina2
    • By csarina2 13th Aug 18, 9:30 AM
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    Its hissing down with rain just now, just a steady pour, not the hectic rain that some of you have had. Typical, I need to go to Aldi this morning, will wait a bit and see if it stops. Supposed to be getting a call from someone re help for me when OH comes home.

    Its quite a bit cooler but there is still a stuffiness in the air, very little breeze.

    Nothing planned apart from the visit to Aldi. I will change the bed when I know OH is coming home, I have been alternating sleeping on each side of the bed whilst he has been in hospital, no idea when they are going to send him home.

    In visiting yesterday SS is home today, he is going to see his day tomorrow if he is still in. I am going in tomorrow morning. May have some news at that point.

    OH is using the walking frame better and seems to be walking more confidently, I walked him to the toilet and back yesterday. He is quite weak, although he is eating not too badly. Some of the meals are not good, but he has found ones he likes so orders them, he said the roast chicken was really good, so he had ordered it for his supper last night.

    I need to go through the freezers and see whats in them, contemplating a new fridge freezer for the kitchen, one a bit taller with 4 shelves in the freezer. The upright in my sewing room is full to bursting.......with fruit from the garden. The beans finally collapsed yesterday so I need to try and get out and cut them down. There french beans are still going ok as are the courgettes. Have not even looked as far as the blackberries, leaving them for the birds this year. I still have 2 bags in the freezer from last year.
    Last edited by csarina2; 13-08-2018 at 9:34 AM.
    • Floss
    • By Floss 13th Aug 18, 9:57 AM
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    DD2 and her family are at Blackpool atm. I fear they're going to get a bit wet, and I don't mean in the sea!
    Originally posted by ivyleaf
    It's blustery but not yet raining...
    • TiredTrophy
    • By TiredTrophy 13th Aug 18, 10:03 AM
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    Merino pants dry quickly...
    Much cooler at night in Switzerland right now - has been heavy rain in the mountains.
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 13th Aug 18, 10:21 AM
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    Grey and warm here today, our buyer is visiting this evening with her builder and the packing continues. A small success this morning in that I normally keep a first aid kit in my rucksack in the small front compartment and took it out to fly to Belgium earlier in the summer BUT today I found it in my bedside cabinet drawer??? no idea! it is now tidied, renewed and back in situ which is good.

    I have used up some freezer veg and made broccoli cheese soup for our lunches for a couple of days, sorted out some things to go to Nell in the week and put the washing on in the machine. I have ironing which I'll tackle next a couple of items are going to the tip with He Who Knows and my brother this morning, we have less and less in the house, the table and chairs go to the BHF later this week and then we just have boxes, 2 armchairs and a sideboard in the lounge, it looks stark! raring to get on with it now and bored with packing!!!
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 13th Aug 18, 11:45 AM
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    Piddling down whilst moving along the canal can also be miserable especially when CHS has been brought up to believe that if he gets wet by rain, he will catch a chill, that will immediately turn in to pneumonia and then he will DIE!!!
    Originally posted by Hard Up Hester
    Men can be such wusses! Mr LW is the same - it only has to be a light drizzle at dog-walking time, and he either bottles out completely, or if we've two dogs staying, he still comes along, but dresses up as if he was going on an Arctic expedition! In mitigation though, he had double pneumonia when he was nine years old, and as a result of that, he has always been very careful about wrapping up against the weather.

    Wondercollie words fail me.... what kind of a wazzock deliberately runs their wheelchair over nurses' feet?

    Re online grocery shopping - I've never done it. I just don't trust them not to make silly substitutions, ever since a former neighbour ordered dog food for his GSD and got sent red salmon instead! I don't think Zimba (the GSD) would have minded, but P was less than impressed! The other thing is I don't trust them not to send me very short-dated perishables.
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • Floss
    • By Floss 13th Aug 18, 11:57 AM
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    vegpatch I've seen plenty of blackberries, elderberries & hawthorn berries around my allotment site...
    • shanks77
    • By shanks77 13th Aug 18, 2:15 PM
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    I have used Asda online shopping several times and cannot complain any substitutes that I have had have been pointed out by the driver and have always been of better quality than I originally ordered. A couple of things have been slightly short dated but these have also been pointed out to me and I was more than welcome to send them back if required. I don't do it often but I'd handy now and again
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 13th Aug 18, 4:14 PM
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    The rowan berries up here are out in full flaming orange glory, hundred and hundreds on every tree. We walked to the post van earlier and was just saying to the RV how bright and fluorescent they are this year. But not a clue what that means.
    Now back on the couch tired out, will get started on the knitting in a bit.
    Got the store cupboard full last night with Sainsbugs delievery, looking good for winter and the use-by dates are all late 2019 onwards. All I need is a tin of energy and I'm happy. Maybe try Popeye's spinach lol
    Last edited by mardatha; 13-08-2018 at 6:20 PM.
    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 13th Aug 18, 7:46 PM
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    Hard Up Hester
    I've been picking blackberries and eating them at some of the locks.
    Chin up, Titus out.
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 13th Aug 18, 8:54 PM
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    Useful info ivyleaf and Tiredtrophy about Swiss weather. I really hope we get some dry weather, with a bit of sunshine because we prefer to be out wandering!
    I am planning a trip to the outdoor museum at Ballenburg. I have wanted to go there for years. There are old houses from all the cantons, reconstructed. For that day, and only that day, I won't mind light drizzle!! I reckon that will keep visitor numbers down

    Today I did my first cooking session for a client (I have food hygiene and catering certs!) - she bought the produce and I prepped meat and veg before browning off, deglazing the pan with red wine (), seasoning and putting in casserole dish ready for cooking through. It smelled good, hope it tastes good! I left a pan of spuds to go with a portion but she should get 4 portions from the batch I left.

    VJsMum, that is very exciting news about your OH
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